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Fairland Towns Homeowner Association
PO Box 1376
Annandale, VA   22003
March 2024
Dear Neighbors,
Spring is in the Air.  We are starting to see some of our neighbors out sprucing up their yards and homes.  It is good to see the efforts being made to keep Fairland Towns looking “flash” and ensuring our neighborhood remains a preferred place to live.
Winter Open Meeting.  We had a fair turnout of homeowners at our February meeting.  We spent a good amount of out time hearing what is on the minds of our residents.  Minutes are included on our Fairland Towns website.

Parking.  We have had a rise in parking complaints regarding improperly parked cars across the neighborhood.  So far, each was resolved with a freindly conversation. Homeowners are reminded that it is against HOA rules to park anywhere but garages, drives and designated parking spaces.  You cannot park on the street along yellow curbs or in front of your own driveway.  We own our roads, and this policy is for safety of residents and children, to ensure access for fire and rescue vehicles, and facilitate trash and postal vehicle services.  Improperly parked vehicles are subject to tow and impoundment at owner expense.  HOA by laws state that homeowners can have a MAXIMUM of 2 vehicles (including guests) parked in common area parking at any given time.  Of course, we understand short term visitor parking needs.  However, long-term parking of more than 2 vehicles is a violation.  We prefer not to go to a “parking permit” system, as has been suggested.  Please be considerate.
Road Repair.  We renewed efforts toward making repairs on the Irvin Court roadway.  The contractor advised that we postpone the French drain and resurfacing until next year when costs are expected to reduce signifianctly due to economic forecasts.  In consultation with present and past board members and residents, we will look to do those repairs next Spring, and use that opportunity to possibly do more extensive road maintenance, finances permitting.

Spring Clean-up and Garden Blitz.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27, 9:00-12:00 and our FT neighborhood spring cleaning. Sure would be nice to see a few more of our neighbors out to lend a hand for even part of the time – its ALL of OUR neighborhood.  We are also looking to use this as an opportunity for everyone to get out into their own front garden and spend some time making the grounds look great for yourself and your neighbors.  If you need some physical assistance in doing that, please contact  me ahead of time and we will get someone to pitch in and help you.  Anyone interested in assisting a neighbor in that regard is also asked to notify  me.   More to follow.

Power Washer Available.  The HOA has purchased a portable Ryobi power washer (2500psi) for use by all Fairland Towns homeowners.  It is the perfect way to spruce up your exterior brick, windows, decks, fences, garage doors, drives and sidewalks.  It will be available to checkout on weekends, starting March 30, in four (4) hour blocks.   There will be no charge, but we will require users to sign a responsibility waiver and leave a fully refundable cash deposit to ensure timely return.  Homeowners can call/text me (Kevin) at 703-772-6216 to reserve the washer (pending my availability).

Architectural Review Board (ARB).  Sincere appreciation to those who have addressed the home repair issues from our November ARB walkaround.  Unfortunately, there are some us who have not yet done so, and some who have been out of compliance for more than a year, and one home for almost 10 years.  You have high expectations of the HOA Board to address your concerns; likewise, we expect your willing and timely cooperation to keep the neighborhood standards high -- that is what you elected us to do! .  We prefer not to enforce compliance through monetary means, but may look to do so to ensure fairness and that all homeowners are held to the same standards.  The next ARB walkaround will be in late March, and any needed notifications mailed in April.  Consider volunteeering to assist Hector in that walkaround and help to assess our neighborhoods's architectual standards.  Contact Hector directly.

Are you IT Smart?  We could use someone with tech/comuter savvy to help us cleanup our web page.  Please contact me to pitch-in.
Until next newsletter, spread kindness!
Cheers, Kevin, Ronda, Hector, Jeff and Neil

Neighborhood News
February 2024 Newsletter
Posted on Feb 22nd, 2024
Fairland Towns Homeowner Association
PO Box 1376
Annandale, VA   22003
February 2024 Newsletter
Dear Neighbors,
I hope the New Year has had a great beginning for all of you.
Winter Open Board Meeting.  I want to start with a reminder that our winter neighborhood board meeting will be Wednesday, 28 Feb, 7:00pm, in the cafeteria at Weyanoke School.  he school is located just a block south of our neighborhood on Braddock Road, and is easy walking distance.  A draft agenda for the meeting is attached.  Along with normal business, important items to be discussed include snow and lawn service, Spring tidy-up, grounds tree and shrub service, road maintenance and overdue repairs by homeowners. We will provide ample time for you to voice your thoughts and concerns, too. If you are unable to attend, please provide another neighbor with a written proxy note to represent you on decisions at the meeting.   Arrange to walk over with a neighbor!  I hope to see you there.
Security.  We had a car stolen from the drive of one of our homeowners on Irvin Court in December.  My apologies for not issuing a timely notice, but we also experienced a temporary outage of our website at the same time.  It does remind us that, although we are fortunate to have a low crime neighborhood, non-violent crime does still occur.  Please be vigilant by keeping cars locked, items in cars out of sight, and report suspicious persons.  Do also check-in on our website periodically, to get the latest notice on any neighborhood happenings.
Trash bins.  Immense thanks to all of you for attention to ensuring trash and recycle bins are located out of sight.  Our neighborhood’s appearance is much improved.  I appreciate your continued efforts on this #1 complaint by our homeowners.  I also appreciate your efforts to resolve issues with your neighbors before bringing them to the board.  We have had recent success in your doing just that.
Snow, snow, snow. Mother nature has been good to us so far this winter.  We have had only one significant snow event, and one that resulted in much less fuss than was forecast.  Both offered opportunities for your Board to make decisions (guesses) on how to schedule services with Blade Runners, our contract landscape service.  Not sure we guessed correctly in either event.  Would like to hear your thoughts on this at the board meeting, as this is one of our biggest recurring expenses.
Poo, poo, poo.  We have received several notifications of homeowners walking their dogs in the neighborhood and not picking up after their pets. Fairfax County Code states "The owner or custodian of any dog shall be responsible for the removal of excreta deposited by such dog on other’s property, including public areas (County Code Section 41-1-2, Sect. 108-5-2 and Sect. 41-2-6).  Please comply and kindly remind others who neglect to follow this law to do so and keep our neighborhood clean and sanitary.  Pet owners can also use their own fenced yards if they find it inconvenient to comply with this common courtesy.  Don’t be a “poopy” neighbor!
Home repairs.  As reminder, 01 March is the deadline for completing/scheduling home repairs for those issued citations by the ARB last November.  After that, homeowners who have not complied will be subject to financial assessments until repairs are complete, as allowed in our HOA bylaws.  Our appreciation to those who have responded to us on the citations and/or completed the necessary work.
HOA dues.  Lots of January dues were paid late, and we still have a number outstanding. Please do pay on time, as we are very dependent on this income to ensure the services you expect and depend on are paid on time, and our cash reserves remain healthy for those pesky unexpected costs.  If you did not receive your dues reminder, please contact us to make sure your contact information/address is current.
That’s it for now.  I hope to see, meet and hear from you at the 28 February board meeting.  Spread kindness!
Kevin, Ronda, Neil, Jeff and Hector
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Republic Services will provide recycling containers (22-gallon bin, 35- or 65-gallon rolling containers) and household waste containers (65-gallon rolling trashcan).  If Fairland Towns HOA homeowners are in need of recycling or waste containers, please contact Republic Services’ Customer Service Center at 703-818-8222, and indicate that you are with Fairland Towns HOA.  They will bring the container out to you at no cost to the homeowner.  If Republic Services damages the old container from wear and tear use, they will replace the container at no cost to the homeowner. (ALL recycling and household waste containers still must be stored either in the garage or in the rear yard of the residence.)  
Trash pickup takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Recycle pickup is on Wednesdays.  Please put trash and or recycle containers out the night before after 8:00 p.m.
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