LRCA can provide funds to help you landscape your cul-de-sac’s island!
To be eligible, you must live on a county-dedicated road with a cul-de-sac island. You and your neighbors must agree to develop, plant, and maintain a landscaping plan. If your plan is approved, you could receive up to $200 towards the purchase of plant materials. Grants are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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A message from Janet Evans, the Columbia Association Council Representative for Long Reach:
Dear Long Reach Community:
Columbia Association has made the very difficult decision to not open the outdoor pools this summer. We have received considerable correspondence and would like to assure everyone that the decision was definitely not taken lightly. We are aware of the importance of the pools to the Columbia community and the impact not opening them is having and we share in the disappointment.
The immediate problem that prevented us from opening the outdoor pools is, quite simply, a lack of available cash.
As you may be aware, CA has two primary revenue sources, the Annual Assessment and the fee income generated by our Sports & Fitness and School Age Services programs. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, it became necessary to close our facilities and suspend charging those fees. That dried up an important revenue stream that has subsidized the outdoor pools as well as a number of other programs that are also not themselves self-supporting.
These programs are important to the community so CA has historically chosen to operate them at a loss – meaning that they cost CA more money to run than the revenue they bring to CA. Right now CA simply cannot subsidize these programs.
CA has taken a number of corrective steps in response to decreased revenues such as significant staff and payroll reductions, major reductions in open space upkeep and slashing the capital budget so that only health and safety maintenance is being addressed. We continue seeking ways to help get us through to the other side of the crisis.
Now and in coming months, we will begin to reopen our programs as it becomes safe and economically possible to do so. For our swimmers, we expect the Swim Center and the pools within the fitness facilities to be open by June 20, based on recent state and local guidance.
We have thoroughly examined how we might open the outdoor pools as well but have not been able to come up with a viable solution. The necessary funding just isn’t there and isn’t expected to arrive until the summer is over. The indoor pools present fewer barriers to open, due to existing staff and infrastructure. In addition, even if the outdoor pools could open, it would not resemble the carefree lounging by the poolside and kids splashing with their friends that we have all enjoyed in years past. We are looking at a different reality of social distancing and additional structure to comply with new guidelines that do not lend themselves to free play.
This situation is very fluid and as such, the rules we’re playing by can change quickly. However, at this point in time, this is our reality. We hope you will understand the current situation and bear with us as we do everything we can to get back up and running.
CA Representative for Long Reach
The shredding event scheduled for May 30th is POSTPONED to September 12th.
Long Reach Community Association is now accepting applications for the part-time position (21 hrs/wk) of Covenant Advisor.
Duties involve educating residents regarding village covenant matters; performing site visits for violation and compliance inspections; and monitoring violation concerns. Applicant must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and good customer service and organizational skills. Immediate access to transportation for site visits is required. Candidates must be 21 years or older.
Resumes may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Show us what you love about living in Long Reach!
Submit a photo for a chance to win!
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Submission deadline is August 31, 2020.
- Grand Prize – $50 Target gift card
- Runner Up – $25 Target gift card
- Honorable Mention – $15 Cold Stone Creamery gift card
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2020 Elections Results for Long Reach Community Association
There were 4 candidates running for 3 Long Reach Community Association Board of Director seats. Thank you to all of the candidates who ran. Listed below are all of the candidates. Josh Friedman, David R. Wissing and Edward T. Coleman (highlighted) were elected to the Long Reach Board of Directors for a two-year term ending April 30, 2022.
LONG REACH BOARD OF DIRECTORS in ballot order.
David R. Wissing – 488
Josh Friedman – 498
David Bechtel – 285
Edward T. Coleman – 438
Total Number of Votes Cast – ballots 551 + 89 Corporate Votes* = 640
27 Ballots were disqualified bringing the total number of ballots counted to 613.
Long Reach Election Committee Members: Nina Basu, Reginald Avery and Janet Evans.
Ballots for the village board election will be counted at Stonehouse on 4/29/2020 starting at 4pm. A zoom video will be available to view the ballot counting (see below). Many thanks to everyone who voted and to the candidate’s for stepping up and offering to serve the community.
Join the zoom meeting using the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81782956426pwd=WFQ4REc4UytEcTdqRDdoL0xnR0tXZz09
You can also join by phone. Call 301-715-8592 and enter Meeting ID: 817 8295 6426 Password: 536518