Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 1st Quarter Newsletter FYI:

The first quarter newsletter is reproduced here FYI. Some have read it already but there are those who are not owners who look in here and would like to be kept informed of what is going on at the complex. So here it is for your reading pleasure.

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One item worth note is information on the often broken gates. At least they are again opening and closing, so we should be grateful for this small miracle. The gates are an important part of the complex for several reasons, one is that we bought here (& many rent here) on the basis that this is a secure complex with limited access. All to often this is not the case and there is currently in the Bay County court a civil suit due to these gates being inoperable for a considerable time and not fixed in a timely manner.

Two expensive motorcycles were stolen here one night and when the owners complained they got no satisfaction from the management firm or the BOD. They were just told it wasn't 'their problem' (ie: the management firm and BODs). So a civil action was started by these 2 owners and it is ongoing. (for details see:
A bit of cooperation at the outset would probably have averted this suit. The gates must be kept in working condition and when broken they must be fixed a.s.a.p.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

No Rebates to owners for water/sewer bills:

You might recall that up until Dec 2008 American Utility Management (AUM) handled the billings for water and sewer at NCC. They did a very poor job and were fired. NCC then rolled the water and sewer costs into the quarterly dues payments.

Since consumption of water could not be accurately computed in advance, the water charge was set to a consumption level that would probably exceeded what was likely to be used. This with the expectation that the actual costs would be lower than what was being paid with the result that there would be an overage requiring a rebate at the end of the year.

Unfortunately this is no longer an option and the office advises: "Credits/refunds for overages are based on the total overall budget not on individual line items. The overall budget did not have an overage so there are not any credits or refunds to be distributed."

So nothing is coming back from the artificially high water bills. Considering how bad AUM was we are probably better off without them, even at the higher cost for the water/sewer billings.

Something else for your consideration is that when units stopped being billed for their actual consumption and the entire water/sewer bill was divided by 168 (and a bit more added on to ensure water/sewer wasn't under billed) that we ended up with EVERYONE paying exactly the same. 2/2's pay the same as 4/3's. People like myself who spent only 49 days on property in 2009 pay exactly the same as a family of 8 who are here and using water every day.

With the current crop of BOD/Officers it is unrealistic to think that this issue could be addressed by this useless, do nothing group, but when the BOD comes under the control of owners later this year (July)*, the problem should be adjusted so that the larger units pay a higher fee and the smaller units pay a bit less.

* This turned out to be Dec. 2010, not July

Sunday, January 3, 2010

NCC Budget 2012 and 2010 and Balance Sheet of 10/25/10

Nautilus Cove Condo Budget for 2012

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Nautilus Cove Budget for 2010
Misc FYI:  The document title should read '2010 Proposed Budget'.  It was put together in 2009 and approved by the BOD on Dec. 20, 2009 as the 2010 budget.

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