The meeting was opened by Andy Habe at 9:00 A.M..
Members of the board present: Andy Habe, Roger Lange, Romeo Berthiaume, Marianne Williams, Frank Lary
Cash flow and bill payment forms were reviewed and approved. Marianne indicated that there might be a necessity for an increase in the condo fee for 2014. She said that if it is necessary to raise the fee, she would recommend a $10 increase, noting that all expenses for the residents are rising and hoping to keep the increase as low as possible. While this increase might be considered, Frank and Romeo noted that the major contracts are expiring this fall and there might be a possibility of trying to negotiate lower cost contracts with the vendors. If this happens, the need for an increase will be lowered. Frank has a list of possible vendors he will interview for the new contracts.
Fire walls: Frank talked to Brian Lynch (Marinella supervisor) and, as of 4/6, the following condo needs framing 17 NVD, and 22 NVD,26 NVD,51 NVD, 57 NVD need firewall. Those on OCW that need firewall are 8,21,26,34. Next week, work will begin to finish the firewalls. Before the end of the month, all homes will be complete. Frank Carterilli will notify Frank when he can come to finish.
Lawyer: The board voted to drop the idea of a lawsuit against Marinella for the shoddy water line work on Nature View Drive. Andy was in communication with a lawyer who advised that such a lawsuit would have difficulty resulting in a favorable conclusion for Olde Canal Village. The length of time since the contractor installed the pipes, along with the seven-year limit on liability for poor construction is not in our favor. The board also voted to drop the proposal of sending a letter to the selectmen seeking help for such a lawsuit as it would be needed.
Snow removal vendors- Frank has a list of names that he will interview regarding snow removal and landscaping. The entire board is invited to attend these meetings. Frank will begin the process in June.
Storage Pod: Approval was given to the Quinlans for parking a storage pod in their drive which will be used to store packed items as they prepare for their move.