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SCE Planned Outage for Dec. 6
Spark of Love Toy Drive
Holiday Lights at Gate 1
All American Boys Chorus Christmas Program returns to Clubhouse 3 Dec. 20
Disneyland’s Premier Rock and Roll Band in Concert New Year’s Eve at Clubhouse 3
United Mutual Seeking Resident Comments on Bylaws
The Garden Club to Celebrate Aliso Creek Foot Bridge Reopening
Village Leaders Reflect on What They’re Thankful for this Holiday Season
Residents may now Park Passenger Vehicles in RV Lot B for annual fee
Take Care not to Overload your Garbage Disposal after Holiday Meals
Newly Elected GRF Board Members
Performance Review reveals Efficient Landscape Division at the Village
Modified Standard Facility Reservation Agreement Now Available, Deadline Extended
Sunshine Holiday Benefit Show to Benefit The Foundation of Laguna Woods Village on Dec. 10
Photos from the Re-Opening of Aliso Creek Foot Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Coyote Activity in the Village
Q and A - GRF Recreation Master Plan Loan and the GRF Trust
The Trust Agreement - An Analysis by George McInnis
PCM, Inc. Recognizes Employees for their Years of Service to the Village
Village Clubs and Realtors: Get your Limited Edition Laguna Woods Village 50th Anniversary Logo
The Celebrity Series Returns to the Village!
Laguna Woods Village Recreation Master Plan
El Toro Water District (ETWD) Recycled Water Expansion Project Construction Updates
ETWD Expands Recycled Water Treatment and Distribution
Development and Renovation at and around Oakbrook Village (Trader Joe's) Shopping Center
Community Wide Recycling Program
Community Project Updates
Orange County Resources and Events for Seniors and Caregivers
WARE and The City of Laguna Woods Offer FREE Monthly Bulky Item Collection
SoCal Water$mart Rebates Available for High Efficiency Clothes Washers and Toilets
City of Laguna Woods Offers Green Home Certification
Watch out for Rattlesnakes
Beer and Wine is now Available at the Village Greens Cafe!
New GRF Semi-truck Receives California Clean Idle Certification
Board Meeting Recaps Now Online Courtesy of the Channel 6 News Hour
Sheep, Goats Help Restore Natural Habitat in Laguna Canyon
Village Corporations Honor OC Firefighter of the Year
Caregiver Support Group Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each Month
‘Nazi Hunter’ Show Tickets go on sale January 23
Always have your license with you when you drive in the Village!
E-Books can be Downloaded Free through Orange County Public Library
City of Laguna Woods Dog Park
The City Can Help Dispose Household Waste
New Look for Village Website!
Turf Reduction Program & Water-Wise Gardens in United Mutual
New Open House Sign Regulations
GRF Requires Vehicle Decal
Guided Autobiographical Writing
United, Third Water Heater Electrical Upgrades
United Non-Smoking Building Designation
The Foundation of Laguna Woods: Pennies from Heaven
GRF Facility Fee effective Jan 1, 2012
Personal Training with Matt and Sarah
United Approves Walkway Lighting; Cul-de-Sac 7 Selected for Pilot
The Village Bans Styrofoam Use at Clubhouse Events
Door to Door and Phone Solicitation of Contractor Services
Please Report Irrigation Runoff to Property Services
Village at Work Video Series
US News and World Report names the Village one of the Best Places to Retire!
A Message from Supervisor Pat Bates
Video Tour of Laguna Woods Village
Tear-Off Form Required on all Approved Community Event Flyers
The State of California Recognizes the Village for being Green
Questions About Daytime Irrigation
EZ Pay is the Best Way To Make Manor Payments
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Community Project Updates
Community Project Updates
Below are brief updates on many ongoing maintenance and landscape projects in and around the community. Click on a link below to go directly to that section.
RV Lot A Access Road: The GRF Board approved installing a splash curb along a portion of the RV Lot A access road where there has been erosion. The engineer has completed their design and bids have been received. The next step is to finalize the contract and schedule the work.
Gate 7 Renovation: The Board approved replacing Gatehouse 7 due to the extensive dry rot and termite damage that was discovered during the planter removal. The project will include a new gatehouse, a speed table with pavers at the entrance, modifying the sidewalk and parking stalls for ADA compliance, new landscaping and relocating the Security radio equipment to the Gate 14 Head-end Building. The contract has been signed and a kick off meeting has been held with the Architect. They are working on the Gatehouse renovation design. The site development package has been approved by the City. The final plans have been submitted to the City. After the pre-construction meeting the construction schedule will be finalized.
Energy Management System:The Board approved funding to replace and upgrade the energy management system (EMS). The Contractor has surveyed all of the facilities and submitted product cut sheets to the Engineer for approval. The Contractor has completed the first phase of EMS installations at the various facilities. A separate scope of work has been prepared to install controllers at Clubhouse 3. The next step is to finalize a RFP and start the bidding process
Aliso Creek Service Road Repairs and Bridge Replacement: The Aliso Creek service road and bridge replacement are complete less the punch list.
Hole #1 Modifications: The Hole #1 tees are being lowered and netting is being installed to protect Moulton Parkway from errant golf balls. The netting is being installed by the Moulton Widening Contractor. The Contractor has completed work by the green so the golfers can play a temporary par 3 at Hole #1. Majority of the project is complete. They will have to come back in once the Moulton Widening wall is complete to perform minor grading, irrigation, landscape work and sodding.
Community Center Renovation: . Balcony/Window Repair & Exterior Improvements: The balcony/window repairs and exterior Improvements are complete less the punch list.
Moulton Widening extends from the bus stop just north of El Toro Road to Santa Maria along Moulton Parkway. The construction for the project is being overseen by the County of Orange. The Contractor is well into Phase 2 work on the east side of the road along the golf course through the Garden Center. There will be the following lane closures along Moulton Parkway:
There will be temporary closures in the southbound lanes from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.until Phase 3 starts.
Phase 2 work will include perimeter fencing and pilasters, retaining wall backfill, curb, gutter and sidewalks, asphalt road work, drainage and planting trees in the golf course. Updates on the project will be posted on the Laguna Woods Village and City of Laguna Woods website. Below is a three week look ahead:
Garden Center 1 Annex Demo: In efforts to lower the netting required along Moulton Parking, GRF and the City entered an agreement that requires the Garden Center 1 annex be demolished prior to the new tees at Hole #1 being opened. GRF has agreed to leave the annex opened until October 1st to allow the gardeners to harvest summer crops. The demo was completed on October 4th. There will be some minor work to be done once the County is complete with the widening.
Clubhouse 4 Locker Room Awning: The GRF Board approved an awning installation along pool side of the Clubhouse 4 locker room building. Bids have been received for the project and the Contractor is submitting awning plans to the City for plan check. Once the plans are approved the awning installation will be scheduled. The dry rot on the surface of the building has been repaired and is ready for the awning installation.
Phase 2 Golf Cart Path along Hole 9: The GRF Board approved extending the golf cart path at Hole 9 along Moulton Parkway as a part of the 2013 Capital Plan. This work can not start until the County’s Moulton Widening Contractor is complete with this area, which is expected in late September 2013. The contract is being finalized then the work will be schedule.
Below is the list of affected buildings that are part of the replacement program:
Completed: B4006, B2399, B5519, B2400, B2402, B2403, B2401, B2397, B2398, B2384, B2385, B2389, B2390, B2404, B2405, B5500, B4009, B4010, B4011, B4007, B4006, B4008, B5518, B5515, B3420, B3242, B3241, B5517, B3421, B5371 and B5510
Construction schedule TBD in 2013 for : B2386, B5499, B3243, and B3244.
Third Mutual LH21 Stairway Beam Replacements:
Below is the list of affected buildings that are part of the replacement program.
Completed 2013: Buildings B4001, B4003, B4004, B4005, B4002
Under Construction: There are no buildings under construction in the program at this time.
Structural Engineering completed and construction scheduled later in 2013 and 2014: B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025 and B4026
Elevator Replacement Program: . The Elevator Replacement Contract has been awarded. Scheduling plans are being investigated.
TLHM 3-Story Building Fire Alarm System Engineering: The OCFA (Orange County Fire Authority) approved the fire alarm upgrades without additional code restriction mandates. The program beginning in 2011 and ending in 2016, calls for the 81 three-story buildings fire alarm systems to be replaced.
The 2013 Fire Alarm Upgrade Program has begun, 18 will be upgraded in 2013.
Completed in 2013: B2395, B2398, B2399, B2400, B2401, B2402, B2403, B2404, B2405, B2396, B969, B3337, B3338
Under Construction: B3363
Construction Scheduled for later 2013: B3335, B3336, , B3364, B3365
Waterline Epoxy: Several buildings in Third Laguna Hills Mutual (TLHM) have a large number of leaks in the interior copper water lines. The majority of these high leak buildings are Garden Villas in the Gate 5 area west of Via Mariposa and adjacent to the 27-hole Golf Course. The following forty buildings have experienced the most leaks and the first set of buildings scheduled for epoxy lining:
Building 2386, Building 2392
Building 2403, Building 2400, Building 2399, Building 2393, Building 2384, Building 2404, Building 2391, Building 2390, Building 2389, Building 2388, Building 2370, and Building 2385
Building 2369, Building 2405, Building 2394, Building 969, Building 2401, Building 2396, Building 2387, Building 2381, Building 2395, Building 3335, Building 2397, Building 2380
Building 2398, Building 2321, Building 2318, Building 2314, Building 2315, Building 2297, Building 2355, Building 2288, Building 3212, Building 2402, Building 5515, Building 5510, and Building 2316
TLHM Water Conservation Pilot project: Of the 95 manors selected for high water usage, the plumbers have completed inspections on 91 manors and 4 manors were not accessible. The water conservation Ad-hoc Committee was disbanded in October 2011. Future water conservation topics will be over-seen by the Landscape and M&C Committees. 17 Manors with high water usage as well as the 4 previously non-accessible manors have been identified and the M&C directed inspections to be performed by the plumbers. The plumbers were able to inspect a total of 16 manors, which included 2 of the 4 manors identified in 2011. Individual summaries of the inspections and suggestions for water conservation have been sent by mail to the manors inspected and a report of the inspection results were presented in the 7/5/12 M&C Committee.
Third Water Heater Electrical Upgrades: The electric system in the manors requires an upgrade from a 20 amp breaker to a 30 amp breaker and upgrade from 12 gauge to 10 gauge wiring. The upgrade program commenced in 2011. To date over 1,333 manors have been upgraded. A program to have the electrician perform an investigation of the existing electrical system was added to this project half way through.
Staff is working with the Ad-hoc committee to investigate various options. At the request of the Committee, the lighting consultant that initially investigated the walkway lighting system returned to the four cul-de-sacs to investigate the condition of the underground electrical conduits and their suitability for re-use for an updated walkway lighting system. The consultant’s report states that the existing electrical conduits are PVC and are in good condition; however, the conduits are not installed at the proper depths and are therefore in violation of current code standards. It is the Consultant’s opinion that because the conduits are not at the proper depths they should not be re-used for any future lighting improvements. Staff spoke with the City to see if using the existing conduits for a new lighting system will be allowed. The City has told Staff that they will allow the existing conduits beneath the walkways to be reused for a new lighting system provided they are in good condition. All new conduits not under walkways must be installed per current code requirements.
The ad-hoc committee requested Staff to develop recommendations for a pilot lighting program in a portion of CDS 7. Staff met with the ad-hoc Committee on May 13, 2013 to discuss the location of the proposed pilot program and present the recommended light fixtures. At the request of the ad-hoc committee Staff has researched and presented additional light fixtures and a proposed schedule for start of the pilot program. During the August ULWM Board meeting the Board approved moving forward with a portion of CDS 7 for the pilot program. Staff has prepared a SOW for design and is contacting the consultant who prepared the original CDS 7 walkway lighting plans for an estimate.
United CDS Entrance Pavers: The Landscape Committee has selected CDS 10, 205, and 206 to continue renovation improvements including installing a decorative paver strip to match the pavers installed at CDS 67. GRF owns a 28-foot wide strip over the drive aisle in CDS 206. In the November 2012 GRF Board meeting the Board approved the installation of the pavers at the entrance to CDS 206 but at the Mutual’s expense (Third and United). In the December 2012 Third and United Board meetings the Boards approved to pay for half of the paver strip at CDS 206. In December 2012 the United M&C approved to use the existing funding to install pavers at CDS 10, 205, 206 (half the cost), and another CDS to be named at a later date.
Funding for the pavers is available from the Landscape Revitalization Replacement Fund. Staff has contacted a geotechnical engineering consultant to assess the soil characteristics and develop recommendations for the base for the paver strips. Geotechnical engineering is complete and Staff is currently working on the SOW for construction.
Additional money is available in the Landscape Revitalization Fund should the Committee wish to install pavers at additional locations or change CDS.
Staff presented a memo at the August M&C Committee seeking direction on the entrance pavers. The committee directed staff to not move forward with the entrance pavers.
United Dishwasher Recall: United Laguna Woods Mutual received notification from General Electric of a recall on certain models of dishwashers manufactured between March 2006 and August 2009 and that were installed as member-selected upgrades in 133 manors. The recall is due to an electrical failure in the dishwashers’ heating elements that can cause a fire hazard. The model numbers being recalled begin with the sequence: GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, PDW7, PDWF7, EDW4, GHDA4, and GHDA6. Model numbers can be found on a metallic plate on the left tub wall, visible when the dishwasher door is opened.
Staff is sending letters of notification to members in the manors with these dishwashers, notifying them that they are to immediately discontinue use of the dishwasher, unplug the dishwasher from the outlet (and if they need assistance unplugging the unit to contact Property Services at 949-597-4600). Staff is also supplying specific information to these residents on how to contact GE for a free in-home repair. For additional information, residents can contact GE at 866-918-8760 or visit the website: www.geappliances.com/recall.
CDS67 Sign Project: Additional funding has been appropriated for lighting and signage and is required to go through the City’s sign plan requirements.
On January 2, 2013 Staff received a letter from the City of Laguna Woods that the CDS 67 signage pilot program has been approved. Staff has received bids for the construction and installation of the two proposed signs. The bids received are higher than the appropriation. Staff presented the issue to the M&C Committee at the June meeting. The M&C Committee recommended the Board approve installing both signs at CDS 67. At the July 9, 2013 ULWM Board meeting, the Board unanimously approved to place all pilot projects on hold for 30-60 days until all projects are thoroughly reviewed by the new Board. Staff is awaiting further direction from the Board as to move forward with the CDS 67 signage program.
United Water Heater Electrical Upgrades: The electric system in the manors requires an upgrade from a 20 amp breaker to a 30 amp breaker and upgrade from 12 gauge to 10 gauge wiring. The program commenced 2011. Staff and the contractor have been averaging 10 manors per day. To date over 5,044 manors have been upgraded. A program to have the electrician perform an investigation of the existing electrical system was added to this project half way through.
Composed: 01/27/2011 | Modified: 07/08/2013
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