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Sunday, May 29, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY 2016 - NEVER FORGET

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Dave Israel
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Sprinkler Opt-Out ....... Handrail Opt-Out ?

It appears that many associations are moving forward and beginning the opting-out process regarding the requirement to retro fit sprinkler systems into their buildings.
During a couple of delegate/officers/ operations meetings, when the subject of opting out of the requirement to retro fit buildings with sprinkler systems; opting out of the handrail requirement was piggy backed with the sprinkler issue.
It seems as if the hand rail opt out option has now become a non-issue.
If you look at the form, DBPR CO 6000-8, (above) which is Page 6 of 9 of the UCO Operations 2016 Fire Sprinkler Opt-Out as of May 3, 2013.pdf (located in the sidebar of the blog) is shows a box that can be checked to opt out of the handrail requirement. Why aren’t more associations using this option to opt out of handrail requirements?
Why wasn’t a boiler plate “Written Consent not to Retrofit for Handrails” form created in the same format of the opt out of Sprinkler retro fit form and included in the instructional packet?
I am not criticizing the creation of the instructional packet, it’s a great help, but I am confused on why the attention to the handrail option has disappeared.
Any informational response from the community is appreciated.

Monday, May 23, 2016

ELECTRONIC VOTING - A TECHNOLOGY WHOSE TIME HAS COME - NOW ENABLED IN LAW

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There are lots of non-trivial moving parts to this. Consult your attorney before jumping into the pool!
UCO will have Mark Friedman in to conduct a briefing on this process.
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Dave Israel

Thursday, May 12, 2016

OPT OUT OF FIRE SPRINKLER BY WRITTEN CONSENT - ANOTHER WORKING AID - WHAT IS YOUR FCTMH FILE NUMBER?

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In the process of opting out by written consent, one of the forms you must send to the Florida Division of Condominiums, Time Shares and Mobile Homes is DBPR Form CO 6000-8 - Retrofitting Report for Condominiums. Near the top of this form, you must enter the five digits of your Association FCTMH (Florida Condo., Time Shares and Mobile Homes) File number.
 
In order to assist all Associations in finding this number, UCO has prepared the following list of Associations and the corresponding File Number, I hope you all find this useful. A copy of this list is available at UCO.
Please advise of any questions in Comment stream.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

AN IDEA FOR CHANNEL 63


CHANGE IN USE OF THE NEWS TICKER
Not too long ago I noticed a news ticker (moving horizontal bar with information) on Channel 63. It carried the weather.

When I saw this, I thought that this would be the perfect place to instead list the special programs on Channel 63 taking place for the next seven days.

The programs are listed in the Reporter, but it takes time to find the right page for this, and with the newspaper being a monthly, the information has often changed. The programs are also listed on Channel 63 itself, but it's a nuisance to wait until this comes around.

If the news ticker carrying the weather I saw a while ago instead carried the days and times of the programs for the next seven days, I think this would make life a lot easier for those who would like to watch Channel 63 but have been frustrated in not knowing when the things they want to watch are showing. With the news ticker, want to know what's on Channel 63 and when? Just turn to 63 itself and you'll have it in seconds.

As for the weather, who needs the weather on Channel 63 when there are so many other better sources for this?

People have worked long and hard to bring us what we have on Channel 63, but I think it is fair to say that our community channel has not been an overall big success. As I see it, the two big drawbacks to Channel 63 have been (1) the lack of special programs and (2) not knowing when the special programs are on. Seems to me this "news ticker" solution would take care of the second problem. (Obviously the tape would have to be kept up to date.) Then with more residents tuning into 63, interest in our community channel increases, and—who knows?—this might then provide the impetus for more programming to be worked up.

What do you think, those of you who may know more about this than I?

Save a life of one you love , a neighbor, or a friend

On Tuesday  May 17th Century Villagers have an opportunity to take CPR instruction in our Club House. Here is an article from the Web that explains it fully.

By Rick Ferrante
Founder and President, Home Care Services Santa Clarita
According to the American Heart Association, around 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know how to administer CPR. 
These statistics are rather alarming, and there is an easy solution. CPR can help save the life of someone you love, or the life of a complete stranger, if you only take the time to learn. 
Emergency situations are difficult for everyone, but there is always a way to help. Learning CPR training will not only give you the ability to save someone’s life, but it will also give you the confidence that you may need to step in and help during an emergency. 
As 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, the value of CPR training is always increasing. Taking a course from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or even from an organization in your area can reduce some of the deaths that are caused by cardiac arrest each year. 
Cardio pulmonary resuscitation is not as scary as it sounds. It is easy to learn and will give you the confidence to perform in a high-risk situation. Learn CPR today and be ready for all kinds of emergencies. 
You can sign-up at the UCO office, the Club House entrance.
Please help a neighbor and yourself.
Thank you, Ruthie Berman

Monday, May 2, 2016

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION RETURNING TO CENTURY VILLAGE

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 SOCIAL SECURITY REPRESENTATIVES RETURN TO VILLAGE

DAY:...Thursday, (And every fourth Thursday thereafter)
DATE:.... May 26, 
TIME:....10am-1pm

There will be representatives from the Social Security Administration in the Main Clubhouse available to help with any questions and/or concerns that you may have regarding your Social Security. Please sign up in the ticket office with Christy to facilitate the number of representatives that will be needed.  
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Dave Israel