SLR Koffee Klatch Newsletter
September 19, 2011
Coffee and donuts: Dick Dain and Bruce Balch
Master of Ceremonies: Ed Weirauch
Sound: Bob Trombley
Illness: Margaret Dillon was taken to Lake Wales Medical Center Friday with severe chest pains. She is in room 306. Margaret will have a stress test today Monday) and if there are no complications she may possibly come today or tomorrow. Their daughter, Beverly is with Gene and will stay for a while when Margaret comes home. Cards may be sent to the local address in the directory.
Betty Myles is in Bartow Regional Hospital room 213-1. Cards may be sent to her there or to the local address in the directory. The address of the Bartow Hospital is 2200 Osprey Blvd., Bartow, FL 33830.
Marion Seile is home from Lake Wales Medical Center. She had a heart catheterization procedure that showed no blockage in the heart, but a blockage in the artery that leads to the lungs. Marion is on multiple medications and will need oxygen at home. Cards may be sent to the Douskey address in the directory.
Anna Miller is still at Grace Nursing Home (formerly the Dove) for therapy. She is progressing slowly. Cards may be sent to the Staib/Miller address in the directory or to the nursing home.
Please remember our Saddlebag friends with prayers, cards and phone calls.
Lois Lapsley - Saddlebag Sunshine Lady
696-1111; email address: email@example.com
23 Blue Quill
And now for the Good News:
Birthdays: Beverly Rindt, today. Sally Knapton
Returned: Jack and Rita Ashley
Leaving: Elinor Roeschen
New Owners: Jim and Pat Wood, 57 Queen of Waters
Our water level this morning is 101 feet 10.25 inches. Last Week our water level was 101 feet 11.25 inches.
Hi-Speed Internet: All the connections have been made by Verizon for the Fiber-Optic cable. It still has to be tested by our supplier and given their Ok. We expect that to happen sometime this week.
Polk County Public Shelters: There is an informational packet and signup sheets for the Polk County public shelters at the office. If you need or want to use one of these shelters in the event of a storm, you need to fill out one of the applications, NOW and not just before a storm.
Post Office: Summer hours, 9:30 -- 10:30 AM
Clubhouse: The clubhouse is closed for the rest of the week for stripping and rewaxing of the floor.
Flu Shots: According to Dick Dain, there will be no flu shots offered this year at the Clubhouse. These shots are available at a number of local commercial outlets and the County Health Dept.
Library: The library is closed until further notice. You can still get the DVD's from 51 Queen of Waters during the hours of 10AM and 12 PM.
Name Tag: Please wear it if you have one.
Grannies Attic: Open Mondays, Ginny Lowell and Cheryl Thompson are the contact persons.
Emergencies: Call 911. Also, call 863-604-4321. This number gets you to our security personnel. This is a cell phone number. The number is also prominently displayed on the front cover of the directory.
Hurricane Preparedness: http://saddlebaglakeresort.net/SLR/data/PDF_Docs/hurricane%20preparedness%20for%20residents.pdf
Press Ctrl + Click to see this link. You must have Adobe Reader. This is also on the website under Board of Directors.
Travel: Hey all you “cruisers" for January, 2012! Don't miss out! All outside category OB are now SOLD OUT! We are now totally out of outside window cabins. There are still a few balcony and inside cabins available….so don't wait! Sign up now and join fellow “Saddlebaggers" and friends on a great cruise!
If you have already signed up, have you thought about your shore tours yet? CJ has tried to arrange for tours just for her group, but we need to let her know! Call me or email me for details.
Interested in some day trips and /or overnights???
Here is a list of the trips I plan to offer with C&D Tours. (All bus transportation arranged through Small World Tours):
November 26th, Show Palace presents a Show Palace Christmas.
November 29th, Ellenton Prime shopping outlets.
December 9th, Mission Inn & Mt. Dora. Shopping, adventuring, buffet lunch.
January 26th, Treasure Tavern live music and comedy
January 29-February 1, 2012 BILOXI overnight trip!!
If you are interested in any of these please contact me. I'd like a preliminary count to know if I should pursue these trips. Also, if you want to go anywhere else…please let me know and we can set it up. I have the details on the Biloxi Trip and there are trips to St. Augustine, Savannah, Key West and Pigeon Forge! If interested in anything please call me!
Nancy Balch Ladynan48@gmail.com 696-1219
Managers' Report: The piano Virginia Toering ordered is supposed to be in at the end of the month.
Hope to have the rental building up and running by the end of next week. Maintenance will move everything. We will ozone the books and puzzles to kill off any mold spores that may be hiding in the paper prior to putting them on the shelves.
WaterTech has completed 151 laterals as of Friday. They were about 4 weeks behind due to many laterals being under driveways, but have brought in 2 crews in order to get caught up.
I have Clettus from Tucker Paving scheduled to be at the first workshop to answer questions about the paving project. I have forwarded a list of questions given to me from concerned owners so that he will be prepared to answer
Clettus, David Farabee , and I took an extensive tour of the resort this week. Not much changed from the original paving plan... a few curbs were added to driveways. Clettus also said he would dig out the cold patch put in at the sink hole area on the south driveway of the annex parking lot that Verizon repaired a couple of weeks ago and repair it correctly.
Maintenance will begin stripping and waxing the clubhouse floor directly after Koffee Klatch today. It will take all week. If anyone has any unscheduled functions normally taking place in the clubhouse we ask that you please make other arrangements.
POOL SUPPLY ROOM AND POOL FENCE The "pool supply room", aka the "pump house", was renovated for 3 reasons. Initial Safety, OSHA/State Health Dept. chemical storage safety requirements, and exterior cosmetic damage which required repair. Let me just begin with the 2 portable storage sheds that were being used to store the pool/spa chemicals, as well as the equipment
required to clean the pool/spa and the surrounding areas, including the decks and the furniture. The sheds were small, did not have proper ventilation, no lighting, and most importantly, no shelving system to allow for the proper storage of chemicals
per OSHA standards to prevent accidental mixing of chemicals, damage to the stored containers, and injuries due to such negligence. Knowing there was an issue and the "pump house" being basically unusable, I brought it to the Board's attention that we could alleviate the problem and avoid possible issues with OSHA and the State Health Dept. and any fines which may be imposed with such violations, by modifying the "pump house" which had been rendered unusable after the original vac pac for the pool was shut down. The open holes in the floor had to be filled anyway to prevent the danger of anyone from falling in the pits accidentally (2 holes approximately 4' X 4', and 3' X 3', both of which were 4 feet deep).
The Board supported my findings and the resolution of the issues at hand. A new concrete floor was poured to fill the holes and level the walking surface. The interior was cleaned, repaired, and painted. Shelves and tool storage caddys were purchased and installed by the maintenance department, the chemicals and pool equipment were stored systematically, the height of the room from floor to ceiling as well as the lighting and ventilation comply with OHSA and Health Department requirements, and the "Pool/spa Equipment Storage Room" was born.
Prior to the completion of the interior, the exterior also had issues from lack of repair and maintenance. The stucco had degraded so badly that it was cracked in many places, and falling off the cement block structure. The exterior was also in desperate need of paint. It was Management's recommendation that, instead of doing the stucco repair and painting, vinyl siding would be the best alternative to cut down on future repair and maintenance costs. Vinyl siding never needs to be painted and does not degrade over time. The Board agreed. It is now on the scheduled maintenance program for pressure cleaning.
The entire renovation (including the shelving and tool storage system) was $6496.44. One OSHA violation carries a $7000. fine. I would like to point out that safety issues and concerns do not require a Board meeting or minutes in order to address such problems. It should also be known that the old storage sheds were dismantled and sold for scrap along with the old dump trailer which was no longer useable. The scrap sale brought in $500. for the Association.
The safety of the pool gates and locks were also of concern. The Polk County Health Department had recommended replacement many times, including most recently April 11, 2011. Taking into consideration that many owners have small children visiting from time to time, the safety risk was not worth taking. If only one tragic incident could be avoided by replacing the system, with the recommended gates and locks we have done our job. Stambaugh would not put the Association in such a position of liability.
Management brought the concern to the Board's attention, along with bids to replace the entire enclosure system. We thought it wouldn't make much sense to upgrade the gates and locks and not also upgrade the fence. The Board agreed.
The pool fence/gates/locks are allowed for in the Reserve Schedule which was voted on at the annual meeting, as the fence is considered an enclosure. Management then executed the Reserve Schedule as needed. No meeting or minutes were required. The pool fence system, the vac pac fence, and the screen enclosure for the spa totaled $13,471.75. The Reserve Schedule allowed $18,000. for the enclosures. As you can see, we were well under the Reserve Budget.
It should also be known that the old pool fence was of no salvage value. That being said, one of the maintenance employees, Joe Messer, inquired with John if it he could have the fence. John asked management if that would be ok. I asked the Board if they would mind if Joe took the fence, as we would have to pay to haul it away. The Board agreed that Joe could have the fence.
Unfortunately, Thursday of last week, in an attempt to sully the reputation of Joe Messer, John Crummey and the Management, with incorrect information from an unknown source, Sue Teague and another unknown resident took the Lake Wales police dept. to Joe Messer's home and accused him of theft of the fence. I have the police report with me. Ms. Teague's actions have put the Association in a liability position. Joe Messer is an honest, hard working employee. He does not deserve such treatment.
Thank you for your time today. Mel
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Until next week: Best Wishes, and God Bless. Anyone having any comments, observations, or email address changes, please e mail Bob Trombley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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