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Homeowner Update and Reminders!!!
Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale 2016
St. Georges Estates will have their annual yard sale on Saturday, June 25th, 8am - 1pm, this year!!!
We will put in a newspaper ad telling everyone we're having our annual yard sale so get ready! Now is the time to get those items you want to sell all cleaned up and shiny! Let's have a great time this year an make lots of money!
At the 2013 Annual Homeowners Meeting we were informed by Stafford County Sheriff Deputy that parking on HOA streets must comply with Virginia Code 46.2-899. Location of Parked Vehicles.
This code states "No vehicle shall be stopped except close to and parallel to the right edge of the curb or roadway, except that a vehicle may be stopped clse to and parallel to the left curb or edge of the roadway on 'one-way' streets."
Basically the problem is that homeowners are parking their vehicles on the wrong side of the street. We are not allowed to park "facing" traffic. In other words, you always have to park your car with the passenger side to the curb, facing the direction of traffic, or you will get a ticket. It is dangerous for cars to park on the wrong side of the road and pull out directly into oncoming traffic. The Sheriff will begin to issue tickets for this violation.
Dumping in the Common Area
During our recurring maintenance inspections, it has become clear a number of homeowners are using HOA common space (primarily adjacent to our trails) to dump yard debris. All homeowner waste, to include yard debris, is the homeowner’s responsibility to dispose of properly. Please do the right thing by properly disposing of yard waste and not dumping it in common areas. This ruins the natural trails we have with piles of, often smelly, rotting yard waste. Thanks, in advance for making an effort and keeping our common areas clean.
*** COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED ***
Participation in our committees is essential to our community. Volunteers assistance is always needed and welcomed. Additional information about each of the committees needing members is located on the Board & Committee page. If you would like to lend a hand in your community without the commitment of being on a committee, reach out to your Board of Directors; there is almost always some project that could use a hand.
2016 Board of Director Meetings
Board of Director (BOD) meetings: All homeowners are welcome at the open session of our regularly scheduled BOD meetings, held on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Porter library. Our 2016 schedule: January 18, No meeting in February, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, and November 21. All meetings start at 7 pm.
Annual homeowners' meeting is held on the 3rd Monday of October. The 2016 annual meeting will be on October 17 starting at 7 pm at the Porter library, we hope to see you there! Notice of the annual meeting will be sent out in late September. If we don't get 50% of homeowners to attend, the meeting will not occur...that equals 228 homes must be present or represented to have an annual meeting.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held at Porter Library located at 2001 Parkway Blvd, Stafford, VA 22556.
St. George’s Community Association Managers:
Stafford County Sheriff's Office
Crime Prevention Unit
May 25, 2016
The Sheriff's Office has had numerous reports of vehicle larcenies in St. Georges Estates & Vista Woods area over night. Anyone that has been a victim of these crimes is asked to please contact Deputy McWalter at 540-658-4400. The suspect has been apprehended.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Snow Operations
Whose responsibility is it to plow the HOA streets?
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) owns the HOA streets and it is their responsibility to plow and maintain our streets. If you are not satisfied with their service, then contact them via their website and state your complaint. Here are some useful sites you can visit:
INFORMATION FOR DRIVERS AND RESIDENTS
Why is there snow piled up behind my vehicle? Why can't they push all the snow to the end of the street?
The snow must fall off the plow blade to allow the truck to keep moving. Otherwise, the snow would quickly pile up and preventing the truck from moving, leaving a mountain of snow in the middle of the road. If you have one foot of snow pushed forward 6 feet there would be a 6 foot mountain of snow in front of the truck. Plowing doesn't remove the snow from the site; rather the plow pushes snow to the left and right and continues forward.
Why did they plow my car in again, after I finally got it out of all the snow?
In heavy snow, plows must visit a property more than once. Multiple visits are necessary because if there is too much accumulation the plow trucks will not be able to effectively move the snow. Plowing does not remove the snow it only moves it from one place and relocates it to another place. The plows do the best job they can to avoid putting snow in inconvenient places. If possible, it's best to wait until the end of the storm to dig your vehicle out.
Why can't all of the snow be pushed to the center islands?
When plowing around islands, the snow is forced to the outer edges and falls off the blade there. If there is room sometimes the snow can be pushed inward but only if the ability exists to back up and push forward. Plow trucks are much longer than you may think. Most properties have very little room to back the truck up but we do try our best to do what is most convenient for our clients when plowing.
If we must shovel our car out of the snow, what is the best way to go about this?
If you must shovel your car out of the snow, you should place the snow away from the road and walkways. This will help eliminate some of the snow that would otherwise be piled back around your car when the plow comes through. Though this will not completely eliminate your car from having snow pushed near it, when the snow is plowed, it will greatly decrease the amount of extra snow pushed near your vehicle and walkways. Additionally, it would be best to wait until the plow has finished plowing and the storm has finished before digging out your car. If multiple trips are needed chances are the plow will have to again push snow near your car. Please keep in mind, if there are large storms and the snow is thrown from vehicles into the roadway, the snow may become too heavy for a regular plow resulting in the need to bring in a loader which would create delays and more expense.