The Messenger | Issue 3 - December 2019

Newsletter for the Palm Beach Bath & Tennis Homeowner's Association


MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT

Last night we had our annual Budget Meeting. There were eight people in attendance. Since all homeowners received a copy of the proposed 2020 budget before the meeting, we can only assume, with the help of Benchmark, we put together a fair and workable budget. We are a small community that’s always been a close knit one and we have enjoyed that relationship. Please let’s all do our part in keeping it a clean, safe one.

The reason you’re hearing from me instead of Ed Kelly, President is because he’s recuperating from surgery and sat on the sidelines last night.

I, along with the rest of the Board of Directors, wish everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, and all joyous celebrations this season.

A Happy New Year.

Barbara Krugman, VP


BOARD OF DIRECTORS UPDATE

WORKSHOP MEETINGS

Periodically the board holds workshop meetings. The property manager usually attends. All homeowners are welcome to attend and talk about anything pertaining to their property. These meetings are held on Mondays at 4:00 PM.


BOARD MEETING MINUTES FOR PALM BEACH BATH AND TENNIS


December 5, 2019


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Vice President Barbara Krugman

ROLL CALL: Ed Kelly, Barbara Krugman, Lilliam Janata, Terry Deich, Len Briggs

Absent - Max Jeria


Benchmark Management Report:

  • Violations: 26 Violation letters have gone out in past month

  • Bill Peckman reviewed the new budget for 2020 and explained why we were

  • unable to receive an end of year financial report for 2018

  • The new budget was voted on and passed unanimously

Old Business:

  • Cameras were installed in the clubhouse and pool area

  • Up lights were installed on palm trees in the center island at entrance

  • Welcome committee was formed for new homeowners. Members are Caren

  • Briggs and Joan Lenega

New Business:

  • Barbara Krugman gave review of three quotes we received to repair sidewalk pavers in the community. Board unanimously voted to hire Deck and Drive Pavers at a cost of $15,760.


Homeowners Forum

  • Homeowner asked about Bocce Court maintenance. It was explained that it cannot be removed as it is in the original documents and would need to be revised.

  • Homeowner asked if shrubs were included in fertilizing, which it is.

Barbara Krugman motioned to adjourn meeting at 7:35pm. Seconded by Lilliam Janata,

Respectfully submitted by Terry Deich, Secretary.


COMMUNITY UPDATES

CONDOLENCES

Our condolences go to Marie Toole and family on the passing of her

husband, Bill. Bill passed away in November after a long illness.


GREETINGS NEW HOMEOWNERS

At our last Board meeting a suggestion was made to form a greeting committee for new homeowners. We have two homeowners who volunteered to be on that committee. Joan Lenegar and Caren Briggs have visited several new homeowners. Their visits were welcomed.


ODDS & ENDS

TEXTING TO 911 EMERGENCY

Text to 911 Emergency Service: It’s been one year since the inception of this

emergency service, and I am pleased to report that hundreds of county residents

have received help using the service. Since the program started last June,

emergency responders have responded to emergency text messages about 25

times a month instead of telephone calls to 911. Text to 911 guidelines:

  • “Call if you can – Text if you can’t.”

  • Do not include anyone other than 911 in the text message.

  • Always provide your location. Text to 911 location information is not equal to current wireless-location technology.

  • When communicating with 911, use plain language. No abbreviations, shortcuts, slang or emojis.

  • Photos and videos cannot be sent to 911 at this time. • Language interpretation is not currently available when texting 911.

  • As with all text messages, texts to 911 may take longer to receive, may get out of order, or may not be received at all.

  • Text to 911 is an enhancement to the existing 911 system and is not intended to replace traditional emergency voice calls. Text messages are routed to the appropriate Palm Beach County 911 center in a designated queue. The benefits to the public are significant especially in cases where the caller cannot communicate verbally.

Examples of Text to 911 scenarios include an individual who is deaf, hard

of hearing, or has a speech disability; someone who is in a situation where it is not

safe to place a voice call to 911; or a medical emergency that renders the person incapable of speech.


DON'T GET SCAMMED

If you’re approached by a stranger -- in person, by telephone or online – to make

a purchase, to pay a utility bill, contribute to a charity, or send money for a loved

one, watch out! You could be talking to an imposter who’s about to hit you up on

some variation of South Florida’s most common scams. You may have heard of:

❒ The IRS scam ❒ The Grandparent scam ❒ Romance scam ❒ Jury duty scam

❒ Lottery/prize money scam ❒Utility scam ❒ Company scams ❒ Arrest warrant

scam ❒ Phishing scams


  1. Never provide personal or financial information unless you are talking to a known, trusted source.

  2. Use a credit card, not cash, to make payments. That allows you to dispute charges if you don’t get what you were promised.

  3. Don’t answer your phone if you don’t recognize the number on caller ID.

  4. Beware of unsolicited contacts, especially those demanding action “now.”

  5. Register for the Florida Do Not Call Program by contacting the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, either online at FloridaConsumerHelp.com or by phone at 1-800-HELP-FL

  6. Forget your manners. Many senior citizens were raised at a time when trustworthiness and polite behavior were engrained into one’s earliest training. For that very reason, scam often artists target and deliberately exploit the elderly. Don’t hesitate to say no, to hang up on unsolicited callers, and to be strong in protecting yourself.

  7. Report fraudulent behavior whenever you see it to the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services: Florida ConsumerHelp.com or by phone to 1-800-435-7352. The Florida Attorney General’s Office of Citizen Services also handles complaints at its Office of Citizen Services, 850-414-3990.

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