A signed copy of these and all minutes going back to the 1980’s are available from the Management Office upon request.
Bob Pierce, President; Phoebe Helm, 1st Vice President; Sandra Goldberg, 2ndVice President; Herbert Hellauer, Treasurer; Dan Harvey, Property Supervisor; Christina Epple, Property Manager; Mavis Mather, Assistant Manager
Time meeting started (8:20 pm)
Comments Regarding Agenda (Board responses in italics)
Paul Groeninger – There are two units in the remodeling section that are installing hardwood floor but the requirement of 80% carpeting is not mentioned in the packets. Is this rule being enforced? The Board thanked Mr. Groeninger for his comment.
Vince DiFruscio – Why are the Board Meeting dates being changed to the second Monday of the month? The Board is changing the meeting dates to accommodate the schedule of the new Property Supervisor.
Miriam Moss – Unit 2414 remodeling packet lists a dishwasher, have the rules changed to allow dishwashers in the lower floors? The construction packet was approved by the Chief Engineer based on the Rules and Regulations.
Vince DiFruscio – The Rules and Regulations state that the only units that are not allowed to install dishwashers are the studio units.
Beverly Stormont – Previously when the exterminator went through units he would check the fire alarms, check for leaks, waterbeds, and dishwashers. This did not happen last time is this still being done? These items are checked once a year when the building performs the air filter replacement program.
Laura Carl – Up until six months ago CD transactions, and minutes were included in the handouts to the unit owners. Why was this discontinued? We will look into this and make sure that the correct information is distributed to the unit owners.
Nancy Smith-Ledvina – I wasn’t sure what time the meeting was tonight so I turned on channel 96 and all I saw was scrolling green. I called the Doorman and he did not know when the pet discussion meeting was. RCN has ordered a part that is responsible for both channels 95 and 96. All three meetings were posted on the Boards and on the marquee board.
Scott Niksich – The adjoining of units 3306 and 3307 on the agenda when it is already adjoined. I saw this listed before and I would like for this to sell as the tenants in there now are very loud. The Board thanked Mr. Niksich for his comment.
Minutes January 22, 2007
Upon due motion by Sandra Goldberg and seconded by Phoebe Helm, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the January 22, 2007 Board Meeting pending the change of adding mowing to the landscaping contract at no additional charge. Bob Pierce, Phoebe Helm, and Herbert Hellauer voted in favor; Sandra Goldberg opposed. The motion passed.
Upon due motion by Phoebe Helm and seconded by Sandra Goldberg, the Board voted unanimously to approve the telephone contract to AT&T, as submitted, for a one year term in the amount of $3,747.28.
Worker’s Compensation Insurance
Upon due motion by Sandra Goldberg and seconded by Phoebe Helm, the Board voted unanimously to approve the workers compensation insurance to The Accident Fund Insurance Co. as submitted with an annual premium of $18,517.
Amendment to Approved Board Meeting Dates
Upon due motion by Phoebe Helm and seconded by Herbert Hellauer, the Board voted unanimously to approve the amendment to the previously approved Board Meeting dates to be Wednesday March 7, 2007 at 6:30pm, Monday April 9, 2007 at 6:30pm, Monday May 14, 2007 at 6:30pm, and Monday June 11, 2007 at 6:30pm.
Unit Owner Requests to Remodel
Upon due motion by Phoebe Helm and seconded by Sandra Goldberg, the Board voted unanimously to approve the remodeling of units 3305, 4105, 4207, and 5201 as submitted by the owners provided that the flooring meets current rules as intended by the acoustical study, following the recommendations of the Assistant and Chief Engineers as outlined in their written specifications and in accordance with the Rules and Regulations and remodeling guidelines of the Park Tower Condo Association.
Adjoining of units 3306/3307
Upon due motion by Sandra Goldberg and seconded by Phoebe Helm, the Board voted to unanimously to confirm that the removal of the intervening wall between unit 3306 and unit 3307 was approved by the Board pursuant to the Declaration.
Management Report (Christina Epple)
The inspection of the elevators by the City Buildings Department, Otis Elevator, and Siemens Control was preformed on Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th. The City Inspectors will need to schedule one more day, or eight hours to finish the key tests for all cars. The City inspector has suggested that as of the completion of all tests done this past weekend they have found no noteworthy problems with the mod project. The final day of testing has not been announced. The last portion of the inspection will include testing security keys on all floors. It is likely the inspection will include testing security keys on all floors. It is likely the inspection will take 1-full day and can be preformed Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm without little inconvenience. The recall panel is part of this inspection. The service car indicator panel has been installed on both levels of the garage. The panel appearance has changed from the original design but functions the same as before. If cars are running in normal use the panel will be illuminated. The building earned an incentive curtailment payment of $876.55 for participating in ComEd’s VLR Smart load response program last summer. The program allows for distribution of power after high demand hours and redistributes power from low demand outlets to high demand sources.
Sandra Goldberg reported that she had been stuck in the right low rise elevator on the 18th floor over the weekend. Do we have a maintenance contract for periodic service on the elevators? We are still on the current existing contract until the very sign off of the entire mod project.
When is the official signing off? We could do it March 1st or we could do it April 1st, it is too late to do this on March 1st so it will probably be April 1st and then the current credits would carry over.
Board Report (Bob Pierce)
There was a meeting with Alderman MaryAnn Smith on the 7th in which the Alderman was well received by the 50 to 60 residents who attended. The Alderman discussed developments in the neighborhood, traffic, and transportation issues. There will be a meeting at Saint Andrews on the 12th regarding more traffic issues. On the 15th there will be a workshop with Johnson Lasky Architects to discuss the design plan for the front drive project. All residents are welcome to attend. The last workshop on this project was a year ago and we would like to reintroduce the plan to new residents in the building.
ASCO Update (Bob Pierce on behalf of Lorraine Meyers)
The Planning and Zoning Committee has approved the plans for 5623 N. Clark which is a 4 story high 2-3 commercial space building. The Alderman is giving legal residents of Edgewater 4 energy efficient light bulbs please contact her office about picking up light bulbs. There was a meeting to discuss CTA transit problems in which the idea of opening the old Metra stations at Foster and Peterson was presented. This plan would allow another option to commuters to avoid the delays on the red-line as a result of the tracks at Belmont and Fullerton being shared with the brown-line. This plan is just an idea and has not been approved by either Metra or the CTA. Also proposed was a new 147 buss, 147A that would run down Broadway to help alleviate the traffic on Sheridan. May 1st there will be a general meeting of ASCO here at Park Tower.
Open Comments and Questions
Miriam Moss – I took a copy of the letter about the proposed amendment to the Declaration to change the size of the Board to 7 people. I received a letter saying that it was in response to my inquiry of the amendment. I did not inquire I was providing a copy for the Board to see. I was told that the only amendment was regarding the subdivision of a unit, which I never received anything on and would like to see a copy of this amendment. This is not the first time that I have received a letter from the Jodi in the office in which she had nothing to do with it. This letter is probably Christina’s doing, I resent the fact that she has twisted things around for a second time. Last time I asked the Board to hear my side of it and they refused more or less. Vince walked away and Rosalie wouldn’t hear it and my story was never presented. Prior to this when I went to the office I inadvertently interrupted Jodi and gave her a notice that I could not wait any longer and was called into Christina’s office and she was going to call me out in front of Christina and Vio. Christina stated that she would never talk to me again. Personnel issues cannot be discussed in an open session; if you would join us for an executive session we could discuss it then. The amendment concerns can be discussed but personnel will not be discussed in open session. We will put you on the executive session of the March meeting.
Nancy Smith-Ledvina – I understand that there are restrictions to what can be discussed but that when a concern is brought up there should be a response. The Boards demeanor raises the bar of tension that already exists. What is appropriate in open sessions is not appropriate for closed sessions. A meeting date and time were established to discuss this further.
Can we or management approach the Alderman to talk to her about how to approach the city council about the heat laws? I think that there needs to be some consideration between high-rises verses smaller buildings. The Board thanked Mrs. Smith-Ledvina for her comment; they will take it into consideration.
Ron Moss – Did the Board receive copies of the document that Miriam took to the office? No we did not receive that document. Management was instructed to search for any previous amendments to the Declarations.
John Curran – I agree that too much heat can be just as detrimental as under heating. Is it possible to receive documents by email rather than paper, this would provide significant savings? I think that this is a great suggestion. I would like to see a website developed to help with communications within the building.
Nancy Smith-Ledvina – It is frustrating that residents are not getting responses from the Board. It is a great difficulty getting anyone to serve on committees because there is no point. There needs to be more of an exchange of ideas with the residents. Nothing was said but I had written a note to talk to the Alderman, we will verbalize these things in the future.
Beverly Stormont – Can you tell us about the TV we cannot get channels 95 or 96? RCN is working on this problem and we hope to have it fixed soon.
Approval Closed Session
Upon due motion by Sandra Goldberg and seconded by Herbert Hellauer the Board voted unanimously to suspend the February Board meeting to allow for an executive session of the Board of Directors to discuss personnel, litigation, and/or rule violations.
Results Closed Session
Upon due motion by Phoebe Helm and seconded by Herbert Hellauer the Board voted unanimously to approve the following: A: postpone until another opinion is received, B: proceed with legal action at an expense not to exceed 30% of what we can get back, C: no action, D: no action, E: extend the deadline to March 1st.
Upon due motion by Herbert Hellauer and seconded by Sandra Goldberg the meeting adjourned at 9:59 pm.
Bob Pierce, President
Phoebe Helm, 1st Vice President