MINUTES


LONGPORT OCEAN PLAZA CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

February 9, 2020


 Board Members in Attendance (Telephone Conference Call):

            Bill Simon           
            Caren Fires                                                         
            Jonathan Wheeler
            Dennis Wasserman
            Bruce Goldberg     
            George Foster – Management
            George Miller - Attorney

Management:   George Foster

Meeting called to order at 9:30 AM

Minutes from last meeting on 2/9/20 were not approved.  Jonathan could not read attachment.  George will resend.

 Financials – Dennis Wasserman

(See attached report).

 Litigation – Jonathan Wheeler

Nothing new.  Tim Bloh wrote a letter summarizing status of litigation for rooftop deal.  Litigation at a standstill due to COVID-19 courts are closed.  We have made a settlement request.  Can there be a virtual mediation?  Jonathan not in favor of it. Probably not helpful.  Mediation probably won’t happen before June or July.

 Verizon Rooftop Easement Update – Caren Fires

Landmark wanted an update on litigation.  Concerned about lien on building.  Caren will call Jay Ruder regarding timeframe for the deal.

 Management Report – George Foster

·         Units Sold – 2 units sold:  #417 - $640,000

                                                       #203  - $400,000

·         Units For Sale - #304 - $475,000

                                       #305 - $499,000

                                       #414 - $385,000 (scheduled for settlement 4/30/20

                                       #514 - $369,000

·         New Employee Update – Christine Faulkner, new employee at desk. Doing well.

·         Pool Deck Umbrellas – George received email from manufacturer.  They will be shipped in a couple of weeks.

·         Railing Post Plates – On hold – delay from manufacturer waiting for changes from Governor.

·         Spring Projects:

George received two quotes for panting and power washing under decks and water sealing new wood.

Repaint walkways.

George has used one contractor in past, but not for our building.  Quote is $9,750.00.  Jonathan motioned to approve. Caren seconded.

·         Ice Maker Replacement – Need a new one.  Cost $3,300.00 includes water filter system.  Jonathan motioned to approve.  Bruce seconded.

·         Deck Furniture Storm Damage – Lost 5 chaises in storm $2,200.00 to replace.  Approved.

·         COVID-19 Rules (Requested by Caren) – Family can travel together. Couples living together – ok to go on elevator together.  400 cases in Atlantic County.  It’s probably triple that number.  We can modify rules later.  Virus coming down to South Jersey.

No gatherings allowed in lobby.  Intercom from desk to atrium has been installed. Jonathan motioned to leave rules alone.  Dennis seconded.

What will the summer be like?  Will we allow rental units – wary of that.  No realtors are allowed in the building.  Are there any units being rented?  We don’t want 30 day rentals during this pandemic.  Any and all leases must be 60 days.  Jonathan motioned to approve.  Caren seconded.

Discussion regarding quarantining in unit for 14 days with permission to go out for necessities.  George Miller will draft guidelines.

Delay pool opening?  That will be a later notice.

Caren motioned to adjourn meeting.  Jonathan seconded.

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LONGPORT OCEAN PLAZA CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL MEETING

July 28, 2019

 Board Members in Attendance:

Bill Simon
Bruce Goldberg
Caren Fires
Jonathan Wheeler

Management : 
George Foster

In Attendance : 

Alan Roomberg, CPA
Christy Miller, Associated with George Miller our Legal Advisor

Meeting called to order at 9:34 AM.
Bill Simon welcomed everyone. We have a quorum.

Jonathan motioned to approved minutes from annual meeting dated July 30, 2018. Bruce
seconded.

Alan Roomberg – Financial Report
Net assets increased by $900,000.00 Liabilities decreased. Attributed to special assessment last
May. Normal budget and reserves – good.
Operating Account surplus of $20,000.00
Reduction of debt – paying off line of credit. Net deficit $1,826,000.00 – on good path. In good
stead with the bank.
Going forward – bank - major renovations done. Hope we can grow Reserve Fund. Pay off
bank note.
One time reserve expenditures - $176,000.00
- HVAC
- Pool
- Deck/railings
Hope these won’t recur for a while.
Did 8 year projection with bank. Took it out two years further. Everyone will be fully paid
before bank is paid.
We can pay off bank two ways:
Easement sale on roof
Litigation recovery
$700,000.00 unrestricted cash – can we pay down debt with this? If we sell easement, we will
use those proceeds to pay down debt. $600,000.00 of that amount is in reserve fund.
Board renewed the line of credit for availability if needed.
Replacement reserve study was last done in 2014.

Litigation Report – Jonathan Wheeler

● The Board enacted a code of ethics for association members and manager. Will
hopefully strengthen owner’s confidence in board and management.
● Problems with contractors - construction took too long. Cost too much. Engineer didn’t
watch our interests. General Contractor increased amount spent. Sub-contractor
defrauded Association of millions of dollars. Initiated litigation in Superior Court.
Consolidated cases. Fox Rothschild represents us. In contact with them regularly. Cases
will go to mediation later this year. Hopefully settlement will be achieved.
There will be a conference on 8/23/19 to discuss status of litigation. Mediation is
non-binding. Range of possible settlement $0 - $750,000.00 - $1.5 million. Attorney
fees we’ve kept track of fees – total $135,000.00 thus far. Need a mediator familiar with
construction issues. Have we been offered money yet? No. Is there cross litigation? In
New Jersey many cross and counter claims. Each litigant has two different lawyers.
There are six separate lawyers involved. Vassar Square has lawsuit vs. engineer.

Management Report – George Foster

● Financial position – good.
Bank sent representatives to inspect building one month ago. Bank pleased with financial
position and condition of building.

● Units Sold/New Homeowners – 6 units sold.
● Units for Sale – 14 units for sale with 4 going to settlement.
● Building Projects Update – 23 projects to be completed – done. Remaining projects –
escutcheons for railings and application of water sealant on new lumber for 27 th Street deck.
Bill and George have been very active to get construction projects completed.

Amendment to By-Laws – To require homeowner’s insurance for the units. We assumed
by-laws included this. Issues have come up regarding damage to units. We are proposing
by-laws be amended requiring owners to have homeowners insurance. It benefits all owners if
damages occur. Recommend that we have preferred vendors for insurance, etc. We can do that.
Will we suggest a minimum deductible? Good idea. Will add to amendment. The building has
flood insurance – individual owners can’t get it.

Owners Questions

Color of building – two colors – middle of building looks unfinished. $65,000 to $75,000 to do
painting. Not going to do this right now.
Saul Reibstein – congratulated board for improvements. Two suggestions: 1. Limited area for
gym and trying to solve bicycle storage. 2. Social activities - would like social committee to
arrange activities.
Dogs – Sees dogs – service dogs/emotional support. Why do we have them? George has
reviewed this. Assistance animals can be service animal or emotional support. Federal
regulations – cannot turn them down. Must be in the control of the handler. Can’t disturb others.
Paperwork must be on file. To change policy would need to change by-laws – 80% vote.
Replace the blue carts – George working on it.
Fitness center – near lobby?
Recycle – people need to be refreshed about what can be recycled. Can we put a list there?
40 years ago – replaced carpets often when dogs were allowed. Service animals are not
restricted. Could have session to educate everyone about dog issue? Have George send out
email asking about people’s opinion on pet policy.
Adult swim period – 9:30 – 10:00 – pool opens at 10:00 AM
Bring back the summer party next July 4 th .
Bistro – Thank Chris for setting up Bistro. Wish more people used it. Will have to see if it
continues.

Ratification of board members. Vote to approve – all approved.

Thank Caren and Vinnie – lobby and community room.
Thank George and staff and board.

Meeting adjourned 10:44 AM.