I know that I have been remiss on my blogging duties of late. Not that it’s an excuse, but I do work for a living too.
Sue & I will be down at the Hawks Nest in a couple of weeks, Week 8 to be precise. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say after we get there and see all the changes since last year, but I thought I’d bring you all up to date on some of them to the extent that I know.
On the Board of Directors front, director Laura Nettleton-West resigned from the board last summer and the board has appointed owner Charles Lea to fill out the remainder of her term which ends in April. I know Charles, and he has been interested in the workings and the business of the Hawks Nest for some time. Charles is an accomplished man, and I believe he will be a valuable member of the board.
As you probably know, Kristin left the Manager’s job in the fall. Kristin was very well liked by owners and did a good job during our nearly year long construction project. I know I speak for many wishing Kristin well in her new endeavors.
Carmen Vega, the head housekeeper, worked long hours in the office under the supervision of the board after Kristin left and before our new manager was hired. This was in addition to her normal duties. I think she still helps out in the office when necessary.
The new manager is Mary Bailey. You may remember Mary, she was the front office manager when Katie was the general manager, and comes back to us with more training and education as a general manager. Jay Gonzalez also left his front office job last spring, but is helping out when needed.
I see that the Hawks Nest is advertising for front desk help, housekeeping and maintenance in the Keynoter. So I guess the Keys revolving door is still operational. Additionally, I hear that Steve, one of the maintenance men, was injured in a power saw accident at work recently. The last I heard, he would be off work for at least two weeks. Let’s hope for a full recovery.
Now to the improvements: First, I have never spoken with anyone who liked the sofa beds in the units. They didn’t seem to go with anything else in the apartments, and I can personally attest to the fact that they were like sleeping on a box of rocks. I am told that the new sofas are all installed and are a great improvement. I’m told that they have 8 inch thick mattresses, and that they fit into the décor better. I’m color blind, so I can’t verify that. I’m planning on posting pictures after we get down there, so you all can decide for yourselves.
Second, a fence has been erected at the West end of the parking lot near to the location of the former sewage plant to deter non members from coming in and using the facilities. I never thought this was that extreme a problem, but some people did, and now hopefully the problem will be minimized. It certainly won’t make it worse.
That’s it for now, but I’m sure there’ll be more to tell when I get there in person.