Laguna Woods Village co-op board expands services for handyman program – Orange County Register

United Mutual’s board of directors on Tuesday April 14th approved a resolution to initiate Phase 2 of the mutual’s artisan program.

In the second phase, the list of paid maintenance services of the program, which are provided by internal employees, was revised.

The list contains a number of tasks that were not previously included, such as: B. installing a dishwasher, replacing ceiling fans or repairing sliding glass doors. This comes from a report by the employees of Village Management Services.

The service fee remains a flat rate of $ 10 and is not covered by the reciprocity.

A $ 25 processing fee will be charged for any work that requires city building permits, the employee report said. Members who are unavailable for a scheduled appointment without first canceling will be required to pay a service fee of $ 50.

In Phase 1, the program was revived through a third party provider, NeighborING, who offers simple, non-technical services for a small fee.

In light of the isolation orders, Chief Operating Officer Siobhan Foster noted that the program will not be available until the staff’s leave has expired.

“There will be no service until the staff is restored,” she said. “Many of the people who worked on this project are not currently on the workforce.”

Sue Margolis, president of United Mutual, noted that the task force may consider queuing requests as services become available.

The Board passed Resolution 8-1-1, with Director Anthony Liberatore and Director Reza Bastani abstaining.

Budget reallocation

United has passed a resolution approving the reallocation of COVID-19-related budget funds for two items: custody and participation in a mulching program.

Regarding the mulching program, employees estimated 960 man hours to complete the task by the deadline (late April) at a cost of $ 44,700.

Twelve non-essential employees from other departments would be hired instead of landscaping to distribute the mulch.

“We have an abundance of mulch and are under pressure from the county to distribute this mulch,” said Kurt Wieman, director of landscape services. “This is the perfect opportunity, with so many workers on vacation, to give workers the opportunity to work and spread the mulch across the community.”

By the time a tub grinder was installed, the landscaping department had accumulated 30,000 cubic feet of mulch – 17,500 cubic feet above the limit approved by the Orange County Health Care Agency, according to an employee report. Of this, 14,000 cubic meters have been processed, tested and certified, but still have to be distributed.

The mulching operation saves the community $ 1.2 million annually, according to an employee report.

To keep residents “as safe as possible,” six supervisors have been transferred from facilities that have been closed since mid-March to mutuals for improved custody services, according to an employee report.

This service includes the cleaning of 175 independent laundry facilities and 370 breezes in the common area with increased frequencies.

To complete the expanded custody services in the future, it would require an estimated 170 hours per week at a cost of $ 7,900 per week.

The vacation brings an estimated savings of $ 206,000 per week across the community, Foster said, which would offset the cost of the two items included in the resolution.

The board passed resolution 7-3-1 with Directors Liberatore, Manuel Armendariz and Andre Torng in opposition and Carl Randazzo with abstention. The decision must now meet a 28-day notification obligation.

Resale Report

The average resale price for a cooperative in United Mutual was $ 342,376 in March, up from $ 355,238 in March 2019, according to a report by VMS employees. Year-to-date resale was 166 versus 172 last year. The sales volume in March was $ 20.9 million compared to $ 23 million in March 2019.

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