As of this moment, we have no BOD meetings scheduled for next week. You will be advised if there is any change.
Our regular monthly BOD agenda meeting will be on April 13th and the BOD general meeting will be on April 19th. As usual, details to follow.
As the expression goes, “so far, so good.” Thank you everyone.
CARD ROOM CHAIRS
When we showed the renderings for the clubhouse, a few residents requested that chairs with arms be considered. We had two sample chairs delivered to the clubhouse this week and available for “sampling.” Plop into one and form an opinion. Change to the next and compare. It’s our version of musical chairs.
We will take a consensus from the residents and explain the differences when you take your chair test. You will do your own evaluation and vote for your choice.
PLACE: Inside the clubhouse near the main desk.
DATES AND TIMES: Tuesday March 30th between 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Wednesday March 31st between 10:00am and 1:00pm
Just a reminder that our auction for the clubhouse contents is being held on Saturday, April 10th between 9:00am and 5:00pm. This will take place in person or online. Look for your V.I.P. invitation in the mail with further information.
Although our phones were extremely busy not as many people registered as we had anticipated. In order that the vaccines not go to waste, we did reach out to other communities. Yesterday hundreds of calls came in.
I cannot give any update as vaccines are currently being administered. The National Guard and paramedics are here making sure all is in compliance. It’s one of the many extra benefits our residents have available. Many thanks to Chiara and Marvin for organizing this event for our community.
Certainly you can’t make up the following. We have waited months for vaccines for our residents, staff, aides, and family members. All was going well. Yesterday Marvin spoke to the office of DeSantis. We are giving the shots tomorrow to 50 and over. Starting Monday they will be changing the age bracket. You may be 49 today and cannot have access. There are NO exceptions, even if there are left over vaccines. However, if it was Monday, you would be eligible. Go figure this one out!!
Several residents have taken their proof of inoculation cards and had them laminated. I was told yesterday that Staples was offering this service free of charge. I called Office Depot to inquire on their policy. They charge $2.50. I informed the gentleman that Staples was not charging. His simple answer was “Staples makes more money than we do.”
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
It has indeed been a difficult week with disappointments pertaining to the renovation status. Until the previous Thursday, we certainly did think the agenda for Monday would have been much different than it was. It’s an uncomfortable position for the group and board but addressing this topic is unavoidable.
Since the meeting on Monday, the following is a synopsis of what has taken place.
Immediately following the BOD meeting, the Steering Group had a meeting whereby we set up a Zoom meeting with Dutch Bliss, one of the general contractors who is bidding. Although he has not been awarded the contract and is aware of this, we discussed his involvement with preparation for getting the permits necessary. We also made an appointment with our attorney for discussion.
We spent a very productive hour with Dutch. The county is slow in granting permits. It may take as many as 5 months. He would be working during the waiting period. He is agreeable in working with an Owner’s Rep. He is forwarding a Letter of Intent to us for our attorney to go over.
On Tuesday, we had chairs delivered for evaluation (see above for card room chairs) and then held another meeting. We saw the kitchen blueprints and reports.
On Wednesday morning, the auctioneer was here so he could see what was for sale. At 4:30 we had a Zoom meeting with our attorney, Andy Wyman to discuss the process with Dutch Bliss and the permits. Andy agreed that our proposed approach is good.
In the interim, we also obtained recommendations for three OR people. We will investigate each one and compare the findings. We will bring the information to the board as well as our recommendations so that we can interview the candidates and select which person we want to engage.
Bids will be submitted in the format we requested. A choice of general contractor will be made. Once again, please be assured that we ARE working everyday. The architect is putting in every moment so that we do not encounter any future concerns.
WE ALL WANT THE SAME RESULT—-a fresh clubhouse for everyone to enjoy. All of HP must work as a team. We move forward.
Palm Sunday is this weekend and the following week we have Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
This Saturday evening is the first Seder and Passover begins for the following 8 days.
May we all celebrate with joy. Much has changed since last year and we hope next year all the current issues will be history.
Be well and all the best.