GCA Dues Notifications
12 August 2019

Dear GCA member,

Here is your latest newsletter from the GCA. As always, we welcome your feedback.

GCA Board of Directors
Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
Are you ready for the next disaster or emergency? The Albemarle Office of Emergency Management is eager to meet with GCA residents to make sure they are ready for the next disaster. Find out the top hazards that impact our area and how to protect yourself, learn how to build an emergency kit and create an emergency plan with your family, and find out how to get involved and to stay connected.  If there is enough interest in emergency preparedness, the GCA will arrange a time and place for a session in Glenmore.

Please email  twashington@communitygroup.com with the subject line, "Yes to Emergency Preparedness Session" if you would like to attend such a meeting. We hope to schedule a one hour session in September or October. 
GCA Dues Notification
Associa - Community Group is mailing the 1 September GCA dues notifications. The GCA assessments are paid in two installments of $510 each. The first installment is due on 1 March, and the second installment is due on 1 September.

If you do not receive a GCA payment invoice by 23 August, contact Thelma Washington by clicking Here o r call at 434-984-0700 ext 1.
Roadway Line of Sight
Glenmore is aging and that means trees and shrubbery have grown significantly over the years. This growth has created a safe driving issue along some of our roadways where limbs and branches hide traffic signs or make it difficult to see around corners. Although the picture here is not from Glenmore, it could be us if we allow vegetation to get out of hand. VDOT requires about 100 feet of unobstructed view (line of sight) along roadways for communities like Glenmore. Glenmore’s Guidelines for Lot Maintenance (Regulation 2016-05) state the following:

Lot maintenance shall extend to the pavement edge of any adjoining street, and overhanging or unsafe branches must not impede the use of any road or walking path, and must not obscure any signage or the safe flow of traffic.

We ask you to check your property for any obstructions and trim the limbs and branches back where needed. If you have any questions, send a note to roads@glenmore-community.org  
Glenmore Vandalism and Thefts
On 30 July, four residents reported cars with broken windows. Residents reported car break-ins on Cesford Grange, Marsden Point, Waterside Way, and Gatewick Place. One person reported a stolen handbag. The residents appropriately called the County Police. Police are investigating.

Even a gated community is susceptible to crime both from inside and outside the community. The best deterrent is to remove all items of value from your cars. And more importantly, if you see something, say something.
Latest News on Breezy Hill
What is the latest news on Breezy Hill? The short answer: no news.
 
After the 30 July Planning Commission Working Session where several commissioners spoke in favor of letting the 2010 Master Plan guide their decisions on Breezy Hill, we expected Southern Development to alter their application and resubmit it to Community Development staff. That has not happened yet. Were it to happen, the Community Development staff would review it and decide if another Planning Commission meeting was needed or if the application was ready to go directly to the Board of Supervisors. Absent any submission from Southern Development, no meetings can be scheduled. 

Many thanks to our GCA residents who attended the 30 July Planning Commission Working Session and spoke on our behalf. Clearly our presence and interest had an impact on the proceedings. We'll keep you posted when the next meeting is scheduled.
Piper Pond Fish Kill
There have been some questions on “NextDoor Glenmore” regarding the July fish kill at Piper Pond. Here are the facts.

In the spring of 2019, the GCA was comparing notes with the Country Club on the costs to maintain retention ponds. The GCA owns four retention ponds while the GCC owns three. In 2018, the GCA spent $23,852 on our four retention ponds. The GCC spent $0 and reported no negative environmental effects. We asked Solitude Lake Management if the GCA had a pond that might need less maintenance which might reduce costs without impacting the ponds. Solitude suggested Piper Pond, so we reduced the maintenance requirements for Piper through July. 

On 14 July (the hot week) Piper Pond experienced a large algae bloom. On 18 July, Solitude treated Piper Pond with an algaecide, and by Friday the algae appeared to be under control. On Saturday, 20 July, we checked the pond to find a large fish kill (around 100 fish). On Sunday morning we were going to attempt to remove the dead fish by boat. However, when we arrived, we observed around 20 floating fish, and we cancelled the clean-up. We also noted that there were still fish swimming at Piper. By Monday, the dead fish were gone, and the pond looked normal with the algae bloom now abated. Bottom line … Piper Pond requires algae abatement. We we will return to normal maintenance in the future. 

Here are the answers to a few questions from residents:

QUESTION: Why was the Piper Pond fountain turned off? ANSWER: There is no fountain at Piper Pond. Only two of our retention ponds have fountains, Glen Lochen and Paddington Ponds.

QUESTION: Were the County and/or the State notified of the fish kill? ANSWER: We notified two Albemarle County offices and we are awaiting a response. 

GCA Retention Ponds Update … in June, we surveyed the number of retention ponds owned by the GCA. We found that we currently own eight retention ponds (three are in Q-2) versus the four that we originally reported. We also found that when the new K-2 and S-5 sections of Glenmore are transferred to the GCA, we will own two more retention ponds and eight retention bio-filters. That means over the next three years we will own 18 retention ponds and bio-filters. The GCA Board has developed a four-step process to manage the retention pond and bio-filter resources and is currently working with Solitude and Albemarle County officials to assess the resources required to operate and maintain all 18 water systems. In the near future, the GCA will request assistance from the community to plan and manage the entire water resources system.

If you are interested in a walking tour of the new retention ponds and bio-filters, contact twashington@communitygroup.com , and place “Retention Pond Walking Tour” in the subject line.
Glenmore Tank and Pump Station Cut Over
Associa passed a resident's question to the County Service Authority regarding water pressure during the Glenmore Ground Storage Tank cut-over. Here was the response ...

"Thanks for your email related to water pressure in Glenmore. We are now operating on the new Glenmore Water Storage Tank and we have reduced the water pressure throughout the neighborhood, but all pressures are still well above the minimum requirements. We are continuing to make adjustments to the system and are fine-tuning the operation of the new system."

 Jeremy M. Lynn, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer
Albemarle County Service Authority
168 Spotnap Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
(434) 977-4511

If you have any issues with the full cut-over to the new Glenmore Tank and Pump Station, send your questions or issues to twashington@communitygroup.com with the subject line, "Water Cut-over Issues".
Yard Waste in the Common Areas
Please be mindful of property lines. Residents should not dump yard waste into the community common areas. Yard waste includes grass clippings, limbs, brush, and branch clippings.

In the late fall, the GCA arranges for curbside limb and twig pick-up as well as leaf pick-up after all of the leaves have fallen.
GCA Members ... Looking for Answers?
Our GCA Web Page has vast amounts of information. If you open the Web Page and click on "Contact Us" on the lower left side of the page, you'll see the email addresses and phone numbers for contacting the various GCA committees and points of contact. As examples ...
Just have some general questions? Email Thelma Washington by clicking Here.
Watch These Dates
Aug 15: GCA Board Meeting at 7 PM
Aug 21: First Day of School ( click for the AC 2019 Schedule)
Sep 2: Labor Day
Sep 19: GCA Board Meeting at 7 PM
Sep 23: Autumn Begins ( click Here for Autumnal Equinox info)