Community Resources

Residential Portal

Welcome to your customized private homeowner portal provided by Vanguard Management Associates, Inc. This robust online space is designed for seamless collaboration among the Board, homeowners, and service providers to achieve your community association’s goals.

Home Maintenance

Each homeowner is responsible for the maintenance of all structures and landscaping located on his property to include such items as decks, fences, storage areas, gardens, shrubbery, grass, and trees. The following are examples, but not an exhaustive list, of basic maintenance violations: tall grass, weeds in beds, peeling paint, broken fences, decks in disrepair, broken windows or screens, gutters and shutters in disrepair, missing or non-visible house numbers, and improper storage of trash cans.

Keeping up appearances, in regards to your home, will go a long way in keeping Whittier beautiful.

 

Whittier Appearance

 

Residential Permit Applications

Links to information on permits and applications for the city and county. In addition to submitting an application to the Whittier ACC for an architectural change, residents may ALSO need to apply to the city for a permit.

Visit this page for more information.

Reporting a Violation

Any resident wishing to file a complaint concerning a Whittier Community Association rules violation should WRITE to:

Whittier Community Association
c/o Vanguard Management
P.O. Box 39
Germantown, Md. 20875

or email Nancy Keen, Community Manager at: nkeen@vanguardmgt.com

Your written complaint should include:

  • The date and time of the incident (if applicable, such as a noise violation).
  • Description of violation(s).
    The address (street name and house number) of the home(s) with the violation(s).
  • All violations that are not witnessed by the Association must have a signed complaint.

Confidentiality will be protected to the greatest extent possible.

For violations that can be observed, such as lawn maintenance, exterior home maintenance, trash cans in public view, etc.. the community inspector and/or community manager can inspect the home to verify the violation. A violation letter will be sent to the owner and a copy sent to the tenant (if applicable) to correct the violation within 10-15 days. If the violation has not been corrected within the stated time period, a second violation letter will be sent notifying the homeowner that they have 15 days to correct the violation or a hearing will be scheduled before the Board of Directors.

For incidents involving suspected criminal behavior, the Frederick City Police should be contacted at 301-694-2100.

If you are witnessing a crime in action, call 911!

Trash and Recycling

The City of Frederick will be closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day (Observed)
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

 

If a holiday falls on Friday (in Whittier), then:

  • Trash Collection will be on Monday
  • Yard Waste Collection: Next Scheduled Day

Recycling

Windy Days & Litter

Reminder: Recycling is a service arranged by Frederick County Government, with collection provided by a contractor. The County’s contract with the recycling crew requires them to clean up any materials that they spill. So, if you see a recycling crew or truck drop litter, please contact the County office right away so that the issue can be addressed.

Email: recycle@frederickcountymd.gov

Phone: 301-600-2960,
Facebook messages to @FrederickRecycles or use the convenient Recycle Coach app to report issues and send photos.

Please note that the recycling crew is not responsible for picking up litter that is already on the ground when they arrive. This is where your actions can help- especially when windy weather is forecast!

The County offers three sizes of recycling carts; please make sure you have a cart that is big enough to hold all of your materials inside (don’t set extra items next to the cart during bad weather). Visit www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/carts for more information or to place a cart order.

Do not overfill carts. To secure materials, the lid must be able to close all the way.
On windy days, you can tape the lid of your recycling cart closed or place a brick or rock on the lid, if you find that to be helpful.

If you have a lot of extra recycling, there is also a free-to-use recycling drop-off center located at 9031 Reichs Ford Road, open Monday through Saturday from 7am until 4:30pm.

Thank you for your participation in the recycling program! Please visit the County’s website or Facebook page for relevant program info and updates, as well as collection schedules and event calendars.

Recycle Right

Did you know that about one out of every ten things placed in a recycle bin is not actually recyclable? Much of the time, that’s caused by “wishcycling,” or placing things in a blue bin that you aren’t sure but hope are recyclable. That actually hurts the local program, reducing its efficiency, making the process more expensive and sometimes even ruining the chances that other good materials get recycled. If you want to help the recycling program succeed, here are four easy steps to take:

  • Visit the County website to print a flyer or view tips for “recycling right”:
    www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/RecycleRight
  • Join the community conversation about recycling at www.Facebook.com/FrederickRecycles
  • Use the free Recycle Coach app to check whether an item is recyclable.
  • Plastics are the trickiest items for recycling: avoid these common mistakes…Do not place cups, cutlery, takeout containers, produce bins, food bags/wrappers or pouches in a blue bin. And, believe it or not, don’t look for the so-called “recycling symbol” on the bottom of a package, it isn’t there to give you recycling instructions (really!). Want to know if something is recyclable? Call 301-600-2960, or simply refer to steps 1 – 3.

Recycle Carts

Did you know that any single-family home is entitled to receive a recycling container from the County, for no charge? Whether you rent or own your home, visit the County’s website to place an order. You can also request to have a cart repaired/replaced, or exchanged for a different size (there are three sizes of carts, plus small hand-held bins) or make a report if your cart has gone missing.

Once you have a cart, make sure to set it out by 6 a.m. on your recycling collection day. (Streets do not have an assigned collection time, just a regularly scheduled day.) Use the free Recycle Coach app to get reminders for when to set your cart out, or visit the County’s website to sync your recycling schedule to a digital calendar. And remember, do NOT place any materials in plastic bags when it comes to recycling—keep it loose!

Visit www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/recycle or call 301-600-2960 for more information.

Green Events

Did you know that there are local events to help you recycle more and waste less? From document shredding, to hazardous waste disposal, free recycling programs, to classes on composting…you can find lists of community programs at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/recycle, or call 301-600-2960 for more information.

Message Regarding Dumping Bulk Trash

Dear Residents,

It has come to the attention of the Board of Directors of the Whittier Community Association that numerous residents are dumping bulk trash items such as furniture, mattresses, tires etc.. in the common areas.

When a contractor has to be called to remove bulk items, this costs everyone in the community for the removal, possibly resulting in higher Association dues! The following are examples of items that the Association has had to pay to remove from the common area; carpet, furniture, lawn mowers, paint, drywall, lawn chairs, shelving, plywood, lumber, TV’s, etc……

If you have bulk trash items such as the ones listed above, please dispose of them at the Frederick County Landfill located at 9031 Reichs Ford Rd. (exit 55 off of Rt. 70). They are open Mon-Sat. 7:00am-4:30pm. There are also several small businesses that can be contacted to pick up these items, at a small cost.

I am asking residents to please make note of the addresses of residents that are seen dumping bulk trash. Please contact Management at nancy@vanguardmgt.com with these addresses. They can be charged the cost of the removal.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

For the Board of Directors,

WHITTIER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Snow Removal

Snow Removal – Who is Responsible?

Streets: The City of Frederick owns and maintains the community’s streets and is responsible for clearing the snow. All concerns should be directed to the public works department at 301-600-1440

Sidewalks: All homeowners and residents are responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their property. The Association clears the sidewalks that are adjacent to the Association’s common areas. 

Snow Removal

Crime and Safety

To reduce your chances of becoming a victim, follow the crime prevention tips below:

Residential Burglary Prevention Tips:

  • Install good quality deadbolt locks on all doors leading to the outside and keep them locked at all times.
  • Ensure lighting is in place outside every door to illuminate them during all hours of darkness.
  • Maintain landscaping shrubs at a height no higher than 36 inches from the ground and tree canopies no lower than 7 feet from the ground.
  • Use defensive landscaping (thorny plants or plants with needles) as barriers to vulnerable access points (i.e. windows and fence lines).
  • Know your neighbors, so they know what is normal at your residence.
  • Install an alarm system and use it faithfully.
  • Consider an intercom system.
  • Telephone in ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY!
 

Automotive Crime Prevention Tips:

  • Ensure vehicle is locked at all times (even when in the garage).
  • Close and lock your garage door.
  • Ensure windows are completely rolled up.
  • Remove EVERYTHING from vehicle when you leave:
    • Keys
    • Wallets
    • Purses
    • Bags
    • Jewelry
    • Laptops
    • Cell Phones
    • Money
    • CDs
    • Mail
    • GPS units
    • Stereo Faceplates
    • Documents with Personal Information
    • MP3 players
  • Park in well lit areas.
  • Install an alarm system and use it faithfully.
  • Telephone in ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY!

Police non-emergency: 301-600-2102
Report crime anonymously: 301-600-TIPS (8477)
Text crime tips to: 240-674-TIPS (8477)
Report drug activity anonymously: 301-600-2246

More crime prevention tips and information are available through the Frederick Police Department.