“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation. ”
Lobby and Business Center Security
Fobbing the business center would have cost ten times the two computers. As the room is locked at times which prevent use by all residents, the lock will be removed. This said, the Board has approved installation of four cameras in the lobby to cover the business center, lobby and parcel room. Additionally, board members are learning to log parcels to help prevent the large stacks that sometimes occur over the weekends or evenings.
Window and Dryer Vent Cleaning
Both of these items are scheduled for this month! Look forward to notices reminding you about Window Cleaning from the 16th – 18th and Dryer Vent Cleaning from the 24th – 27th.
Trees on Leary
The trees on Leary have been trimmed. Several magnolias were removed because their rootballs were too large for the small planters. They are being replaced with kousa dogwoods. Look for pretty flowers next spring!
“You are better than whatever you’ve prepared to settle for… ”
A New BBQ!
We’re happy to announce that the Board has authorized purchase of a new BBQ! It will replace the smaller unit on the patio. The new grill is roughly the same size as the larger existing BBQ. It should be delivered and installed in the next week or two. Just a reminder that grilling of any type is prohibited on balconies and patios, so use our new grill!
Water Outage Reminder
Wednesday, 7/17 at 6pm through 5am Thursday, 7/18, there will be no water. Please prepare as you did for the last outage and let the water run for a bit before jumping into the shower. We will have a plumber onsite from 6am-8am on Thursday to handle any restoral issues. Please EMAIL Lana or stop by the office if you have any problems that morning.
Fun Facts about your Smoke Detectors
With the disabled fire horn situation, we’ve had a lot of smoke detector questions! Your smoke detectors are hard-wired together, but not to the system. This prevents the building from being alerted to your burnt popcorn or morning bacon! Since they are tied together, they communicate. If one has a low battery, they will all eventually beep until each unit has fresh batteries. The number of detectors is required by law based on the size and number of bedrooms in your home. It is also a law that you have the detectors on the ceiling and operable. Taking them down or disabling them, may cause a fine by the fire department (if they have reason to enter your unit) or your insurance denying a fire related claim. Take care of yourself, your family and our community by keeping fresh batteries in all of your smoke detectors!
“What exactly is the function of a rubber duck? ”
~Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
When finding missing keys…
Recently, a homeowner accidentally left keys on the bar beneath a mirror of a residential elevator lobby. She returned less than 5 minutes later to find them gone; no one has turned them in. While it is tempting to keep extra fobs and remotes, please be aware as soon as these items are reported missing, staff disables them. Anytime we are asked to reactivate fobs or remotes, the serial number indicates the unit to which they were originally assigned. PLEASE, if you find keys (or other items) turn them in to the office. Not only is it the “neighborly thing to do,” it prevents awkward conversations later.
Reminder about Elevator Reservations
We’re happy to schedule the elevator for your furniture and appliance moves and deliveries. We need a minimum of 1 day for elevator reservations; 3 business days if you need the loading zone reserved, too. There is an automatic $500 fine for moving anything larger than a dining room chair without a reservation. Please reach out if you have questions.
New Residents and Parcels
If you are a new resident and haven’t signed up for parcel delivery through luxerone.com, please be sure to do so. This system allows you to retrieve parcels 24 hours a day! Because our room is small, parcels must be retrieved within 3 days. If you are going to be out of town, place a “vacation hold” on your items through the system. Parcels left over 3 days without a hold are automatically returned. If you have questions, please reach out to Lana in the office.
“The good thing about science is that it is true whether or not you believe in it. ”
~Neil deGrasse Tyson
When will we see the window washers again?
We have scheduled the spring window cleaning for April 22-24. Official notices will be sent out the week prior to remind everyone about removing screens and giving you the option for interior cleaning.
Unit Smoke Detector Replacement
The smoke detectors in the units are 10 years old and need to be replaced. Brian is ordering a supply of smoke detectors which will allow him to install them in every unit on a floor by floor basis. When we have more on this timeline, we’ll let you know.
Hot Water Update
The Board is currently reviewing the contract and addendums for the boiler room reconfiguration.
Common Exterior Pressure Washing
The annual exterior pressure washing of sidewalks, planters, etc. will begin on April 2. Please be sure to watch for hoses and overspray as you traverse the exterior common areas.
“Finally, my winter fat is gone. Now I have spring rolls. ”
Hot Water Update
Several units have been struggling with getting hot water to their units in a timely manner. The board spent months working with a mechanical engineer to create a scope of work to make these repairs. The scope was sent to several mechanical contractors and the bids were received. We are happy to announce that a contractor has been chosen. Final touches are being put on the contract. As soon as we have a date to begin work, we will provide a more detailed update. The board appreciates everyone’s patience throughout this complicated project!
Is Someone Parked in your Space?
Homeowners can tow from their spaces. If you are a new homeowner or if you haven’t completed the form authorizing you to tow from your space, visit our website (canalstation.org), click on Owners Towing Info and learn about how this process works. You can also download a copy of the form from that page. If you have further questions, please let Lana know.
It might not feel like Spring is around the corner, but Sunday, March 10th we spring forward into daylight savings time. Mark those calendars!
“Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere. ”
Stolen Association Computers
On Feb. 7th, two association-owned computers had their security cables cut and were stolen. We are asking for everyone’s help in verifying who you allow in the building. If you do not know who is calling from the intercom or the person wanting access through a door, do not let them in. A good line to use is “I’d love to let you in but we have a controlled access building and I don’t know you.” Remember, you can gain access if you are locked out by calling yourself from the intercom. Most importantly, please remember to be kind when denying access, you could see that person in the hall later!
Snow, Snow, Go Away!
Thanks for everyone’s patience during the snow storms which prevented some staff from getting into the office. We are glad that the Luxer System is working for everyone and are grateful for your patience when weather prevents our being here!
Just a gentle reminder that the garage parking spaces are not to be used as storage. If you have items from the summer’s painting project in your space, please take them back up to your patio or balcony. Thanks so much!
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment
until it becomes a memory. ”
Vehicle Break In
A vehicle in the commercial garage was the victim of a “smash and grab” car prowl. A motorcycle rider came into the garage, prowled the vehicles nearby and sped away after the breaking glass set off the car alarm. Help protect yourself by ensuring items of value are not left in your vehicle; this includes your garage remotes.
Thanks so much for your help with Holiday Tree Removal!
After the holidays our Maintenance Team generally spends weeks vacuuming tree needles from the halls and stairwells. This year, people took extra care in wrapping their trees before taking them to the garage. This made our team’s job much easier. Thank you all for your help!
Providing Guest Access via the Callbox
Please take a couple extra seconds to verify the caller is your guest before granting access to the community. Recently, strangers accessed the building because residents did not take the time to confirm the identity of those who called from the intercom. Our controlled access system is only as secure as our residents allow.
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one!”
Car Prowls in Garage
Canal North shared they had vehicles prowled in their garage. A couple days later, one of our own residents reported that thieves had broken into his vehicle. In most cases, prowlers and thieves have simply followed our residents in to the garage and made themselves at home. It might take a few more minutes, but please protect yourself and your neighbors by waiting for the garage door to fully close.
Tis the Season for Holiday Boxes
With the increase in boxes, our maintenance team is spending more time than necessary breaking down cardboard. Please remember to bring your large boxes to the First Floor Trash room and lay them in the recycle bins flattened. Thanks so much in advance for your help!
Luxer Help for the Holidays
If you have two people in your home with separate Luxer accounts and are having a hard time keeping track of what has been picked up, talk to Lana about combining accounts. Having all notifications on one account should simplify things tremendously. Also, if you forget a parcel and need back into the room, email Luxer at Support@luxerone.com or call 415.390.0123; they can help you!
“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”
Tips for the Parcel Room
Residents Requesting Slower Vehicles
We’ve had a few close calls in the garage with speeding vehicles. Brian has installed mirrors to prevent collisions from happening with people zooming around corners, but there have been a couple pedestrian/car close calls, too. Please remember the speed limit is 5mph.
The elevator will be inoperable for several days. An oil seal malfunctioned. Thyssen Krupp, the company who maintains the elevator, is well-aware of the situation. They have a seal on order and are working to schedule the repair.
“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes,
you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Please remember that even on the weekend, reservations are required to move, stage a unit or transport furniture. If you choose to use the elevator for these purposes without a reservation an automatic $500 fine may be assessed to your unit account. If you have questions about elevator use, please see Lana.
Thanks, everyone, for your patience!
We are in the final days of wrapping-up the exterior painting. Thank you to everyone for your patience during this project. The building aesthetic is so much brighter!
Miscellaneous Items in Trash Rooms
If you are moving, purging closets or simply need to dispose of items, please bring them to the main trash room after checking with staff. Large items, electronics, etc. have special disposal protocols. If you have questions on what can be left in the main trash room, please see Lana or Brian.
Carts left in hallways and units
Just a friendly reminder that people depend on the carts that belong on P2 and P3. Please remember to return them immediately after use so others don’t have to hunt. Thanks!