This month we celebrate Independence Day, July 4, 2020. On this day, I am reminded of the words of President Whitmore, spoken by the actor Bill Pullman, from the movie Independence Day when he said proudly that morning, “We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We’re going to live on. We’re going to survive. Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” It struck me this Saturday morning before the sun and the birds were awake and the coffee brewing that it seems like every day is Independence Day. On 12 June, the Governor declared that Northern Virginia could move into Phase II of the reopening, allowing each of us more independence and return to some semblance of normalcy. With certain restrictions we are now going back to our favorite restaurants, shopping at stores, and visiting more with friends and relatives. We are a nation of independent minded people, where we literally celebrate our independence. Yet, we are asked to continue restraint - using face masks, standing 6 feet apart, and constantly wash our hands in the name of safety and health. These things have proven to work– we just have to look at Europe to see how it impacts everyday lives.
This year it is with great sadness that the Board has cancelled the Fourth of July celebration. But the good news is that by the time you receive this we have reopened the pool for limited lap swimming and diving for up to 50 members at a time. At the June Board meeting, the Board members voted unanimously to open the pool in Phase II based on the Governor’s guidance. Over the last several weeks we hammered out the guidelines to have partial enjoyment for as many members as possible. As we move into Phase III, we can begin allowing more residents use of the pool.
On a much brighter note, the Board wishes to congratulate all the recent graduates on their successes. It is a great achievement, which needs celebration. Thanks to the CAC we were able to celebrate with you. By all accounts, the parade was a huge success. Congratulations to all – especially to you parents.
The Board also approved Asset Management Committee’s (AMC) recommendation to pave and seal coat as many as eight trails, two of which will be repaved. For those who walk, please beware of the work being done and allow the paving crews the space they need. The paving schedule will be posted on the website so that members can avoid those areas. Our trails are an integral part of the Fairfax County network of trails and are used by residents and non-residents alike.
On a few other business items, our tax returns were completed. The Association will receive refunds for both Federal and State returns. The Board also approved engaging a law firm to assist the Association with submission of the Master Plan to the County. This is an important next step in the Master Plan development. When ready the Board will share the Master Plan when a physical viewing can occur.
With the wet spring and warmer weather, mosquitoes and ticks are out in mass resulting in the Board’s decision to spray the JMRC over the next few months. Sadly, with the lack of indoor sports facilities, residents and some non-residents have been using our basketball courts. While the tennis courts are managed with key entry, the basketball courts are not and as a result some non- resident use has occurred. For all those who use the facilities, if you have water bottles and other waste, please use the containers provided. It only takes another second or two to depose of the bottles properly. Similarly, disposable doggie bags have been provided along the trails please use them and dispose of the waste properly. Finally, if you are walking and see the white rails out of place, please take a second and replace the rail. Finally, on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all Association members for their patience as we work through the reopening phases. We have all sacrificed these past several months and just wanted to let you know it has not gone unnoticed. Be patient with yourselves and others as we resume routine operations. Be safe and stay healthy.
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