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Our close proximity to D.C. allows us to make many weekend trips to museums, cultural activities, events, and of course the National Zoo. We continue to discover new adventures all the time. Fairlington is also a great location for our jobs. My husband and I are both teachers in South Arlington and enjoy the quick commute to work.

As the selling prices of our homes have skyrocketed, we sometimes think about leaving the Mews. When push

comes to shove, and we jot down all the benefits of living here; neighbors, parks, pool, tennis courts, location, trusty babysitter, our final decision is always to stay.

We are very happy here and think this is a great place to continue to raise our children.

- Tom and Jill

MewsNEWS

Published bimonthly by the Fairlington Mews Board of Directors for owners and residents in Fairlington Mews.  Suggested articles, comments or items of interest from residents are always welcome. Please send to:  mewsnewsletter@aol.com

Editors:  Tom Corbin and Ron Patterson, 4624 S. 34th Street, Phone:  (703) 931 0687

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Fairlington Mews Landscape Committee - Spring, 2005

(Forms Located on Web Site www.fairlington.org/mewsindex.htm)

Committee’s Operations

Meetings.  Monthly meetings are held throughout the year.  Contact information to confirm meeting time, location, and date may be found in the association newsletter or by calling committee chair.   Meetings in June, July and December are optional.

Membership. Membership is open to all Mews residents who are interested in helping with decisions regarding common grounds areas.

Decisions.  The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors based on majority vote or consensus.

Funding.  Annual funds are allocated by the Board of Directors (1) to cover the general grounds maintenance contract, (2) to provide funds for landscape needs, and (3) to provide funds for tree health, maintenance, removal, and replacement.

Committee’s Responsibilities

Grounds Maintenance Contract.  When considering renewal or replacement of the grounds contractor, the Committee will advise the Board of Directors in advance and work with management to provide input for bid specifications.  The committee will seek competitive bids when considering a new contractor.

Tree Health.  The committee will make recommendations to the Board regarding tree health and maintenance as received from consulting, qualified personnel.

Tree Pruning/ Removals.  Such tree care will be based on recommendations from qualified personnel, committee members, and residents. As far as possible, residents directly affected by any tree work will be notified by the managing agent or through the newsletter.

Care of Common Areas.  The committee will conduct periodic “walk arounds” and inspections with grounds supervisor, committee personnel, and board liaison and will consult with the contractor on the seasonal needs of lawns, trees, and shrubs.

Grounds Plantings.  The committee will solicit input from contracted grounds personnel, residents, and other interested parties regarding plant removals, replacements and additions.  Committee members will make recommendations for landscaping. All requests from residents regarding specific landscaping needs must be submitted in written form.  Such requests will be considered at committee meetings.

Time Table.  Residents with special requests for spring planting needs must be submitted in written form to the committee no later than February 15.  Requests for fall planting needs must be submitted by July 15. (Most planting occurs in the fall.)

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