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Photo | Submitted A great blue heron surveys Pond 2 behind Summer Walk Drive as snow begins to fall.

Photo | Submitted
A great blue heron surveys Pond 2 behind Summer Walk Drive as snow begins to fall.

Pond 2 Dredging Project Underway

QOP Community Manager Ruchita Patel and SOLitude Lake Management project manager and environmental scientist John Phelps met with City of Gaithersburg representatives on Jan. 16 to walk the Pond 2 site and discuss details of the dredging project. Look for sediment control fencing to go up soon around Pond 2. This is in preparation for dredging, which should take five days according to Phelps. A definite start date for dredging has not yet been determined and depends on the weather.

Dredging is expected maintenance. Pond 2 is a small retention basin behind homes on Summer Walk Drive, and retention basins are built to catch storm water runoff and prevent road sediment from entering streams. Over time, this sediment builds up.

SOLitude will take 1 to 1.5 feet of sediment out of Pond 2 and deposit it on the pond embankment. Residents should expect a mild rotten egg smell from the freshly dredged sediment, but this should dissipate within three to seven days. Following dredging, SOLitude will stabilize the pond area with grass seeding and straw. This spring, SOLitude will introduce desired vegetation to Pond 2.

Dredging will restore the pond to full functionality, ensuring that it can manage large storm events. Once its intended depth has been restored, the water will be cleaner and algae and other nuisance vegetation are less likely to take hold.

Clear Sidewalks for Safety This Winter

Please remember to clear the sidewalk in front of and next to your home when it snows. Snow-covered or icy sidewalks are a hazard, causing falls and forcing pedestrians to walk in roadways.

Calcium chloride de-icing salts like Ice Melt should not be used on concrete. Concentrations of calcium chloride chemically attack concrete.

Trim Now for Spring Growth

Matt Owens of PGC Landscape, the company that cares for Quince Orchard Park common areas, recommends that homeowners prune trees and shrubs and cut back perennial plants during the winter. You can find more information at

Plan Ahead for Spring Inspections

As the community ages, upkeep becomes more important. Here are some of the common issues noted during 2018 Annual

  • stains on stairs leading to front porch (49 homes);
  • stains on home siding (29 homes);
  • pruning and landscaping maintenance needed (29 homes);
  • turf weeds, including clover and dandelion (23 homes);
  • white painted portions of deck in need of repair or repainting (20 homes);
  • exterior wood trim in need of repair or repainting (19 homes);
  • seal coating of driveway needed (15 homes); and
  • shutters missing (13 homes).

Spring inspections of homes in Quince Orchard Park will begin in March/April.

Renew E-Check Assessment Payment Annually

If you pay your assessments by recurring e-check, you already know that you need to renew this subscription annually. Union Bank has just made this service easier with two new options for e-check users. Now you can choose to continue these e-check payments indefinitely or set a specific end date for payments.

All homeowners who are currently enrolled in the e-check service have three options:

  • Renew e-check payments every 12 months;
  • Set up recurring e-check payments to continue indefinitely; or
  • Set a specific end date for recurring e-check payments.

All homeowners need to log in to their account and select the option that they prefer. For instructions on how to do this,
go to the “Pay Assessments” tab at

Front Foot Benefit Charge Comes From WSSC

Have you gotten a bill for this? The Front Foot Benefit Charge (FFBC) is a fee that covers the cost of water and sewage pipes installed when the community was built. As a homeowner, you are financially responsible for the water and sewer main hookup to your home.

In the year following completion of water and/or sewer main construction, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) assesses costs and charges homeowners an annual FFBC to repay funds borrowed by WSSC.

The FFBC assessment is determined by multiplying property footage by the rate per foot for the appropriate property classification. Irregularly shaped lots are assessed using average footages of neighboring regularly shaped properties. The rates are updated annually. The assessments levied during 2019 will run for 20 years. The bond period for properties levied between 1983 and 2012 is 23 years.

Please contact U.S. Utility Corporation with any questions concerning your FFBC invoice. The phone number is 410.418.4553.

Bingo NightBingo Night Returns Feb. 23

Quince Orchard Park’s popular Bingo Night is back! All are invited to the community clubhouse on Saturday, Feb. 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Charles Wilson and Fran Gianaris of Re/Max Metropolitan Realty and the Quince Orchard Park Board of Directors. Please RSVP by Feb. 15 to if you plan to attend.

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, Feb. 1. 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 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 Feb. 12, 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, or contact The Management Group Associates at or 301.948.6666 for more information.

PGC Community Discount Program for QOP Residents

Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center, 12024 Darnestown Road, North Potomac 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.

QOP Management Contact Information

Quince Orchard Park Community Manager
Ruchita Patel

Alex Deering

c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301.948.6666