Thursday, June 28, 2012

And the Winner Is....

The votes are in and 'Asteroid' wins as the HC pallette option for repainting the EIFS (pre-fabricated stucco material) in the Block III 'garage' area.  Check back here for information about when the work will start... we are probably looking at August-September.

Monday, June 25, 2012

2012 Summer Activities @ Lake Anne

Lake Anne Summer Activities


June 14, 11am - 11:45am
Kids Program Begins

June 28  7pm - 9pm
Thursday Night Take A Break Summer Concerts Begin.
 See lineup here

July 14, 11am - 5pm
3rd Annual Ukulele Festival w/ Craft Beer & Ukuleles

July 21
Lake Anne Regatta
Radio Controlled Yacht Races

Sept 22, 11am - 6pm
Reston Community Center - Multicultural Festival

Lake Anne Saturday Farmers & Open Air Market runs May-October @ 8am (farmers until 12pm) 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lake Anne Elementary A/C Noise

If you've been hearing a new whirring noise coming through the woods from the direction of Lake Anne Elementary School, Raymond Merrill in Block III has identified it.  He's even captured a recording of it!

Thank you to Raymond!
I've been hearing odd construction noise at night off and on and when it's on the sound is in flux.  Sounds a bit like a saw or grinding equipment of some sort…even thought it was a welder at first.  Just couldn't put my finger on it, but seemed to be coming from the school.  I didn't give it much thought because I assumed they might be working round the clock to wrap up before the end of summer.  Then today as I walked past the building taking Adrian to school I heard it from the black-top: it's the new A/C unit on the roof at the school.

I've been in touch with Dr. Menuey the principle and he's having the contractors look into it, but preliminarily at least they seem to be dismissive and at least wanting to verify with other neighbors.  So I thought I'd send you this to post on the blog spot in case anyone else is hearing this now or has been wondering what on earth it was! -Raymond Merrill, Block III

Raymond's AC Sound Clip

Friday, June 8, 2012

Block III EIFS Painting and Repair

The area of Block III where the old garage & plaza deck were removed has walls that are surfaced by a synthetic stucco material called EIFS.  Over the years the material has discolored and has developed areas in need of repair.  Many residents (most? all?) have expressed their dislike of the current EIFS color. 

RA would like HC to do the much needed painting and repairing of the EIFS.  The HC board is getting ready to move forward with the project which will include the painting and repair of the railings of the 'new' stoops created after the garage removal. 

Please note: All the stoop railings are to be painted white with balusters (spindles) painted 'Asteroid'.

To change the EIFS color and get the approval of RA's Design Review Board, the board chose two existing colors in the Hickory Cluster palette of colors; Duron colors 'Asteroid' and 'Train Smoke'.

There are large swatch samples painted right on the EIFS in Block III and this is the most reliable way to view the colors as computer screens can differ in how they display color. 

Also for reference, the newly painted 'mushroom' lamp posts throughout the cluster are painted 'Train Smoke'.  And 'Asteroid' is the color designated for most of the metal work on our homes.
Below are color swatches and simulated photos of the EIFS with the two colors.

Please let us know what you think by giving your color preference as a comment of this post.
Thank you!

ASTEROID Duron 5414D


Train Smoke
Train Smoke

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Another RELAC Rate Hike?

Below is a report by Waterview Cluster's Dick Kennedy on the proposed RELAC rate Hike. See his comments to the State Corporation Commission here.
Greetings Neighbors,
As you may know a rating hearing occurred on RELAC on June 5, 2012 in Richmond VA before the State Corporation Commission [SCC]which regulates utilities in Virginia. I drove down and testified as a user upset with the unreasonably high cost of the system and its effectiveness. I have attached my comments outline from which I spoke. The hearing lasted from about 1000 AM until 330 PM. It was tedious but I am glad I went to get a sense of the communication between AQUA and the Judge for the SCC.

The bottom line is that the SCC Staff and AQUA agreed by stipulation to a rate increase reduced from AQUA's request of $ 108,775 to $ 78,000 or close to a 15% increase that will be in effect as an interim rate for the rest of 2012. The county staff questioned AQUA at length and in detail on performance output by AQUA's records and AQUA's records on customer complaints. There were clear deficiencies. On the matter of using Cooling Towers which I asked about, AQUA responded that they have not decided yet to in stall them. They said it would cost $ 250,000 to $ 400,000 installed. It may be that AQUA America owns them and they would sell them to AQUA RELAC.

Who knows what lies ahead with RELAC??

The case, PUE-2011-00130 can be tracked on line at

Dick Kennedy