Nov 12

Update: Heat Restored!

Everyone,

Just a brief update! The work slated for today was completed much more rapidly than anticipated, and heat has been restored! Again, we apologize for the brief inconvenience.

Nov 11

IMPORTANT: Heating Outage Tomorrow (Monday, November 12, 2018)

Everyone,

I realize it’s unfortunate timing, given the drops in temperature and Veterans Day being observed by many tomorrow, however, we are going to have to turn the heat off tomorrow, for some much-needed repairs to be made to one of our pumps. You might recall that, back in early October, when announcing the pending switch to heat, I’d given warning that such work would be coming. The necessary parts had, unfortunately, not be available at a more appropriate time, and the longer we go without making them, the more likely we are to risk being without heat unexpectedly, for longer, and at greater cost. The upside to this is that what was originally going to be at least a two-day job is going to be done in one, as the contractor has agreed to double up the team, to compensate for their inability to do the work earlier. We’re tentatively saying the heat will be off from ~ 6:30 am to ~ 6:30 pm, but that’s hopefully going to be substantially longer than the actual time.

As a reminder, again, please DO NOT USE SPACE HEATERS!!! I’d recommend that if you have windows or sliding-glass doors open at the moment, you close them by tonight, and perhaps turn up the heat to leave things slightly toastier than usual in the morning. Be prepared to bundle up if you need to, and draw yourself a hot bath if it comes down to it (my understanding, at least, is that the hot water won’t be affected, but I could be mistaken).

Thank you, and I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Nov 06

VOTE!

As you make your way to the polling place to select your representatives across all levels of government, I would like to remind you that you can make a huge difference by casting your vote right here at Grand Bel Manor.

As you hopefully are already aware, the board of directors has been leading an initiative to amend our condominium declaration in an effort to reduce delinquencies. Although the current delinquency rate is not as high as it has been in the last few years, it is still a big problem that affects our budget planning each year and a major factor when deciding how much of a condo fee increase will be necessary to fulfill all our financial obligations.

However, in order to change the condominium declaration, we are required by law to have 60% of all owners vote in favor of the proposal. This is proving to be a great challenge primarily because of the low number of proxy/ballots we have received thus far. Currently, less than half of all Grand Bel Manor owners have cast their votes (in favor or otherwise).

If you would like to help get this amendment passed and hopefully keep condo fees as low as possible for everyone, please vote as soon as possible. The proxies we have received so far have an expiration date, so it is crucial that we receive your vote in the coming weeks. If you have misplaced you Proxy/Ballot or never received one in the first place, you can print one from here:

 

Declaration Amendment Proxy Ballot

 

If you are unsure on how to vote, there are several options available to you:

 

  • In Person – You can drop by Shea Management’s Office at 6917 Arlington Rd # 350, Bethesda, MD 20814 during normal office hours and deliver it by hand. Board members will also be knocking on doors in the coming weeks, so you may be able to sign a proxy without even leaving the convenience of your home!
  • By Fax – You may fax your proxy/ballot to Shea Management at (301) 986-1545
  • By Email –  You may also scan and submit your proxy electronically to board@grandbelmanor.com

 

 

If you are still unsure on whether or not you should support the amendment, here is the language on the ballot that explains well its intent:

 

I/We cast our ballot regarding the proposed Amendment to the Grand Bel Manor Declaration to enable the Board to suspend parking and recreational facilities of owners in excess of 60 days in arrears of any assessment to the Association.

 

If you still have questions, feel free to contact management at (301) 986-1504 or email the board of directors at board@grandbelmanor.com

 

Happy Voting!

 

 

 

 

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