President's Message

Late January 2024
 
A quick update from Point Breeze...
 
I am very happy to report to you that we have taken possession of our new Association work truck and we are now back to full operations on the property. Donnie has already been out plowing with the new truck, and Jim and Ryan will resume trash pickup on Tuesday. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked through the aftermath of the December storm and hope you were not greatly inconvenienced.
 
Stay safe and warm, and I hope to see you up here soon!
 
All the best,
 
Paul
 
 
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January 2024
 
Happy New Year from Point Breeze!
 
I hope you all had a safe and happy New Year celebration! I wanted to update you on some significant happenings around Point Breeze in recent weeks.
 
As you may have already heard, we had a bit of a weather disaster here on December 18, when a violent storm blew through packing sustained winds around 40 mph and gusts reaching 60-70 mph. I am happy (and quite relieved) to report that no people and no structures were harmed during the storm. Unfortunately, we did not escape completely unscathed.
 
The wind blew down 7 trees and, unfortunately, 2 of those trees hit and crushed our red work truck as it was parked in front of the office. We are currently working with our insurer to deal with fixing/replacing the truck. For some perspective, the entrance road to PB was blocked for the better part of the day because the fallen trees could not be cleared until the wind abated. Also, one of the trees took down a power line feeding the west half of the property. That side of the property was without power, and the entire property was without water, for almost 28 hours. The trees were cleared, the power was restored, and the property was cleaned up in record time because of the quick thinking and action, and hard work, of our staff (who were on the property when the storm hit).
 
Since the storm, Donnie, Jim and Ryan have done an unbelievable job getting the property back up and running and, once again, our tree contractor Doug Royle, along with our friends at Wolfeboro Electric, provided us with immediate and quite literally life-saving service. Big thank you to all of them!
 
I urge any of you thinking about coming up in the next few weeks to check with Donnie prior to traveling up here, as there is currently no trash pickup being done, and plowing will be at the mercy of outside contractors, in the short term because of the loss of our truck. All other work on the property is ongoing. I will keep you all posted as to our progress in replacing the truck and getting our trash pickup and plowing back on track. The positive news for now is that the short term weather forecast shows little in the way of snow in the next week or so.
 
The next time you drive onto the property, check out the huge tree stumps near the office - they will provide you with some idea of the size of the trees that came down and the ferocity of the wind that fell them. Until my next update, stay safe at your homes and pray with us that Mother Nature’s fury ebbs a bit going forward.
 
Please reach out to me (or Donnie) if you have any questions about the property.
 
Best,
 
Paul

 
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November 2023
 
Greetings from (a chilly and snowy) Point Breeze! We had our first measurable snowfall of the season this morning and, despite being a wee bit early on the calendar, it was as beautiful as ever!
 
Having just completed our November Board meeting, I wanted to provide you with some updates regarding recent activities here on the property. The Fall season at Point Breeze is usually pretty active, but this year it was especially so:
 
  • The staff removed our docks on schedule, with the help of our old friend Jim Roome. Our timing was perfect this year, as this was the year for the lake “drop”, which is done every five years. The lake level is lower than I have ever seen it and had we waited any longer to remove the docks, we would not have been able to do so.
  • Over the Summer our staff detected a leak in our water system and this Fall we were able to pinpoint and repair it. The leak was, in fact, two separate leaks in front of Units 30/31, each resulting from aging pipes.  Big thank you to Gilford Well Co. for their prompt and thorough repair.
  • During the annual septic tank pumping/cleaning, our staff noticed a faulty septic pump, also in front of Units 30/31. That pump was subsequently replaced, along with some aging wiring. Thank you to DJ Septic for their prompt and thorough work.
  • Fall cleanup has been ongoing (and, seemingly, never-ending). It has been a very special year for leaf, pine needle and acorn drops and the staff has been quite busy keeping the property clean.
  • With the extreme lake level drop, the staff has been able to redistribute a great deal of our beach sand (particularly on the West Beach) and we now have, again, a fluffy sand beach. Big thank you to the staff from all of us that enjoy the West Beach!
 
Looking ahead to the remainder of the year:
 
  • Our roofing project continues next week, with Units 1, 2/3, 4 and 41/42 receiving new roofs. That will leave Units 43/44 and 44/45 for 2024, and that will complete the project for all units. (We are still looking into tackling the garage roofs. Stay tuned!)
  • The outdoor furniture at the gazebo was replaced this summer and the new chairs have held up very well, so we will be purchasing additional new furniture for the boat house deck, before year’s end. 
 
In other Board meeting news:
 
  • I announced that we were able to pay back our water filtration system loan, in full, this year, ahead of schedule.
  • The Board adopted the PBCA’s 2024 budget, which reflects a .8% increase to the operating budget, and a 1.8% overall increase (including the annual 6% Reserve increase) over the 2023 budget. Unit owners were sent the budget, as adopted, this past Monday for review and all will have the opportunity to DISAPPROVE the budget during a telephone meeting scheduled for Monday, November 20, at 6:00pm. 
  • The Board also adopted the newly drafted Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Installation Policy, for any unit owner wishing to install an EV fast-charger in their unit garage. The policy will be distributed to all unit owners, shortly, and may be found on the Association's website.
 
That's all I have for now - consider yourself up to date! As always, if you have any questions about the activities around the property, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of the Board members.
 
Stay warm, safe and healthy, and have a wonderful Holiday Season!
 
Best Wishes,
 
Paul