MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING
PRICKLY TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS - STRATA
January 29 @ 10:00 AM
Berniece Nyetinski, #203; Jim Post, Strata Property Manager
Present: Berniece Nyetinski, #203; Jim Post, Strata Property Manager
Members and Regular Guests Absent: Mavis Ardbaul, #205; Don Squeeler, #307;
Katriona Umlaut, #309; Eunice
Gabberton, #207; Fergus Hobgoblin, #403
Council Members and Regular Guests Absent: Mavis Ardbaul, #205; Don Squeeler, #307; Katriona Umlaut, #309; Eunice Gabberton, #207; Fergus Hobgoblin, #403
The meeting was called to order at 9:50 a.m., 10 minutes before its official start, as Mrs. Nyetinski had been up since 5 because of the incessant hum of Mr. Hobgoblin’s fish tank two floors above her bedroom, and the fizzing sound next door of Mrs. Gabberton’s dentures as they soaked in their cleansing liquid overnight.
The following items were added to the agenda:
a) Request Owner #205 for approval for renovation of kitchen;
b) Request Owner #309 for exemption of rental restriction due to hardship;
c) Request executrix of the estate of late owner #201 to postpone strata fee payments until sale of property;
d) Request Owner #203 for reiteration of residency regulations;
e) Resignation Mr. Fergus Hobgoblin from Council.
In order to facilitate the requests of the owner of unit #205, Council invited her to speak. Mrs. Ardbaul described the planned renovation of her kitchen, which included an additional electrical outlet for a toaster oven. Mrs. Nyetinski noted that she has never had need of a toaster oven. Mrs. Ardbaul said that since she is now only cooking for one, she often dines on toasted bread, sometimes topped with melted cheese. Mrs. Nyetinski said that bread was not nutritious and that some countries are thinking of banning it. She added that she would call a community health nurse to visit Mrs. Ardbaul and educate her in the joys of cooking for one in a healthful manner. Mrs. Ardbaul responded that if Mrs. Nyetinski did so, she would see her in hell. Council approved the renovation, except for the additional electrical outlet.
Council received a request from the owner of unit #309 for an exemption of the rental restriction due to hardship. Mrs. Umlaut said she had lost most of her savings in a Ponzi scheme and will have to sell her unit, but wishes to wait until it is likely to get a fair price. She would like to rent it out, which she acknowledged contravenes strata rules. After 30 years here, Mrs. Umlaut will be moving in with her daughter in Abbotsford. Mrs. Nyetinski said she hoped this wasn’t the daughter who was an unwed mother of six, whose numerous unkempt boyfriends have often shown up with her and her brood at Prickly Terraces, reeking of smoke and impending disaster. Mrs. Umlaut said “Berniece, trust you to bring that up. Why don’t you mind your own G.D. business?” Based on the information provided, Council could not justify an exception to the no-rental rule.
Council received the request of the executrix of the estate of Mrs. Kyd (unit #201), to postpone the payment of strata fees until the sale of the property. Mrs. Nyetinski noted that if the deceased had not been so free and easy with her money when alive, donating to every last hare-brained charity and putting up every derelict Don Juan and ruptured relative she’d ever had, she would have had plenty of savings to pay her strata fees years after her demise. In the best interest of all strata property owners, she said, Council cannot entertain this request. Management will convey this decision to Mrs. Kyd’s daughter/executrix by telephone, if she still has one post-bankruptcy.
Council received a request from Mrs. Nyetinski of #203 that prospective residents of Prickly Terraces provide birth certificates proving that they are 55 or older before purchasing a unit. Mrs. Nyetinski noted that she has occasionally detected the faint thud of rock’n’roll music in the building post-8 p.m., long after residents in the sanctioned age group have retired. Council reserves the right to evict if its rules are flouted. Absolutely no Guess Who will be tolerated.
Council received a resignation letter from Mr. Fergus Hobgoblin, which it must accept with regret. Fergus has been a well-respected member of Council and will be greatly missed, as will the homemade bread and jam he always brought to meetings, and the homemade wine he has provided for countless strata functions to rave reviews. Mr. Hobgoblin is now fully aware that it is against strata policy to post any photo of a Prickly Terraces resident – Mrs. Nyetinski or otherwise -- in the elevator, and it is expressly forbidden to attach to it a supply of darts.
Status of Projects:
Building Cleaning: Mrs. Nyetinski has recommended that Council pay for an upgrade to the eyeglasses of the building’s cleaner. She has spotted dust on the sconces in the emergency stairway and inside her own mailbox on at least three occasions and notes that dust is an allergen to which she is particularly susceptible. According to Mrs. Nyetinski, the fact that the cleaner uses a walker since her stroke should not prevent her from reaching into corners with the feather duster purchased for her in 2003. Nevertheless, Council has provided funds for an extension to the duster, which will be deducted in quarterly increments from the cleaner’s pay. Mrs. Nyetinski has pledged to conduct inspections to ensure that sconces and mailboxes remain dust-free on her twice-daily patrols of Prickly Terraces.
Garbage Area: Tests are being done to establish the size of the required replacement bin. Mrs. Nyetinski once had ambitions to be an architect and says she will scrupulously measure the space allotted for garbage and construct a biodegradable model to present to Council at the next meeting, February 27th at 10 a.m.
Social Meeting: On February 14th at 3 p.m. a Valentine’s Day social will be held in the meeting room. Since Mr. Hobgoblin has indicated that he is no longer willing to provide refreshments, Mrs. Nyetinski will be knocking on the door of every unit except Mr. Hobgoblin’s to request the donation of healthful snacks. Please note that Mrs. Nyetinski does not eat gluten or dairy and is uncomfortable with others eating them in her presence; she is also personally opposed to sugar. She will be playing the piano, a hobby she took up last week, and would be most appreciative if residents who are better-versed in the instrument don’t shove her out of the way and insist on playing themselves. Also be advised that Mrs. Nyetinski will take no requests.
(These notes compiled by Mr. Herbert Nyetinski, Secretary.)