To my fellow Virginia Run Residents
With the beginning of the third month of home sequestration and the beginning of Phase I, every day will be a challenge deciding how to go about your day. With spring activities winding up and the warmer weather coming it is important to be mindful of your health and safety and that of your loved ones, relatives, and friends. Please be considerate of others and be safe yourselves.
The Board would like to thank Senator Marsden for his enlightening discussion at the May Board meeting. He was kind enough to join us virtually and bring us up to date on the meeting in Richmond, the guidelines presented on the virus, new legislation he and his fellow senators are presenting, and the changes to the budget. He remarked about the decreasing revenues derived from sales taxes as well as gas revenues. This will force a review of the budget in light of the expense posed by the pandemic. He was kind enough to answer a few questions before he had to run to another call.
Plans for the Master Plan continue to develop. The Board, in consultation with our Architect has elected to get the entire Master Plan developed, reviewed, and approved by the County including all zoning and permits so we can proceed as our need and finances allow. A pavilion at the Northern Rec Center is being considered and an expansion of the Community Center is also in the plan. The Master Plan as it progresses will include many new amenities, some of which may be done sooner than others. Some may never be done at all. Several new amenities such as a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, and an expanded parking area, are also being considered along with landscaping. Instead of expanding the existing asphalt parking area, the Board is considering a less expensive “NDS Ez Roll Grass pavers”, which is an environmentally friendly grid laid over 6 inches of gravel and covered with soil and planted with grass. Stormwater management is one of the larger considerations, where we will need to expand our current systems. When the Board has a finalized draft plan available, we will share with the Community.
Over the past several months, Management has received several concerns regarding drainage in the Community on homeowner’s property including those adjoining common areas. The Board consistently tries to deal with drainage issues on the common areas. Our landscaping services are asked, where possible, to mow areas with drainage challenges in mind. In some cases, the Board has approved landscaping and clearing of blockages and sculpting the swales to allow for better water flow. Homeowners are permitted to make accommodations where necessary to divert water into swales originally designed by the developers. We ask that homeowners be considerate of their neighbors when attempting to divert water away from their residence. We will work with homeowners where common areas are involved.
The Governor’s plan for re-opening Northern Virginia may potentially open pools by late June. The guidelines still in place throughout the summer may not be broad enough to allow for us to operate the pool normally this season. At the May Board of Trustees meeting, we discussed in detail the need to open the pool for the 2020 summer swim season. After a careful and deliberate discussions and in consultation with our attorneys, the insurance company, and NV Pools, the Board decided to leave the pool closed through Phase I and revisit in Phase 2 and again Phase 3. While the pool has been prepared for operations, it will remain closed out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of Virginia Run residents and NV Pool operators. And sadly, for many of our young swimmers, the Northern Virginia Swim (NVSL) has cancelled the 2020 summer swim league due to the Coronavirus.
Finally, the Declaration Committee is wrapping up its revisions of the 2016 version. We are planning on having the new Declaration out for vote in October 2020 for review and approval by the homeowners. More to come next months with a schedule of events and plan for passage.
Joseph (Jay) W. Johnston
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