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Buildings December update

New lights in all buildings and all levels completely installed on December 5! I've gotten feedback from several members already, mostly in favor of the brightness that the new light fixtures bring to our hallways but not all in favor of how bright it is now. At the upcoming meeting we will discuss the feedback from members to see if it's too bright and if lower wattage bulbs could work to save on electricity or if we want to leave it as is for awhile. Please reply to me and I will bring all replies to the next meeting. Please don't start a mass email thing about this ... I promise all replies will be weighed. Next item: do you have a wall in your storage unit that is crumbling? A unit has brought up the desire to repair theirs and we as a co-op need to figure out how large the problem is and what we want to do about it. Please let me know if your storage unit walls also need attention. This way we know the scope of the problem. The upcoming meeting will be the first meeting to discuss this and I'm sure at least one more will be needed, again depending on the scope of the problem. Third: winter is here and we're looking for volunteers to help with the shoveling! The public sidewalks and our parking lot are taken care of by a service we pay for if there is over two inches of snow but the front steps and inside the fence walking paths need volunteers to help keep clear. There is a snow blower in the garden shed. The front steps are particularly important to get to right away to keep clear and ice free so that nobody slips either coming or going! Shovels are by each door, as is salt. Please help if you can! Let's keep everyone safe! At the next buildings committee meeting we will choose new light fixtures for the front entry way vestibules and also possibly ceiling fans for the two stairwells in the back of the buildings. I say "possibly ceiling fans" because they have been discussed at previous meetings but I had a discussion with the electrician and he recommended staying with regular lights. I'll discuss why at the meeting ... This email is long enough as it is! So we will discuss the pros and cons and if we decide to go with ceiling fans instead of light fixtures then we will choose a ceiling fan at the meeting. If you are interested in choosing the light fixtures for the 3 entry vestibules and a possible ceiling fan, please start looking now and come to the meeting if you can. Also please let me know so that if I get some ideas ahead of time from anybody I can share them with anyone who is interested in helping to choose. We will also discuss what we would like to do next regarding upgrading and updating the interior of our buildings. What would you like to see done next year? There will be a buildings committee meeting this coming Saturday the 10th at 10am. This isn't the full weeks notice that we usually try to give here but I'm trying to adjust my schedule with a member who is very knowledgable about buildings and maintenance who wants to step up and be more part of the buildings committee, and I'm trying to fit another meeting in this year and then again another one in January before I head out for a couple of months and there is too much to discuss for one meeting if I wait until January.

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