The Village Green Board of Directors sponsored two (virtual) Town Hall meetings last month for residents to hear and discuss a set of master planting guidelines which will map out the high, medium, and low water use areas of the Green.
In April, the Board will vote on the recommendations. With planting guidelines, Village Green can finally move forward with the long-needed replacement of our 80-year-old irrigation system.
More than 60 residents attended the town hall meetings, and the mood at both events was positive. RIOS, an award-winning landscape architecture firm, had developed the planting guidelines and presented them to the Board late last year.
You can hear a recording of the discussion and read more about the guidelines in the November 2022 and February 2023 HIGHLIGHTS online issues, here.
2023 MAJOR BUILDING MAINTENANCE RESOLUTIONS
In March, directors unanimously approved six Management resolutions for residential and garage buildings this year:
- Paint ten residential buildings: 2, 17, 21, 23, 51, 53, 55, 65, 92, and 96
(Alex Painting @ $196,790.00)
- Insulate those ten buildings (Everguard Home Insulation@ $152,161)
- And make necessary woodwork repairs (Becker Enterprises Inc. @ $25,889.28)
- Paint the garage exteriors in courts 3,7, and 11 (Alex Painting @$57,832.00)
- Make necessary woodwork repairs (Becker Enterprises @$36,856.36)
- Mitigate pest infestations (Fenn Termite and Pest Control @ $18,380.00).
ELECTRICAL UPGRADE PROJECT INCHES FORWARD
Management reported that work is proceeding on the pilot project in Building 91, including a request to the LADWP for permission to add underground equipment in the Court 17 driveway to prepare the building for the 34.5K line when it is brought to the property on some future date. Another request went to the Department of Building and Safety (DBS) for approval of electrical repair work. These approvals may take weeks.
VG Maintenance conducted a visual inspection and evaluation of the electrical panels, receptacles, and light fixtures in all of the building’s units. This documentation will be helpful during the pilot project repair work. Also, with the help of Hariton Engineering, ARG, and Triple C, the team has found several possible “best case” solutions for modernizing the electrical infrastructure for various unit types.
Final re-inspections occurred in late March to address violations owing to lack of access and flammable materials. Greenies who did not comply will receive Notices of Hearing.
REBUILDING SERPENTINE WALLS
In February, the Board approved repair of four serpentine walls and in March okayed replacement of another one. They also asked Management to research whether the labor-intensive process to custom-cut the bricks is necessary. Unfortunately, Management confirmed that this process is unavoidable, as it’s done to maintain the characteristic curve and height of the walls, something that cannot be accomplished with a larger brick size.
The company scheduled six washers to be replaced in courts 4,5,6,7, 13, and 16 and four dryers in courts 6, 9, 11, and 15 on April 7. A deep cleaning of all the exterior and interior laundry machines is tentatively set for April 10.