Community Update May 15, 2020
Posted on May 15th, 2020
- Shout out to all of our Union Mills 2020 high school and college graduates! You’ll soon see a community sign saying congratulations and we look forward to providing some special doughnuts to each of you – we want to honor your achievement during this time when you don’t get to celebrate the normal customs, AND this is a way to support a local small business, Texas Doughnuts! Please email us at email@example.com by Friday, May 22, 2020 with your graduate’s name and address so we can coordinate doughnut drop off and feature your graduate in an upcoming newsletter. Adult graduates count too! If you know of a graduate in the neighborhood, please also email us so we can make sure we add them to the list!
- Kudos to our medical, police and fire! We have many community members who work in medical community, police and fire, and you all continue to sacrifice to keep communities healthy and safe. We appreciate you!
- Thank you essential workers at our daycares, grocery stores, FAA, gas stations, local restaurants and more who keep us going!
- 1,000 cheers to the community volunteers who pick up trash to keep our neighborhood clean!
- Our regular Spring Community clean-up is moving to a 2020 challenge for a Family Community Clean-up! Let’s honor Earth Day and Arbor Day with a challenge to clean-up the community . . . and win prizes! See more details below!
- Big cheer to our community teachers and professors who have transformed education overnight to keep our children learning! (Hopefully this newsletter doesn’t get zoom-bombed!)
- And thank you to each of you who sacrifice in your own ways to help out a neighbor, take care of children, pick up extra groceries, throw someone’s garbage bag into your bin, mow an extra lawn . . . the ways our Union Mills neighbors continue to help out one another in quiet, often unrecognized ways, is what makes this a great place to live.
Next, some updates on HOA projects during this time . . .
- Look to see some newly improved fencing soon! This work gets underway this month to repair broken and damaged areas of fencing, stain the fencing, and improve the look of our community.
- New plants and trees going in throughout community to brighten the neighborhood and bring a touch of Spring!
- Cleaning up damaged trees from storms and fires (let’s avoid those going forward, folks!) so that they don’t fall or cause more damage or harm.
- More virtual community events being offered from Social Committee – thank you to them for our virtual spring decorating contest and congratulations to entrants! Our new one is . . .
- Family Community Clean-up begins this weekend (May 15-17) and goes through Sunday, May 31st. Join with your family by helping to clean up trash in your surrounding common area or cul-de-sac. The first 10 families who send us a picture of a community area they cleaned up and their “trophies” (garbage bags) by Sunday, May 31st will receive a large family pizza ordered from one of the local pizza restaurants. This is a win-win! The little things we do each day go a long way to protect our environment and help to maintain or improve the water and air quality and keep our community beautiful and clean. Remember to send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31st!
- Please remember to respect social distance if you happen see other neighbors picking up trash in the same area as you.
- Please remember to take healthy precautions.
- HOA is working to implement virtual board meetings during this time that Boards cannot meet in person and implementing online voting for HOA Board vacancies, as well as other HOA issues (this is in addition to standard paper voting).
- The HOA Board has three vacancies going into this next season. Please consider volunteering in your community and submitting an application to run for the Board!
Those important disclaimers:
- Please note that if you choose to submit a picture, you are providing your consent to posting the picture on the UMCA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnionMillsHOA/ and website: https://www.unionmills.com/. UMCA HOA will not use these pictures for advertising purposes or for the purpose of trade.
Finally, a few reminders . . .
Swimming Pool, Playground Equipment and Tennis Courts
At this time, northern Virginia remains in stay at home order through May 28th. The HOA must wait on guidelines and instruction from governing bodies before making decisions around opening HOA recreation. You will see work going on at the pool, as the pool must go through standard maintenance regardless of the pool season. It is our hope that the pool may be opened this summer, though likely with strict adherence to social distancing requirements. We will keep you posted as information becomes available.
Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste
Trash pickup is on Tuesdays and Fridays for our community. Containers shall be placed for pickup not earlier than 6:00 P.M. on the evening before the scheduled pickup day and not later than 6:00 A.M. on the scheduled pick-up day. Currently ALL trash must be in containers or “toters” due to COVID-19.
Recycling pick up is Wednesdays and same restrictions apply. Yard Waste pick up has resumed.
In May 2019, the community voted for changes to parking guidelines. This includes:
- Visitor Parking Permit Hangtags: When parking in a visitor space within the townhome areas every vehicle must display the visitor permit hangtag 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.
- Three (3) Day Rule: Any vehicle remaining in a visitor parking space in excess of three (3) consecutive calendar days shall be subject to enforcement action, to including towing of the vehicle at the owner’s risk and expense.
- Mandatory Use of Garage, Drive, and Assigned Reserved Spaces: To ensure that visitor spaces are available as needed (for visitors) to all townhomes, and to thereby ensure that all townhome residents (and their visitors) have a fair opportunity to park in a visitor space townhome residents must prioritize their garage, driveway and assigned spaced before resorting to use of visitor spaces. It is therefore mandatory that residents use their garage, driveway and assigned reserved spaces prior to using the visitor spaces.
- Shell Game Violation: A numbered parking tag cannot occupy the same specific visitor space for more than three (3) consecutive days, regardless of whether that hangtag is displayed in different vehicles. Upon the expiration of the 3-day limit, that hangtag must move to either a different visitor space or off the common area altogether or the vehicle then displaying that hangtag will be subject to tow.
- Pool area Parking: No visitor parking permit hangtags required at any time through the year. **NOTE: in previous years, cars must be removed from pool parking by 9:00am during pool season, starting Memorial Day weekend. This has been extended to June 15th as we wait to determine guidelines around pool opening.**
11351 Random Hills Road, Suite 500 | | Fairfax, VA 22030
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