Monthly Archives: August 2014

Board Meeting held August 7, 2014

Those present were Bob Griffin, Dolly Anders, Patty Sturgis, Tammy Denson, Warner Johnson and Steve Tsapatoris.  Mr. Johnson called the meeting to order and introduced Steve Tsapatoris to the Directors present and let them know that he had hired Mr. Tsapatoris to help him manage all the Associations that he manages.  He stated that he was not going anywhere but it had gotten to the point where he needed help with not just Reston Place but several other Associations he manages.

Mr. Johnson reported to the members of the Board present that several car break-ins had occurred over the summer and that he was aware of at least seven, including one that had occurred Wednesday night.  After a discussion, it was agreed that Mr. Johnson and Mr. Tsapatoris, who is a retired police officer, would send the homeowners an e-mail notifying them of the break-ins and Mr. Tsapatoris would advise them on the best ways to protect themselves from this crime.

Mr. Tsapatoris presented the Directors present with some paperwork from Alabama Power.  Mr. Johnson reminded them that he has been asked to put up some extra lighting on Duval Street and that is what the paperwork was for.  He also stated that it would increase the Association’s power bill by $54.80 per month.  The Directors present agreed to go ahead with the light installation and Mr. Bob Griffin signed the paperwork on behalf of the Association.

Mr. Johnson reported that Ms. Patty Sturgis had a water line leaking under her sidewalk.  The Directors present asked Mr. Johnson how issues like this had been handled in the past.  Mr. Johnson reported that when other homeowners had to dig up their yards, the Association had taken care of the landscaping but the homeowner was responsible for the plumbing repair.  Mr. Johnson reported that this case was a little different because the leak was under a very large sidewalk between two townhome carports.  He also reported that the Association was responsible for sidewalks.  After a discussion, Mr. Johnson was asked to get a quote for removing and replacing the sidewalk so Ms. Sturgis could make the necessary repairs to her water line.  Ms. Sturgis reported that the plumber could bore and replace the line under the sidewalk without disturbing it, but would like for the Association to assist her with this since it would save the Association the expense of removing and replacing the sidewalk.  Mr. Johnson and Mr. Tsapatoris were instructed to report back to the Board once they had received the bid on the sidewalk and the Board would make a decision from there.

Mr. Johnson reported that a fence was being placed behind 1721 St. Charles because Keith Kukla and others had noticed some foot traffic in this area.  The fence was being installed to try and keep people from outside the neighborhood using this as a walkway.

Mr. Johnson reported that Keith Kukla had spoken with a homeowner who had asked that their neighbor cut down a tree in their backyard.  Mr. Kukla and Mr. Tsapatoris both had visited with the homeowner and both agreed that the tree was alive and did not need to come down.  In addition, Mr. Johnson reported that there were several trees in the common area at the top of Shallow Creek Road that needed to be removed due to Pine Beetles.  He stated that once the trees were removed the area would be landscaped and some new trees would be planted.

It was reported that the deck between the pool and the lake was in serious need of repair.  Mr. Johnson stated that he, Mr. Tsapatoris and Keith Kukla had all inspected the deck and Keith Kukla had given Terry Bigham a work order to make the necessary repairs.  Mr. Johnson stated that there was a homeowner on Dauphine whose deck was in serious need of repair.  He stated that the homeowner in question would not allow him to use the contractor he had been using to repair the other decks and keeps saying that they were going to use their own contractor, but to date the repairs have not been made.  Mr. Johnson stated that he and Mr. Tsapatoris had been communicating with the homeowner and given her the allowance the Association would be willing to pay her contractor to make the necessary repairs.  He stated that it was his recommendation to the Board that she be given an allowance equal to the cost of the other decks that were similar to hers when they were replaced.  After a discussion, Mr. Tsapatoris and Mr. Johnson were instructed to write the owner and notify her that her deck was a safety issue and that she needed to have someone begin the repairs within the next 30 days.  If the repairs were not started within the next 30 days, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Tsapatoris were instructed by the Board to have a contractor make the necessary repairs.

Mr. John Wise announced that he had enjoyed his time on the Board but felt the need to step down.  He nominated Mr. Ryan Stallings to take his place.  Mr. Johnson stated that he and Mr. Wise both knew Mr. Stallings from Rotary Club and that Mr. Stallings lived on Dauphine Drive.  After a discussion, the member of the Board present accepted Mr. Wise’s resignation and voted to appoint Ryan Stallings to fulfill the rest of Mr. Wise’s term if he is willing to accept this position.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

You can view a PDF version of these minutes here

Introduction from Steve Tsapatoris

Allow me to introduce myself,  My name is Steve Tsapatoris, Warner Johnson has hired me to assist him with property management with Home Owners Associations and Reston Place is one of them.

Several vehicles have been broken into in Reston Place and Warner has asked me being a retired Police Officer to a address a crime series that has been occurring.  With the increase in auto-burglary’s in Reston Place I wanted to discuss auto-burglary suspects motives/mentality.  It has been my experience that in most cases auto-burglary is a crime of opportunity.  Meaning auto-burglary suspects prey on vulnerability and availability.

Some steps you can take to prevent becoming a victim are:  Park in lighted area’s when possible, take all valuable out of your vehicle, lock your vehicle, install a motion detection type light in your car port, install a motion censored camera.  The bottom line crime will never go away as it happens in all communities.

However following small precautionary steps can prevent your chances of becoming a victim.  From a safety/investigative stand point never approach a potential suspect, be a good witness by looking for identifiers such as scars/marks/tattoo’s, color of skin/hair/eyes, type of clothing, type of build (height/weight).  Also take a mental note of the time you last parked your vehicle and remember never to leave personal/valuable items in plain view in your vehicle.

We have contacted the Tuscaloosa Police Department reference extra-patrol.  Most importantly please remember most criminals are armed and dangerous, so please only use my information as a recommendation and feel free to contact me anytime for any questions.
Thank you,

 

Steve Tsapatoris

Duckworth-Morris
Property Manager