Homes corporation and condominium association articles are provided by representatives or board members from the corporations and associations. The information and opinions provided within these articles do not necessarily reflect the views of the Montgomery Village Foundation, its Board of Directors, representatives or staff. Residents with specific questions or concerns about the information contained in these articles should contact their community manager or the author of the article.

--Homes Coporation Call for Candidates--

Volunteers needed for homes corporation boards of directors

Each year, the Village homes corporations seek candidates for election to their boards of directors. Interested residents are invited to submit applications for candidacy to the Nominating Committee of their local homes corporation.

Directors of homes corporations are responsible for setting assessments and managing the maintenance of all open spaces, streets, paths and lights that belong to the individual homes corporation.

Basic qualifications for board membership are time and interest, but whatever other knowledge, training, skills or experience one has will almost certainly be used in some capacity.

1. According to the documents, a candidate is not required to be a resident of Montgomery Village, except in Whetstone Homes Corporation and North Village Homes Corporation, where the candidate is required to be a resident homeowner. However, resident candidates must be in good standing with the Montgomery Village Foundation and their respective homes corporation with regard to covenants and policies and must be current in all assessment payments. In several cases, the Nominating Committee is given the authority to determine which of the nominees will be on the final slate of candidates.

2. To apply for candidacy, a prepared statement of the applicant’s qualifications and interests must be delivered to any member of the Nominating Committee or to the Montgomery Village Foundation office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road, no later than 5 p.m. on the closing dates stated in the box.

3. A candidate may be solicited or may volunteer. A resident nominating another resident must secure his/her written consent.

4. The number of candidates is unlimited.

5. All nominees will be requested to submit a single page (typewritten, double spaced) statement, which will be reproduced in the December, January or February issue of the Village News and will be sent to all voters along with the ballots (standard form will be supplied to board nominees).

6. Also, per a new Montgomery County Law, effective January 1, 2016, if elected, candidates must participate in a Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC)-approved board member training class, to be scheduled and completed within 90 days of the start of their term of service.

Ballots will be mailed to the electorate either in December, January or February, depending on the specific corporation’s election calendar.

In addition to electing directors, each homes corporation also elects a representative and an alternate representative to the MVF for one-year terms. Suggested names for the position will appear on the ballots.

Each board of directors consists of nine directors who serve three-year terms. The terms are staggered, creating three vacancies every year.

Note: While the word count for candidates’ statements varies among homes corporations (check with your community manager), the word count for candidates’ statements for the Montgomery Village News must not exceed 200 words per candidate. To view Village News guidelines, visit www.montgomeryvillage.com, select Press Room, select Village News, then Village News Editorial and Submissions Policy (see #4 under Homes Corporations/Condominium Associations).

 

EASTGATE
Nominating Deadline: Friday, Dec. 21
Nominating Committee: Whole board

EAST VILLAGE
Nominations Close: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Nominating Committee: Jack Helenek, Terry O’Grady, Jayant Shukla

MARYLAND PLACE
Nominations Close: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Nominating Committee: Christopher LaRose, Art Thomas, Laurence Thomson

NORTH VILLAGE
Nominations Close: Friday, Nov. 2
Nominating Committee: Barathwaj Bala, Tom Wills

PATTON RIDGE
Nominating Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 27
Nominating Committee: Brian Post, Allison Ewing, Ralph Bally

SOUTH VILLAGE
Nominations Close: Wednesday, Nov. 28
Nominating Committee: Mark Firley, Amani Jude, Suzanne Wheeler

STEDWICK
Nominations Close: Friday, Jan, 4, 2019
Nominating Committee: Whole board

WHETSTONE
Nominations Close: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Nominating Committee: James Martin, Bryan Price

East Village Echo

Paving completed in Estates neighborhood

by the East Village Board of Directors

A nearly $200,000 paving project was completed in the Estates neighborhoods of East Village in August. This was the first phase of a multi-year repaving project. The rest of neighborhood will be completed next year. Additional neighborhoods in East Village will be finished in the future.

East Village has the lowest assessments of all the homes corporations in Montgomery Village—approximately $600. Some homes corporations have assessments that reach upwards of $1,000 per year, per household.

Parking in Garages

It is well known that parking is tight in East Village. East Village was designed to allow for two vehicles per household. What makes a tight situation more difficult is when residents use their garages for storage and park their cars in visitor parking spaces. Below is an example of what a garage should look like with two cars neatly parked inside. If more residents were able to follow through with this example, more parking spaces would be available to visitors.

 

Cars in garage leave room for visitor parking

Towing Strictly Enforced

The East Village Board of Directors has signed a contract with a new towing company. Community property is routinely monitored and commercial vehicles and trucks parked there are stickered. Once stickered, the owner has 72 hours to move the vehicle or it will be towed.

Residents should never park in fire lanes. If an emergency were to occur and a fire truck or ambulance is blocked from reaching a fire or other emergency, the results of a vehicle illegally parked could prove fatal. Vehicles observed in fire lanes are subject to immediate towing.

East Village Echo: for residents of The Downs, The Reach, The Estates, Essex Place II, Candle Ridge, Gablefield, Glenbrooke, Meadowgate, Ashford, Holly Pointe and Wethersfield.

Maryland Place Messages

Welcome back to school, students!

by the Maryland Place Board of Directors

Wow, it's school time again! With that being said, we hope that everyone had a great summer. Please be on the lookout for children in the mornings and afternoon hours.

We are sure by now you have noticed the speed humps and speed bumps along Thomas Farm and Transhire roads. We have received mostly positive feedback from residents. Some have said they have been suggesting speed bumps for 38 years. We have seen a dramatic reduction of speeding on these roads. On the downside, we have seen a dramatic increase of speeding in areas that do not have speed bumps. The board is monitoring this and will install speed bumps in other areas if needed.

The board is still looking into improvements to the Maryland Place sign and lighting throughout the community. When more information is available, we will pass it on to you.

Trash and recycling continue to be huge problems in Maryland Place. Residents are seen placing bags of trash, recycling, furniture, appliances, etc. on community property every day! Trash should never be placed on community property. We have rats and other rodents that are feeding on this trash and are here because we are providing them with a buffet of food. Not only is this unsightly and unsanitary, it’s also against Montgomery County law and the Maryland Place by-laws. All trash and recycling is to be stored on your property in a sealed, vermin-proof container. Trash is to be placed (in said vermin-proof container) at the rear of your property on Sunday and Wednesday nights, after dark, for collection on Monday and Thursday mornings. Recycling is to be placed in the front of your property on Wednesday night after dark for collection on Thursday morning. At no time should trash or recycling ever be placed on community property.

Remember, the Stedwick Pool is open for another few weeks, so get out and enjoy it. We hope to see you at our next board meeting in September.
Have a great start to the school year!

Maryland Place Messages: for residents of Maryland Place.

 

Middle Village Voice

Recycling

by the Middle Village Board of Directors

Recycling is collected in Middle Village on Wednesdays.
What goes in a recycling bin?

  • Aluminum foil products
  • Cans: aluminum, steel, bi-metal
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids
  • Paper items: break down boxes and bundle your paper items separately

Is your recycling bin overflowing? You can order new recycling bins (limit of five bins per calendar year) free of charge from Montgomery County and they will be delivered to your home by county recycling staff (not the recycling collection crew).

To order a new bin(s), visit www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/depwebstore/items.aspx?subcatalog_id=11. For more information or questions, call the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection using the 311 system.

Remember to place household trash or recycling out after 6 p.m. the evening before pickup or on the morning of pickup. Any other time is a violation of the community trash policy and is subject to fines.

Note: If it does not fit into the blue recycling container, it is not recycling. If it does not fit into the 35-gallon trash can previously provided, it is not normal household trash. If it is yard waste, it must be in a paper bag or bundled and placed out with recycling.

Did you know…
All vehicles parked in unreserved parking spaces, whether covered or uncovered, must be moved at least every 30 days. If the vehicle is not relocated, a violation sticker/tag will be attached to the vehicle and the vehicle will be subject to towing—at the vehicle owner’s expense—48 to 72 hours after the sticker is attached.

School is in session
The school year is back in full swing, which means children will be walking to and from school and activities. Drive slowly through our community and keep an eye out for children crossing streets, playing in the parking lots and running from between or behind cars. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Storm Drains
There are numerous storm drains located along the curbs throughout the community. Please do not dispose of any items in the storm drains other than water! Placing an item such as a water bottle in the drain may seem harmless, but it can be the start of a very costly problem, which can translate into increased assessment fees. Remember, no bottles, paint cans or hazardous materials such as paint, oils, gasoline, etc. are ever to be placed in the storm drains. Help keep our community water system flowing efficiently and protect your property from flood damage.

Assessments
We live in a community that requires every homeowner to pay assessment fees. Assessments are used to pay contractors for landscaping, snow removal, trash collection, collection of illegally dumped trash, lighting, repairs on community property, etc. If you are a homeowner, you were provided with this information during closing.

Reminder: Assessments are due to be paid monthly. Your payment must be received by ComSource on or before the 15th of the month to avoid late charges. Your regular payments allow us to continue providing services to our community.

Homeowners who are delinquent with their assessment payments must pay their past due balance in full or make arrangements to pay them. The first step to making payment arrangements is to contact Delphine Matthews at 301-924-7355 or dmatthews@comsource.com.

Important Contact Phone Numbers
Security on Demand: 877-241-1265
Big Tow: 301-424-4869
Potomac Disposal: 301-294-9700
Montgomery County Police Non-emergency:301-279-8000     
Emergency: 911
ComSource: 301-924-7355

Contacting ComSource
ComSource is our management company. If you have a comment or complaint, please include your name, address, phone number, location of issue/problem and specific details in your correspondence or when you are leaving a phone message for the property manager. Contact ComSource at 301-924-7355 or e-mail dmatthews@comsource.com or sumali@comsource.com.

Board Meeting Schedule
Association meetings now occur every other month. The last meeting for 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Choice Clubhouse, 19401 Brassie Place. One of the parking permit distribution dates will be December 4 instead of a December meeting. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in clubhouse unless otherwise stated.

Middle Village Voice: for residents of Thomas Choice West and Clubside.

North Village View

Trucks in North Village

by the North Village Board of Directors

We are indeed seeing a number of trucks parked overnight in North Village. We hope this article will clarify the rules as stated in our community’s covenants. These rules have not changed.

In May, every household received a copy of our Parking Policy by regular mail. The policy has been edited slightly over the years, but the underlying truck policy is specified in our North Village Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, established by and for the community in 1979. The covenant states “No private trucks, trailers, campers or recreational vehicles, whether or not licensed as a Class A motor vehicle, and no unlicensed motor vehicles of any type shall be permitted to remain on the community property or on the property of a private Dwelling Unit within North Village.” The policy document you received in the mail spells out definitions in more detail. Pickup trucks, with or without caps, and panel vans, with or without signage, are clearly “restricted vehicles” prohibited from parking overnight on community or private property. All homeowners must agree to abide by these covenants when purchasing their homes.

We all know that this is an important issue in the community. And we are very aware that “times have changed.” Many individuals and families have good personal reasons and others have important business reasons for having these vehicles. And the vehicles themselves have evolved and changed from their utility and function and appearance also over time. Historically, the issue was mainly pickup trucks parking in townhouse areas. More recently, we see many in single-family home driveways. Some can be moved into garages. Others are apparently so large or tall they will not fit even in an empty garage.

It is the board’s responsibility to enforce the covenants established on behalf of the community at large. We receive many requests for waivers to the policy that supports the underlying covenant. We cannot provide waivers, and we cannot approve one truck and not another. Granting waivers or selective enforcement would be unfair and discriminatory. Furthermore, many residents are opposed to trucks, and they have the covenants on their side. We are receiving numerous complaints from neighbors—near and more distant—of residents with trucks.

We make every effort to obtain compliance without resorting to legal action. When that fails, violations of the Parking Policy have to be, and will be, pursued through the court system if necessary. To the violators reading this, please find a way to comply with the policy.

Yes, the covenants can be changed. However, the process is extremely difficult. It can only be accomplished by a 60% vote of all homeowner-members of the community. With 888 homes, that requires 533 affirmative votes, by signed ballot in a formal election. Typically, our annual elections gather votes from less than 10 percent of homeowners.

Staying Aware and Being a Good Neighbor

Fall is here. Days are shorter. Turn on your outside lights earlier.

Lock your car doors, and keep your garage inner doors locked. Keep garage doors closed when you leave your home and otherwise when you can.

“If you see something, say something.” In other words, if you see suspicious activity anywhere in Montgomery Village please call the police at 301-279-8000 or our security service, American Protective Service (APS) at 240-631-8383. Of course, if it is an emergency, dial 911.

Clean your house gutters before they start overflowing and keep street gutters free of leaves. They block our drains. We have been dealing with a number of expensive drain clogs after our heavy rains.

Pick up after your dog! We provide both bags and receptacles for dog waste plus other trash cans. Don’t leave it to your neighbors to clean up after your dog.

Next Meeting

The next North Village board is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road. If you wish to address the board during the meeting, you must be present at 7 p.m. and sign up for residents time. If you have any questions or want to report any problems, call Community Manager April Steward at 240-243-2327 or e-mail asteward@mvf.org.

North Village View: for residents of Essex Place, Highland Hall, McRory, Perry Place, Picton, Pleasant Ridge and Salem’s Grant.

Northgate News

Leaf removal in limbo

by the Northgate Board of Directors

This article goes to press five days before the publication date. As of that time, there has not been enough of a leaf drop to warrant the first pickup. Typically, the first leaf removal is done prior to Halloween. Neighborhoods are continuously monitored, so please watch for the signs regarding leaf removal at the entrance to each subdivision. Residents will be given adequate time to place leaves at the curb for pickup.

Montgomery County will be installing six dog waste stations throughout Northgate in a free trial program. Currently, the program is so popular there is a delay in installation. Stay tuned.

Paving of Maple Leaf Court and the entrance to The Points went well. It is hoped that additional asphalt work will be done in 2019.

McFall & Berry won a competitive bid to remove a number of trees throughout Northgate. The funding will come from Tree Reserves. Northgate has a tree list it is working through as the budget allows. Trees are prioritized by an arborist and removals are completed according to their position in the queue.

Shall’s Construction completed the painting of light poles throughout the community. The paint improves the appearance and protects the fiberglass. Metal poles were not part of the contract.

The FY2019 budget was passed and will not include an assessment increase.

The revised parking and towing policies are in force. Warning stickers have been applied for some time to those double-parked, but now there will be towing. Another issue is trucks. In the last issue of the Village News, our HOA neighbor across Wightman Road, North Village, gave a thorough explanation regarding trucks, which we quote here:

“It is the board’s responsibility to enforce the covenants established on behalf of the community at large. We receive many requests for waivers to the policy that supports the underlying covenant. We cannot provide waivers, and we cannot approve one truck and not another. Granting waivers or selective enforcement would be unfair and discriminatory. Furthermore, many residents are opposed to trucks, and they have the covenants on their side. We are receiving numerous complaints from neighbors—near and more distant—of residents with trucks.

We make every effort to obtain compliance without resorting to legal action. When that fails, violations of the Parking Policy have to be, and will be, pursued through the court system if necessary. To the violators reading this, please find a way to comply with the policy.”

As their column went on to explain, the covenants can be changed. However, the process is extremely difficult. It can only be accomplished by a 60% affirmative vote of all homeowner-members of the community. In Northgate, with 1,149 homes, that would require 689 votes in favor. We are lucky to get a 10% response in our elections.

Northgate News: for residents of Apple Ridge, Dorsey's Regard, McKendree I & II, Overlea, The Points, Shadow Oak and Williams Range.

Patton Ridge Report

Criteria for nominating directors to the Patton Ridge Homes Corporation

by the Patton Ridge Board of Directors

Interested in becoming involved with Patton Ridge community issues and activities? Election time will soon be upon us for the 2019-2022 term, and there are established criteria and a timeline in which the election process takes place:
1.    All candidates must be in good standing with the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) and the Patton Ridge Homes Corporation. In addition, resident candidates must not be in violation of By-laws and Covenants, and must also be current in their payments of dues and assessments to both MVF and the Patton Ridge Homes Corporation.
2.    To become a candidate for nomination, one must prepare a written statement of qualifications, interests and reasons for candidacy. This statement must be delivered to the MVF Office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road, no later than
5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
3.    An individual nominating another person must obtain the candidate’s written consent, along with a statement of qualifications, interests and reasons for candidacy, prior to the submission of the name to the committee.
4.    The nominating committee will consider all candidates who meet the above criteria. Nominees shall be selected from among the candidates on the basis of a number of factors including but not limited to the following:
a)  Extent of previous participation in community activities (both within and outside Montgomery Village).
b)  Consideration for an equitable geographic representation on the Board (i.e. representation from each section within the homes corporation).
c)  Professional or other qualifications related to the fields of fiscal management and property maintenance.
5.    All nominees are required to submit a single page (type written, double spaced) summary statement of no more than 150 words for publication in the Village News. The summary statement and the statement of qualifications may in fact be the same document. Ballots along with the summary statements will be mailed to the electorate Friday, Dec. 21. Standard candidate forms will be supplied to all nominating Committee members by MVF staff.
6.    The nominating committee shall also select at least one candidate for each of the positions of Representative and Alternate Representative to the Montgomery Village Foundation. The names selected will also appear on the ballots.
7.    All potential candidates, if elected to the board, agree to complete the Montgomery County required electronic board training immediately after being elected.

Next Board Meeting
The next Patton Ridge Homes Corporation board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road. Residents time is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Please limit your remarks to no more than three minutes.

Patton Ridge Report: for residents of Arrowhead, Fairway Islands, Fairidge, Greentee I & II, Highfield and Partridge Place I & II.

South Village Scenes

Neighbor to neighbor

by the South Village Board of Directors

The communities of South Village are diverse in their geographic locations and design. With views of the lake and access to parks and shopping, we have a great place in the Village. From time to time there are challenges with our neighbors and finding answers to problems that can come from living in South Village.

Neighbor to neighbor issues can be as simple as who’s responsible for changing the lightbulb in a quad, or as complex as work that needs to be done that impacts a shared wall or crosses as property line. In neighbor to neighbor issues, community management can suggest where owners can find information in our covenants and resident handbook that may answer some of these questions. Keeping an open line of communication can help reduce crime and safety issues, and it also helps when you have more serious issues to address. Working with your neighbor may take some time to resolve an issue, but it’s certainly worth the effort.

Neighborhood Revitalization

The South Village Homes Corporation Board of Directors is excited to work with the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) on a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

Well-maintained neighborhoods play a central role in supporting overall community well-being and the high quality of life Montgomery County residents enjoy. DHCA's Neighborhood Revitalization section promotes healthy and sustainable communities in a variety of ways.

Launched in 2009, the Focused Neighborhood Assistance Program (FNA) comprehensively addresses community needs as identified by residents and other stakeholders in geographically-defined areas, or “Focus Areas.” DHCA provides funding for the FNA Program by leveraging community HOA funds with grant funding from HUD to directly address housing and community needs. This may include targeted housing code enforcement, individual property and/or common area neighborhood improvements and enhancing other community services through collaboration with public and private partners. For more information, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DHCA/community/neighborhood.

DHCA has worked with the board to identify improvements across South Village that are eligible for the Focused Neighborhood Assistance program to improve lighting, make ADA compliant sidewalks and other safety improvements. While the program is in its early stages of review and approval, quarterly updates have been provided by the county on the status of the project. SVHC expects to received a detailed proposal of the improvements and any associated costs in 2019.

Smoke Detectors

It’s the time of the year where most people change their smoke detector batteries. Did you know that as of January 1, 2018, Montgomery County’s new smoke detector law went into effect?

The intent of the new smoke alarm law was to transition away from smoke alarms with 9v batteries and to achieve as much reliable smoke alarm coverage as possible in older dwellings. Smoke alarm technology has advanced over the years and the updates to Maryland’s Smoke Alarm Law are part of a nationwide trend to ensure new and replacement smoke alarms have the most effective technology available. The new law heavily emphasizes the use of sealed smoke alarms with long-life batteries and silence/hush buttons.

However, it is critical to understand that these devices are appropriate only where battery-operated smoke alarms presently exist as permitted by code, or in locations where no smoke alarms are present. It is never acceptable to remove required hard-wired smoke alarms and replace them with any type of battery-only operated device.

Smoke alarm requirements are based on when a house was built and the specific statutory and code requirements for residential smoke alarms in Montgomery County can be found online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcfrs-info/resources/files/laws/smokealarmmatrix_2013.pdf.

The new smoke detector requirement impacts all real estate transactions (if you are buying a home in South Village) and rentals as well. If you have questions, contact the local fire department or the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

South Village Scenes: for residents of Center Stage, Dockside, Grover's Forge, Hamptons, Millrace, Nathan's Hill and Walker's Choice.

Stedwick Signals

Dissemination of information

by the Stedwick Board of Directors

How does Stedwick Homes Corporation (SHC) get the “word” out? We have a couple of official ways of doing this:
1. Through the Village News, published by the Montgomery Village Foundation;
2. Through the Stedwick website www.stedwickhc.com and;
3. Official communication from our community manager as directed by the SHC board. Any information disseminated by other means does not come from SHC and cannot be taken as policy or guidance from the board.

Have you noticed the rain?
In case you hadn’t noticed, we have had more than your average rainfall this summer. Depending on who you “talk to,” website visited or weather app you use, we have had between 35” and 50” of rain since May. According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) we have had 33.12” with only 80% of the stations reporting. That is a lot of rain.

Remember that amount is measured in a specific location(s) and does not account for the volume, which would be that figure everywhere at once. What we normally see is water pooling in our yards, greenspace and streets. We see the “rivers” running down our streets. The runoff is caused because the ground cannot absorb that amount of water. This is either because of the amount of precipitation falling, or the ground is saturated. The latter was the case for most of September.

This runoff causes damage to our yards and greenspaces. The ground does not have time to dry out, and this causes rot, mildew and fungus to thrive and kill grass and other vegetation. All of this will leave us with unsightly lawns. When we have had dry conditions for a lengthy period of time, it causes the soil to compact, and thus it does not absorb moisture readily.

Aeration helps the yards stay healthy. This is best done in the fall with the types of grass we have in Maryland. If your yard is showing bare spots from all this moisture, consider seeding or power seeding. Seeding is just throwing down seed on top of the bare spot and power seeding is mixing the seed into the soil.

Winter Prep
The first leaf collection will happen mid-November—look for signs at the entrance to your neighborhood.
As the weather gets cooler, we need to remember to set our clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 4. It is also a good time to check and see if our homes are ready for colder weather.

A good winter prep checklist can include the following:
•    Change the furnace filter;
•    Change the direction of ceiling fans;
•    Check your heating system;
•    Install window insulation if necessary;
•    Add caulk and weather stripping;
•    Be sure your smoke alarms are upgraded to the 10-year sealed battery alarms, and change the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors if they are not plugged in.

Participation
The Stedwick Home Corporation (SHC) board currently has several vacancies. We are looking for anyone who has an interested in serving our community and would like to be involved with the future of Stedwick community. If you have been thinking about what the board does, come to a meeting and find out for yourself.

The SHC board meets the third Wednesday of every month, except July and December, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stedwick Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Road. Our next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. In the meantime, if you have any issues, contact our Stedwick Homes Corporation community management team at 240-243-2326 or e-mail stedwickhc@mvf.org.

Stedwick Signals: for residents of Club Hill, Clusters of Stedwick I, II, III, Forest Brooke, Frenchton Place, Ridges of Stedwick and The Heights.

Whetstone Watch

Short-term rental update

by the Whetstone Board of Directors

336 valid ballots were received with 272 in favor of the covenant change and 64 against. The covenant change to prohibit short-term rentals in the community has passed. A letter has been sent by management informing homeowners of the covenant change. The letter and supporting documents will be delivered to the Montgomery County clerk’s office to be recorded. The newly changed covenants will go into effect by February 1, 2019.

Budget/Reserves
The budget was not approved. Treasurer Brian Clark requested that it be readdressed once the results of the proposed assessment ceiling increase vote is known and once the Reserve Study has been reviewed.

Architectural Inspections
The results of the Architectural Standards inspection for Whetstone will not be available until the end of the year. Inspections have been delayed due to the rainy weather.

Update on dock progress/Surveryor Site Plan
Management reported that Mr. Emory and MHG have met and are working on a topographic map. Once this is complete the permitting process can move forward.

Speeding on Whetstone Drive
It was noted that speeding on Whetstone Drive has been an ongoing issue and the installation of a stop sign had helped some. The board was not in favor of installing speed bumps. The community manager was asked to submit an enforcement request to the Montgomery County Police.

Maintenance Reminder
There will be one leaf removal this year in mid-December. Signs will be posted at community entrances when the date is finalized. It is recommended that you place your leaves at the curb only when it is time for the scheduled pick-up. Until that time take advantage of the weekly recycling collection of leaves in brown yard bags or refuse containers.

In an effort to communicate more effectively with our residents, the WHC board would like to update our board e-mail list. This allows you to receive meeting notices, agendas, emergency information, etc. This is not a neighborhood discussion forum. If you are not on the current list or have changed your provider, just send an e-mail to vermillion.whc@gmail.com.

Whetstone Watch: for residents of The Courts, Goshenside, Lakeside and the Ridges of Whetstone.

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Capital Dentistry
19644 Club House Road, Suite 810, Montgomery Village, MD 20886
301-740-7500
Drs. Steven and Corey Anolik
1 Bank Street, Suite 110, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-948-8838
Gaithersburg Animal Hospital
280 North Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
301-948-2828