Cluster Standards

Many of you have recently received emails concerning addressing cluster exterior maintenance issues.  If you were notified of an issue related to painting trim or doors, be sure to use the approved paint color for your unit.  The cluster standards, including the one for paint colors, can be found on our website here:   https://harperssquare.org/cluster-standards/

If you have a question, it is better to talk to a board member before painting, so that you do not have to do it again.

Remember, if you follow a cluster standard, you do not have to get approval from Reston Association.  But if you choose to do something that is not already approved as a standard for the cluster, you must submit an application to Reston Association and get a board officer’s signature on the application as well as the neighbors on either side of your unit.

 

Looking for Volunteers to Paint an Apartment

Artemis House is a domestic violence shelter in Reston. It provides temporary housing to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. The shelter has 12 apartments, and they all need to be painted. Six of them are two bedroom, and one is a three bedroom. The other five apartments just need the common areas painted as the bedrooms are already done.

I am familiar with Artemis House because I volunteer there, working in the front office and babysitting some evenings so that the mothers can take advantage of evening activities like sewing, cooking, mindfulness, yoga, etc (all services provided by volunteers who want to help these women and children recover from the abuse and get a new start in life).

Most often, the women/kids are in an apartment for a few months until more permanent housing can be found. The apartment is their safe place for a period of time after leaving their homes, often emergently and with little of their personal belongings. Because the apartments turn over so frequently, and because they are often inhabited by young kids, the walls get marked and dingy pretty quickly.

We’re really hoping to find volunteers to paint these apartments so that the survivors can have fresh housing as they get a fresh start on life. We are trying to engage companies in the area that provide volunteer hours to their employees, and/or who engage in community events.

We are also looking for individuals, their family and friends who might want to cobble together enough folks to “adopt” an apartment to paint.

If interested, please contact me atmoorelindamarie@gmail.com

Many thanks,

Linda Moore

LEASH LAWS APPLY ON RA AND COMMON PROPERTIES TO DOGS AND CATS

A message from Reston Association:

Following reports of dogs and cats running loose on common areas, this is a friendly reminder that Fairfax County and Reston Association require that all dogs and cats be on leashes when outside of the home and on Reston Association or cluster common area or county property.

Reston Association will be working with Fairfax County Animal Control to step up enforcement.

The Board wants to make sure that you are aware of this regulation and that you keep your lovely 4 legged creatures safe and out of the hands of Animal Control.

– HSC Board

Power Washing Delayed Until Tuesday

Due to the inclement weather our common-area walkways will now be power washed on Tuesday, May 14th. We ask that you please remove any personal property from all common-area walkways prior to the morning of May 14th so as not to impede this work.

If you would like to have your private walkway power washed please drop off $35 at 10947 HSC by Monday evening with your address written on the envelope.

Thanks and Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there!

HSC Board

Trash Pickup Back to Friday

Please do not put any more trash out until our regular Friday pickup, as we are back on schedule this week.

We are working with our contractor to resolve these interruptions but they may continue as there is an area-wide shortage of staff. We will keep you informed as information comes in.

Thanks,

HSC Board

Annual Exterior Maintenance Inspections

A big thank you to Adam Podell and Ryan Cooperman who have volunteered to conduct this year’s exterior maintenance inspections of all of the units in the cluster.  They will begin the inspections on May 14.  They will be using a checklist to ensure they are fair and look at the same things for every house.  They will be looking to see if everyone’s lawn and landscaping is well maintained (grass mowed and not a weed bed, bushes trimmed, no dead landscaping or trees).  They will be looking at the exterior of your home, decks, and fences to make sure the siding/wood is clean (not green), that there is no peeling or overly faded paint on trim and shudders, and that wooden fences or decks are not rotting or missing boards, among other things.  They will also be looking for missing window grids, trash/recycle cans that are visible from the sidewalk, and general trash or junk in yards.  Lastly they will be looking for vehicles in the parking lot that are not properly registered and licensed in the state of Virginia.  If you would like to see a copy of the full checklist that they will be using, you can find it on the “For Home Owners” page available on the HSCA website homepage.

If an item is identified that needs your attention, you will be notified via email with a deadline for addressing the issue, and a followup inspection will be conducted.  Please be sure to address the issue in a timely manner to avoid being turned over to Reston Association for the violation.  Or better yet, take some time in the next week to get your yard and house in shape and avoid receiving an email notice in the first place.

Trash Delayed – Again

As you may have noticed our trash was not picked up this week. Our contractor, American Disposal, is saying they will be coming thru on Tuesday to get it.

To say that we are disappointed with the quality of service as of late would be an understatement. We have a meeting scheduled with our representative from American Disposal for tomorrow and will keep you in the loop on developments.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

HSC Board