Flynn's Crossing News

Flynn's Crossing HOA, Ashburn, VA

There have been several inquiries from residents  asking where they can park during the road paving project scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th and Thursday, May 16th since the roads will be closed. The Broadlands Community Church (located on the other side of Waxpool Road and just off Faulkner Parkway; address 43673 Catton Place) and the Heritage Baptist Church (address 21700 Shellhorn Road; where our HOA Board meetings are held) will allow Flynn’s Crossing residents to park in their lots on the dates of the paving. Please be sure to have the Flynn’s Crossing issued parking tags visible in your car should you choose to park in either of those lots during that time.

Please read the following carefully as it involves the temporary closing of Flynn’s Crossing roads for important maintenance.

This week all owners and tenants should be receiving a notice in the mail regarding Spring inspections and important announcements.  The most pressing of those is about the repair and seal coating of all community roads.  Because this activity is very dependent upon the weather, we are unable to send any further mailings — please be sure to check this blog for updates, as well as signing up for our email alerts here to make sure you do not miss any announcements.

Seal coating will be done during the day and require the community roads to essentially be closed (roads to Hearthside condominiums will be paved in stages so as to allow Hearthside traffic to pass but you SHOULD NOT assume that you will have any access to any Flynn’s Crossing roads, or to your home even if you live on Ryan Park, as your side of the road may be closed at any time during the process).  Seal coating will take at least overnight to dry, meaning you will either have to plan on your car remaining in your driveway/garage overnight and into the next day, or park your vehicle outside the community.  We strongly encourage you to find parking elsewhere as once this work begins there can be no traffic.  The paving company will remove the barriers when the coating is completely dry: please do not move any barriers yourself, regardless of whether the pavement looks passable.

 

TENTATIVE DATES, WEATHER PERMITTING:

  • May 3rd or 6th – Concrete sidewalk repairs/Flora Springs paved trail work (roads are OPEN)
  • May 13th – Asphalt Patching throughout the community to seal cracks (Roads are open but watch for cones)
  • May 14th – Seal Coating Day One (roads are CLOSED.  this is split over two days to allow access to Hearthside throughout the process)
  • May 16th – Seal Coating Day Two (roads are CLOSED)

Again, seal coating will take at least overnight to dry, so please make arrangements to park your car elsewhere or leave it in your garage/driveway during this time.

Please check back often for the latest updates or be sure to sign up for our email alerts to ensure you are notified of updates.  Thanks for your understanding – this seal coating is an important step in ensuring that our roads remain properly maintained.

 

 

Loudoun County residents are encouraged to attend upcoming community meetings to provide input on the county’s response to Phase II of Virginia’s Watershed Implementation Plan (Phase II WIP).

Watershed Implementation Plans are roadmaps for reducing the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment that enters the Chesapeake Bay from its watershed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required each state with waters draining into the Chesapeake Bay to submit a Watershed Implementation Plan. Additionally, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation requested that localities, including Loudoun County, submit a plan outlining how local pollution reduction goals for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment could be met.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on the Loudoun pollution reduction plan during three open house-style meetings in May. The open houses will be identical in format and content, but are being held in different locations for the convenience of the public.

Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls

Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Purcellville Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville

If you require any type of reasonable accommodation, as a result of a physical, sensory, or mental disability, to participate in any of these meetings, please contact Robin Geiger at 703-771- 5511. Three days’ notice is requested.

Detailed information on Phase II WIP is available on the Loudoun County website at www.loudoun.gov/wip.

 

[UPDATE: this group buy is CANCELLED due to a lack of interest. Thanks to those who did express interest.]

Happy Spring!

Recently one of our Board members had a smoke detector fail while they were away, which caused the alarms to go off for about 12 hours.  Thankfully the neighbors were home and verified that there was no fire, but looking into it, we discovered many sources that suggest replacing smoke alarms every 10 years because over time, the sensors tend to break down and become defective.  This was news to us, so we thought we would pass it on.

Most units in Flynn’s were built in 2000;  if you’ve never changed your alarms, you’re overdue.  If you just moved in and are not sure, you can remove one of the detectors from its base, and you should find a stamp on the bottom of the alarm indicating what year it should be replaced.  We contacted USI, the manufacturer of the Model 1203 alarm in the Board member’s home, and it’s no longer made.  USI also says that they have no direct replacements for this model, so when you replace them you will need to replace the base, too: they no longer make a model that will snap into the existing base.

Here’s what we found.  We don’t have any particular expertise in this area (if you do, please let us know and we will pass on your tips!).  This is just a summary of some things we saw come up repeatedly.

  1. Keep detectors dust-free, and be careful when you paint not to interfere with the sensor.
  2. Replace your sensors per the manufacturer’s instructions.  Usually this is about every 10 years but is sometimes less.
  3. There are two main types of alarms: Ionization alarms tend to detect open flames better, and Photoelectric alarms tend to detect smoldering fires better.  The best alarms are dual-alarm: they have both types of sensors in them.  Look for these, or consider mixing and matching types around the house.
  4. Newer alarms also have “hush” buttons for false alarms: if you press any alarm’s hush button all alarms in the system will be silenced.
  5. Most manufacturers also make combination alarms that will handle some combination of smoke, natural gas, and carbon monoxide.

Hope this helps!  The two-car units in Flynn’s have a total of six interconnected alarms, and the cost to replace them is right around $60 – $180 total, depending on the type of alarm you choose.

The HOA now has an open community forum at NextDoor.com, which lets residents keep in touch.  Free registration is required, and only Flynn’s residents can see your information and posts.  We’ve link to the site from FlynnsCrossing.com – click “Community Forums” from the menu.

Please note that dues for 2013 have changed, and are now 248.00 quarterly.  In addition, NRP’s mailing address has also changed (see the website for details and a full budget).

Please be sure to submit the correct amount to the new address – dues have increased and so continuing to submit 2012 payments will leave your account in arrears.
Thank you!

The HOA Board of Directors is a bit understaffed!  Our community documents call for a Board of 5.  Until recently we had 4 members, and one of those members recently moved, so we are now down to three.

Board positions are somewhat less work than we think most residents believe they are, particularly in our relatively small community.  The majority of our work is conducted via email, and we also meet quarterly with our management representative from NRP.  The time commitment is not great, and of course is made a little easier when there are more of us to share the load.

Having a well-staffed Board is critical: we make decisions on the contracts that keep trash and snow off the streets;  decide what landscaping projects are a priority;  handle parking and covenant inspection issues;  answer resident questions; and watch over associate funds, among other things.  In short, we help keep Flynn’s Crossing a great place to live, and help watch over all of our considerable investments.

If you are interested in joining the Board, or just learning more, please contact us.  There are no requirements other than being a Flynn’s Crossing owner or tenant, and wanting to pitch in.  You’ll be surprised at how easy the rest is!

We also always have room on committees: parking, social, communication, or whatever else you think needs some attention.

If you’re willing to help, please let us know – we’d love some company!

Residents have reported a number of incidents where nails were left in or in front of driveways, in some cases causing flat tires.  The affected residents feel this was intentional, and have asked that residents report any such incidents to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office.  If you find nails on or in front of your property, or see this being done, please let the Board know as well.

JOIN THE LOUDOUN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AS A MEMBER OF THE SHERIFF’S AUXILIARY.

Are you interested in assisting the people of Loudoun County? Do you have what it takes to meet the high standards to become a member of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary?

Whether you are thinking about a career in law enforcement or seeking a different and interesting way to support and contribute to your community, consider becoming an Auxiliary member by joining the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit. This specialized Unit within the Sheriff’s Office offers an exciting chance for you to learn new skills and serve a critical need. You’ll receive the necessary training, all required equipment and uniforms, and opportunities to perform a wide range of Sheriff’s Office assignments.

What Do Auxiliary Deputies Do?

The Auxiliary Unit is an all-volunteer support unit that supplements the full-time sworn Deputies of the Sheriff’s Office. Auxiliary members are trained to perform a wide range of non-enforcement responsibilities, from crowd and traffic control to community policing initiatives that improve the quality of life in Loudoun County, such as:

· Auxiliary Members provide services during public service events, including festivals, shopping center patrols, parades, safety fairs, and other community events.

· Auxiliary Members may be assigned to conduct foot and vehicle patrols.

· Auxiliary Members assist with driver’s license and sobriety checkpoints.

· Auxiliary Members support the Child I.D. program.

· Auxiliary Members support sworn Deputies at crash scenes/crime scene security, or in searching for evidence.

· Auxiliary Members may also be assigned to provide assistance to other Sheriff’s Office units, as needed.

When was the Auxiliary Unit Started?

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit was formed in 1999. Eleven applicants (two women, nine men) graduated in the first class of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Academy. The most recent Academy class graduated in February 2011. The Auxiliary Unit is part of the Sheriff’s Office Operational Support Division.

How Much Time Does It Take?

You should expect to work evenings, weekends and/or holidays; generally working in uniform an average of eight (8) hours per calendar month.

What Can I Expect If I Apply?

Background investigations, conducted on all applicants to the Sheriff’s Office, are generally the same whether you are applying as a full-time sworn Deputy Sheriff, or as an Auxiliary member. Applicants must live in Loudoun or an adjacent Virginia county and be at least 21 years of age at the time you start the Auxiliary Academy. You must have no criminal history and have a valid Virginia driver’s license with a good driving record. You’ll submit an Auxiliary application, a set of fingerprints, and proof of good physical and mental condition. You must be at least a high school graduate (or GED); applicants with college degrees receive preference. Other requirements apply.

Successful applicants will complete a formal training program; typically consisting of a two hour class, one night a week, for eleven (11) weeks. After that, you’ll receive supplemental field training involving such things as: Loudoun County familiarization, the Sheriff’s Office, officer safety & patrol operations, report writing basics, privacy and records, radio communications, traffic control, crime scene support procedures, juvenile issues and other special Sheriff’s Office duties.

How Can I Get Started?

Apply today to become one of these essential volunteer Auxiliary members!

· Download, complete and mail the Auxiliary Application at http://www.loudoun.gov/sheriff (under “Programs” on the left side).

· Contact Chief of Operations Rob Hoyler at (703) 401-9593.

· Contact Master Deputy (and Auxiliary Coordinator) Thomas Alpy at (703) 777-1021.