Reminder...

PLEASE NOTE! Architectural applications must be submitted to Vanguard Management at least ten days in advance of a regularly scheduled meeting to allow time for processing and forwarding to the committee. Incomplete applications cannot be considered and will be returned to the submitter.

Suspicious Activity

Fernshire Farms residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to police by calling either “911” or the County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.

Board Meetings

Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm at Ridgeview Middle School Media Center, 16600 Raven Rock Dr., Gaithersburg MD 20878. Remaining meetings in 2018 are scheduled for:
  • December 18, 2017
  • January 16, 2018 (rescheduled from 1/15/18)
  • February 26, 2018 (rescheduled from 2/19/18)
  • March 19, 2018
  • April 16, 2018
  • May 21, 2018
  • June 18, 2018
  • July 16, 2018
  • August 2018 – TBD
  • September 17, 2018
  • October 15, 2018
  • November 18, 2018
  • December 17, 2018
One of the more effective ways to reduce crime is to keep your exterior lights on at night! Lights on at night mean that you won’t be fumbling for your keys or struggling to see the lock. Lights also deter burglary by illuminating the area around your house. Many of the exterior lights at Fernshire Farms were originally installed with photocells which turn them on at night and off during the day. Please make sure your exterior lights are working properly!
Good News for Fernshire Farms Residents! The Association’s contract for trash removal services from Potomac Disposal includes the collection of bulk trash from each home twice annually at no charge. This is to supplement – not replace – the bulk trash service provided by the City of Gaithersburg on the first Friday of each month. This service is by appointment only – please do not place bulk trash out on trash days (Monday and Thursday) without having first contacted Potomac Disposal directly at 301-294-9700. Please keep in mind that by law, Potomac Disposal may not accept all bulk trash; alternative arrangements should be made for such items as hazardous materials, car tires and batteries, construction materials, etc.

POTOMAC DISPOSAL WILL PICK UP ON EVERY HOLIDAY EXCEPT CHRISTMAS DAY (December 25th) AND NEW YEARS DAY (January 1st). Collections scheduled on either Christmas Day or New Years Day will occur on the following collection day, i.e., collection scheduled for a holiday on Monday will take place on Thursday.
How to make your assessment payment
Homeowners may make their assessment payment in a variety of ways including by mail, E-check, credit card and direct debit. Visit Vanguard Management's website for information and instructions on how to make your assessment payment.

Please note that Vanguard Management Associates, Inc. does not monitor third-party websites, does not endorse and is not responsible for the content, security or products and services offered on other websites.
 
Information on Snow Operations
The City of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County websites contain helpful information on snow operations, including status updates during snow events. As all streets in Fernshire Farms are “public” and cleared by the City of Gaithersburg, you are encouraged to check the websites regularly for the latest information on snow operations. The City of Gaithersburg also posts updates to Twitter (@GburgMD) and Facebook.
http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/snow/
 
The Homeowners Association
When you purchase a home at Fernshire Farms, you automatically became a member of the Fernshire Farms Homeowners Association, which was established through the creation of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (Declaration) and the By Laws. These "legal documents" were filed with the State and local government prior to beginning development.

The Declaration is a document that is filed in the Land Records and "runs with the land" meaning that all deeds for all lots at Fernshire Farms are “subject to” the provisions of this document. The Declaration spells out the requirements for budgeting, collection of assessments, the architectural control process and other “use restrictions” for the community.

The By Laws are an associated document that is largely administrative in nature and establishes criteria for meetings, elections, voting, etc..

Maryland law requires the seller of a home that is part of a homeowners association to provide the purchaser with specific information as a “disclosure package” at the time that the contract of purchase is made. Therefore, everyone should have been provided with a great deal of information, including the governing documents, rules & regulations, etc. Everyone is encouraged to read these documents carefully. Feel free to contact Vanguard Management with any questions. By heeding the provisions of these documents, the community will remain a nice place for everyone.