Letters: Our spring inspection of the exterior of homes in Lakeport took place on May 31. Violation letters will be mailed soon. If you receive such a letter, please rectify the problem(s) cited as soon as possible. When you resolve the issue(s), please notify SCS by e-mailing Alvaro Guerra at firstname.lastname@example.org (a photograph showing the resolution should accompany your report).
Never Again Be Late Paying Your Quarterly Assessment: The Lakeport Board of Directors wants to make sure that you are aware that you have the option to pay your assessments by direct deposit instead of having to send a check or pay 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 Lakeport Cluster Association over $36 a year in costs associated with having the management company mail your assessment notices, helping us keep expenses and therefore homeowners’ fees as low as possible. 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/1BpLqG2xscngvQRWdA82Qs8F6pbK0-Bqy/view) and check the contact information listed there for you. If a correction is needed, send it to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. If your home has renters, please also ask them to send their contact information to these two emails.
Hunter Mill Road Bridge to Be Replaced: Those of us who regularly drive north on Hunter Mill Road have been well aware of the improvement in traffic flow since the installation of the stoplight at the Crowell Road intersection. It appears that many others have also noticed, with the result that the former backups at Crowell have now been displaced to the one-lane bridge over Colvin Run, sometimes resulting in ridiculously long lines. So we are happy to pass on the following notice from RA News in case you missed it:
The one-lane, weight-restricted Hunter Mill Road bridge over Colvin Run will be replaced by a new two-lane bridge with four-foot-wide shoulders. The new bridge is expected to improve safety and to accommodate increases in traffic. The project is scheduled to begin construction in spring 2021, with a completion date in summer 2022. Community members can still provide public comment on the project through June 25, 2018. For more information or to submit comments, click the Virginia Department of Transportation link below.
One-Lane Bridge Etiquette: Related to the above item, three different Fairfax County motorcycle officers the editor has queried have all said (with some assertiveness) that the law does not require each driver to stop to allow the oncoming driver to cross, a practice that they feel impedes the flow of traffic and can lead to long backups (as we all know). In fact, they said that their preference is that “eight or nine cars at a time cross in the same direction, which will greatly improve traffic flow” and likely reduce driver frustration, probably already high during rush hours. (Editor’s note: This advice is especially helpful when there is a long line of cars in one direction and only two or three from the other direction; if all of the latter cars cross at once, the bridge is then open for the longer line to cross without impediment).
Lake Thoreau End-of-Summer Party: Save September 15th for the boat party on the lake (a bit later this year to avoid conflict with the Reston Triathlon). Turtle Recall will be back!!!
Check Your Roof: Several owners had to replace their roofs because of damage from windstorms earlier this year. If you have not accessed your attic to check for leaks, it’s a good idea to do so to avoid potential damage to the interior of your home.
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).
Speaking of Trash: Please do not throw your trash in the cans by the RA path. RA found mail from two Lakeport residents when the trash bags were emptied and requests that you discard your trash in your own receptacles (or preferably recycle it if appropriate).
Please do, however, continue to pick up trash while you are out walking and dispose of it properly.
About Litter: The improper disposal of trash has many negative environmental effects and pollutes our lakes and streams via storm drains, killing fish and wildlife, and attracting rodents, insects, and diseases they carry. Reston Association's Environmental Advisory Committee is asking RA members to spread the word that littering damages our community.
For more information on this and other tips, visit the Monthly Tips From EAC link on the RA Nature & Environmental Resources page at www.reston.org.
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 on the walking path in Lakeport.
Danger: No Swimming! Did we get your attention? Remember that Reston Association rules forbid swimming in Lake Thoreau, as stated at http://www.reston.org/Parks,RecreationEvents/NatureEnvironmentalResources/LakesWatersheds/LakesWatershedsOverview/tabid/963/Default.aspx:
“Swimming is prohibited in Reston's lakes and ponds. The bodies of water include lakes Anne, Audubon, Thoreau and Newport, as well as Butler and Bright ponds. Reston has ample opportunities for swimming, with 14 outdoor pools available during the summer. The lakes are designed for storm-water management and are not maintained or monitored for swimming. There are no lifeguards and often few people around during the daytime. Parents are reminded to discuss the hazards of lake swimming with their children.”
This guidance is especially important right now because our water is stirred up after dredging, and all of the toxins that have accumulated in the sediment over the years have possibly been released into the water.
Lake Thoreau Pool Schedule for the Remainder of the Summer:
For all ages:
June 16 to Aug 12: closed Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekends
Aug. 13 to Aug. 26: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. every weekday; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekends
Additional times for pass holders, age 16+ only:
June 16 to Aug. 12: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday only; 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. every other weekday; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. weekends
Aug. 13 to Aug. 26: 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. every weekday; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. weekends
Summer Landscape Maintenance: 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 our community (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: