The Slope, the Gutter & the Uglification Campaign
There were two posts made at this blog in January 2014 where this slope problem was mentioned with one dedicated to it.
As has taken place in the past, the Board is addressing the issue with a solution decided upon without Unit Owners witnessing the meetings since they are private & secret. If there had been openness and transparency, we could have said a ridiculous gutter is not the solution as it was constructed and that a proper drain with a metal grill would have been the most obvious solution. Additionally, the drain needs to be built on Greenfield's Twin Oaks property since they were the ones who did not address this problem with their poorly designed frontage.
Remember, too, that Greenfield has three seats on the Soho Central Condominium Corporation Board of Directors to which all Unit Owners are legal members. Why has Greenfield acted in such a manner to allow poor design and then its flawed gutter? They have seats on the Board since they own the commercial areas of the building and those seats are reserved for them. They also make nominations to those seats in elections though the entire membership votes on them.
Oh, also recall the 2011 Annual Meeting when those three seats as the others were up for election at the only Annual Meeting to have quorum. The voting procedure for the meeting was illegal and then a member stood up and called on the body to approve the three nominations for the commercial areas by acclamation further compounding the illegal election. The election procedure for meeting was one vote per unit which is contrary to the Master Deed and the law. But, the acclamation called for made matters worse.
So now we have concern expressed in the current 1st quarter report by a Board committee on this slope and gutter issue. The solution being constructed is ugly and flawed. It is also being built on our property. There should have been another approach instead of this mess.
The following is written in the Board committee report. Of course, we do not agree with it and ask everyone to take a look and take more photos of the ugly mess.
"You might have noticed that the frontage (setback) of Twin Oaks Condominium slopes down to our frontage. We instructed our Property Management Office to call the attention of GDC (Greenfield Development Corporation). After a considerable time GDC "constructed" a shallow and narrow canal at our boundary line. The canal is useless. It will not stop the flow of water to our area. Hence we decided to take action. We have suggested a design for plant boxes to be built in the area by our own mason and engineering staff. The boxes will not only prevent the water from Twin Oaks flowing to out side but will improve the aesthetics of the area."
We did notice and wrote about it in January. Greenfield is on the Soho Central Board so why were they not addressed on the Board? The Wall of Soho Central does not address the problem and is not the full extent of where water can flow. When will something be done right?