WINTER & GENERAL MAINTENANCE TIPS

November 16th, 2016 by Prashant Bhatia

Winter Tips:

  • Energy efficient curtains or blinds: In the winter, storm windows and black
    out curtains can reduce your heat loss by 25-50 percent.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors: to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Allowing faucets to drip: When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Unplug unused appliances: Turn off and unplug any appliances that do not need to stay on (i.e. washers and dryers); many appliances draw power even when they aren’t being used. FYI: Refrigerators are one of the biggest energy wasters.
  • Caulking: On a windy day feel for drafts around doors, windows and exterior walls near the floor, electrical outlets and plumbing. Seal these spaces with caulk and weather stripping to ensure that you’re not wasting energy on heat that escapes through leaks outside.
    Caulk works best on small gaps. For larger gaps you may want to use self-adhesive foam or your local hardware store consultant may have other suggestions.
  • Sealing thresholds: If drafts sneak in under exterior doors, you can either look into replacing the threshold or if that’s not practical look to insert a threshold seal. You should try and buy one that fits the opening exactly if possible. Otherwise buy the next size up and cut it to fit your door. You can find these at your local hardware store.

  • General Maintenance Tips:

  • Replace or clean furnace filters once a month: Dust and dirt can quickly clog vital parts, making your furnace run harder, using more energy, and eventually breaking down.
  • Clean out lint trap to the dryer on a regular basis: Lint traps are one of the top ten reasons for house fires. Clean out the lint trip after every 3 to 4 drying cycles.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: Install a carbon monoxide detector (CO Detector). Having a CO Detector is a good safety precaution to have in place and is also a recommendation by insurance companies.   There are several resources online that can be researched to identify the appropriate set up for your unit. Wikipedia is a great initial resource.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Have a portable fire extinguisher on hand. This is also a wise safety precaution and is recommended by insurance companies. Home Depot and Lowes carry fire extinguishers for home use.
  • Use plastic window kits to insulate your windows: In the winter, storm windows and black out curtains can reduce your heat loss by 25-50 percent. If your unit doesn’t have storm windows or energy efficient curtains, you can improve the windows ability to retain heat temporarily with plastic sheeting installed on the inside.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors: to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Allowing faucets to drip: When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Follow manufacturers’ maintenance recommendations for gas appliances: To help keep your gas appliances operating safely and efficiently, a qualified professional should inspect your gas appliances and venting systems at least every year. Not performing regular maintenance could result in inefficient appliance operation, and in some cases, dangerous exposure to carbon monoxide.


  • Additional information on maintaining gas appliances to prevent carbon monoxide:

    • Vacuum around burner compartments, and inspect and replace furnace filters on forced-air units or central heating systems according to manufacturer instructions.
    • Make sure all appliance doors or panels are installed or reinstalled after cleaning or servicing before using.
    • Never store anything near a gas appliance that might interfere with normal appliance airflow.
    • Assure that appliance venting is intact and unblocked. Have all gas appliances and venting repairs performed by a qualified professional.
    • Where snow can accumulate on the ground or rooftops, ensure that gas appliance intake and exhaust vents are clear of obstructions.
    • Never use your gas oven or range burner top for space heating.
    • Gas appliance maintenance is always the homeowner’s responsibility.
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    New HOA Board

    September 16th, 2016 by Prashant Bhatia

    In March, Matthew Frank elected new Board of Directors.

    Your new HOA board is:

    Jessica Keys – Chairperson
    Prashant Bhatia – Treasurer
    Jim Ollett – Secretary
    Scott Reis – Board Member
    Peg Cross – Board Member

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    Construction Defect Repairs complete

    February 23rd, 2014 by chrisg

    As most of you are aware, the lawsuit the Association filed against the Declarant for Matthew Frank was settled late 2012. Construction then began in early February 2013. At this time, construction repairs have been completed and a release letter has been received from the Association’s consultant Alliance Engineering, signing off that all repairs were completed in accordance with the scope and building codes. The final punch list walk through was held January 6, 2014 by Sean Gores Construction and they are effectively complete with this project.

    A copy of the Matthew Frank Repairs Project Completion Letter from Alliance Engineering can be found here.

    A copy of the full letter that was sent to homeowners in early February can be found here.

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    2014 Annual Meeting Reminder

    February 23rd, 2014 by chrisg

    Come to the Matthew Frank Annual Home Owner’s Association Meeting and get pizza!

    Monday, March 3rd,

    Sign-in at 6:45 p.m.; meeting begins at 7 p.m.

    At the St. Johns Community Center (8427 N Central Street, on the east side of Matthew Frank)

    This meeting is open to all home owners and residents of Matthew Frank.  There will be three board positions up for election.  Plus, free pizza and soda for all attendees!

    Can’t attend the meeting? If you’re a home owner and you can’t attend, please fill out your Proxy Form (it was mailed to you in February, and it’s available here and give it to a neighbor to bring to the meeting or send it to Management Trust before the board meeting.  Minutes will be posted next month on the Web site.

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    January HOA meeting canceled

    January 19th, 2014 by chrisg
    The January 2014 HOA board meeting is canceled due to the holiday and lack of agenda.  Please save any open forum issues for the February meeting.
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    December HOA meeting canceled

    December 10th, 2013 by chrisg

    The December 2013 HOA board meeting is canceled due to the holidays.  Please save any open forum issues for the January meeting.

    Happy Holidays!

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    2013 Annual Meeting Reminder

    February 24th, 2013 by chrisg

    Come to the Matthew Frank Annual Home Owner’s Association Meeting and get pizza!

    Monday, March 11th,

    Sign-in at 6:45 p.m.; meeting begins at 7 p.m.

    At the St. Johns Community Center (8427 N Central Street, on the east side of Matthew Frank)

    This meeting is open to all home owners and residents of Matthew Frank.  There will be two board positions up for election.  Plus, free pizza and soda for all attendees!

    Can’t attend the meeting? If you’re a home owner and you can’t attend, please fill out your Proxy Form (it was mailed to you in February, and it’s available here and give it to a neighbor to bring to the meeting or send it to Management Trust before the board meeting.  Minutes will be posted next month on the Web site.

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    Construction defect repair update

    February 18th, 2013 by chrisg

    Work has begun on building 2 and will start on building 4 soon. The fenced area in front of building 2 and 4 is used to stage and store materials and equipment. It is understandable the occupants of the buildings relate the noise to the fenced area. However, most of the noise is created by the crews working outside of the fenced area. These crews will move around the buildings as the work is performed (to be closer to the work area).

    The container and surrounding fence area is scheduled to be moved every 3 months or so (per phase) and will be filled with all the materials/tools needed for that portion of the project. Each time the container and staging area are moved, new permits must be filed with the City.

    We understand the concerns the owners/occupants have with the construction noise, and will try to limit the amount of time work stations remain at each building. With this in mind, the work will take 2-4 months per phase, dependent on the amount of damage uncovered on each building and weather (roofing etc.)

    Thank you for your continued patience and helping us make this a successful project!

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    At the January 14th, 2013 board meeting, the board approved and signed the construction defect lawsuit settlement agreement.

    At the same board meeting, an agreement with Sean Gores Construction was approved to perform the full scope of the repair work. An agreement with Alliance Project Engineers and Building Consultants was also approved to perform the design and oversight of the project.

    Setup will begin the week of February 4th and removal of the siding on building 2 is scheduled to begin the week of February 11th.

    For detailed information, please see the following Notifications.

    Once the project is up and going, the goal of Sean Gores Construction is to be working on 6 – 8 buildings at any one time, working their way through the even numbered buildings (primarily off the Leavitt side and moving towards Central and then wrapping around to Burlington and finishing on Kellogg. This is an evolving schedule and will likely change once the project is in full swing.

    You can find a plot map here to help visualize the phases of the repair work.  There will also be a project board in the center of the courtyard with up-to-date schedule information.

    Please attend the next board meeting on February 11th at the St. Johns Community Center, if you have any questions.

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    Quick construction defect lawsuit update

    November 5th, 2012 by chrisg

    The construction defect lawsuit is near settlement.  The Association’s attorney will be available to answer owner questions at the November 19th Board Meeting.  Details will follow once the settlement is complete.

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