ORCHARD KNOLLS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENT, Richard Schinner-301-977-5196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VP DETACHED HOMES, we still need a representative
VP TOWNHOMES, Eileen Solomon-301-330-2876 or email@example.com
TREASURER, Ail Rad-301-721-9569 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRETARY, Ken Frank-301-990-0050 or email@example.com
AT-LARGE MEMBER, Mohammed Homaitabar-301-318-8446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reardon Sullivan, Technical Advisor and OK Homeowneremail@example.com
- CALL TO ORDER
The regular monthly meeting of the Orchard Knolls Homeowners Association (hereinafter OKHA) was called to order at 7:30pm on October 8th by Richard Schinner, 2001 President.
- APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JULY MEETING
A Motion was made, seconded and passed approving the Minutes of the September 9th OKHA Board Meeting with a few minor clerical corrections.
- OLD BUSINESS
- A reminder that OKHA information and monthly minutes are on our web site www.orchardknolls.org.
- The final bill in the amount of $12,250 was paid to American Striping for the work completed in the townhouse area (concrete work, sealing, coating and striping). The OK Community spent significant amounts of time and money in repairing our streets, sidewalks and common grounds. Your help in maintaining our community, and asking others to do the same, is greatly appreciated.
- The OKHA Board is investigating a "system" to register all vehicles, perhaps with a custom OKHA sticker, to avoid unnecessary towing, note unregistered vehicles, and better monitor our community. G& G Towing have been provided with an updated list of Board Members/Homeowners authorized by the Board to have vehicles towed.
- A tree downed on the circle at Blackberry Terrace during a recent storm will be replaced with three fir trees.
- The Bob and/or David Angell of Potomac Garden Center have agreed to meet with the OKHA Board to walk OK grounds, review problems, discuss potential fencing and to submit proposals in response to a future RFP for maintenance contracts which is under development.
- Property owners are reminded that the Architectural Committee and Board of Directors will complete the second of our semi-annual "reviews" of the community by conducting a "Tour" (walking inspection) to be held when we change our clocks back for Daylight Saving Time. The "Tour" has been scheduled for 3pm on October 28th. We started last Spring with the townhouses, so this Tour will focus on the detached properties. Any property owner is invited to join in; we will meet at 15630 Blackberry Drive. Please bring your umbrella in case of inclement weather, we will NOT reschedule.
- The Tot Lot Bridge, damaged during a storm, was repaired at a cost of $585. A proposal is being sent for repair and/or replacement of tot lot equipment.
- Please note: Trash collection is taking place later in the morning on Mondays and Thursdays (around 10am). Do not put out trash any earlier than the evening before, the morning of is even better to avoid problems with dogs, birds, deer and other wildlife strewing debris about. Also, keep your garage door closed whenever possible; it reduces the potential of any vandalism or theft.
IV. NEW BUSINESS
- The Townhouse Area Mail Gazebo was painted by TML Construction. Residents are asked to help supervise children in our community who continue to vandalize the Gazebo. To repeat, we spend significant amounts of time and money to maintain our streets, sidewalks and common grounds. Your help to make our community look its best, and asking others to do the same, is greatly appreciated.
- The Board authorized the expenditure of re-registering the OKHA domain name and web site.
- The Board authorized the installation of replacement and additional trees by Potomac Garden Center and Unity Landscape at locations throughout the neighborhood and on the "Eastern" berm at the entrance to the community. Firs, spruces and Leyland Cypress trees will be delivered and planted early this month and are guaranteed for one year.
- The OKHA Annual Meeting and PotLuck Dinner will be held at Rachel Carson Elementary School in January. OK owners and residents will be provided with ample notice prior to the Annual Meeting, but tentatively mark your calendar. The Board would like to have many participants! The Board is also trying to gather input, ideas, and constructive criticism in preparation of the annual budget process. Your letters and emails are welcome!
- The Annual OKHA Yard Sale will take place this spring, details to follow. We will coordinate with the annual church tent sale and encourage OKHA residents to place items in your own driveway for sale. The Board hopes the Yard Sale itself will be successful, but will also limit the number of individual yard/garage sales, which create some traffic and visual headaches on a number of weekends.
- Halloween is Wednesday, October 31st; children will be out from approximately 6pm to 8:30pm. The OKHA Board suggests the following:
- An adult or older sibling should accompany children.
- Carry flashlights, stay on the sidewalks, and watch for traffic.
- Go only to well-lit homes.
- Children should not approach dark homes (not everyone participates in this "holiday").
- Be observant and aware of "visitors to our neighborhood" and/or unruly behavior; it is a night that encourages misbehavior due to costumes and festivities.
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held at Secretary Frank’s home (15630 Blackberry Drive) on Monday, November 12th at 7:30pm. All property owners are welcome to attend any OKHA Board of Directors Meeting. Your input, via telephone, letter or email is always welcome as well.
There being no further business, the Board Meeting adjourned at 9:00pm