River Falls Monthly
Posted on Aug 2nd, 2021
River Falls Monthly - the tenth e-newsletter published! Did you receive your copy? Please check your inbox, the message came from firstname.lastname@example.org earlier today. If you did not receive the email please send a PM and I will add your email to the list. Current issue includes President's Letter, Security Corner: Back-to-School Safety, What's Cooking in River Falls, Upcoming Events, Old Hickory Grill Menu.
Pool Closed Today
Posted on Jul 8th, 2021
The American Pool maintenance company let us know that the pool will be closed today due to the upcoming rain storm and due to the fact that lifeguards need an additional time to cleaning after the storm. Please stay safe during the storm. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Posted on Jun 16th, 2021
We hope that you are enjoying your summer so far. It’s pretty common that in the beginning of the pool season kids can have experience bloody feet. The length of time in the water, along with playing and pushing off the sides/bottom of the pool can possibly cause some irritation. We often find that after a few weeks children don’t have the “extreme” sensitivity as they originally had in the beginning of the summer. Wearing booties or taking caution on how the foot travels over the plaster surface can eliminate any discomfort. If you have any questions, please let us know.
River Falls Monthly
Posted on Jun 11th, 2021
River Falls Monthly - the eighth e-newsletter published! Did you receive your copy? Please check your inbox, the message came from email@example.com yesterday morning. If you did not receive the email please send a PM and I will add your email to the list. Current issue includes President Letter with link to important SURVEY, Security Corner: Pool Safety, RFYI: Gas Meter Size, Notices and Upcoming Events, Lifeguard Job Recruitment, and NEW Old Hickory Grill Menu.
River Falls Monthly
Posted on May 1st, 2021
River Falls Monthly - the seventh e-newsletter published! Did you receive your copy? Please check your inbox, the message came from firstname.lastname@example.org last night. If you did not receive the email please send a PM and I will add your email to the list. Current issue includes President Letter with link to important SURVEY, Security Corner: Credit Checks, River Falls Street Scene, Notices and Upcoming Events, Lifeguard Job Recruitment, and the Old Hickory Grill Menu.
Posted on Apr 30th, 2021
The Board of Directors is excited to announce that the swimming pool will be opening soon and that a new pool pass/reservation system will be implemented. You should have received a pool opening letter and pool rules by email. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Bloom at email@example.com. We are looking forward to a great pool season!
River Falls Monthly
Posted on Apr 1st, 2021
River Falls Monthly - the sixth e-newsletter published! Did you receive your copy? Please check your inbox, the message came from firstname.lastname@example.org earlier this afternoon. If you did not receive the email please send a PM and I will add your email to the list. Current issue includes President Letter, Grounds Committee Update, Security Corner Guidance on Landscape Contractors, Upcoming Events, Lifeguard Job Recruitment, and the Old Hickory Grill Menu.
River Falls Monthly
Posted on Mar 1st, 2021
River Falls Monthly - the fifth e-newsletter published! Did you receive your copy? Please check your inbox, the message came from email@example.com this past Sunday night. If you did not receive the e-mail please send me a PM and I will add your e-mail to the list. Current issue includes President Letter, River Falls Yard Information, FSR Residential Connect Instructions, Upcoming Events, and Lifeguard Job Recruitment.
Trash/Recycle Services Delay
Posted on Feb 19th, 2021
Due to inclement weather and poor road conditions, all scheduled services for today (2/19) have been suspended. For all residential HOA customers, service will resume on your next regularly scheduled trash day, Tuesday. Recycling collection scheduled for Friday will resume on Friday. If you have any questions, please contact us at (703) 257-7100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Feb 5th, 2021
In continuous effort by the Board of Directors to address concerns about basketball courts, please see below a letter from the Board of Directors:
"Our posted rules for use of the basketball courts at Cascade Way and Robey Way are not being followed. There are outside users of the courts - even though the rules are explicit that the courts are for the use of residents only. COVID protocols are not being followed. And rules for responsible behavior are not being respected. At this time the Prince William County Police through our community patrolling agreement are limited in what they can do. We as an HOA Board have been advised by our attorney to not engage in enforcement. Thus, our enforcement efforts are limited.
In the meantime, the increased nuisance that has developed over the past several months to the residents around the Cascade Way basketball court have led to suggestions that the court be closed for a temporary period until effective enforcement measures can be developed. We have listened to considerable discussion at the past couple of HOA Board meetings and clearly understand resident concerns and at the same time the desire for our amenities to continue to be available to residents.
At the most recent Board of Directors meeting, it was discussed at great length several issues that have been occurring on a regular basis at the basketball court at the Cascade Way play area, which not only poses a security and safety issue but an amenity use issue as well. It has gotten to a point where there are residents who want to see the basketball hoops locked and shut down for a designated period to deter non-residents from playing basketball here. While this seems like an easy solution to the problem, it does not necessarily solve the issue in the long term and it also takes this amenity away from those residents who wish to use them.
In the interim, we will lower the height of the Cascade Way basketball hoop in hopes that it will deter non-residents from playing basketball. It has been mentioned that there are leagues playing basketball here quite regularly. While we realize this may increase the usage at the Robey Way basketball court, the basketball court and playground areas are more spread out there than at Cascade Way. It will also give us more time to put into place some new initiatives (see below).
As mentioned in a previous newsletter, we have seen an increased usage of the basketball courts and playgrounds in our community. However, it has been brought to the Board’s attention on numerous occasions that many who are using these amenities are not River Falls residents. Unfortunately, many residents feel they are unable to use the amenities because they are overrun by non-residents at certain times of the day. With the increased usage, we are also experiencing problems such as large amounts of trash being left behind, loud music, noisy use after dusk, and verbal abuse when residents approach these groups to question their activities.
The Board has been and is continuing to work on the issue but as you might imagine, it has been difficult this past year. Unless there is criminal activity, police are not responding to neighbor’s calls and honestly, that is not necessarily how we wish to have this issue addressed in the current environment.
Right now, we are working on transitioning from the current off-duty police patrol to a private security company to give us greater flexibility on our approach on how issues are addressed. It may also help if non-residents find out we have a security patrol which may deter them from continuing to use the courts. We have a meeting scheduled this week with Prince William County police to discuss ideas and suggestions they may have to help us. In addition, we are planning to implement an HOA pass for residents to carry with them, like the current pool pass, that would be for all amenities within the community and would clearly identify someone as a resident. We are planning to hold a Basketball Town Hall Meeting at some point in the spring once we have the new security patrol in place to work together with the community to manage expectations of any new processes and procedures and address any questions or concerns.
Moving forward, this issue has been added as a standing agenda item to the monthly Board of Directors meetings and we hope that you will share your thoughts during this time. We also request your help by asking your children who use the courts to bring to the attention of non-residents that the courts are for use by River Falls residents only. If we don’t get this under control, we will be forced to shut down the courts. These are challenging times for all of us, and we want to keep our community an enjoyable place to live."
Thank you for your attention to this matter.