Roads and Clubhouse Project:
On December 17th, the HPA BOD voted to hire a Forensic Engineering firm, Akouri Consulting, to forensically examine our clubhouse for health and safety issues. There’s a $7,500 retainer fee and a maximum charge of $25,000 for the project. This is an important step for the safety and health of our residents, plus it will help us plan a clubhouse renovation project.
The HPA BOD hired a road engineering firm called Engenuity, from West Palm Beach. The lead engineer for the project is Mr. Keith Jackson.They tested the soil under our roads and the condition of our asphalt. We have the results of those tests and are waiting for a recommendation from the engineering team. They will advise which roads must be paved, which roads must be milled and paved, and hopefully, which roads are fine and don’t need any work. We expect the final report by the end of March.
Long Range Planning Committee: Co-Chairs Jay Sussman and Robert Tishkevich, plus Phyllis Sandler, Marvin Morrell, and Susan Levine started working in November 2017. Since then, the committee
- The Long Range Planning Committee started working with a representative from FPL almost a year ago, in January of 2018. We agreed to replace the old yellow bulbs in our 61 FPL poles, which barely put out any light, with white LEDs. Our persistence and determination paid off as the project wais completed Here are the benefits to our community.
- Improved traffic safety because drivers can now see the road at night
- Pedestrian safety because of the enhanced lighting
- Thanks to the LEDs, we’ll benefit from a significant reduction in our electric bill
- All the above was accomplished with zero cost to the community
- Continuing with the list below:
- recommended an engineering firm to study our roads, work on the walkways, and the drainage issues in the villas
- a 3 person sub-committee worked for 6 months interviewing designers/architects and made recommendations to the HPA BOD for a strategy to renovate the clubhouse.
- established a plan to work on the safety of roads where tree roots were posing a problem for the community
- in the early stages of improving the tennis/pickelball court surface and finally
- worked on a plan to install new tennis court lighting
- installing white LED lights for covered parking?
Handicapped Parking Spaces should only be used for loading and unloading and not for overnight parking or day-long use. But keep in mind, per the ADA, anyone with a legal handicapped tag or handicapped license plate, can park in those spots. This means they can park there during the day and/or all night, even if they have an assigned parking spot.
New Laser Projector for our Theater: If you’re a regular at our movie nights, you know our old projector put out only a limited amount of light and the colors were dull. That’s because the old projector had very expensive bulbs which wear out over time. The new projector has no bulbs, it uses a laser, which projects a much deeper and wider array of colors. If that isn’t enough, it puts out 18,000 Lumens, which makes it more than twice as bright as the old projector.
Blue Cafe Cards: They are now available, contact our bookkeeper, Ms. Janet Petii, The optional Blue Cafe cards are designed for residents who spend more than their annual $180 limit and want to add additional funds to their account.
Pool Temperature: Did you know that all five pools are calibrated to be 85 degrees year round?
LED Floodlights at the Front Entrance: We have 6 beautiful Bismarck Palm trees in the center island @ the Jog Road entrance. They were each illuminated via a 175 watt lamp that was over 20 years old. The lamps didn’t work properly and were a maintenance headache because our team had to constantly replace the expensive bulbs. The 6 LED lamps use a fraction of the electricity versus the old lamps, and the bulbs should last for years. When you drive into the property at night, please check out how beautiful those 6 Bismarck Palm trees look with the floodlights.
New HP Unit Application: Our new residents will complete electronic applications to buy or rent at HP. There’s a one-page direction sheet on our website (Phase Info in the Residents section) to guide him/her to the proper website. Each of our four phases has a separate security code (per the direction sheet) to ensure the applicant is in the correct site for his/her on-line application. Those who are not computer savvy will be able to get assistance from their realtor or from our Campbell staff. This new application will streamline the processing for new residents. We are indebted to Campbell’s Marvin Chery for developing this process.
Patios: After several months studying the issue and numerous internal BOD debates, a new Patio committee came up with recommendations. The HPA BOD voted on their recommendations and then sent a copy of the new recommendations to our attorney for review.
HP Residents and Their Guests: We have a new company at the front gate, Platinum Security. They’ve implemented different protocols which will enhance your safety. With Platinum, the rules for guest access into our community will actually be enforced. What dos that mean? If a resident does NOT call the front gate or register their guest with Dwelling Live, they will NOT be allowed access to the property. It’s your responsibility to follow our safety/security protocols. Therefore, don’t yell at our guards or Campbell staff members because you failed to follow the rules.
If you do not receive channel 8001, you shouild send an email to email@example.com. You should include the following information: Name, Phase, AT&T Account #, Billing Address, and your Condo Address . Channel 8001 is our internal TV channel that displays HP news. There is no cost to you for accessing channel 8001.
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office agreed to schedule hourly patrols in our community free of charge. but only after we complete an engineering study to ensure our traffic signs and road markings are in compliance with Palm Beach Country regulations.
Permits and Pets: Residents should be aware that all animals must have current proof of vaccinations, licenses, and required papers for residing within Huntington Pointe. This “permit” paperwork must be updated each year the first of January. This is for the safety of our HP residents and the residents’ guests and workers.
In addition, if you are considering any renovations, you must have an HP permit. This permit must be taped to a front window. There is no cost associated with this permit. The permit protects you and your neighbors. To obtain a renovation permit, you need to state what you will be renovating and give the name and license and insurance company of your contractor to the office. You will receive the permit within a week to ten days.
Landscaping Update: Every HP Villa and Garden Apartment was inspected for dead or missing plants. If you want to pay for additional/optional plants or trees outside off your unit, that is a viable option. Please check out our Landscaping page in the Residents section for news and updates.
Gym Instructors: They are not personal trainers, they are instructors. Their job is to provide assistance to ensure you are using the equipment properly. They’re also available to answer any gym related questions you have. Please note, If you observe gym equipment which is malfunctioning, advise one of our instructors.
Phases I and III
If you live in a villa where the dryer vent is connected to the roof, it is recommended you have the dryer vent cleaned at least once every 2 years. Failing to clean the dryer vent creates a potential fire hazard for you and your neighbors. Phases I and III are working together to find a good deal for our residents. The process takes about 20 minutes.
HP Waterways Report: Read the November 2018 report on our waterways by clicking on this link. November 2018
Ask the Energy Expert
Tiffany Spence is an energy expert at Florida Power & Light Company. She’s conducted thousands of energy audits at homes and businesses, helping customers find new ways to make their bills even lower.
Get the most out of your A/C this summer By Tiffany Spence
Did you know the average A/C unit lasts about 12-15 years in Florida? Over time your A/C will lose efficiency, however yearly service and maintenance can help extend its life. If your current air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, has needed frequent repairs, or if you have noticed that it is running longer to keep your home comfortable, it may be time to consider buying a new one.
Purchasing a new A/C is a big and expensive decision. But if you are thinking about replacing your A/C before it stops working, you may be eligible to take advantage of our $150 rebate towards the purchase of a new qualifying unit. A new energy efficient cooling system could save you money on your energy bill. For example, depending on the size of your unit. If you replace a 10 SEER three-ton A/C unit with a 16 SEER system, you could save around $377 annually.
More ways to save:
If replacing your A/C is not in the budget for this year, we have gathered a list of tips that can help you maintain your unit and keep you cool this summer:
- Remove debris – On the exterior condenser/compressor, clean leaves and other debris. Cut back branches and vegetation at least two feet in all directions to ensure proper airflow around the unit.
- Air filters – Check your filter regularly for excess buildup of dirt, dust and pet hair. How often you change the filter depends on the type of filter you have, how often you run your A/C and the number of pets in your home.
- Keep your coils clean – Dirty coils force compressors to run longer and work harder than required, increasing energy usage and utility costs while decreasing the life of your unit.
- Clean evaporator drain – Make sure the drain flows freely and there is no blockage. Clean the drain pan with soap and hot water.
- Air conditioner tune-up – Consider having your unit tuned up by an A/C contractor to ensure your system is working properly.
- Inspect for duct leaks– Look for rapid dust buildup around vents in your home and remove dirt and buildup. If the ducting system is leaking air, it can cause significant energy losses, causing energy bills to increase while affecting air quality and comfort. If you suspect your duct system may have leaks, you should contact an A/C contractor to check your duct system.
Another saving tip: We also recommend setting your A/C to 78 degrees with the fan on “auto” to help you save. When you leave your home, consider raising the temperature to 82 degrees to save even more.