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About The Starlight Express
The very First Issue of Starlight Express Newsletter was created
by the Editor and Chief Pat Ifft on
February 29, 1992 and since then is
maintained and produced monthly by her for 17 years!
All Starlighter's owe immense gratitude
to Pat in keeping them informed with all happenings good and bad.
Thank You Pat
October 15, 2007
Editor - Pat Ifft
Webmaster - Louisa Simos
Happy autumn to everyone.
Did you open your windows last night?
What a delight to hear the surf, and realize that the long, hot
summer has just about succumbed to nature’s air conditioning.
The main purpose of this issue is to bring you a letter from our
Board President, Marlene Reid. She and Lynn
Dopp, along with the Board, have worked very hard to
guide the Association through this past 10 months of change, and
it seems appropriate to take this time and space to say thank
you to them.
Here is Marlene’s letter…..
October 15, 2007
I want to bring you up to date on the restoration project
developments at Starlight. Pat Ifft, editor of The Starlight
Express, has graciously granted me some space for my message.
A new set of circumstances can cause domino-effect changes and
reassessment. This is true at Starlight. When Liberte Management
Group terminated our contract the Board did the necessary
research to seek out a replacement company, and subsequently
went through a very objective interview process. As you already
know, we chose Resource Property Management. They’ve been
working with us now for over a month and we have been very
pleased with the results. Everything is going smoothly! Since
rental of the guest apt. #106 wasn’t very conducive to off-site
management we made the decision to have Starlight’s staff
person, Christy Hays, handle that duty.
When Bob Reinhardt, the CEO of Resource Property Management,
heard that Starlight had embarked on a restoration project he
asked to review the proposed contracts since he had been deeply
involved, with successful outcomes, in the
renovation/restoration of many of their other buildings. He was
shocked that we had only gotten two bids. Upon review of the
documents in hand, Bob asked to make a presentation to the Board
regarding: (a) the role Resource could play in getting involved
in Starlight’s project; (b) discuss the possibility of seeking
recovery from insurance for “hidden collapsed damages”; and also
(c) to give the Board “heads up” on a comprehensive insurance
plan/proposal that Resource has been working on whereby
Starlight’s premiums could be significantly reduced.
This informational meeting was held on Sept. 26th. Vance Poland,
V.P. of Resource, was also present. Mr. Reinhardt made the case
for reopening the bidding process, and indicated that, if
Resource were to be given a leadership role in the project, the
first step they would take would be to invite contractors to
bid. Preliminary calls had assured them that there was ample
interest from other contractors. Reinhardt had also made contact
with Karins Engineering Group to let the engineers know what was
being proposed, and that Karins would be expected to provide