Draft 2018 Architectural Guidelines and Standards

Dear Sully Station II Members,

At its January 25, 2018 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the release of the Draft 2018 Architectural Design Guidelines and Standards for Owner review and input with a hearing date scheduled for the next Board of Trustees meeting on February 22, 2018.

The Draft 2018 Guidelines are posted on FSRConnect.  Owner comments are due by the hearing date and should be sent to office@sully2.com.

The Draft 2018 Guidelines are the result of extensive efforts by the Architectural Review Board (ARB) over the past two years in coordination with Management and the Board of Trustees as well as Legal counsel.  The present architectural guidelines were dated and did not reflect changes to current legislation, new standards, and colors.

The Draft 2018 Guidelines, when approved, will be applicable to all Sully Station II Community Association Units.  The 2018 Guidelines updates present guidelines into a single document for all units.  This includes the Amended Sully Estate Design Standards which meet the Protective Covenants of the Amended and Restated Supplementary Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions for the Sully Estates cluster.

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Stormwater Planning Division Geo-technical Crews

Dear Sully Station II Residents,

We previously sent out emails and letters informing residents that would be affected by our Geo-technical crews, Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) and Connelly & Associates, would be on site to preform testing. Due to the holidays, scheduling was delayed and we were pushed back in the queue. I have been informed that the Geo-technical crews plan on being on site and start their investigations by the end of next week. The crews will be returning to the community to perform additional work to collect additional testing outside of the original scope of work. The affected areas, Watermark Cir, Grobie Pond Ln, and Linden Creek Ct, are the roads boarding the storm retention ponds.

Ken Trinh

Engineer II
Stormwater Planning Division, Watershed Projects Implementation Branch – South

SSIICA Highlights

Amendments to the Declaration

We Need Your Vote! Keep Monthly Payments Low!  In an effort to keep your monthly assessments low, the Board of Trustees has begun a door-to-door campaign to obtain the necessary ballots required for adoption of two proposed Amendments to our Declaration.   These Amendments are:  Use of Technology, and Purchasers of Homes/One-Time Assessment. For the Amendments to become effective, they must be voted for by 2/3 of our Members.  While we are slowly approaching the needed ballots, we are asking you to do your part and send in your ballot, if you have not already voted.

Campaigners will bring ballots to units who have not submitted a ballot. However, to preclude a knock on your door, Click Here to download a ballot, which includes the full wording of the amendments.  Complete the ballot, and take a picture or scan it and attach it to an email to: office@Sully2.com; or mail it to 5501 Sully Park Dr, Centreville, VA 20120-5426; or bring the signed ballot to the Community Center.

Members were sent a ballot package in a bright yellow envelope just after Memorial Day which included President Glenn Martin’s cover letter as well as the Ballot for your votes.

2018 Annual Operating Budget

The Sully Station II Community Association Board of Trustees has approved the 2018 Annual Operating Budget. The Board and Management have held several meetings, including a resident workshop, where each line item in the budget was discussed with the primary objective of controlling costs. The result is that the 2018 Budget requires a small increase to cover expenses not offset by ongoing cost saving activities.  To view the 2018 Budget and Assessments please log into FSRConnect.

I-66 Outside the Beltway Widening Project

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Express Mobility Partners (EMP) hosted a Design Public Hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Stone Middle School Cafeteria.  Susan Shaw, VDOT Project Engineer, presented a project overview video and made a presentation providing an overview of this $3B 22.5 mile project from the Capital Beltway (I-495) to University Blvd in Gainesville.  This Multimodal project  includes:

  • Two (2) Express Lanes in each direction

  • Three (3) general purpose lanes in each direction

  • Expanded bus routes

  • Bikeway, trail, and sidewalk improvements

  • 4, 000 new Park-and-Ride spaces

  • HOV-3 and transit access to Express Lanes

  • Safety and operational improvements at key interchanges, and smoother transitions at exits.

While the entire project will not be completed until December 2022, Sully Station II residents will see benefits of the project as early as 2020 when four stop lights on the Route 28 corridor are removed.  Also, there will be an overpass connecting Braddock and Walney Roads.  Much more detail can be found on the Project’s website including the hearings material, an interactive Map (a tool which provides a visual overview of the project as a supplement to the design boards that were available during the public hearings), and much more information about the project. To provide comment use the comment sheet.  Deadline for public comment is November 29, 2017.

Fairfax County Sully Ponds Retro-fit Project

Fairfax County will be retrofitting a couple of the Sully retention ponds.  They held a meeting on June 26, 2017 at  Deer Park Elementary School.  Here is the presentation they presented.  For location details click here.

As part of this project, Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division informed us on November 3rd that in a couple weeks survey and geotechnical crews must return to the community to collect additional data from the retention ponds. The crews performing the task will be representing Engineering Consulting Services, LLC (ECS) and Connelly & Associates Drilling Services. Field work is planned for two (2) days between 7 am and 9 pm.  See the Stormwater Planning Division Letter to affected residents here.

Coming Developments near SSIICA

Heard about the new Wegmans, Lidl, or the Preserve at Westfields developments? Seen the development of the new Exxon gas station in the Sully Station Shopping Center near the US Post Office?  You might want to check this development information out.

 SSIICA 2018 Meeting Schedules

For the Board of Trustees and Architectural Review Board (ARB) 2017 Meeting Schedules, click here.

Emergency Freezing Pipes

Dear Sully Station II Members,

We have had multiple reports that main water lines are freezing at the meter and/or between the meter and the home. The meter is between the sidewalk and the curb for some homeowners and are labeled with a “W”.  Some may be branded with FCWA? Many people may think that it’s just the inside pipes that are subjected to freezing in these temperatures. Several neighbors are experiencing no water from frozen main lines from the meter to inside the home. As a reminder if the issue is between the meter and the home it’s the homeowners responsibility and not FCWA.

Fairfax County Water Authority’s emergency number is:  703-698-5613

Seasonal Tips for Your Plumbing

Winter Water Tips

There are several measures that can be taken to prevent winter water disasters.

•     It is a good idea to locate and mark your main-line valve and check it for proper operation. This valve controls water flowing into your home and is usually found near where the water line that comes into your house. Marking the valve will allow you to quickly turn off the water if a pipe should burst or you have other water problems. You can download and print a tag to mark the valve here or call 703-289-6019, TTY 711 to request a tag.

Note: If you are having trouble printing the valve tag, you might need to update your Adobe Reader. If you are still having trouble, call 703-289-6019, TTY 711.

•    Make sure the water line to outside faucets is turned off and the line is drained. Drain each outdoor spigot after turning off the valve to prevent any remaining water from freezing and bursting the pipes. Some spigots have anti-siphon devices that must be opened to properly drain the line.

•    Eliminate drafts. Check around the home for areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas and take measures to prevent the flow of cold air in these areas. Look under the house, in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can freeze if water is not running through the pipe, and the water temperature becomes cold. Insulation supplies are available at your local home improvement or hardware store.

•    If your water pipes do freeze, never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

•    If you will be away from your home, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature to make sure all areas with water pipes are kept above freezing.

•    Insulate pipes in unheated spaces. Hardware or building supply stores carry insulation designed to keep pipes in these areas from freezing.

What if I lose the heat source in my home?

If you are staying in your home, or will be monitoring your home frequently, allow a faucet to drip cold water slowly. At a minimum, the dripping faucet should be the one that is the greatest distance from your main water cutoff valve. Also, consider allowing a slow drip in areas that are least protected from the cold, such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, the garage.

If your water pipes do freeze, never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

What do I do if my water meter freezes?

If you suspect you have a frozen water meter, call us for help. Do not attempt to thaw the water meter yourself as this can result in extensive damage. You can reach our Customer Service Department at 703-698-5800, TTY 711  during normal business hours. After normal business hours, the emergency number is 703-698-5613, TTY 711.