Light-emitting-diode (LED) technology is advancing rapidly and has become a viable option for some specific applications in institutional and commercial buildings. Maintenance and engineering managers also are considering LEDs for installation in exterior applications and in parking garages.
What has changed? In the past few years, the color quality, efficiency, and reliability of LEDs have improved significantly. Managers now have viable options for specifying LEDs, but they need to beware of poor-quality products on the market.
So you are fed up with the bare dirt covered with goose poop around your lake. It is time to take action! But, what are the regulatory issues and are permits required? Geese are protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the federal government side and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on the state government side. There are regulations, but they realize resident geese are an introduced nuisance and health threat. You can take action but you should follow the rules.
Migratory geese are still declining in numbers and are very much protected. Only the resident geese, manipulated by humans years ago trying to increase numbers for hunting, create a nuisance. The resident geese have adapted to community lakes surrounded by lush turf grass and few natural predators. In many areas their populations are exploding. They eat the grass down to the bare dirt that is eroding and leave nasty droppings that contribute excess nutrients to the lake, which often encourages nuisance filamentous algae blooms. The droppings also create significant health concerns. These communities are now asking “what can we do to control the damage created by these geese?”
The ability to file a mechanic’s lien gives contractors a powerful weapon in their battles to collect money owed them for construction work they have done. But the Massachusetts Condominium Statute, Chapter 183A, prohibits the application of these liens to common areas.
Section 13 of the statute, governing claims against community associations, specifies that any claims involving the common areas “shall be made only against common funds or property held by the organization of unit owner and not against the common areas and facilities themselves….”
Although that language is about as clear as any you are likely to find in statutes or regulations, contractors still periodically file mechanic’s liens related to work on common areas – possibly because they aren’t aware that they can’t use this collection tool with condominiums; but more likely because they know that filing the lien – appropriate or not – will give them leverage in negotiations with an association’s governing board.
Community Association Management has been a godsend to our association. They are available 24/7 and they have all the answers we need. They cover the full gamut of services and have allowed us to consolidate several vendors into one source saving us countless dollars and hours. They have helped us change our operations from reactive decisions to informed proactive planning.
Dennis W., Greenville, SC"...a Godsend"
I like the professionalism of Community Association Management and the reporting. our Portfolio Manager is great! Good to work with and responsive. I also like Community Association Management being involved with legislative issues.
M. EdgerPresidentColony Crossing
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S. Reavis; Charlotte, NCImpressive!
Since our community is small and does not really have a lot of extra amenities, it helps to have a company that can advise on the best way to keep our property value up, safe and offer new ways to explore how to make our community more enjoyable to live in by working together.
-S. Harris – Pine Glen Homeowners Association
Community Management is a very professionally run organization, with all of the aids and assistance necessary to help a HOA board of directors answer to their community’s needs.
B. Chiles, Charlotte NCProfessionally Run Organization
“In the past, we felt like we did not get much support due to our size or the lack of effort from the person handling our account. I do not feel that way with Community Association Management. Our Property Manager has been very active in what we are trying to accomplish in our community and providing us with a variety of options. We are currently going through trying to figure out what to do about our roofing situation. The manager provided us good options and now we are in the process of starti… Read more
Phenomenal Support!Darlene Z. Charlotte, NC
A good friend of mine who is a recent past president of a community here in Charlotte contacted me this evening to ask who we used for property management. I told him that the only game in town was Community Association Management! I also mentioned that you may be a young company in years but are now one of the top 5 HOA management companies in the Carolinas. We are very happy with our decision to use Community Association Management.
C.M. Layman, Charlotte, NC The only Game in Town!
“I would like to thank Community Association Management for the fine job this past year. We had our annual meeting and our Property Manager did an excellent job covering the meeting. As I told the new board and the members present, I feel my finest achievement this past year was to bring your organization on board to be our management partner. Thank you again for making my second year as president easier and more rewarding.”
Thank You!Rich, Kannapolis NC
“Community Association Management is extremely thorough and knowledgeable in their approach to business. They are also very timely in their communications. They have saved our community a lot of money. When they first approached us and told us how much we could save by working with them, we thought the promise was ‘too good to be true’. They have more than delivered on that promise and more.”
Significant Cost SavingsBob A., Raleigh, NC
I would like to thank Community Association Management for the fine job this past year. We had our annual meeting and our Property Manager did an excellent job covering the meeting. As I told the new board and the members present, I feel my finest achievement this past year was to bring your organization on board to be our management partner. Thank you again for making my second year as president easier and more rewarding.
Rich, Kannapolis NCThank You!
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