King Farm Weekly Update Friday, August 6, 2021

published: August 6th, 2021 by in E-Mail Blast

Association News
Friday, August 6, 2021
It’s Food Truck Friday Night!
It’s Food Truck Friday and tonight we will welcome back the Corned Beef King from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They will be parked around Saddle Ridge Circle (300 Saddle Ridge Circle).   August Food Truck Schedule*    Friday, August 13- Catalyst Hot Dogs – special time 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Friday, August 20 – Fat Pete’s BBQ Friday, August 27 – O’Boy Pizza Saturday, August 28 – Flipside Gastro   *Food trucks are subject to change due or be canceled due to weather events. 
July/August Edition of the Chronicle Available Now
Click here to read the July/August 2021 King Farm Chronicle.     For more information about the Chronicle, please visit the Chronicle page on our website: https://kingfarm.org/chronicle/ 
Upcoming August Meetings:
Architectural Design Trust (ADT) – Wednesday 08/11/2021 – 4:30 PM**
Board of Code Compliance – this meeting has been canceled for August and will reconvene in September.
Board of Trustees (BOT) – Wednesday 09/15/2021 – 7:30 PM  *BOT meeting will not be held in August.  

Zoom Meeting Links: https://kingfarm.org/zoom-meeting-links/   **Please note: if you have a home improvement or landscaping project coming up, please make sure to submit your design review application (DRA) for the upcoming ADT meeting no later than Wednesday, August 5th at 5:00pm. Applications submitted after this date will not be reviewed by the community architect and the ADT until the September ADT meeting. DRA applications can be found on the King Farm website or in the Frontsteps resident portal. Please download the application and email your completed application to management@kingfarm.org.    Due to COVID-19, all King Farm meetings have been held virtually since March of 2020. But now you can easily find the Zoom registration links to all upcoming King Farm Board of Trustees and Committee meetings online. Visit the King Farm website under the “Board & Committees” dropdown and click “Zoom Meeting Links” to register for any upcoming meetings that interest you. 
To attend the Zoom meetings, you must register in advance.  Each meeting will have an open forum for residents to ask questions or make comments (limited to 3 minutes speaking time per resident).  As part of the registration process, registrants must submit their contact information (name, street address, email, and phone number) and select yes or no if they would like to speak during open forum.  If you would like to speak during open forum, please provide the topic you will be speaking about.
**If you need assistance registering for a virtual meeting, please contact Management by phone (301) 987-0122 or by email at management@kingfarm.org.   
*Meetings are for King Farm Titleholders and Citizens only. Registrants will be verified to ensure participants are titleholders/citizens.  
Community Reminder
We are receiving more complaints about people walking, riding bikes, and playing in between the townhomes. We are receiving report of damage to the grading and plant material in these areas. This open area in between the townhomes is not common area. Usually, a portion of the area in between the townhomes belongs to each owner and is considered private property.   Please take a moment to remind contractors, guests, and children to not use the space in between the townhomes as a cut through. Please be considerate of your neighbors.   We appreciate your attention and cooperation in this matter.
Tree Maintenance/Replacement Responsibility
This is a reminder that most of the trees in the alley are located within the boundaries of the homeowner’s lot (even if they are outside the fence). Most lots extend beyond the fence to the alley drive lane. Refer to your settlement documents that were provided to you at the closing of your home. If you can’t locate that paperwork, you can view your property lines online through either the Rockville GIS website (http://rockvillemd.maps.arcgis.com) and clicking on the Parcel Information map or by visiting the State’s plats.net website. Once you determine your property boundaries, you will gain a clear picture of who is responsible for the tree. In some cases, there may be a shared responsibility between neighbors for trees. If you need any help in reviewing your plat, please feel free to contact the management office at management@kingfarm.org and we will assist you.  

When you are reviewing your landscaping, please be sure to check the trees in the front and rear (in the alley) of the home. King Farm is aging, and a lot of plant material and trees throughout the community are in decline. While King Farm has mulched and trimmed trees hanging into the alley drive lanes, homeowners are ultimately responsible for the maintenance and replacement and installation of the trees (if the trees are within the homeowner lot).   While reviewing trees throughout the community, evidence of emerald ash borers (and other health conditions) were identified. This disease ultimately causes tree failure. Many of the alley trees are significant in size, so it is important to check the condition of the trees to identify and treat these issues early. Due to the size of the trees, costs to remove and replace the trees can be expensive (typically $1,000 and up), so it is important to plan ahead for this work. Homeowners are liable for any damage or injury caused by falling branches from trees on their lot.  

The Board of Trustees, the KFCA President, and Management are working with landscape experts to provide tree species options that are more resistant to disease and other information to help guide homeowners through the process. We encourage tree replacement to mitigate damage, but also to maintain the general aesthetics and canopy/shade over the alleys. Trees provide aesthetic continuity in the alleys, but also provide shade to reduce the ground temperatures in the alleys.   Per Equity Resolution #1, no live trees with a diameter more than four inches, measured twelve inches above the ground, nor flowering trees more than two inches similarly measured may be removed from a Lot without application to and approval by the Community Architect and the ADT. Trees removed shall be replaced with the same type of tree or with an alternate tree or shrub group which requires an application to and approval by the Community Architect and the ADT.   Removal of live tree more that 4 inches in diameter require a design review application.
King Farm Fitness Center Open
The King Farm Fitness Center (gym) located inside the Community Center (300 Saddle Ridge Circle) reopened to residents in June.  Due to the limited size of the room (approximately 300 sq. ft.), only four (4) persons are allowed to exercise at any given time in order to maintain appropriate social distancing between patrons.

Reservations are also required in order to use the fitness center and can be made up to 1 week in advance.
Reservations can be booked for 1-hour increments beginning at 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.  
While Montgomery County has lifted COVID-19 protocols, KFCA is exercising caution as we do not know who is fully vaccinated and want to reduce the likelihood of transmission.  
A capacity limit has been put in place for 4 people at a time**

ALL residents must sign and submit a waiver to access the pool. If you signed a liability waiver last summer, it is still valid.  if you need to sign a liability waiver, please click here to download your waiver and email the signed copy to Management (managemnt@kingfarm.org).  A key fob is required to access the fitness center. The fitness center can be accessed from the side door located on the right side of the community center building.  If you do not have a key fob, please complete the key fob application form or contact Management. 

A reservation is required to attend the fitness center. Reservations can be made using the Omnify reservation portal: https://kingfarmcitizensassembly.getomnify.com Please cancel your reservation if you cannot attend to allow others to book. Increased cleaning procedures have been put in place to help reduce the transmission of the virus. Reservations can be booked for 1-hour increments beginning at 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.  If you are the only person exercising, you do not need to wear your mask; however, if additional persons are using the fitness center, then all persons need to wear masks.    **PLEASE NOTE: The above information is subject to change. Management and the Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.   
King Farm Neighbors Village News
Notice of Cancellation   King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) was hoping to resume in-person events and services in October with a reopening event on September 23, 2021.  However, because of the resurgence of Covid-19, the September event is cancelled, and events will remain virtual for the foreseeable future.  

Events In the meantime, the KFNV Movie Club met virtually on Thursday, August 5 to discuss the movie, Knives Out, a 2019 mystery film written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Johnson and Ram Bergman. The Movie Club participants had a lively discussion centering around the twists and turns in the film.  In addition, participants scheduled movies to be reviewed for the rest of the year. Among the movies to be reviewed in the next couple of months are: Women in the Window, The Two Popes, and Citizen Four. The KFNV Movie Club welcomes new members. All that is required is KFNV membership.  Please see below for membership details.    

Other events scheduled for August are:   
1.     On August 12 from 12:30-2:00 pm, the KFNV monthly Book Club will discuss a non-fiction work, Soul of an Octopus by the naturalist Sy Montgomery. This provocative book recounts Montgomery’s exploration of the nature of consciousness through her up-close and personal study of octopuses.  The discussion portends to   be both enlightening and uplifting.; and finally,   

2.     The last virtual event for August will be the KFNV monthly Coffee and Conversation from 10:00 -11:30 am on August 18th where the topics will be:    What are your plans for a post-Covid-19 life?  What kind of services and events would you like KFNV to provide and host?    Please visit the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org for a complete description of the August KFNV events.  In addition, the KFNV Blog under the News section of the website has articles about past events as well as news relevant to the KFNV community.   

How to Contact KFNV:
For most of our monthly events, membership is required; but membership is free and as easy as filling out an on-line or mail-in form. We do, however, accept and welcome donations; for these donations help defray the cost of KFNV services and events. For information on how to register for any of the above events, to become a KFNV member, or to make a donation, please contact the Member Coordinators at kfnvinfo@gmail.com, leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104, or view the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org. Website: https://www.kfnv.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kingfarmneighborsvillage   Email: kfnvinfo@gmail.com   Voicemail: (301) 799-8104 
 New Mask Mandate Goes In Effect for Montgomery County
The Montgomery County Council unanimously voted on August 5, 2021 to reimplement an indoor mask mandate for all indoor public spaces in Montgomery County.   This mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021 and  will automatically phase out after the county returns to lower levels of COVID-19 transmission for seven consecutive days.   Face coverings are not required if a person has a “bona fide disability or medical condition”; is receiving dental care, shaving or facial treatments; is eating and drinking; or swimming or engaging in exercise where the use of a face covering would pose a safety risk. The mandate also exempts mask wearing by a person giving a speech or performance as long as they are 6 feet away from others.