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Compton Heights Homeowners’ Association Winter Newsletter 2007 Happy New Year! We hope you have enjoyed the holidays and that you have a healthy and prosperous New Year. If you’re new to our neighborhood, we are glad that you’ve chosen to make Compton Heights your new home. Please take time to review the Homeowners’ Association (HOA) documents that you received at closing to familiarize yourself with the bylaws and covenants that regulate our community. You can find the Compton Heights HOA Handbook, as well as other helpful information and forms, at http://www.comptonheightshoa.org/. Community Calendar All are invited and welcome to attend the Compton Heights HOA meetings to discuss community issues with the board or to simply observe the proceedings. Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, every other month, at 7 PM, Centreville High School. This year’s meetings are scheduled for January 10th, March 14th, May 9th (Annual Meeting and Election), July 11th, September 12th, and November 14th. If you plan on attending, please confirm the meeting time with one of the board members or by calling our Koger Property Manager, Ms. Jingle Dobson at (571) 432-5770. Trail Damage Update The trail bridge is still damaged from last June’s rainstorm. Although a representative from Fairfax County told us a replacement steel bridge would be installed last December, the latest information from Fairfax County and our District representative’s office indicates the bridge will be ordered in January and take up to two months to deliver. The board has written a letter to Supervisor McConnell expressing our concerns about the continuing hazard and inconvenience to our community, and enlisting her support. It would helpful for homeowners to convey their concerns to Elaine McConnell through her website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield, or by calling her office in Springfield at 703-451-8873. Community Appearance and Standards The board continues to receive complaints by homeowners in the following areas: A large dog is allowed to run loose and mess in neighbors’ yards late at night Trash containers remain in the street well beyond 6 PM deadline after the pick-up that day and are not stowed properly Commercial vehicles parked on the property Construction and debris left in the back yard From these recent complaints - as well as the results of last fall’s survey - it is clear residents want strong and consistent enforcement of the standards outlined in our bylaws and Community Handbook. Although the vast majority of our homeowners are very conscientious about the appearance of their properties, just a few instances of neglect diminish the overall appearance of our neighborhood. The board will continue to focus in this area in 2007. Architectural Improvement Requests The purpose of design controls is to assure residents that the standards of design quality will be maintained in order to protect property values and enhance the community's overall environment. The Architectural and Environmental Control Committee (AECC) – consisting of members appointed by the board – is responsible for reviewing and approving all change requests. All exterior alterations require written approval of the AECC, and work may not commence until approval is received. All work must be completed in a timely manner after the approval date. For more information regarding items that require AECC approval, please see the Community Handbook and refer to our community covenants. You can request a copy of the Architectural Request Form from our Property Manager Ms Jingle Dobson at (571) 432-5770, or download the form at http://www.comptonheightshoa.org/. More on our Neighborhood Watch You have probably noticed the Neighborhood Watch sign as you enter the Marleigh community. When some people think of Neighborhood Watch, they think of volunteers walking around in orange vests that say “Neighborhood Watch” and having to commit to a watch schedule. Some neighborhoods do have this type of Neighborhood Watch. Ten years ago, however, our neighborhood elected to have a “Passive Observation” type of Neighborhood Watch. What does this mean? Passive Observation means simply being aware of suspicious activity (persons or activity that you feel is unusual for our neighborhood) and calling the police to report it in a timely manner. This type of Watch consists of individuals out for their morning, midday or evening walks; going out to the street to get the paper or put out the trash; sitting on your front stoop on a beautiful day; glancing out your window from time to time; or driving in and out of the neighborhood to run errands or go to work. Your involvement is important, but you are not tied to a schedule. All of us living in this community are part of the Passive Observation Neighborhood Watch Program simply by living here and noticing what goes on around us. Neighborhood Watch is a great tool to have in our community. It helps bond a neighborhood together to protect the properties within. Neighbors watch out for neighbors. It also provides a valuable communication link to the Fairfax County Police Department so that the police receive the needed calls for suspicious persons and activity. If you do not call the police, they will not know that situations are occurring. You are extra eyes and ears to help police officers better do their jobs to prevent criminal activity from occurring in your community. So what should we each do to have an effective Neighborhood Watch Program in our community? Be aware of what is going on around your community and report any suspicious activity to the police. o Police emergency number – 911 o Police non-emergency number – 703-691-2131 Sign up to receive the police activity reports for our area. These will be e-mailed to you by our Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Pat Rebelo. These reports will keep you informed of any unusual or suspicious activity that has occurred in or near our community, as well as other information the police department feels should be communicated to citizens through Neighborhood Watch programs. If you would like to receive these Police Activity reports, please e-mail Pat Rebelo at email@example.com to be added to the distribution list. This e-mail communication is the only way to effectively communicate criminal activity to Marleigh citizens. Christmas Tree Disposal Remember to leave your Christmas tree at the curb for pick up by our trash removal contractor. Please do not dispose of trees in the common areas. Thank-you for making our community a safe and attractive place to live!
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