Your Input Needed on School Bus Overcrowding
The Quince Orchard Park Board has created a survey to gather information on school bus overcrowding on MCPS buses that serve our community. This information will be used when the Board communicates with Montgomery County Public Schools to resolve the problem. Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXJHN3G to fill out the survey.
Elementary and high school buses transporting Quince Orchard Park students are overcrowded by 10 to 15 students per bus. High school students are permitted to stand, but middle and elementary school students are not. This means that the younger students must squeeze together on seats.
Thanks to parent advocacy, a second bus is now transporting our middle school students. The overcrowding situation continues on elementary and high school buses.
Board Working to Update Clubhouse Security
The Board plans to replace the clubhouse’s door access system, video surveillance system and alarm system with more up-to-date and robust models soon. This will help to protect a key community asset and the residents who use it—and ensure that those who abuse the facility can be held accountable.
Abuse of amenities continue. Please speak to your children about respecting community property so that we may all continue to enjoy it. Unsupervised children in the fitness room and teenagers in the clubhouse have damaged property, some by playing ball indoors. These abuses can result in a suspension of privileges.
Enter the Holiday Home Decorating Contest
Up and down streets, around corners and down alleyways, Quince Orchard Park will be decked out for the holidays very soon. With this beautification of the neighborhood comes QOP’s annual Holiday Decorating Contest.
Please decorate your home by Dec. 21. The QOP Board will select a handful of the most festive homes. Recognized homes will receive $100 (first place), $75 (second place), and $50 (third place) Lowe’s gift cards.
Two Options for Leaf Removal
Single family home owners and townhouse owners can place loose leaves at the street curb by 7 a.m. on recycling day, and the City of Gaithersburg Public Works will collect them. Loose-leaf collection will be made weekly through the end of December. Please note that leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected. For more information on this, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/services/recycling-bulk-pick-up/loose-leaf-collection-yard-waste.
Condo residents are not eligible for loose-leaf collection. Condo residents are asked to place leaves in paper bags only and leave them out for collection on recycling day. Single family homeowners and townhouse owners may also place leaves in paper bags for this pickup. Please remember not to blow leaves 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.
Approval Needed Prior to Roof Replacement
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.
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.
Secure Your Trash and Recycling
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. Continued use of bags may result in fines.
Instead, please secure your trash bags in tightly covered trash cans. Proper trash etiquette will go a long way toward keeping our community clean. Trash is collected on Tuesday and Friday.
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.
Bulk Trash Pickup Dos and Don’ts
Confusion over bulk trash pickup has resulted in large items put out on the wrong date and not prepared correctly for pickup. These items linger curbside.
The City of Gaithersburg offers bulk trash pickup on the first Friday of the month in Quince Orchard Park (unless that date is a holiday). For December, the community’s bulk trash pickup date is Friday, Dec. 6.
Items accepted for bulk pickup include heavy electrical appliances, furniture, computers, televisions and non-metal sinks, tubs and toilets. Scrap metal will also be accepted, but this must be separated. Acceptable scrap metal items are metal washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, sinks, stoves, freezers, lawn mowers and bikes.
Contractor debris will not be collected. Other items not accepted for bulk trash pickup are recyclables, trash, dirt, household hazardous waste, propane tanks, motor vehicle parts including tires, and paint. Any items placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
Please place bulk trash pickup items on your street curb by 7 a.m. on the first Friday of the month.
Prepare these items for collection by labeling them “Bulk Pickup.” Items placed curbside after 7 a.m., improperly labeled or placed in plastic bags will not be collected. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/services/recycling-bulk-pick-up/bulk-pick-up.
Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) also offers collection services for bulk items at no cost.
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 Potomac Garden Center
Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center (PGC) just for being a Quince Orchard Park 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 services.
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