May 18, 2015 Board Member Stucco Presentation

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1 Stucco Committee

On May 18, 2015, the Board of Willistown Knoll held a meeting of owners at the Willistown United Methodist Church, beginning at 7:00 PM. Donald Bernhardt, the Board appointed chairman of the "Stucco Remediation Committee", gave a presentation. Notes taken by various owners have been compared and the following minutes will be provided. The Secretary of Willistown Knoll, Eileen McAnally, was not witnessed taking any notes and has been her habit, she does not provide detailed minutes of open meetings. This is a good faith attempt to document the statements made, any corrections can be sent to admin@wiki.willistown-knoll.org. The Board provided no written materials other than a one page agenda.

Please keep in mind that none of the "Stucco Remediation Committee" nor the Board members have any stated professionally recognized experience (such as being an engineer) in home construction, building claddings, or moisture remediation. In other words, they are not experts in the field and have few if any credentials to be making "recommendations" to the Board of the Homeowner Association.

Here is a record of Mr. Bernhardt's statements:

  • the "stucco committee" was established by the Board in November 2013 and was comprised of three owners.
  • January 14, 2014, the committee was provided two documents
    • a falcon engineering visual inspection report study
    • plans for remediation of a test building by Structural Design Associates (SDA) (located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania) and to be implemented by AI Restoration. This package consisted of a set of plans and documents.
SDA and AI were also at the meeting and the three committee members got to see a presentation of the material and ask questions.
  • on February 11, 2014 - the committee reviewed the material
  • February 18, 2014 - the committee met witht he Board and made two recommendations:
    • to not proceed with the SDA and AI plans for "numerous" reasons (not disclosed)
    • wanted additional engineering and testing done to determine the status of the stucco cladding on the homes
  • The Board agreed to both of these recommendations and authorized the Committee to obtain two additional proposals for testing
  • February 25, 2014 - the committee met with Falcon Engineering
  • March 22, 2014 - the committee met with Northeast Inspection to review their proposal and go over the deliverables.
  • The committee recommended that the Board accept the proposal of Northeast Inspection
  • June 20th, the Board signed a contract with Northeast Inspection.
  • Testing was done on July and August of 2014.
  • September 20, 2014:
    • The report stated the Association must develop a strategy for replacing all of the cladding
    • The board authorized the committee to get an engineering services agreement from Falcon Engineering to plan a cladding replacement project.
    • October 14, 2014 through January 20, 2015 was spent negotiating the Stucco Replacement Contract with Falcon Engineering.
    • The agreement was signed on January 20, 2015.
  • Due to weather conditions, the next events took place in late March 2014 and made a series of invasive cuts into the buildings.
  • April 7 2015, the Board met with the committee and Mr. Mark McCann of Falcon Engineering to determine the next steps. The Board directed the committee to do the following:
  • review the prior testing information and provide an opinion on any additional testing
  • provide a recommendation for a cladding material for continuing with the re-cladding project. This will allow the Board to determine the cost of the product.

2 Falcon Engineering Drawings of Proposed Design

What the Board had to show - pictures of houses with vinyl siding and stick-on stones over stucco...

What exactly has the board been doing for four years? What about the re-engineerng of the chimneys, the defective exterior stair walls, the grades above the foundations, and the lack of proper gutters and kick-out flanges in the roofs? No, the Board shows us pictures of vinyl siding as their progress. No engineering reports, no budgetary estimates, no schedules, priority rankings, just some poorly taken building photographs on a overcast day with images of mustard yellow vinyl siding and stick on river rock veneer superimposed on the front of the buildings.

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=Additional Comments made by "The Board"

  • claims they "want our inputs"
  • hands out nothing in writing other than the meeting agenda!
  • refuses to allow copies of any valid engineering reports be released to the owners of the homes. Perhaps there are things to hide, e.g. the Northeast Inspection "report" was not conducted by certified Professional and Licensed Engineers. Something may be very wrong if Michael Blaustein and Gail Van Dyke of Associa fear having the reports and actions taken by the Board reviewed by independent licensed engineers and attorneys.
  • claim they have not made any decisions (no decisions, no money spent - right?)
  • stated they will soon decide on whether to continuing the re-cladding (vinyl siding) project that has been started
  • claim they know nothing of the projected costs
  • claim they will be able to finance (borrow) 100% of the costs
  • The attorney of nine years, Ms Holly Setzler, and the Board members of years don't know the legal ownership status of the:
    • decks
    • stairwells
    • framing of the homes
but Ms Setzler will research it for us! $$$