June 2019

President's Message

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JUNE 2019

Memorial Day weekend is generally regarded as the unofficial start of summer and we have a lot going on. Home repairs and landscaping seem to have hit a fever pitch as many of us are pursuing projects. Remember to submit an ARC request if your project consists of more than normal maintenance. Some projects like roofing may not require approval, but it is good to submit the request to have the upgrade included in your file.

If you have not considered some maintenance, please look around to see if it is needed. Remember, the appearance of your house and yard affect the real estate values of the whole neighborhood, and good maintenance may prevent future large repairs.

The Board of Directors is considering a gazebo for Avalon and information was sent to all residents who are online via an email and to all Avalon residents by mail. Your feedback on this matter is important so please answer it. Alternative suggestions would be appreciated.

The May yard sale was very successful, and our collaboration with Collington produced a huge windfall for Goodwill and the Spring Run Elementary School PTA. This year 13,760 pounds were donated, and the PTA received $859.00. Our next yard sale will be in October.

The annual community inspections have begun, and early results are promising. We are having such a great growing season that it seems grass grows faster and so do weeds. It is easy for both of these to get out of control, so everyone needs to make a huge effort.

This month ends our second quarter with ACS West as our managing agent and the new payment system. Third quarter assessments are due July 1st so please prepare for it.

Vacation schedules often result in overlooking this payment, so I ask your support.

May and June are also graduation months. Congratulations to our college and high school graduates. As you travel or pursue other activities this summer, I remind you to be safe and have fun.

Earl Bishop,

Goodwill 2019

Birkdale Community Association Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting will be August 8th

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.



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


Treasurer's Report

June 1, 2019

Most Birkdale residents are paying their quarterly assessments on time and to our new community manager, ACS West, Inc. Thank you! There are, however, 54 accounts, or 8%, that are delinquent. Is your account current?

REMINDER: Your third quarterly $101 payment for this year is due on July 1, 2019. If your payment is late, additional fees and late charges apply.

Several residents still have credit balances for their assessments. Others have balances due. If you have questions regarding the status of your account, please contact ACS West, Inc.
1904 Byrd Avenue, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23230
804-282-7451, or admin@acswest.org

Birkdale’s collection agency, Equity Experts, continues to pursue delinquent accounts. Once an account has been referred to Equity Experts, collection fees increase substantially for the homeowner.

Remember, that if you decide to sell your Birkdale home, you or your realtor must order a Disclosure Package from ACS, West. Check the website www.acswest.org for information.

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


Birkdale's Most Recent Financial Statement


ACS West is our Managing Agent

If you had reoccurring payments with Associa, please make sure they have been turned off and your new account is set up with ACS West.
link to: ACS WEST


Thank you!


News from the Architectural Review Committee


May is project month and many folks are sprucing up their yards. The annual inspection will soon be underway. Please see the article below for details on what volunteers will be looking for. If you would like to help out with the annual inspection, please contact any board member.

Applications submitted to ARC for approval:
9002 Highgate Hill Dr.- Roof
8313 Houghton Pl.- Other/ Multiple Items
14513 Leamington Dr. - Fence
8819 Emerald Dunes Circle - Other/ Multiple Items
8804 Merseyside Lane - Exterior Painting

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.


Things to Remember- Landscape and Lighting

▪  NO DUMPING-As spring cleanup begins in the neighborhood, please do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. 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-As spring cleanup begins in the neighborhood, please do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. 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.


If you smell gas or think you smell gas around any of our lights, please call 911 then call the gas company at 1-800-543-8911.

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


A Volunteer is needed to lead the Covenants Committee.

The Annual Inspection is just around the corner.

In addition to mailbox units we will be looking from the street at the overall appearance of the property to be in compliance with the governing documents.
• Stained or dirty siding
• Peeling paint
• Rotted wood
• Driveway in disrepair
• Shutters faded, missing or broken
• Yard lamp post broken, leaning or rusted
• Overgrown lawn or bushes, dead trees

These are the mailbox violations which will be sited during the annual inspection:.
• Bases which need to be painted or repaired.
• Mailboxes which need to be painted
• Faded numbers, logo missing
• Posts which need to be painted or repaired

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.

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.

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Gazebo Proposed for Avalon- Please Share Your Thoughts

Dear Birkdale/Avalon Residents,

The Birkdale Board of Directors is considering the construction of a gazebo in the Avalon area to enhance the community and provide a point of connection and gathering similar to the gazebo currently in place on Royal Birkdale Drive.

The board has considered several locations and designs and arrived at the following: an open gazebo similar to the one on Royal Birkdale Drive to be stained or painted in natural tones. The gazebo would be on the island at Killarney Court near Spyglass Hill Circle. The Little Library is currently at this location and could be enclosed in the structure, as it is on Royal Birkdale Drive. There would be no lighting or parking provided other than what is currently there. The beautiful trees on Kilarney court would not be altered in any way. A path would lead to the gazebo.

The Board is seeking your input before proceeding. We are especially interested in hearing from residents of Killarney Court and adjacent houses on Spyglass Hill Circle.

Please provide your comments to the Board via the website, webmaster@birkdaleonline.com and clearly identify these as pertaining to the gazebo. If there is interest in an open meeting to discuss this, please indicate that also.

Comments should be returned by July 1, 2019.

Yours truly,
Board of Directors

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Summer Day Trips Near Birkdale

Yorktown Beach is a perfect day trip from Birkdale. Located in Historic Yorktown this two-acre public beach front caters to family fun and is one of the only beaches in Hampton Roads to feature a Mobi-Mat and Mobi Charis for visitors in Wheelchairs. The beach is perfect for sunbathing, boating, swimming and fishing. It has an ADA accessible fishing pier where you can catch catfish, croakers, and stripers in abundance as well as a grassy picnic area to enjoy lunch.

For those who would rather not pack, across the cobblestone street is a row of restaurants to grab lunch or a cool beverage- leave your chairs and umbrella put and watch them from your outdoor table.

Along the beach are a few points of interest for the history buffs- there’s the sign that explains the history of Yorktown Beach and the Yorktown Battlefield Colonial Park is just around the corner.

Just over an hour and a half drive from Birkdale Yorktown Beach is the perfect day trip!


Barracuda Swim Team

The Swim Team is in full swing at Collington Pool. It is open to all Birkdale residents.

Here's the link to the website with detailed information. https://bcbarracudas.swimtopia.com

The contact is Joy Blocher, email: collingtonswimteam@gmail.com


Graduation Time

Let's Celebrate our Birkdale Graduates!

Share your pride....do you have a child or grandchild graduating from High School this year? Email their picture along with their name and the High School they graduated from along with any other information you'd like to share-college attending in fall, internships, jobs etc. It will be included in the Celebrations section of July's Newsletter.
email to:
Subject line- graduates

June School Schedule

The final bells will be ringing soon. June 13th and 14th are both half days for Chesterfield Students. June 14th is the last day of school!

school calendar

Neighborhood Watch


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


Lake Committee

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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

Be a good neighbor

Be a Good Neighbor

The Chesterfield County Office of Community Enhancements offers several recommendations for being a Good Neighbor and making Great Neighborhoods. In spring and summer these can take on added emphasis.

Maintain property and home appearance-spring is a great time to power wash your house, stain the deck, spruce up your mailbox (see the ARC report below for paint specs), trim bushes, and add a fresh layer of mulch to your beds.

Pick-up and clean-up including litter, debris, and garbage-remember we require back yard trash pickup in Birkdale.

Control pets and clean-up after them; it’s your responsibility as a pet owner. If you take your pooch for a walk, be sure to bring along a bag. Be respectful of your neighbors' yards and be sure to pick up waste from common areas.

Be mindful of noise situations whether pets, lawn equipment, music.

Respect others property and space usage by limiting on-street parking- Emergency vehicles need to be able to move through the streets of Birkdale. As the weather warms up, children are out riding bikes and scooters, and may not be seen behind a car parked on the street.

Respect public and common areas and be mindful of regulations The speed limit in Birkdale is 25 mph.

Thank you for being a great neighbor!

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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!


Please Serve on our Committees


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!



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.



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—Joy Blocher, email: collingtonswimteam@gmail.com
* Birkdale Golf Course Clubhouse, 739-8800, www.acumengolf.com
* Birkdale Golf/Swim Membership, hospitality@acumengolf.com


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

Spring has arrived and our to-do lists are getting longer. Time to contact the advertisers in this month's Classifieds to help tackle those chores. 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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