Wednesday, April 1, 2020

HCA TRASH SERVICE CHANGES @ MON APR 6+

Effective Monday, April 6, to protect the health and safety of employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic, in response to a recent surge in residential waste, and to align with new Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program collection requirements, HCA curbside trash and recycling contractor Republic Services will temporarily modify the services it provides to HCA and other residential customers, as follows:
(1)  For customers with carts, RS will accept cart contents only, and crews will not pick up waste outside of the cart
(2)  For customers who do not have carted service, RS will accept waste placed in bags only, and bags cannot exceed 50 pounds
(3)  Yard and bulk waste programs will be suspended
For additional information on related Fairfax County operational changes effective March 30, 2020, including those driving the RS temporary service modifications, visit the corresponding County webpage.

COUNTY RECYCLE SERVICE CHANGES @ MON MAR 30+

According to the NVRC Northern Virginia Waste Management Board, only about 10% of glass food and beverage containers are actually recycled in Virginia.  Broken glass contaminates other more valuable recycled items such as cardboard and metals, abrasive broken glass damages processing machinery, and heavy glass increases transportation costs.  To encourage and support more beneficial recycling, the Virginia Senate passed SB 218 during the 2018 General Assembly session to improve recycled materials reliability and supply during the next 10 years.

In response, and effective October 1, 2019, Fairfax County asked residents to discontinue including used glass containers in curbside recycling collections. Instead, the County asked residents to deposit used glass in 21 purple bins throughout the County, including at the Reston South Park and Ride parking lot, 2531 Reston Parkway at Fox Mill Rd.  From there, the County took purple bin glass to a regional Lorton, VA glass processing plant where it was crushed for use in pipe bedding and filler material.  Glass items not accepted for County recycling include lamps, light bulbs, ceramics, porcelain, mirrors, windows, and sheet glass. 

However, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, and in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Fairfax County removed all purple collection bins and suspended corresponding glass collection countywide until further notice.  The County now asks residents to either throw used glass containers into their trash, or bring glass to the I-66 transfer station or I-95 landfill complex.  Regardless, residents should discontinue placing used glass in curbside recycling collections.  In addition, the County closed the I-95 landfill complex for household hazardous waste and e-waste collection, but these services remain open at the I-66 transfer station.  Secure document shredding events are also postponed until further notice.

Similarly, and according to a November 10, 2019 Washington Post article, residents should also discontinue placing plastic shopping and produce bags in curbside recycling because they tangle recycling equipment.  Instead, plastic wrap washed to remove raw meat or other contamination, dry cleaning bags, shopping bags, zip-lock bags, and newspaper bags should be recycled in bins typically found outside most grocery stores.  For more information, see the American Chemistry Council recycling webpage.

HCA ANNUAL MTG + DIRECTOR ELECTIONS @ SAT MAY 23

Pending coronavirus pandemic public health orders to the contrary and public meeting space availability, the HCA Annual Meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Saturday, May 23, 2020, in the Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne.  TWC typically mails meeting information, Director nomination forms, and Proxy absentee vote forms to all HCA Members in late April or early May.  HCA will also post any updates and the pre-meeting packet on this website.

The following volunteer Director positions are slated for nomination and election in 2020 for which current Directors may be re-elected or new Directors elected:
(1) Two three-year 2020-23 full terms for current Block 1 Director Michael Smith and current Block 2 Director Jeff Ashley who are both completing 2017-20 full terms
(2) One two-year 2020-22 remainder term for former Block 1 Director Matt Collins who sold his Goodman House earlier this year and moved from Reston during his 2019-22 full term
(3) One one-year 2020-21 remainder term for former Block 1 Director Hillary Diebold-Carter who resigned from the Board in 2019 during her 2018-21 full term

HCA encourages interested Members to provide Nomination Form statements of interest and qualifications to TWC as soon as possible, but no later than 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2020, and to indicate if you would like that information posted on this HCA website.  Or you can choose to be nominated at the Annual Meeting itself.  However, HCA Members not in good standing as of May 22, 2020 are not entitled to vote either in person or by Proxy, or be nominated for a Director position.

Volunteer Directors of this non-profit, non-stock corporation are tasked by the original 1964 HCA Articles of Incorporation with maintaining and improving the Common Areas; enforcing covenants and restrictions; and assessing, collecting, and disbursing funds; all for the benefit of the property and peace, health, comfort, and safety of residents.  Directors typically review budgets, proposals, and contracts; collaborate with other Directors, neighbors, and consultants to make critical decisions; and may provide hands-on project leadership.  Directors must meet at least quarterly, but usually meet monthly.  At whatever level, HCA welcomes your participation.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

HCA REGULAR MEETING CANCELED @ WED MAR 18

HCA advised today that the HCA monthly Regular Meeting will not be held as scheduled tomorrow at the LAVC RCC Lake Anne Rose Gallery.  Effective Monday, March 16, Fairfax County Government closed RCC Lake Anne and RCC Hunters Woods for at least the next two weeks to decrease community spread of the pandemic coronavirus.  Both the County and Commonwealth of Virginia have declared respective emergencies, closing schools and other public facilities, including County ReCenters.  Updates on any future changes will be posted on this website.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

HCA NEW 2020 PARKING HANG TAGS @ SUN MAR 1

HCA distributed new Common Area parking hang tags in a February 3, 2020 mass mailing to all homeowner Members advising that new 2020 red hang tags replace current 2018 orange hang tags on March 1, 2020.  As stated within the enclosed letter and notice, landlords are responsible for providing these new hang tags to their tenants, and vehicles in violation of related HCA parking rules are subject to citation and towing.  Towed vehicle information is available in a previous HCA website post.  For other related issues, including a cling decal option, contact Managing Agent TWC.

Monday, January 27, 2020

HCA ENTRANCE SIGNS REVIEW MEETING @ WED FEB 26

The HCA Board of Directors invites all Members to join them for a review and discussion of proposed new entrance signage designs and placement at the Lake Anne Reston Museum on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting follows ongoing monthly meeting discussions and a September 16, 2019 request for design suggestions from Members.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

HCA MEETING LOCATION CHANGE @ WED DEC 18

The HCA Board of Directors advises that the December 18 monthly HCA Regular Meeting will be held at the Reston Museum, in the Lake Anne Village Center at 1639 Washington Plaza North, due to earlier scheduling conflicts at RCC Lake Anne.  Regular Meetings are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

RESTON HISTORIC BLDG SURVEY MTG @ TUE DEC 17

In 1991, the Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources initiated a Survey and Planning Cost Share Program to assist local governments.  The program also supports the DHR mission to identify cultural resources statewide and record them in the DHR VCRIS digital database.  More than 120 Virginia communities have competed to participate and receive limited matching annual funding, and with DHR have conducted 150-plus projects in every region of the Commonwealth.  As a result, each year the DHR inventory of architectural and archeological resources grows with the addition of more than 4,000 newly recorded properties. 

In 2019, DHR selected Fairfax County to participate in a survey covering all of Reston except within the existing Lake Anne Historic Overlay District as designated by Fairfax County.  DHR thoroughly documented and added Lake Anne Village Center to the Virginia Landmarks Register in 2017, which led to listing in the U.S. National Park Service National Register of Historic Places.  DHR listed Reston overall in 2014.

For the 2019 Reston survey project, DHR will hire expert consultants to photograph, map, and document properties with information about building style, construction date, architectural description, and preliminary evaluation of relative significance.  The sites or buildings can then be nominated to be included in the County Inventory of Historic Sites, the Virginia Landmarks Register, or the National Register of Historic Places.  Although such honorary designations do not ensure a building's survival, Bauhaus Professor and Master Architect Marcel Breuer's 1964 Reston API Building, the only Breuer building in Virginia, was permitted for 2016 demolition primarily because it was not listed within the incomplete and outdated Fairfax County inventory that covered Hunter Mill District sites and buildings through only 1920.  Sadly, the permitted developer replaced the bold modernist Breuer API Building with typical, nondescript, cookie-cutter townhomes.

DHR and Fairfax County will hold a joint public information meeting this evening to kick off the project at RCC Lake Anne at 7:00 p.m.  They will also brief the community on completed survey findings early next year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

HCA ROAD STORM SERVICE UPDATE

According to the NOAA National Weather Service, snowfall is expected to be less than 2 inches and short-lived due to relatively warm ground temperatures and warming air temperatures.  The HCA snow management contractor typically does not provide service for less than 2 inches of accumulated snow.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

LAKE ANNE FELLOWSHIP HSE DRB MTG @ TUE NOV 12

The project team notified HCA affected party neighbors in a letter dated October 29, 2019 that they requested an RA DRB meeting on November 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at RA Headquarters to " ... present and receive approval of an artistic garage screen as the public art element for the development."  Materials to be presented to DRB and the public on November 12 have been uploaded to the following project team webpage, and any further updates were uploaded there no later than 12:00 noon on November 5:  https://thelandlawyers.sharefile.com/d-saeec020255c4b9a8.  The November 12 DRB Meeting Agenda and Application Packet are available on the RA website.  DRB previously approved site plan and general massing concepts, the overall site plan, New Lake Anne House and associated townhomes architectural drawings, site lighting and signage, and minor modifications and clarifications to prior approvals for retaining walls, site lighting, canopy design, and one approved color.