Supports for Cantilever Decks –

The Board of Directors for Chesterfield Gardens Condo are working hard to address as many issues as possible without draining the reserve account.  The reserve account maintains funds for repairs and maintenance of the common grounds of the community.  This account is also one of the items evaluated by FHA when determining re certification.

In response to concerns about the decks, the Board hired a structural engineering firm to survey the buildings and provide consultation.  They concluded that we need to reinforce all decks in the community.

The decks at Chesterfield are cantilevered: held by two support beams (called joists).  An exposed portion of the joist is under the deck, anchored by the larger remaining portion situated under the floor of the unit.

Plans drawn by the engineering firm to address our concerns feature:

  • Installing columns/posts underneath the outer corners of each deck.  The deck weight is distributed between the columns and joists, and we can avoid ripping-up the floors.
  • Replacing all railings – for safety reasons and keeping us in compliance with Building codes.
  • Removal/Replacement of existing cement slabs – to accommodate placement of each column’s footers.

We have received multiple phone calls from people that live on the ground level with out a patio or a deck, asking the question “Why does this effect me or why am I responsible for paying this amount”. The Board acquired the quotes, and came up with a price to complete the entire job. This is a community wide project. The same as if it was for replacing the roofs or windows in the common area hall ways. The Board took the number that it was quoted and divided that by 216.

Enclosed you will find a sketch of the support system

 Support system

Report from the inspector – Inspection Report

We have also had people reach out for the contractor’s information. Some people are taking this opportunity to have the contractor redo the deck boards (at an added expense to the home owner)

Steve Morris
Star Contracting
443.440.1889
Email Address

The Board has been informed that during the process of construction, the resident does not need to be home. The contractors will be able to work from a ladder.

Amenities

We are part of a larger Home Owners Association. Within this Association there are multiple pools, playgrounds, and tennis courts. While the condos do not have any pools, playgrounds, or tennis courts on-site, they do have access to the others within the community. A portion of your monthly condo fee goes to paying your Home Owners Association (HOA) fee to maintain these areas. Please contact the HOA Property Manager if you have any questions regarding the HOA, common areas, tennis courts or playgrounds.

Animals and the Animal Control Laws

In no event shall any pet be permitted in any portion of the Common Elements unless carried or on a leash. For complete details check your Community By-Laws. If you have question not covered go to the Anne Arundel County website at http://www.aacounty.org/departments/animal-control/animal-laws/index.html

Architectural Guidelines

All changes to the appearance of your condo must be pre-approved. This includes exact matches for windows and doors. Complete and submit the Architectural Change Form prior to starting any projects. Failure to have the project pre-approved may result in fines and/or having to redo the work. The form can be found at under the Documents link on this website.

Be a Good Neighbor and Noise

As part of a community it is important to be considerate of our neighbors. Everyone should try to be amicable, pleasant and thoughtful. Please observe quite time between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Avoid the use of any noise generating equipment, and monitor your children and pet’s activities that may cause excessive floor noise. However, there are times when we must ask others to do the same. If there is an issue with one of your neighbors, please try to have a conversation with them to resolve the issue. If this does not work, send us an email at info@pinnacle-md.com and give us as much detail as possible. You can remain anonymous, but this will limit what we can do to assist you.

Cable TV and Satellite Dishes
The cable providers available in your community are:

Verizon Fios – 1-855-846-1405 
Broadstripe –  410-987-9300

Satellite Dishes are only allowed to be placed in a five (5) gallon bucket with cement and a metal pole.
Satellite Dishes are not allowed to be mounted on any part of the buildings or common areas.
This includes railings and roofs. Any dish that is attached to the building will be moved at the own’s expense, including all fees associated with repairing any damage (holes) in the building. If you, or the installer have any question’s please contact your Property Manager Jeremy Shifflett at 410-760-4203 or Charlie Mills at 410-294-2881.

Heating/Air Conditioning Condensate Lines

Clean your condensation line on a regular basis. This will prevent a backup and possible water damage.
You will be responsible for any damage to your unit or your neighbor’s unit. A simple way to do this, is to pour a cup of bleach in the drain every three months or so.

Insurance

You are required to have up-to-date home owner’s insurance on your property. Even though the condo association has a master policy, the home owner’s insurance is responsible for the first $5,000, in the event of a fire, water leak or other damage that your unit may cause to other units or the building.

The Condominium Master Policies Insurance must cover both general common elements and limited common elements in units. Up to $5,000 of the deductible will be the responsibility of the unit owner where the damage originated.

  • To obtain a copy of the Master Policy contact: Agent Shawn Moscker at 410-544-6104
  • http://www.mosckerinsurance.com/

If you have a claim, contact your property manager prior to submitting a claim at 410-760-4203

Maryland Condominium Insurance law:

HB287/SB201: Condominium Master Policy Insurance. This legislation provides that condominium master policy insurance policies must cover both general common elements and limited common elements in units. Up to $5,000 of the deductible will be the responsibility of the unit owner where the damage originated. Each unit owner must be informed in writing each year as to the amount of the deductible. This took effect June 1, 2009. This law supersedes anything in existing documents and there is no need to update governing documents.

Outside Faucets

Outside faucets may be used by owners. However, car washing is not permitted.

Patio and Decks

Patio and Decks must be kept neat and orderly. Only outside furniture and gardening containers allowed. Do not store trash, toys, bicycles or mops and brooms. No inside furniture.

Towing

There are certain spots located through out Chesterfield Gardens, that are marked with a yellow curb and say “No Parking on Tuesdays”. If you park in these spots on Tuesday, you will be towed. If you park in front of the dumpsters on Tuesday or Wednesday you will be towed as well. If you are towed, your vehicle will be taken to an impound lot owned and operated by North County Towing.

8191 Ritchie Highway,
Pasadena, MD 21122

410-553-0859

North County Towing and Recovery

Trash

Dumpsters will be picked up on Tuesday, except holidays. If the truck cannot make it on the scheduled day, your trash will be picked up on Wednesday. Do not park in the yellow curb zone or in front of the dumpsters on Tuesday or Wednesday. Your vehicle will be towed. No exceptions.

  • Standard Trash: Green Dumpsters are located throughout the community.
  • Recyclables: Recycling Only Dumpsters are located throughout the community. These are the dumpsters that have the recycle logo.
  • If you have large cardboard boxes, please break them down to conserve space.
  • Bulk Trash: The community provides a large bulk item dumpster at the end of Davenport Court.

  • Please dispose of any bulk items (mattress, dressers, etc.) in this dumpster only.
  • Do not dispose of construction debris in this dumpster. When doing renovations have your contractor haul all construction debris off-site.
  • The dumpsters are under surveillance by still photo cameras. They are for the use of our residents only.
  • Dog Waste stations: The community provides dog waste stations throughout the community. Please utilize them.

Throughout the entire community, we have a landscaping company, and we pay to have the ground maintained. We ask that you observe and follow our “No Vehicles on the Grass” policy. To ANY Person caught driving on ANY grass area, If you caught, the unit will be back charged for any and all damage done.

Service Request

If you would like to submit a service request. Example: Lights out, tree that needs trimming or other request email us at info@pinnacle-md.com Please allow 24 to 48 hours for a response.

This is not for emergencies.

Snow

The snow removal contractor does not begin plowing until the snow accumulation has reached three (3) inches. They will plow the main drive lane, clear sidewalks and apply salt. They will not clear individual parking spaces. Do not put any items out to save a parking spot. It will be thrown away. Be a good neighbor and not park in a spot that was shoveled out by someone else. The Community has purchased a broom and shovel for the use of the entire building. This is so home owners can shovel their own cars out with out worrying about storing a shovel in their condo. The community also has provided salt buckets full of salt. Please use only the amount needed. Excess salt on the side walks damage the steps and cement.

Water Emergency

If you have a water leak into your condo from the unit above, check with your neighbor above to see if it is coming from their unit. If they are not home or cannot get the water to stop, call your Property Manager Jeremy Shifflett.

  • Business hours are: M – F 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 410-760-4203 X 1008
  • After hours: Call the emergency line 443-867-7887

Please leave a detailed message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Important note: Make sure Pinnacle has all your current information, including your phone number, cell numbers and email address. Also, please provide Pinnacle with an emergency contact with keys in case you cannot be reached.

If you are the unit which is leaking water and you cannot be reached, Management has the right to make entry—by contacting a lock smith or the fire department—to shut the water off.