Summer 2021 Issue of Ripples

From the Editor – Stephen Sapp

Lakeport News 

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From the Editor

By Stephen Sapp

In these times of continuing uncertainty in our lives, I am drawn to a theme I articulated in one of early columns I wrote after I became Editor of Ripples: the importance of community, perhaps even more so today than then.

In that column, I pointed out that the derivation of our word “community” ultimately traces back to the Latin  prefix cum (“with”) and the root munis (“obligatory service” or “duty”) through the compound communis, meaning “shared by all or many.” In short, our community is a group that shares, especially duties, obligations, and services. This specific understanding is still alive and well in smaller groups (think, e.g., of families, sports team, and military units), but it’s safe to say it is rapidly slipping away today in the divisiveness and individualism we see at the societal level (some would say it has already been largely lost).

It is impossible for me to cite specifics without being seen as “political,” but I’m sure we can all think of clear examples today of individuals who have set aside their sense of duty and obligation to the larger group that constitutes their community in favor of their own desires. The question, then, seems to be simple one: How can we have a “community” in any meaningful sense of the word if each of us is unwilling to modify his or her own inclinations and preferences—at least to some extent—for the common good?

For sure, this question is not a new one—it goes back at least as far as Plato’s discussion of the problem of “the one and the many” (or, if you are so inclined, all the way back to the Garden of Eden!)—and I don’t propose to solve it here. But I will nonetheless conclude by quoting my earlier column: “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could think of our Lakeport community . . . as a group of people who are willing to share the responsibilities and tasks that are necessary to have the highest quality of communal life possible?” And, I am very happy to say, my experience here has been that on the whole we come close to fulfilling that wish! 

I like to think that Ripples provides a medium for fostering Lakeport’s sense of community and helping us to know and appreciate the many ways our residents take seriously our shared duties and obligations. If you have comments and/or would like to submit an item for the Fall issue, please email me at ssapp@miami.edu.

Message from Lakeport President

By Mary M. Sapp

This past quarter saw the completion of two major projects affecting the appearance and value of Lakeport Cluster: the opening of the Kids’ Garden and the paving of Lakeport streets. All agree the Kids’ Garden is lovely, and the Little Free Library is clearly getting a lot of use. The paving project vastly improved the appearance of Lakeport roads, and on top of that it ended up costing under $84,000, much less than the $156,000 approved by owners last year. This saving has allowed the Board to redirect budgeted contributions to reserves to other areas. Support from Lakeport residents was important to the success of both projects. Check out the “Landscape Committee” and “Thanks to Volunteers” articles for more information about those who made the Kids’ Garden and the Little Free Library such a success. And the preparation for the paving went smoothly thanks to the cooperation of residents who moved their cars (no towing needed 😊). 

Other activities these last few months included a very successful Pre-Fourth-of-July TGIF, the submission of four new/revised standards for DRB review, architectural inspections conducted by SCS (if you received a notice of violations, the deadline for addressing them to avoid being turned over to RA is September 23), and myriad maintenance projects (electrical work; treating the dock; and repairing retaining walls, rock walls, a fence, and benches in Triangle Park). The Board is currently considering whether to replace metal signs with more attractive HDU ones, using funds freed up due to savings in the cost of paving.

Lakeport’s Annual Meeting is September 28 via Zoom. Please submit your proxy for the meeting and also your vote on two proposed Bylaws amendments (we need 42 votes for them to pass; not submitting your ballot is the same as voting “no”). Lakeport is fortunate to have two great Board members continue on the Board and three talented new members join it.

In my previous Ripples messages, I’ve highlighted accomplishments in the previous quarter and alerted owners and residents to upcoming projects. Because I’ll be leaving the Board this fall, let me close with a reminder of what’s happened in the last five years I’ve served Lakeport as President. 

  • Community Building (a primary goal I had when I became president): Increased Lakeport-sponsored social events included TGIFs, a community-wide dock party, a Halloween parade with candy handed out by neighbors around fire pits, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Book Club, and a number of smaller “local” get-togethers of neighbors (including at the new gathering place at the foot of the Lakespray hill, progressive dinners, and driveway parties). Owners of six new homes were formally welcomed. Communications increased via a revived Ripples sent electronically, more frequent announcements, and timely responses to many individual emails from owners.
  • Capital Projects: In the last five years, we have spent reserve funds to repave the streets, repair concrete, replace the dock, repair the bulkhead next to the dock, install biologs and landscaping where part of the old dock was removed to mitigate soil erosion along the shoreline, and add landscaping near the dock. We also used reserve funds for the following: replaced all the bollard lights beside the path (and added two more lights going down from the entrance for safety), replaced two timber retaining walls, arranged for interim paving in 2018 to remove three tripping hazards caused by tree roots, and commissioned the required five-year update of our reserve study. Because of this work, the good news is that after completing all of these projects, the Reserve Study shows only one (not very expensive) project in the next three years, and the current reserve balance alone is sufficient to fund scheduled Reserve projects for the next six years. 
  • Home Maintenance and Architectural Standards: We reinstated annual architectural inspections (except for last year because of Covid) so owners can avoid a long list of violations in a single year. Although no one wants to get these notices, they do help prevent further damage and more costly repairs in the future, and well-maintained homes help keep everyone’s property values high. In addition, we updated ten of Lakeport’s eleven architectural design standards (some several times) so that owners can use new products that make maintenance easier and to reduce the number of RA Design Review Board approvals needed to replace or repair part of a home.
  • Landscaping Projects: New landscaping included the Kids’ Garden/Little Free Library; perennials at the entrance; bushes next to the Safeway wall; landscaping in several locations on Lakespray Way; native plants between the RA path to the pool and Sunrise Valley Drive; grasses, ferns, and junipers planted at other locations; storm-water mitigation; installation of new sections of fence; and a great deal of tree work to deal with our aging trees (plus new trees to replace live trees removed). Lakeport’s landscaping has also benefitted from contributions by volunteers during fall and spring workdays. Please plan on participating in these—they are a great way to meet people.
  • Maintenance: Contractors and volunteers have made sure that our lights work; the dock was treated; roads, retaining walls, and railings were repaired; and mailboxes, signs, the dock, and doggie-bag containers were cleaned. 
  • Governance: The Board updated Lakeport’s Bylaws (twice) and Handbook (multiple times), approved resolutions and committee charters, created maintenance checklists and other owner resources, reorganized the website, and kept it up to date. Several committees were reactivated or started (Social, Neighborhood Watch, Maintenance, and Disaster Recovery). Submission of ballots and proxies using neighborhood “ballot boxes” in addition to email has helped increase participation in voting (please be sure to submit your vote on Bylaws amendments and your proxy). 
  • Operating Savings: In the interest of fiscal responsibility, the Board took advantage of the availability of outside revenue and instituted a variety of cost-saving measures. Outside funding was obtained from the County for the rain garden and conservation landscaping ($7,000) and for landscaping on the slope next to the RA path to the pool that was damaged during the construction of the sidewalk along Sunrise Valley Drive ($2820), and coir logs were donated by RA for shoreline restoration. Volunteers saved Lakeport thousands of dollars, especially for tree work, watering plants, and workday projects. In addition, the Board generated hundreds of dollars in refunds by monitoring financial reports on a regular basis. Fortunately, delinquencies in paying assessments have not been an issue, contrary to experiences of other HOAs (part of this is due to monthly follow-ups with owners who just forgot; so let me urge you to set up direct deposit so you don’t have to worry about writing a check—instructions are on the Residents tab on the website—and so Board members don’t need to contact you). The result is a strong financial situation, with around $30,000 in operating reserves (in addition to $68,000 in Replacement Reserves).
  • Activities outside Lakeport are now being shared with the community (e.g., status of the Lake Thoreau pool, proposed changes to zoning and density in Reston, and changes at South Lakes Village). 

All of these actions contributed to Lakeport’s being named 2019 “Community Association of the Year” by the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) in the Small Community category, a designation that has been used by realtors to help with the sale of Lakeport homes in the past couple of years. It also affirms what we all know: that Lakeport is a special place to live.

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the contributions of many wonderful owners and residents, in particular, current and former Board members and committee chairs, our irreplaceable webmaster Tom Barnett, and Ripples editor and counselor to the president Stephen Sapp. Serving as president has allowed me to get to know my neighbors better (the reason I joined the Board), learn a lot, and appreciate Lakeport more. Thank you for the opportunity.

Annual Meeting and Amendments to Bylaws

Lakeport’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, 2021, and will be conducted using Zoom, as allowed by Lakeport’s Bylaws. The official start time is 7:00 p.m., but we will begin admitting owners to the meeting at 6:30 p.m., and it will be helpful if you join early and visit with your neighbors before the meeting officially begins to avoid a bottleneck right before we start. SCS will mail a packet in early September with the meeting notice and a proxy form. 

IMPORTANT: The Annual Meeting packet that SCS will send will include a ballot for two proposed amendments to the Lakeport Bylaws:

  1. The first is to allow the Board to meet virtually (e.g., via Zoom) even if no formal state of emergency has been declared. When the original Bylaws amendment was adopted last year, the Virginia legislature allowed virtual Board meetings only during a state of emergency, but it has since removed that restriction. We would like to change the Lakeport Bylaws to match and are asking that a majority of owners vote in favor so the Board can avoid having to meet in person during the current Covid surge. 
  2. The second amendment is simply an editorial change to make the spelling of “email” consistent by changing four instances of “e-mail” to “email.”

Because our Bylaws require that amendments be adopted only “by the signed assent of a majority of all members” (emphasis added), we will not vote at the Annual Meeting on these amendments because it will be conducted via Zoom. Therefore we need more than 42 owners (whether attending the meeting or not) to return ballots for the amendments by signing, dating, and submitting the ballot either via email (you can just take a photo if you don’t have a scanner) or by dropping the paper ballot in one of the three collection boxes that will be available in Lakeport. Note that not submitting your ballot has the same impact as voting “No” on each amendment. While you’re at it, please submit your proxy at the same time so we can be ensured of having a quorum for the Annual Meeting. 

The main action item of this year’s Annual Meeting is for owners to elect three members to the Association’s Board of Directors for terms of two years. In addition, the Board will provide a report on finances and updates on projects completed, in progress, and under consideration.

The packet from SCS will contain the official notice of the Annual Meeting, the proxy for voting for Board members, and the ballot to vote on the two amendments described above. You should have already received an email with the Zoom link to attend the meeting (and of course you will get the link in follow-ups). The Lakeport Annual Meeting website at http://www.lakeportcluster.org/2021/08/lakeport-annual-meeting-to-be-held.html contains the following material (the first three are included in the mailed packet):

  1. Meeting notice.
  2. A proxy form to allow you to vote for Board members even if you can’t attend the Annual Meeting.
  3. A ballot for the two Bylaws amendments (not for action at the Annual Meeting but also included with the annual meeting packet mailed by SCS and which can be submitted in the same way as proxies). 
  4. A candidate statement form for those who wish to run for the Board. 
  5. Statements already submitted by three candidates who have decided to run (Chuck Foster, Pamela Graulich, and Jennifer Walter).
  6. Minutes from the 2020 Annual Meeting.
  7. Agenda for the 2021 Annual Meeting (to be added later). 
  8. Summary of the procedures for the virtual meeting and tips for using Zoom.

For those attending the Annual Meeting, votes will be cast anonymously using Zoom’s polling feature. Alternatively, any eligible voter (Lakeport homeowner) who does not attend the meeting may designate how they want to vote by filling out the Proxy Form (with instructions on the back), which is included in the packet from SCS and also online. Please fill out and submit the Proxy Form whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting because your proxy counts toward a quorum, which is needed to start the meeting. You can use the Proxy Form to designate how you want to vote for Board candidates. If you do not attend the meeting, your Proxy votes will be counted. If you do attend the meeting, your proxy votes will be discarded, and you will actively cast your votes at the meeting. Voting is done anonymously using Zoom’s polling feature. 

If you have not used Zoom before or would like more information about what to expect in a Lakeport Zoom meeting, please email msapp@miami.edu

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please fill out the Candidate Statement Form (if you submit it by September 1, it can be included on the proxy form mailed by SCS as well as the Zoom ballot). Three owners who have already submitted their candidate statements for the Board (Chuck Foster, Pamela Graulich, and Jen Walter) are listed on the Proxy and their candidate statements are available at the web site listed above. Please read their Candidate Statements before the Annual Meeting. Also, please review the minutes from last year’s meeting, which will need to be approved at this meeting, and the agenda once it is available. 

We encourage owners to attend the Annual Meeting, and we ask that every eligible owner complete and return the ballot for amendments and the proxy indicating their vote for Board members, even if they plan to attend the September 28 Annual Meeting. 


Paving (Follow-Up Visit Saturday, August 28)

Lakeport’s Reserve Study identifies only two very expensive capital projects: replacement of the dock and repair of the adjacent bulkhead (done in 2018) and paving (just completed this year). During the 2020 Annual Meeting, owners approved a not-to-exceed amount of $156,000 for paving and concrete repairs. The good news is that the final cost was under $84,000, and going forward there will be a lull in spending of reserve funds for projects. In addition, everyone agrees the roads look great. The wonderful cooperation of residents in moving their cars (we didn’t need to tow any 😊) contributed to the project’s success. If you missed seeing all of the hustle and bustle, check out the photos above and at the bottom. 

As with most projects, we created a punch list, and Brothers Paving & Concrete Corporation will return Saturday, August 28 (rescheduled from earlier this month due to rain), to take care of several items. Most notable is that they forgot to install the speed bump at the top of the Lakespray hill, which helps slow down traffic in an area where children and dogs play. Please support your neighbors on Lakespray by leaving common parking spaces empty from this Friday evening to Saturday evening so they can move their cars there while work is being done. In addition, Brothers will paint the cross walk and stop bar at the entrance, closing one lane at a time; so please exercise care when entering and exiting Lakeport while that work is being done. 




Standards Committee

As you may recall from emails sent last month asking for owner feedback, Lakeport has developed revised standards for Exterior Lighting; Doors; and Gutters, Downspouts, and Downspout Extensions. These standards will be reviewed by Reston Association’s Design Review Board (DRB) on September 7, and the Lakeport Board will receive the decision letter from RA a week later. Once we have that letter, we’ll post the new standards on the Lakeport website and send an announcement to the community. 

We have also proposed changes to our current Deck standard. That proposal was reviewed by the DRB at their August 3 meeting. We are appealing the decision from that meeting because the DRB kept the requirement that owners must submit DRB applications for decks they plan to replace or repair if they wish to use a color that is not in the current table of pre-approved colors. We’ll let you know the results of the appeal when we hear. 

Landscape Committee

By Mary Sapp

Several landscape projects have been completed since the Spring Ripples:

The highlight of course is the Kids’ Garden. The Board approval of the concept last November was followed by months of planning, recruiting, building and then installing the herb garden enclosure and Little Free Library, prepping the ground, soliciting and receiving donations, relocating existing plants, and adding new ones (see photos below showing the work being done). All of this work culminated in the opening celebration in June. The new plants in the garden brighten that area of Lakeport, and the new Little Free Library, in memory of Mary Nagley (Lakeport 1987-2011), is popular with Lakeport kids and others who use the RA path (there has been a lot of turnover in books). Credit goes to the Kids’ Garden team led by Melanie Clement that oversaw these efforts: Gail Pitches, Heidi Warrington, and Rich Shelton.  


A second big project was dealing with needed tree work. Thanks to the combined efforts of a group of Lakeport residents and Board members, arrangements were made to remove a large branch on a maple in Triangle Park just two days after it was noticed, taped off, and nearby cars were moved (an example of the kind of community cooperation that makes Lakeport such a good place to live). Shortly after that emergency, planned tree work took place that included the removal of four live trees on common property that arborists determined were a potential threat to nearby property, removal of three dead pine trees (including one that was identified shortly before the tree work took place and was determined to have died so quickly due to a lightning strike), and trimming of five others. In addition, two were treated and three tree stumps were ground and the chips spread nearby. Any time Lakeport removes a live tree, RA requests that a replacement be planted. These four replacement trees are expected to be planted in September. 

All the plants installed this past year (bushes near the Safeway wall, Kids’ Garden and liriope in Triangle Park, and landscaping at the entrance) needed to be watered to make sure they got established and then survived the summer heat. We contracted with Blade Runners to do this but before they could schedule their visits this summer, volunteers took care of our plants. 

Please see the article in this issue on volunteers for landscaping and be sure to thank them. Particular recognition goes to outgoing Landscape Committee members Melanie Clement, Gail Pitches, and Heidi Warrington for their leadership on the Kids’ Garden, the plants at the entrance, and other projects during the last year and a half. Thanks also to new Committee members Steven Browning, Melanie Clement, Don Nagley, Elizabeth Pan, and Mary Sapp (chair). 










Maintenance Committee

By Paul Renard

The Maintenance Committee has been busy this summer!

We have had several initiatives completed as we started to poke our heads outdoors again, and more are ongoing:

  • We are currently working on a “sign refresh” plan for the neighborhood and have received valuable input from the community that is helping us figure out what we can do and afford. Many thanks to Stephen Sapp, Jerry Beiter, et al. for removing the badly damaged signs near the Lakeport entrance. We expect to have other redundant signs removed soon and hope to have most signage replaced this fall; cost analyses are still ongoing. 
  • We just completed a project to fix the worst of the rotted timbers in the retaining walls between 1923 and 1925 Lakeport and are getting an estimate for complete renovation in the future (the repairs showed that almost all of the lowest level timbers for the walls are badly rotted, but’s that’s a task for a future year.)
  • We completed our first of what should be every-other-year resealing of the community dock to prolong the life of its surface decking at a cost much below replacement, which will be required if this task is neglected.
  • We filled the rot holes in the Triangle Park benches and sealed them with leftover sealant from the dock.
  • Other projects on the horizon: repairs to the entrance sign lights and many more.

If you’re interested in working on a project or want to suggest an improvement to Lakeport’s infrastructure, contact Paul at 1925 Lakeport.


Social Committee

The lull in Covid cases earlier in the summer allowed Lakeport’s Social Committee to hold a very successful Pre-Fourth-of-July TGIF, with a great turnout of residents. The event was hosted by Tiffany and Adam Wilczewski, who provided hot dogs, supplemented by contributions from others. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to interact with neighbors they had not seen in a while and to welcome new owners to our community. Kids (and adults) enjoyed the sparklers and other ways of celebrating the birth of our country. 

Depending on the course of the delta-variant surge, Committee chair Michelle Simoneau and member Tiffany Wilczewski are tentatively planning a Lakeport dock party for the fall and would appreciate volunteers to help plan, set up, and clean up. We may also try to schedule a fall TGIF at a home where participants can visit outdoors. 







Book Club

By Barbara Khan, Coordinator

Want to join some of your neighbors and talk about a good book? Lakeport has an informal book club that is always open to new members. No master’s degree in literature required (not even a bachelor’s!), and no grades given. Just read the assigned book and show up for a lively, lighthearted discussion. We usually meet monthly on the third Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00-ish, rotating among members’ homes.

Here is the September book, which is an Oprah’s Book Club selection and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and is on former President Barack Obama’s summer reading list. Called by The Washington Post "a miraculous debut” and CBS This Morning “a towering achievement of imagination,” The Sweetness of Water depicts the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and a Georgia farmer and his wife, an alliance that will alter their lives forever.

Book: The Sweetness of Water

Author: Nathan Harris

Date: Monday, September 20, 5:00 p.m.

Place: For September’s location, please contact Barbara Khan at bskhan@att.net

           


Thanks to Our Volunteers

Please be sure to thank your neighbors for their efforts to make Lakeport a better place for all of us to live. If you want to volunteer, let the Board or a committee chair know—it’s a great way to get to know people and to contribute to your community.

Landscape Projects 

  • Melanie Clement and Gail Pitches – for serving the past year-and-a-half as co-chairs of the Landscape Committee
  • Mary Sapp — for becoming the new Landscape Committee chair
  • Steven Browning, Melanie Clement, Don Nagley, and Elizabeth Pan – for joining the Landscape Committee as members
  • Melanie Clement, Gail Pitches, Heidi Warrington, and Rich Shelton – for conceiving, planning, constructing, digging, planting, and tending the Kids’ Garden and Little Free Library and making Lakeport Rangers badges for the children who helped
  • Kathy Babbitt, Dev Bhosale, Kristen Bobik, Steven Browning, Lynda Dendtler, David and Liz Fleming, Fatime Funk, Susan Kilcup, Clementine Kohlenberg, Sandy Laeser, Don Nagley, James Pan, Linda Rosenberg, Stephen and Mary Sapp, Michelle Simoneau, Trudy Stevens, Ashley Strickland, Rosemary Welch, and Adam Wilczewski – for working on the Kids’ Garden and/or donating books, plants, and gardening and construction supplies    
  • Phong Nguyen, Carol Leos, Chuck Foster, Paul Renard, and Kevin Burke and Barbara Khan – for working together to respond quickly to have the dangerous large maple tree limb in Triangle Park removed by noticing the problem, emailing the Board, putting up yellow tape, adding cones and signs and moving nearby cars, meeting with the arborist the next day, and being there for the removal of limb the day after that
  • Jonathan Hammer, Don Nagley, Paul Renard, and Mary and Stephen Sapp – for planting and watering grass seed by 1939 Lakeport Way
  • Melanie Clement and Tod Vollrath – for planting red cedar saplings by the Sunrise Valley guardrail and the fence next to 1907 Lakeport Way and spreading wood chips generated by stump grinding 
  • Stephen Sapp and Melanie Clement; David Fleming and Phong Nguyen; Henryk Gorski; Chuck Foster, Lynda Dendtler, and Rosemary Welch; and Steven Browning – for watering new plants at the entrance, liriope in Triangle Park and on the Lakespray hill, bushes by the Safeway wall, and plants near the Lakespray turnaround during the summer (Blade Runners is now watering most of these areas)
  • Sandy Laeser and David Fleming – for watering the Kids’ Garden

Social

  • Michelle Simoneau – chair of the Social Committee
  • Tiffany and Adam Wilczewski – for hosting a very successful Pre-Fourth-of-July TGIF
  • Carol Leos – for welcoming new residents

Maintenance

  • Paul Renard – chair of Maintenance Committee and for working with contractors on maintenance projects
  • Paul Renard – for sanding and painting metal railings, replacing lightbulbs in the entrance, and repairing the wall and benches in Triangle Park
  • Tod Vollrath – for repairing the gap in the fence by 1907 Lakeport Way caused by the white pine that fell
  • Annabelle Hammer and Paul Renard – for keeping our dock clean
  • Annabelle Hammer – for restocking doggie-bag stations

Governance

  • Terrill Evon, Dave Fleming, and Pete Hatfield – for collecting ballots for the vote on Bylaws Amendments and proxies for the Annual Meeting
  • Barbara Khan – for updating the Lakeport Cluster Handbook

Standards

  • Kelly Driscoll – chair of the Standards Committee

Other 

  • Barbara Khan – for coordinating the Lakeport Book Club and reporting on the status of the Lake Thoreau pool
  • James Pan – chair of Neighborhood Watch
  • Tom Barnett – for maintaining Lakeport’s online directory and listserv for announcements and posting Ripples
  • Stephen Sapp – for editing Ripples

Pathway Etiquette in Reston

The following are reminders from the Reston Association Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee on how we can safely share our pathways:

  1. When approaching a walker from behind, a bicyclist should announce "passing on the left” (or “passing on the right” if the walker is on the left side of the path).
  2. Bicyclists and pedestrians should not occupy the center of the path. Two or more bicyclists and walkers should not occupy the entire trail. Stay to the right. 
  3. Remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
  4. Don’t hesitate to kindly remind other walkers and bicyclists of these sensible practices.
  5. Be aware that those with hearing loss may not hear you when you call or approach them.

August 20, 2021, Reston News


Update on the Lake Thoreau Pool

By Barbara Khan

The Reston Design Review Board approved the new Lake Thoreau Pool design on June 22, 2021. Key design elements include a re-working of the roof (now to include vertical columns), longer ADA access with a ramp into the main pool, a repositioning of the spa away from the bathhouses, and a redesign of the overlook deck reducing the size of the area. There are also plans for a pollinator garden, “artistic” birdhouses, and public art. Construction may start in October or November of this year, with completion anticipated in the fall of 2022 and a grand reopening at the beginning of the 2023 pool season.



Document Shredding

A document shredding event for Hunter Mill District will be held on September 25 at North County Human Services, 11484 Washington Plaza West, Reston. This residential shredding event is open only to residents of Fairfax County and Clifton, Herndon, the Town of Vienna, and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. It will feature four document shredding trucks, and shredding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The event will begin at 7:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m., or when all trucks reach their capacity. All participants must be in line no later than 11:00 a.m. to ensure service.

Materials Accepted:

  • Residential material of a sensitive nature such as tax documents, financial records, and the like (old love letters? 🙂 ). Please recycle junk mail and magazines through your normal collection service.
  • Up to four medium-sized packing boxes per vehicle.

Prohibited Items:

  • BINDERS of any type (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal)
  • Plastic document covers
  • Wet or moist paper
  • Hanging file folders with metal support bars
  • Metal binder clips
  • Electronic media including computer disks and diskettes or CDs
  • Books, either hardback or paperback
  • Credit cards
  • Magazines, catalogues, and newspapers (unless just the page with the address)
  • Film or photographs

Procedures for the Event:

Please Note: This is a drive-through event and residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles. For everyone’s safety, you will not be able to stand by and watch your paper being shredded.

  • County staff remove boxes from cars and trucks and empty paper into rolling carts.
  • Once full, the carts are taken to the shredding truck where they are emptied into a shredder.
  • All documents are cross-cut shredded on-site, by a private contractor, on the day of the event.
  • Following the event, all paper is delivered to a local recycling facility for processing.
  • Written certification of shredding will not be provided.

For additional information, please call 703-324-5230, TTY 711, or go to https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/document-shredding.

Neighborhood Watch

You may have noticed an uptick in crime in our area. There are many reasons for this that are beyond discussion in a cluster newsletter: For example, most police agencies currently suffer from challenging morale; there is difficulty recruiting and retaining officers nationwide, leading to a shortage of personnel; and those who do serve are concerned they will find themselves in an engagement that might go bad, requiring them to make a split-second decision that could either cost them their lives or lead to their arrest, causing them to lose their freedom, their livelihood, or at least their good name. 

A suggestion that might address both concerns expressed above is to encourage greater police visibility in our immediate vicinity, especially around South Lakes Village (thus deterring potential criminals from frequenting our neighborhood), and one way to do this might be as simple as thanking police officers for their service the next time you see them. You can even consider offering to buy them a cup of coffee or a meal. 

Finally, a specific crime issue that should be of concern to all of us is the 50% increase in murders in Fairfax County so far this year. Although most murders are not random but instead domestic or drug-related (statistically speaking, the vast majority of murders occur between family members and acquaintances), you still might want to call your local supervisor, delegate, and state senator and ask them what solutions they are thinking about to address this troubling situation.

On another note, if you are considering traveling, here are some tips to keep your house safe:

  1. Tell your neighbors that you will be out of town.
  2. Do not broadcast your plans online.
  3. Have some of the lights on timers so your home appears occupied.
  4. Have a security sign in your yard.
  5. Install a video camera system.
  6. Suspend your newspaper deliveries or ask a neighbor to collect the papers.
  7. Do not let delivered packages sit by your front door or in your driveway. Ask your neighbors to store them.

Take care and stay safe.

Reminders

Deadline to resolve inspection violations is September 23. If you have not notified the Board by then that violations identified in a letter from SCS dated June 25 have been resolved or that you have lined up a contractor who will not be able to finish work by that date, the violations will be referred to Reston Association (RA). RA will do its own inspection, checking for violations of Lakeport Standards and RA Guidelines (not included in the SCS inspection), and if their inspection items are not resolved, they can impose fines and/or refer the situation to an attorney. In other words, if you have not already made arrangements, you should do so right away. 

Boat Owners: Lake Thoreau’s Annual End-of-Summer Boat Party will be held Saturday, August 28, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Turtle Recall will be performing again. The rain date is Sunday, August 29, at the same time. Donations to pay for the band ($30 per boat recommended) should be sent to David Prochnow, 2000 Swans Neck Way, Reston, VA 20191 (you may also donate via PayPal). Attendance is at your own risk. Maintaining social distance and using lights after dark are requested.

Maintenance of the Exterior of Your Home: Be sure to review the Home Maintenance Checklist for Summer in this issue for smaller maintenance projects that could save you major expenses and headaches in the future. And remember that RA has entered into an arrangement with Sherwin-Williams for a discount of 30% to 40% off paints and stains (exterior and interior) and 15% off paint supplies at Sherwin-Williams store #3385, located at 495A Elden Street in Herndon (703-471-1484). If you want to take advantage of the discount, the code is 2214-8496-7.

You Must Replace Any Tree You Remove: If you recently removed a tree (dead or alive) on your property, remember that Reston Association requires that you replace it with another tree. RA has several resources for finding a replacement tree: See the lists of recommended small trees and here.   

Party Walls: Although sometimes counterintuitive, the RA Deeds make the repair of any architectural element that falls on the property line between two houses (e.g., wall, trim, fence) a joint responsibility. If you aren’t sure whose responsibility it is to pay for the repair or replacement of a shared wall or trim, please see the Reston Association for information relating to party walls. 

Glass Recycling: Glass pickup, free for all Lakeport residents, will be the first Wednesday of each month, but if you’re ever unsure of the date, you can go to http://www.lakeportcluster.org/ and check the calendar under the photo of the Community of the Year banner on the left. Just leave your glass by the curb in a plastic bin by 7:00 a.m. Bins will be emptied and left (cardboard boxes or plastic or paper bags cannot be used). Your glass will be taken to the glass recycling center in Lorton so that it doesn’t end up in the landfill with your garbage (glass is no longer allowed in the regular recycle bins).

Regular Trash and Recycling Collection: If your trash or recycling is not picked up by 2:00 p.m. on a scheduled collection day, please call ADS at 703-388-0500 (if you forget the number, it also imprinted on the outside of your trash bin).


Report Suspicious Activity:
If you see suspicious activity, don’t confront anybody but instead call the Fairfax County Police non-emergency number, 703-691-2131 (use this number also to report vandalism or any other crime that has already occurred). The police request that even if you just have a “gut feeling” something is wrong, you notify them with as many details as possible. It is helpful if you can also take photos unobtrusively. Police will be dispatched (or you may be able to provide a report over the phone). Also notify Lakeport’s Neighborhood Watch coordinator James Pan at jpamco@gmail.com. Please pay special attention to suspicious activity or sounds near the Lakeport dock, in the woods, or at night.

Improve Lighting in Lakeport: Even though it is still staying light later and becoming light somewhat earlier, please leave your outdoor lights on at night. A well-lit community is one of the most basic measures we can take to ensure the safety of our residents and the security of our property. One way to further the goal of safe lighting is for residents to leave their exterior lights on at night, especially those in end units with post lights, which according to long-time Lakeport residents used to be standard practice. This is of course voluntary but doing this one small thing would be a gracious contribution to the overall safety and attractiveness of our community. 

Reston Association Covenants Portal: RA has launched a Covenants Portal that has a record of all communications from RA relating to resale inspections and DRB approvals for your home. It also allows you to see the status of current DRB requests. To create an account, go to https://hoa.smartwebs.com/Jicv2 and enter “Lakeport” as your association. If you have any questions or encounter a bug in the new system, contact Meagan Micozzi (mMicozzi@reston.org) or Vern James (vern@reston.org). 

Drive Slowly: Neighborhood kids are outside, playing on sidewalks and in the streets, even in the lingering summer heat and as schools reopen. Please remember to drive slowly and keep your eyes out for children (and other pedestrians).


Help Keep Our Community Clean and Beautiful:
Please contribute to the appearance of our community by picking up trash anywhere you see it while you’re out walking and enjoying nature in Lakeport (and elsewhere). Also, if you notice overflowing trash from the can in Triangle Park or the one at the entrance to South Lakes Village, please take a photo and forward it to the Board so we can pass it on to Reston Association or South Lakes Village management company. 

Dog Waste: If you see a dog walker who fails to pick up the dog’s waste, please remind the person that doggie bags are available at two stations, one on the RA walking path in Lakeport and another on Lakespray Way.

Geese: We continue to experience problems with goose poop on our dock. Please don’t feed the geese (not only does this attract them, it’s not healthy for them), but do feel free to shoo them off the dock (just be sure not to harm them or allow them to attack you—we just want to make their time on our dock unpleasant enough that they will choose to hang out somewhere else!). 

Do You Have Carpenter Bees (Lakeport Does!)? If you think you’ve seen lots of large bumblebees buzzing around your deck, chances are they are carpenter bees instead. Although they can be good pollinators, they also can be very destructive of untreated wood, boring tunnels that can cause structural weakness. This article from a pest-control company in New England offers some helpful tips to avoid problems with carpenter bees.

Never Again Be Late Paying Your Quarterly Assessment: If you’ve been contacted by the Board for not paying your assessment as the end of the month nears (or even if you haven’t), please consider paying your quarterly assessments by direct debit through your bank instead of sending a check or paying online (which incurs an extra fee). If you decide to switch to automatic debit, it means that you never have to worry about incurring late fees because you forgot to make the payment (currently $25 plus the charge from SCS for sending the letter). Alternatively, you can pay the entire assessment at the beginning of the year ($1380 for 2021). Either way, you save the Board time spent reminding people who haven’t paid shortly before the late fee would be incurred, as well as extra costs to the Association for processing and mailing quarterly statements (last year we paid around $600 to have statements sent to owners who had not prepaid or set up direct debit). You can cancel the arrangement at any time. To take advantage of this convenient way to pay your Lakeport assessment fees, follow the instructions for filling out and mailing the form

Questions for the Management Company: If you have a question about quarterly assessments or other questions for Select Community Services (SCS), contact Lakeport’s portfolio manager Ali Long at along@scs-management.com.

Update Your Contact Information: Please go to the Lakeport Directory and check the contact information listed there for you. If a correction is needed, either send an email to webmaster@lakeportcluster.org and copy along@scs-management.com or fill out the form. If your home has renters, please ask them to fill out the form to be listed in the directory. Remember also that if you need to contact a neighbor or just forget someone’s name, you can always check this directory. 

Home Maintenance Checklist for Summer

Important note: If you are addressing issues with the exterior of your home, please consult the Lakeport Design Standards and remember that you may have to seek approval from Reston Association’s Design Review Board.

Homes in Lakeport Cluster, which are now more than 30 years old, are unique in several ways. This checklist, designed with Lakeport homes in mind, may help to reduce major repairs in the future. If you think you have a problem, however, we urge you to seek advice from a licensed and insured contractor or other service professional.

Outdoor Checklist

  • Be sure to water your plants. The longer days and increased heat of summer mean that the plants in our yards come under greater stress, especially during periods of no or sporadic rain. To maintain the appearance of your yard (not to mention to save yourself the expense of replacement), please remember to water your plants when needed. Helpful information can be found at the following sites:
  • Fire-retardant plywood roof sheathing must be replaced if the material degrades due simply to high attic temperatures, which can cause it to fail to retard the spread of fire.
  • Check wood siding and trim for signs of splintering, deterioration, softness, green mildew, or other discoloration. These are signs of potential wood damage. Replace damaged siding and trim following Cluster standards for paint color. In the case of mildew or discoloration, ask a home improvement provider to suggest the appropriate cleaner to preserve the wood.
  • A dark vertical line on the middle of your garage door is most likely caused by insufficient tension on the chain from your garage door opener to the front wall of your garage. Over time, the chain will slacken and start to drag on the door, which leaves that black mark and eventually will wear through the paint if left uncorrected. Most of these chains have a tensioner or turnbuckle that can be tightened to fix the problem. Once you have tightened the chain, the door can be cleaned with something like Scott’s Outdoor Cleaner and the gentle use of a scrubbing sponge from your kitchen.
  • Gutters, and particularly those that are beneath a tree, may experience two problems: The gutters become clogged and/or the spikes that attach them to the house may be pulling away. When a gutter is not working properly, you’ll often see staining on the vertical wall below the gutter. Fixing the first problem is easy – have your gutters cleaned. Even if you don’t have a tree nearby and even if you have something like Gutter Helmet or a strainer screen over them, gutters can still fill up with cinders washed down from your shingles over time. Gutters that are not slanted properly toward the downspout can put a lot of weight on the gutter, leading to the second problem. If you see gutter spikes coming loose, you can just drive them back in, which may hold for a while. However, there’s a better, longer-term, inexpensive solution. Home Depot sells long gutter screws that can replace failing gutter spikes. They go through a ferrule (a sleeve that keeps the screw from compressing the gutter itself) and screw into the wood behind the gutter. These are far more secure in the long run.
  • Exterior railing pipes are prone to rust. Home Depot has a product that cleans the rust effectively. One bottle of Rustoleum Rust Dissolver is probably a lifetime supply (or sufficient to share with several of your neighbors). Scrape rusted areas with a putty knife or flat screwdriver, spray on the rust dissolver, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then wash it off with water (clear directions are on the spray bottle.) Keep doing this until all the visible rust is gone. Dry the metal, sand it lightly, and then spray it with a Rustoleum primer. When that dries, you can paint it with the approved trim color for your house. There’s no guarantee that the rust won’t eventually return, but you can prolong the life of your exterior railing pipes (and particularly the collars that attach the pipes to your trim wood) by many years.
  • Driveways should be maintained in good condition with no loose sections of asphalt, holes in the surface, or crumbling edges. All older asphalt driveways will crack, and we recommend filling these cracks annually with semi-liquid driveway patch (available from Home Depot either in a squeeze bottle or in caulk-style tubes.) Patching the cracks will prolong the life of the drive considerably, though this type of product works well only in cracks that are no wider than about 1/4 inch. When small sections of asphalt break up and are no longer easily patchable with a liquid product, cold patch can be used to repair that section: Dig out the loose asphalt, put cold patch in the hole (available in 60 lb. bags from Home Depot), and pound with the top surface of a sledge hammer to compact it. Be sure to bring the cold patch up to the level of the existing driveway and smooth it into the original surface.
  • Driveway sealers help to improve the look of the driveway and cover the differences among the original surface, crack fills, and cold patch fixes. From a cosmetic and lifespan point of view, they also help extend the life of the driveway. Sealers typically come in a five-gallon can and require a squeegee for spreading.
  • All driveways eventually will reach a point where small fixes are insufficient, and they will need to be repaved. When your driveway is more than 5% cold patch or has many cracks that can’t be filled, this is a good indication that professional repaving is needed.

Indoor Checklist

  • Homeowners should check and if necessary replace gasket/pressure regulators in bathtubs and showers (including the overflow) to avoid flooding from a leak.
  • Be sure to replace or clean your HVAC filter regularly.

Lakeport Governance/Management

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President - Mary Sapp
Vice President - Paul Renard
Vice President - Kathy Powers
Secretary - Barbara Khan
Treasurer - Kevin Burke

Contact the board via email ID:  Board@lakeportcluster.org

What Residents and Board Can Expect

 


COMMITTEE CHAIRS


Landscape Committee – Gail Pitches and Melanie Clement

Maintenance Committee – Paul Renard

Neighborhood Watch Committee – James Pan

Social Committee – Michelle Simoneau, Carol Leos


Standards Committee – Kelly Driscoll

 


VOLUNTEERS

Webmaster and Listserv Administrator – Tom Barnett

Editor for Ripples, community newsletter – Stephen Sapp

Book Club Coordinator – Barbara Khan

Fill doggie-bag stations - Annabelle Hammer

Keep community dock clean – Annabelle Hammer and Paul Renard



SELECT COMMUNITY SERVICES


Portfolio Manager: Alexandra "Ali" Long

Email: along@scs-management.com    

Direct: (703) 230-8725

Fax: (703) 266-2804

PO Box 221350

Chantilly, VA  20153  

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.mm, Friday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Website: https://app.townsq.io/login 

 


RESTON ASSOCIATION 

Vern James

Covenants Advisor

Reston Association

vern@reston.org 

phone: 703-435-6506