Winter 2022 Issue of Ripples


From the Editor – Stephen Sapp

Lakeport News 

News from Outside Lakeport

Helpful Information





















Landscape Committee

By Mary Sapp

As you are probably aware, Lakeport’s hilly topography poses challenges for our community. For example, a number of owners have installed steps on their property to help them more safely access their docks and back patios. But the slopes, especially the steep grades, create another problem for Lakeport properties and Lake Thoreau: storm-water runoff that leads to mud, erosion, and streams of dirty water that flow into storm drains that all empty into our lake and into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In fact, some areas of Lakeport are designated as part of the Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area (RPA)—you can find links to maps and other information about the RPA  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/landdevelopment/faqs-resource-protection-areas to see if part of your property is included and what that means for you. 

To try to protect the quality of its waters, the Commonwealth of Virginia encourages property owners to engage in best practices to reduce the quantity of stormwater that leaves your property and to improve the quality. As an incentive, the Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) offers grants for approved projects proposed by HOAs, civic organizations, religious institutions, and individual property owners. In 2020 Lakeport qualified for two grants to install a rain garden and conservation landscaping between 1952 and 1954 Lakeport Way. The rain garden has successfully captured runoff from four downspouts, but unfortunately surface-level runoff is still causing erosion between 11110 and 11112 Lakespray and mud between 1952 and 1954 even after the owners paid to install rock steps so they could safely reach their back patios. 

We consulted with the contractor for our rain garden and the NoVA SWCD, who determined that most of the current runoff (which creates an obviously flowing stream during a heavy rain) is from the grassy area between 11100 and 11112 Lakespray. They proposed the installation of five “infiltration steps” on the four-foot strip of common property between these two homes to capture and temporarily store the surface water before infiltrating it into the soil over several days based on a design prepared by a Soil Scientist at NoVA SWCD. The five 3.5’ W x 4’ L steps (three located on the steepest part of the hill and another two near the bottom, as shown in the photo rendering to the right) will help terrace the area to slow down the water, but the real value is the 3’x3’ reservoirs filled with rocks beneath the steps (the top three will be 20” deep and the bottom two 31” deep). 

In addition to controlling and minimizing runoff and conserving that water within the landscape, the infiltration steps will make it safer for contractors and anyone else going down that hill, although its use as a route to Lakeport Way (or for sledding/skiing 😊) is discouraged. The placement of these steps will also encourage anyone walking there to do so on common property rather than on private property. 

Installation of the steps is contingent on final approval by RA’s Design Review Board and approval of a $3,500 grant from NoVA SWCD that would cover most of the cost.

Note that if you have stormwater issues, you might want to investigate applying for your own grant from NoVA SWCD to fund one of their best practices (e.g., a rain barrel, conservation landscaping, or a dry well). See https://vaswcd.org/vcap for more details and links to eligible practices.

From the Editor

By Stephen Sapp

The past few weeks have reminded me of how blessed we are to live in a wonderful community like Lakeport and Reston. Mary and I have been keeping our “granddog” Hazel while her family has been having some major renovations done on their home, and I have been spending quite a bit of time walking with her around Lakeport and the Lake Thoreau and Lake Audubon area. This extended time outdoors has helped me appreciate yet again how special our location is. The recent snows, despite some of the issues they may have caused, have highlighted the  beauty of our community, as shown in the pictures of Lakeport in the snow in this newsletter (Hazel shares my assessment, by the way, as the photo above illustrates!). I hope you too are able to get out and appreciate the ever-changing splendor all around us (and we were reminded of how quickly our surroundings can change when it was warm enough to take Hazel out on our boat just the afternoon before our first major snowstorm hit).

Please read through this issue of Ripples for interesting and helpful information, and if you have comments and/or would like to submit an item for our upcoming Spring issue, feel free to email me at ssapp@miami.edu.



Message from Lakeport President

By Chuck Foster

I can’t say being your rookie Board president has been boring. As my perpetually optimistic father used to say after both triumphs and setbacks, “I’m learning something new every day!”

In December, the new Board hit the ground running. We approved a new budget, renewed the contracts of three service providers, and received approval from the Reston Association to significantly expand the options available to homeowners in our design standards. Then the snow started and Omicron came to town. As a result, over the last few weeks, I have spent most of my time engaging with our trash, recycling, and snow-plowing service providers and fielding various complaints from the community.    

Everyone knows that the pandemic has hammered small businesses and they have had to adapt in order to survive. However, the latest pressures in the form of rising prices, Omicron infections, bad weather, and staff shortages have been another major blow.

American Disposal Services (ADS) is a good example. They have been struggling with rising prices for tires, fuel, and higher wages for labor. In addition, the Omicron virus and the hot job market have resulted in staff shortages. Further, the pandemic has increased the volume of trash approximately 30 percent as people work from home and buy a lot of stuff online. And, add to the mix higher trash dumping fees from the county, fewer outlets for recyclable material, and, of course, the weather. You couldn’t script a better disaster scenario for ADS. But, to their credit, they continue to show up and do the best they can for Lakeport. Blade Runners (landscaping and snow removal) has had similar issues and, as you are aware, Ecoserve (glass recycling) has shown evidence of ceasing operations. 

One issue I have spent a good amount of time on is the late-night and early-morning noise that emanates from the rear lot of the Safeway store. For some of our residents this means lost sleep and general aggravation. The unacceptable noise has two origins: a store renovation project and ongoing operations. Fairfax County has a noise ordinance that prohibits specified noises between certain hours. In order to address this problem, one resident and I have spoken with multiple Safeway store managers and employees. In addition, I have spoken with the store director and the operations manager for Chevy Chase Land, which owns the property. To date, the relief we have requested has not come. On January 20, I finally got to speak with the district manager responsible for our store and he pledged to address the problem. Sometimes the squeaky wheel has to turn a number of times before being heard. I am hopeful that, this time, we will get some relief.    

Let me end on a positive note. Last year, when preparing the budget for 2022, the Board decided to increase funding for snow removal.

Architectural Standards

By Mary Sapp

Lights: The post light for one of our owners broke shortly before Christmas, but unfortunately the post light specified in our standard (Forecast by Lightolier) is no longer available. An application is currently being reviewed by RA’s Design Review Board to add the Kichler Camden as an alternative (as well as the almost identical Latitude Run Millbourne). See the proposed new standard below, which also reflects the decision made by the DRB in late fall that allows security lights on the front of homes (the only time they have allowed security lights in that location). 

Last month Reston approved updates to two of Lakeport’s Architectural Standards that expand colors and products, resulting in many more options available to owners that do not require the submission of applications to Reston Association’s Design Review Board (DRB). 

  • Windows: In December the DRB approved an updated Window Standard that adds three more brands/materials and quadruples the number of pre-approved colors for window-palette combinations not requiring a DRB application. See https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AOti43w7zbs9nqHP8kLMoorrICDZPpCr/view.  
  • Decks: In December the DRB also approved an updated Deck Standard that increases by 75% the number of pre-approved colors that can be used to obtain very close matches for composites (any brand), paints, and stains without needing to file a DRB application. As before, no application is needed if the deck is just being repaired. See https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZtuXkrUHLeS5KuwXnykloCqApevRDsFs/view 


Lakeport Cluster Association Standards

Exterior Lighting (Decorative and Security)

Reston Association’s Design Review Board approved the following revision to Lakeport Cluster standards on February ?, 2022.

Requirements for Decorative Lights 

    1. Wall lights shall be cylindrical (4.5”-5” diameter by 7”-7.25” tall), aluminum 120v light fixtures with a square mounting plate and be either bronze-colored, black, or gray. They shall be attached 7’ to 8’ above foot-level to outside wall/siding at the front and back entrances and/or beside garage doors. Applies to all units. Approved new lights: Kichler 9234BK (black) or 9234AZ (architectural bronze) or Progress P5674-31 (black), P5674-82 (gray), or P5674-20 (antique bronze). Existing fixtures that match this description but with a 4.75” diameter round mounting plate are also considered compliant if they are operating and in satisfactory condition.

    2. Non-recessed ceiling lights shall be the same cylindrical design as the wall lights except for being attached to the ceiling over the front door (either flush or with a mounting plate) instead of to a mounting plate on the wall and shall be 4.5”-5” diameter by 6.5”-7.25” tall, aluminum 120v light fixtures. Approved new lights: Progress P5774-31(black), P5774-82 (gray), and P5774-20 (antique bronze). Applies to all units listed in the history section below. 

    3. Recessed ceiling lights (over entry-door and under balcony/deck overhangs) shall be 5”-6” in diameter, flush lens, white trim. Applies to all units listed in the history section below. Approved lights are available from a variety of manufacturers. 

    4. Post light shall be 16”–17” high (including sleeve) and 8” – 9½” wide, deep bronze or anvil iron finish and etched white opal glass, with a 2¾” sleeve at the bottom of the fixture that fits over a black 3” diameter post. It shall have a photoelectric cell in the post or be controlled by a light switch and shall use a warm white (2700 - 3000 Kelvin) lamp. For all Phase 2 end units with house numbers attached to a brick wall, this post light shall be mounted on a 3” diameter, 11” tall post attached to the low brick wall near the house number so that the total height is approximately 26”–27”. With the exception of 1925 Lakeport Way, other Phase 2 end units that do not have numbers on brick walls (1907, 1915, 1917, 1923 and 1983 Lakeport Way) shall have the pole light mounted on a 48”–54” high free-standing post next to the front entrance. Approved lights: Forecast by Lightolier # F8494-68 and Camden by Kichler post lamp (or alternatively the very similar but ½” shorter Millbourne Iron 1 by Latitude Run). 




All existing exterior lights must be replaced with an approved light listed in this standard. If an approved light is discontinued or unavailable, the standard will need to be updated to identify a new option.

Requirements for Security Lights 

Security lighting should be selected and located to illuminate the owner’s property while minimizing glare onto neighboring properties, streets, or pedestrian walkways. The design, location, direction, and type of light bulb should reflect this goal. 

  • Fixture: Security lighting can be achieved least obtrusively by connecting a motion detector to an existing decorative exterior light (as described above). Alternatively, it may be a typical residential floodlight (but not a commercial wall pack or “box light,” spotlight, or sodium vapor light). A security light fixture should not be installed as a replacement for one of the decorative exterior lights described above. The color should be a close match to the trim or siding at the mounting location.
  • Shielding: The bulb must be “shielded” by the fixture (i.e., covered on the top and sides to ensure light goes down rather than up or horizontally) and/or by the deck/balcony under which it is attached. In addition, it must be directed down so that the beam does not reach adjacent property (either a neighbor’s or common property) and to minimize the impact of any glare on neighboring properties. If the property is uphill from other homes or the fixture is on the front of a home, especially if there is a sidewalk, it is even more important that the light be aimed so the area being directly lit is limited to inside the owner’s property line. 
  • Light bulb: The bulb must be LED, must not exceed 1000 lumens, and must not exceed 3000 Kelvin (i.e., warm or soft white rather than cool or bright white). LED bulbs that are rated as suitable for wet locations and enclosed fixtures are recommended to maximize the lifespan of the light bulb. 
  • Location:  Security lights located on the front elevation must be installed no higher than the first story plane level of the house inconspicuously under the balcony eave or garage eave dependent upon the home design. Security lights on the side or rear elevation must be installed inconspicuously under eaves or balcony or mounted through the wall. 
  • Power: Lights should be solar-powered, battery-operated, or “hard wired” so that no wiring or conduit is visible.
  • Number: A maximum of one single-headed or one double-headed security light can be installed on any one elevation (front, rear, or side).
  • No new ground-mounted or tree-mounted security floodlights are allowed.
  • Motion sensor: A motion sensor is required so that lights do not burn constantly.

All existing security lights must be brought into conformance with these standards when replaced.

RA Design Review Approval: No approval is required if these standards are followed exactly. Additional security or landscape lighting is restricted and may require Reston DRB approval.


THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOT PART OF THE STANDARD

IT IS PROVIDED TO ASSIST THE HOMEOWNER

History of Change to Standard / Current Situation: Original construction provided each house with standard decorative lighting (multiple standards applied to most units). The lighting standard was first documented and approved on April 18, 2005. The first revision was approved May 29, 2007. A second revision was approved September 7, 2021, when standards for security lights were added.

Wall light: Phase 1 homes originally had a white 5” x 5” square x 9” tall metal fixture mounted over the main entrance and white, 4.5” x 4.5” square x 9.5” tall plastic wall-mounted fixtures at other front and rear deck locations. All Phase 2 construction had cylindrical lights with specifications described above, except with round mounting plates instead of square plates. The standard approved in 2005 specified that all wall fixtures should be cylindrical lights with specifications described in the current standard, except with round rather than square mounting plates, and owners of Phase 1 homes were given until December 31, 2008, to replace their original wall fixtures with wall-light design used at that time for Phase 2 homes. The 2007 revision to the light standard specified that wall lights be as described above except it allowed only square mounting brackets and only the bronze color. 

Non-recessed cylindrical ceiling light: Cylindrical lights identical to wall lights were mounted to the overhang above the front entrances at 1909-1913, 1919, 1921, 1927, 1929, 1935, 1937, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1999, and 2001 Lakeport Way and 11100-11110 and 11114-11120 Lakespray Way. The 2007 revision to the light standard kept the description of the non-recessed ceiling light the same but required that it be attached flush to the ceiling instead of via a mounting plate that had been used originally. 

Recessed ceiling lights: One or more recessed lights matching the description in the current standard were used in entry-door ceilings and/or deck overhangs at 1915, 1917, 1923-1926, 1928, 1930-1932, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1985, 1993, and 1995 Lakeport Way and 11112 and 11121-11129 Lakespray Way. No changes have been made to the requirements for this type of light.

No ceiling lights: Only wall-mounted cylindrical lights (no lights in ceiling or overhangs) at 1907, 1933, 1939, 1944-1950, 1952, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1975-1983, and 2003 Lakeport Way and 11122 Lakespray Way. 

Post lights: The original pole light was an American Lantern #4881 clear globe with a rounded-square profile (total fixture: 11.5” tall and 8” diameter) on a 3” diameter 12” tall pole. It is no longer manufactured. The standard approved in 2005 specified that all pole lights should be replaced with the pole lights described in the current standard and gave owners of homes with pole lights until December 31, 2008, to replace their original pole lights with the new ones. These lights were used at all end units of Phase 2 homes except 1925 Lakeport Way. The posts for these lights were attached to a low brick wall with the house number at 1924, 1930, 1931,1932, 1933, 1939, 1942, 1954, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1985, 1993, 1995, and 2003 Lakeport Way, and at 11100, 11110, 11112, 11121, 11122 and 11129 Lakespray Way. Pole lights were mounted on free-standing posts in front of 1907, 1915, 1917, 1923 and 1983 Lakeport Way. In February 2022, because the Forecast by Lightolier became unavailable, the Kichler Camden and the almost identical Latitude Run Millbourne were added as approved alternatives. 

Possible Suppliers

Note: This list should be considered a starting point for homeowners replacing outside lighting. No endorsement of any supplier is intended.

Book Club

By Barbara Khan, Coordinator

Want to join some of your neighbors and talk over a good book? Lakeport has an informal book club that is always open to new members. No master’s in literature is required, no homework assignments, just a lively, lighthearted discussion of the book the group reads.

Here is the upcoming selection for February:

Book: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray 

Date:  Monday, February 21

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Place: Probably via Zoom 

The Personal Librarian is a fictionalized account of the life of Belle da Costa Greene, who helped J. P. Morgan amass a unique collection of rare manuscripts, paintings, and other works of artistic and historical significance.

Call Barbara Khan at 703-390-0506 or e-mail her at bskhan@att.net for further information.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

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

Landscape Projects 

  • Mary Sapp, Steven Browning, Don Nagley, and Elizabeth Pan – serving on the Landscape Committee 
  • Mary Sapp – writing the DRB proposal and grant proposal for infiltration steps between 11110 and 11112 Lakespray

Social

  • Carol Leos – welcoming new residents

Maintenance

  • Paul Renard – chairing the Maintenance Committee and overseeing the project to identify signs to remove and to order and install new signs
  • Rich Shelton – replacing the light bulb in the streetlight on Lakespray Way
  • Annabelle Hammer and Paul Renard – keeping our dock clean
  • Annabelle Hammer – restocking doggie-bag stations

Standards

  • Mary Sapp, Kelly Driscoll, and Tod Vollrath – reviewing options for a new post light

Other 

  • Rich Rosenberg – volunteering to join the Lakeport Board
  • Barbara Khan – coordinating the Lakeport Book Club 
  • James Pan – chairing Neighborhood Watch
  • Tom Barnett – maintaining Lakeport’s online directory and listserv for announcements and posting Ripples
  • Stephen Sapp – editing Ripples

Lake Thoreau Pool Update

Reston Association recently sent an update on the status of the Lake Thoreau Pool with the following information:

The Lake Thoreau Pool project is currently in the final design and permits processing phase. Once permits have been cleared by various county and state agencies, on-site work will begin, hopefully in mid- to late February or early March. Construction is planned to take 12 months, meaning a reopening in time for the 2023 swim season is still likely unless the schedule is affected by supply chain disruptions and labor shortages caused by COVID-19. Any delays will be communicated to the RA Board and membership. 

Work will be performed Monday through Friday starting no earlier than 7 a.m. and no later than 7 p.m. Weekend work is not anticipated but will be communicated in advance should it be deemed necessary. Noise levels will vary and will be at their greatest during the first few months of the project during the site work and demolition phase. Heavy machinery, dump trucks, jackhammers, and heavy drilling should be expected. 

The initial steps include securing the project site, including closure of the parking lot and the detour of the Red Loop Trail to the sidewalk on Sunrise Valley Drive (yellow arrows in image). The area shaded in red is restricted to authorized personnel only. Erosion and sediment controls, tree protection, security fencing, and project signage will also be installed. 

Heavy machinery will then perform selective demolition and site grading for two to three months, followed by installation of structural elements—including retaining wall foundations, concrete piers, and stormwater pipes—over the next three to four months. Construction of the new pool basins and deck, parking lot, retaining walls, sidewalks, fencing, and bathhouse addition will require an additional five to six months. Final clean-up, inspections closeout, and punch list fulfillment will occur before RA takes control of the facility and installs public art and maintenance equipment. 

A preconstruction notification mailer will be sent to all nearby property owners two weeks in advance of mobilization. Project status reports, as well as associated project documents, will be updated monthly on the RA website under the “capital projects” subsection titled “Lake Thoreau Pool Project.” Project videos, as well as RA News newsletter segments, will be provided on a quarterly basis. On-site signage will also be deployed that will have information resources and contact information. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints leading up to or during the project, please contact the RA Capital Projects Department at capitalprojects@reston.org or call 703-435-6556.

Neighborhood Watch

By James Pan

Self-Locking Exterior Doorknobs

When you are trying to sleep at night or when you have left your home, do you wonder if you remembered to lock all your doors and whether your house is secure? You may want to consider installing self-locking doorknobs on all exterior doors. Self-locking doorknobs not only increase the security of your home (and thus your peace of mind), but they also have the added benefit of allowing you to go keyless so you have less to carry around with you.  

Search on Amazon for “self-locking exterior doorknob with keypad” or visit Home Depot or Lowe’s and peruse their selections. Look for something like this:

You can expect to pay around $60 if you install the doorknob yourself. Before choosing the one you want, make sure YouTube has a video on how to install it.

Reminders

Snow Shoveling: Please be aware that residents are asked to remove snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes for safety reasons, and we encourage everyone to help their neighbors whenever possible, especially if they are unable to perform this task themselves. Also, remember to be cautious while walking (or driving) on snow/ice. 

Improve Lighting in Lakeport: In the winter when it is darker longer, it is important to turn on your outdoor lights at night to help 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 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. 

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.

Drive Slowly: Neighborhood kids continue to play outside on sidewalks and in the streets, especially during snow. 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).

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 mailing a check or paying on TownSq (which incurs an extra fee). Doing so 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 ($1400 for 2022). Either approach means the Board doesn’t have to spend time contacting you or pay SCS for mailing quarterly statements to owners who have not set up direct debit or prepaid (the cost to Lakeport last year was around $540). A third option for avoiding late fees (but you’ll still get a quarterly statement) is to use your bank’s electronic bill-pay option to set up recurring checks. For information about any of these three options and for mailing checks, go to https://www.lakeportcluster.org/p/hoa-fee-payments-lakeport-cluster-hoa.html

Update Your Contact Information: Please go to the Lakeport Directory https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k-zbZ7XKZUq6AEb1_xpUiDt79b74ndTr/view) 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 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFILfWGBoWIgWlBPSQmIKj4kIX0kPA7XsRjnsaOsNXuvVSkw/viewform. 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. 

Maintenance of the Exterior of Your Home: If you make any changes to the exterior of your home, be sure to check Lakeport Standards, and if none exists, you should read the relevant RA Guideline. Links to Lakeport and RA architectural requirements, the DRB application, discussion of RA’s counter-intuitive party-wall rules, and resources for replacement trees (required by RA if you remove a tree) and landscaping are all available in Section A at https://www.lakeportcluster.org/p/documents.html.

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

 This checklist is intended for homes in Lakeport Cluster, which are more than 30 years old and unique in several ways. Please help keep this list current and relevant by sending suggestions to Board@LakeportCluster.org.

Outdoor Checklist
  • Snow and ice removal – The Lakeport Handbook states that “Residents are asked to remove snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes for safety reasons.” You should also clear your driveway and consider de-icing it and the sidewalk using pet- and environment-friendly products available at home improvement stores. Shovel decks to avoid water leakage into the house.
  • Ice that accumulates in gutters and downspouts can be harmful to the heat retention of the house and can allow water to enter the home. Where possible and when it can be accomplished safely, remove icicles from gutters and downspouts.
Important note: If you are addressing issues with the exterior of your home, please consult the Lakeport standards and remember that you may have to seek approval from Reston Association’s Design Review Board.

Indoor Checklist
  • In past winters several Lakeport residents have had to deal with burst water pipes as a result of freezing temperatures. If you have pipes that are vulnerable, you should take steps to avoid broken pipes and potentially costly damage and repairs. It is also a good idea to arrange with a neighbor to have access to each other’s homes in case one or the other of you is out of town when this (or some other emergency) arises.
  • Turn off outdoor water spigots from inside the house and then leave the spigot open (to drain the line). The valve is usually in a storage area near the hot water heater or utility tub.
  • If you don’t have disaster preparedness kits, consider assembling emergency preparedness items, including for your car in case you are stranded in a snowstorm; if do you have such kits, check expiration dates and batteries. For more information, see “Disaster Preparedness Guide” and “Items to Include in Disaster Preparedness Kits” in “Disaster Preparedness” under “Residents” on the Lakeport website: https://www.lakeportcluster.org/p/disaster-preparedness-plan.html

An article in the Washington Post (Daniel Bortz, “Nothing Lasts Forever: A Schedule for Replacing Household Items,” November 12, 2020) offered several more suggestions, on which the following items are based:

Furnace and Air-Conditioning Filters

The heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is crucial for the health and safety of a home’s residents. The filters that are part of the HVAC system help minimize airborne pollutants and trap and hold dust and other particles that can eventually clog the air intake, which strains the operation of the system’s motors. If the accumulation of dust and other debris is significant enough in the filter, the motors may blow unhealthy air into the home.

Change the filters several times throughout the year to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your HVAC equipment. The recommendation is to change filters at least twice during the summer and once during the winter. However, if you use fiberglass filters, they should be changed monthly.

Fire Extinguishers

There are two principal types of home fire extinguishers: rechargeable and disposable. A rechargeable one lasts up to six years, while most disposable ones are designed to last about 12 years. The recommendation is to check the pressure gauge monthly to be sure the equipment is fully charged. If you aren’t sure your extinguisher is functional, most fire departments can inspect it to determine its status.

Smoke Detectors

Most of us are aware of the recommendation to replace the batteries in all our smoke detectors twice annually (i.e., at the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time). But we may not be aware that the detectors themselves come with an expiration date. The recommendation is to replace them at least every decade.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you have a carbon monoxide detector, it is likely to have a five- to seven-year lifespan. The safest practice is to replace each detector at least every five years.

First-Aid Kits

Check the contents annually for expiration dates on materials in the kit. Partially used tubes or bottles of topical treatment materials should be replaced to prevent using contaminated materials. The whole kit should be replaced every five years. 

Dehumidifier and Humidifier Filters

Clogged filters can be remedied with a quick cleaning, but if mildew, mold, or dust mites are present, the equipment should be replaced.

Refrigerator Water Filters

Unless the filter is changed regularly, there is no real difference between the water from the refrigerator and that from the kitchen’s faucet, except an old filter can trap bacteria, heavy metals, and chemicals that can then be dispensed in the refrigerator’s drinking water. That is why the water filter in the refrigerator should be replaced every six months. And if you are using a carafe-style water filter, those filters should be changed monthly.

The Value of Attic Insulation

By James Pan

An informal study of the impact of attic insulation during our recent very cold spell (with temperatures in the mid-teens) measured the attic temperature of three types of Lakeport homes, with the following results:

1) Interior unit with no solar panels or insulation (25°F) 

2) Interior unit with solar panels and no attic insulation (32°F)

3) End unit with solar panels and insulation (49°F)

Based on this one-time measurement of three homes, it appears that attic insulation makes a noticeable difference in attic temperatures. The warmer the attic, the less heat is lost from inside the house through the ceiling. Another survey will be conducted in mid-summer to see if insulation has a similar effect on cooling.  

A web search should reveal whether the saving in energy costs is worth getting insulation. There is no question that lowering the probability of having liquid freeze in the attic in an extended cold spell is beneficial.

If anyone has installed attic insulation and has cost figures for energy usage before and after, please let James Pan know at jpamco@gmail.com


Lakeport Governance/Management

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chuck Foster – President Paul Renard – Vice President
Richard Rosenberg Vice President
Jennifer Walter – Secretary Barbara Khan – Treasurer

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


What Residents and Board Can Expect

 


COMMITTEE CHAIRS


Landscape Committee – Mary Sapp

Maintenance Committee – Paul Renard

Neighborhood Watch Committee – James Pan

Social Committee – TBD, Carol Leos (Welcome)

Architectural Standards Committee

 


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.
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RESTON ASSOCIATION 

Vern James

Covenants Advisor

Reston Association

vern@reston.org 

phone: 703-435-6506

Fall 2021 Issue of Ripples


From the Editor – Stephen Sapp

Lakeport News 

Helpful Information


From the Editor

By Stephen Sapp


The leaves are turning, the temperatures are dropping, we have enjoyed wonderful Halloween happenings, another election has passed, Daylight Saving Time has ended, and we are gearing up for the major holiday season. Ah, yes, major changes are upon us once again.

One of these changes is that Lakeport Cluster has a new Board of Directors, led by long-time resident Chuck Foster, who replaces Mary Sapp as President after five years of her able leadership (yes, I know she’s my wife, but I am able to be completely objective here!). Chuck brings a wealth of experience and a great many skills and talents to the job, and Lakeport will continue to hum along smoothly under his guidance. Barbara Khan and Paul Renard remain on the Board, with Barbara replacing Kevin Burke as Treasurer (thanks, Kevin!) while Paul stays on ably overseeing maintenance projects. They are joined by Board newcomers Pamela Graulich and Jennifer Walter. If you don’t know any of these fine folks, please make it a point to meet them, thank them for their service, and offer any ideas you have to make our community an even better place to live, work, and play.

As always, if you have comments and/or would like to submit an item for the next issue, Winter 2022 (yes, another major change as the calendar soon rolls over to a new year!), please email me at ssapp@miami.edu.

Message from Lakeport President

By Chuck Foster


On October 25, we had our first meeting of the new Board. The first order of business was to decide our roles. I remember being ready to volunteer for treasurer, secretary, or vice president, anything other than president. But, for some reason, after the discussion was over, I was president. Well, as I like to say about jobs like this, somebody has to do it and, for now, it is me. You should know that I am coming into this role cold. I have not served on the Board for over ten years so I face a long and steep learning curve. Fortunately, I have three things working for me. First, the new Board comprises a great group of people. I am confident these fine folks will skillfully and wisely assist me in carrying out my duties. Second, the outgoing and carryover Board members have been very helpful in this transition, and I expect to receive their ongoing support. Third, we have a great community spirit that motivates lots of folks to volunteer their time and talent to support various committees, projects, and activities. 

I have a few preferences to share. First, I believe strongly in prioritization. For the time being, I will be focused on trying to get the big stuff right. Until I am confident the Board is handling the major priorities well, other matters may have to wait. Second, I believe strongly in OPEN, DIRECT, and RESPECTFUL communication. If you have ideas or concerns, please, please, please share them with the Board. Of course, we cannot pursue every opportunity or address every concern, but we can try. And, of course, our decisions may not always please you. Importantly, if you have a problem with me or the Board, please share it. All I ask is that you remember that the Board is composed of community volunteers that you elected to office.  

I cannot overstate the accomplishments of the outgoing Board. The list is long and really impressive. It took tremendous effort, skill, dedication, and collaboration to deliver the major projects managed by the former Board. And, it is particularly important to recognize the personal contributions of Mary Sapp, the outgoing president. Her contribution can only be considered herculean. I consider Mary to be a once-in-a-generation president. I am very grateful for the high level of stewardship by Mary and the outgoing Board. 

In contrast to Mary, I don’t know everyone who lives in the cluster. I see lots of people outdoors, but I’m not always sure who is a resident and who is someone just passing through. If you see me (usually with Devin!) walking in the community, and you are so inclined, please introduce yourself if we haven’t already met. My job is to serve our community so it will help if I know the community!