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CCHA - Annual Meeting - April 8, 2019

 

Dear Neighbor,

The 2019 Clark's Crossing Homes Association Annual Meeting will be held on Monday April 8, 2019 at 8 PM at the Wolftrap Elementary School Cafeteria.

The agenda tentatively includes the following topics:

 

·        2018/2019 Budget

·        Review of 2018 Association activities

·        2019 Board elections - 3 Board positions will be on the ballot this Spring

·        Presentation of proposed changes to the Association By-laws

·        Community feedback on changes to the Association Covenants

·        Other Business

 

This year we are aiming to update our By-laws and Covenants - an email will be sent out to members in another day or two with more information on how to access the By-laws and Covenants documents. Please look the documents over before the annual meeting and plan on joining us on April 8 to share your views with the Board.

Please let me or any other board member know of any topics you would like included on the agenda. 

There are 3 board positions to be voted on this Spring. One Board member is running for reelection; several other community members have also asked to have their names included on the ballot. Board members are elected by the homeowners at the annual meeting.

 

Please contact me if you are interested in this opportunity to participate in the HOA and support our community. 

 

This notice will be followed by a second email containing a 2019 ballot if you choose to vote by proxy, and instructions for locating the CCHA documents that will be discussed at the annual meeting.

We are still having some issues migrating the president’s email account, so you might see this notice as coming from our previous president, Eric Janle. 

Best regards,
Annie Schaffner, Acting President, CCHA

 

 

 

CCHA Items of Interest - September 2018

September 23, 2018 | Eric

 

Dear Neighbor,
It was great seeing so many folks at our annual HOA picnic. It was also nice meeting several of our new neighbors.


Please remember to coordinate with the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) on certain changes to the outside of your property. Some changes don't require prior ACC approval, while others do.

  • Changes that require ACC approval include:  installing/changing a fence, adding a shed or play house, painting the exterior of the house any color other than the original, and additions to/renovations of the home. Please see the HOA website or directory for further guidance on these and other changes requiring approval and how to submit your request.  https://www.clarkscrossing.org/architectural-review/
  • Changes that do not require ACC approval include:  landscaping anywhere on the property using plants, stone, soil, mulch or any natural material. Again, please see the website or directory for a complete list.

Please allow sufficient time for the ACC to review your request prior to starting your project. Please contact ACC Chair Katie Hunter at acc@clarkscrossing.org with any questions regarding the approval process.


I will be stepping down as president of the HOA, effective 24 September 2018. Lee Falcon will also be stepping down as secretary, effective 24 September 2018.
Consequently, the HOA is seeking volunteers to serve on the board and to serve as secretary.
Anne Schaffner will be acting president until the board selects a new president.

It's been a privilege serving the community these past years. Thank you for supporting the board and the neighborhood.
I'd like to thank the board and officers for their continued dedication and service to the community. Please take a moment to thank them when you see them in the neighborhood.

Best regards,
Eric Janle

 

 

CCHA Community Reminders

June 24, 2018 | Eric

 

Dear Neighbor,

As we all take advantage of the long days and warm weather for home projects and holidays, I wanted to send out a few friendly reminders.

Exterior Projects Requiring ACC approval
Please remember to coordinate with the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) on certain changes to the outside of your property. Some changes don't require prior ACC approval while others do.

  • Changes requiring ACC approval include:  installing/changing a fence, adding a shed, addition to/renovation of the home. Please see the HOA website or directory for further guidance on these and other changes requiring approval and how to make the request https://www.clarkscrossing.org/architectural-review/ .
  • Changes that do not require ACC approval include:  landscaping anywhere on the property using plants, stone, soil, mulch or any natural material (please see the website or directory for a complete list).

Please allow sufficient time for the ACC to review your request prior to starting your project. Contact ACC Chair Katie Hunter at acc@clarkscrossing.org with any questions you may have regarding the approval process.


Neighborhood Noise
Please be considerate of your neighbors as you engage in outdoor tasks and leisure activities so that everyone can enjoy the tranquility that make this community such a great place to live.
Fairfax County enacted an ordinance in 2015 limiting noise at night and early in the morning. Listed here are the highlights most applicable to our neighborhood; please see the Fairfax County website for the full list and details (
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning/noiseordinance/ ).
The noise ordinance prohibits:

  • Operating power lawn equipment within 100 yards of a dwelling from 9pm to 7am
  • Using loudspeakers/amplifiers between 10pm and 7am
  • Barking or other animal noise between 10pm and 7am when it can be heard inside a home with its doors and windows closed, or if these sounds can be heard 7am and 10pm for more than five minutes consecutively or non-consecutively during a 10-minute period.

Trash Bins
Please avoid the practice of keeping your trash and recycle bins by the curb or on the street the entire week. Out of consideration for your neighbors, please store these bins appropriately when they don't need to be at the curb for scheduled pick up.


Thanks and have a great Summer!
Eric Janle
President, CCHA

 

 

CCHA 2018 Annual Meeting Highlights

May 13, 2018 | Eric

 

Dear Neighbor,

I'm writing to share some highlights of our 2018 Clark's Crossing Homes Association (CCHA) Annual Meeting held on April 9, 2018.

Board Elections:
Mark Tremblay and Eric Janle were elected to three-year terms on the Board. Mark replaces Dale Wurmlinger, who stepped down after 4 years as a Board Member. The Board would like to thank Dale for his service to the community.
In addition, Katie Hunter has volunteered to serve as Chair of the Architectural Control Committee (ACC), previously held by Mark Tremblay.
I've included a full list of the Board and Officers below for your reference. Please take a moment to thank each of them for their service to the community when you see them in the neighborhood.
 

Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) briefing:
Ms. Kathy Jones provided an overview of the CERT program and advised that in the event of a disaster, every household should be prepared to be on their own for at least 72 hours. She also promoted Fairfax Alerts as a way to stay advised of weather and other emergencies.

CERT courses are offered several times a year, often at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue training facility on West Ox Rd. A local course can be schedule if at least 15 people will attend. There are no pre-requisites and no one is ever asked to do more than they are comfortable doing.

Alert sign-up:
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts
CERT blog: www.fairfaxcountycert.org
CERT sign-up: www.volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov


Treasurer's Report:
Bruce Byrum provided an overview of the budget, including last year's expenditures and projections for this year.

  • As its been many years since the last review, the Board has under taken a review of its legal documents, and as result, legal fees increased this year to support the review. Any changes require a vote by homeowners to be accepted; all 142 homes will have the opportunity to vote.
  • There is an increase in common area maintenance, as some areas on Batten Hollow are now being maintained as needed, but this increase is balanced by a reduction in the amount of debris to be cleaned up.
  • House numbers are usually repainted on the curb every two years, but as the numbers still look reasonably good, repainting may be delayed a year.


Architectural Control Committee (ACC):
Mark Tremblay provided an overview of the ACC for new homeowners attending the meeting and provided the email address for ACC requests (
acc@clarkscrossing.org).



2018 CCHA Officers:
Eric Janle, President
Anne Schaffner, Vice President
Bruce Byrum, Treasurer
Lee Falcon, Secretary
Katie Hunter, Chair, Architectural Control Committee

2018 Board of Directors:
Eric Janle
Anne Schaffner
Jaime Castaneda
Debra Maddrell
Eduard van der Noordaa
Mark Tremblay


Finally, we are looking for a volunteer to coordinate our annual community yard sale. The effort required is modest and you can choose the date. Please let me know if you are interested.

Best wishes,
Eric Janle

 

 

REMINDER - CCHA Annual Meeting - Monday April 9

April 8, 2018 | Eric

 

Dear Neighbor,

1. 
As a friendly reminder, our annual homeowners' meeting is tomorrow, Monday, April 9 at 8 PM at Wolf Trap Elementary.
Fairfax County's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is providing a guest speaker to talk about home- and community-based emergency planning and will also give an overview of their volunteer program and training open to anyone. The Board hopes to see you there.

2.  As you may have read in Supervisor Hudgin's March 2018 newsletter (see
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/huntermill/newsletters-communications) , Brookside Lane was listed on VDOT's draft 2018 paving schedule.
An email exchange with the VDOT construction manager confirmed that work is scheduled to start shortly. Here is a detailed description from his email:

"In accordance to the contract, Brookside Ln is scheduled to be milled 1" deep and paved back 1.5". Deep restoration work including sub-base and base repairs, is scheduled at two isolated locations. Also, approx 0.34 Mi long section of the road is planned to be widened by 2'. I have not received the contractor's schedule of operation yet, but weather permitting they are planning to start work on this project on April 9th. The completion date of this schedule is December 7th, 2018, therefore the work on Brookside Ln will be performed within this timeframe."

3. The Town of Vienna Planning and Zoning Office declined my invitation to attend our annual meeting on April 9 to talk about Vienna's "Maple Avenue Vision" and the Maple Avenue Commercial (MAC) Zoning District. However, they did provide a link to an interactive map about the MAC.

https://www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=865

Best regards,
Eric Janle
President, CCHA

 

 

SAVE THE DATE - Clark's Crossing HOA Annual Meeting - April 9, 2018
March 3, 2018 | Eric

 

Dear Neighbor,

The 2018 Clark's Crossing Homes Association Annual Meeting will be held on Monday April 9, 2018 at 8 PM at Wolf Trap Elementary School.

The agenda tentatively includes the following topics:


Presentation on local road projects of interest to our community (i.e., Route 7 Expansion)
2018 Board elections - to include one position that will become vacant this Spring
2017 review of Association activities
2017/2018 budget review
Architectural Review Committee update
2018 year ahead
Other Business

Please let me or any other board member know of any topics you would like included on the agenda.

One board position becomes vacant this Spring; Board members are elected by the homeowners at the annual meeting.
Please contact me if you are interested in this opportunity to participate in the HOA and support our community.

 

Best regards,
Eric Janle

President, CCHA

 

 

CCHA U.S. Postal Service Survey Results

July 29, 2017 | Eric

 

Dear Neighbor,

The Clark's Crossing Homes Association conducted an online survey earlier this year to capture residents' concerns regarding U.S. Postal Service mail delivery issues in the neighborhood.  I'm writing to thank everyone for their participation and provide a status of the situation.

 

A letter was sent to the Vienna Postmaster and Northern Virginia District Manager that included a summary of concerns received from the survey.
The Vienna Postmaster acknowledged our letter, apologized for the delivery issues and indicated he would work to improve the delivery service.  He asked that in the future we provide the dates of specific delivery errors so that he can better correlate them to the employees on duty at the time. We'll factor this additional detail into our next community survey.

In the interim, I recommend you contact the Vienna Postmaster and perhaps the District Manager directly when experiencing a mail delivery issue. They can be contacted at the following addresses:

Juanberto E. Josey, Postmaster
Vienna Post Office
200 Lawyers Road NW
Vienna, VA 22180-9998

Kevin McAdams, District Manager Northern Virginia
8409 Lee Highway
Merrifield, VA 22081-9996
(703)698-6464

Best regards,
Eric Janle

 

 

CCHA Community Reminders

June 3, 2017 | Eric

 

Dear Neighbor,

As we all take advantage of the long days and warm weather for home projects and holidays, I wanted to send out a few friendly reminders.

Exterior Projects Requiring ACC approval
Please remember to coordinate with the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) on certain changes to the outside of your property. Some changes don't require prior ACC approval, while others do.

  • Changes requiring ACC approval include:  installing/changing a fence, adding a shed, addition to/renovation of the home (please see the HOA website or directory for further guidance on these and other changes requiring approval and how to make the request https://www.clarkscrossing.org/architectural-review/ ).

  • Changes that do not require ACC approval include:  landscaping anywhere on the property using plants, stone, soil, mulch or any natural material (please see the website or directory for a complete list).

Please allow sufficient time for the ACC to review your request prior to starting your project. Contact ACC Chair Mark Tremblay at acc@clarkscrossing.org with any questions you may have regarding the approval process.

Neighborhood Noise
Please be considerate of your neighbors as you engage in outdoor tasks and leisure activities so that everyone can enjoy the tranquility that make this community such a great place to live. Fairfax County enacted an ordinance in 2015 limiting noise at night. Listed here are the highlights most applicable to our neighborhood; please see the Fairfax County website for the full list and details (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning/noiseordinance/ ).
The noise ordinance prohibits:

  • Operating power lawn equipment within 100 yards of a dwelling from 9pm to 7am

  • Using loudspeakers/amplifiers between 10pm and 7am

  • Barking or other animal noise between 10pm and 7am when it can be heard inside a home with its doors and windows closed, or if these sounds can be heard 7am and 10pm for more than five minutes consecutively or non-consecutively during a 10-minute period.

Thanks and have a great Summer!
Eric Janle

 

 

CCHA Community Yard Sale - Saturday May 20 2017

May 6, 2017 | Eric

 

Please mark your calendar for the Clark's Crossing Homes Association community yard sale on Saturday, May 20 from 8 AM to Noon.

This is a great opportunity to get a head start on your Spring cleaning. We've sponsored this neighborhood event before and it has always been a success.
With the help of a neighborhood volunteer, the event will be promoted with signs directing prospective buyers to the neighborhood, in newspaper ads and posts on the Nextdoor neighborhood website (a link to join Nextdoor is provided below).

To participate, simply set up your yard sale on May 20 from 8 AM to Noon.

Best of luck!

Eric Janle
President, CCHA


Here is a link to sign up for Nextdoor. Note that the Clarks Crossing "neighborhood" is larger than the formal boundaries of our Association.
https://nextdoor.com/join/ Invite code: CSRNQD

 

 

2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

April 25, 2017 | Eric

 

I'm writing to share some highlights of our 2017 Clark's Crossing Homes Association (CCHA) Annual Meeting held on April 3, 2017.

Anne Schaffner and Edu van der Noordaa were re-elected to three-year terms on the Board. I've also included a full list of the Board and Officers below for your reference. Please take a moment to thank them for their continued service to the community when you see them in the neighborhood.
 
Bruce Byrum, CCHA Treasurer, reviewed the 2017 budget. 2017 association dues are $85; invoices have already been mailed out to homeowners.


Guest Speaker Officer Patrick Lucas of the Fairfax County Police:
Warmer weather means increases in burglary: 

  • Entering warmer seasons, we're also entering burglary season as people tend to leave windows and doors open. To reduce risk of burglary:
        -  keep doors and windows locked
        -  if ladders are stored outside, chain and secure them
        -  limit exposure of 'identity materials'. Keep credit card statement secure.
  • Regarding the fairly recent burglary at the (Sun Valley) end of Abbey Oak, indicators were that the burglars were not experienced but may have been kids or junkies.
  • Burglars will tend to pull out dresser and desk drawers as well as pull everything out of closets looking for items of value that can be turned into quick cash.
  • Consider keeping a list of serial numbers of items valued at more than $250 to help police with recovery efforts should you be the victim of a burglary. Consider adding "owner applied" numbers, such as a single 6-10 digit number you make up for all your items suffixed with a sequential number to differentiate the items. Refrain from labeling your valuables with your driver's license number or social security number.
  • Nextdoor:  Nextdoor is useful in helping the police communicate with the public. Some Fairfax County Police Supervisors are subscribed to all Fairfax County 'neighborhoods.' Over 100,000 people in Fairfax County have signed up with NextDoor.
[From the CCHA - - here is a link to sign up for Nextdoor. Note that the Clarks Crossing "neighborhood" is larger than the formal boundaries of our Association.
https://nextdoor.com/join/ Invite code: CSRNQD  ]
  • Area overall crime rate:  The crime rate in the Tysons/Vienna area is fairly low overall. The Tysons Mall has an ongoing aggressive anti-crime effort not only against theft but also credit card fraud.

Question & Answer session with Officer Lucas:
Q:  What to do about drivers blowing through stops signs at Abbey Oak and Meadowlark, especially when the intersection serves as a bus stop and children are present?
A:  Fairfax County used to have a TrafficWatch program, but it was cut a few years ago for budget reasons. There is still a small team that tries to address these issues and Officer Lucas will forward the concerns to them and suggested also raising the concern on NextDoor. But he did acknowledge even if there is enforcement for a few days, cited drivers will typically revert back to their bad behavior.

Q:  What about photographing the offending vehicles or at least recording license plate numbers?
A:  The information could be useful, but only if acquired SAFELY.

Q:  What about solicitors in the neighborhood, such as the recent magazine crew? 
A:  All solicitors must have a license from Fairfax County that has their picture, thumb prints and the Fairfax County seal. This even applies to companies who are 'just doing business down the street' and solicit while in the neighborhood.
The magazine crews are typically groups of 30-40 persons that come into an area, canvas it and then are gone.
Also, please do not respond to panhandlers. Don't pass money through the car window, even to firefighters. Instead, make your donations directly to established charities. With increasing population density in the area, there will be an increase in panhandling and the police cannot selectively enforce the laws, meaning they cannot allow the firefighters but then not allow a person who says they're out of work.


Guest Speaker Ms. Allison Richter, VDOT:

  • Paving Fairfax County Roads:  There are over 11,000 lane miles of secondary roads in Fairfax County with 7,500 miles needing re-paving. After several years of budget cuts, funding for paving in Northern Virginia has been increased. This year's funding is $135 million which will allow paving of 900 lane miles. Eight to nine years will be needed to catch up.
  • Paving Meadowlark Rd.:  Both Meadowlark Rd. and Brookside are on the 2017 schedule for milling, repairing the under layer, and then repaving. The drainage pipe at Meadowlark and Brookside will also be replaced. The paving season is April to November and its the contractor's choice as to when to schedule the paving. Contractors have this flexibility in return for a lower price. This and other paving projects can be tracked at the following website:  http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northern_virginia/northern_virginia_paving_program.asp
     
  • Rt. 7 Expansion:  Rt. 7 will be widened from Tysons Corner to Reston Ave. during a multi-phase project. The road will go from four to six lanes, plus a shared-use bike/pedestrian path on either side. VDOT is currently seeking qualified design/build teams for the project and expects to award the contract by February 2018. Construction would start in late 2018. See www.connectroute7.org for more information.

Question & Answer session with Ms. Richter:
Q:  How is the shape and size of speed humps chosen when they're to be installed? 
A:  Traffic calming is a Fairfax County Department of Transportation effort rather than state-level. If speed humps were of interest to the neighborhood, then the county supervisor would be an advocate.

Q:  What about dead/dying trees overhanging the roads? There are several along Meadowlark.
A:  Report them via
http://my.vdot.virginia.gov or call 1-800-for-road.

Q:  What's going to happen at Hunter Mill and Crowell Roads? 
A:  This is a Fairfax County DOT effort rather than VDOT. The County is still in the second phase of defining a solution and any construction is still at least five years out.
Visit the
http://fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/huntermillstudy.htm for more information.


CCHA Website:
The CCHA website has been updated and refreshed.

We will also be updating our community announcements email list.

CCHA Officers:

Eric Janle, President
Anne Schaffner, Vice President
Bruce Byrum, Treasurer
Lee Falcon, Secretary
Mark Tremblay, Chair, Architectural Control Committee

Board of Directors:
Eric Janle
Anne Schaffner
Jaime Castaneda
Debra Maddrell
Eduard van der Noordaa
Dale Wurmlinger

Best wishes,
Eric Janle

 

 

New Web Site!

April 14, 2017  |  Eric

 

Our new website is up!

We we also be be revalidating our news email list, so please watch your inbox for an email soon.

 

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