There is this ongoing fight between what people thought they were going to get and what the reality has become. The latest saga is that our HOA representatives sent an email to our building requesting a status on some outstanding issues within the community. I have captured the questions and the responses below. Some of these you would have to visit here or live here to understand, but the responses are incredibly hilarious for someone who is determined to continue to sell property in Ecuador. But for me and mine – we shall remain safe behind the walls of our beloved Castillo de Bublak.
· HOA: When will city water be available to the Las Palmas community? The City of Jipijapa has no budget to provide a water pump and have stated they need our developer to install the pipeline to the community before they will consider our need for city water.
· Gary: The pipes have been installed in the community. We cannot dig along the highway & install pipes without city permission. They will not give permission until they have a pump to handle the demand.
· HOA: There are currently three openings to the Las Palmas community and the HOA needs to understand if the city of Jipijapa will recognize that we are a gated community that will not be asked to open our wall in the future. If so, when would Gary suggest closing?
· Gary: I will close all 3 openings when you request it. I have my permits to close it. I will not do 1 at a time. All 3 at once.
· HOA: Dimple N. end of security wall to match south end.
· Gary: No
· HOA: Wall need to be painted to prevent erosion inside and outside.
· Gary: It is concrete wall one side is painted – HOA can paint inside if they wish.
· HOA: There is only one small drain at the south end of the main road. It has no grate. Is this one drain sufficient?
· Gary: All water is drained toward beach accesses for natural flow. That 1 drain is only for the cul-de-sac. Will check on the grate.
· HOA: Pavers were promised and now crushed rock is planned. Gary compared the Las Palmas paver streets to what another builder was doing in the Montanita area with his pavers. Why are we not getting what was promised?
· Gary: This has been discussed in a very public forum. I never advertised or promised pavers. Not on my website nor in anyone’s contract. End of Matter. Will install crushed stones when HOA requests it.
· HOA: Where is the landscaping for the security wall along the street side?
· Gary: Is landscaped in equal distance left and right of the entrance. HOA can add more if desired.
· HOA: What landscaping is planned for the drainage area on the N. end of the security wall facing the road between the wall and the road where the water runs underneath the road to the drainage between lots 15 and 14?
· Gary: None
· HOA: How are we to water the N. end of Las Palmas plants?
· Gary: Gardener with longer hose or buckets.
· HOA: The sink in the bar area has never been plumbed for usage. Neither the supply lines nor the drainage lines are connected. There is only a sink shell and a faucet mounted for what appears to be a working sink when it is not.
· Gary: Will be connected. This was an oversight.
· HOA: Why has the center tie down not been ordered and installed after several request and emails have been sent regarding where it can be purchased and how much it will cost.
· Gary: Howard Johnson (now MantaHost) in Manta one of the nicest hotel, 2nd only to Oro Verde has a tennis court without a tie down in the center. If someone in the community wants that, they can add at their own expense.
· HOA: The top step is too high and out of sequence with what is required. It is exposed and uncovered by water most of the time and should never have been installed in its current location. The step needs to be removed.
· Gary: No.
· HOA: There is no safety rail to hold on to while entering the pool. It is a matter of time before someone slips and suffers a serious injury. Will the association get sued? The Ecuadorean government is very sympathetic to poor people. They see private communities as a wealthy group. Do we need swim at your own risk signs and signature agreements for all owners to sign stating that they are aware of the dangers in the pool area and agree not to hold us liable.
· Gary: I can recommend a pool company to give you a price on a handrail. The HOA can determine its necessity and work with the owners to cover the cost, should they decide to install it.
· HOA: Existing steps are tiled with very slippery tiles. We need nonskid tile or granite rock to cover the center of each of the existing top four entrance steps.
· Gary: My recommendation: If you feel it is needed, install a non-skid/slip tape to the step.
· HOA: There are no skimmer baskets. Where are they? Without them a small toy or any floating item small enough to pass through the skimmer drain opening will block the line from filtering any water from the skimmer to the filter. No one builds a new pool without them. We have two skimmers.
· Gary: The Ecuadorian pool supply company that did the install of the pool and pump said they do not use them. The same pool company for the handrail may carry them. HOA can purchase if desired.
· HOA: Lid is broken on the N.E. 75 KVA transformer and is in need of repair. It has been in this condition since Gary handed everything over in April of 2013.
· Gary: All transformers were checked and in good order when handed over. I will see what I can get the electrical contractor to do.
· HOA: There are no meters installed to show the use of common area metered electricity usage. Even if the meters are not installed there should be an electrical meter can installed ready for the meter to record common area usage.
· Gary: Meter and Base (can) come from the Electric Company. When you want to start paying an electric bill then make some noise with the utility company.
· HOA: We are missing lighting in phase’s II and phase Ill. Where are the lights and why are they not installed
· Gary: Only 1 light is not installed. Will get that done ASAP.