Happy Ending

Gracie, the missing dog, found her way back to the tot lot and Adam
Podell spotted her and called Ann.  So thanks to the HSCA website, our great neighbors, a smart dog, and a little luck, Gracie and her Mom have been reunited.  A good way to start the weekend.  Graciecloseup

Neighbor’s Missing Dog

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Ann DeChamps’ (10906 Barton Hill Court) dog Gracie is missing.  She was last seen in the area of Twin Branches and South Lakes Drive near Villa Ridge.  She has a purple harness, and a collar with identification and Ann’s phone number on it.  If you see Gracie or can help Ann look for her, please call Ann at 703-625-5727.  Ann’s email address is anndeschamps@hotmail.com

Thanks so much.

Cluster Parking Reminder

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Some changes are occurring in the cluster that are leading to some parking issues.  Several homeowners have added additional vehicles. Barbecue season is upon us and homeowners are having more visitors. And we have college students returning home for the summer. All of this has created a shortage of parking spaces throughout the cluster. So please remember some basic parking etiquette so that we all have the parking spaces we expect as residents of the cluster.

The cluster has enough parking spaces for every unit to have 2 spots with a few left over for visitors. If you have a third vehicle, you must park it in spaces that are not typically occupied by the first 2 vehicles. If there is not enough space to park a third vehicle in some areas of the parking lot, you must park it on Barton Hill Road. Everyone knows their neighbors’ vehicles, and should be aware of who typically parks where. We encourage everyone in areas with limited parking to talk to your neighbors and work out a plan of who parks in which spaces. If you have guests visiting (especially on weekday evenings when residents are typically coming home from work), please ask them to park on Barton Hill Road so as not to take up other residents’ spaces. If parking gets too limited, to be fair to everyone we will have to require all third vehicles to park on Barton Hill Road.

And as a reminder, we do not have speed bumps in the parking lot because we trust that everyone will exercise caution and drive slowly through the cluster. Children play in the parking lot and many parking spaces are on curves where it is difficult to see approaching vehicles. So please keep your neighbors safety in mind when entering the parking lot and DRIVE SLOW, even near the entrance.

Outside Maintenance Inspections

inspection_passfailIt is that time of year again…the Board of Harpers Square will be conducting the annual outside maintenance inspections of every home in the Cluster.

We will be looking to ensure you have not installed any items that are not approved by the Reston Association (RA) Design Review Board Landscaping Guidelines (please click the link to read requirements). We will be looking for the following prohibited items: red mulch, white stone, and uniform modular block walls.

We will also be inspecting landscaping to ensure your yard is in good shape (grass mowed and not a weed fest, shrubs trimmed, nothing dead, no piled up leaves from last fall, etc.). We will be looking at the condition of the exterior of your home for things like clean siding, shutter and trim paint in good condition, fences and decks not rotting or in need of power washing and/or staining, etc.).

Lastly, we will be looking at general upkeep. Your trash and recycle bins should not be visible from the street, your windows should have grids, you shouldn’t have a pile of trash or junk on your porch or piled in your backyard, and you should not have visible wiring hanging from a satellite dish, etc.

Regarding vehicles, please note that all residents’ cars parked in our Cluster are required to have VA license plates as well as current safety inspection and registration stickers. If you are new to the county/state, you have 30 days to register their vehicle(s). Vehicles not in compliance with these requirements will be towed at the owner’s expense.

The inspections will be conducted within the next couple of weeks. Even if we miss something and you do not get a violation notice from the Board, you will certainly get one from RA when you go to sell your home and RA comes out to do their mandatory inspection. Thus, we strongly encourage you to read all applicable RA Cluster Guidelines (click to access) including the Landscaping Guidelines mentioned above and make sure you are in full compliance with all of the listed requirements.

So take some time in the next few weeks to tidy up your exterior, get together with a group of neighbors and power wash your units, tend to your landscaping, and keep our Cluster looking good!