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Photo |Mac Kennedy Come see the beautifully renovated QOP Clubhouse! Fitness room access will not be possible until new flooring arrives and is installed, sometime in mid-March.

Photo |Mac Kennedy
Come see the beautifully renovated QOP Clubhouse! Fitness room access will not be possible until new flooring arrives and is installed, sometime in mid-March.

Clubhouse Fitness Room Gets New Equipment

The Board approved a contract with Corporate Fitness Works for supply and maintenance of new equipment for the expanded fitness room. Equipment, which includes rowing machines and weight equipment, was selected based on last year’s fitness room user survey.

Save the Date

Mark your calendars to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m. in the newly renovated clubhouse. Your attendance is needed—a quorum of 51 households is required to hold this important annual meeting. Please come, learn about what is going on in the neighborhood, and consider getting more involved.

Spring Concrete Repairs

The City of Gaithersburg will fix concrete and paving issues caused by tree roots on Summer Walk Drive as soon as weather permits this spring. The city also will work on the 800 and 900 blocks of Highland Ridge Avenue.

Dominion Paving will begin concrete and asphalt repairs for the clubhouse soon. This was on hold until the clubhouse renovation could be completed.

Community Clean-Up Day Planned

Board Secretary Daniel Lowery is coordinating QOP’s annual Community Clean-Up Day for Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon. Please come out to beautify QOP walkways, common areas and ponds. All materials needed for the clean-up will be provided. Students can earn student service learning credits.

Home Inspections Begin This Month

Please take an objective look at your home now to see if any maintenance is needed. Annual home inspections begin this month, and taking care of issues will help you to avoid receiving correspondence from the management company. If you do receive a letter about violations, please respond to this as quickly as possible. Prompt action to resolve the issue or a request for more time will prevent further correspondence and possible fines.

Wading Into Baby Pool Repairs

The Board is asking for competitive bids to refinish the baby pool. Discussed at the Feb. 14 meeting were resurfacing the entire wading pool, as well as replacing tile and coping stones. The Board expects to make a decision on this in March.

Not Too Early to Dive in

New homeowners, tenants, and anyone who was not previously given a pool pass needs to submit an application. You can apply online now and avoid the rush. Just go to www.quinceorchardpark.com, download an application and mail it to The Management Group Associates, Inc., 20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100, Germantown, MD 20874.

You also can request that a paper application be mailed to you by calling 301.948.6666, ext. 137 or emailing PoolPasses@TMGAInc.com. Then just fill it out and return it to The Management Group Associates at the above address.

You will receive confirmation that your membership has been processed. Notice will be sent if there is a problem with your account, such as a past due assessment balance, or if important information regarding your pool pass account is missing.

Detailed information on pool hours, pool pass renewal as well as how to obtain new or replacement pool passes, guest information, and pool rules are posted at www.quinceorchardpark.com.

Photo | Mac Kennedy Spring is making an early appearance in Quince Orchard Park.

Photo | Mac Kennedy
Spring is making an early appearance in Quince Orchard Park.

SOLitude Used by Izaak Walton League

In researching SOLitude Lake Management, being considered for maintenance of QOP’s ponds, the Board learned that the company works with multiple Izaak Walton League chapters and provides services similar to those proposed for Quince Orchard Park ponds. Alex Deering, QOP co-manager, spoke to an Izaak Walton League representative who reassured him that SOLitude pond maintenance is not harmful to wildlife and that all treatments used are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SOLitude would maintain ponds 1 and 2. (The Mill Green Fountain will be maintained by another firm, Specialty Fountain.)

Concerns about herbicides used by SOLitude were addressed by John Phelps, the company’s senior business development consultant and environmental scientist. “All aquatic-use herbicide used for weed and algae control are permitted for use by the EPA and will be permitted for specific use by MDE (Maryland Department of the Environment) before being used on the ponds at Quince Orchard Park,” Phelps stated. “Furthermore, SOLitude’s aquatic specialists, biologists and technicians working on the ponds are all licensed aquatic-use applicators and are all environmentally sensitive to all potential adverse effects of using herbicides in and around water.  Finally, SOLitude is attempting to establish ecological balance to manmade water bodies and are highly trained in proper use of herbicides and algaecides to minimize any adverse effects to the environments they work in.”

Children playing near the ponds will not be at risk by SOLitude’s treatment plan, he added. “Most all of the products we use in and around the water have zero residual effects and are non-existing within an hour.”

The Board is considering an option to add aeration maintenance to the Summer Walk pond. Some residents expressed their desire to keep this “fountain” feature.

MANAGEMENT MENTIONS

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 to have a lidded bin delivered and the old one picked up. Bulk pickup is usually the first Friday of the month. The next recycling pickup is Friday, March 3.

Please remember that trash cans and recycle bins must be stored out of sight on non-pickup days.

The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

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.

Sponsor an Event

Do you enjoy Quince Orchard Park events? Are you a Quince Orchard Park resident or local business owner? If so, please consider sponsoring a community event.

Popular year after year are the Spring Community Yard Sale, Easter Egg Hunt, Independence Day Parade and Picnic, National Night Out, Doggy Swim, and Halloween Party. New and exciting are Pool Happy Hour, two Pool Movie Nights, and Vegas Night at the Pool.

The Board will match a sponsor’s funds up to amounts designated for each specific event. Promotional materials prepared by the sponsor and approved by the Board will be broadcast to the community via the QOP website and these Park Pages.

Sponsorship guidelines and specific community event information are available on the QOP website. Sponsorship application can be made six months prior to the event but must be received within two weeks of the event date.

QOP Management Contact Info

QOP Community Manager Ruchita Patel

Co-Manager Alex Deering

c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.

20440 Century Blvd, Suite 100

Germantown, MD 20874

Phone: 301.948.6666

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