Mark Your Calendars for National Night Out
Quince Orchard Park’s National Night Out, organized by QOP resident Robert Cassels, returns on Aug. 6, 6 to 9 p.m. at the QOP Clubhouse. Come out to visit with local law enforcement, including Montgomery County Police, City of Gaithersburg Police, Maryland State Police, Maryland National Capital Park Police and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, as well as elected officials.
Free food, fun and drink will be provided by returning local businesses. Look for Boca Botanas, Buca di Beppo, Coal Fire, Matchbox, Mission BBQ, Potomac Pizza and Wine Harvest. Kids can visit with special guest Elmo, play in a moon bounce sponsored by The Mike Aubrey Group of Compass, get face painting from Five O Air and talk baseball with Training HQ. Adults can visit with Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Feedback Needed on Short-Term Rental Draft Guidelines
As short-term rentals through Airbnb and Homeaway have increased in popularity, so too has the need for greater regulation to ensure public well-being. The state and city have been assessing the situation and recently took action. The Maryland legislature passed SB 466/ HB 285 Hotel Rental Tax – Limitation of Municipal Authority to Tax Small Hotels that allows Montgomery County to impose a hotel rental tax on hotels with 10 or fewer sleeping rooms. This permits the City of Gaithersburg to apply its hotel tax to short-term rentals, following passage of city legislation.
A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5, 7 p.m. at City Hall to consider how shor-tterm rentals should be regulated and licensed within the city, including taxation. The Quince Orchard Park Board has been part of city discussions on short-term rentals and has developed a set of HOA guidelines that support and refine city regulations. The Board welcomes homeowner feedback. Please visit www.quinceorchardpark.com to review QOP’s draft guidelines.
Board Approves Security Device Guidelines
At its July 9 meeting, the Board approved guidelines for security devices. In general, security devices and cameras with dimensions smaller than six inches are permitted with no prior approval required. Prohibited security measures include security bars or grates on the outside of windows and doors, cameras that pan or move, cameras that are primarily directed toward or monitor neighboring property and/or common area, and any device or installation that
does not meet federal, state, county or City of Gaithersburg laws. To see the guidelines, visit www.quinceorchardpark.com.
Annual Inspection Complete, Notices Mailed
Quince Orchard Park’s annual inspection is complete, and letters notifying homeowners of issues were mailed on July 8. If you received a letter, please reply within 30 days. You can let the management company know that the issue has been corrected, ask for more time to complete repairs, tell the management company that you feel the issue was cited incorrectly or appeal the matter to the QOP Board of Directors. Please contact the management company at TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com. You can find more information at www.tmgainc.com/page/42395~929648/Annual-Inspection-Enforcement-Process.
Dispose of Trash and Recycling
Trash is collected on Tuesday and Friday and must be placed in lidded trash cans. If left for collection in bags only, trash is ripped open by animals and strewn throughout the community. Continued use of bags may result in fines.
Recycling is picked up on Fridays. Containers with lids are now available from the City of Gaithersburg. Please contact the city at 301.258.6370 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have a lidded bin delivered and the old one picked up. Please remember that trash cans and recycle bins must be stored out of sight on non-pickup days.
The City of Gaithersburg offers bulk trash pickup (furniture, appliances, mattresses, etc.) on the first recycling day of the month. The next bulk trash pickup is Friday, Aug. 2. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk
items at no cost.
Do you notice more litter in the community on recycling Fridays, especially on windy days? If you do, you’re not alone. Some QOP streets are veritable wind tunnels, and an empty Amazon box can wind up in a far-off neighbor’s yard.
Please secure your recyclables by making sure that the top is closed on your 65-gallon cart and using a lid for your 18-gallon bin. Placing a large rock on top of the cart or bin also helps on windy days.
And remember to recycle right. Did you know that pizza boxes; plastic bags, film or wrap; Styrofoam and polystyrene; and empty bottles of motor oil, antifreeze or pesticides are all not recyclable? If you add these to your recycling pickup, the contents of your recycling bin or cart will be left at the curb.
For a complete list of recyclables, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
Do Your Dog Duty
Cleaning up after dogs is the legal responsibility of every canine owner walking a dog in the community. Dogs are not permitted off-leash on common property in the City of Gaithersburg.
Get 20 Percent Off at PGC
Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center (PGC) just for being a QOP resident? Present your driver’s license and enjoy a discount on regularly priced items at PGC’s 12024 Darnestown Road, North Potomac and 8710 Fingerboard Road, Urbana locations. Both locations are open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This PGC Community Discount program excludes gift cards, labor, delivery charges, taxes, sale items, chemicals and fertilizers. This discount can’t be combined with other offers. Valid only for residents within communities where PGC provides landscape maintenance.
Please Recommend Contractors
Were you pleased with work done on your home? If so, please recommend your contractor to your neighbors. Just go to the website, www.quinceorchardpark.com and click on the ACC information tab. You’ll see the sub-tab “Contractor Recommendations” that links to a recommendation form.
QOP Management Contact Info.
Quince Orchard Park Community Manager
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Germantown, MD 20874