2020 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT

TO ALL CONDO OWNERS:

In a time of so much uncertainty, the Board of Managers has adjusted the payment schedule for the 2020 special assessment. Given the severity of the situation with the HVAC pipes, and the knowledge that this project is over ten years old, it is felt it is still important to make every effort to complete the remaining fourteen risers this year. As soon as it is permissible, the project will be re-started with enhanced safety precautions. Our plan is to complete one riser at a time in the early stages, then add risers so we can finish by the end of the year. This will involve working through the summer months and providing portable air conditioners to those affected residents.

In order to accomplish this project, along with others that are scheduled for later this year, we have made a change to the due dates:

July 1 — due date for at least 50% of the special assessment

December 15 — due date for the balance of the special assessment

Thank you for your understanding.

HAPPY NEWS!

Kone was able to get the necessary part installed on the Harvard elevator and it is now up and running!

And on an even happier note, the staff began some very early prep at the pool! They pulled out the chairs for inspection (they’re in great shape) and to lift everyone’s spirits, they left them out. This was an effort to lift everyone’s spirits and to say that summer is not that far away and hopefully we will be able to open the pool on May 23, as scheduled. Obviously it all depends on the Governor’s restrictions for May but we hopeful and preparing for the opening, whenever that may be.

Wishing everyone a good weekend, stay safe!

HARVARD ELEVATOR UPDATE

Kone elevator was out this afternoon and found a bad computer board on the one elevator in Harvard. The part was ordered and should be here some time this week.

Please note that both Princeton elevators and the other Harvard elevator are up and running.

We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your guests.

HARVARD ELEVATOR OUT OF SERVICE

At approximately 6 pm, one of the Harvard elevators stopped working. A service call was placed and the technician will be out on Monday to make the necessary repairs to the elevator.

In the meantime, the other Harvard elevator and the two Princeton elevators are working.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

COVID UPDATE – MARCH 25 @ 4:30 PM

To reduce the number of notices posted in various places, this notice will consolidate the information and provide new info and/or changes to everyday policies.  New items will be listed first and then reminders of previously stated information will be listed last.

  • On March 24, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force asked anyone who recently traveled from the New York City metro area to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time they left due to the high infection rate in the New York City. We are urging residents who fall into this category to comply with this request and not visit the mailrooms or use the van, etc., for the health and safety of other residents.
  • Delaware County has a DELCO ALERT system in place. Residents can sign up at this site: https://www.delcopa.gov/delcoalert/delcoalert.html
  • We continue to operate with a staggered staff, which means only half the staff is working during the week.  The Management Office remains locked, while we work in the office to respond to phone calls and emails.  The van will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 am until noon for essential food and drugstore pickups.
  • Please remember only 1 person at a time in the mailroom
  • For those that don’t have access to emails, the newsletter was posted on the wall outside each mailroom. If you do have access to email and didn’t receive the newsletter, please provide your email to the Management Office.
  • We will continue will the nightly service to disinfect the high traffic areas of the building from 8 pm to midnight.
  • We remind residents that we are working with the Co-op to ensure food delivery to our residents.  You may place your order at https://swarthmore.coop/departments/home-delivery/ or leave a note in drop slot at the Management Office and we will get the info to the co-op.

We cannot stress enough to what has already been said repeatedly by the health and government officials at all levels.  We can all do our part to flatten the curve by practice social distancing and using best practices for washing your hands, contacting a doctor if you’re not feeling well. 

NIGHTLY DISINFECTING SERVICES

The Association has engaged the services of Eaddy Environmental Solutions to disinfect the high traffic, common areas. They will be wiping down elevators, mail rooms, trash rooms, fire towers etc. The work will start at 8 pm and they will work until midnight.

Last night, Eaddy used a product that produced a strong, lingering odor. It was not harmful, as we checked the material sheets but it was unpleasant. That will not be the case going forward and we do apologize if it caused any concern.

Many thanks to everyone has we navigate this situation together.

IMPORTANT NOTICES INFO

We are all in uncharted waters with this pandemic and the Association is working non-stop and to the best of our abilities to keep residents informed during the current COVID 19 situation that we, and the nation are facing.

Effectively immediately, we will be posting notices on each floor at the elevator lobby area when we have new information to report. Notices will be posted after 4:30 pm, unless there is an emergency situation.

For the foreseeable future, we will not be placing notices, including the newsletter, under each individual door for the health and safety of all involved.

These are trying times for everyone and we appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation in these matters.

IMPORTANT COVID 19 UPDATE — CHANGES TO DAILY OPERATIONS

Yesterday, the Board of Managers met with Management to discuss policy and procedural changes during the unprecedented COVID-19 situation.  This is now in-line with the directive that Governor Wolf issued yesterday evening.  We are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of our residents and employees.

Effective, Monday, March 23, there will be a change in daily operations.  The office hours will be 9 am to 4:30 pm.  We will have limited staff during business hours.  Half the staff working 2 weeks, rotating out with the other half after 2 weeks until further notice.  This will help to ensure we can continue to provide necessary services to the community, while doing our part to “flatten the curve”.  Please note that the March newsletter will be digital ONLY. 

The Management Office door will continue to remain locked, housekeeping services will be limited to focus our efforts on disinfecting and in-unit maintenance will be limited to EMERGENCIES ONLY.  Security will be onsite, but changes are in place for them as well. The van will be in operation but will only run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, starting at 7 AM to Acme for those that wish to shop during senior hours.  At 9:30 AM, the van will then run to the drugstore or another grocery store if need be.  The driver will continue to provide disinfecting wipes or hand sanitizer to residents prior to entering the van.  We will continue to work with the Co-op to get groceries delivered to residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lisa D’Antonio has asked seniors to give her 24-hour notice if you wish to have her pick something up on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. 

For the health and safety of residents, shopping carts will no longer be available effective immediately and until further notice.  Residents will only be permitted to schedule use of the elevators for emergency deliveries.  Routine deliveries and non-essential renovation services will not be permitted.

The amenity spaces continue to remain closed.  The post office continues to recommend 1 person at a time in the mailroom. The mailrooms will be closed for cleaning from 11 pm to 8 am as per the USPS notice.

We understand that these changes may increase the already stressful times everyone is facing, however our commitment to you is we will do our very best to provide daily service.  Thank you in advance for your compliance with the changes.  Any questions, please contact the Management Office at 610-544-6000 or manager@strathhavencondo.org.

SHOPPING INFORMATION

We know that you are being bombarded with constant news and updates on the corona virus.  Unfortunately, as soon we as we send out a memo, changes occur.  We are trying to stay up to date during these trying times and are thankful that residents are complying with the constant changes and requests that have occurred as a result of this virus.  Everyone has been truly wonderful for being supportive and understanding in these matters.

We’ve seen residents pulling together and helping one another. One of our residents has kindly offered to assist senior citizens by picking up groceries or prescriptions (from CVS) if you can’t.  Her name is Lisa D’Antonio and if you wish to avail yourself of her kindness, you can reach her at ldantonio29@gmail.com. She can assist you Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

Today we became aware that several grocery stores in our area began offering “senior hours only” for those over 60. You may shop at Giant from 6 am to 7 am daily.  Acme is also offering “senior hours” Monday through Friday, 7 am to 9 am.  Target is having “senior hours” every Wednesday, 1 hour before the store open to the public (hours vary by store).  This is to ensure the most vulnerable members of the community can avoid crowded shopping and to allow for better social distancing. 

Since many residents that take the van to shop for groceries are over 60, the van will be going to ACME only from 7 am to 9 am, Monday through Friday, starting March 20.  Other grocery and drug stores runs will take place as per the usual shopping schedule.  Please note that no special monthly van trips will take place until further notice.  

We received a request from our local post office to limit the number of people to 1 at any time in the mailroom.  They’ve also requested that the doors remain closed but not locked for the foreseeable future. 

Again, thank you from all of us and should you have any questions, please contact the Management Office at 610-544-6000.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE POST OFFICE

Late this afternoon, we received the information listed below from the local post office.

Residents will not have access to the mailboxes from 11pm to 8am due to the fact maintenance will be thoroughly cleaning them. Also it was requested that the residents keep it to a 1 person minimum when checking their mail.  We have to take extra pre-caution due to the COVID-19 virus. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. Any questions feel free to contact the Swarthmore Post Office at the number listed below.

Thank you,

Management at the Swarthmore Post Office

(610) 544-2133