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NJCOOPERATOR.COM  THE NEW JERSEY COOPERATOR —  JANUARY 2019    17  morning for years; we may encourage them   to  re-clean  in  the  evenings  as  well,  since   residents coming home from work or er-  rands may want to enter a pristine build-  ing, regardless of time of day. We also make   sure that all rubbish and recycling is prop-  erly managed. If needed, we will prepare   a detailed hour-by-hour job description   which staff can easily follow to make sure   all areas of concern are being addressed.  “We also recommend that the super   come to the board meetings to discuss   maintenance and operations. The super   is best prepared to answer questions on   maintenance issues regarding specific   apartments. The super should also be in-  volved in which capital projects are being   considered. Their knowledge and insight   is critical as to which project must be ad-  dressed and which can be held until the   subsequent year.  “Having an experienced and capable su-  per can save a building thousands of dollars   in repair costs. If repairs can be handled   in-house, that will benefit the owners. For   example, if a super can replace a shower   body and install bath tiles, the association   can avoid hiring a plumber and contractor.   Similarly, a super who can make boiler or   burner repairs is in high demand.”  Marian Servidio, Owner of the Park   Place Management Company in South Burl-  ington, Vermont:  “We actually don’t have a support staff   per se. But for new owners, we send out   a welcome letter and a list of information   on how to operate their thermostat, who   to call for what particular service, and that   type of thing. Then, we have Community   Associations Institute (CAI) information   about the various officers’ positions which   we circulate to board members, and offer   to host an orientation meeting for any new   or incoming board members that require   guidance.”          n  Mike Odenthal is a staff writer/reporter   with The New Jersey Cooperator.  WELCOME...  continued from page 15  association documents specifically pro-  hibit that. “Some argue that, if elected by   the community, the concern ends there,   because the people have spoken,” says   Daddario. “But I believe that it depends   on the circumstances. In any event, if a   community finds \\\[non-resident board   members\\\] to present a problem, amend-  ment of the governing documents pres-  ents a straightforward solution. If the   amendment  passes  by  requisite  vote  of   the owners, then residency can become   a qualification for serving on the board.”  And again, residents should scruti-  nize all candidates for the board based on   what they plan to do for the community   at-large, regardless as to whether they   live in 3C or Boca Raton. “The communi-  ty should vote for board members whom   they respect and feel will look out for the   best interests of the entire community,   regardless as to whether they reside in   said community or not,” says Bergenfeld.   “Look at the experience of the individual   and what that person brings to the table.   Does the person have adequate time to   serve? Do they have relevant experience?   (Although the latter is not necessarily es-  sential). Will the person serve the best   interests of the community? All of those   things are important to the residents and   for a board member, more so than where   that board member resides.”                  n  Mike Odenthal is a staff writer/reporter   for The New Jersey Cooperator.   they used to use. This vinyl has a bet-  ter transmission loss factor than lead to   eliminate sound, and it’s only an 1/8th of   an inch thick.”   But  what  if  your  building  is  already   up, and the sound just keeps on com-  ing? Marsh suggests that you can either   put up a false wall between your place   and the next apartment, which could cost   you a few square inches of space. But she   says that may be well worth it for a good   night’s sleep. Or you could build a closet   along the offending wall and use it to   store clothes and toys, sure to absorb the   sound. She relates one client who’s neigh-  bor had a very regular schedule for his   “personal life.” Saturday morning comes   once a week, as the adage says. The   neighbor was like clockwork, and very   noisy.  Marsh  suggested  adding  a  false   wall, which would have absorbed the   sound. Ultimately, the client chose to do   nothing. Perhaps the neighbor changed   his schedule.  What’s New and Improving?   “More innovative sound control   products have been patented in the last   few years than ever before,” says Schnitta.   “Before where there wasn’t a solution;   now we have one. A good example is a   type of pad that if you put this down be-  SOUNDPROOFING...  continued from page 13  fore you pour concrete for a foundation,   it will inhibit subway noise if there is one   nearby. Knowing that resiliency is an im-  portant piece of the solution set for walls,   there are new clips that have neoprene   pads integral  to the design  to prevent   connecting drywall to channel sound.   Also, a lot of attention to acoustic leakage   points like wrapping the backs of outlets   helps.  An  acoustic  muffler  will  inhibit   sound from coming through recessed   lights that are not fully insulated cans.”   Clearly, every little bit helps.                      n  A J Sidransky is a staff writer/reporter for   The New Jersey Cooperator, and a published 

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