Del Mar Pacific has switched to the “wet demo” process in some of its construction work. The process will be used when stripping away stucco from buildings. The process involves hosing down the stucco before removing it in order to reduce the amount of dust caused by the removal process.
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David Fisher, who has served as the liaison between the Lakeside Garden Grove Community and Optimum Property Management, left the firm on Oct. 18, 2013. Mr. Fisher, who served as the community association manager since June 2012, accepted a similar position with a smaller property management firm, Optimum said.
Fisher will be replaced on a temporary basis by Shannon Thornhill, currently Optimum’s Director of Association Management. Ms. Thornhill said she will be the community’s point person until a permanent replacement can be hired. She has been with Optimum since 2002. She can be reached at (714) 508-9070 x228 or at email@example.com.
Notice of Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM Executive Session; 5:30 PM
Special General Session Location: Optimum Professional Property Management (ACMF)
17731 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 212, Tustin, CA.
The TOWN HALL REFURBISHMENT UPDATE meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 16, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. United Methodist Church (CHAPEL), 12741 Main Street, Garden Grove.
The 2013 election for the Lakeside-Garden Grove HOA Board of Directors will kick off this month with six candidates seeking the five open seats.
Secret ballots will be mailed to homeowners no later than 30 days before the Oct. 21 election meeting. If completed and mailed, the ballots must be received at Optimum Property Management offices at 17731 Irvine Blvd., Ste 212, Tustin, CA 92780, by 12:00 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2013. The sealed secret ballots also can be hand delivered the night of the meeting.
The general HOA meeting and election session will be held in Room 21 at the United Methodist Church at 12741 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840. The HOA Board executive session will start at 6 p.m. followed by the general session at 7 p.m. and the election session at 8 p.m.
The six candidates for the five Board seats are Patrick Turner (incumbent), Jeannie Alliss (incumbent), Martin Evans (incumbent), Richard Covert (incumbent), past Board member Darcee Golden and newcomer Jill Hamblin.
Homeowners are each entitled to five votes per unit. Cumulative voting is permitted whereby each member may cast all five (5) votes for one candidate or votes may be split among the candidates as long as the total number of votes cast is not greater than five (5) per unit, otherwise the secret ballot may be deemed invalid and may be used for quorum purposes only.
Nominations for candidates can be made from the floor and will be accepted the night of the meeting. Secret ballots will be available at the meeting with space for those candidates nominated from the floor, however once you mail in the enclosed irrevocable secret ballot, you may not replace it at the annual meeting.
Although as a homeowner it is not required that you vote, it still is recommended that you exercise this right. Representation of 50 percent (50%) of the voting power, which is equal to 143 votes, is required to conduct the election. If 50% of the recorded homeowners (which constitutes a quorum) is not represented, the election session of the Oct. 21 meeting will not be held and will be adjourned to a later date. This will cause the association to incur additional expenses. If the meeting must be adjourned because of lack of quorum, all secret ballots cast by mail will carry over until quorum is attained, however the requirement is reduced to 25 percent or 72 ballots in order to attain the quorum goal.
You will be voting to elect five members of the Board of Directors. The Board comprises homeowners elected by the members (homeowners) of the association. The Board acts as a governing body to operate the business of the association, which is a corporation. The Board has a fiduciary duty to protect, maintain, and enhance the value of the property/common area; and, to act in the best interest of the corporation. The Board has authority over the maintenance, administration, and financial condition of the corporation.
Homeowners who have not received a ballot by the first week of October should call David Fisher at Optimum Property Management at 714 508-9070 x308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a ballot.
Contrary to rumors floating around the community, Del Mar Pacific does not use workers plucked from Home Depot parking lots. Those individuals tend to be illegal immigrants and would pose legal and ethical problems for DMP if hired.
DMP says most of the workers on the Lakeside refurbishment project have been long-term employees of the company. Many have been with the firm from 6 to 8 years with some being employed more than 10 years. DMP also says new employees are often referred by the existing staff.
Some current workers were recruited from Craigslist.com, a well-known classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, for sale, items wanted, services and others. DMP says workers hired off of Craigslist or by other means are fully vetted, which means to make a careful and critical evaluation of something or someone. These employees are carefully screened; their references are checked, they undergo background checks for criminal activity and are tested for drug use before they are hired.
There have been questions raised about cracks in some of the lumber used in the refurbishment project. These cracks, by and large, do not hurt the integrity of the wood, according to DMP.
DMP described what happens when wood is cured, then treated with a preservative to resist rot and termite damage and then cured again. The process causes stress in some of the wood, which results in stress cracks.
These cracks do not reduce the strength of the wood unless they are a certain depth and width. DMP workers sort through the wood available for the Lakeside project and reject the pieces with unacceptable cracks. If a piece of unacceptable cracked wood slips through, DMP’s quality control program, headed by DMP construction superintendent Kyle Brito and refurbishment project manager Dale Meredith, kicks in. The wood is replaced, especially in load-bearing or support sections of balconies and stairs.
There always will be unforeseen consequences during construction projects. While DMP does its best to avoid damages to the structure, there can be incidences when working on a balcony or stairs causes damage.
Such was the case in a recent incident where work on deck joists on a balcony caused a problem requiring an adjustment on a sliding glass door. In this case, the bottom rollers just had to be adjusted to raise the door slightly so the lock lined up properly with the jamb. The problem was quickly addressed and the issue has been resolved to the satisfaction of the owner.
It might seem reasonable to allow residents to collect cans and bottles for recycling because it helps provide additional income in these cash-strapped times, plus it helps the environment.
However, there are several drawbacks to such activity. The two biggest are that dumpster diving brings in a criminal element and can cause messes around the dumpsters. In the past, drug addicts have rifled through our trash bins in search of recyclables to help pay for their habits, and homeless people search the bins for food and clothing. Drug addicts and homeless people could care less about keeping our trash enclosures clean. They dig to suit their purposes, and if trash is tossed outside of the bins while they are searching, so be it.
OK, you say, just limit the dumpster diving to residents only. But how will you know who is or isn’t a resident? Some non-residents caught dumpster diving in the past have simply said they live here, when they don’t. There is no good way to determine who is or isn’t a resident. Besides, there have been residents who have been known to dumpster dive who are just as messy as the interlopers.
The best policy is to curtail dumpster diving altogether. That is what the Board has chosen. The Rules and Regulations are in the process of being revised, and when they are adopted, they will help prevent dumpster diving. If you see dumpster divers, please advise them that it is not permissible and if they choose not to stop their activity, please call:
Garden Grove police at 714-741-5704 or
Casitas Security at 714-512-4140
to report them. But be cautious and polite when approaching dumpster divers and avoid confrontations. Let the police and Casitas deal with them.
Construction on the first balconies was delayed for several reasons. First there were the beams. The new beams were treated with a chemical to help resist water damage and insects. The lumber was soaked in a tank of this chemical. There are only a few locations (one in Oregon was used) that have tanks big enough for the beams at Lakeside. Also, the chemicals used to treat the wood have a lot of EPA issues that some lumber yards do not want to deal with.
After the soaking, the lumber needed to be dried before shipment. All this needed time. What had been promised as a four-week process took seven weeks. So if a balcony needed a new beam it sat while Del Mar Pacific waited for the lumber.
A related thing happened with the handrail pickets. The pickets arrived after the soaking process, but the chemicals didn’t do well with the thin pickets. They looked horrible, so DMP came up with an alternate plan, which also took time.
Another delay came when DMP ran into some construction techniques that were not shown on the plans. Why? Because when a couple balconies were reconstructed several years ago, the workers did it improperly, leading to premature failure of the deck structure. A structural engineer designed a new system that corrected the error.
Also, the precast stair tread deliveries took longer than expected. And finally, there were minor delays in the delivery of structural connectors. The HOA’s engineer and architect realized how and where the old connections failed and improved on the design by using fatter and rust resistant washers and stronger bolts, which aren’t used much in Southern California construction, so warehouses needed more time to order them.
The material delays are now behind Del Mar Pacific, which has ramped up its work force and expects to “catch up” by the 10th or 12th buildings.
At the August 19 regular Board meeting, a concern was raised that the new balconies were not being constructed with the Azek composite material and thus did not look as elegant as the 30 or so Azek balconies constructed by a different company before the refurbishment project began.
The Board chose not to continue with Azek for the railing and pickets for two reasons. 1). Cost, and 2). Apparent structural weakness. Azek, with a life span of 25-30 years, simply costs more than wood. To replace all the balconies with Azek would have added an additional $400,000 to the project cost. The board, in trying to contain costs, chose not to continue with Azek. On the 38 balconies built with Azek, it was noticed that the bottom almost 4-foot wide guardrail between the post supports started to sag in the middle. This was because the material apparently did not weather sun exposure well. Also the post supports are wood with a plastic sheaf over them, so they still are vulnerable to termites.
As a result, the Board decided to go with wood, which has been treated in a preservative and is termite resistant, for the railings and pickets. The decking is Azek but it is 100 percent composite material (meaning plastic/polymer), which termites do not like to eat. Also, the deck boards are supported by structural framing at 16 inches apart, whereas the guardrails are about 48 inches apart. The wood for the rails and pickets are expected to last 15-20 years.