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Utility Trailers Not Permitted
Due to a visible increase in street parking as well as an increase in the number of non-passenger vehicles in the community, the Board of Directors recently discussed and ultimately obtained legal counsel in order to clarify parking restrictions within the Breckenridge subdivision.   Although the language in the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions can sometimes be ambiguous, Article VI, Section 1(i) very clearly prohibits trailers from being maintained upon any Lot or upon the Common Areas at any time.   Article VI, Section 1(f)1 also very clearly prohibits parking along the private streets. 
The streets within the subdivision are quite narrow, so street parking certainly can impede the flow of traffic.  Trailer and other non-passenger vehicle parking within driveways is also presenting a safety concern, as it sometimes causes resident and/or guest parking to spill over to the street.  
In an effort to minimize street parking as well as to uphold the restrictions established in the Declaration, the HOA will be strictly enforcing the parking of utility trailers within the subdivision.  This includes trailers parked in driveways and upon Lots.  For the purposes of enforcement, “utility trailer” shall be defined as a non-motorized vehicle which is generally pulled by a motorized vehicle and features an open or closed top cargo area and is used for the hauling of loads.
Please note that the parking of trailers will be strictly enforced after August 31, 2019, and non-compliance shall be subject to the adopted Rules Enforcement Procedures.  If you are currently parking a utility trailer on your property, please make arrangements to have it stored elsewhere.  Street parking is currently actively enforced.
 

 
What's Going On...
The Board of Directors meets quarterly to discuss the operations of the Homeowners Association.  Here are a few items they decided/discussed at or since the last meeting: 
 
The 2019 budget was approved with a $6 per quarter increase in the assessment.
R&L Landscapes, Inc. was awarded the snow removal contract.
Bids are being solicited for the 2019 landscape contract.
Approved projects still pending completion:  Painting of yellow line, speed bumps, and stop bars on roadways, repainting of the mail station door and cupola, renovation of entrance monument landscaping, removal of excessive vegetation in storm swale/pond area.
 

 
New Snow Removal Contractor for Winter 2018/19
The Board of Directors has evaluated the services received by the snow removal contractor over the past several years, and have decided to award the contract to a new contractor for the upcoming season.  This winter, R&L Landscapes will be servicing the Breckenridge community for snow removal services.  Note that services are triggered when the accumulated snow reaches 2”.  Ice is treated as needed on a case by case basis.  Our hope is that this will be a positive change for the community.  
 

 
2019 Assessment Increase
After six years of no increases, the assessment will increase from $126 to $132 per quarter, effective January 1st, 2019.  Overall Breckenridge is in a very strong financial position, and the Board of Directors would like to maintain that position while ensuring that the common areas continue to be well kept, and the recommended funding levels are met for the reserve accounts.  
 
You will receive a billing notice several weeks prior to each quarterly due date – the January billing notices will be mailed in December. 
 
Owners who participate in online bill pay, either through your bank for the HOA’s web pay site, will need to increase the quarterly payment amount to $132.00.   Please also note that the new billing notices reflect a new account number, which should be used going forward.   As always, online payments may be made via e-check (no fee) or credit/debit cards (bank fee applies) at www.clagett.com.
 

 
Annual Meeting Held - July 2018
The Breckenridge Annual Meeting was held July 19th, at Sam Michael's Park Community Room.  At the meeting, owner Sarah Harper was elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors.  Many thanks to outgoing member Gagan Batra, who completed a term on the Board of Directors.
 

 
Pool Season is Here!
In accordance with the Fourth Amendment to the Declaration of Covenants,
above-ground pools may be installed and used between Memorial Day
and Labor Day.
 

 
Proposed Common Area Tree Planting with Meadow
 
UPDATE February 2018
Due to the comments received from homeowners in attendance at the January 2018 BOD meeting, the original plan as proposed has not been approved, and the BOD is reevaluating the project.  Additional details will be presented for homeowner input if the project is moved forward.
 
January 2018
The Breckenridge Board of Directors is currently considering a planting program, with assistance from the Cacapon Institute’s “CommuniTree Program,” that would include additional trees being planted in the common area directly behind the rear property lines of approximately 13 homes on Posting Way. 
 
The proposed planting plan calls for a row of 50 evergreen trees to be planted approximately 15 feet from the rear property lines of the homes along Posting Way.  Beyond the evergreens, a meadow area with a natural walking trail (cut grass path) is also proposed, along with additional plantings of shade trees.  The purpose of the project is to reintroduce native vegetation to the area in an effort to attract native birds, etc., as well as to provide a safe walking area for members of the community. 
 
A map of the area as well as more detailed project information is available HERE.  If approved, the evergreen trees would be planted in spring 2018, and the meadow areas and additional plantings would likely occur in fall 2018.
 
This topic will be discussed, and a decision likely made, at the upcoming Board of Directors meeting to be held on January 18, 7:00 PM, at the Sam Michaels Park Community Room.  You are welcome and invited to attend the meeting, and/or provide any comments or questions to me directly via phone (304-596-6630 x1104) or email (hfield@clagett.com). 
 

Annual Meeting Held - July 2017
The Breckenridge Annual Meeting was held July 20th, at Sam Michael's Park Community Room.  At the meeting, owner Michael Morris was elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors. 
 
Many thanks to outgoing member Craig Daniel, who served two terms on the Board of Directors.