2011 May 31 – USPS Reports A/C not working

May 31, 2011

11:30 – USPS (Sharon) called to report that they had a report that the A/C was not working. I told her that if the problem was minor I could cover repairs, otherwise I would have to consider bankruptcy. I did ask about converting to a net-net lease and she said “that was not likely”.

11:49 – after talking with Manager Sheri and after trying to reach Pumper Plumbing and Heating (no answer, will try again) I reported back to Sharon that I had a contractor and gave her the number.

13:00 – talked with Mike H. He reminded me that we had shut off a breaker to the PO A/C.  He is running over there now to scope it out.

13:15 – Mike H turned on the A/C.


Gas leak on line into building (10 Sep 2010)

September 13, 2010

On Friday the PO called Kenyon Utilities (Paul) to shut of the line into the building that serves the boiler and one water heater (both serve the East apartments).  I email KPumper Saturday AM requesting assistance.

07:50 13 Sep 2010 – Brad (from K.Pumper) on site, but could not reach me, my cell phone was dead. He mentioned that the meter was locked out of connecting to the building.

10:00 13 Sep 2010 – talked with Paul re problem, he said the line appeared to be leaking at the entry to building, so they locked off the meter.  He will be in area around 11;00hrs. He recommended a flex line be put in. I called Brad and left 2 messages with phone numbers and description.

10:15 13 Sep 2010 – Brad called me and I gave him Paul’s number, the combination to the basement lock and told him of the flex-line recommendation.

Carpeting and prepping 527B (3 Feb 2010)

February 4, 2010

Carpet is paid for and on the way! I’m hoping for a Saturday install but more likely is Monday. Jerry was able to make me an offer on the hallway top level so I took both the apartment and the hallway. Read the rest of this entry »

28 Dec 2009 – PO Floor damaged

December 28, 2009

Heavy post office carts are damaging the floor in the post office. We are preparing a letter to the Post Office administrative offices to ask that they help repair the floor. Details below. Read the rest of this entry »

2009 Dec 09 – Furnace pilot light in 527A (NW) won’t stay lit

December 9, 2009

0945 – notified by Sheri that the tenant is having trouble keeping one of the furnaces lit in the Northwest apartment above the Kenyon Post Office. We think it is because the installation is so poorly done that the exterior wind is able to get around the unit and keep the pilot from staying lit. Contacted KP Plumbing and Heating to see if they can look at it.

New carpet in hallway and on stairs (Nov 2009)

November 5, 2009

After review the Apt crew picked the “Tobacco” brown in the commercial carpet Behr’s offers. The price is

  • $532 to do the hallway alone
  • $1332.58 to do both hallway and stairs (stairs require pad and tack strips, glue in hallway is not acceptable on stairs.

The total is far in excess of what we can afford, especially if the one apartment also needs carpet. The total income from the three rented apartments after utilities means that this is the equivalent of many months rent.

My inclination is to do the hallway and the stairs but then do the apartment on our own after it rents (using the first months rent to pay for the new carpet).

Gas heat off in 527A and B

October 13, 2009

Last May 5 (2009) the gas company turned off the gas to repair the meter. They did not turn the gas back on, so these two apartments had no heat over the summer.

Called the gas company and gave them Sheri as the contact and asked that they light BOTH apartments’ furnaces. They will send someone out today (13 Oct 2009)

2009 Jun 15 – Sewer backup

June 15, 2009

0720hrs: Scott (Post Office) called to report sewer backup below post office.

0830hrs: after contacting city services we (Steve, Mark and I) determined problem was most likely in the line between the building and the main.

1020hrs: called B&B Drain (507-334-0603). Left message. Called B&B Drain (507-645-9630), talked with Renee, they will have someone out there early afternoon.  I told her that they are my go-to contractor for the Kenyon Post Office and that they should expect repeat business.

1500hrs: B&B called and said they would NOT be coming out.  I called Pumper and got a recommendation for Laroch. They cannot make it today. Called Kittleson and they will be there at about 1700hrs.

1900 hrs: Kittleson completed cleanup.

2009 May 19 – Broken Windows 527B

May 19, 2009

0930hrs – Post office (Scott) called to report that one window in 529B was broken and a hazard and another was breaking. I warned him to not use the door that was under the broken window. I called Ace Hardware and they recommended Brad Hill (Hill Handyman, 507-789-5312), whom I called and left message with. I called PO (Scott) and told him that I had left a message with Brad Hill.

There are three windows on the south side of apartment 527B. The west most is at risk and the center one is broken.  This is due (no doubt) to strong winds that come in through an open window (it is spring) and build up pressure inside the apartment, blowing out the windows.

2009 Mar 10 – 527B Tenants late fees

March 10, 2009

We have been deferring late fees for Tenants 527B, however they are taking advantage of this leniency so we will start holding them to the contract.

Tenants were told they could get $25 off the rent for use of part of the garage if they would let the apartment manager use their phone. This agreement is also being violated, so we will stop giving the allowance for the phone use.

They have also ruined the floor in the bathroom, and are complaining that the apartment does not have a second bedroom. We told them it when they rented it was a 1 bedroom with a den/family room.

A visit/inspection is in order and will be conducted on the evening of 16 march 2009 (after 24 hours notice).