Community Updates

  • 23 Oct 2020 1:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The POA Board held a Special Meeting on June 16th for Association members to vote on two important amendments to our Declaration of Covenants. A quorum was not achieved, so the meeting was continued and will reconvene on December 14th at 6 p.m..  If you have not voted and would like to vote, you can simply take a picture of the signature pages and send those to foundersbridge@gmail.com or you can scan the signed forms and email those to the same address. 

    20200616 Special Meeting Proxy V2  

    The first amendment provides for a capital contribution for buyers of existing homes in Founders Bridge.  Original buyers have always paid a capital contribution.  The Board now recommends that we charge a capital contribution to buyers on resales. 

    The second amendment allows the Board to set and enforce standards for solar panels that may be installed in our neighborhood.  The standards would be managed by the Board through the Architecture Review Committee.  The need for this amendment is driven by a new Virginia State Law. 

    We need 272 votes for these proposed amendments to be approved. We currently have 254 votes. You actually would complete 2 proxies since you own 2 lots. 

    We have attached proxy documents you can use to allow the Board Treasurer to exercise your vote, with or without providing specific guidance on how to vote.  Unless you provide other guidance, the Treasurer will vote FOR the amendments.  If you prepare to vote in person, you may appear at the next scheduled Board meeting.  

    Completed proxies can be placed in the drop box at the community center or emailed as described earlier in this message to foundersbridge@gmail.com 

    If you would like more information about these amendments, you can find it below:

    Amendment 1: Collect Capital Contribution on Resales

    The purpose of this proposed amendment to the Declaration is to establish a new capital contribution requirement for people who buy homes from existing residents (resales).  This change was recommended during the updated reserve study conducted last summer as a means to increase funding for growing maintenance and repair costs in Founders Bridge.  If approved, this amendment will implement a capital contribution from buyers of resales equal to ½ the annual POA dues at the time the sale is completed (($720 for 2020). 

    Founders Bridge is now more than 20 years old, and we are seeing rising costs to repair walking trails, sidewalks, irrigation, the tennis courts and more.  Our previous capital reserve analyses underestimated these costs, and this is part of the solution to help keep dues from increasing more rapidly.  

    Some other Communities in our area that collect the capital contribution are Brandermill and Magnolia Green.

    The Board recommends you vote to approve this proposed amendment.   

    Amendment 2: Prohibit Installation of Solar Panels Without ARC Approval

    The purpose of this proposed amendment to the Declaration is to allow the Association to control future use of solar panels within Founders Bridge.  Recent legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor on or about April 7, 2020 severely limits such control to actions that do not decrease the power collected by more than 10% and do not increase implementation cost by  more than 10%, unless the declaration explicitly provides such power to the Association. 

    As use of solar power grows in popularity, many different types of collectors will enter the market.  The Association wishes to continue to require review and approval by the Architecture Review Committee (ARC) before any such devices are installed.  This review is intended to ensure the appearance of modifications meet the principles of scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, and order as documented in the Architecture Review Guide, which is available on the property owners’ website. 

    The Board recommends you vote to approve this proposed amendment.  



  • 19 Oct 2020 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 19th POA Board Meeting Agenda

    FB POA 10-19-20 agenda draft

  • 17 Aug 2020 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is the POA Board Meeting agenda.

    August 17 POA Agenda

  • 31 Jul 2020 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We recently had the Annual Meeting and Special Meeting on June 16th. The Annual Meeting took place, David Wright and John Cramer were elected to the Board.  The Special Meeting was continued because we did not have enough proxies to be able to make changes to the Declaration for the proposed amendments. The next meeting will take place on August 17th.

    There were 2 items that the Board feels are important changes to the Declaration. Here are quick overviews but I have included a more detailed explanation below.

    The Capital Contribution is something that would  be collected when a home is sold in Founders Bridge and would go towards the Reserves to help pay for large capital improvements. 

    The other item that is being discussed is the solar panel installation.The Board would like to change the Declaration so the ARC Committee can have control over the size. shape, appearance of solar panels that could be installed in Founders Bridge. As it stands, there is not a lot of control  over what is installed and the Board would like the ARC Committee to have better control.

    Amendment 1: Collect Capital Contribution on Resales

    The purpose of this proposed amendment to the Declaration is to establish a new capital contribution amount for new home buyers within Founders Bridge. This would occur only when a home is sold in Founders Bridge so it would not affect you unless you bought another house in Founders Bridge.  This change was recommended during the updated reserve study conducted last summer as a means to increase funding for the increasing capital costs. 

    The new rate will be ½ of the annual POA dues ($720 for 2020) at the time the sale is completed.  The Amendment provides the Board the ability to change that amount over time, if needed.  The previous capital reserve analyses underestimated the cost of maintaining Association walking trails, sidewalks and trees, all of which need more investment as they age.  

    Some other Communities that collect the capital contribution are Brandermill and Magnolia Green.

    Amendment 2: Prohibit Installation of Solar Panels Without ARC Approval

    The purpose of this proposed amendment to the Declaration is to allow the Association to control future use of solar panels within Founders Bridge.  Recent legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor on or about April 7, 2020 severely limits such control to actions that do not decrease the power collected by more than 10% and do not increase implementation cost by  more than 10%, unless the declaration explicitly provides such power to the Association. 

    As use of solar power grows in popularity, many different types of collectors will enter the market.  The Association wishes to continue to require review and approval by the Architecture Review Committee (ARC) before any such devices are installed.  This review is intended to ensure the appearance of modifications meet the principles of scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, and order as documented in the Architecture Review Guide, which is available on the property owners’ website. 

    The Board recommends you vote to approve this proposed amendment.  

    We need 272 votes for these proposed amendments to be approved. We currently have 135 votes.

    If you have not voted and would like to vote, please complete the attached proxy or if you cannot print one out, please contact Maria Durbin at foundersbridge@gmail.com.


    20200616 Special Meeting Proxy


  • 01 Nov 2019 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Independence Golf Cart Path Information

    Please Respect Private Property

    We are receiving reports of residents walking golf course trails and exploring the wooded areas beside walking paths along Founder Bridge Blvd.  Please remind family members and visitors that these areas are private property and that we have no special access privileges.  

    IGC has provided a process for those wishing to use golf course trails and to fish the ponds. In the spirit of relieving the stress of social isolation, IGC has changed the cart path walking times for now. You can now walk before 8:30 a.m. and after 8 p.m Friday through Sunday and  before 9 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It requires registration and adherence to certain rules, the waiver form is attached.  In particular, only paying customers should be on the golf course property between the hours of 8:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.,  Friday through Sunday and 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. IGC does not mind pets on the cart paths but any pet waste must be picked up and NOT disposed of in the golf course trash cans, the waste must be taken away and disposed of away from the course. With so many people cooped up at home, we realize everyone is looking for safe activities during the day.  If you’d like to spend time on the golf course, consider paying for a round.  You might find that you love the game!

    Release of Liability for Cart Path



  • 15 Jan 2019 9:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If your trash is ever missed, please contact County Waste at 804-843-9288. You can contact Maria Durbin at foundersbridge@gmail.com but your email will not be received until the following Monday.

    Trash delay holidays are normally  New Years, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    July 4th 2020 is on a Saturday so there will be no delay this year.

    Trash parameters:

    You are able to place up to 5 bags of leaves or yard debris out with their trash service each week.  If there is room in the County Waste trash cart we ask that it is filled prior to placing them on the side.  The bags need to be light enough for the driver to lift into the trash cart so he can dispose of it in the truck.  There is not stipulation between a paper or plastic bag being used.  Bundles of sticks and twigs can be placed out in place of the yard waste bags, again they need to be bundled small enough for the driver to easily place inside the cart so he can dispose of them in the truck.   

    They ask that all trash materials are bagged prior to placing inside of the trash can this includes dog waste bags, whether curbside or back door collection. This is to help prevent any type of materials being left behind or animals getting into prior to service. Properly bagging is even more paramount for back door service as the crews do pull bags from inside of the containers. If there are items that are not bagged or not sealed properly they may get left inside of the can as the crew cannot reach down to the bottom of the container.  


  • 21 Oct 2014 8:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In the event anyone notices an irrigation emergency during non business hours in the POA common areas or the Golf Villas, please call 804-270-1800 and follow the prompts to page the manager on call. The on call manager will take care of contacting the irrigation company. You can also contact Montgomery Irrigation directly for the irrigation emergency at 804-303-2004.


    If there is an issue on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., please call 804-794-4477 and the onsite manager will handle the emergency. 

    If the on site manager is not in the office and it is during business hours, please call 804-270-1800 and follow the prompts to "owner services". They will handle contacting the irrigation company.


  • 21 Jan 2014 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An agreement between Powhatan and Chesterfield for automatic mutual fire protection and emergency services was made on October 17, 2013. Please click on link below to review the entire agreement:

    Powhatan/Chesterfield EMS Agreement

     

  • 02 Aug 2011 8:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The mailbox paint color is Georgetown Green. You can purchase it at Sherwin Williams and the number is 6018-32702 Quart 003979. The numbers can be found at Home Depot. If you would like for someone else to paint, replace or repair, your mailbox or post/paper tube, see several options below:

    Vern Akins 804-536-6804 mboxbyva@gmail.com

    Connelly Early- 804-980-0060 connellyearly54@gmail.com

    (Connelly is a senior at James River H.S. and a Founders Bridge resident) 

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