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December Fallsmead Forum Deadline
We are looking for submissions for the December issue of the Fallsmead Forum. If you have any news to share with our neighbors (weddings, graduations, births), would like to submit a short column of an item of interest (gardening tips, tips on surviving this pandemic), or submit something for our Chef’s corner (from kids or adults), please send your submission to forum@fallsmead.org by December 8, 2020. 
New ACC Chair Needed
The Board of Directors is looking for a person to take over as Chair of the Architectural Control Committee for the coming year. No experience necessary! We have a group of experienced committee members who can help with the transition and outgoing Chair, Bill Scharf, has also agreed to stick around to help the new Chair.
The ACC Chair reports to the Board of Directors and manages the ACC. The ACC is integral helping Fallsmead maintain its place as one of the jewels of Rockville. The ACC reviews neighbor requests for exterior modifications and resale clearances; conducts an annual inspection of homes for exterior maintenance compliance; enforces the architectural control provisions in the Fallsmead covenants; and maintains records of ACC decisions. 
Please contact acc@fallsmead.org or president@fallsmead.org if you have any questions or interest.
Trucks in Fallsmead - INPUT NEEDED
In 2010, the Fallsmead homeowners, by a vote of 202-46, adopted our current covenants that include a list of prohibited activities. In that list is a prohibition of the overnight parking of (1) commercial vehicles, and separately, among other things, (2) trucks, unless garaged.  
These two covenants do not bar homeowners from owning trucks or commercial vehicles, or using them in a business.  It only requires that these vehicles be garaged overnight. The covenants provide no guidance on what is defined as a truck other than its structure, that it is something distinct from a commercial vehicle. These same covenants were distributed to every home in Fallsmead in 2010 and have been provided to every new homeowner since then. 
The Board of Directors has enforced this covenant in response to complaints of possible covenant violations. The definition of “truck” that has been used to enforce this covenant has been essentially “A vehicle with a flat/cargo bed, and/or a physical divider between the passenger cab area and the other portion of the vehicle OR a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVHR) 10,000 pounds or greater.”
In light of the apparent disparity in the covenants that allow very large SUVs to park overnight in the neighborhood without being garaged while small trucks, often used as personal vehicles, are required to be garaged, the Board obtained legal advice regarding the options it has enforcing this covenant (the Board does not have the option of not enforcing a covenant).
Fallsmead Halloween House Decorating Contest Winners
Drum roll, please...the winners of the 2020 Fallsmead Halloween House Decoration Contest are
  • Most Original: 1092 Pipestem Place (Markham Family)
  • Overall Theme: 18 Infield North (See Family)
Honorable mentions in no particular order: 1817 Greenplace Terrace (Cullather Family), 1838 Greenplace Terrace (Runko Family), 1414 Fallsmead Way (Marcus Family), 1120 Pipestem Place (Teague Family), 1085 Pipestem Place (Tobler/Walsh Family), and 6 Infield North (Schuknecht Family). Click here to see pictures!
The winners received a yard sign designed by our talented Abby Holtz, a gift card from Potomac Pizza, and bragging rights for a year! Thanks for everyone’s participation and making your homes extra fun and scary! A special thanks to our awesome judges, the Valle/Entin family (Miguel, Alina, Max, and Sebito), as well!
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