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.
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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).
Nominations Close: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Nominating Committee: Jack Helenek, Terry O’Grady, Jayant Shukla
Nominations Close: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Nominating Committee: Christopher LaRose, Art Thomas, Laurence Thomson
Nominations Close: Friday, Jan, 4, 2019
Nominating Committee: Whole board
Nominations Close: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Nominating Committee: James Martin, Bryan Price
East Village Echo
What do we get for our assessments?
by David Cline
A resident recently asked the East Village Board of Directors what we are getting for our assessments, especially since the fees are going up in 2019. A fair question. So, for this column and future columns, let’s look at our budget and try to answer that question. Let’s talk trash. Trash pickup, that is.
In East Village, we have trash pickup twice a week with one company. However, on a recent trip to California to visit one of my brothers, I noticed they do things a little differently with trash pickup day in his community. On trash pickup day, garbage trucks would come banging into the quiet of the morning to do their job. As we were sitting outside on his front patio with our coffee, I couldn’t help notice a significant number of trucks driving through the neighborhood.
What I noticed was when a garbage truck would drive up to the houses, they’d pick up some trash, and skip other homes. A few minutes later, another truck by another company would come by and pick up trash at other homes. Then a third and fourth company would repeat the process until all the trash was collected.
I asked my brother about the process. He said each homeowner selects their own trash company and pays that company’s fee.
When compared to East Village, I saw several negatives to that process. First, the neighborhood streets will wear out more quickly with an increase in truck traffic. Then there’s the noise and air pollution. Plus, if one company doesn’t do such a good job, it’s up to that individual homeowner to take care of the problem.
In East Village, we put out bids, negotiate and select one company. We try to get what we believe to be the best price and service for everyone. If there’s a problem with any part of the service, our community manager can take care of things quickly and efficiently. For instance, a couple years ago, the crews were piling up trash bags, and we wrote a letter to the president of the company. The problem was fixed immediately. The company expressed how they appreciated our business and wanted to do whatever it would take to keep our business.
In addition to the fee we pay for the trash service, we also recognize the times the contractor hauls discarded furniture and other items, usually without charging a fee or with a minimal charge. If we went to the practice of having each homeowner select their own trash company, it wouldn’t take much imagination to see trucks coming through our neighborhoods tearing up our streets and increasing the possibility of accidents.
In looking to the future, the East Village assessment went up about $10 for the year. The trash portion went up $76 for the year for each housing unit. It averages out to about $8 per month. This increase was due to the mandated Montgomery County minimum wage increase. While the East Village board has been satisfied with the service we’ve been receiving from the trash and refuse company, we do have a policy of putting out bids when contracts up for renewal.
So, to help answer the question “What do we get for our assessments?” we think a unified system of selecting one company gives our residents the most efficient system to keep East Village looking good and keeping it clean at the best cost for service. We could get other companies at a lower rate, but we’d have companies that wouldn’t serve us as well.
We encourage everyone to abide by the county health laws and put all trash in sealed containers every Tuesday and Friday for pickup.
For the next column, we’ll look at snow removal. Until then, be safe when the snow comes.
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
Happy New Year
by the Maryland Place Board of Directors
We hope that everyone had a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!
Not much to report this month. We have not had a board meeting since before the holidays. Look for an update next month after our January board meeting.
We are still seeing a huge amount of speeding on neighborhood streets. We are monitoring this and will install more speed bumps if needed.
Another issue that continues to be a problem is constant dumping of trash on community property. Residents are seen placing bags of trash, recycling, furniture, appliances and more on community property daily! 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 bylaws. All trash and recycling is to be stored on your property in a sealed vermin-proof container.
Trash is to be placed in a vermin-proof container on Sunday and Wednesday nights after dark at the rear of your property for collection on Monday and Thursday morning.
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.
Maryland Place Messages: for residents of Maryland Place.
Middle Village Voice
2019 parking pass distribution
by the Middle Village Board of Directors
The 2018 parking tags expired on December 31. Homeowners/tenants will be towed if they are parked in their reserved space or open space, anytime of the day or night, and displaying an expired parking tag.
Residents can pick up their 2019 parking tags at the ComSource Office, 3414 Morningwood Drive, Olney. Parking passes will not be mailed.
You must have a photo ID to receive 2019 parking tags. Homeowners/landlords are responsible to contact ComSource if they do not want renters to obtain the parking tags. If you are a renter, you must verify with the property owner that you are authorized to pick up the parking tags. Parking tags will not be given to renters if the homeowner/landlord has requested that parking tags only be given to the owner.
As a reminder, each household is assigned one reserved parking space and receives two corresponding parking permits. Households with current assessment accounts will receive a third corresponding parking permit at the time of distribution.
If a homeowner is delinquent on their assessment account, they will not receive a third parking tag/permit until they have paid the past due assessment balance, including all outstanding administrative fees, legal fees, fines and interest in full.
All unmarked spaces in the community will continue to be available on a first come, first served basis.
If you are a new resident, and do not know your assigned parking space number or have not picked up your parking tag, call Shirley Umali at 301-924-7355 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 recycle 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.
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 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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Board Meeting Schedule
The next Middle Village Homes Corporation board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Choice clubhouse, 19401 Brassie Place, unless otherwise stated.
Middle Village Voice: for residents of Thomas Choice West and Clubside.
North Village View
North Village candidates’ statements
by the North Village Board of Directors
Happy new year! The elections are underway for the board of directors. Residents should have received election materials in December. Ballots are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, so check the instructions in the election packet and be sure to vote.
Board members serve a three-year term, and every year we elect three board members to the nine-member board. There are three candidates on the ballot this year. The candidate statements were included in the election packet and are below for your reference. Each year we also elect the North Village representative to the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors. This person attends the MVF board meetings and represents the interests of North Village. This position in critical whenever the homes corporations are asked to vote on an issue.
I’m a North Village resident of 12 years. I work for Montgomery Village Foundation in the Community Management Dept. and in the Recreation Dept. during special events and the Farmers’ Market. I also work with the City of Gaithersburg in the Recreation Dept. I’m also a volunteer with MOCOYOGO at Hampshireview Baptist Church. I have served on the board previously and had too many hats to juggle at the time. I have two daughters at Towson University and my wife is an RN at Walter Reed Medical Center. I hope to bring my community knowledge and experience to the board to keep North Village beautiful!
I am running again for the North Village Homes Corporation Board. I have been a resident of North Village since 1979. I have been a board member for many years and love to serve all the residents of North Village. I started as a board member, and then became your Vice President and now the active President of North Village. I attend all security meetings; stay in touch with our security guards and call them from time to time for updates; attend some of the Montgomery Village Board of Directors meetings; and I chair the MVF Committee on the Environment, working for all the residents of Montgomery Village.
I am your Neighborhood Watch Captain for North Village. I bring much experience to this board and if you like all the changes you have seen in North Village in the last seven years, please vote to continue my job on the board. These are changes like the drain repairs, the sidewalk repairs, entrance sign repairs, fence repairs and replacement, path repairs, repaving and restriping of Salem’s Grant and McRory, trimming trees, adding two more pet stations bringing our total to five in North Village. The strong fight against M-83 and M-83 Alt. 4, working with our neighbors in Goshen and Northgate community, and keeping tabs on all the jobs that our vendors are doing for North Village.
My name is Marjorie Lewis and I have been a resident of North Village for 20 years. I have been on the board for two years and participated in the planning of many projects the association has completed in that time. Being a resident of the Picton community, I plant and maintain flowers in my neighborhood as well as work with residents to educate them on the ways to properly store and dispose of trash. I hope to continue to serve the community as a board member.
North Village View: for residents of Essex Place, Highland Hall, McRory, Perry Place, Picton, Pleasant Ridge and Salem’s Grant.
North Village View: for residents of Essex Place, Highland Hall, McRory, Perry Place, Picton, Pleasant Ridge and Salem’s Grant.
by the Northgate Board of Directors
Lack of proper trash disposal continues to be an issue in some sections of Northgate. Please help keep our community clean by observing the appropriate pickup days for regular and bulk trash:
Regular trash pickups for Overlea and The Points are on Mondays and Thursdays. All other sections have pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays (McKendree I & II, Apple Ridge, Shadow Oak, Dorsey's Regard and Williams Range).
If you need a bulk trash pickup, please place your items out on the following schedule:
Thursdays: Overlea and The Points
Fridays: Apple Ridge, Dorsey’s Regard, McKendree I & II, Shadow Oak and Williams Range.
All bulk pickups must be placed curbside. Residents of Overlea and McKendree I & II must bring their bulk items to the curb. No recyclable items will be taken as bulk nor will construction material generated by a contractor. If a resident places a rug or carpet out for bulk pickup, it is acceptable. If a homeowner has a carpet or rug contractor replacing rugs or carpet in the home, the contractor is responsible for the removal of the carpet or rugs.
Collections on the following holidays will be made on the next regularly scheduled service day: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Junior Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
In other news, watch for signs noting the year’s final leaf removal. They will be posted at the entry to each neighborhood.
The deadline for applying to run for the board of directors is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. E-mail Sean Farrell at NorthgateHC@comsource.com for application information.
Northgate News: for residents of Apple Ridge, Dorsey's Regard, McKendree I & II, Overlea, The Points, Shadow Oak and Williams Range.
Patton Ridge Report
Hello 2019—and a look back at 2018
by the Patton Ridge Board of Directors
As we look back at 2018, the board remains steadfast to ensure fiscal responsibility and maintain a healthy reserve fund for future needs.
Mother nature was still relatively kind to us this year as snow removal was $25,222 compared to $17,585 in 2017. Hopefully we will not encounter major snow storms like we saw in 2016 that cost $141,205 when our contractor cleared over 18,000 tons of snow from our roads and parking lots.
Please keep in mind during the winter season that snow removal is much more difficult for our contractor when residents clear snow from their cars and throw it onto the streets and parking lots after they had already been plowed. This requires multiple re-plowings.
A few of the projects that we addressed the past year include: storm drain repairs, concrete work, tree removal and landscaping. We made significant improvements to the Rothbury tot lot with the removal and clean up of the shrubbery overgrowth that existed. Six pet waste stations were installed in the community by Montgomery County. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) was busy in several of our developments replacing aged water pipes.
We continue to press forward with our tree plan for the removal and replacement of 40-plus-year old White Pine trees. If you have not viewed the tree study, you may do so from your Member Dashboard online at www.montgomeryvillage.com. Click “Maintenance” from the left menu, and then “Tree Study.” If you do not have access to the Member Dashboard, you can sign up for a free account by clicking the “Login/Join” link in the upper right hand corner of the website.
Silver Horse Security Services began to service the community, with their primary focus on parking enforcement. The board recognizes the importance of this issue and will be looking into implementing changes to the towing enforcement aspect at its January board meeting. If you are aware of a vehicle in violation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact management at 301-948-0110 with the location, type of vehicle, violation and license place (when possible).
The public voting was completed and Ralph Bally was elected to three-year term as a director. Also elected were Bill Evans to serve a new one-year term as representative to the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF). Howard Cohen was elected to a one-year term as the alternate representative to the MVF. The board said farewell to Steven Whitehead, Sue Roth, and longtime treasurer Kim Monnig. We appointed Brandon Coffee-Borden to fill a vacancy until 2020. The board still has several remaining vacancies to fill.
We continued to have an excellent professional Montgomery Village Foundation Community Management Department under the direction of Karen Kodjanian and exceptional and outstanding Community Manager Andrea Mandato, who handle the day-to-day management of our community.
Finally, it’s each of us, every Patton Ridge resident, who can make a difference in the community, whether by attending a board meeting to voice your thoughts and concerns on issues that matter to you, or staying vigilant around you and the community.
Last year, nearly 50 residents attended board meetings in an open forum to express themselves, offer input or listen to issues at hand as concerned residents. Regardless of your level of involvement, we value your opinions, new ideas and participation in the process of making Patton Ridge a better and more attractive community to live in.
Plan to start the new year right by attending the next meeting of the Patton Ridge Board of Directors scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22
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.
Holiday Lights Contest Winners
Thank you to all our residents who took the time to install outside holiday decorations. From the smallest lit bush, to the massive displays of lights and characters, each is a pleasure to see as we drive throughout Patton Ridge after dark. This is our first year of providing awards for decorations. We have separate awards for townhomes and single-family homes. Winners are listed below.
Best Overall: 19836 Billings Court
Most Kid Friendly: 9559 Fern Hollow Way
Most Traditional: 9520 Duffer Way
Single Family Homes
Best Overall: 9932 Dellcastle Road
Most Kid Friendly: 9913 Shrewsbury Court
Most Traditional: 9812 Dellcastle Road
I’m Larry Nicholson and I have lived in Patton Ridge since the summer of 2004 with my family. I’m a Senior Project Manager for a local CRO, husband and father. I have been a member of the Patton Ridge Board for the last 6 years. I hope to continue the board’s successes by helping to ensure that we are doing our best for the community. I seek to champion some long overdue community maintenance in Patton Ridge. I believe that we must maintain the current emphasis placed on resident’s safety and seek out innovative alternatives to improving lighting. I bring insight and a unique perspective to the Patton Ridge Board, by helping to navigate the changing times and needs in the Village. As our community ages, I believe it is important to ensure that Patton Ridge continues to thrive beyond its first 45+ years.
Patton Ridge Report: for residents of Arrowhead, Fairway Islands, Fairidge, Greentee I & II, Highfield and Partridge Place I & II.
South Village Scenes
South Village candidates' statements
by the South Village Board of Directors
The following candidates’ statements are being presented for consideration of election to the South Village Board of Directors:
I would like to continue my current position with the board of directors. I am one of the original owners in The Hamptons, having purchased my house on Royal Bonnet Circle in 1997. I have been involved in various community activities, particularly clean-up drives in our neighborhood. As a South Village resident, I am particularly interested in the maintenance of common areas and homes, and in keeping our neighborhoods safe and secure. I am in regular conversation with many of my neighbors in an attempt to understand their needs and vision for an improved neighborhood, and I foresee a number of further advances that can be made in the area. I have lived in the community more than 13 years, and watched it change. I would like to help guide that change in the future.
I have proved as a Director in South Village my commitment of time and effort and will continue to contribute the same.
I’m Nancy Farrar, a resident of Walker’s Choice, one of the seven neighborhoods in South Village and I’m running for re-election to the South Village Board of Directors. I currently serve as Vice President of the board and Chair of the maintenance committee. I am also a member of the finance committee and have previously served as President of the board.
Over the past years, I’ve made it a priority to work toward the improvement of South Village. My goals for the next term are to continue to improve South Village, in particular with our physical appearance as a community and the continuing safety of our residents, while ensuring that we remain fiscally sound.
Thank you for considering me for election to your board; your vote would be greatly appreciated.
I would like to run for the board of directors of South Village. I am currently on the board and serve as a security liaison and in previous years have served as the Alternate MVF Representative. I am out in the community a lot and talking with people so I feel I will be able to bring some of your concerns to the board.
South Village Scenes: for residents of Center Stage, Dockside, Grover's Forge, Hamptons, Millrace, Nathan's Hill and Walker's Choice.
Is spring around the corner?
by Keith Silliman
Spring bulbs are starting to sprout with our mild December and early January weather. The days are getting longer, and we can hope that we are finished with the cold. However, snow and the problems it brings can still happen. If snow is predicted, please park cars in designated parking areas to allow the snow plows to clear our streets efficiently and to avoid having your car “plowed in” with a bank of snow around it.
The election of three members to the Stedwick Homes Corporation Board of Directors is underway. Nominations for those positions closed at
5 p.m. on January 4. The current board of directors will review the candidacy statements at the Wednesday, Jan. 16 meeting. The Stedwick Homes Corporation ballots and notice of the annual meeting will then be mailed on Friday, Jan. 25. Please vote and then return the ballot by the 5 p.m. Friday, March 8 deadline. Results will be announced at the annual meeting on Wednesday, March 20.
The Stedwick Homes Corporation’s preliminary financial results for the 2018 year end appear to be favorable, with lower than budgeted snow removal and storm damage costs. The audited financial statements for 2018 should be available at the annual meeting.
The next maintenance inspection is schedule for Tuesday, Feb. 12. If you know of any items, situations or conditions that need the maintenance committee’s attention, please let us know prior to that date.
The next meeting of the Stedwick Homes Corporation Board of Directors is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Stedwick Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Road. Come join us for that meeting. The first item on the agenda is residents time which provides an opportunity for you to ask questions or express concerns and opinions.
In the meantime, if you have an issue, please contact Stedwick Homes Corporation Community Manager Andrea Mandato at 240-243-2326,
e-mail email@example.com or communicate via regular mail to the Stedwick Homes Corporation at 10120 Apple Ridge Road.
Stedwick Signals: for residents of Club Hill, Clusters of Stedwick I, II, III, Forest Brooke, Frenchton Place, Ridges of Stedwick and The Heights.
by the Whetstone Board of Directors
The 2018 Holiday Lights Contest judging results are in. Due the high number and wide range of lighting displays, our esteemed panel divided the winners into the following categories:
18929 Whetstone Circle, 9717 Breckenridge Place and 9501 Appeals Place
19104 Annapolis Way and 18813 South Meadow Fence Road
19109 North Pike Creek Place
19140 Roman Way
Breckenridge Place with Honorable Mentions for Annapolis Way and Five Logs Way
19109 Brooke Grove Court
Best Decoration Runner-up:
9849 Canal Road
The rainfall totals in 2018 broke all kinds of records throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. Fortunately, community property in Whetstone was relatively undamaged from the torrents of water. We repaired storm water drains on Diary Road during the year and will be repairing others in 2019.
Very wet conditions in December did claim one victim; a very large Oak tree has come down crossing the path along Whetstone Lake behind Hallowell Place. Please note the path has been cordoned off with caution tape and is unpassable. We are currently working to have the tree removed with as little damage to the path and surrounding area as possible.
The coldest months of winter are yet to come, and snow is inevitable. When snowfall is forecast, please remember to park your vehicles in your garages and/or driveways to give the plows the best chance to clean our streets efficiently.
Watch for your Whetstone ballot to come in the mail. Three incumbent board members, Dennis Barnes, Bill Ott and Deborah Vermillion have indicated their intention to run for re-election.
Whetstone Watch: for residents of The Courts, Goshenside, Lakeside and the Ridges of Whetstone.