Do not rake leaves on to common areas

Please do not rake large piles of leaves on to common area turf or in parking areas as it will kill the grass and no one wants to walk through large piles of leaves to get to their vehicles.  If you rake please plan on picking them up.  First leaf removal will not be until the 2nd week of November. We will let you know when we have an exact date.

Keep our community safe – Please Slow Down

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Recently there have been some incidents involving pedestrians and people driving too fast in our cluster. Residents are reminded that the posted speed limit for our cluster is 15 miles per hour. Please respect our community and drive carefully. Also, remind guests and visitors to be mindful of the posted speed limits.

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Annual Meeting: November 4th

Per the bylaws of Harpers Square Cluster, our annual meeting will be held on Saturday, November 4th at Crystal Stewart’s house (10902 HSC) at 9 AM.  Each home gets one vote and the owner of the townhouse must be present to vote.  We need 1/5 (10) of the houses represented in order to conduct business, so it is important to attend, if at all possible.

The agenda promises to include items of importance to all homeowners:

Budget: An assessment of where we stand with this year’s budget and projections for next year’s budget.

Retaining wall replacement:  We will provide an update on the project and talk about timing and cost.

Tree trimming and landscaping:  Provide an update on these projects. We will discuss the possibility of including mowing of homeowners’ lawns as part of the common area service agreement.

Board positions:   The current board has all agreed to see the retaining wall replacement project through to completion in 2018. But we are in need of a few volunteers to help with projects and learn the ropes of running the association. We hope a few new volunteers might one day, in the not too distant future, be interested in serving on the board and allow some members of the current board to hang up our hats after many years of service.  If you are interested, please let us know.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our annual meeting.  As we did last year, we will not be providing food or drinks (no one would eat anything), so feel free to bring your own coffee, if you need a caffeine fix in the morning.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Personal Toys in Tot Lot

Please do not leave your personal toys in the tot lot area.

Personal toys left in the tot lot present a safety hazard and could expose you to a liability claim.  There is always a recall on toys because children choke on them or for a multitude of other safety reasons.  The last thing we want is for a toy left in the tot lot to injure a child.

Please remove any personal toys from the tot lot by next Thursday, October 5th. Any personal toys left in the tot lot after that date will be removed by the Board.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

HSC Board

Car Thief Update

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Fairfax County Police have apprehended the person they believe is responsible for the rash of car larcenies in our cluster.

That said, we need to remain vigilant and continue to lock our cars (and houses) to discourage other would-be-criminals from coming our way.

 

$475 Special Assessment Due August 1, 2017

Dear Harpers Square Residents,

The first installment of the special assessment, approved during our 2016 Annual Meeting, is due August 1st. The purpose of this assessment is to cover the cost to replace our two retaining walls, which was recommended in our most recent reserve study.  The current retaining walls are original to our association.  The normal lifespan of a wooden retaining wall is around 20 years and ours have existed for almost 40 years. We have held out for as long as possible, but have now determined that the walls need to be replaced due to rotting at the base that could lead to a catastrophic failure.

Payment should be remitted to:

Payable to: Harpers Square Cluster
C/o American Management of Virginia
7900 Sudley Road, Suite 600
Manassas, VA 20109

Please note that the payment of the special assessment will be automatically debited from your bank account on August 1st if you are using recurring electronic debit services through American Management of Virginia (AMV) for your regular assessment installments.

Thank you,
HSC Board

Cluster Security Surveillance

surveillance-camera-hi.pngDue to the recent rash of car larcenies, we will be installing security surveillance devices in strategic locations in our cluster. The devices will be set up to monitor our common areas only and not your personal properties.

The Fairfax County Police Dept. has also been notified and will be monitoring the situation.

HSC Board