Thirty-four people attended the Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, held early in advance of the holidays. They included eight board members as well as staff and representatives of our electrical contractors and consultants, Hariton and Triple C. As meetings go, it was action-packed.
After years of discussions and negotiations with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Village Green is close to beginning the first construction work on the electrical upgrade project!
With the help of Triple C, the planning team has gotten the okay from LADWP to apply for a variance allowing us to upgrade one building as a trial toward rewiring all structures. Building 91, in Court 17, has been chosen for the pilot because of its combination of upstairs, downstairs and two-story units. The Board unanimously voted to hire Triple C to perform the upgrade work. NOTE: Look for a longer article on this upgrade plan in February’s HIGHLIGHTS.
INSURANCE PREMIUMS RISE
Management invited insurance broker Scott Litman to join the meeting to help account for a dramatic rise in insurance premiums levied on the Green. He cited recent insurance company losses in California and the Green’s aging electrical system as the main causes. Litman was optimistic, however, that some of the increases might be tempered as work begins on the electrical upgrade project and safety concerns are addressed. The directors unanimously passed funding reflecting the increase.
SYCAMORE AVENUE WALKWAY REPAIR
The walkway along Sycamore Avenue linking Court 1 with Court 17 has been damaged by tree roots, and the Board discussed a motion to redirect a section of the path to minimize the risk of tripping/falling while preserving the tree. The motion was tabled pending consultation with RIOS as to how to resolve this within our historic design guidelines.
NOISE GUIDELINE REVISIONS
After several recent daytime noise complaints, Board members sought clarification for what constitutes “acceptable” noise levels from 8am to 10pm. It was noted that the HANDBOOK’s noise language does not include daytime noise rules, and is vague and subjective as written, presenting enforcement challenges.
Directors all agreed that the HANDBOOK rules should be much more specific, and discussion focused on how to do that, namely, how to measure the noise and/or the severity of a complaint. Among options discussed: compiling a tally of complaints for each event; monitoring decibel levels; determining whether gatherings of a certain size and noise level ought to be moved elsewhere, to the Clubhouse, as an example; and what sort of restrictions have been adopted by other homeowner associations and/or are typically written into the language of Airbnb rental agreements?
Board member Ashley Fondrevay volunteered to research how other HOAs and organizations handle such complaints; she will report back to the Board in the new year.