Background Information & Activity Log

The following table is a log of actions prior to the creation of this website, and will be updated. These actions have been compiled from a number of Eton Square residents.

Activity Log last updated Thu, Sept 5, 2019. Most recent activity listed last.

 

 

 

 

 

Prior to Wed, May 15, 2019 The green space behind Eton Square Ellingham Circle building 6910-6918 is at the corner of Kingstowne Boulevard and Kingstowne Village Parkway. This space sees activity from wildlife, humans and pets. This space is accessible by the public, who often walk with dogs and also includes “exer-trail” equipment. Songbirds, raptors, crows, vultures, squirrels, chipmunks, cats, dogs, foxes, raccoons and others have been spotted.
Wed, May 15, 2019 1:19 pm To: Eton Square resident

From: Marck Rossy

Via: Email

“The Eton Square Board of Directors is requesting that you please remove the bird feeder from the patio.  Rats have been seen feeding on that food, which is attracting them to the building. The Eton Square Design Guidelines prohibit bird feeders on balconies and patios.  We ask that you please remove it within 48 hours. Thank you for your attention.”

Note: There were no bird feeders located ON the patio or the building. Additionally, residents report only seeing two rats prior to this notice. There are numerous squirrels and chipmunks in the area.

Action: Birdfeeders were taken down.

Wed, May 15, 2019 evening Via: Verbal communication between resident and Michelle Burnett, president, board of directors

Burnett claimed that the Board had received rodent reports and was going to hire a company (spending $600) to “humanely” address the concern.

Fri, May 24, 2019 Morning Resident testimony:

A person (W) was seen walking around behind the 6914 building. Resident goes to speak with W. W reports that they have been hired to address the issue. Several poison traps (large heavy black boxes with a small entrance) are deployed along the building’s edge. W says they will return in a week.

Fri, May 24, 2019 Morning Resident:

Resident goes online and orders humane traps to be delivered that day. They are inexpensive.

Fri, May 24, 2019 Evening Resident:

Another person came around looking at the traps in the backyard. It is assumed that this was a supervisor of W, checking W’s work.

The traps that were ordered have arrived and they have been placed outside. The traps have food and holes for ventilation. They will be checked frequently.

Fri, May 24, 2019 Resident:

A person was witnessed picking up and moving a trap.

Fri, May 24, 2019 Resident:

An email was sent to the board member Burnett.

[Can we get this text?]

It was ignored.

Fri, May 24, 2019 Resident:

Resident knocked on Burnett’s door. Burnett refused to speak to Resident, claiming that any email sent to personal addresses will be deleted.

Note: Why did Burnett speak openly previously, but not this day?

Sat May 25, 2019 Morning Resident:

The traps work! A very tiny mouse was trapped just a little while ago. Pictures were taken and the mouse was gently released.

Sat May 25, 2019 10:33 am From: Resident

To: Marck Rossy

Via: Email

Good morning, I wish to lodge a complaint regarding the poison traps placed outside of our buildings to handle the rat “problem” that we have. I accept that the seed dropped by the birds while feeding are attracting the rats and to help with that we have stopped filling them and will remove them when they are empty.

However, I must take issue with the type of poison trap used for two reasons.

The first reason is that there are potential effects beyond just addressing the rat colony. There are chipmunks and squirrels small enough to enter these poison traps. Should a poisoned animal escape the trap after eating the bait, here are other animals that may ingest the poisoned creature. There are crows that feed on carrion or soak it in water and bring it back to the nest for their mate. We have seen foxes multiple times over the years and there is at least one red tailed hawk that we have seen in the trees near our unit. Finally, we have seen at least one outdoor cat from time to time. All of these can be impacted by ingesting a poisoned rat. This website can offer more information for the effects on raptors: https://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/ The Audubon society also has more information: https://www.audubon.org/magazine/january-february-2013/poisons-used-kill-rodents-have-safer

The second reason is that the same day that we received the notice to remove the bird feeder, I happened to run into my neighbor and board president Michelle Burnett. We chatted about several things, and she reminded me to take down the bird feeder. I inquired as to whether the board would be employing a humane solution to deal with the rats. Though I don’t remember her exact words, she responded in the affirmative and shortly after, I reassured my spouse that a human solution would be employed. Sadly it wasn’t.

I don’t want to be at odds with the board on this, but I would like to find a more humane and suitable solution to this. To this end, I have already purchased and deployed two traps that can each catch one rat at which point I will relocate it to a wooded area away from any residential area in Eton Square or Kingstowne. They are inexpensive and I am happy to absorb the cost of it. If the board is willing to ask the pest management company to retrieve their traps, I will keep you apprised of my efforts to handle the problem to both our satisfaction.

Thank you for you time in reading this. If you need to reach me, my number is 703-[redacted]. I will also be attending the June 10th board meeting.

Mon, May 27, 2019 Morning Resident:

One of the humane traps was tripped this morning by a small mouse (don’t know if it was the same or different mouse than before). Photographed and released.

At least one rat is becoming more comfortable with the presence of the humane traps. Perhaps one will visit inside soon. (Mice are overly curious, whereas rats take some time with new objects.)

Tue, May 28, 2019 Morning Resident:

Two more tiny mice have been trapped and released. The rats are becoming even more comfortable.

Tue, May 28, 2019 11:15 am Resident:

Paper flyers have been spotted around the neighborhood:

POISON WARNING

Poison traps have been deployed (without notice to residents or neighbors)

outside of Eton Square buildings 6914, 6924, 6934

This poison is known to kill pets and wildlife

(cats, dogs, rabbits, foxes, raccoons, hawks, eagles, etc.)

The Eton Square condo association did this without notice.

Posted by a concerned resident

Tue, May 28, 2019 2:18 pm From: Marck Rossy

To: Resident

Via: email (response to email sent Sat, 10:33 am)

Thank you for your concern.  Building 6914 had a rats problem.  The Association sought professional advice and followed the recommendation (which is standard in a multi-family dwelling) to install rodent bait stations until the population could be controlled.  The bait is inside the stations. The entry point is small for a rodent to get into.

The rats are attracted to the bird seed.  Any bird feeders or seed still remaining has to be removed.

Note: Notice how none of the Resident’s proposals or suggestions were acknowledged in Rossy’s response.

Tue, May 28, 2019 2:38 pm To: Residents of 6914, 6924, and 6934 Ellingham Circle

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Please be aware that the Board of Directors of Eton Square has authorized and implemented a rodent control program at the perimeter of the subject buildings.  Rats have been seen along the back of the buildings, and this is a proactive approach to take before they start nesting in the building and make their way into units.  Rats can carry disease and create a safety and health hazard by leaving droppings and chewing through electrical wires.

The Board consulted with professionals, and followed their recommendation to install rodent bait stations.  These stations contain bait for the rats to take. The bait is completely enclosed. They will be monitored and refilled monthly until the rodent population is controlled.

If residents have bird feeders on their balconies and patios, please remove them immediately and clean up bird seed on the floor, as this is a food source for the rats.  Bird feeders are in violation of Eton Square Rules and Regulations.

The stations are tamper resistant for pets and children.  The entry point is small enough for a rodent to get into. Please use precaution when walking pets in the area.  As a reminder, dogs must be leashed and under the control of the dog walker at all times.

If you have any questions, please contact me by reply to this email.

Note:
“The bait is completely enclosed.” Any small animal can enter, ingest and exit the boxes. Those animals are then liable to be eaten by other animals, causing harm and death among nontargeted animals and pets, such as hawks, eagles, dogs, cats, foxes, etc.
Bird feeders are not in violations of rules and regulations.

Tue, May 28, 2019 Evening Nextdoor: https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=112589809&init_source=copy_link_share
Poison Trap SignsFound this sign on my door (and many of my neighbors’) this afternoon and hoping someone can provide a bit more clarity. We have a dog, so we’re a little concerned… thanks.”

poison warning

Poison Warning flyer

Comments:

  1. (May 28) 😮 that’s pretty serious. Do we have a rodent problem?
  2. (May 28) Good question… Just hoping we can find out some more information about this. We’re hesitant to take our dog out now.
  3. (May 28) These are the boxes behind your building and the two on either side of you. 3 or 4 boxes behind each building
  4. (May 29) An email was sent from the HOA board about this yesterday. We have seen some rodents and have added some traps to address the issue
  5. (May 29) The email was send yesterday because i emailed marck and Told him that he has to inform us on why they are having all those traps out… I think that is bullshit , the rodents are coming because we have to keep our trash in the storage room. I requested a meeting on that problem A. we need moore trash days B . we need containers away from out living quarters
  6. (May 29) I also emailed Marck yesterday and was told that building 6914 “had a rat problem” and that the traps were “small”. However, I followed up and asked that in the future (pest control is scheduled), notice is given to residents ahead of time (approximate date, time, and frequency of application).  Additionally, most licensed pest control operators provide their clients with the name and brand of the pesticide product, which can be critical information to provide veterinarians or doctors if someone/something comes in contact with this. I also asked that this information is provided to residents as well.  Rat poison is very serious and these bait traps pose a potential hazard to everyone in the community (including humans, but especially pets and local wildlife)…. Just would be nice to know ahead of time.  Never got a response back and interestingly I never got the “community notice”, but I’m glad to hear residents were at least notified (after the fact).
  7. (May 29) Hallie As soon as I saw the traps I felt the same and text marck I told him that he has to report to us at all times on wht type Of poison they put out and when . Right after that he send out that email I scared him a bit when I told him I will call the authorities tht take care of Fairfax county Annette
  8. (May 30) If there is no notice I think they are required to provide notice. How did they find out??? If it is intentional to kill animals, it is a felony
  9. (Jun 4) Is anyone receiving answers to their questions? What constitutes a “rodent problem”, I wonder.
  10. (Jun 5) As posted elsewhere yesterday: POISON WARNING for ETON SQUARE in KINGSTOWNE
  11. (Jun 10) Incidentally, if a small animal–like a mouse–dies from the poison, and your dog picks it up without you noticing, your pet can be poisoned that way. Be careful.
  12. (Jun 10) Apparently, “pest control” is listed on the agenda for tonight’s Eton Square board meeting (7:00 pm Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy). If you are opposed to the act of placing dangerous poison out in public without notice, please consider voicing this at the meeting.
  13. (Jun 10) One of our cats died because of rat poisoning. The poison will kill all wildlife and pets that get ahold of poisonned rodents, which are easier to catch once the poison starts killing them. It’s very detrimental to all pets, but also birds of prey. It’s also a horrible death btw, it slowly destroys their nervous system. I would definitely ask that it not be used at all, especially in residential areas.
  14. (Jun 11) Attended the board meeting. Let’s just say it didn’t go well.
  15. (Jun 14) The community manager has sent out another email regarding this poison. I feel that these traps need to be removed, and I will be posting more soon.
  16. (Jun 16) Contact Animal Control and some animal agencies like Animal Legal Defense Fund or CAPS.. They may help or give contacts.
Wed, May 29, 2019 1:26 pm From: Resident

To: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Marck,

This is an acknowledgement that a response to my message was received. However, I do not appreciate that the significant safety concerns and generous proposal have been ignored.

I respectfully request that these question be answered to the fullest extent possible:

1) At what point did the Association discuss this issue with residents?

2) For this specific case, what is the defined as a “rat problem”? Is there a specific number of rats that need to be seen to warrant this?

3) On what specific data were these “recommendations” or “professional advice” provided? Was there any discussion of humane alternatives?

4) “The bait is inside the stations.” Any small mammal can enter and exit the stations including squirrels and chipmunks. Once poisoned, an animal can linger and die outside of the station. This is a known hazard with the bait stations. What is being done to prevent other animals (pets, mammals, birds, other wildlife) from coming into contact with or digesting the poisoned carcasses? Due to the risk of further wildlife and pet death, these bait stations are not acceptable.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Fri, May 31, 2019 1:27 pm Having received no reply:

From: Resident

To: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Marck,

I haven’t heard back from you on this. Are you waiting in the association board before responding?

Thank you

Fri, May 31, 2019 3:00 pm Resident:

Since the last update, a number of mice have been trapped and released.

This morning, a man was observed snooping around.

Fri, May 31, 2019 3:04 pm To: Resident

From: Marck Rossy (response to Wed 1:26 pm)

I’m sorry that you don’t like the decision of the Board.  I have nothing else to add. The Board will listen to resident inquiries during the open forum of the board meetings.  The next one is June 10 at 7pm at the Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy.

Thank you for removing the bird feeder.  Bags of bird seed are still on the balcony and I observed a rat feeding on it.  The bird seed is a source of food that is attracting the rats to the building. The issue cannot be considered in compliance if the bird seed remains.  Please remove any food source from the balcony and do not use it for storage.

Note: Again, notice that none of the Resident’s questions were answered by Rossy.

There has never been, and were no bags of bird seed on the patio. (If bags of bird seed were on the patio, the seed would be quickly eaten by all the nearby wildlife.)

Mon, Jun 3, 2019 1:50 pm Paper flyers spotted:

POISON WARNING

outside of Eton Square buildings 6914, 6924, 6934

 

Fri 5/24, am: Poison traps deployed

right before a holiday weekend

without notice to residents or neighbors

FOUR DAYS PASS

Tue 5/28, 11:00 am: Resident warning flyers spotted

Tue 5/28, 2:30 pm: ES email sent to residents

This poison is known to kill pets and wildlife

(cats, dogs, rabbits, foxes, raccoons, hawks, eagles, etc.)

The Eton Square condo association did this without warning or soliciting feedback from residents.

Posted by a concerned resident.

Tue, Jun 4, 2019 11:04 am Resident:

The man previously seen in the yard has been seen again.

He was seen walking past the tree line, from right to left. Then, he came back towards the building, bent over in front of a patio railing, looking into the patio, briefly, and then walked back to the right.

Tue, Jun 4, 2019 Nextdoor postings with contents from flyer:

https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=113452994

https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=113527801

https://nextdoor.com/channels/21725712/?is=search_result&pinned_post=true&post=113458158

https://nextdoor.com/channels/17902500/?is=search_result&pinned_post=true&post=113527622

https://nextdoor.com/channels/17902499/?is=search_result&pinned_post=true&post=113457561

 

Fri, Jun 7, 2019

12:12 pm To: Eton Square

From: Marck Rossy:

Via: email

Please join the Board of Directors at the Eton Square Board Meeting on Monday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. The location is the Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy.  We will be having a special presentation from representatives for Halle Properties regarding the future of the former Toys R Us building. New uses for this site are very important to our community as it will directly affect our daily lives. Residents will hear first hand what the plans are now and in the future and Halle representatives will be open to questions.

Because it is likely that this presentation and any follow up questions will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes, the Residents Forum will need to stay on schedule and each issue will be held to its allotted three-minute presentation time. If you have a topic for the Residents Forum, please email Marck Rossy in advance so that we can be prepared to provide an appropriate response.  Resident inquiries will be addressed during the open forum portion of the meeting. After the open forum, residents are welcome to stay and listen to the rest of the Board meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you on June 10.

AGENDA

Guest Presentation

Open Forum (15 Minutes)

Street Maintenance

Engineer Report – Inspection of Water Leak and Cracks

Pest Control

Note: This is the first mention of “pest control” on any board meeting documents distributed via email to residents.

Sat, Jun 8, 2019 9:59 am From Marck Rossy:

To: Resident

Via: Certified letter delivered via USPS:

Dated: June 6, 2019

Dear [Resident]

You were previously sent a notice of noncompliance about one or more issues of noncompliance at your unit/lot. The item(s) referenced in the notice remain unresolved. Therefore, to discuss this issue of noncompliance, the Board of Directors of The Unit Owners Association of Eton Square Condominium has scheduled a hearing for June 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Thompson, Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Parkway, Alexandria, VA 22315.

You may be present at the hearing, may, but need not, be represented by counsel, may present any relevant evidence, and will be given full opportunity to examine and cross-examine all witnesses. You are entitled to request the attendance of witnesses, and the production of books, documents, or other items by applying to the Board of Directors of the Association. If The Unit Owners Association of Eton Square Condominium finds against you at the above-scheduled hearing, they may suspend your right to use the facilities or services within the community and/or may assess a charge of up to fifty dollars ($50) for a one-time offense or up to ten dollars ($10) a day for up to 90 days (not to exceed $900) for a continuing offense in addition to imposing sanctions as applicable to state or local statutes and the Association’s governing documents.

If you have correct the issues(s) of noncompliance please contact us at Covenants.dcMetro@fsresidential.com, by mail to 11351 Random Hills Road, Suite 500, Fairfax, VA 22030 or by fax to 703.591.5785. We are available to assist you 09:00 AM – 05:30 PM

Sincerely,
FirstService Residential

Enclosure: Photo of patio

Noncompliance Notice: Hearing Notice – [Reacted]
Noncompliance Type: Deck / Patio – Not Permitted
First Inspection Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Last Inspection Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Compliance Date: Friday, June 7, 2019
Comments: Bird seed is being stored on the patio. Please remove the bird seed. Per the Rules and Regulations, patios shall not be sued for stores. Bird feeders may not be placed on the balconies (including bags of seed).
HEARING INFO: A hearing is scheduled for June 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Thompson, Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Parkway, Alexandria, VA 22315 to discuss this issue of noncompliance. You may be present at the hearing, may, but need not, be represented by counsel, may present any relevant evidence, and will be given full opportunity to examine and cross-examine all witnesses. You are entitled to request the attendance of witnesses, and the production of books, documents, or other items by applying to the Board of Directors of the Association. If The Unit Owners Association of Eton Square Condominium finds against you at the above-scheduled hearing, they may suspend your right to use the facilities or services within the community and/or may assess a charge of up to fifty dollars ($50) for a one-time offense or up to ten dollars ($10) a day for up to 90 days (not to exceed $900) for a continuing offense in addition to imposing sanctions as applicable to state or local statutes and the Association’s governing documents.

Note: Again, there was never bags of bird seed on the patio.

Note for above:

“Compliance Date: Friday, June 7, 2019”

Certified letter was not delivered until Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Sun, Jun 9, 2019 7:27 pm From: Resident

To: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Marck,

I would like 3 minutes of time to bring up the poison rat traps if it’s not already been added to the Residents Forum by another eton square resident.

Mon, Jun 10, 2019 9:33 am From: Marck Rossy:

To: Resident

Via: email (response to Sun 7:27 pm)

Yes, your written inquiries have been previously submitted and you will be allotted three minutes.

Mon June 10, 2019 7:00 pm Attended board meeting.

During the Board Meeting on June 10, this issue was brought up during the “Open Forum” portion of the agenda. We did not receive any answers to our concerns other than:

Marck Rossy “… chipmunks and squirrels, what we’ve been told is that they are not apparently attracted to that bait. They don’t tend to go in there. As far as secondary poisoning, it’s rare – they don’t really get cases reported of that.” (None of this is true.)

Residents objected further and received no response to their concerns. We were cut off after 3 minutes of time.

Later during the meeting, the board voted to ratify the pest control contract. Towards the end of the meeting, one board member (attending via telephone) asked about voting on the contract and was told that he HAD voted on it already. Therefore, a board member voted to ratify the contract without knowing what he was voting for.

It seems that Marck Rossy spoke with only one contractor – Alexandria Pest Services – who told him that the bait is harmless to all other wildlife and pets. This is not true – these poison boxes are harmful to other wildlife, pets and children. The pest control company wants to secure a contract for their services. The contact person for this company is Ricky Diggs, who, according to their website is vice president and “SALES DIRECTOR”.

As far as we can tell, Marck Rossy did no further research regarding other options before placing poison at our homes. He did not perform due diligence with this project. Residents were NOT given the opportunity to provide feedback prior to poison being placed in our home spaces. This poison is also accessible by the public and the public has not been notified, either.

 

Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:21 pm To: Covenants.DCMetro@fsresidential.com

From: Resident

Via: email

“Account: [redacted]

Address: [redacted]

To whom it may concern,

Please be advised that I have resolved the noncompliance notices reported to me on June 6, 2019. The bird seed bags have been removed and the bird feeders were also removed weeks ago. You can see in the photo that the bird feeders are empty and on their side.

Please also be aware that the bird seed bags did not, in fact, contain seed, but instead contained soil for our container garden. A cursory glance into the bags would have revealed this.

A copy of this letter is also being sent via certified mail.”

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 5:30 pm From: Marck Rossy

To: Resident

Via: email (response to Tue 4:21 pm)

Thank you for responding to the letter.  We will verify and advise when this matter has been closed.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019 11:04 am To: Eton Square

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Eton Square Residents,

As previously noted, the Association has installed rodent bait stations to combat rat sightings at the perimeter of building 6914 Ellingham Circle.  The purpose is to control the population, and then the program would be terminated within a few months. Unfortunately, someone has decided to vandalize the stations in the form of prying open to expose the bait, and stuffing with dirt to prevent their effective use.

Whatever the motivation for these actions, we want to make everyone aware that tampering with these FDA regulated equipment is a felony and subject to prosecution.  This also is counterproductive because it will reduce the effectiveness of the program and rats will continue to make their way into the building. This in turn will cost the Association more money in replacing stations and leaving the program in place longer than anticipated.  The Association reserves the right to install cameras in that vicinity if this continues.

If anyone has any information on who is doing this, please contact management.  Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

Notes:

The boxes cannot be opened without the use of a special key.
The boxes are deliberately installed with sand or dirt in the bottom to ensure the weight of the box.

See https://www.belllabs.com/bell-labs/product/us/pest-control/protecta-evo-express

The boxes are not regulated by the FDA.

“Tampering” is not a “felony”.

According to research, there are numerous actions that should be taken in order to prevent animals from entering buildings. Have these actions been taken, and if so, why not? If the Association is concerned about “rats will continue to make their way into the building”, then these need to be completed.

If the Association was concerned about cost, then structural changes would have already been made and resident offers would be seriously considered.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019 11:58 am Resident:

Saw Mark Rossy walk behind the building and patio.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019 (discovered) “Field Report and Recommendations” (discovered June 16, not provided by Board)

Alexandria Pest Services

Field Report & Recommendations

Location: Eton Square (6914 Ellingham Circle), Alexandria, Virginia

Prepared By: Ricky Diggs, Vice President, Alexandria Pest Services

Date: May 15, 2019

Summary:

A rodent problem has been observed and is currently being experienced around

Eton Square. An on site inspection was conducted by Mr. Richard Diggs Jr. of

Alexandria Pest Services. Comments, observations and recommendations related

to this inspection are presented below:

1. Rodent stations are not installed, maintained or serviced properly as follows:

a. An insufficient number of stations are present.

 

Remediation Recommendations :

A. A successful remediation program for eliminating the existing rodent problem and preventing subsequent rodent problems should include:

a. Thorough inspection to determine areas of activity, areas requiring structural repair & pest proofing and strategic locations for rodent elimination asset installation.

b. Remediation of sanitation issues of concern and other such matters.

c. Installing EVO rodent stations and in areas that are conducive to rodent activity.

d. Ongoing monitoring and service to maintain a rodent free environment at Eton Square Community.

e. Removal of all bird feeders and seed on ground to prevent rodent feeding.

f. Remove water source around Coffer.

g. Replace vent on pipe located up against foundation. (see picture)

B. Baiting. The use of rodent bait in tamper proof rodent stations on exterior to eliminate rodents present at the site.

a. Stations shall be placed in sufficient quantity and locations to attain optimal results.

b. Suitably attractive materials shall be used as baits for the stations.

c. Once installed, exterior stations shall be re-inspected / re-baited 14 days after initial placement and monthly thereafter to assure optimal results are attained.

C. Monitoring and Observation.

a. Ongoing inspections are conducted in order to attain optimal results.

D. Documentation.

a. Rodent control devices shall be suitably documented as to location.

b. Rodent harvest will be suitably documented for subsequent review as needed to attain optimal control program results.

c. APS will provide service tickets after each service to document time and amount of bait used.

d. In order to collect sufficient data APS will provide quarterly activity level reports which states, Amount of bait consumed within each station, high activity areas and areas that are conducive to rodent activity.

e. Eton Square community will receive an emailed service ticket with a picture of the technician, date/time, products used on site and locations treated after completion of service.

Cost Analysis & Breakdown

To provide an effective rodent control program Alexandria Pest Services will need to install 15 landscaping rodent stations behind building number 6914 Ellingham Circle and surrounding buildings where there is a high level of activity. All rodent stations will be mapped out and activity level reports will be provided regularly.

Covered pest: Exterior mice & rats

All other un-covered pests will be priced as needed.

Initial installation of 15 exterior Evo rodent stations: $525.00 APS will install stations no more than 5 days after an executed contract is received.

Monthly re-inspection/rebaiting: $95.00

Rodent stations: With proper placement and the quantity of 15 rodent stations behind 6914 Ellingham Circle should effectively manage and control the exterior rodent population.

Monthly follow up Service and reports: To ensure the effectiveness of our rodent abatement plan, follow up services and notetaking is key to managing and controlling the rodent population. APS will be on site to service rodent stations every 3rd Monday of the month.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reviewing our field report and rodent control plan. Alexandria Pest Services Inc. is confident that with cooperation between our company and management/owners we can eradicate and control the rodent population within the community.

Signed and dated May 16, 2019

Pages from ESC Open Session packet 6.10.2019 (pdf)

https://dcmetro.fsrconnect.com/cws_v3/generic_file_download.aspx?CopyFile=true&AFileName=ESC+Open+Session+packet+6.10.2019.pdf&FileName=20190606131429322869319–ESC+Open+Session+packet+6.10.2019.pdf&FilePath=\\connect.local\Resources\armstrong01\1108\Association\

Discovered on June 16, 2019. This was never offered to residents.

Note: “areas requiring structural repair & pest proofing and strategic locations for rodent elimination asset installation.” This, among other options, has NOT been done.

Also note: This paperwork was signed on May 16, 2019. The traps were in place on May 24, 2019. The “contract” was ratified at the Board meeting on June 10, 2019.

Sat, Jun 16, 2019 evening The resident that offered to assist with harm-free trapping has successfully trapped numerous small field mice, but not rats.

Drawing from proven plans, this resident has built a trap, using a large Rubbermaid container, that will capture rats without harm. This trap is currently in place, but not yet primed. This delay is so that rats will become familiar with the contraption. In a few days, the contraption will be primed with healthy, harmless bait materials.

Wed, Jun 19, 2019 10:29 am Marck Rossy was seen poking around behind building 6914.
Wed, Jun 19, 2019 ~ 7:00 pm Nextdoor post https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=114955649

Comment: When we lived in a different community, they tried the poison boxes. Our neighbors’ dog was easily able to get enough of the poison that he nearly died, and required a blood transfusion. The poison gets taken out of the box by smaller rodents and left outside for anyone to get to. It wasn’t a helpful solution.

Mon, Jun 24, 2019 Residents report receiving a post card in the mail, detailing the URL for this website.
Thu, Jun 27, 2019 9:59 am Marck Rossy seen outside building.
Sat, Jun 29 2019 We have received numerous reports from residents concerned about retaliation. Several residents have stated that they have observed a pattern: they submit a property complaint and then immediately receive a violation notice regarding their unit.

A number of residents have said that they are hesitant to sign a petition (for anything with regards to Eton Square), for fear of this retaliation.

Sun, Jun 30, 2019 evening The resident who has set up a large, safe trap has upgrade the trap with ramps and safe bait.
Mon, Jul 1, 2019 One of our resident members reports that they have received a “notice to cease and desist” from Douglas S. Levy of Rees Broome, PC, representing the Eton Square Condomiunium Unit Owners Association. The notice contains several accusations.

Have you or someone you know received a notice from the Board? Let us know in the comments.

Fri, Jul 5, 2019 11:57 am Marck Rossy seen outside building.
Sat, Jul 6, 2019 evening The resident who has set up a large, safe trap has added a Havahart trap. It will be left open for a few days so that the rats become accustomed to its presence.
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 4:50 pm To: Eton Square

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Subject: NOTICE REGARDING PEST CONTROL PROGRAM

Please find the contents of this email and a thorough response in a separate post:

https://www.poisonatetonsquare.com/2019/07/board-sends-notice-regarding-pest-control-program/

Mon, Jul 22, 2019 A resident that received a Cease and Desist letter replied to the letter and requested: “If you, the Board of Directors or management possess documents, photos or other information that suggests otherwise, please forward such information to me so I may have an opportunity to review and understand the basis for such accusations.”

Note:

No documents, photos or other information has been presented. None was presented at the August 12 hearing.

Mon, Jul 22, 2019 1:06 pm Resident:

A man wearing a hat and a white polo with the letters APS (Alexandria Pest Services) was seen briefly inspecting an area near the corner of a patio.

Mon, Jul 29, 2019 A resident reports that they have received a second Cease and Desist letter, along with e Notice of Hearing.

“This notice is in follow up to our letter dated June 28, 2019, in which we informed you about the directive of the Board of Directors to cease and desist from any further vandalism of the bait stations installed by the Association’s contractor and from any further interference with the Association’s contract for pest removal services. We are in receipt of your letter dated July 22, 2019, in which you deny that you are the perpetrator who has vandalized and otherwise interfered with the bait stations.

More recent acts of vandalism of the bait stations have been reported by residents to the Board of Directors and management. In addition, you or someone else placed an unauthorized apparatus on your patio which appears to be intended to divert the rodents away from the bait stations installed on the Condominium’s property. This act of interference is likely to make the infestation worse because of the feed that has been placed in that apparatus.

…you are hereby directed to immediately remove the unauthorized apparatus and feed from your patio.”

Note:

This is the first mention of an “apparatus” in any and all communications with the Community Manager or Board of Directors. Resident removed assumed “apparatus” from patio.

Wed, Jul 31, 2019 12:30 pm Resident:

A man from APS was seen behind the buildings.

Thu, Aug 1, 2019 10:47 am Resident:

Mark Rossy seen walking from left to right behind buildings.

Wed, Aug 7, 2019 4:49 pm To: Eton Square

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Subject:  Eton Square – Unsecured Bicycles in Storage Rooms

Eton Square Residents,

Did you know that each unit is assigned a storage space within the building storage rooms in the center of each level?  Any items belonging to residents in the storage rooms must be kept within the individual assigned storage spaces, and secured with a lock.  Bicycles or other items stored in the open areas of the storage rooms are subject to removal without further warning.    Remember that balconies shall not be used for storage.  Management will be inspecting the rooms and identifying items for removal.

If you don’t know your assigned storage space or need a key to the room, contact management.

Wed, Aug 7, 2019 5:39 pm To: Marck Rossy

From: Resident

Via: email

Subject:  Eton Square – Unsecured Bicycles in Storage Rooms

Marck,

Has there been a recent policy change about bicycle storage? According to the June 2013 Eton Square newsletter (which can be found on the Resident Portal):

Bicycle storage is permitted inside the common storage rooms on the lower level, even if outside of the storage bins. (Bikes should be labeled with the owner’s address.) Bicycles may NOT be stored on balconies or patios.

Also, since this is listed under “Meeting Minutes” in the June 2013 Newsletter, can you please send me (or upload to the Resident Portal) the board meeting minutes from Jan 2013 to June 2013? I’d like to know if allowing bicycles in the storage areas was a official policy change approved by the board back then.

Thu, Aug 8, 2019 2:33 pm To: Resident (Reply to Aug 7, 2019 5:39 pm)

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Subject:  Eton Square – Unsecured Bicycles in Storage Rooms

Thanks for bringing that to our attention.  I apologize, as I didn’t know about that. We weren’t the management company at the time and now everyone on the Board has been around that long.  Having said that, we’ll pause enforcement of the bikes in the storage rooms while the Board reviews the policy.

Note:

At least two of the current Board Members have “been around” for many years. While this is not directly related to pest control, this is another example of poor service. The Community Manager should perform due diligence and review historical documents prior to posting policy.

Fri, Aug 9, 2019 2:04 pm To: Eton Square

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Subject:  Board Meeting August 12

August 9, 2019

The next Eton Square Board Meeting is scheduled for August 12, at 7pm in the Thompson Center. 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy. Alexandria, VA 22315.

AGENDA

Open Forum (15 Minutes; Please submit topics to manager in advance by email so they can be researched)

6861 Repairs

Pest Control

2018 Draft Audit

2019 Audit Engagement

2020 Budget

Annual Meeting Notice

6818 Window Leak Repair

7018 Chimney Leak Repair

7024-B Request for Bushes

Note:

The “meeting packet” was not provided or linked to. It was located and downloaded by residents. The file is titled “ESC Open Session Packet 8.12.2019.pdf”.

Fri, Aug 9, 2019 Discovered: Friday, Aug 9, 2019

A second proposal has been submitted from Alexandria Pest Control. This proposal increases the number of bait stations from fifteen (15) to one-hundred twenty (120).

Please see: https://www.poisonatetonsquare.com/2019/08/new-pest-control-proposal/ for more information.

Mon, Aug 12, 2019 6:00 pm Resident(s) attends “hearing”. In attendance are:

Board of Directors
Marck Rossy
Juan Cardenas, Rees Broome
Richard Diggs, Ricky Diggs, Jr., Alexandria Pest Services
Independent Recording Secretary (unconfirmed)

Notes available upon request.

Mon, Aug 12, 2019 7:00 pm Board Meeting

Extensive issues with the June meeting minutes provided in writing, photo taken.

“Copy for Secretary

Regarding the minutes of the June 10, 2019 board meeting, there are several inaccuracies that require correction prior to approval. These inaccuracies include, but are not limited to:

  • In the “resident forum” section, there are topics that are completely omitted or not fully noted. Any answers provided or actions taken as a result of these topics are also not noted in the minutes.
  • In the “Approval of Minutes” section, approval of the April minutes did not include “homeowner” participation, as listed.
  • In the “New Business” section: The vote regarding the pest control proposal is listed as  “All were in favor and the motion, passed unanimously. (5 -0-0)”

However, towards the end of the meeting, one board member (attending via telephone) asked about voting on the proposal and was told that he had already voted on it. Therefore, a board member voted to ratify the contract without knowing what he was voting for. This could essentially invalidate the ratification vote.”

Tue, Aug 13, 2019 8:44 pm To: Marck Rossy, Michele Burnett

From: Resident

Via: email

Subject: Eton Square Request for Information

In light of last night’s executive hearing, we submit the following inquiries for response. Please find it attached.

Please provide confirmation that:

  • this request has been received,
  • has been transmitted to the BOD,
  • and provide an approximate estimate date as to when this requested information will be available.

I look forward to your response.

(PDF attached – Includes a list of questions regarding the metrics and handling of the two pest control proposals)

Tue, Aug 13, 2019 8:44 pm To: Marck Rossy, Michele Burnett

From: Resident

Via: email

Subject: Eton Square Statement Re: Last Night’s Board Meeting

Please find attached a statement that was intended for last night’s Board Meeting. This is being submitted now as there was limited time during the Resident Forum section of the meeting.

Please provide confirmation that:

  • this request has been received,
  • has been transmitted to the Eton Square Board of Directors

(PDF attached – poison bait stations and the 2 proposals)

Thu, Aug 15, 2019 11:09 am To: Resident (Reply to Aug 13, 2019 8:44 pm)

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Subject:  Eton Square Statement Re: Last Night’s Board Meeting

Thank you.  Your statement has been received and sent to the Board of Directors.

Thu, Aug 15, 2019 11:13 am To: Resident (Reply to Aug 13, 2019 8:44 pm)

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Subject:  Eton Square Request for Information

Thank you.  We sent to the Board for review between now and the next board meeting October 14.

Fri, Aug 16, 2019 12:07 pm
Mon, Aug 19, 2019 7:15 am Resident:

A man was seen walking from right to left, then left to right, directly behind the patios. They were not carrying anything, but bent over behind the building, presumably to photograph something.

Mon, Aug 19, 2019 The resident that appeared at a hearing on Monday, Aug 12 received a Notice of Hearing Decision, dated Aug 15, 2019. The resident is not being fined at this time.
Tue, Sep 3, 2019 11:30 am To: Eton Square

From: Marck Rossy

Via: email

Subject: Eton Square Rodent Control Program

Please find the contents of this email and a thorough response in a separate post:

https://www.poisonatetonsquare.com/2019/09/board-sends-another-notice-regarding-eton-square-rodent-control-program/

Thu, Sept 5, 2019 12:00 pm Research from https://www.poisonatetonsquare.com/2019/09/board-sends-another-notice-regarding-eton-square-rodent-control-program/

added to page: https://www.poisonatetonsquare.com/2019/06/research/

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