WPOA Operational Update- June 5, 2020

Wintergreen Owners,

The WPOA offices remain closed to walk-in traffic.  Please send an email or call WPOA for assistance.

Important Reminders:

More and more owners and guests are out and about.  Please observe the speed limits and drive with care.

The tennis court at Rodes Farm is currently open for Tennis and Pickleball.  Players are reminded that COVID 19 remains a serious health risk.  Please adhere to the rules posted and use the sign-up sheets (located in the pavilion) to help facilitate play.

Fishing – lakes and ponds within our community are private.  To help identify you as an owner, please contact WPOA to request a pass.  We can send one via mail or leave it for you to pick-up.

Dog Walking – The WPOA Covenants require all dogs to be on a leash or “under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person’s command at any time they are permitted outside…”.  The use of words “control” and “obedient” in the rules suggests a dog off leash should respond immediately and avoid an unwelcomed encounter with another owner or their animal.

Mountain residents are reminded to use caution along Devils Knob Loop and Black Rock Circle.  Shoulder stone is being applied to these areas and line painting will follow.

Paving Wintergreen Drive – Adams (paving contractor) remains behind schedule on jobs outside of Wintergreen.  Our project is likely delayed an additional 2-3 weeks.

Police Related:

Recent events suggest every law enforcement agency should revisit policies, procedures, training and examine departmental culture.  Our agency is not immune.  Being the best requires open and honest dialog, transparency, and constant improvement.

Bears continue opening vehicles, including vehicles with no food source inside.  The dramatic increase in police reports suggests something is different this year from previous years.  We believe hand sanitizer is the likely culprit.  Bears have a very powerful sense of smell and the use of hand sanitizer (often floral) has increased dramatically.  Hand sanitizer is being kept in most vehicles with the residue remaining on steering wheels and other surfaces both inside and out.  The failure to lock your vehicle could result in expensive repairs and is helping train our bears to misbehave.  Problem bears are not rehabilitated, they are trapped and euthanized.

COVID 19 Related:

We are now in phase 2 of the re-opening plan.  To learn more about Phase 2, please visit:   https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Two-Guidelines.pdf  or you can find the document at www.wtgpoa.org

The Tuckahoe Clubhouse remains closed during Phase 2 of restrictions.   We are reviewing the Phase 2 requirements and developing operational plans based on the information we have.  Our goal is to be able to react quickly should this facility re-open during Phase 3.  Phase 1 lasted approximately 3 weeks, suggesting Phase 3 might begin near the end of June.

Community playgrounds remain closed.  While some outdoor facilities are starting to open slowly, communities are struggling with ways to keep kids and families safe when using shared playground equipment.  Kids can transmit the virus without showing symptoms, they struggle with social distancing, touch everything and everyone and the equipment is very difficult to clean.

WPOA pools will remain closed during Phase 2.  See page 23 of the link attached for the current Phase 2 swimming pool restrictions.  Like Tuckahoe, we are using the information provided during Phase 1 & 2 to predict what restrictions will be in place during Phase 3.  If pools can operate for leisure/recreational use, the restrictions will be significant.  To meet the guidelines, we anticipate restricting numbers of persons in the pool area, limiting guest access, operating the pools in “sessions” to allow for facility cleaning between uses, removing shared furniture (bring your own chair), etc.  As I mentioned in the 5/29 update – These challenges have caused many public and private pool and lake facilities to stay closed for the season.  Rather than throw in the towel, WPOA is preparing for pools to open in a few weeks, while developing operating scenarios that might fit, yet to be published, VDH guidelines.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we work through this challenge.

Thanks again for your understanding and support.