2008-10-31 / Letters

Maintenance Increase

Dear Editor,

On Monday, September 15, 2008, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Dayton's Board of Directors held a maintenance increase hearing at 4 p.m. Hoping shareholders were still at work, and would not be able to attend. But they were wrong, dead wrong.

To the surprise of the board members and myself, the hall was jam packed, standing room only packed.

Speaker after speaker after speaker (this went on for hours) spoke out to denounce the board members and the maintenance increase, and demanded a major investigation into why our water bill is not paid, why the board overborrowed money from the bank two years ago and won't tell what happened to the over-borrowed money,

why our water bill was not paid. Where's our money?

We pay our maintenance fee every month and we have our receipts to prove it. Don't punish us, punish the guilty, the board members who got us in this mess. INVESTIGATE.

There are other ways to make money without raising our maintenance bill. Two years ago I spoke to a couple of board members about installing housing cell towers on our roofs. The Surfside Manor on Beach 95 Street is housing cell towers and is profiting from it. The suggestion was even printed in The Wave on October 27, 2006. Nothing ever came of it. And I am surprised The Wave never carried the story about the meeting at The Knights of Columbus Hall.

If our maintenance increase is allowed, we won't be affordable anymore. To Grady and McLean, You Got My Vote!

LOUIS RIVERA

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Welcome to the club. Anyone who lives in a building that has a board and a management company goes through this. It’s not right and it’s corruption. There should be City, State, and Federal Committee’s to investigate fraud committed by management companies and elected boards on the condominium and co-op level.
The board blames management and management blames the board, in the mean time, nothing ever is done, projects that are earmarked with your funds go missing the project is never completed and no one seems to remember what happened to the money. AND they expect you to pay more for the only provided service, trash removal.
Here is corruption at its’ finest, actually, at its’ worst. “The board”, are mostly people who only want the position to do favors for their friends that live in the building and brag to their friends who do not live in the building that they are on a board. “The Board” never blame themselves for anything, it’s always everyone else, they feel that they do SO MUCH, BUT, ALL they do is complain that they do not get paid and the job they do is overwhelming. Poor babies.
I know firsthand what you are talking about and exactly how you feel, I live in a building on the boardwalk, whose residents, 12 to be exact have been vacated due to BOARD MISMANAGMENT, THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY’S MISMANAGMENT , AND THE COMPANY PANAROMA doing the work, along with the ARCHITECT who also committed MISMANAGMENT.
In addition, our board has agreed to pay this company $1.4 million dollars and that is still not enough money, in fact our building has agreed to take out a line of credit for more than another half a million dollars and who do you think will pay for this???? The shareholders, it is absurd.


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