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Photo | Pam Schipper New landscaping showcases the renovated Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse.

Photo | Pam Schipper
New landscaping showcases the renovated Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse.

QOP NEWS

QOP Clubhouse Gets Mainscapes Makeover

New landscaping around the clubhouse sets off the beauty of the renovated building. Completed by Mainscapes last week, the landscaping that surrounds the clubhouse and replaces green shrubbery in the front median includes boulders and plantings with exotic names like Firewitch, Knock Out Rose, Dwarf Goldthread, Firepower, and Purple Diamond, as well as begonias and Dusty Miller.

Please encourage children to stay off of newly landscaped areas. The boulders tempt kids to climb, but plants are often trampled in the process. A drainage area to the right of the clubhouse features smaller rocks. Please tell children to leave these in place. The new landscaping looks great, and we want to take care of it.

Another community upgrade was installed at the QOP tennis courts. QOP scored a new backboard.

Pond 2 Improving, Subject of Study

Solitude Lake Management treated Pond 2 on Tannery and Summer Walk drives with bionutrients to reduce unwanted, floating aquatic vegetation. The water quality is now pretty clear, but the management company and Board are continuing to work on a long-term solution for the pond.

Over time, sediment has built up in the pond, causing it to become more shallow and warm faster. Warmer water has bred more vegetation. To combat this, the Board has budgeted funds for a bathymetric study that maps the pond bottom. Once study results are received and evaluated, the pond will be dredged. This should take place in late summer 2018.

Until then, the pond will be monitored and treated as needed. After dredging, plants will be added to the edges of the pond to replace the cattails removed this year.

Join the Board

Would you like to be more involved in the QOP community? A great way to do this is to volunteer for the QOP Board. Board members improve the community by caring for the physical aspects of Quince Orchard Park, supporting social events, and resolving issues as they arise. The Board needs to fill two vacancies. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Community Manager Ruchita Patel at RPatel@tmgainc.com.

Volunteer for the QOP Holiday Party

The Board is looking for someone to sponsor and organize a holiday party for the QOP community. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Alex Deering, community manager, at adeering@tmgainc.com.

Review Draft Budget, Approved Design Guidelines

Please check your mail for QOP’s approved Design Guidelines and the 2018 Draft Budget. Both were sent out last week.

Residents are urged to review changes to the approved Design Guidelines. The Architectural Control Committee worked with the Board and management company to make these more user-friendly.

Please also review the 2018 Draft Budget and provide comments to the management company. You can send these to Ruchita Patel or Alex Deering, community managers, by emailing rpatel@tmgainc.com or adeering@tmgainc.com. The Board will discuss and vote on the 2018 budget at its Nov. 14 meeting.

Let’s Get Physical

Have you visited the renovated fitness room? Do you know how to use all of the new equipment? If not, consider attending a fitness room education class. Corporate Fitness Works and Matrix Systems will offer classes on Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. and another date to be determined soon.

No Pickup for Loose Leaves

Please put your leaves into paper bags and put these out with the recycling. There is no curbside pickup for loose leaves. Also, please remember that raking or blowing your leaves onto the common areas is not permitted.

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.

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, Nov. 3. 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.

QOP Management Contact Info

Quince Orchard Park Community Manager Ruchita Patel
Co-Manager Alex Deering
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100 Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301.948.6666

MEETING CALENDAR

Oct. 23—QOP Condo 1 Board Meeting, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25—QOP Board of Directors Meeting, 7 p.m.

Nov. 2—QOP Condo 1 Annual Meeting, 7 p.m.

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