In a comment that I made in response to the questions raised by complainant Arvin Menon, I mentioned that the Committee would meet on the 24th instant to discuss the status of matters raised at the AGM and I will publish the minutes via the blog so members and non-members know where we at, exactly two months after the AGM.
The meeting was attended by eight (out of eleven) Committee Members and, by invitation, three of the Street Representatives.
There are only two matters of concern so I will jump right ahead and give a run down of these points ahead of the minutes.
- Installation of a fully operational security barrier system acceptable to the owners
Throughout the past two months, no effort was made by GCD to brief the Committee on the implementation and details of the new barrier system. Remember that this was a point of disatisfaction even before the AGM which led to the wordings as above. GCD’s refusal to cooperate means that the Committee is unable at this juncture to state whether the new barrier system will be acceptable to the owners. We are not talking about whether the boom will pop-up when the user flashes the card at the reader – that is a given – but whether the entire entry system and operations is efficient for the purpose of all categories of users.
If you look at the picture of the reader, above circled, residents will enter via the right hand side (RHS) lane. This would be fine if the recommendation made by GCROA’s security liaison was adopted, whereby the resident is required to wind down the window so that the guard is able to match the face of the resident with the photo stored in the system. There are of course pros and cons with the recommended system but if that is not to be the case, a few of the Committee members suggested last week to Mr. Balachandran that visitors should enter via the RHS lane, as in most other gated and guarded communities we have been to.
As an example, at Challis Damansara, the visitor drives right up to the barrier where upon winding down the window the visitor is almost eyeballing the guard. The visitor announces the house number and the guard will immediately call the resident for permission. Upon clearance, the guard will hand the visitor a placard in exchange for the visitor’s MyKad or driving licence. The whole process can be completed within a minute, most times.
Now, to be frank, nothing mentioned above causes the residents any inconvenience since we enter with the card (when we pay the overdue charges!) but it exemplifies how frustrating it is to deal with people who believe only they know best.
The Committee unanimously agreed that the GCROA shall notify GCD whether the overall system they have installed is acceptable to the owners two (2) weeks after the system is put into use.
In the meantime, the GCROA Secretary will notify GCD that until the residents are issued with the new access cards, they will enter and exit without any hindrance by the use of the new car stickers residents have been issued with. In this regard, residents who have obtained their car stickers have provided GCD recently with copies of their S&P and the Deed of Mutual Covenants to prove their ownership of a property in GC before they were issued with the car stickers. No other demand or attempt to impede bonafide owners by other means will be tolerated.
2. Commencement of installation of traffic lights at the Jalan Telok Gong entrance pursuant to the letter dated 13th January, 2012 from Jabatan Kerja Raya, Daerah Klang to GCD
The GCROA secretary affirmed that the following statement is a fair representation of the view of Mr. Ben Yeoh of GCD:
“Traffic lights were agreed between JKR and GCD at the start of the project, 8 – 9 years ago, along with other road improvements. The required deposit was paid by GCD. More recently, a major road improvement scheme for Jalan Telok Gong was announced. The proposed traffic lights are not consistent with the provisions of this road improvement plan, according to the information that GCD has received, therefore GCD do not plan to install them. Ben suggests going for the speed humps as a fast fix for the traffic problem.”
Let me remind readers the whole saga started with a signature campaign in January 2012 for speed humps on Jln Telok Gong. In early March the case went on to JKR and it was there we discovered about terms and conditions for traffic lights set by JKR years ago. On 15 March, 2012 JKR wrote to GCD (letter copied to GCD) on the request for speed humps and, in essence, advised GCD to address the safety concern with traffic lights.
Yes, we are satisfied with speed humps and that’s how we began but there is nothing we can do as it is entirely between JKR and GCD. If the COO of GCD feels that the provision of traffic lights are not consistent with the road improvement plan for Jalan Telok Gong, he is the person to convince the District Chief of JKR on the matter. Well, what has GCD been doing over the past 60 days in respect of this issue?
As it is felt that many owners continue to regard this an important safety issue, therefore, the Committee unanimously agreed that GCD should resolve the issue with JKR within two weeks (I suppose by June 15, 2012) and inform GCROA of the outcome. Further, if speed humps are again denied by JKR, what will be the solution?
Finally, it was noted that the issue of requiring GCD to delcare the intention about those amenities that were proudly published in their previous sales brochures and on their websites, has not been addressed. For the sake of owners who believe this is an important issue, the GCROA Secretary was asked to obtain the information. However this should not cause any delay to the eventual go ahead for resuming payment to GCD for the security and maintenance charges.
I urge owners who read this blog to state your personal view(s) on the above issues so the committee is better able to represent you. You may email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org if that is the way you prefer. Should residents leave GCD to install the speed humps or traffic lights only when they want to?
By the way, we ran out of time to discuss the need for a sinking fund to help this committee deal with the costs of maintaining this place when the residents take over the running of this community one fine day. The next time, perhaps.
Well then, back to the question whether it is time to clap. Personally, my hands are getting closer but there is still daylight in between.