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|From: William Chasko (74543.744compuserve.com)|
|Date: Thu, 21 Jul 94 10:29 CDT|
I'm a resident of the Commons on the Alameda in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although we have been in existence (i.e. the first people have lived here) for more than two years, we only started using our three guestrooms in the Common House about two months ago. So everything I'm going to say about our policy may be worthless, since it hasn't been really tested yet. So far the rooms haven't been used as much as we expected (only 6 nights last month), but I presume that once people get used to the option, use will go up. We do charge money for the rooms, to pay for the costs. The costs include utilities; wear and tear on the furnishings, which at some time in the (far, we hope) future will have to be replaced; paying back the general fund for the original purchase price of the furnishings; ongoing supplies such as soap, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.; and remuneration to a "guestroom manager." This manager takes reservations and oversees clean-up, provision of supplies, damage repair and other such things. The cost of the first night of a stay always includes a $10 "reservation fee" which goes to the manager. In addition, until the debt I mentioned to the general fund is paid off, the rooms cost $20 a night. After the money is paid back, the nightly fee will be $15. There is a lower cost for actual members, many of whom need a room if, for instance, they are not yet residents, are from out of town, and want to attend meetings. Or if they are building their house and have already moved out of their previous residence. Sorry this message is getting long - we have an eleven-page document (yes - this was one instance in which we were stricken with a rare attack of thoroughness) spelling out our whole guestroom system; I would be happy to send it to Judy Baxter or anyone else who would like to see it, as long as they realize that it is just our first stab at things. I've really enjoyed my first week on the list, by the way. Martha Little
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