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New Year Brings Sediment Removal for Pond 2

Sediment removal for Pond 2, located behind Summer Walk Drive and Tannery Drive, will begin in late January or early February. This sort of pond maintenance needs to be done every 15 to 20 years. Over time as part of storm water management, sand, dirt, rocks and other debris wash into the pond and are deposited in its basin.

As the pond becomes shallower, water temperature increases. This gives rise to unwanted aquatic vegetation. A shallow pond also means that storm drains cannot function properly and guide rainwater into the pond. Water then backs up onto streets.

Sediment removal, performed by Solitude Lake Management, will take approximately two weeks. The company will be working mostly between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Access to the pond will be through the common area between 719 and 725 Summer Walk Dr.

Sediment removal will involve the following steps.

  • Water will be drained so that the pond basin is empty. The water will be drained through a filter bag or similar device
    to remove as much silt and dirt from it as possible. The water will be directed toward the stream area behind the pond and not toward nearby homes.
  • Erosion and sediment control devices (e.g., black filter fabric) will be installed as needed to prevent sediment and dirt
    from washing into downstream areas or drainage structures.
  • Solitude will remove excess sediment from the pond basin.
  • The sediment that is removed from the pond basin will be spread in specific locations around the pond to dry.
  • The dry sediment will be graded into the landscape at locations around the pond that do not interfere with the dam embankment or proper operation of the pond.
  • New rock will be installed at the inlet and outlet areas.
  • All disturbed areas will be stabilized with an annual seed mix and straw matting.
  • The site will be cleaned up and restored to its original condition.

Turtles and other wildlife will most likely migrate to another location when work begins. Fish will be left in the pond, and Pond 2 will be restocked when maintenance is complete. The Quince Orchard Park Board consulted with the City of Gaithersburg and Solitude Lake Management in its decision concerning Pond 2 fish and found the decision to leave them in the pond difficult.

Solitude Lake Management will discuss the sediment removal project with the community on Jan. 8, 2019 at the monthly Board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Assessment Payment Reminder

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the monthly assessment for Quince Orchard Park residents is $100. A $3 per month service charge will be added to your account unless you elect by Dec. 15 to pay using direct debit or recurring e-check. You can also pay your annual assessment of $1200 at this time. For more information, please visit www.quinceorchardpark.com and select “Pay Assessment.”

Photos | Submitted Please decorate your home by Dec. 17 for a chance to win a Lowe’s gift card in the QOP Holiday Decorating Contest.

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Please decorate your home by Dec. 17 for a chance to win a Lowe’s gift card in the QOP Holiday Decorating Contest.

Make QOP Merry & Bright

Up and down streets, around corners and down alleyways, Quince Orchard Park is becoming merry and bright. With this beautification of the neighborhood comes QOP’s annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Please decorate your home by Dec. 17. The QOP Board will select a handful of the most festive homes before Dec. 25. Recognized homes will receive $100 (first place), $75 (second place), and $50 (third place) Lowe’s gift cards. Winners will be announced by Jan. 18.

PGC Community Discount Offered

Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center’s 12024 Darnestown Road, North Potomac and 8710 Fingerboard Road, Urbana locations just for being a Quince Orchard Park resident? Present your driver’s license and enjoy a discount on regularly priced items. 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 services.

Let It Snow!

Were you surprised by that early snow on Nov. 15? Have you wondered what will happen if our prodigious autumn rainfall continues into the colder months? We could have a lot of snow. In fact, Farmers’ Almanac predictions for this winter in the Mid-Atlantic region are for “an unusually snowy and/or wet winter.”

So, it will pay to be prepared.

In Quince Orchard Park, the Community Association plows the clubhouse parking lot and sidewalks, alleys off Winter Walk Drive (to the left of 216, in front of 219-243 and in front of 337- 345), Highland Ridge Mews and Elmira Mews.

The Community Association also clears all (non-Mill Green Avenue) perimeter sidewalks, parallel to condominium buildings.

All other non-condominium QOP streets and parking spaces are plowed by the City of Gaithersburg. Visit the city’s snow preparedness page, www.gaithersburgmd.gov/services/public-works/snow-removal, for important information.

QOP Condo I and Condo II are responsible for snow removal from all condominium drives and alleys, sidewalks leading to front doors (lead walks), sidewalks on both sides of Mill Green Avenue, parallel to buildings and in front of parking spaces, all interior condo sidewalks and walkways including walkways to mailboxes.

Snow removal contact information:

QOP call 301.948.6666; QOP I and QOP II call 240.632.0001, City of Gaithersburg call 240.805.1345.

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, Dec. 7. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

Request a Lid for Your Recycle Bin

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.

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.

Board Members Needed

The Board is looking for two new members. To learn more, please attend the next Board meeting on Jan. 8, 2019, 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, or contact The Management Group Associates at TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com or 301.948.6666 for more
information.

Loose-Leaf Collection Underway Now

The City of Gaitherburg’s fall leaf collection is underway for single family homes and townhouses. Collection is made weekly. Just rake leaves to grassy areas behind the street curb line by 7 a.m. on your recycling day; please don’t deposit leaves in gutters or streets.

Leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected. Collection continues through the last week of December. After the collection period ends, leaves can be placed in biodegradable brown paper bags and left curbside with other recyclables on your weekly collection day.

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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