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Photo | Pam Schipper Solitude Lake Management recommended dredging to improve the health of Pond 2 near Summer Walk Drive.

Photo | Pam Schipper
Solitude Lake Management recommended dredging to improve the health of Pond 2 near Summer Walk Drive.

Meeting Calendar

June 25—QOP Condo I Board Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
June 27—QOP Condo II Board Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
July 10—QOP Board of Directors Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Board Considers Dredging for Pond 2

At its June 12 meeting, the Quince Orchard Park Board considered dredging of Pond 2 near Summer Walk Drive. Solitude Lake Management, the company caring for the QOP ponds, recommended removing excess silt in the pond basin. Dredging improves the health of the pond, reducing unwanted aquatic vegetation and ensuring that water is properly filtered before it drains downstream. The management company is asking for additional bids on this dredging work.

Pond 1 near Winter Walk Drive has been restocked with fish.

Concerns Raised About Speeding

The management company reached out to the City of Gaithersburg about speeding in the community after concerns were raised at the May 8 Board meeting. The Board requested speed enforcement and raised crosswalks at two intersections.

Sgt. Scott Scarff responded, advising that his officers have done a significant amount of speed enforcement in the neighborhood and don’t feel that there is a speeding problem. The police will continue to monitor the situation.

Summer Celebration Planned

Kick off summer with friends and neighbors on Sunday, July 1. After a patriotic parade through the community, please stay for a barbecue. Great Kids Events brings the party with moon bounces and other kids’ activities.

Pool Summer Hours Begin

Summer hours begin on Saturday, June 16. The QOP pool will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

With summer comes Pool Movie Night! QOP needs your input to select movies for July 14 and Aug. 18 outdoor screenings. Look for communication on how to vote—coming soon.

If you have a past due balance on your account, you won’t be allowed to use the pool. You can check the status of your account, pay your assessments, check on open violations and correspond with TMGA by signing into the website at www.quinceorchardpark.com.

Save These Dates for Summer Fun and Learning

  • Pool Float Days, 1-3 p.m. on June 24, July 15 & 29, Aug. 12 & 26
  • Summer Celebration, July 1, QOP Clubhouse grounds
  • Lawn Maintenance Seminar with Matt Owens of Potomac Garden Center, July 10, 6 p.m.
  • Pool Movie Night, 8:30-10 p.m. on July 14 & Aug. 18
  • National Night Out, Aug. 7

Pet Swim, Sept. 3, sponsored by RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty and Fran Gianaris, certified residential specialist
And stay tuned for pool happy hour dates and a Vegas Night at the Pool. Event sponsorships are available. If you’re interested in sponsoring one of the community’s popular events, please contact Community Manager Alex Deering at adeering@tmgainc.com.

Ash Tree Removal

Potomac Garden Center will begin removal of diseased ash trees on community property as soon as the tree removal permit is approved by the City of Gaithersburg. An invasive pest from Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer has fed on and killed millions of ash trees across the Midwest and Eastern United States. The insect works quickly and can kill large ash trees within three years of infestation.

The City of Gaithersburg has been removing ash trees on city-owned property within Quince Orchard Park. The management company is requesting a schedule for removal and tree re-planting from the city.

Tot Lot Surfacing Planned for July

To improve the quality of the tot lot surfacing materials, Potomac Garden Center will install a certified wood carpet instead of wood chips on the tot lots. This work will be completed in July.

Please Help to Keep the Fitness Room Fit

Please help us keep the Fitness Room clean and safe for the QOP community. You can let the Board and TMGA know of any Fitness Room issues by filling out a complaint form, available in the Fitness Room and also found on the QOP website, www.quinceorchardpark.com.

Home Inspection Tips

Rain has delayed the progress of annual home inspections but expect to see community managers walking the community as soon as skies clear. Here are a few ways to make the process go more smoothly.

Please take an objective look at your home and yard using QOP’s Home Inspection Checklist. You can find this on our website, www.quinceorchardpark.com, beneath the “ACC Information” tab.

If you receive a letter from The Management Group Associates (TMGA), please respond. You can tell us that the issue has been fixed; ask for more time to resolve the issue, dispute the issue, resulting in a reinspection; or request an appeal before the Board of Directors.
Please don’t put the letter aside without responding. Additional letters will be sent if TMGA doesn’t hear from you, and fines may be assessed after a period of time. Third and fourth maintenance notices will be mailed in neon envelopes.

TMGA is happy to answer any questions. You can email TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com or call 301.948.6666.

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.

Board Members Needed

Would you like to get to know your neighbors better and bring positive changes to your community? If so, the QOP Board needs you. At-Large Board member Daniel Lowery has moved, and the Board is looking for a resident to fill his position and another vacancy. To learn more, please attend the next Board meeting on July 10, 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, or contact The Management Group Associates at TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com or 301.948.6666 for more information.

Management Mentions

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 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, July 6. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

Secure Your Recyclables

Did you know that you can request an 18-gallon recycle bin with a lid from the City of Gaithersburg? The city offers detachable lids for the 18-gallon bins. You can request one by emailing recycle@gaithersburgmd.gov, or calling the city’s Public Works at 301.258.6370.
According to Diane Archer, public works program coordinator, it is best to use a city-supplied recycling container. “Some residents prefer to use their own containers, but we cannot guarantee collection in alternate containers,” she noted.

If your recycling bin or 65-gallon cart is broken, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/services/recycling-and-bulk-pick-up/recycling-containers to request a new one.

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.

QOP Management Contact Information

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

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