WPOA Operational Update- May 29, 2020

Wintergreen Owners,

The WPOA offices remain closed to walk-in traffic.  Please send an email or call WPOA for assistance.  If we are unable to address your needs remotely, we will identify a time to meet in person, 6ft apart, smelling like hand sanitizer and everyone wearing very attractive face coverings.

Important Reminders:

With more and more owners and guests out and about walking, riding bikes, etc. owners are reminded to please observe posted speed limits and drive slowly.  99% of the roads within our community are 25 MPH, again, please drive slowly.

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.

Bears remain VERY active.  Multiple cars have been damaged in the last few days because doors are left unlocked and something in the car smells good.  Please lock your car doors and remove all food items.

Fishing – lakes and ponds within our community are private.  To help identify you as an owner, please contact WPOA to request a pass if you do not already have one.  We can send one via mail or leave it for you to pick-up in our foyer.

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.  Adams (paving contractor) is behind schedule due to weather delays and VDOT commitments. Rain this week will likely push the paving of Wintergreen Drive back to the week of June 15th, maybe June 22nd.  Once complete, line painting, center line reflectors, and shoulder stone will follow.

Owners living on Timber Camp – We are going to be replacing a culvert pipe at the intersection of Timber Camp and Poll Axe.  This work is likely to include a few days of construction noise and traffic disruption.

COVID 19 Related:

As mentioned in last weeks update, most of Virginia is participating in a gradual re-opening.  Starting Friday May 29th, face masks are required in many public spaces.  To learn more about current Executive Orders please visit: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/

The Tuckahoe Clubhouse remains closed.   Re-opening this facility might be covered in Phase 2 of the re-opening plan.  As we get closer to the date, additional guidance will become available related to community buildings, number of occupants at any one time, cleaning requirements, etc.  When will Phase 2 begin and will it include opening facilities like Tuckahoe?  Phase 2 remains a mystery both in timing and what it might include.

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 for the next few weeks, possibly longer.  The pool opening date will depend on where this activity falls in the Governor’s re-opening plan.  Will pools be allowed to re-open during Phase 2, or will they fall into Phase 3???  If allowed to operate, everyone should anticipate a very different pool experience.  How different will depend on guidelines being developed by the VA Department of Health.  Being able to operate these facilities is going to come with significant increased costs to the community, and far less swimmers being allowed in.  These challenges have caused many public pools, private pools, 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.