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After dodging snow bullet, we look toward pool season

It’s hard to believe after the snow on March 14th that Spring is almost here. We thought we had escaped the winter without a significant amount of snow, but Mother Nature was to prove us wrong. However, we still got far less than originally predicted so, all in all, I guess we “dodged the bullet.”

We are already beginning to think about the tasks necessary to get the Clubhouse and pool ready for the summer. As I’m sure most of you who use the pool know, purchasing new pool furniture, which has been badly needed, was delayed for two seasons in the effort to finish the rebuild and repair of the Quince Orchard Road retaining wall. In addition to completion of the retaining wall project, including the replanting of the landscaping and the replacement of the fencing at the top of the wall, I am also very excited to say that new furniture has been ordered for the pool.

The Board asked that I put together a group of homeowners to look at selections for the furniture. Obviously, it couldn’t be done by a consensus of the entire population or the community would not have had new furniture until 2020. I did try and select a diverse group of residents; young mothers who use the pool, parents of swim team members and some whose children are well beyond swim team age. Each brought a different perspective on what they felt the needs of the community were. Young mothers like the sand chairs that sit lower to the ground in order to be closer to the water and their young children. Those of my age like lounges that are higher and have arms. Swim team parents wanted to be sure that there was enough of whatever we ordered to accommodate the crowds the swim team events bring. I think we met all of those requests. The furniture should arrive in late April, early May and will be in place for the opening of the pool on May 27th.

In anticipation of the upcoming summer season, including amenity pass renewal, we have hired a full time, seasonal person for the front desk. As you may remember, the Board made a decision during budget time last year that the full time, year round front desk position would be scaled back to a seasonal position, since after pool season the need is not as great for a front desk attendant year round. I’m pleased to announce that Robin Robinson is joining our staff. Some of you may know her as she has participated in tennis leagues organized by Marna Katz, the Kentlands resident tennis instructor. I think she will be an excellent addition to our team.

Also joining the staff will be Jose Palacios, who will fill the position of Assistant Manager. He will be replacing Katie Mell, who made a decision to move back to South Carolina. Unfortunately, I had no success in moving the beach closer to the Kentlands, so she left to return to a warmer climate. Jose is a University of Maryland graduate with a degree in Sociology, he is fluent in Spanish and brings five years of experience managing, training and supervising a team of Information Specialists. We welcome his expertise and experience and think he will be great addition as well.

There will be extended hours at the Clubhouse for pass renewals in May, stay tuned for more information on that as we approach the start of the summer season.

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