2011 Britford Home Sales: 6332 Tisbury Drive: $370,000 10/7/2011, 6348 Tisbury Drive, $375,000 8/31/2011. For HOA meeting dates/times? Call/Email the Abode management company.
Several tree branches have fallen recently in the Britford community. Please be careful and notify the Abode management company ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if any are blocking your parking or there is risk of damage to your home. More branches and trees have fallen in the area which borders Britford and the Burke lake garden retirement center and some of the branches/trees appears to be Britford owned property. I've asked the Abode Management company to inspect and provide an update to the Britford HOA so that the community may know the boundary of ownership and responsibility.
Are dogs in allowed to run free in Fairfax County? Dogs are not allowed to roam free. Exceptions include: A dog under owners supervision while lawfully hunting Engaged in an obedience training class or show While in a Fairfax County-sanctioned off-lease or dog exercise area
The fee for a dog license is $10 for dogs. No license fee is charged the owners of service dogs aiding blind, deaf or mobility-impaired residents. The fee to replace a lost license tag is $1.
To obtain a dog license you must have the following: A copy of dog license application A check payable to County of Fairfax County A current certificate of rabies vaccination Proof the dog has been spayed/neutered
The Britford Community is at risk for damages and liability of overhanging tree branches owned by the adjacent Burke Lake Gardens retirement home. I sustained over $700 of damages resulting from branches that fell onto my property. The response from Burke Lake Gardens insurance is that they are not liable for damages caused by their trees, and they will not pay or reimburse Britford Community homeowners for damages caused by their trees.
Over the years Burke Lake Gardens has failed to property prune and trim back their trees which are infringing onto the Britford Community. Please notify all neighbors as I have formerly requested Burke Lake Gardens prune all trees overhanging the Britford Community as of September 14th, 2010.
I shall publish real time updates as well as initiate civil court proceedings. Under Virginia law, as ruled by the Virginia Supreme court in 2007, Fancher v. Fangella (Lawyers USA No. 9938305) Virginia Supreme Court No. 062339. Sept. 14, 2007. "The owner of a nuisance tree "may be held responsible for harm caused to [adjoining property], and may also be required to cut back the encroaching branches or roots, assuming the encroaching vegetation constitutes a nuisance,". See the following letter for the Laurie L. Goretski Casualty Claims Processor II response to damages caused by falling Tree Branches:
"The owner of a nuisance tree "may be held responsible for harm caused to [adjoining property], and may also be required to cut back the encroaching branches or roots, assuming the encroaching vegetation constitutes a nuisance," the court said.'
Fancher v. Fangella (Lawyers USA No. 9938305) Virginia Supreme Court No. 062339. Sept. 14, 2007.
**The next Britford HOA meeting is ...... Most monthly meetings are at 7-8pm in Pohick Library: *** *** The meetings are generally scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at Pohick Library at 7 p.m. (The library closes at 8 p.m. because of the budget cuts, so the meetings are from 7-8.) It is safer to call to make sure there is a meeting because somethimes we don't have a quorum.
Community Members are encouraged to submit public service announcments (PSA) of activities they are involved in for publication here.
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FYI Window World Quote of approximately $340 per window installed for 15 Double Hung, Double Pane, Tilt In, Colonial Grid patterened 6000 Series Aluminum: Energy Rebate Qualifying Windows with insulation filled frame. Please note that Britford Residents do not need the Aluminum siding offered with installation ($65/window extra) so don't have to worry about having to repaint new siding to match existing trim. Installers confirmed windows can be installed with existing wood trim. http://www.windowworlddc.com/ I'll post updates on the quality of Service. See new DMME Rebate notice. For example, a $5,000 project would qualify for $1500 in Federal Rebate, plus $1,000 in VA DMME Rebate (with DMME approval before stimulus funds run out).
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The Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for volunteers to join the thousands of Fairfax residents who are already members. You don’t have to be a doctor or nurse to be an MRC volunteer. You just need a desire to help your neighbors and your community. The MRC is operated by the Fairfax County Public Health Department as part of the County’s Citizen Corps volunteer programs. Its mission is to supplement the public health system by providing medication to part or all of the people living in Fairfax County , Falls Church or Fairfax City in the event of a public emergency. The Fairfax MRC is one of 803 units nationwide, and the MRC program overall is headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General.
The MRC is, in essence, a registry of pre-trained volunteers who could support the Health Department if called upon. MRC volunteers train about ten hours each year. Depending on the role you select, after some general training you will get training specific to that role. After that, you will be asked to participate in one emergency exercise per year. Volunteers who have completed their MRC training will be invited to take free American Heart Association CPR/AED training, and can earn a CPR card good for two years.
MRC volunteers and their families would be among the first to receive medication during a public health emergency. They will work in their own area of the County, usually in a nearby school. Liability insurance is in place to protect MRC volunteers so long as they are acting in their official capacity as MRC volunteers.
Volunteering for the Fairfax MRC is easy. Just go to www.fairfaxmrc.org. It will take you about ten minutes to complete an online application. Or you can call 703-246-8641 for assistance. Questions should be directed to Diane Quebral at Diane.Quebral@fairfaxcounty.gov.
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Hello, I am a Homeowner member of the Burke VA Britford Community Association. I have developed this website at my own time and expense as a source for community information, documentation, and issues. I have also created a Community Forum to help Homeowners investigate and report on Britford community issues (Ombudsman*).
This is a non-profit website and I will not accept donations for it's maintenance. I will accept the time and effort that goes into providing soft copies of community documents for publishing here. I encourage positive input from the Britford Board of directors and Property management company whoever it may be at the time. I have included a section on the "Documents and Board Mem" page for Current and Future Board members to introduce themselves and provide soft copies of community documents. Thank you for visiting................................................................E. Derek B.
Some things I think it’s important for community residents to know are:
Who are our Board of Director members
What are their responsibilities and term limits
Who is on the nominating committee?
When and where are board member meetings
What are the community architecture standards
What are the community Bylaws
Where are resident/visitor parking spots
When are the trash pickup days and times
When are the leaf pickup days and times
Where can we find Contractor references for community projects
What is the process for requesting architecture changes
What, if any, is the policy for property Trees and Bushes
Why are some exceptions to the Architecture standards allowed while others are not?
This last point is especially critical as many homeowners have expressed feelings of discrimination for items they have been cited for which neighbors have not been cited for.
Cases in point are neighbors who:
Have designer decks, fence types, or doors
Have ¾ or split screen/storm doors
Have decks stained/coated in non-clear colors
Have various tree and bush types
Have older style of outdoor lighting
Are these things we want the board to be regulating, and if so, should the same standards apply to everyone? I see many items that are not within regulation but are just fine in terms of community attractiveness. I am interested in hearing your own experiences and concerns.
There is also a need for contact numbers/email addresses for Board members so that community association members can discuss issues directly with them. The Board Creates Policies on our behalf, while the Management company applies those policies so it's the Board members that most people really want to speak with.
5 ARB Adjustments that interest Community Members:
Allowing Cedar stained Decks
Allowing a wider variety of Trees & Bushes (ie. Cherry Blossom trees and Azaleas)
Allowing Legacy Outdoor Lighting
Allowing Rear Split Screen, 3/4, or decorative Screen/Storm doors
Allowing Composite and designer Decks
I have submitted the following Request:
Download this example and fill it in for your own request.
Note that Item 8 says that should your request be denied you will be provided with "specific points of contention". I will publish the boards response for community review. I'll be happy to publish anyone else's request and response should you so desire. (Including legacy requests that were Approved or denied and the reasons for such approval or denial)
Azaleas in Bloom
Azaleas would make a lovely addition to exhance the beauty of our community and value of our homes.
Cherry Blossom Tree (Sakura). A small tree much like the Flowering Boxwood and Bradford Pear, which you can view on the Architectural Standards page.
Mid-View Split Screen/Storm Door (for the rear of the home) allows you to have the benefit of quick access to screens for mild weather, and quick change to Storm windows for severe weather. Full View doors require you to store a screen or storm door seperately in the house if you want to use just one or the other.
Composite Deck. You can view more Deck examples on the Architectural Standards page.
For more Images go to the Architectural Standards Page.
Please make your preferences known to the Board at the Board meetings and through writing/mailing the Adobe Management company. This is our community!!!
Additional projects I hope to complete in the coming year are:
Creating a Video walking tour of the neighborhood
Create a Photo Gallery of the neighborhood
Provide information on getting free Tree and Bushes through the Fairfax Releaf program
Provide information on Solar panel installation
Create a Public Information 'website & Phone number database'
Create a contractor database
Create an environmental and energy issue database
For an example of the eventual goal of this website please visit the Alexandria Amberleigh community website at http://www.amberleigh.org/ which I find to be a clear and informative service for community residents.
Some nice features of this website include the ability to send emails directly to specific board members and a forum to respond to questions. This site will not have that function though I encourage board members to provide more Contact information than what has been available the past several years.
Amberleigh also publishes a Board meeting agenda with times for each action set forth, and a community Service section for a Babysitting Co-op.
These are some of the questions and issues I shall try to provide information for. Thank you….