14 February 2017
Dear Frisco Square Townhome Owners and Residents,
Your HOA board wishes to make you aware of a policy change which affects all homeowners in our community.
Background: Each building in our community has a common fire sprinkler system which protects the entire building. These systems are filled with an expensive anti-freeze solution. If a system develops a leak or is triggered by fire, this solution is normally lost and must be replaced. By past practice, the responsibility for and expense of repairing a leaking system has been born by the owner of the townhome(s) where the leak occurred; an expense which typically runs in the thousands. This past December we had a cold snap which resulted in damage to systems in two buildings. For a variety of reasons, repairs took longer than expected and these buildings went unprotected for too long. Ultimately the HOA intervened to have one of the systems repaired. After this event, the board met to debate the efficacy and fundamental fairness of our past practice and concluded that a policy change was needed to ensure the integrity of these critical systems.
The HOA will contract for and supervise ALL fire sprinkler system repairs. The cost of any unexpected repairs will be divided equally to each townhome in the affected building and billed to the owners of record by special assessment.
Note: This change does not apply to riser room repair, inspection, and monitoring which is already handled by the HOA and paid for from general operating funds. Nor does it affect the repair of damage to the physical structure which remains the responsibility of the homeowner.
Frisco Fire Department responds to all triggered alarms, however leaks can occur which do not flow enough water to trigger an alarm. If you have or suspect a fire sprinkler leak, immediately notify the Frisco Fire Department and an HOA representative so that the system can be depressurized and repaired.
Fire sprinkler leaks can be differentiated from water leaks by the oily nature of the anti-freeze solution and it's orange color. Contact with anti-freeze should be avoided.
Homeowners insurance will pay for damage to your property in the event of a leak but not for fire sprinkler repairs. If you rent please protect your belongings with a renters insurance policy. The homeowners insurance policy will probably not cover your possessions.
Your HOA board believes this new policy is fair, remedies the inequitable burdens associated with our past practice, and keeps our community safe.
Sincerely your HOA BOD,
Steve Kline, Jaime Zapata, Edward Carr, Sara Dunham, Lyndon Bartlett
Frisco Fire Dept: 911
HOA Contact Numbers: 972-333-9804