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 Here's the latest important updates for Union Mills Community Association.
  • New 2019 Budget, 2019 Assessment Increase and New Payment Coupon Books
  • 2018 Fall Festival, Chili Cookoff and Movie Night
  • 2018 Fall Yard Sale
  • December Board Meeting Canceled  - New Location for 2019 Board and ACC Meetings-11351 Random Hills Rd. Suite 500
 
A Letter from your Union Mills Treasurer, Pat McGinty
 
Dear Resident,
 

The Board of Directors for Union Mills Homeowner Association UMHOA has changed with every election, but over the last several years, the Board has remained committed to keeping our community looking attractive and contracting and supervising the property service providers to get the most for the best price.

At the last Board meeting, the Board approved a 6% increase in the quarterly dues (in accordance with the Bylaws Section 4.1 paragraph 13).  This is the first increase in UMHOA dues since 2011.  In the last 7 years, we have tried to reduce costs by competitive bidding on three year service contracts for the community.  Unfortunately cost have risen at a much faster rate over the last 7 years and our dues need to reflect that to be sure we maintain the financial integrity of the community.

In 2011, the UMHOA had only $554,274 in replacement reserves against a replacement reserve study estimated requirements of $2,495,357.  This represented a significant underfunded liability to the homeowners.  Since 2011, the Board has increased the replacement reserves to $1,168,810 while controlling costs and at the same time making the following capital improvements:

  • Replaced the tennis courts and adjacent fencing
  • Retrofitted the interior of pool house including the bathrooms
  • Redesigned, landscaped and installed lighted signage at the entranceways to the development
  • Repaved the running paths through the community
  • Installed additional street lighting in the community
  • Installed fencing behind the shopping center to prevent egress through community yards

In 2019, we will undertake the repaving of the streets and parking lots in the Townhouses (which has not been done since the community was first built) as well a redesign and equipment replacement to the tot lot.  The cost of these improvements are estimated to be between $500,000 to $600,000.  Fortunately, we have sufficient replacement reserves to pay for this work without having to charge a special assessment. 

This has been challenging period but quite an accomplishment that has benefited all of us in our community.  We invite all homeowners to get involved and help through volunteering within the community.  We currently have volunteer openings for homeowners on the Open Spaces, ACC, Investment and Social Committees.

Link to 2019 Union Mills Budget

2018 Fall Yard Sale - Another fantastic time had by all at the 6th Annual Union Mills Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off. It was a bit chilly but the sun made it a perfect day to have outdoor fun. 
 
We were honored to have Officer Megan Hawkins from Fairfax County attend our event. Alongside her cruiser, she set up a table with county information and opened the cruiser for tours. As our Community Outreach Officer, she is a valuable resource for our community and...we know now...she’s a great line dancer! She invited some of the local patrol officers to meet our community and enjoy some lunch as well. 
 
The kids had so much fun in the moonbounce, perfecting their football passing, playing Jenga and Connect 4, and doing arts and crafts.
 
While the kids (and adults) ate popcorn, cotton candy and cake, 8 of our Union Mills families showed off their culinary skills by sharing their Chili with everyone that attended. Each table was theme-decorated and offered hot chili; some partnered with pasta, cheese, sour cream, onions, chips, cornbread, and even queso. Entering the contest this year were LaZatte Marzett, Ingrid Kilmer, Alexis Payne,  Wade Williams, John Elliott, Amy & James Mount, Susan Allen and Efi & John Dillon. Each contestant was awarded with a commemorative engraved wooden spoon. Attendees casted their votes for their top 3 chili’s and the votes were weighted and tabulated using a complicated formula and certified by our Senior Chili Mathematician James Hinckley. And...drum roll please...the winners of the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off
1st Place—Amy & James Mount
2nd Place—John Elliot
3rd Place—Ingrid Kilmer
 
Along with the chili...we had the BBQ King Jason Allen grilling hotdogs to perfection. It was a hot job but he’s used to that heat, right Capt Allen?  Thank you so much. 
 
To keep us entertained and on schedule during the day, Mike Payne made his debut as our DJ and Emcee this year. He hit it out of the park. Not only did he break in the community’s  new sound system, he played the hits that got both the young and old moving and grooving (some more than others).  He also showed his comedic talent! Excellent job Mike...thank you so much!
 
We ended the day with the first community sponsored movie night. We had at least 10 residents (teens and adults) who enjoyed the movie despite the cold. Thank you Susan & Jason Allen for offering to use your gas patio heater! We could have not done the movie night without it. And thank you Jeff Kinnick for all your recommendations for the projector screen, sound system and for the work to setup everything. Due to all these efforts we were able to offer our residents a true movie theater experience. We can’t wait to redo the movie nights in the next year. 
 
Since we had to reschedule the Festival, we really missed the firefighters from Station 17 this year as they had a drill scheduled. Training comes first!  Next year for sure!
 
Each year, our neighboring business support this event by donating gift cards or items that we use as prizes for the contest. This year our Centreville/Clifton sponsors were:
We appreciate all their support and the appreciate our business throughout the year. 
 
This event takes a lot of planning (even more when you have to postpone it) and we want to acknowledge and thank our Festival Planning Committee: Bogdan Feldrihan , Susan & Jason Allen, Amy & James Mount,  John Elliott, Kelly Jasen, Ingrid Kilmer,  Ramona Hinckley, Alexis & Mike Payne and Jeff Kinnick. Thanks for the hours of work to make this event a success. Special thanks to Natalie McCraken, with First Service Residential, and of course Mike Shipley for all their logistic assistance. Join our Social Committee and bring your ideas for other fun events for our neighborhood!
 
 
Fall Yard Sale - Our community had a very good turnout at the Fall Community Yard Sale on November 3rd with all 12 tables reserved. We offered coffee and donuts in the morning and participants enjoyed a very beautiful fall day. Residents had the opportunity to donate their unsold yard sale items or any other items to Purple Heart. We had a GreenDrop truck that collected donations and offered tax deduction receipts to residents. The yard sale GreenDrop donations totaled 35 bags having a total weight of 500 lbs. 
 
GreenDrop works on behalf of national charities such as the American Red Cross, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the National Federation for the Blind to raise critical funds for their causes through the generation and collection of gently used donated clothing and household items. The charity we picked for this event was Purple Heart.
 
To: Bogdan Feldrihan
Subject: Thank you from GreenDrop
 
Hello Bogdan,
I want to sincerely thank you both and the Union Mills Community for partnering with GreenDrop on November 3rd, 2018.  It has been a pleasure working with you and your coordination efforts in making the pick-up a success is greatly appreciated!  Please share the fantastic results with your team to continue fostering pride in the Union Mills Community efforts to be good neighbors and do great things.
 
The Union Mills Community pick-up resulted in 35 bags of donations! Your donations will help support the Military Order of the Purple Heart and have a major impact on their life changing programs while keeping items out of landfills.   If you have a moment please give me your feedback on how GreenDrop was as a partner or if you have any suggestions on how we may improve our services.
 
Thank you for your valuable partnership! We are looking forward to the opportunity of working together again with Union Mills Communities please reach out to me and I will place your next event on the GreenDrop schedule.  
 
With appreciation,
Michelli Drish
215-809-4866
MICHELLI DRISH
MARKETING DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – DC METRO
GreenDrop
www.GoGreenDrop.com |a: 4136 Blanche Rd. Bensalem, PA 19020
 
New Meeting Location - As of January 2019, please note that the Board voted to change the meeting location to the First Service Office in Fairfax.  (11351 Random Hills Rd. Suite 500, Fairfax VA 22030.
This is applicable through June 2019.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Union Mills Fall Yard Sale will be held this Saturday, November 3rd at the community pool between 8 a.m and 2 p.m.  All pool house tables are already reserved but please bring your own table if anyone else would like to join in. Should you want to register for this free event, send an email to bogdan@unionmills.com. The turn out should be great! Hoping to have good weather. 
  • Parking - No parking allowed in the pool parking lot starting with Friday November 2nd,  8 p.m. and during the event. Participants will be allowed to unload the yard sale items during the setup of the event. Thank you!
  • Yard Sale board signs were put on all community entrances
  • The event has been heavily advertised on Garage Sales Tracker, Yard Sale Search, GSalr, Craigslist, NextDoor Neighborhood, Yard Sale Treasure Map and Yardsales.net.
  • Participants may setup as early as 7 a.m.
  • Free Water, Coffee and Donuts.
  • Colored Pricing sticker/labels will be readily available to you.
  • Invite any of your neighbors down to participate. Come on down!
  • Restrooms will be open.
  • Clean out that garage, basement or attic and let's get it all sold! See you then.
 
This year we will have a GreenDrop truck stop by after the yard sale at 2 p.m (see attached flyer). Residents can decide to donate any unsold yard sale items or other items if they wish. You can donate your gently used clothing and household items and help those in need without writing a check. Receive a tax deduction too!
 
GreenDrop works on behalf of national charities such as the American Red Cross, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the National Federation for the Blind to raise critical funds for their causes through the generation and collection of gently used donated clothing and household items. The charity we picked for this event is Purple Heart.
 
 
 Editors - Rosalind Steere, Grace Aspinal, Ina Schiff, Mike Shipley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don’t forget that our 6th Annual Fall Fest has been rescheduled to this Sunday, Nov 11 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the pool parking lot. Bring the kids for the Moon Bounce, Amusements, Carnival Games, Popcorn, Cotton Candy and Crafts. Fun for the adults too! Family movie night to be held after the Fall Festival @4.45 p.m. (weather permitting).
Bring your own chair/blanket!
 
 
Help judge our chili cook-off by tasting the many entries we have this year. Hot dogs for everyone as usual! Meet our Police and Firefighters as they visit our community and bring the tools of their trade. See you there! 

This event is for Union Mills Community residents and not open for the public as it is sponsored through our homeowners association and donations from our local community.
 
No parking reminder: No parking allowed at the pool parking lot starting with Saturday November 10th 8 p.m and all day Sunday November 11th.
 
 
Family Movie Night to follow the Fall Family Festival and Chili Cook-Off Nov 11th @ 4:45 p.m - Welcome to the first free family movie night sponsored by Union Mills. Don't miss this exciting new event! These movie nights bring the community together and nurture community spirit with features that appeal to both children and adults. Feel free to bring a picnic, blanket and chairs, and enjoy the movies. To volunteer, please contact Natalie@unionmills.com.
 
How to Contact FirstService Residential - Did you know that you can contact your Property Management Company (FirstService) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 703-385-1133?  The Customer Care Center is open at any time and ready to take your calls.  These folks are very helpful and great to work with!  In most cases, they may be able to answer your questions but others may require them to reach out to our property manager.  Please give them 48-72 hours during the business week to get back to you if your inquiry requires the escalation, but if you do not hear back during this time, please call back or fill out the Unionmills.com Contact Us web form (link click here)
 

FirstService - New Payment Options - Please note the following important changes being made to our Online Payment Provider and Direct-Debit Program. ClickPay will be our new and preferred provider for accepting owner payments made online and through our existing Direct-Debit program beginning March 20, 2017. Payments made by e-check (ACH) or credit card through our existing online payment provider will be disabled. Owners will be required to activate their new account with ClickPay on or after March 20th,2017 in order to make payments online. No action will be required from owners currently enrolled in our Direct-Debit program, as these payments will not be disrupted. For questions about these upcoming changes, please contact ClickPay@FSResidential.com.

 
New Website Features on Unionmills.com: (See links below)
Single Family Homes Floor Plans - Courtesy of Rick Thoensen
Business Directory - If you are a Union Mills resident, you are welcome to post your business here. (See disclaimer)
 
 Editors - Rosalind Steere, Grace Aspinal, Ina Schiff, Mike Shipley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark Your Calender for the Union Mills Fall Festival & Chili Cook-off  Saturday Oct. 27th 1-4 p.m. and
the Union Mills Community Yard Sale  on Saturday November 3rd between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.   
Family movie night to be held after the Fall Festival @6 p.m. (weather permitting). Bring your own chair/blanket!
 
The Annual Fall Family Festival and Chili Cook-Off will be held Saturday October 27th between 1-4pm (see attached flyer). There is a special Gift for the first 12 Chili contestants that register for the cook-off. 
 
Bring some chili, enter the chili cook-off or bring some cookies to share! Hot dogs and refreshments will be served. If you wish to enter the cook-off or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please email Susan Allen: Unionmillchili@gmail.com
 
Centreville’s finest from Fairfax County Rescue Station 17 will be on hand as well as officers from Fairfax County Police. Whether you’re a big kid or little kid, who doesn’t want to get behind the wheel of a firetruck, ambulance or police cruiser?
 
Great Music, Moon Bounce, Basketball Hoops, Quarterback Challenge, Pumpkin Decorating, Fun Games supplied by Kidsmart Carnivals and more! See you there! 
 
 
Family Movie Night to follow the Fall Family Festival and Chili Cookoff Oct 27 @ 6:00 p.m - Welcome to the first free family movie night sponsored by Union Mills. Don't miss this exciting new event! These movie nights bring the community together and nurture community spirit with features that appeal to both children and adults. Feel free to bring a picnic, blanket and chairs, and enjoy the movies. To volunteer, please contact Natalie@unionmills.com.
 
Union Mills Community Yard Sale at The Community Pool. - Saturday, November 3rd between 8:00 a.m and 2 p.m. Now might be the time to clean out your attic, garage and closets. This is a perfect opportunity to have a little fun, make a little money, meet some of your neighbors, get rid of those old clothes, books, and other things for which you no longer have any use. Tables are limited, but if you would like to reserve a table CLICK HERE, or you are welcome to bring your own tables.  There is no cost to participate.  This event will be well advertised on all the Yard Sale Sites and we'll have excellent signage.  Hope to see you there!
 
Hello Union Mills Neighbors!
 
Union Mills community recently held it's annual pool party on Saturday August 25th. More than 100 residents were presents at the event and weather was in the organizers favor. 
 
Union Mills community would like to express a big THANK YOU to all the pool party volunteers who worked hard to offer the community a great experience: Ingrid Kilmer (event captain, gift card solicitation champion, DJ and MC), Mike and Alexis Payne (shopping and food caterer champions, help with grilling and event decorations), Amy Mount (kids pool games and event coordination), Janet Lopez (kids pool games), Mike Shipley (parking and event advertising arrangements), Bogdan Feldrihan (Social Committee Chair) and also to the Union Mills property manager Natalie McCracken from FirstService Residential for the great help with advertising the event. The event agenda included a martial arts demonstration, kids pool games, raffle prizes from the event sponsors and a visit from Kona ice truck. This event was a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the end of the summer. 
 
Union Mills community would also like to express the same big THANK YOU to all the event sponsors: Trader Joe’s, Giant Food, Glory Days, Rosemary's Thyme, Shilla Bakery, Miamore Beauty City, ATA Martial Arts, Panera Bread, Popeye’s, Manhattan Bagel, Outback Steakhouse and Bowlero Bowling. The sponsors offered a total of estimated $1,385 value back to their near by community either as gift cards, food or products.
 
Here are a few words about our community. Union Mills is a well-established neighborhood of 94 garage-unit townhouses and 217 non-garage townhouses and 57 single family homes tucked in the southwest corner of Fairfax County, Virginia. Our 92 acres are located just off either side of Union Mill Road between Lee Highway (Route 29) and Old Braddock Road.  The community sits in a park-like environment with many broad open spaces filled with decades-old trees and carefully tended lawns and landscaping.
 
The residents of Union Mills enjoy a community swimming pool staffed with lifeguards which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The pool and bath house were completely renovated for the 2004 season and many other improvements were made in 2011. We also have a tennis court, walking trails connecting to the Colonnade Shopping center, a bike/jogging path alongside the natural wetlands, and a well-maintained tot lot with new equipment. Local schools are:  Union Mill Elementary, Liberty Middle, Centreville High School and St. Andrews Catholic School. There are also several day care centers nearby.
 
Union Mills couldn't be better located for shopping and dining out. We are in easy walking distance of the shops at The Colonnade at Union Mill which is anchored by a Giant Supermarket. Union Mills is very favorably situated for commuters and travelers. Fairfax County Parkway and I-66 are less than 10 minutes away, and Dulles International Airport is approximately 25 minutes north on Route 28.
 
In short Union Mills is ... A Great place to Live and Play. If you want to learn more about our community you can read more here: http://www.unionmills.com

Bogdan Feldrihan
Board Secretary/Social Committee Chair
 
                                                                                                                                Water Balloon Toss

Volunteerism and Neighbors Working Together - We would like to thank our outstanding pool Party volunteers (Franklin Payne, Alexis Payne, Michael Payne, Ingrid Kilmer, Amy Mount and Bogdan Feldrihan). These passionate volunteers and others are the heart and soul of Union Mills. They not only define our sense of pride as well as community spirit but they also cultivate unity.  Volunteering with a diverse group of families (from all backgrounds) will always have a very positive effect on our community and it’s all  about giving your time, energy and skillsets openly and freely. 

Volunteers effectively always promote a sense of belonging, create meaningful traditions with your family or community.  If you’re new to the community, what better way to get to know people in the community than by volunteering to work and network with folks that have common interests.

The Board is committed and dedicated to promoting a sense of community by sponsoring and hosting more events like the most recent successful pool party, the Fall festival Chili Cook-off, Pup Swim, family movie nights, block parties, neighborhood watch and more.  It just takes dedicated volunteers like these heros to make it happen.  

There is a newly formed “Social Times” committee and they could really use your help.  The next community event will be the Fall Festival-Chili Cook-off.  Please email Natalie@Unionmills.com if you'd like to help out with the fall festival or any other committees.  

Additional Tree Plantings, Tree Replacements, Trimming and Removal Updates - Our property manager, Natalie McCracken along with two representatives from Premier Landscaping and 3 Board members did a community walk through recently.  One of the most important goals here is to improve the entrances which will be updated soon with more color and flowers to be seasonally rotated. 
 
Trees that need trimming away from properties were identified and tagged so that Premier can trim these trees this winter (Dec-Feb) when the trees are dormant.  New trees will be planted as replacements where there is room for growth and adequate light.  Other trees (that pose a hazard) will be removed where they have outgrown their locations. 
 
If you have any questions regarding encroaching tree limbs roots or other concerns please contact Natalie@Unionmills.com
 
How to Contact FirstService Residential - Did you know that you can contact your Property Management Company (FirstService) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 703-385-1133?  The Customer Care Center is open at any time and ready to take your calls.  These folks are very helpful and great to work with!  In most cases, they may be able to answer your questions but others may require them to reach out to our property manager.  Please give them 48-72 hours during the business week to get back to you if your inquiry requires the escalation, but if you do not hear back during this time, please call back or fill out the Unionmills.com Contact Us web form (link click here)
 

FirstService - New Payment Options - Please note the following important changes being made to our Online Payment Provider and Direct-Debit Program. ClickPay will be our new and preferred provider for accepting owner payments made online and through our existing Direct-Debit program beginning March 20, 2017. 

Payments made by e-check (ACH) or credit card through our existing online payment provider will be disabled. Owners will be required to activate their new account with ClickPay on or after March 20th,2017 in order to make payments online. No action will be required from owners currently enrolled in our Direct-Debit program, as these payments will not be disrupted. For questions about these upcoming changes, please contact ClickPay@FSResidential.com.

 
New Website Features on Unionmills.com: (See links below)
Single Family Homes Floor Plans - Courtesy of Rick Thoensen
Business Directory - If you are a Union Mills resident, you are welcome to post your business here. (See disclaimer)
 
 Editors - Rosalind Steere, Grace Aspinal, Ina Schiff, Mike Shipley
 
 
 


 
 
 
Mark Your Calender for the Union Mills Summer Pool Party on Saturday - August 25th 2-6 p.m. 
 
Hello Union Mills Neighbors!

The Union Mills community pool party will take place this year on Saturday, August 25th between 2-6 p.m. 
 
There will be a lot of fun activities: kids pool games, snow cones, raffle prizes and a few other surprises so make sure you don't miss it.

We're looking for volunteers to help organize this event. We need some help with the following:
  • DJ/MC: we're looking for an aspiring DJ or anyone who wants to have fun playing the DJ/MC; we might be able to provide the sound system and the playlist and worst case we will just need someone to help as MC
  • Grilling: this year we will be grilling and serving hamburgers and hot-dogs and we would need a few volunteers to help with grilling
  • Coolers: we would need 1-2 big coolers to store the side dishes and drinks
  • Kids pool games 
Please bring a side dish and dessert. If you do not eat hamburgers or hot dogs, you can also bring something to throw on the grill. Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0445a5a823a7fa7-pool  There will be a few meetings with the volunteers so please contact Natalie McCracken at natalie.mccracken@fsresidential.com if you would like to help.

Hope to see you all at the pool party!   
Don't forget to bring your pool passes.
Sincerely,

Bogdan Feldrihan
Board Secretary/Social Committee Chair
 
Dominion Power Street Light Update - In our lastest update from Dominion Power, we have been advised that the common area street lights will be upgraded in August.  As you know, our property manager, Natalie McCracken was instrumental in moving this project forward and we thank her for getting this project going. 
 
In addition, the Board is aware of certain areas in the community where additional lighting is needed. Also more details will follow on this as well as the process for updating the Dominion Power street lights in the single family area on state maintained roads.
 
How to Contact FirstService Residential - Did you know that you can contact your Property Management Company (FirstService) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 703-385-1133?  The Customer Care Center is open at any time and ready to take your calls.  These folks are very helpful and great to work with!  In most cases, they may be to able to answer your questions but others may require them to reach out to our property manager.  Please give them 48-72 hours during the business week to get back to you if your inquiry requires the escalation, but if you do not hear back during this time, please call back or fill out the Unionmills.com Contact Us web form (link click here)
 

FirstService - New Payment Options - Please note the following important changes being made to our Online Payment Provider and Direct-Debit Program. ClickPay will be our new and preferred provider for accepting owner payments made online and through our existing Direct-Debit program beginning March 20, 2017. 

Payments made by e-check (ACH) or credit card through our existing online payment provider will be disabled. Owners will be required to activate their new account with ClickPay on or after March 20th,2017 in order to make payments online. No action will be required from owners currently enrolled in our Direct-Debit program, as these payments will not be disrupted. For questions about these upcoming changes, please contact ClickPay@FSResidential.com.

 
New Website Features on Unionmills.com: (See links below)
Single Family Homes Floor Plans - Courtesy of Rick Thoensen
Business Directory - If you are a Union Mills resident, you are welcome to post your business here. (See disclaimer)
 
 Editors - Rosalind Steere, Grace Aspinal, Ina Schiff, Mike Shipley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Here are some new updates for Union Mills Community Association, Clifton, Virginia - June 2018
 
Ongoing Project Updates, Special Events and Important Reminders.
 
  • May Annual Meeting Election Results - New Board Members click here
  • Snow Cone truck returning to the pool on Sat July 7th - Free snow cones
  • New Landscaping and Flowers at Entrances-Project Complete
  • Monument Lighting Upgrade
  • Dominion Power Street Light Upgrade Approved - New lighting for common area coming soon!
  • Asphalt paving, line painting, curb stain and parking space stenciling project
  • Tot lot refresh initiative
  • Annual Inspections
  • Vandalism - Fence Damage on Union Mill and Braddock Road
  • How to setup a new FirstService Residential (FSR) Account and log into First Service Management's website
  • How to contact FirstService Residential
  • FirstService New Payment Options - Click Pay Link
  • Tennis Courts - Tennis Court Application, Rules and Access Code Change
  • Parking in the Community
  • How to report a problem with a Dominion street light (click here)
  • Smaller 32 Gallon Recycle and 32 Gallon Trash cans on wheels - Just a few left - Email info@unionmills.com
  • Classified Corner
  • New Website Features on Unionmills.com
May Annual Meeting Election Results - The Board would like to welcome Bogdan Feldrihan and Amy Mount to the Board of Directors who were elected at the May Annual meeting.  Meet your new Board Members.
 
We would also like to thank Ina Schiff and Brian Nolan for serving their community as Board members over the years.  They all have worked very hard to help improve our community and Brian will still continue to help beautify our community since he will continue to serve on the Open Spaces Community. 
 
Brian really needs your help and could use some additional committee members. Currently Brian does not have any other members on the Open Spaces committee (See Charter).  This is a great committee to serve on where you can really make a huge difference.  Please click here and complete the web request or call FirstService Residential at 703-385-1133 (24/7) if your would like to join Brian's team and help with enhancements to include landscaping, trees, flowers and entrance features. 
 
 
Return of the Free Snow Cones Saturday, July 7th (1-4 p.m.) - The Board will again sponsored the free snow cones on the 7th of July from the truck and at the swimming pool.  This was such big hit with everyone on Memorial day weekend that at the last meeting on June 6th, the board decided to have the snow cone truck return for the holiday on Saturday, July 7th.
 
New Trees and Entrance Landscaping Project Complete - You may have noticed that Premier Landscaping has finished the new landscaping design and have virtually changed the entire appearance of each of our 3 entrances with a great deal more color.  
 
This spring Open Spaces committee (Brian Nolan), Natalie McCracken (our new Property manager) and Premier Landscaping conducted their annual spring community walk-through.  They identified items such as areas subject to erosion, tree encroachments, areas needing new trees, dead trees that need to be removed, etc. The board approved proposals at the last meeting to correct many of these problems in addition to a landscaping proposal calling for new landscaping at the entrances including colorful flowers. If any resident has any concerns with encroaching tree limbs, roots, tree insects, bees or other issues, please contact the Customer Care Center (703-385-1133).
 
 
Monument Signs Entrance Lighting Upgrade -  The Board has been working to resolve the lighting issues with the entrances, and expect a vast improvement with the lighting at night in the near future. 
 
Dominion Power street light upgrade for common areas approved by the Board - Great News! The Board has approved the Dominion Power proposal to our property management companies.  The lights will resemble the Dominion Power lights on the state owned and maintained Ruddy Duck Road, which were paid for by Fairfax County through a special Dim Bulb program. Major kudos go out to Natalie, our property manager, for being persistent and bringing closure to the lighting project.  The Board acknowledged certain areas in the community where additional lighting is needed.  More details will follow on this along with the process for updating the Dominion Power street lights in the single family area on state maintained roads.
 
 
Asphalt Paving - The Board has been involved in ongoing discussions and proposals for maintenance for our parking lots and streets (line painting, curb stain and parking space stenciling) and will move forward when the updated reserve study is complete.  The reserve study is underway and it should give us a better concept of what is required and how we stand with our financial reserves. The Board is also discussing the need to repave the state maintained roads in the single family sections and have submitted inquiries to VDOT. 
 
Tot Lot Refresh Initiative - Currently the Board is looking at ideas for upgrades or changes to our current tot playground equipment.  (Location of Tot Lot)  
 
 
 
Annual Inspections Update - At this time FirstService has completed the Annual Inspections.  You may see an inspector looking for any appearance items or unapproved architectural changes. If you received a letter from FirstService and have any questions, please either log into your FSR account or please contact the Customer Care Center or call 703-385-1133.
 
Vandalism - Graffiti and Broken Fence Planks - Vandals continue to kick out the vertical fence plants along Union Mill Road and they also are breaking the fence rails on the section that runs along Braddock Road from the shopping center sign to the area adjacent to 13577 Ruddy Duck Road.  If you see any suspicious activity in the community, please call the police at 703-691-2131 (non-emergency) or call 911 if you feel that there is a threat to residents or our property.  Should you have any information as to who might be involved, please call the Customer Care line at 703-385-1133 or use this link: https://www.fsresidential.com/virginia/contact-us/contact-us.
 
 
How to Setup a New FirstService Account and log into FirstService Management
 
Do you want to easily check some of the following items by logging into the FSR site? 
  • Make reservations to use your amenities
  • Check your account balances or reported violations
  • Access Click Pay - Setup automatic recurring payments or make a single payment -Residents are encouraged to manage their account online at clickpay.com.  You can also call ClickPay directly for assistance at 888-354-0135; next Select Option 1 (Hours of Operation: 9:00 am-8 pm Eastern, Monday-Friday.)
  • See what’s going on in your community
  • Access a resident directory, forms and documents
  • Pay your Association fee  or  Click Pay Link
  • Submit a common area maintenance request
  • Contact your manager   (You must setup a FirstService Account first to use this link.  See note below.)
  • Request approval of an architectural modification and more
Should you wish to set up a new account for web access to the FirstService site, click here.   If you've already setup an account and you're accessing the site from a pc/device where you're previously logged into FirstService, then click here in order to get to the login page.  
 
How to Contact FirstService Residential - Did you know that you can contact your Property Management Company,  FirstService Residential, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 703-385-1133?  The Customer Care Center is open at any time and ready to take your calls.  These folks are very helpful and great to work with!  In most cases they may be to able to answer your questions, but some items may require them to reach out to our property manager.  Please allow 48-72 hours during the business week to get back to you if your inquiry requires escalation.  If you do not hear back during this time, please call back or fill out the Unionmills.com Contact Us web form (link click here)
 

FirstService - New Payment Options - Please note the following important changes being made to our Online Payment Provider and Direct-Debit Program. ClickPay will be our new and preferred provider for accepting owner payments made online and through our existing Direct-Debit program beginning March 20, 2017. 

Payments made by e-check (ACH) or credit card through our existing online payment provider will be disabled.  Owners will be required to activate their new account with ClickPay on or after March 20, 2017 in order to make payments online. No action will be required from owners currently enrolled in our Direct-Debit program and these payments will not be disrupted.  For questions about these upcoming changes, please contact ClickPay@FSResidential.com.

 
Tennis Court Application, Rules and Access Code Change - Typically, the newly refurbished tennis courts are open year round and a code is required in order to access the facility.  Please complete, sign and forward the new application form to Info@Unionmills.com in order to acquire the new access code. Tennis Court Application and Rules Click here.  If you are renting a home in Union Mills, remember to provide FirstService a copy of your Landlord's lease and a copy of the Lease Addendum (click here).
 
 
 
Parking in the Community - Parking in the Union Mill community is restricted to private, passenger-type vehicles. Each non-garage townhouse is allotted two reserved parking spaces. Reserved parking spaces are to be used solely by the owners to which the spaces are assigned or the owner’s authorized designees (e.g., tenant or guest). 
 
Visitor Spaces - (LIMITED TO 3 CONSECUTIVE CALENDAR DAYS) - No vehicle may be parked in an unassigned (common area) parking space (designated “visitor” space) for a period in excess of 4 hours on 3 consecutive calendar days.  Any vehicle remaining in an unassigned parking space in excess of 4 hours on 3 consecutive calendar days will be subject to the community enforcement action, which includes removal and towing the vehicle at the owner’s risk and expense.
 
Fire Lanes - Parking is not allowed in Fairfax County-designated fire lanes (identified by yellow curbing),  in a place that will obstruct sidewalks, on any grass or in other common areas not designated as reserved or visitor parking spaces. 
 
Towing Illegally Parked Vehicles - The Association has a standing arrangement with a commercial towing company (JDR Towing - 703-722-2384) to provide towing of all vehicles parked in fire lanes, across sidewalks or in otherwise prohibited areas of the Community.  The Community has restrictions on the parking of boats, buses, campers, commercial vehicles, mobile homes, trailers, trucks, and other non-passenger-type vehicles.
 
Do Not Store Vehicles at the Pool Area - During pool season vehicles cannot be stored at the pool area parking lot.

Parking in the Community is regulated by the Union Mills Community Association (UMCA) Regulatory Resolution # 2010-1, which can be viewed at http://www.unionmills.com/editor_upload/File/2010parking.pdf (click here).
 
 
 
Trash Removal Union Mills has a contract with Patriot Disposal of Manassas (703-257-7100) for trash pick up in our community on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Recycling is picked up on Tuesday mornings. Between March 31 and December 31 yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, limbs) is picked up on Wednesday.  During January through the end of March yard trash may be put out on Tuesdays or Fridays. 
 
No Charcoal or Gas Grills for General Pickup - Patriot does not pick up charcoal or gas grills and you must call them for a special pickup at the owner's expense.  
  
Trash Pickup Days - Residents should put out trash containers on the curb in front of their house AFTER 6:00 pm on the evening before trash pickup (i.e., Mondays and Thursdays).  All containers must be returned to their storage places by 6:00 pm on the evening of pickup (i.e., Tuesdays and Fridays).  Containers or bags used to store garbage must be kept in garages, inside houses or in back yards when not in use. Trash containers are not allowed to be stored in side yards or on porches if either place is visible from the street or another lot.
 
Do Not Dump Yard Debris Anyway on Union Mill Property  - Grass clippings, leaves, limbs and other trash may not be dumped in any common areas of Union Mills; these areas include all Union Mill wooded and water run-off pond areas.  
 
Yard Debris -  Grass clippings and yard debris will be picked up from the curb each week on Wednesdays.  If you do not know what your service day is, please call the Patriot office at 703-257-7100.  Yard debris is defined as grass clippings, leaves and hedge trimmings.  Grass clippings must be placed in paper bags, or in a separate container clearly marked “yard waste.”  Hedge trimmings must be less than 4” in diameter, cut into 4’ lengths, tied in small bundles or bagged.  Yard debris does not include stumps, whole trees, or clean-up from storm damage.  Additional specifications regarding yard waste pickup can be found here.
 

Hazardous Waste - Patriot Trash Services does not pick up paint cans, tires, car batteries, or other hazardous waste, or waste which requires special handling. Contact the Fairfax County Household Hazardous Waste Department at http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/dpwes/trash/disphhw.htm to determine where to take these items for proper disposal.
 
Special Item Pickup  - Special items will be collected at the curb each week.  Special items include white goods (appliances), small furniture, mattresses, and other large items.   Special items that will be collected and recycled include scrap metal (grills, bicycles, swings, chairs), small electronics (computers, monitors, small TVs, small printers, VCRs, DVD/CD players, etc.), motor oil, and car batteries. 
Call Patriot Trash Services (http://www.patriotdisposalservices.com)  at 703-257-7100 to arrange for a special pick up of furniture and appliances, as these items will not be picked up during regular trash collection.
 
Advance notice is required for the collection of all special items, with the exception of small furniture and mattresses which can be placed out at the curb for collection with your regular trash.

 
Residents are limited to two special items per pickup at no additional charge.  Additional items, or items that are extremely large or heavy, will be collected for a minimum fee of $25.00.  TVs or monitors larger than 19” will be picked up for a minimum fee of $25.00; tires will be picked up for a minimum fee of $20.00 each.  Carpeting will be priced for pickup on a case-by-case basis, depending on the quantity. 
 
Special items scheduled for pickup that are not out on the scheduled pickup day will be re-scheduled for pickup at the request of the homeowner for a $25.00 fee.  All fees for special pickups must be prepaid by the homeowner prior to removal.

Should you have an appliance that you need to dispose of, please call our office to schedule a pick up.  If your service is contracted through your Home Owners' Association (HOA), there will be no additional fee for this service.

 If you have any of the following items for disposal, please call our office to schedule a pick up.  If your service is contracted through your HOA, there is no additional fee for this service.  Please note that these items will be picked up and recycled by Patriot Disposal:

• Small electronics (computers, monitors, small TVs, small printers, DVD players, etc.)
• Metal items (grills, bicycles, swings, chairs, scrap metal, etc.)
• Car batteries

 Construction Debris - Carpet, plywood, 2x4s and other items are considered construction debris, which Patriot Disposal is prohibited from collecting with the regular trash.  If you have any items for collection that are the result of remodeling or rebuilding, please call the office  (703) 257-7100) and schedule a pick up these items.  There might be a small fee for special pickups. 

 
Street Lights - How do I report a problem with a Dominion Power Street Light? - Sometimes you may discover that a street light might not be turning "ON" after dusk, the ballast might be making a loud noise or the bulb might just be burned out. To report a problem to a Dominion Virginia Power call 1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357), TTY 711 or email Dominion to report a streetlight outage. 
 
All of our street lights are all maintained by Dominion Virginia Power (with the exception of the lights around the pool and within the pool parking lot). You may contact Dominion directly to report outages or issues. When reporting an outage to Dominion Virginia Power, you will need to have the location of the pole and the pole number (More information on reading pole numbers). 
 
Smaller 32 Gallon Recycle and 32 Gallon Trash Cans on Wheels - There are a limited number of the smaller 32 gallon recycle and the 32 gallon trash can available.  To request one or both Email info@unionmills.com 
 
Classified Corner - Looking for House Sitters, Pet Sitters, Babysitters or other services?  Look no further than your own neighbors here in Union Mills! See links below or Click Here.
 
Screen Doctor LLC (click here or on image at right) - Serving all of Northern
Virginia, Screen Doctor repairs custom screens for your porches, doors and  
windows. If you have holes or tears in your window or door screen, there’s no need to replace the entire frame. Screen Doctor will come to your home and repair the damage on your screens. They offer repairs for screens of all shapes and sizes. Dwayne Fisher of Screen Doctor has over 20 years of experience in the window and door business. For seven years Dwayne has been providing custom repair services for homes in the Greater Fairfax area and all of Northern Virginia. They are fully licensed and insured; they will be happy to provide references upon request. Contact Screen Doctor LLC today at 703-505-1453 or browse the website for more information about our products and services.
 
Disclaimer - This classified is not intended as an endorsement by UMCA. All participants are members of Union Mills Community.
 
New Website Features on Unionmills.com:
 Editors - Rosalind Steere, Grace Aspinall, Ina Schiff, Mike Shipley
 
 
 
 
 
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!!!firstname!!! - Don’t forget that our 6th Annual Fall Fest has been rescheduled to this Sunday, Nov 11 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the pool parking lot. Bring the kids for the Moon Bounce, Amusements, Carnival Games, Popcorn, Cotton Candy and Crafts. Fun for the adults too! Family movie night to be held after the Fall Festival @4.45 p.m. (weather permitting).
Bring your own chair/blanket!
 
 
Help judge our chili cook-off by tasting the many entries we have this year. Hot dogs for everyone as usual! Meet our Police and Firefighters as they visit our community and bring the tools of their trade. See you there! 

This event is for Union Mills Community residents and not open for the public as it is sponsored through our homeowners association and donations from our local community.
 
No parking reminder: No parking allowed at the pool parking lot starting with Saturday November 10th 8 p.m and all day Sunday November 11th.
 
 
Family Movie Night to follow the Fall Family Festival and Chili Cook-Off Nov 11th @ 4:45 p.m - Welcome to the first free family movie night sponsored by Union Mills. Don't miss this exciting new event! These movie nights bring the community together and nurture community spirit with features that appeal to both children and adults. Feel free to bring a picnic, blanket and chairs, and enjoy the movies. To volunteer, please contact Natalie@unionmills.com.
 
How to Contact FirstService Residential - Did you know that you can contact your Property Management Company (FirstService) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 703-385-1133?  The Customer Care Center is open at any time and ready to take your calls.  These folks are very helpful and great to work with!  In most cases, they may be able to answer your questions but others may require them to reach out to our property manager.  Please give them 48-72 hours during the business week to get back to you if your inquiry requires the escalation, but if you do not hear back during this time, please call back or fill out the Unionmills.com Contact Us web form (link click here)
 

FirstService - New Payment Options - Please note the following important changes being made to our Online Payment Provider and Direct-Debit Program. ClickPay will be our new and preferred provider for accepting owner payments made online and through our existing Direct-Debit program beginning March 20, 2017. Payments made by e-check (ACH) or credit card through our existing online payment provider will be disabled. Owners will be required to activate their new account with ClickPay on or after March 20th,2017 in order to make payments online. No action will be required from owners currently enrolled in our Direct-Debit program, as these payments will not be disrupted. For questions about these upcoming changes, please contact ClickPay@FSResidential.com.

 
New Website Features on Unionmills.com: (See links below)
Single Family Homes Floor Plans - Courtesy of Rick Thoensen
Business Directory - If you are a Union Mills resident, you are welcome to post your business here. (See disclaimer)
 
 Editors - Rosalind Steere, Grace Aspinal, Ina Schiff, Mike Shipley