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Annual Shareholder Meeting and Board Election - June 1, 2010 @ 7:30pm

The annual shareholder meeting will be Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7:30pm in the lobby. Residents will be able to discuss all matters pertaining to the building and get an update from the board in person. This is also when the board of directors for 2010-2011 will be elected. All three current members are seeking an additional 1-year term on the board. If you are interested in being a candidate for the board this year, email the board so that we can ensure we send you instructions as soon as they are available.  

Pot Luck - May 15th - In the Back Garden

Our Garden Committee has been laying down mulch, planting, and generally beautifying the grounds of our building this spring. Come enjoy the improvements and chat with your neighbors at the building's first-ever garden pot-luck on Saturday, May 15th at 5pm. E-vites have been sent out already, asking if you can come and what you can bring. But if you have not received an e-vite, please let the board know and we will send you one!!


Fios Work Continues

There will be sporadic bouts of construction in our building to complete the Fios installation over the next few weeks. The hallway conduits and the main conduit in the north stairwell is complete, and soon the wiring will commence.


Have you Seen the Hallway Designs in the Lobby?

Four design concepts for our hallway renovation project are posted in our lobby and here as a PDF for residents to review and provide optional feedback before the design is finalized and construction begins later this year. Residents are invited to email the board to let us know your preferred concept and any other feedback you have. Of course, in any building of our size, there is bound to be a wide diversity of opinions and aesthetics, so we cannot guarantee that your preferred concept will be chosen. However, we will take all feedback into consideration as we look forward to the completion of this much anticipated project.


Leak Engineer Approved

There are numerous locations on the 5th and 6th floors where roof and wall leaks are being reported. Due to the high cost of the exterior scaffolding used to perform the work, the board is attempting to contain costs by addressing all of our leaks as one large project. As was done with the large boiler replacement project, an engineer will be brought in to create a standard work specification that multiple contractors will bid on, so we can choose our contractors in an apples-to-apples way. In addition, this means that only the engineer will need to gain access to affected apartments, instead of multiple contractors. Some of you have already been visited by contractors and/or our property manager, so please be patient as the engineer will have to take a look for himself and that should be the final intrusion before the work begins later in the year. 


Laundry Income almost Double the Old Rate

Our new laundry room is bringing in an average of $800-$900 per month in revenue for our building, as compared to our old flat-rate of $500 per month. This increased income helps us keep down maintenance and other fees, and helps us to budget for the garden committee's beautification projects. The change in income is due to a more favorable 8-year contract that the board entered into last year, and our residents' continuing use of our convenient facility.

Engineer's Plan for Boiler Replacement Approved
Our engineer's plans for the replacement of our boiler have been approved by the board. The new boiler will be better-sized to the needs of our building than the current boiler, cheaper to maintain, and much more efficient. Due to the extra cost of replacing a boiler during the winter heating season which has just begun, we plan to perform the work shortly after this heating season ends, in the spring of 2010. Stay tuned for additional updates.

House Rules Updated by the Board
The board has updated the building's house rules to include a more liberal cat policy (dogs are still prohibited), a requirement to pad the feet of movable furniture in response to noise complaints, a requirement to clean food off recyclables before leaving them in compactor room bins, a clarification of when board approval is needed for apartment alterations, and new references to our sublet policy and garage wait list. If you have any questions about the updated house rules, please e-mail the board any time.

Garage Parking Spots Must Be Cleaned of Items by November 15th, 2009
Personal items have been accumulating on the floor of our garage. On or after November 15th, 2009, any items touching the floor of the garage (other than your car) will be removed by management and not returned to their owners. This is not a new rule... rather it is a periodic enforcement of an existing rule... no items are allowed in garage spots other than your car and anything you can affix to your building-provided bicycle rack. If you would like to request a free bicycle rack (one per space), please e-mail the board.

Sublet Policy Approved
The board has approved a sublet policy governing when you can sublet your apartment, the fees involved, and the penalties for non-compliance. If you would like to sublet your apartment please fill out a sublet application. Both the policy and applications are saved on the "useful forms page for future reference.

In-Building Trick-or-Treating
If you would like to participate in some hallway trick-or-treating on Halloween this year, please put your apartment number on the sign-up sheet on our bulletin board, and then take a decorative door sign from the bulletin board and hang it on your door on October 31st. This lets parents and kids in our building know that they can knock on your door without disturbing you between 4pm and 8pm this Halloween!!! Thank you to Lina who made this happen this year!

Please Clean Your Recyclables

Please clean your plastic and paper containers so that food does not sit in our recycling bin and attract roaches unnecessarily to our compactor rooms. This request has been added to our house rules, and new signs are being planned for our compactor room doors. Thank you for your help to keep our building clean.

Friends of Cortelyou Neighborhood Happy Hour

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Posted on behalf of Mark Gilman

Friends of Cortelyou - Neighborhood Happy Hour

The Last Thursday of Every Month! (That's TONIGHT)

Thursday, July 30th
7pm to 9pm
@ Sycamore Flower Shop + Bar

1118 Cortelyou Road
[btw Westminster & Stratford]

Join Us for Drink Specials &
Free Food From Cinco de Mayo

Complements of Friends of Cortelyou

Friends of Cortelyou Shirts for Sale ($10)...
Help Support the Neighborhood!

Meet a New Neighbor, See an Old Friend.

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