August 1, 2015
The Board has hired JK Rock Homes to handle property management at WTCA.

July 19, 2014
As of this summer, West Towne Condominiums has become a no-smoking complex (Rule 21). Smoking is not permitted inside the units, and those smoking outside must stay far enough away from the building to prevent smoke from travelling into the building.

December 11, 2012
This year we made numerous improvements including: two new sidewalks installed, all gable vents repaired, new chain-link trash gates have been installed.
We have received our final electric bills for 2012 and we can report our yearly electric cost figures. Here are the figures from 2006 to 2012:
2006 - $54944
2007 - $53390
2008 - $47600
2009 - $43250
2010 - $36543
2011 - $28879
2012 - $27181
From 2006 to 2012 we reduced our electric service cost by 50.53%. This is entirely due to A. Conservation projects, and, to a lesser extent, B. Billing electric costs back thru CURP.
Those are the hard numbers. However, we can see a more complete picture by factoring in the increased cost of electricity.
From 2006 to 2012, electricity has increased by 20% (Dec 2006: $0.105/KWH; Dec 2012: $0.127/KWH)
If the work by the Board (to reduce electricity consumption) had not been performed, the 2012 electric cost would have been: $65932 (2006 cost of $54944 + 20%)
A little quick math to show the cost savings to each Association member:
$65932 (2006 adjusted) - $27181 (2012) = $38751 savings
$38751 / 80 (Association members) = $484 per year
$484 / 12 (months) = $40 per month
So, the electric conservation work done by the Board has saved every condo owner $40/month, $484 total in 2012 (minus any amount paid or debited thru CURP). This represents savings for electricity use only.

June 8, 2012
We have just had Poblocki Paving re-seal our parking lot, continuing our progress on the improvement of our property. We have also had window trim replaced throughout the entire property, and a siding improvement is underway. Gable vents will also soon be repaired. Here is a list of improvements made in 2011 (including the amount of money saved by CURP):
1. Front sign wired with LED’s
2. Decorative light post installed in front of gatehouse
3. New, more efficient furnace installed in gatehouse
4. Protective corner trim caps installed
5. $15000 in rebates from CURP earned by, and credited to, unit owners
6. Numerous landscaping improvements
7. Rear of maintenance shed re-sided


January 1, 2012
Thanks to the many changes we have made over the past few years, we have continued to reduce our electric costs at WTCA. Thanks to these changes, our electric costs for the past six years are as follows:
2006 - $54944
2007 - $53390
2008 - $47600
2009 - $43250
2010 - $36543
2011 - $28879
So, we have essentially cut our electric costs in half (better, in fact, if you factor in the difference in the cost of electricity per KWH – which has steadily increased in the past six years). This cost savings is a big reason why we have been able to keep our condo dues down as the cost of goods and services rise. Our self-management has also played a large part in allowing us to keep our condo dues down.

October 16, 2011
Our annual meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, November 13, at 6 PM in the gatehouse.

June 2, 2011
We have received hard numbers from Alliant Energy for the KWH’s (Kilo Watt Hour’s) used for the past 5 years at WTCA. In 2006, we used 492596 KWH’s. The numbers steadily declined from 2006 on, due to many different steps we took to encourage conservation. In 2010, we used 280336 KWH’s. That is a 43.1% reduction in power used at WTCA. This effort to conserve has saved us a lot of money, and will continue to save us a lot of money going forward (which is, of course, reflected in our current and future condo dues).

April 3, 2011
Almost all unit owners received a credit thru CURP, and many received most, or all of the $150 credit available. So, those who conserve electricity are finally being rewarded for that conservation. We expect this program to do an even better job of encouraging conservation over the summer (air conditioning) months, when the condensing units are normally used to an even greater extent.
If you received the full $150 credit for Spring 2011’s CURP rebate, and prepaid your dues quarterly (receiving the $10/month prepaid dues discount), your condo fee rate for October 2010 thru March 2011 was effectively $125 per month.

December 18, 2010
We are pleased to announce that this year we have (again) used less electricity than any year for which we have records (our records go back to 2006). Here is the breakdown by year:
2006 - $54944
2007 - $53390
2008 - $47600
2009 - $43250
2010 - $36543
And, of course, during this time, the price of electricity has steadily risen. If we had made no efforts for conservation, and used the same amount of electricity in 2010 as we had in 2006, we would have spent $64833 on electricity in 2010.

As we will be billing back electricity consumed by the condensing units to the unit owners (mostly via the CURP rebate/credit - see 8/25/10 news), we will not be including that cost in 2011's electricity expense tally. So, our electrical expense for 2011 should be even lower!

These savings, among others, have allowed us to offer rebates and discounts that allow the monthly condo fee to be as low as $125 per condo in 2011.

October 22, 2010
Reminder: Our annual Association meeting is at 5:30 PM on Sunday, November 7th, in the main room of the gatehouse.

August 25, 2010
Effective October 1, 2010, the Condensing Unit Disconnection Program will be discontinued. In its place, $25 out of the $160 monthly condo dues payment will be paid-in toward an energy rebate. The rebate will mature every six months, for a total of $150. We will be installing electric meters on the condensing units. Every 6 months we will take readings, and if you have used less than $150 in electricity during that time, you will receive a credit to your account for the difference. If you use more than $150 in electricity, you will receive a bill for the difference. This should go a long way toward encouraging conservation among unit owners, and will reward those who do conserve energy.

May 5, 2010
We are proud to announce that we have completed the expansion of our wireless (Wi-fi) coverage. Connectivity should now be available in every condo at WTCA. While this is not high-speed internet, it should be suitable for typical web browsing (checking e-mail, visiting websites, and *some* video streaming).
A new elliptical machine, and a new treadmill, have been purchased and installed in the fitness room. These are both light commercial pieces, and are more suited to use by several people a day than the old equipment was.

April 6, 2010
Our electrical savings have been dramatic so far this year. Last year in the first quarter (Jan-March) we spent $19,512 on electricity. This year we spent $11,185. That's a savings of $8,327!

Feb 14, 2010
Because the City of Madison Police Department considers our complex to be private property, they generally will not tow cars from here without involvement from the Board. That can be rather impractical, so, instead, we have made arrangements with Prairieland Towing to remove unauthorized vehicles from our property. Soon they will be placing signs on the property with their name and number. Once that is done, they will be able to legally tow cars from the property and impound them - with the costs of towing and impound to be paid by the owner of the vehicle before they can get their car back. If someone parks in your space, you may call Prairieland at 608-250-TOWU (608-250-8698). You will need to have proof of your residency - something to show that the space belongs to you (utility bill, etc) - and the parking space number will need to be clearly visible (if there is snow covering it, you should remove the snow to allow the space number to be seen). We hope this will help to put an end to unauthorized parking, which has been a problem from time to time, and an inconvenience to those affected.

Jan 3, 2010
We made many improvements throughout 2009 (see below), but we have still managed to reduce the condo fees for 2010. Condo fees for 2010 are $160, and there is an additional $25 per month discount offered (update 8/25/10, see above) as part of our condensing unit discount program. With that discount, condo fees can be as low as $135 - lower than they've been in the last four years.

Jan 3, 2010
Here is a partial list of improvements made in 2009 at West Towne Condominiums:
1. Parking lot re-sealed / re-striped
2. Gatehouse front doors replaced
3. Old/damaged delivery door and vent louvers replaced and sided (with window)
4. Sheds re-sided
5. A/C fences repaired/re-painted/modified for entry
6. Landscaping improvements in central green space
7. Second surveillance system installed
8. Website (www.westtownecondominiums.com) created
9. All light posts and over-door lights re-wired for compact fluorescent bulbs (energy savings)
10. Toilet rebate program begun, several replaced
11. Operating reserve increased from $20,050 to $26,002
12. Main Reserve increased from $71,242 to $81,073

Dec 20, 2009
Now that we have received our final electric bills for 2009, we are happy to report that we have continued to reduce our electricity usage at WTCA. Here is a breakdown of what we have spent on electricity in the past three years:

2007 - $53390
2008 - $47600
2009 - $43250
And, of course, during this time, the price of electricity has steadily risen.

Dec 20, 2009
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