March 2019
 
St Patty s Day

May the Luck of the Irish be with you this March!

President's Message

Congratulations to all homeowners for a successful transition to the ACS West systems. Quarterly assessment payments were generally made on time, and the new processes seem to have been well accepted. Several ARC applications have also been processed through ACS West. Thanks to everyone who has helped make the transition successful.

Earlier in February, I issued a Special Bulletin regarding trash collection services and the discussion which was held during the board meeting. The issue will be further researched for consideration later this year. As many of you are aware, this matter has been discussed previously by the board and homeowners. Everyone should be reminded that the policy of backdoor trash collection service is still the policy in Birkdale. Violators will be cited. I want to include a special note of appreciation to the homeowners who have taken steps to follow the back-door collection policy. Your actions help the entire community.

At the board meeting, questions were raised about snow removal or other road maintenance issues which are VDOT responsibility. VDOT has a website for such matters at: https://my.vdot.virginia.gov. or 1-800-FOR-ROAD.

The board also recently adopted a complaint procedure, required by law, to allow homeowners to file a complaint against the board. This procedure has been added to the website.

As Spring approaches, there will be renewed interest in home maintenance and landscaping. The ARC Standards and Guidelines provide directions which should be followed and when an ARC request needs to be submitted. Please review these or the synopsis in the New Members Package on the website.

The next board meeting will be in May, but until then if there are issues of concern which you want to send to the board, please use the community email webmaster@birkdaleonline.com. Messages will be directed to a board member or a committee to be addressed. Tree issues or other situations of potential danger or damage should be directed to the Grounds Committee chairman, Wayne Bass at 639-0795.

REMINDER: SECOND QUARTER ASSESSMENTS ARE DUE APRIL 1ST.

Earl Bishop,
Board President

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Birkdale Community Association Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting will be May 9th

6 pm at the Birkdale Clubhouse

Birkdale Golf Club, 8511 Royal Birkdale Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23832

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.


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2019 BIRKDALE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CALENDAR

May 4th - Yard Sale (with Goodwill truck at SRES)

May 9th - Board Meeting

Aug 8th - Board Meeting

Oct 3rd - Annual Meeting

Oct 5th - Yard Sale (with Goodwill truck at SRES)

Oct 6th - Fall Festival (tentative)

Nov 14th - Board Meeting
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Treasurer's Report March 2019

THANK YOU, BIRKDALE OWNERS!

95% of Birkdale owners paid their January assessment! The Board thanks you for your attention to the changes in management company to ACS West and the new payment methods. If you haven’t yet paid your January assessment, please bring your account current. Your next assessment of $101 is due April 1, 2019.

DO YOU NEED A COUPON BOOK?

If you have not received your coupon book for payment of your quarterly assessments, please call or email ACS West, Inc., Birkdale’s management company:
804-282-7451 or admin@acswest.org

Assessments of $101 per quarter or $404 per year are due on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1, 2019. All debit and credit balances on your accounts were transferred from Asocia/Community Group to ACS West on December 31, 2018. If you have questions regarding an overpayment or balance due, please contact ACS West.

COLLECTION ISSUES

Birkdale’s collection agency, Equity Experts, continues to pursue 14 owners who have significant debt balances. Once an account is turned over to Equity Experts, collection fees increase significantly for the delinquent owner. Since November 2016, Equity Experts has worked on over 77 different Birkdale accounts and collected $31,325.26 for our community.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Betsy Martello, Treasurer, 804-739-7487, or, betsy@martellofamily.com.

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BIRKDALE HOMEOWNERS FINANCIAL STATEMENT

At this time there is not a current financial statement. ACS West is still finalizing the numbers since taking over from Associa/Community Group.

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ACS West is our Managing Agent

Just a friendly reminder....STOP Payments to Associa/Community Group.

We still had several people mail payments to Associa/Community Group this past payment cycle. Each of these owners will receive a reminder letter from ACS West with the new address. Please remember to update your records. If you had reoccurring payments with Associa, please make sure they have been turned off. Our next assessment for $101.00 is due April 1st, 2019.

Thank you!

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News from the Architectural Review Committee

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There have been very few ARC requests during the month of February due to the wet dismal weather. With spring on its way, general household projects should pick-up in our community. Here’s hoping for an early Spring.

Applications submitted to ARC for approval:
9037 Spyglass Hill turn - Water drain

Applications for ARC can be located on our website at www.birkdaleonline.com

link to: ACS WEST

Lee Kemmet
ARC committee

Mailbox Maintenance

When painting your mailbox, Lowe’s on Hull Street has the equivalent paint color as Benjamin Moore which is Lowe's - Valspar, Quart, 372, Birkdale Vanilla Cookie, Exterior Satin, Duramax, 105-1, 107-1, 214-2.5. For your metal mailbox, Cottage Red Benjamin Moore is available at Virginia Paint.

The Birkdale logo and numbers may be purchased from Sign Crafters Inc., Attn: Barbara Isenberg, 804-379-2004 or email bisenberg@sign-crafters.com OR from Pat Faivre, our Birkdale resident, who has maintained mailboxes in Birkdale for several years, 804-608-0418 or Faivre.pat@gmail.com.

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Do You Have Stains on your Roof?

Spring is just around the corner so now is the time to schedule all those to do projects to get your home in shape. Roof Stains are a common problem seen throughout the neighborhood. Black stains on an asphalt roof are caused by algae. ... Though often attributed to an accumulation of dirt, defective shingles, mold, or mildew; the most common culprit is actually a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores.

Your roof is your home’s first line of protection against the elements, and it needs to be kept in good condition in order to protect your family, your property, and ensure its longevity. A professional pressure wash is the best way to make sure it stays in top condition.

▪ Pressure washing your roof helps preserve its shingles or tiles. Over the years debris, algae, mold, lichens, and mildew slowly build up on your roof and cause damage.
▪ A roof that is in poor condition causes you higher energy bills in all 4 seasons.
▪ Improve your curb appeal while keeping up with your neighborhood HOA standards.
Pressure washing your roof helps preserve its shingles or tiles. Over the years debris, algae, mold, lichens, and mildew slowly build up on your roof and cause damage.
A roof that is in poor condition causes you higher energy bills in all 4 seasons.
Improve your curb appeal while keeping up with your neighborhood HOA standards.

Note: Pressure washing your roof must be done by a certified professional because high pressurized water can actually cause damage to shingles.

Source of information:
+AAG Richmond- certified, licensed and bonded. 804-562-0744

Upcoming Reminders for your Yard and Garden...

▪ Begin pruning fruit trees and summer blooming trees such as crepe- myrtles. Do not prune spring bloomers such as azelas and forsythia until after they bloom.
▪ On mild winter days, remember to water window boxes or other outside containers planted with pansies or other winter flowers.
▪ Avoid injury to your lawn and ground covers when the soil is frozen by keeping foot traffic to a minimum
▪ If the weather is mild, you may notice that periennial plants have been heaved from the soil by frost. Gently press them back into place taking care not to break their stems.
▪ Start seedlings now for transplanting in the spring.
▪ Monitor any newly planted trees and shrubs. We've had a lot of rain this season so our soil has remained damp, but incase of a dry spell be sure to water weekly to prevent dry soil damage- don't forget your house plants too!
▪ Now is a great time to have your lawn mower blades sharpened and an annual tune up performed.
Begin pruning fruit trees and summer blooming trees such as crepe- myrtles. Do not prune spring bloomers such as azelas and forsythia until after they bloom.
On mild winter days, remember to water window boxes or other outside containers planted with pansies or other winter flowers.
Avoid injury to your lawn and ground covers when the soil is frozen by keeping foot traffic to a minimum
If the weather is mild, you may notice that periennial plants have been heaved from the soil by frost. Gently press them back into place taking care not to break their stems.
Start seedlings now for transplanting in the spring.
Monitor any newly planted trees and shrubs. We've had a lot of rain this season so our soil has remained damp, but incase of a dry spell be sure to water weekly to prevent dry soil damage- don't forget your house plants too!
Now is a great time to have your lawn mower blades sharpened and an annual tune up performed.

Trash Talk....

There has been a lot of conversation regarding trash in the recent months. The topic was discussed at the last board meeting and here is a compiled list of the companies who currently service Birkdale along with their backyard pickup rates.

Just a reminder per our covenants BACKYARD PICKUP IS A REQUIREMENT.

Waste Management $37/ month or $110 a quarter with a $75.00 deposit for a trash can

County Waste $34-38 per month depending on when you signed up for service.

Boyd's $25/month

All Terrain $30/month

Zane $35/month with a can provided

Powell's $19/month for 96/gal can and two bags of yard debris

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A Volunteer is needed to lead the Covenants Committee.

If you would like to learn more about the duties involved for this position or volunteer to lead or serve on the Covenants Committee, contact Earl Bishop or any other board member.

If there is something you would like the committee to look into, there is a form “Rules Violation Complaint” on the website. Simply fill it out and send it to a committee member - we will check it out for you and your information will be kept confidential. We rely on all neighbors to do their part to keep their properties maintained, and if they see a violation to report it. Thank you for doing your part to make Birkdale a community we can be proud to call home.

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Things to Remember- Landscape and Lighting

▪  NO DUMPING-Do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. Remember, those areas belong to you and to me as property owners.
▪ Do not park on the green spaces in Birkdale.
▪ NO FIRES whatsoever. Fires require a permit from Chesterfield County. It is not appropriate to burn any vegetation in common areas and cause alarm to nearby homeowners.
NO DUMPING-Do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. Remember, those areas belong to you and to me as property owners.
Do not park on the green spaces in Birkdale.
NO FIRES whatsoever. Fires require a permit from Chesterfield County. It is not appropriate to burn any vegetation in common areas and cause alarm to nearby homeowners.

If you have any problems or complaints regarding common areas, please call Wayne Bass at 804-639-0795.

Lighting

If residents observe a problem with a gas light such as smell of gas, or no light at night, please call Nick Martello at 804-739-7487.

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March School Schedule

Friday, March 8th is a holiday for both students and staff.

Friday, March 29th is a 3 hour early release day for students.

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Neighborhood Watch

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Any suspicious activity should always be reported to the local police to investigate.

Bear and fox sightings should be reported to the Animal Control number.

Emergency 911 | Non-emergency 804-748-1251

Animal Control 748-1683

Traffic Hotline 804-318-8084 or speeding@chesterfield.gov

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Lake Committee

lake Aug 2018

Birkdale Lake Report

If you would like to serve on this committee or have suggestions/comments, please contact Derek at the email below.

Derek Evans
C - 400-2295
husker19642002@yahoo.com

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Goodwill Yard Sale May2019

Save the Date

Saturday. May 4th is the date for our Spring Yard Sale. If you have items that do not sell, please consider making a donation to help your local Elementary School. Drop items off at the Goodwill Truck from 10-2pm at Spring Run Elementary School. Spring Run will receive a donation for every pound of items they receive. Help fill the truck!

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Stay Active with Chesterfield Parks and Recreation!

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

Chesterfield Baptist Church

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 am -3:30 pm

16530 Hull St Road, Moseley, VA. 23120

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department’s 50+ Active Lifestyles program staff strives to provide quality leisure activities and services. These activities are designed to assist, inform, entertain, enhance and enrich the lives of Chesterfield County’s citizens 50 and over. So, at a time when the older adult population is growing at such a rapid rate - 66 million by 2025 - it’s no surprise that Chesterfield Parks and Recreation 50+ Active Lifestyles locations are playing their part to serve the needs and desires of this growing population.

We offer a variety of programs, activities and classes in effort to help older adults remain healthy and vital parts of their communities. Our 2019 January-April brochure features new fitness (SilverSneakers Cert. Instructor), health and wellness workshops, educational and art classes, field trips/tours, volunteer/mentoring opportunities, special events and much, much more.

Please visit: https://www.chesterfield.gov/990/50-Active-Lifestyles for more information or contact:
Kate Sheehan – Recreation Specialist
804-339-2877 direct
sheehank@chesterfield.gov

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Little Libraries

Many thanks to everyone who has helped keep the Birkdale Little Libraries up and running. We’ve had a constant rotation of great reads for kids and adults alike! If you have some great books to share, please leave them at the gazebo on Royal Birkdale or at the new location on Killarney Court. As you finish a book this month- think Little Library! Please continue to let your neighbors know that the Little Libraries are located in the gazebo on Royal Birkdale Drive and Killarney Court, and are full of great books of all kinds.

Take one, read one, leave one…it’s free for everyone!

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Please Serve on our Committees

Volunteer

Want to participate on a committee? This is a great way to meet and work with neighbors for a common goal: helping our community. We are currently looking for Neighborhood Watch, Covenants and Social Committee chairs.

Please send a message to this newsletter with your interests or contact any Board member, and the BCA will gladly and willingly find a place to use your talents! Many thanks!

newsletter@birkdaleonline.com

Volunteers

We are alway looking for residents willing to lend their time and talents to help make Birkdale the community we are all proud to live in. We are grateful to the many kind folks in Birkdale willing to help with committees and social activities, and serving on the Board of Directors. It takes many hands to successfully execute the duties of our Birkdale Community Association for the benefit of all the residents of our 657 homes.

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Community Contact List

The Birkdale Board Members
* Earl Bishop, President, 639-5915, earlbishop8313@gmail.com
* Doug Craig, Vice President, 639-1439, cckcraig@aol.com
* Betsy Martello, Secretary/Treasurer, 739-7487, betsy@martellofamily.com
* Wayne Bass, Member-at -Large, 639-0795
*ACS West, Community Manager, 804-282-7451, fax 804-282-9590, E-mail: admin@acswest.org

Association Contact Names and Numbers
* ARC—Lee Kemmet, 739-6405, clkem5@comcast.net
* Covenants Committee--- a volunteer is needed to head this committee
* Landscaping/Lighting—Wayne Bass, 639-0795; Nick Martello, 739-7487
* Newsletter—Cynthia Steiner, 804-852-3365, newsletter@birkdaleonline.com
* Social Committee—VACANT
* Neighborhood Watch--VACANT (Won't you please put your name here?)

Other Community Contact Names and Numbers
* Women’s Club—currently inactive
* Lake Committee---Derek Evans 804-400-2295, husker19642002@yahoo.com
* Swim Team— Krista Gutzwiller, bcbarracudaswimming@gmail.com
* Birkdale Golf Course Clubhouse, 739-8800, www.acumengolf.com
* Birkdale Golf/Swim Membership, hospitality@acumengolf.com

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Support your Neighborhood and Local Businesses who Advertise in the Birkdale Classifieds

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to schedule appointments for all those items on your to do list. The Classifieds are filled with local businesses that offer services to make our lives easier. Are you looking to hire a landscape service to help with yard work, an electrician or an handyman to get that to do list started? Does your AC unit need a tune-up? How about a coupon to a local restaurant? Look no further than the Birkdale Classifieds to find residents and local businesses that can help. To view the current issue of the Birkdale Classifieds click the link below. This publication is printed and delivered to paper boxes of all Birkdale residents the first week of each month. If you would like to run an ad in the Birkdale Classifieds, contact Cynthia Steiner at classifieds@birkdaleonline.com. Resident rates start as low as $15/month.

 
 
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