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Spring Update Letter
Posted on Apr 12th, 2021

Greetings Highland House Homeowners –
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable ski season. Despite all of the challenges, it was a winter for the books and we are now rolling right into a busy project season. I wanted to update you on a couple of projects on the horizon.
Following a building envelope investigation last summer, your Board and management team began working with WDP & Associates to address various areas of the building exterior with the most important being the roof. Based on current condition and remaining useful life of the roof, the Board is pursuing a roof replacement project to commence in the coming weeks. Currently, we are in the bid process on this project and anticipate the selection of a contractor later this month. The Board is investigating different roof materials such as asphalt shingle, metal, and synthetic slate shingle, in an effort to select the material that is the most durable and long-lasting for our harsh weather environment. Funding for this project will come from a combination of maintenance reserves and financing. More information on this project will be forthcoming as we move through the planning and implementation process.
Another exciting project that is kicking off this week is the replacement of all fireplaces for all residential units in the building. This upgrade will offer financial and safety benefits to all owners as well as improved experience for our rental guests. This upgrade consists of removing and replacing your current fireplace insert including the pilot light igniter, glass screen, and logs, as well as the venting for the unit. As you may be aware, units within Highland House have had ongoing issues with pilot lights blowing out, especially during the peak winter season. Multiple service calls, frequent guest complaints and costly propane bills from constantly burning pilot lights serve as the motivation behind this endeavor. By changing out these units, we can anticipate fewer fireplace-related service calls as there will be no constantly burning pilot light to blow out (happier guests!), and an increased safety barrier between the fireplace glass which will provide a safer environment for guests (especially children). The new venting that will be installed will replace old and worn out venting as well as repair the leaking horizontal terminations. Other HOAs in the Village that have already executed this same project have recognized significant savings in propane expense and are on track for a 5-year ROI. Based on the anticipated propane savings, the Board has decided to pay for the fireplace units and installation costs for all condominium units out of HOA reserves. This project will NOT be an individual owner expense. The contractor will be arriving this week to start staging for the project so that all 78 fireplaces can be completed prior to summer season Opening Day. Project pace will rely on the progress of the unit installations. If you self-manage your unit, please reach out to me with your reservation dates ASAP so that we can adjust the schedule accordingly. 
Mark your calendars! The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Ownership will occur at 10:00am on Saturday, May 29th via virtual conference (there will not be an in-person meeting). We will send out more information and supporting documentation in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions regarding any of the aforementioned projects, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of your Board or management team at 
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