Compiled by Sherri Giles, edited by PJC, photo by Zig
Manager Sherri Giles’ updated the Board of Directors on a variety of topics including the electrical upgrade project, Fannie Mae, residential building painting and insulation, serpentine wall bricks, 2-pane window frame replacements, lighting upgrades, balcony inspections, asbestos pipe replacements, and the WASH laundry services lease.
LADWP has granted our Amperage Agreement and Variance Form, which allows us to proceed with the planned electrical system repair in Building 91. Repairs will commence with rewiring and replacing electrical subpanels, receptacles, and switches in the building’s eight units starting on Monday, July 10. This work will last six weeks.
The Fannie Mae Situation
Manager Sherri Giles provided an update on lender Fannie Mae's recent decision to place the Village Green on their ineligible list. A representative at US Bank reported to Ms. Giles that a lender working on a loan for a prospective buyer provided documentation to Fannie Mae that triggered a review of the Village Green. The US Bank representative also provided an overview of Fannie Mae’s concerns to Ms. Giles. Due to the legal nature of these concerns, the Board discussed them in Executive Session.
Power washing and insulation preparation has begun at Building 92 in court 17 and is scheduled to be completed by June 27th. Painting and insulation will commence shortly for buildings 2, 17, 21, 23, 51, 53, 55, 65, and 96. Courts 3, 7, and 11 have been selected for garage restoration and repair, and work is tentatively scheduled to start in Fall 2023. Pre-painting patio inspections for damage to fences, walls, and underground infrastructure caused by vegetation and trees is ongoing.
Serpentine Wall Bricks
Troxler and Sons is seeking approval from the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources (LAOHR) to produce affordable local bricks that comply with the aesthetic continuity of existing walls. For previous serpentine wall replacements, LAOHR mandated the use of Carolina brick, a handmade brick manufactured in South Carolina and expensive to produce and ship.
Metal Window Frame Replacement
Beckett Construction has agreed to work toward providing a design for metal window frames that will match Village Green’s design as much as possible and hold two panes of glass. These frames will be presented to the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources (LAOHR), and if approved, will be presented to the Board for discussion.
Lighting and Lamp Upgrades
LADWP’s vendor Volt Electric installed new energy-efficient LED lamps in all seventeen laundry rooms and most of the maintenance buildings in June. As part of a Safety Committee initiative, the existing lamps, and walkway/driveway fixtures in Courts 1 and 7 have been replaced.
Balcony Inspections Imminent
State law requires structural inspections of all balconies. Management will solicit bids from several structural engineers and present the bids to the Board for review. Inspections must be completed by January 1, 2025.
Asbestos Pipe Replacements
In seeking to prevent water damage caused by gas furnace replacements, Management will present a proposal to the Board at a future meeting that requires replacing the original asbestos pipe when a new furnace is installed.
Laundry Service Lease
The contract with WASH laundry services is set to expire next month, but will continue month-to-month until a new lease agreement is established. Discussions are underway to improve service with the contractor. Management will also initiate dialogue with a second laundry service provider that has received commendable reviews.