HOA News Archives

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Sep 7, 2016

Reminder for all HOA members: If you are a dog owner, please know, understand, and abide by the following regulations.
 
HOA Regulations:
"Pets shall be attended at all times and shall be registered, licensed, and inoculated as may from time to time be required by law. Pets shall not be permitted upon the Common Area unless they are carried or leashed." (Armistead Park HOA, Inc., Declaration, § 6.6.b.)
 
Fairfax County regulations, Section 41.1-2-4. - Unrestricted dogs prohibited; leash law.
(a) No dog shall run unrestricted, as defined in Section 41.1-1-1, in the County. Any person who is the owner of a dog found unrestricted in the County shall be in violation of this Section. This Section shall not apply to any person who uses a dog under his direct supervision while lawfully hunting, while engaged in a supervised formal obedience training class or show, during formally sanctioned field trials, while a dog is in an area owned, leased, controlled, or operated by Fairfax County designated by resolution of the Board of Supervisors as an off-leash dog exercise area, or while a dog is in an area owned, leased, controlled, or operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority and designated by resolution of the Fairfax County Park Authority as an off-leash or dog exercise area, or while a dog is in an area, leased, controlled, or operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and designated by resolution of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Board as an off-leash or dog exercise area, or if a dog is a service animal whose handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal's safe effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler's control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means). It is a violation of this Section for any owner of a dog to place such dog or allow it to be placed into custody of any person not physically capable of maintaining effective control of restricting such dog.
(b) Any dog found unrestricted in violation of subsection (a) shall be impounded, except that if the rightful owner of the dog can be immediately ascertained and located, then that owner shall be allowed to have custody of the animal, but shall be subject to issuance of a summons for violation of this Section. (26-04-41.1; 10-11-41.1.)
Section 41.1-2-9. - Disposition of animals that have bitten persons.
(a) The owner of an animal that has bitten a person or any person having knowledge of any animal which has bitten a person shall immediately notify the Animal Services Division or the County Police Department. The owner of such animal shall permit the Director of Health or any person charged with enforcement of this Chapter to immediately examine such animal and the owner of such animal shall:
(1) Impound and board the animal in the County Animal Shelter for a period of 10 days and the owner shall be responsible for paying the impoundment and boarding fees set forth in Section 41.1-2-5;
(2) Place the animal in the custody of licensed veterinarian or a licensed veterinary hospital for a period of 10 days at the owner's expense; or
(3) Confine the animal on the owner's premises in a strong enclosure that is isolated from all other animals and persons for a period of 10 days.
(b) Any such animal shall be released from confinement after the ten-day period only upon authorization of a licensed veterinarian or any person charged with enforcement of this Chapter. If any animal being confined pursuant to this Section develops active symptoms of rabies prior to the expiration of the ten-day period, then that animal shall be destroyed, and the person destroying any such animal shall comply with the requirements of Section 41.1-2-11. (26-04-41.1.)
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REMINDER: Two management company presentations, Aug 25th and 29th, 7pm @Clubhouse

This is a reminder further to flyers which have been hand distributed to HOA households.
There have been important discussions regarding the use of a management company to deliver enhanced services to our community. The Board agreed to have open and transparent discussions regarding this initiative and therefore invites you to attend the upcoming community info sessions presented by the candidate management companies.
As you know, the issues and options for potentially engaging a management company to deliver enhanced services to our community have been under exploration since March 2016.
The work of the Contracts Review Committee charged with these issues has been presented at several Board meetings -- please refer to multiple Board minuteshttps://www.barkleycommunity.org/p/Meeting-Minutes since March 2016, all of which are available on our HOA website https://www.barkleycommunity.org.
On August 25 at 7:00 PM, Gates Hudson Community Management (https://gateshudson.com/community-management/) will make a 20 minute presentation to be followed by Q & A with the community.
On August 29 at 7:00 PM, Select Community Services a subsidiary corporation of
Community Management Corporation – An Associa® Company (http://www.cmc-management.com/) will make a 20 minute presentation to be followed by Q & A with the community.
We expect that any potential action arising from these and other possible presentations will be discussed with the community at our first post-summer Board meeting on September 20th.
To keep informed of these and other HOA developments, the Board highly encourages Armistead Park property owners to register on the official HOA website:https://www.barkleycommunity.org. Registering is easy and will enable you to receive notices of important community events such as these presentations. You will also have access to documents and information available only to registered members. Further, it is the official communication forum for the HOA Board to communicate with HOA members. We kindly ask that you make an effort to register. Thank you!

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Aug 8, 2016

THANK YOU! NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AUG 2nd - WHAT A SUCCESS!!


The National Night Out program is an outstanding campaign to help build neighborhood unity and strengthen police, fire fighters-community partnerships.

 Thank you to all of our Armistead Park/Barkley families who came out to celebrate NNO on August 2nd at our clubhouse (100 or more adults and kids).The celebration kicked off at 5:30-8:30 pm , where we enjoyed good food, music, ice cream, activities for our kids(face painting, bubbles, and games). The Fairfax County Health Department joined us to share a valuable presentation on the Zika virus. 

 We were also joined by our Police Liaison Master Officer Patrick Lucas and his staff as well as our fire fighters from Fire Station 30.

 The highlight of the evening was our raffles. We had (5) winners. The winners were:

  • Dereon Harris-Guess how many jellybeans in a jar-There were 401. His answer was 400
  • Patrick Cheng-7" digital photo frame
  • Valentina Deng-Bath products gift basket
  • Ali Malik-T-shirt
  • Aaron Lewis-T-shirt
  • The t-shirts are navy blue and has the names of all the streets in our neighborhood and the zip code

 A Great Job goes to the Base Social Committee and Neighborhood Watch Committee We put the Armistead Park/Barkley Community on the National Night Out Map This is our 19th Annual National Night Out

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 August 4, 2016


Community presentation and Q & A from potential management company
 
Dear community members,
 
As you know, the issues and options for potentially engaging a management company to deliver enhanced services to our community has been under exploration since March 2016. 
 
The work of the Contracts Review Committee charged with these issues has been presented at several Board meetings -- please refer to multiple  Board minutes since March 2016, all of which are available on our HOA website.
 
The first presentation to our community from a potential management company will be held on August 25th at 7pm at the Clubhouse. Gates Hudson Community Management will make a 20 minute presentation to be followed by Q & A with the community.
 
We expect that any potential action arising from these and other possible presentations will be discussed with the community at our first post-summer Board meeting on September 20th.
 
 
We look forward to seeing you at the Clubhouse on August 25th.

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August 1, 2016

Dear HOA members:

Minutes of first Board meeting on June 5, 2016 are now available on the HOA website.

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Get your own Armistead Park T-shirt for National Night Out Aug 2nd 530-830pm, around the Clubhouse


The Armistead Park Barkley Activities and Social Engagement (BASE) team designed a t-shirt for our community. It looks great - Go to this link to get yours! 

https://www.booster.com/barkley


The event will run from 530 pm until 830 pm (there's no need to stay all 3 hours - just how long you can). National Night Out has been celebrated annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch to promote collaboration between residential communities and local first responders to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. In addition to the opportunity to meet and greet neighbors, there will food and activities for all ages, including a presentation on community prevention and control of Zika-related risks from the Fairfax County Department of Health.

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July 15, 2016

Our Clubhouse Gets A Power Wash Summer Facelift !
 
By unanimous consent, the HOA Board, on recommendation of our Landscaping Committee, voted to contract for power washing of the Clubhouse siding which was completed today Friday July 15 . Below are photos of the Clubhouse "before" and "after" this cleaning. Please visit the Clubhouse to see the "fecelift" in person.


BEFORE POWER WASH:

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AFTER POWER WASH:

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As mentioned in the first meeting of the new Board on July 5, 2016, it will be a goal of our HOA to implement a program of preventive maintenance across all HOA landscape and other physical assets. Details and phasing of the proposed program are being worked out and will be discussed in future Board meetings. Residents' input will be sought as will the continued invaluable contributions of our committee volunteers. This initiative is also expected to be reflected in the proposed 2017 budget. 

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July 11, 2016

Important public health information and free advisory service from Fairfax County

We have now confirmed that the Fairfax County  Health Department will send a representative to our HOA on August 2nd around 7pm to do a 45- minute presentation at our Clubhouse on community efforts to mitigate the risks of Zika virus. 
 
You will also get advice on how to access free inspection and advisory services so that you can get an assessment of the risk that stagnant water and other issues may pose on your lot. Our HOA is making a special effort to help our members avail themselves of these services so that they can comply with our HOA architectural guidelines which require that homeowners maintain  the exterior of their dwellings and any other structures on there lots such as decks, fences, play equipment etc. in good order, condition and repair and in clean, sightly and sanitary condition.
 
The above presentation is part of our HOA efforts during National Night Out to focus on community efforts to improve neighborhood safety and public health. Please be sure to join us as it will be a fun-filled evening from 530pm-8pm for all ages!


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July 8, 2016

Don't Miss This Year's Extra Special National Night Out Aug 2nd
 
Our community is actively preparing again for our HOA version of this exciting family-friendly event being promoted County-wide on Tuesday August 2nd 5-830pm. So please mark your calendar now and stay tuned for further details.

You will also get to a fresh look at our Clubhouse which is expected soon to get a summer "facelift" from a planned professional power wash.

This year's event is being spearheaded as a joint initiative of our Social Committee and Neighborhood Watch Committee, working with the Fairfax County Policy Department, and with support from the HOA Board. There will be food, fun, and activities for all ages. We expect (to be confirmed) to have in parallel a presentation on community prevention and control of Zika-related risks from the Fairfax County Department of Health.
 
Stay tuned: more details soon here and also delivered to your doorstep! 

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July 7, 2016

TOWING IN HOA BASED STRICTLY ON PHOTO EVIDENCE
 
Enforcing safety-related Fairfax County parking restrictions is important for our HOA. This especially with regards to parking prohibitions in fire lanes (i.e. curbs with yellow marking).
 
We remain committed to seeing this fire safety related regulation enforced in a fair and transparent way. Accordingly, our towing company is required to provide the Board with clear photographic evidence of every towing incident establishing that the fire safety regulation has in fact been violated. By unanimous consent, the Board has signed and renewed as of today a towing contract for our community for enforcing this safety regulation with photo evidence.
 
Going forward, we believe that all towing in our neighborhood should be strictly and verifiably evidence-based as above. We hope for and expect few, if any, problems in towing enforcement.
 
However, if you believe your car has been wrongly towed, please contact the Board at [email protected] so that all evidence provided to us can be fairly examined. Should there be any dispute with the towing company, we believe it can and should be resolved professionally, promptly, transparently, fairly, and courteously. In any such case, you can help by providing for this purpose details including the date and time of the towing, registration and make/color details of the towed car, and substance of any conversations with the towing company. 
 
Thanks for also communicating this information to your visitors who may be temporarily parking in our neighborhood.
 
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July 6, 2016

Minutes of the HOA Annual Meeting on June 20, 2016 are now available, as approved at the first meeting of the new Board on July 5, 2016. The minutes of the first Board meeting are forthcoming.






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