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.
Posted on Feb 1st, 2021
Please place your trash bins out on Tuesday and keep them out until pickup occurs. Please ensure that trash is secured and does not fly away. It is impossible to confirm at this time as the weather conditions are ever-changing and will dictate if, and when, Patriot Disposal can send their trucks out. Please watch for email updates regarding service changes and/or check their website at patriotdisposalservices.com. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact them at (703) 257-7100 or by email at email@example.com.
River Falls Monthly
Posted on Jan 31st, 2021
River Falls Monthly - the fourth e-newsletter published! Did you receive your copy? Please check your inbox, the message came from firstname.lastname@example.org this past Friday morning. 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 Call for Committee Volunteers, Instructions for Paying HOA Dues Electronically, Security Corner, and Upcoming Events.
Patriot Disposal Holiday Pick Up Schedule
Posted on Dec 18th, 2020
***PATRIOT DISPOSAL HOLIDAY PICK UP SCHEDULE
Recycling date change due to upcoming holidays:
Recycling scheduled for Friday, December 25th and Friday, January 1st will be picked up on Monday, December 28th. Unfortunately, there is only 1 recycling make up day provided this year due to the holiday. Please be sure to place all recyclables out on Monday, December 28th and again on Friday, January 8th, 2021.
Christmas Tree Collection Date:
Christmas trees will be collected the weeks of January 3rd and 10th. Please leave Christmas trees out with regular trash pick up the first two weeks of January. Be sure to remove all decorations from the trees and do not place the trees in bags.
River Falls Monthly
River Falls Monthly - the third e-newsletter published! Did you receive your copy? Please check your inbox, the message came from email@example.com this past Tuesday afternoon. If you did not receive the e-mail please send me a PM and I will add your e-mail to the list. No hassle or negativity in this newsletter, just fun and useful information for everyone in our River Falls community. And it will only be published once a month. Current issue includes How to Improve Your House with ARC, RFYI Holiday Decorations, Honoring Our Veterans, and Upcoming Events.
This is to reiterate a danger of speeding in the community. It has come to our attention that some vehicles drive with an increased speed on Chanceford Drive and Greatbridge Road, and even do not stop at the school bus stop sign. This is a gentle reminder to the community that speeding is a safety hazard for neighbors and especially for children. We appreciate your understanding and attention to this very important matter.
Thank You to Delane Olson
A special thank you to Delane Olson for all her hard work helping with the Social Committee for many of the past 18 years. Her family moved here in December 2002 and recently sold their home on Mosser Mill Court. She was instrumental in past efforts rallying the community when local officials wanted to redistrict River Falls to different schools other than those that we were assigned. She has always kept the best interest of River Falls in mind and quickly jumped in when her help was needed. We will certainly miss seeing her and her family in the neighborhood and at our community social events.