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2019 Board Assignments
As required by our covenants, the Board of Directors elected new officers for the 2019 year, with their new roles starting immediately.
 
- President - Jon Rochetti
- Vice President - Pat Hoepfner
- Treasurer - Bill Balkus
- Secretary - Caroline Fowler 
- Member-at-Large - Forrest Sprester
Nov. 24, 2018

Annual Meeting Recap
Dues Will Increase Just 2%, 
Finances Remain Strong
Just 9 owners attended the Water's Edge HOA Annual Meeting on November 7th, yet a quorum was reached thanks to the efforts of several Board and committee members who went door-to-door to collect enough proxy cards to make the meeting official.
 
The Board updated the attendees on potential community projects for the coming year, community finances including the 2019 annual budget and dues, open space projects, the Architectural Review Committee, along with reduced crime stats in our community and our Neighborhood Watch program.
 
Quarterly dues for 2019 will increase by 2% to $318.45 for townhomes and $211.25 for single-family homes (lower due to expenses for snow plowing and landscaping).  If you use any form of auto-pay to pay your dues, please update your payment process to reflect the new amount. 
 
With  only one candidate running for the the open Board seat, a new Board member, Carolyn Fowler, formerly of the ARC, was elected by a show of hands.  Her 3-year term beings immediately. 
 
Carolyn replaces Vicky Crews who served on our Board for 12 years in various roles, mostly as our community's President.  If you see Vicky out walking her dog, please thank her for her tireless efforts supporting the community for the past decade. 
 
The Board recapped the major accomplishments of 2018, including:
  • Four additional watch lights installed
  • Several drainage issues corrected
  • Numerous trees trimmed or removed
  • Tot Lots - chip replacement and a new bench installed
  • Tennis & B-Ball Courts top coat resurfaced
  • Parking space markings repainted on Green Duck Lane.
Potential projects in the works or on the list for review in 2019 include:
  • Drainage problem behind Green Duck Lane
  • Footbridge inspection/replacement if needed
  • Basketball standards/replacement if needed
  • Inspection and repair/replacement of up to $19,000 of sidewalks, curbs and/or gutters
The Treasurer reported that the community's financial status is strong with a near balanced budget for both 2018 and 2019, Reserves being fully funded, Unallocated Owner's Equity sufficient to support additional projects if needed, and Bad Debt at near 1%, significantly below the industry average of 5%.
 
Crime in the community was reported to be the lowest in many years. Additional lighting and residents locking cars most likely contributed to this decline.  Just two incidents were reported in the community (breaking and entering and a property crime) with an additional two criminal incidents (drug possession with intent to sell and a simple assault) being reported just outside of the community.  In all, the community remains virtually crime free, but requires all residents to help keep it that way through vigilance and reducing the possibility of crimes of opportunity, such as thefts from unlocked cars or open garages.
 
The hour long meeting was concluded after a brief resident Q&A session.
 
A copy of the Board's presentation is available HERE.
Nov. 9, 2018

Snow Shoveling Courtesy
We ask that all Water’s Edge residents be courteous to your neighbors when shoveling snow.
  • Please don’t push snow into the streets, as you may be shoveling after the final plowing. In that case, the snow will remain in the street and refreeze causing a hazard for other drivers.
  • If someone has cleared a sidewalks, fire hydrant, parking space, or the area around mailboxes,  please  don’t  re-bury the areas.
  • Please don’t shovel snow on to your neighbor’s property.
  • If you’re able, please shovel out your nearest fire hydrant as a buried or frozen water supply delays firefighters in the event of a house fire.
  • While the Fairfax County nor the HOA does not require residents to shovel their sidewalks, we ask, if possible, to shovel at least a single path in front of your home to make it safer for people walk around the community, to collect their mail and to walk pets.
Nov. 22, 2018

Guest Parking...
Do You Genuinely Need to Park There?
We ask all residents to please be a good neighbor and fully utilize all of their private parking spaces - their garage and driveway first, before parking their cars in our limited number of guest parking spots. 
 
Taking up a parking space with it's not absolutely necessary, can result in someone having to carry groceries much further in the rain, make seniors or disabled guests walk further to visit residents, or parents to carry infants further than needed.  Plus, it's the neighborly thing to do.
We thank you for your neighborly cooperation.
 
Sept. 24, 2018


Water's Edge News
Thinking About Listing Your Home on Airbnb?
It's Not Allowed By Community Covenants
The listing of your entire home or even just a room on Airbnb, Craigslist, VRBO, HomeAway, or via any other site or rental service for a rental periods of less than 6 months (including nightly stays) is NOT allowed under community Covenants. Any rentals of a room, rooms, or the entire home requires the owner and tenant to sign a written lease with a rental period of at least six months. The written lease requirement applies to renting your entire home or to having roommates, and must also require the lessee to comply with all HOA rules.  If renting your home,  you should also notify SCS of the property’s rental status.


Other Local News & Tips
Fairfax County Updates Noise Ordinance
Fairfax County revised the county’s noise ordinance in February to protect the peace and safety of citizens. Penalties can be severe, including a fine of up to $1,000 and a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable up to six months in jail.  So if you have a dog that you let outside and it barks for more than 5 minutes, please immediately bring them inside.
 
To Report a Violation:
Monday through Friday, between 8am 4pm, contact the Fairfax Co. Department of Code Compliance at 703-324-1300.  During all other times, call the Fairfax Police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.

 
Upcoming Events
Monthly Board Metting
Tuesday, January 8th, 6:30 at SCS -- 4840 Westfields Blvd., Suite 160, Chantilly
ARC Meeting
Tuesday, January 29th, 6:30 at St. Paul's Church
Monthly Board Metting
Tuesday, February 12th, 6:30 at SCS -- 4840 Westfields Blvd., Suite 160, Chantilly

Owners - How to Register
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To register, select the Register option on the left navigation menu. All you'll need is your name, address, email address, and Water's Edge Account Number*.
* Your Account Number is listed on your Water's Edge-Associa Payment Book. 

Volunteer to Help
The Association is looking for several volunteers for help out on a couple committees:
  • Architectural Review Committee (ARC)
  • Open Space Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Website & Newsletter Committee
The community needs a couple people for the ARC and the Open Space Committee to keep our  community looking good and property values high.  It's also tough to create a "sense of community" without getting to know your neighbors so the Social Committee is needed to help people get out and meet their neighbors on a social basis, plan a few friendly events and get people involved.  And lastly, the new website and expanded newsletter won't create itself without a few volunteers for the Website and Communications Committee helping write and edit our resident communications.
 
If you would like to volunteer for a committee, and WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Please use the Contact Us form and send your message directly to the specific committee.  You may also complete the Committee Volunteer form and submit it directly to SCS.  The form is located on the Forms & Documents page.
 

 

 
 
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