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United Board Seeking Candidates for Vacancy
Purchase Your Village 50th Anniversary Calendar Before They Sell Out!
Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements
Supervisor Patricia C. Bates to Host Seventh Annual South County Senior Summit Mar. 21
The Recreation Division Now Offers MELT Method® classes!
The Recreation Division Now Offers PILOXING®
Moulton Road Work Between El Toro and Santa Maria thru March 15
Third Approves Limiting Number of Vehicle Decals Issued per Home
Proposed Aliso Creek Entrance Upgrade
Gate 7 Gatehouse Project Underway, Click for Landscape Plan Drawing
Recreation Offers Guided Autobiographical Writing Class: Free Preview Mar. 4
Self Defense Kung Fu Class Begins March 13
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Traditional Irish Fare at Clubhouse Two
Clubhouse Two Presents Parisian Dinner March 25
Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat BBQ and Line Dancing at the Village Hoedown March 29
PCM Employee Salvador Plascencia receives Recognition of Excellence Award
Political Candidates and their Volunteers/Workers must Follow Rules for Distribution of Materials
Water Conservation Crucial as Governor Jerry Brown Declares Drought
Community Project Updates
Third Mutual to Update Elevator Equipment in Three-Story Buildings
Toll Roads Move to All Electronic Tolling – Cash Collection Ending in May
Information Related to the Village Activities Center Specific Plan
United Mutual Seeking Resident Comments on Bylaws
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Laguna Woods Village Recreation Master Plan
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Community Wide Recycling Program
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New GRF Semi-truck Receives California Clean Idle Certification
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Village Corporations Honor OC Firefighter of the Year
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City of Laguna Woods Dog Park
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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
The Foundation of Laguna Woods: Pennies from Heaven
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Door to Door and Phone Solicitation of Contractor Services
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Village at Work Video Series
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A Message from Supervisor Pat Bates
Video Tour of Laguna Woods Village
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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.
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, wall upgrades and parking stalls for ADA compliance, new landscaping and relocating the Security radio equipment to the Gate 14 Head-end Building. The Contractor has completed staging Gate 7 for construction. Gate 7 entrance and exit will remain open during construction. The Contractor is roughing in utilities and installing windows at the building. They are also working on the sidewalk removal and wall upgrades on the entrance side.
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. An RFP has been issued and the project is currently bidding
Hole #1 Modifications: The Hole #1 tees have been lowered and netting has been installed to protect Moulton Parkway from errant golf balls. The project is complete, less the punchlist.
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. All work in this area has been completed by the County and the Contractor.
Clubhouse 1 Pool Re-plastering: The Board approved re-plastering the Clubhouse 1 pool in the 2014 Capital Plan. This work will be done during the regularly scheduled pool closure from March 3, 2014 to April 13, 2014. An RFP has been issued and the project is currently bidding.
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. The concrete path has been poured and the Contractor is working on the final grading and landscaping to complete the project.
GRF Alternative Energy Study: At the November 5, 2013 GRF meeting, the Board approved to go directly to bid instead of retaining a consultant which was previously approved for the following GRF pilot alternative energy projects:
The GRF Alternative Energy Ad Hoc Committee is investigating these projects further before proceeding and they will discussed at upcoming meetings.
Recreation Master Plan: GRF approved implementing the Recreation Master Plan with an appropriation of $18,717,500. Below is a status update on the approved projects:
Gate 12 Main Lounge: The Consultant has started the Construction Documents for the project. The City is currently reviewing the Gate 12 Site Development Permit.
Gate 16 Fitness Center: The GRF Board referred the Fitness Center back to the Committee.
Property Services Operational Review: The GRF Board approved performing an operational review of Property Services department. Staff has sent out the RFP and the bids are due in early February.
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
The Third Board moved the remaining buildings until the beginning of 2014, B5499, B3243, and B3244.
Under Construction: 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 late January 2014: B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025 and B4026
Elevator Replacement Program: . The Elevator Replacement Contract has been awarded. Construction postings, letters to residence and media begins mid-December 2013. Construction Improvements begin mid-January 2014.Buildings B2353, B2385, B3241, B3242, B3371, B3421, B3486, B3498, B4013. B5515 will be completed from 2013’s schedule in 2014 and 10 new elevators will be selected for 2014.
Under construction: B2353
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 2014 Fire Alarm Upgrade Program
will begin late January 2014. Buildings: B3366, B3367, B3371, B3486, B3498, B3500, B3501, B3510, B4001, B4002, B4003, B4004, B4005, B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025 will be upgraded in 2014.
Completed in 2013: B2395, B2398, B2399, B2400, B2401, B2402, B2403, B2404, B2405, B2396, B969, B3337, B3338, B3363
Under Construction: 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, and B3003
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 1,500 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 prepared a RFP and received bids for the design for the new walkway lighting system. The contract for the improvement plans has been awarded to the lowest bidder.
Staff met with several members of the ad-hoc committee on October 31st to provide an update on the project. During the meeting Staff recommended the ad-hoc committee chair schedule an official ad-hoc committee meeting to provide Staff the list of light fixtures to be used during the pilot program. Staff needs to provide the engineer the appropriate light fixtures so the design work can begin. Staff is awaiting further direction from the ad-hoc committee on the desired light fixtures to be used for the CDS 7 lighting pilot program.
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.
CDS 23 Dry Rot Repairs Pilot Program: Construction of the necessary dry rot repairs identified from the 2011 mid paint cycle inspection program were complete in CDS 23 in early January 2014.
Staff is currently obtaining bids from consultants to begin the engineering for the remaining buildings of the 2011 mid paint cycle inspection.
Walkway Bridge Replacements at Castilla Style Buildings: In 2013 five walkway bridges at Castilla style buildings were removed and replaced due to excessive dry rot. Currently Staff is awaiting final engineering plans for the replacement of an additional bridge at B614. Staff is continuing to monitor the necessary walkway bridges that need replacement for a potential proactive replacement program.
Wasteline Remediation: The wastelines in the community are aging and are prone to root intrusion especially through the joints between pipe segments. Root intrusion can cause sewer backups and stoppages that affect the plumbing of the manors. The wasteline remediation program involves an outside plumbing contractor installing a seamless liner within the existing pipes to help mitigate future root intrusion. All pipes are video recorded before and after the process to confirm the pipe is a candidate and that the job was done appropriately. The program commenced 2011. To date over 10,800 linear feet of liner has been installed in 205 sewer pipes and laterals. Currently Staff is scheduling waste lines that have ongoing root issues and those pipes identified by the in-house plumbing crew.
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 5,461 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.
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 wrapping up Phase 2 work on the east side of the road along the golf course. The Contractor will starting Phase 3 demo, clearing and grubbing on the west side of the road along Gate 16. Phase 5 will begin on December 3rd and includes the chain link fence replacement and sidewalk widening adjacent to the 23-acre site. There will be the following lane closures along Moulton Parkway:
-Northbound #3 lane along the golf course will remain closed 24 hours. There are utility conflicts preventing the County from opening this lane to vehicle traffic. The sidewalk has been opened up for pedestrian traffic.
-Southbound #3 lane and sidewalk from Santa Maria to Laguna Woods Self Storage will remain closed 24 hours until Phase 3 is complete.
-The top coat for Moulton Parkway is tentatively schedule for application on March 18th through 22nd (weather permitting). This work will be done during the day and Moulton Parkway will be reduced to one lane in each direction. If possible it is recommended to use alternate routes on these days.
Updates on the project will be posted on the Laguna Woods Village and City of Laguna Woods website.
Edison (SCE) Vault Replacement: During the Moulton Widening project Edison discovered that five vaults in the #3 lane of Northbound Moulton Parkway needed to be lowered to match the new roadway grade. The design work for this is complete and Edison will begin on Friday February 7th through mid-March (weather dependent). Below is a summary of the proposed lane closures during the Project:
Northbound #3 vehicle lane, bike lane and pedestrian sidewalk along the golf course will remain closed 24 hours.
From 9:00 pm to 5:30 am only the Northbound #1 Lane will be open.
The City Council approved Edison working 7 days a week if needed to minimize the amount of time the lane is closed, so the night lane closures between 9:00 pm and 5:30 am may occur on the weekends as well.
Composed: 01/27/2011 | Modified: 01/21/2014
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