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--Homes Coporation Call for Candidates--
Volunteers needed for homes corporation boards of directors
Each year, the Village homes corporations seek candidates for election to their boards of directors. Interested residents are invited to submit applications for candidacy to the Nominating Committee of their local homes corporation.
Directors of homes corporations are responsible for setting assessments and managing the maintenance of all open spaces, streets, paths and lights that belong to the individual homes corporation.
Basic qualifications for board membership are time and interest, but whatever other knowledge, training, skills or experience one has will almost certainly be used in some capacity.
1. According to the documents, a candidate is not required to be a resident of Montgomery Village, except in Whetstone Homes Corporation and North Village Homes Corporation, where the candidate is required to be a resident homeowner. However, resident candidates must be in good standing with the Montgomery Village Foundation and their respective homes corporation with regard to covenants and policies and must be current in all assessment payments. In several cases, the Nominating Committee is given the authority to determine which of the nominees will be on the final slate of candidates.
2. To apply for candidacy, a prepared statement of the applicant’s qualifications and interests must be delivered to any member of the Nominating Committee or to the Montgomery Village Foundation office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road, no later than 5 p.m. on the closing dates stated in the box.
3. A candidate may be solicited or may volunteer. A resident nominating another resident must secure his/her written consent.
4. The number of candidates is unlimited.
5. All nominees will be requested to submit a single page (typewritten, double spaced) statement, which will be reproduced in the December, January or February issue of the Village News and will be sent to all voters along with the ballots (standard form will be supplied to board nominees).
6. Also, per a new Montgomery County Law, effective January 1, 2016, if elected, candidates must participate in a Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC)-approved board member training class, to be scheduled and completed within 90 days of the start of their term of service.
Ballots will be mailed to the electorate either in December, January or February, depending on the specific corporation’s election calendar.
In addition to electing directors, each homes corporation also elects a representative and an alternate representative to the MVF for one-year terms. Suggested names for the position will appear on the ballots.
Each board of directors consists of nine directors who serve three-year terms. The terms are staggered, creating three vacancies every year.
Note: While the word count for candidates’ statements varies among homes corporations (check with your community manager), the word count for candidates’ statements for the Montgomery Village News must not exceed 200 words per candidate. To view Village News guidelines, visit www.montgomeryvillage.com, select Press Room, select Village News, then Village News Editorial and Submissions Policy (see #4 under Homes Corporations/Condominium Associations).
Nominating Deadline: Friday, Dec. 21
Nominating Committee: Whole board
Nominations Close: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Nominating Committee: Jack Helenek, Terry O’Grady, Jayant Shukla
Nominations Close: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Nominating Committee: Christopher LaRose, Art Thomas, Laurence Thomson
Nominations Close: Friday, Jan, 4, 2019
Nominating Committee: Whole board
Nominations Close: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Nominating Committee: James Martin, Bryan Price
East Village Echo
The East Village Board of Directors wishes all residents Happy Holidays and a Bright New Year.
Home maintenance tips
by the East Village Board of Directors
Winter is fast approaching, and it’s a good idea to do a quick home inspection of interior and exterior of your home. These tips should be followed in the spring and fall of each year to help with the comfort and safety of your home.
- Check the weather stripping on the door jams and bottom of the door and make sure it provides a good seal.
- Frequency of painting is determined by exposure to the elements and orientation towards the sun. Repainting is needed if the paint has faded or is flaking.
- Lubricate the pulley and rollers—this should be done several times a year.
- The doors should be painted at least as often as the front door of your home. Make sure that the lower panel of the door is given an extra coat of paint, as this gets the most severe exposure to the elements.
- From the ground, visually inspect the shingles and flashing for damage and repair as necessary—have repairs done by a professional.
Gutter and downspouts
- Check the gutters to make sure that they are not clogged with leaves and debris—this should be done at least twice a year.
- Make sure that the splash blocks are directing water away from the foundation.
- Verify that the ground around your foundation is sloped so that water drains away from the house. Fill in any areas which have settled so that the ground slopes away from the foundation. Landscaping much may tend to hide the settlement. Check the grade underneath the mulch each time you put new mulch on the ground.
- If you have a brick front, make sure that the peepholes (openings in the bottom course brickwork) have not been covered up by landscaping. Hairline cracks in the mortar are caused by natural shrinkage and are not a concern.
Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- Make sure that the HVAC system is balanced according to the season.
- Check air filters monthly and replace when dirty.
- Have your HVAC system professionally serviced annually for peak operating efficiency.
- Keep the outside air conditioning unit free of debris. If you have a heat pump, keep the outside condenser free of debris and snow in the winter.
East Village Echo: for residents of The Downs, The Reach, The Estates, Essex Place II, Candle Ridge, Gablefield, Glenbrooke, Meadowgate, Ashford, Holly Pointe and Wethersfield.
Maryland Place Messages
Welcome back to school, students!
by the Maryland Place Board of Directors
Wow, it's school time again! With that being said, we hope that everyone had a great summer. Please be on the lookout for children in the mornings and afternoon hours.
We are sure by now you have noticed the speed humps and speed bumps along Thomas Farm and Transhire roads. We have received mostly positive feedback from residents. Some have said they have been suggesting speed bumps for 38 years. We have seen a dramatic reduction of speeding on these roads. On the downside, we have seen a dramatic increase of speeding in areas that do not have speed bumps. The board is monitoring this and will install speed bumps in other areas if needed.
The board is still looking into improvements to the Maryland Place sign and lighting throughout the community. When more information is available, we will pass it on to you.
Trash and recycling continue to be huge problems in Maryland Place. Residents are seen placing bags of trash, recycling, furniture, appliances, etc. on community property every day! Trash should never be placed on community property. We have rats and other rodents that are feeding on this trash and are here because we are providing them with a buffet of food. Not only is this unsightly and unsanitary, it’s also against Montgomery County law and the Maryland Place by-laws. All trash and recycling is to be stored on your property in a sealed, vermin-proof container. Trash is to be placed (in said vermin-proof container) at the rear of your property on Sunday and Wednesday nights, after dark, for collection on Monday and Thursday mornings. Recycling is to be placed in the front of your property on Wednesday night after dark for collection on Thursday morning. At no time should trash or recycling ever be placed on community property.
Remember, the Stedwick Pool is open for another few weeks, so get out and enjoy it. We hope to see you at our next board meeting in September.
Have a great start to the school year!
Maryland Place Messages: for residents of Maryland Place.
Middle Village Voice
2019 parking pass distribution
by the Middle Village Board of Directors
The 2018 parking tags will expire on Monday, Dec. 31. Residents can pick up new 2019 parking tags on the following dates/times from the Thomas Choice Clubhouse, 19401 Brassie Place:
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*After December 15, residents will only be able to pick up their parking passes at the Comsource Office, 3414 Morningwood Drive, Olney. Parking passes will not be mailed.
You must have a photo ID to receive 2019 parking tags. Homeowners/landlords are responsible to contact ComSource if they do not want renters to obtain the parking tags. If you are a renter, you must verify with the property owner that you are authorized to pick up the parking tags. Parking tags will not be given to renters if the homeowner/landlord has requested that parking tags only be given to the owner.
As a reminder, each household is assigned one reserved parking space and receives two corresponding parking permits. Households with current assessment accounts will receive a third corresponding parking permit at the time of distribution.
If a homeowner is delinquent on their assessment account, they will not receive a third parking tag/permit until they have paid the past due assessment balance, including all outstanding administrative fees, legal fees, fines and interest in full.
All unmarked spaces in the community will continue to be available on a first come, first served basis.
Please note, after Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, homeowners/tenants will be towed if they are parked in their reserved space or open space, anytime of the day or night, and displaying an expired parking tag.
If you are a new resident, and do not know your assigned parking space number or have not picked up your parking tag, call Shirley Umali at 301-924-7355 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling is collected in Middle Village on Wednesdays.
What goes in a recycling bin?
- Aluminum foil products
- Cans: aluminum, steel, bi-metal
- Glass bottles and jars
- Plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids
- Paper items: break down boxes and bundle your paper items separately
Is your recycle bin overflowing? You can order new recycling bins (limit of five bins per calendar year) free of charge from Montgomery County and they will be delivered to your home by county recycling staff (not the recycling collection crew).
To order a new bin(s), visit www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/depwebstore/items.aspx?subcatalog_id=11. For more information or questions, call the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection using the 311 system.
Remember to place household trash or recycling out after 6 p.m. the evening before pickup or on the morning of pickup. Any other time is a violation of the community trash policy and is subject to fines.
Note: If it does not fit into the blue recycling container, it is not recycling. If it does not fit into the 35-gallon trash can previously provided, it is not normal household trash. If it is yard waste, it must be in a paper bag or bundled and placed out with recycling.
Did you know…
All vehicles parked in unreserved parking spaces, whether covered or uncovered, must be moved at least every 30 days. If the vehicle is not relocated, a violation sticker/tag will be attached to the vehicle and the vehicle will be subject to towing—at the vehicle owner’s expense—48 to 72 hours after the sticker is attached.
We live in a community that requires every homeowner to pay assessment fees. Assessments are used to pay contractors for landscaping, snow removal, trash collection, collection of illegally dumped trash, lighting, repairs on community property, etc. If you are a homeowner, you were provided with this information during closing.
Reminder: Assessments are due paid monthly. Your payment must be received by ComSource on or before the 15th of the month to avoid late charges. Your regular payments allow us to continue providing services to our community.
Homeowners who are delinquent with their assessment payments must pay their past due balance in full or make arrangements to pay them. The first step to making payment arrangements is to contact Delphine Matthews at 301-924-7355 or email@example.com.
Important Contact Phone Numbers
Security on Demand: 877-241-1265
Big Tow: 301-424-4869
Potomac Disposal: 301-294-9700
Montgomery County Police Non-emergency: 301-279-8000
ComSource is our management company. If you have a comment or complaint, please include your name, address, phone number, location of issue/problem and specific details in your correspondence or when you are leaving a phone message for the property manager. Contact ComSource at 301-924-7355 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Board Meeting Schedule
The next Middle Village Homes Corporation board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Choice clubhouse, 19401 Brassie Place, unless otherwise stated.
Middle Village Voice: for residents of Thomas Choice West and Clubside.
North Village View
October and November board meetings
by the North Village Board of Directors
Our North Village board meetings have been hampered this fall by bad weather and illness, but we are working on a number of projects behind the scenes. Here is a brief status report.
We are continuing work on our Path Lighting Replacement Project. We have received proposals for labor and material pricing cost. We are in the process of identifying the best fixture. We intend to have samples installed for community review before we make a final decision.
We have interviewed a candidate for our board. At the next meeting we will welcome our new board member, Richard Rabil. He has been a resident of North Village for 22 years and a Village resident for 38 years. Some of his projects include National Cooperatives, the EXIM Bank of the United States, AATB American Association of Tissue Banks website, American Society of Nutrition EB website, just to name a few. We are fortunate to have him.
Given the heavy rains, we have had considerable problems with clogged drains in the community. Drain cleaning was recently performed by Busy Service for $2,000 at 9201, 9219 and 9223 Chadburn Place in McRory.
The 2019 budget has been approved. You will be receiving a notice of your 2019 community assessment.
Our list of dead and dying trees and limbs is endless. BrightView has completed our fall list at a cost of $8,550. We are now adding to that list!
Leaf collection this fall has not been as satisfactory as we would have liked. Two fall collections are included in our landscaping contract. We are evaluating contract performance and developing our landscaping and snow contract for 2019. The standard arrangement in our area is for a single contractor to provide both sets of services.
Our 2019 Corporate Calendar has been approved.
We are all aware that we have a parking problem in North Village. We do not have two spaces to designate for each townhome. You can help us if you see cars that don't move day after day or have no tags; report them to the community manager at 240-243-2327. You can make a difference in our parking problem.
Public safety is always an issue. Our nights are long and dark this time of year. If you see something, say something. Keep your packages safe. Consider having them delivered to a UPS Store or to an Amazon lock box at the Germantown Safeway or the 7-Eleven on Wisteria Drive. Hide your packages in your car, and lock your cars and garage doors all the time.
All asphalt patches have been completed by Chamberlain in the amount of $24,950.
Removal of parking spaces has been completed for residents in townhomes severely delinquent in association fees.
Keep our neighborhoods free of trash. If you see your neighbor placing trash out when it is not trash day, call the community manager. We need to keep North Village free of trash and looking good to keep our property values up.
A second leaf pickup is anticipated in the next couple of weeks.
Important numbers to keep:
APS (security): 240-631-2399
Potomac Disposal: 301-294-9700
MC Recycling/Blue Bins/Scrap Metal: 311
Two of our long-time board members have sold their homes and left the area. We are looking for new board members who want to be part of North Village’s future. If you would like to help make a difference, contact the community manager.
The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road. We want to remind residents that if they want to address the board at one of the meetings, they must be present at 7 p.m. and sign in. If you have any questions or want to report any problems, call Community Manager April Steward at 240-243-2327 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Village View: for residents of Essex Place, Highland Hall, McRory, Perry Place, Picton, Pleasant Ridge and Salem’s Grant.
by the Northgate Board of Directors
Lack of proper trash disposal continues to be an issue in some sections of Northgate. Please help keep our community clean by observing the appropriate pickup days for regular and bulk trash:
Regular trash pickups for Overlea and The Points are on Mondays and Thursdays. All other sections have pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays (McKendree I & II, Apple Ridge, Shadow Oak, Dorsey's Regard and Williams Range).
If you need a bulk trash pickup, please place your items out on the following schedule:
Thursdays: Overlea and The Points
Fridays: Apple Ridge, Dorsey’s Regard, McKendree I & II, Shadow Oak and Williams Range.
All bulk pickups must be placed curbside. Residents of Overlea and McKendree I & II must bring their bulk items to the curb. No recyclable items will be taken as bulk nor will construction material generated by a contractor. If a resident places a rug or carpet out for bulk pickup, it is acceptable. If a homeowner has a carpet or rug contractor replacing rugs or carpet in the home, the contractor is responsible for the removal of the carpet or rugs.
Collections on the following holidays will be made on the next regularly scheduled service day: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Junior Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
In other news, watch for signs noting the year’s final leaf removal. They will be posted at the entry to each neighborhood.
The deadline for applying to run for the board of directors is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. E-mail Sean Farrell at NorthgateHC@comsource.com for application information.
Northgate News: for residents of Apple Ridge, Dorsey's Regard, McKendree I & II, Overlea, The Points, Shadow Oak and Williams Range.
Patton Ridge Report
by the Patton Ridge Board of Directors
One of the real joys of the holiday season is for the Patton Ridge Board of Directors to say thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and make Patton Ridge a premier HOA to be a part of. As the year ends, we wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday season.
Holiday Lights Contest
Please join the festive fun this year by participating in Patton Ridge’s Holiday Lights Contest! Houses will be judged by volunteers the week of December 17 on three categories:
- Most kid-friendly
- Most traditional
- Best over all
Winners will be announced in the Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 issue of the Village News. Happy decorating!
Next Board Meeting
There is no meeting in December. The next Patton Ridge Homes Corporation board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at
7 p.m. in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road. Residents time is from 7 to 7:30 p.m.; please limit your remarks to no more than three minutes.
Patton Ridge Report: for residents of Arrowhead, Fairway Islands, Fairidge, Greentee I & II, Highfield and Partridge Place I & II.
South Village Scenes
South Village has a new trash contractor
by Doniele Ayers
The South Village Homes Corporation (SVHC) Board of Directors has approved the contract of J&J Services beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Service will continue on the same days of the week for pickup, Monday and Thursday each week. Residents are reminded of the SVHC Trash Policy where trash is placed in cans after 7 p.m. the day before pickup. Residents are also entitled to bulk pickup by the contractor by calling J&J Service in advance. Please review the trash policy for the holiday pickup schedule and check the South Village page on the MVF website for Christmas tree pickup notifications.
On behalf of the SVHC Board of Directors, I would like to wish you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons. It is an honor to serve the community where we live.
South Village Scenes: for residents of Center Stage, Dockside, Grover's Forge, Hamptons, Millrace, Nathan's Hill and Walker's Choice.
Volunteers needed for SHC Board of Directors
by Keith Silliman
We have experienced our first snowfall of the season and have prospects of about 20 more inches this winter, if you believe some of the weather forecasters. The final community-wide leaf collection is scheduled for early to mid-December. Look for signs at entryways. Otherwise, greenspace activity is mostly closed down for the season.
The election of three Stedwick Homes Corporation Board of Directors members will take place in March 2019. The deadline for receipt of a candidate application is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. The application process requires submission of a statement indicating interest in the position and providing any related information about community or professional experience. That statement can be hand delivered, e-mailed or snail-mailed to the Stedwick Homes Corporation community manager, whose contact information is provided at the end of this article.
Board members normally attend 10 board meetings a year, averaging about 2 hours each. Additional time may be required, depending on the role of the individual board members. The board of directors oversees the management of about 46 acres of greenspace, 6 miles of private streets and a budget of about 1 million dollars. If you are interested in the overall welfare and future of the Stedwick community, volunteer to help with that management process.
This has been a year of abnormally high rainfall. The year may break all records for total precipitation. That has been good news for the trees and shrubs in our community, as they have enjoyed a good growing season. But it has also been bad news for grass cutting and leaf removal, with frequently soggy turf and matted leaves.
Parking problems in some of our communities have been somewhat reduced with more aggressive towing of cars that are in violation of parking rules.
Homeowners in Clusters I and II are receiving reimbursement checks for the cost of electricity for post lamps in their front yards, which are powered from the home’s circuit.
The little white flags in the greenspace across from the entry to Clusters II will be replaced with trees. The new trees will fill in some of the space left after the removal of some White Pine trees that fell earlier this summer.
The next maintenance inspection is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11. If you know of any items, situations or conditions of the greenspace, trees, streets or sidewalks and paths that need the maintenance committee’s attention, please let us know prior to that date.
The next meeting of the Stedwick Homes Corporation Board of Directors is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at Stedwick Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Road. The first item on the agenda is residents time, which provides an opportunity for you to ask questions or express your concerns and opinions. In the meantime, if you have an issue, contact Stedwick Homes Corporation Community Manager Andrea Mandato at 240-243-2326, e-mail email@example.com or communicate via regular mail with the Stedwick Homes Corporation at 10120 Apple Ridge Road; other information can be found on the new Stedwick website www.stedwickhc.com.
Stedwick Signals: for residents of Club Hill, Clusters of Stedwick I, II, III, Forest Brooke, Frenchton Place, Ridges of Stedwick and The Heights.
Whetstone Holiday Lights Contest
by the Whetstone Board of Directors
The judges for this year’s Holiday Lights Contest will be driving through the community between Monday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 21 finding the best and most creative decorations in Whetstone. Winners will be announced at either the January or March board meetings.
Through the end of October, Whetstone remains on track to stay within the 2018 budget. With only 2 months remaining, the board is projecting being under budget by $1,000 to $2,000. The Whetstone Maintenance Committee has done an excellent job prioritizing the many requests for work to keep within the confines of the austerity budget.
2018 Assessment Increase Dispute
A resident of Whetstone has filed a formal complaint with the Office of Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) in regards to the recently completed Assessment Ceiling Increase vote. The complaint alleges that the Whetstone Board of Directors failed to:
- Properly conduct an election
- Properly adopt a budget or Rule
The specific issue was this sentence in the cover letter that accompanied the ballot:
“… the Whetstone Homes Corporation requires the assent of 60% of the total votes of all classes of Members of those voting upon written ballot…”
This statement was not correct. The statement should have either used a number of 66% or removed the words “of those voting.” The Whetstone Board of Directors regrets the error but does not believe it was material to the outcome of the vote.
The resident is seeking to overturn the results of the vote. The resident offered to withdraw the complaint if the board agreed to 10 stipulations. The board reviewed the stipulations at the November 26 board meeting. The board voted to not accept the stipulations, as some of the stipulations were either too onerous to implement or were not in the best interests of the Whetstone community.
As a result of CCOC rules, the assessment ceiling increase is automatically stayed and can’t be implemented (assuming Whetstone prevails) until the CCOC rules on the complaint. This ruling is expected sometime in the later part of 2019.
The Whetstone Board of Directors will be posting the full set of complaint documents online so that every resident may read the complaint and the supporting evidence. Please log into your Resident Dashboard at www.montgomeryvillage.com to find this information. To create a free website account, visit www.montgomeryvillage.com and click “Login/Join” in the upper right hand corner. Once your account has been approved, you will be able to access the complaint documents, as well as gain other valuable property information.
As a result of the CCOC complaint, the Whetstone Board of Directors was required to adopt a new budget using the existing assessment ceiling. As part of this budget, the board set aside $20,000 of assessment funds to cover the potential costs to litigate the CCOC complaint.
For 2019, only maintenance activities related to health/safety or otherwise legally required will be performed. The association will not have funds to perform any discretionary work in the community.
The following activities which had been planned for next year will not be possible due to a lack of operating assessment funds:
- Maintenance tree pruning in Goshenside
- Greenspace repair of any kind
- Watering of new trees (which may preclude all new tree plantings in 2019)
Leaf pickup will begin Monday, Dec. 10, weather permitting.
In an effort to communicate more effectively with our residents, the WHC board would like to update our board e-mail list. This allows you to receive meeting notices, agendas, emergency information, etc. This is not a neighborhood discussion forum. If you are not on the current list or have changed your provider, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whetstone Watch: for residents of The Courts, Goshenside, Lakeside and the Ridges of Whetstone.