Being Covered Means Submitting Roof Shingles to ACC
The community is getting older, and it’s time for many homes to replace their roofs. If you are considering this, please remember to submit your roof material and color choice to the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for approval prior to installation. Any substantial repairs to a roof or complete replacements must be approved by the ACC before any work is done.
Four homes were recently cited for replacing their roofs with light-colored shingles, which are not permitted per QOP Design Guidelines. The ACC is currently researching the availability of dark-colored, energy-efficient roof shingles and will update the Board soon.
Per the Association’s legal documents, a fine of $100 can be added for completing a modification without prior approval. A separate $100 fine can be charged for starting a project before the ACC has rendered a decision.
Draft 2020 Budget Mailed Soon to Homeowners
The draft 2020 budget will be mailed to homeowners soon. The budget reflects a 2 percent increase in assessments, mostly due to taxes, tree maintenance and improvements. The Board invites homeowners to comment on the draft budget via email to TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com. Comments will be discussed before the budget is voted on at the Board’s Nov. 12, 7 p.m. meeting.
Secure Your Trash
Please do not leave your trash out for pickup in bags only. Trash bags are easily ripped open by wildlife who then spread
the trash throughout the community. This mess is compounded on windy days. Instead, please secure your trash bags in tightly covered trash cans. Proper trash etiquette will go a long way toward keeping our community clean.
QOP Awarded Neighborhood Matching Grant
Quince Orchard Park received a $1,000 Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City of Gaithersburg last month for plantings in the community’s common areas. QOP was one of 14 neighborhood and homeowner associations that were awarded a total of $40,039 through the City of Gaithersburg Frederick J. Felton Neighborhood Matching Grant Program. The program provides an incentive for neighborhood organizations to improve their communities.
Pond 2 Plantings Under Review
The Board is considering engagement of landscaping design services for Pond 2, but no decision will be made until SOLitude Lake Management inspects buffer plantings put in earlier this year that do not appear to be thriving. SOLitude will determine if the plantings, now under warranty, need to be replaced.
Look for several dead trees to be removed soon near Pond 2. These will be replaced pending the Board’s landscaping design services decision.
Tree Removal Continues
The City of Gaithersburg will remove dead street-liner ash trees in September and October, according to Mark Kober, landscape and forestry supervisor. QOP streets with dead trees include Summer Walk Drive, Winter Walk Drive and Swanton Lane.
The city will replace the dead trees and address seeding of disturbed areas. Those trees that are more suited to spring planting will be replaced in March.
Bag Your Leaves
Autumn is fast approaching, and with it, falling leaves. Please remember that leaves should be placed in paper bags only and left out for collection on recycling day. Neither the city nor the HOA will vacuum leaves from the cub.
Leaves should not be blown onto the common areas as the HOA lawn contract assumes that a certain amount of time is needed to clear leaves that fall from the common area trees. If residents blow their leaves into the common area, this could result in a cost increase for the lawn contract.
Alley Entrance Repair Planned
Goshen Enterprises will be repairing the alley entrances off of Church Gate Lane and Winter Walk Drive. The work is anticipated to be complete by Sept. 30.
Spring Forward for Community Yard Sale
A listserv bulletin asked for community input on holding a spring yard sale, and response was positive. Two homeowners have volunteered to help coordinate the event, but more help is welcome. If you’re interested in helping with the QOP spring yard sale, please contact Ruchita Patel at RPatel@tmgainc.com.
Monster Bash Planned
QOP’s annual Halloween treat will return on Saturday, Oct. 26 with a monster bash at the clubhouse, 5 to 7 p.m. According to Fran Gianaris, QOP resident and real estate agent sponsoring the event with Charles Wilson of RE/MAX Metroplitan Realty, the party will feature pizza, cake, treat bags with candy, and prizes for the best costumes.
A 7:30 p.m. screening of the original “Ghostbusters” (1984) will follow the party in the clubhouse parking lot. Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy free popcorn while supplies last.
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Oct. 4. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.
Do you notice more litter in the community on recycling Fridays, especially on windy days? If you do, you’re not alone. Some QOP streets are veritable wind tunnels, and an empty Amazon box can wind up in a far-off neighbor’s yard.
Please secure your recyclables by making sure that the top is closed on your 65-gallon cart and using a lid for your 18-gallon bin. Placing a large rock on top of the cart or bin also helps on windy days.
And remember to recycle right. Did you know that pizza boxes; plastic bags, film or wrap; Styrofoam and polystyrene; and empty bottles of motor oil, antifreeze or pesticides are all not recyclable? If you add these to your recycling pickup, the contents of your recycling bin or cart will be left at the curb. For a complete list of recyclables, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
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.
Get 20 Percent Off at PGC
Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center (PGC) just for being a QOP resident? Present your driver’s license and enjoy a discount on regularly priced items at PGC’s 12024 Darnestown Road, North Potomac and 8710 Fingerboard Road, Urbana locations. Both locations are open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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.
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.
QOP Management Contact Info.
Quince Orchard Park Community Manager
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Germantown, MD 20874