Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Alerts and Reminders

Image result for image for reminderSnow shoveling: As we continue to experience snowy weather, please remember that the sidewalk near a homeowner's property is the responsibility of that homeowner to shovel. We’d also like to encourage you to help your neighbors with their shoveling. Remember to be cautious while walking on snow/ice.

Frozen pipes: In past winters several Lakeport residents have had to deal with burst water pipes as a result of freezing temperatures. If you have not already done so, you should take steps to avoid this problem. It is also a good idea to arrange for a neighbor to have access to your home in case you are out of town in the event this (or some other emergency) arises.

Help keep our community clean and beautiful: We hope the new trash can in Triangle Park (provided in December by Reston Association) will encourage people who enjoy that area to throw away their trash when they leave. If people still forget to do that, please clean up after them when you go by (and if you’re comfortable doing so, please gently point out to anyone eating there that we now have a trash can where they can deposit their trash). It would also help the appearance of our community if all residents picked up trash anywhere you see it while you’re out walking. Also, if you notice overflowing trash from the new trash can or the one at 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.

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 on the walking path in Lakeport.

A suggestion to improve lighting in Lakeport: 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 lights on at night, especially those in end units with short pole lights, which according to long-time Lakeport residents used to be standard practice. This is of course voluntary, but doing this small thing would be a gracious contribution to the overall safety and attractiveness of our community.

You must replace any tree you remove. If you recently removed a tree (dead or alive) on your property, remember that RA requires that you replace it with another tree. Reston Association has several resources for finding a replacement tree: see the list of recommended small trees at https://www.reston.org/Parks,RecreationEvents/NatureEnvironmentalResources/EnvironmentalResources/RecommendedTrees/tabid/571/Default.aspx. In addition, you might want to review https://www.reston.org/Portals/3/2018%20PARKSREC/tree%20brcochure%20web%20FINAL%2018.pdf and https://www.reston.org/Parks,RecreationEvents/NatureEnvironmentalResources/NaturalResources/TreesinReston/TreesShrubGuidelines/tabid/569/Default.aspx

Regular trash 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 (also imprinted on the outside of your trash bin if you forget the number).

Reporting 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 another 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 a report over the phone). Also notify Lakeport’s Neighborhood Watch coordinator, Chuck Foster chuckfost@aol.com. Please pay special attention to suspicious activity or sounds near the Lakeport dock, in the woods, or at night.

Never Again Be Late Paying Your Quarterly Assessment: Please consider paying your quarterly assessments by direct deposit instead of sending a check or paying online (which incurs an extra fee). If you decide to switch to direct deposit, it means that you never have to worry about incurring late fees because you might forget to make the payment (currently $25 a month for every 30 days the payment is late). In addition to sparing yourself the worry and hassle of making the payments manually, you save the Board time spent reminding people who haven’t paid shortly before the end of the month as well as extra costs to the Association for processing and mailing quarterly statements. You can cancel the arrangement at any time if for some reason autopay doesn’t work out for you. Should you wish to take advantage of this convenient way to pay your Lakeport assessment fees, please follow the instructions for filling out and mailing the form at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U_9xgrDVzZlOBoUG04XT2vlxmWa99C6q/view.

Update your contact information: Please go to the Lakeport Directory (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JVDIUn_CJgQwpTDNlnDzPyokRt4SW4sL/view) and check the contact information listed there for you. If a correction is needed, send it to both news@lakeportcluster.org and aguerra@scs-management.com. If your home has renters, please also ask them to send their contact information to these two emails. BTW, remember that if you need to contact a neighbor or just forget someone’s name, you can always check this directory.

Questions for Management Company: If you have a question about inspections, we suggest you start with the Board (board@lakeportlcluster.org) because we are apt to be more aware of your property (and it saves a $10 charge for each phone call or email related to inspections). For questions about quarterly assessments or other questions for Select Community Services (SCS), contact our portfolio manager for Lakeport, Alvaro Guerra: aguerra@scs-management.com, 703-631-2003.

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