Village News, 6/30/22

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

1. Welcome Wagon – Was it just in military communities? I do recall how welcome neighbors made us feel when we moved yet again from post to post. We did have something similar here back when we had block captains, but it’s up to each of us now to greet and welcome new neighbors. We did write a letter of welcome and can put it with a Village Directory for you to welcome them to the village and Rolling Valley subdivision. Great idea, but we’ve had lousy execution (as we often said in the Army). Why? Apparently, it violates the terms of your parole or endangers your WPP (witness protection program) or maybe it’s the new neighbor in the WPP? Thanks to those few who have reported, but I know we have a lot more than just a few. Harness yourself to our welcome wagon and help the new folks, please.

2. Independence Day Celebrations – had a request and an offer from a new neighbor about a gathering to celebrate our nation’s independence. She asked if anyone who is already planning such an event in a cul-de-sac where children could play safely is willing to invite her family. She is willing to help coordinate such and contribute to party success, but her home sits beside the straight away of the Daytona 500 and probably not suitable for children to play without fear. If you are doing such events and willing to invite this young lady and her immediate family – let me know and I’ll relay your offer to her. She and her husband are good people and will undoubtedly become even better friends.

3. Independence Day Fireworks Shows – I can confirm one show at Fairfax High School on 5 July from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. I can not confirm the show at the Springfield Country Club, but reliable sources say it will be Sunday, 3 July. Beyond that I am ‘out there flapping’ as we used to say in the Army Airborne (when that parachute failed to open). If you are certain of your intel – please post to our FaceBook Group.

We have a dog that is frightened by certain fireworks. I hear ya – it’s her problem but do ask that we limit our fireworks to avoid quiet hours 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM the following morning. I’ll pause here for a moment while you laugh and plot, but our Wonder Dawg Sadiqi is just one of many dogs who will be afraid.

4. Curbside Trash Collection Costs - appears that county raised the tonnage rates (+$4.00 per ton) for dumping at the landfills effective 1 August 2022.  Depending on your billing cycle, your bill may be prorated for current price for those months before that price hike. Most, if not all of us pay in advance for the next quarter (3 months). Expect our rates will increase by more than $3.00 per month $9+ per quarter. At least their service has improved..

Commercial trash haulers can and will raise our rates without notice due to environmental costs such as county’s fees (mentioned above) and also due to their own costs such as increased fuel costs (expect another price hike soon for that reason).  

This may not be what you want to hear, but we no longer have a fixed price agreement with them, nor does any other civic association or homeowners’ association.

5. 22152 Real Estate Market Report – Here’s the Reader’s Digest version taken from the Long & Foster report.

  • ere’s HeUnits Sold - There was a decrease in total units sold in May, with 45 sold this month in West Springfield Real Estate versus 47 last month, a decrease of 4%. This month's total units sold was lower than at this time last year, a decrease of 26% versus May 2021.
  • Active Inventory - Versus last year, the total number of homes available this month is lower by 2 units or 8%. The total number of active inventory this May was 23 compared to 25 in May 2021. This month's total of 23 is higher than the previous month's total supply of available inventory of 20, an increase of 15%.
  • Median Sale Price - Last May, the median sale price for West Springfield Homes was $575,000. This May, the median sale price was $675,000, an increase of 17% or $100,000 compared to last year. The current median sold price is 7% higher than in April. Note that Median sale price is the middle sale price in a given month. The same number of properties are above & below the median.
  • Months of Supply - In May, there was 0.5 months of supply available in West Springfield, compared to 0.4 in May 2021. That is an increase of 25% versus a year ago. Months of supply is calculated by dividing current inventory by current sales. It indicates how many months would be needed to sell all of the inventory available at the current rate of demand.
  • New Listings & Current Contracts - This month there were 62 homes newly listed for sale in West Springfield compared to 77 in May 2021, a decrease of 19%. There were 55 current contracts pending sale this May compared to 70 a year ago. The number of current contracts is 21% lower than last May.
  • Sale Price to List Price Ratio - In May, the average sale price in West Springfield was 106.7% of the average list price, which is similar compared to a year ago.
  • Days on Market - This month, the average number of days on market was 6, which is similar compared to a year ago.

6. Calendar:

  • 13 July, 5 – 7:00 PM – Springfield Fun Family Nights - children’s entertainment (balloons, magic, and science shows and more)
  • 13 July, 7:00 PM – Free Concert in the Burke Lake Park (Randy Thompson Band playing Americana Country, Roots Rock
  • 23 July - Secure Document Shredding at Rolling Valley Kiss & Ride

7. Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) - Since Spring 2020, ECHO has been in overdrive to meet burgeoning requests for food assistance.  They had thought that the easing of Covid restrictions and resulting employment would hold an answer to the increasing demand for help, but not yet. The threat of food insufficiency continues, but so does ECHO’s commitment to serve.  Their volunteers continue working as hard as ever to distribute food fairly and efficiently.  No matter how tired we are of crises, they’re still stepping up to help neighbors in need.

Here's a summary of what ‘New Items Only’ they need for their School Backpack Program:  High School backpacks (17 to 19 inches high), COLLEGE RULE ONLY spiral notebooks,  Paper Folders, prong no prongs, WIDE RULE ONLY Composition books, Loose leaf paper, Wide and College ruled 2 inch binders, 3x3” sticky (Post-it) notes, Elmer’s Glue sticks, Thin Classic Crayola Markers, Broad Classic Crayola Markers, Crayola Colored Pencils 12 count, Thin and Broad Dry Erase markers, #2 Yellow pencils (Ticonderoga preferred), Red ONLY pens, Plastic pencil boxes, Primary Writing paper pads, Small Construction paper packets, New or gently used pleasure reading books for grades K-1 and grades 9-12 (young adult).

Some of you will ask why we didn’t include this or that or why we failed to address that or this. To you I say – come take a spin on the whirlwind. Yep – the President position is still open. You up?

John Cooley

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