You are invited!!!

Check your email for an invitation to our neighborhood Oktoberfest!!

Please RSVP now!

Email us at    potomacbaypoa at hotmail dot com    if you have not received an invitation.

 

Minutes of August 31, 2022, Board Directors meeting

The minutes from the August 31, 2022, PBE POA Board of Directors have been posted on the MINUTES page.

The Board voted to approve an expenditure of up to $25,000 to complete the work on the breakwaters in front of the bulkhead at the picnic area.  This expenditure had been approved by the members at the April annual meeting.

We are planning a neighborhood Oktoberfest gathering for October 8.  Watch for an invitation with the details. 

 

PBE POA Board of Directors meeting announcement

The Potomac Bay Estates Property Owners Association Board of Directors will meet:

  • Tuesday, August 30
  • 1:00 PM
  • Via ZOOM

Board of Directors meetings are open to all property owners.

A link to the ZOOM meeting will be posted on this website a few days prior to the meeting.  The link information also will be sent by email to all property owners.

Dues and water fees are past due!!!

Potomac Bay Estates

Property Owners Association

Dues and Water Fees Are Past

Due date for both payments was April 1, 2022

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Association Dues – ALL property owners pay this fee

$300 per lot

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Community Water System Fees – Those property owners who are connected to the community water system pay this fee

$325 per lot in addition to the Dues


Notices were sent to all property owners by email or USPS mail.  Check your email.  If you have indicated you want USPS mail, check your mailbox.

All fees are due NO LATER THAN April 1, 2022. Please pay your fees on time to ensure that you are able to vote in community matters.

If you have any questions, please email  potomacbaypoa@hotmail.com 

Thanks to all who attended the annual meeting

Our annual meeting was held Saturday, May 14, 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the Northumberland Public Library in Heathsville instead of our picnic area because of rain.

Thanks to everyone who attended in person and to those who were not able to attend but summitted proxies.

A Board of Directors’ meeting was held immediately after the annual membership meeting.

We will post the minutes of both meetings in a few days.

New phone dialing requirements for our area

A few days ago, one of our neighbors made phone calls to local numbers only to be greeted with a “fast busy” – that is, a busy signal that “beeps”  much faster than a normal busy signal.  A fast busy usually indicates a problem with the call – line outage or other problem. Officially known as a “reorder tone,” this is what the fast busy sounds like:

Concerned because he knew the calls should go through, our neighbor redialed the numbers using 10-digit dialing – that is 1-804-XXX-XXXX – and the calls went through without a problem.

It appears that telephone calls made from landline phones in our neighborhood (and likely all of Area Code 804)– and possibly your cell phone — now require you to dial all 10 digits of the number you are calling — that is, if you are calling 580-XXXX, you now must dial 1-804-580-XXXX.  This may be the case throughout the 804 area code.

 There are two reasons for this change:

  1. The coming nationwide introduction (in July) of 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), and,
  2. The shrinking availability of phone numbers in area codes nationwide.  While our 804 area code is in better shape than many area codes, some of the telephone carriers that serve our area decided to go with 10-digit dialing now rather than wait until they run out of numbers.

It may be that your carrier – or the exchange you are calling – does not yet require 10-digit dialing.  In any case, if you call a number in our area and get a fast busy, try the call again using all 10 digits – that is  1 + Area Code + Exchange and number.

Annual Meeting

The PBE POA Annual Meeting will be:

  • Saturday, May 14
  • Picnic area at the west end of Potomac Drive
  • Potluck lunch at 12:00 noon; meeting at 1:00 PM

Please bring a side dish and a dessert to share.

Association will furnish hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments.


Annual meeting Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Verify roster information
  • Treasurer’s report:  FY21-22 finances; proposed FY 22-23 budget (for information, Board of Directors votes on the budget).
  • Water system report
  • CHECK BACK LATER FOR ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

Property Owners’ Association dues and water fees due not later than April 1, 2022

 

Potomac Bay Estates

Property Owners Association

Fees Statement

for 12 months ending March 31, 2022

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Association Dues – ALL property owners pay this fee

$300 per lot

—————————

Community Water System Fees – Those property owners who are connected to the community water system pay this fee

$325 per lot in addition to the Dues


Notices were sent to all property owners by email or USPS mail.  Check your email.  If you have indicated you want USPS mail, check your mailbox.

All fees are due NO LATER THAN April 1, 2022. Please pay your fees on time to ensure that you are able to vote in community matters.

If you have any questions, please email  potomacbaypoa@hotmail.com 

All about dolphins

From time to time folks in our neighborhood see dolphins in the Potomac River.  If you spend any time on your boat in the Bay or the River, you likely have encountered dolphins.

Dolphin Facts | Dolphin Project
Bottlenose dolphin. Scientific name: Tursiops

The Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project is a regional organization of volunteers who monitor dolphins in the Potomac and the Bay, and who educate people about dolphins.  Visit their website  pcdolphinproject.org

If you are able to photograph dolphins, try to get a close-up shot of the dorsal fin — the Project uses the shape and markings of the dorsal fin to identify individual dolphins.  To date, they have identified around 1,000 individual dolphins.  Email photos and the location of the photo to them at pcdolphinproject@gmail.com.

Here’s a photo taken September 1, 2021 in the Potomac near where it joins the Bay.

Dolphins winter in the ocean and associated waters in and south of North Carolina.  In spring, summer, and early fall dolphins enter the Bay and the Potomac that are important breeding grounds for them.

Here are some safety guidelines for operating a boat around dolphins:

  • Stay at least 50 yards away from dolphins.
  • Don’t approach dolphins in a boat — propeller strikes can kill or injure dolphins.
  • If you want to observe the dolphins, put your boat in neutral unless you need to move.
  • Don’t chase or encircle dolphins.
  • Reel in your fishing line when dolphins are nearby, or, move to another area.
  • Do not feed the dolphins; don’t throw leftover food or bait into the water if dolphins are nearby.
  • Dolphins like to “bowride” — that is, come alongside a boat and ride along in the bow wake.  If dolphins bowride your boat, either shift into neutral, or, maintain slow speed, straight ahead until they peel off.

2015 dolphin sightings.

2015 and 2016 dolphin sightings.

2015 and 2016 Citizen Obs V1 (1).png

Also, if you photograph dolphins, email the photos with date and location to us at potomacbaypoa@hotmail.com — we will post your photos on this website.

Another organization — Chesapeake Dolphin Watch also collects data on dolphins in the Bay and tributary waters.  Their website requires visitors to establish an account (free).

Thank you for protecting our local wildlife!!