Also, there's a new garage lighting trial in Court 7. Residents and safety committee members are encouraged to review the lighting in action after dark.
Repair work in six of eight of Building 91’s units has been inspected and approved by the LA Department of Building and Safety; the remaining two units will be evaluated in a separate visit.
INSURANCE COVERAGE CHANGES:
The Association’s General Liability and Property Insurance policy has been transferred to a new Farmers Insurance agent. Nick Early now oversees the policy, taking over for agent Scott Litman, who will continue to manage the VG’s Umbrella, Fidelity, and Directors & Officers policies. Mr. Litman also notified the Board that Farmers will not be renewing VGOA’s General Liability and Property policy, since Farmers no longer insures properties with a total value exceeding $100M. (Our replacement value is assessed at $188M.) He is exploring options from multiple carriers to ensure that we have choices available during the upcoming renewal process.
BUILDING PAINTING AND INSULATION:
Buildings 21 and 23 have been completed as of October 20. Power washing has begun at Building 51; insulation, carpentry repairs, and paint prep commenced the week of October 23, while work on Building 53 will begin November 13.
Courts 3, 7, and 11 have been selected for restoration. Due to the project’s need for multiple vendors and overlapping work, scheduling is still being worked out. The project includes termite treatment, carpentry repairs and new paint, as well as roof and concrete foundation repair. Garage inspections in these courts will coincide with the work.
LAUNDRY MACHINE MAINTENANCE:
WASH technicians replaced three problematic washers in mid-October and deep cleaned all machines. Three days later, one of the replacement machines failed. Management is evaluating alternative laundry service companies and will bring proposals to the Board at an upcoming meeting.
Contractor Craig Troxler submitted details of his repair plan to the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources and reports that Lambert Geissinger has reached out for clarification.
GARAGE COURT 7 LIGHTING TRIAL:
VG Maintenance replaced existing driveway and walkway light fixtures with new Westgate LFX-SM Series fixtures—thirteen in all. These fixtures feature variable brightness, power consumption, and color temperature. Residents and safety committee members are encouraged to review the lighting in action after dark.
FURNACE VENT ISSUES:
As reported last month, trial construction to separate the furnace pipes for two units, needed to fix and to prevent condensation damage caused by a replacement furnace, was completed in Building 7. The work requires a two by two foot pipe chase in some units’ closets and bedrooms. The new rooftop venting will be hidden in a false chimney, pending approval by the LA Office of Historic Resources.