EHCA Community Meeting Minutes

June 28, 2018

The meeting was called to order by EHCA President Richard Pollick at 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason District Library. The minutes for the previous community meeting were read by Linda Velazquez and approved.

Sharon Kash gave the Treasurer’s report: $86,614.19. She then explained the financial reports that were handed out. The main expense in the last year was the new fence that was installed. We had this done because people had been cutting through the neighborhood to High Place and had destroyed the previous fence. Also, we had quite a few trees removed because of storm damage.

Richard Pollick announced that there will be a $5.00 per month increase in the assessment beginning on January 1, 2019. He said that the savings so far has been good and when it comes time to repave the parking lot we will not need a special assessment.

Jason Richards asked why we took a loss last year. It was explained that it was because of the fence and the trees. The reason for the increase is so that we do not have to dip into our reserves.

Richard Pollick said that he would like to see the community get more involved. We have been running the neighborhood with an all-volunteer board of directors. If we have to use a management company to run the neighborhood it will cost considerably more.

A motion was made to adopt next year’s budget. The motion was seconded, and the budget was approved.

The topic of crime was discussed. There has been several attempted car break ins. Also, a man putting out flyers opened a package on someone’s front porch.

Julio Nunez asked if we can put up “no soliciting” signs. Juanita is going to look up the ordinance about soliciting. She said Verizon can only come to your house if you are an existing customer. Jason suggested we put up no trespassing signs.

Richard Fox mentioned that people are putting trash out on the wrong nights. He said people are throwing trash in the storm sewers. People are putting out trash that is too big and Sharon has been getting the trash company to take it. It costs the neighborhood money to haul away trash that is not in bags and is too large. Juanita is going to contact the Mason District Council of HOA’s for solutions to this problem.

Richard said that we are going to have the architectural inspections done this year. We have decided to have it done once every two years. This should be done during July. Also, the sidewalks will be repaired soon.

Gene Velazquez asked about spraying chemicals on the lawn to kill weeds. Richard said that will be discussed at the next board meeting.

Linda reported she has been going around the neighborhood with the rat inspectors and we are in pretty good shape. For the most part there has not been a lot of activity.

Juanita noticed people who don’t live in the neighborhood are walking through with their dogs and not picking up after them. There is a Fairfax County law requiring all dogs to be on leashes and for all owners to pick up after them. Richard Fox noted coyotes have been spotted in the Mason District and have killed a dog.

Betty Hardeman reported that there were 21 ballots out of 65 that were submitted for the EHCA Board of Directors, and the current board of directors was re-elected.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.