Message from the President|

Proposed Redevelopment of 135 Darling Drive

        At its June 27, 2023 meeting the AR Building Company from Pennsylvania received tentative approval from the Avon Planning & Zoning Commission to demolish the one story building at 135 Darling Drive which most recently housed the Webb School in the Valley and construct three four story brick apartment buildings containing 151 units at least a quarter of which would be subsidized low income units. The site would be largely paved over to provide 1 ½ parking spaces per unit on blacktop. The site includes 4 watercourses including Nod Brook itself and considerable wetlands all of which either flow or drain into Stub Pond. Your boards are very concerned about the intensity and nature of this redevelopment. It would raise lot coverage to 35%. The structures would tower over the existing tree buffer on the east side of Stub Pond and shine light on the pond itself and Pond Place. These will be the tallest buildings in Avon. The impact on the pond and wetlands will clearly be negative. The surge volume of water draining from the black and roof tops on the site during heavy weather may threaten the dam. The noise and air pollution generated by this intense re-development of the site from a school to a city style apartment complex will change the character of Pond Place. Your boards encourage all Pond Place owners and residents to attend (and if willing and able  to voice their views at) the November 14th 7:00 P.M.virtual meeting of the Inland Wetlands Commission. To do so you must download the GoToMeeting  app on your smart phone or desktop computer:


Get the app now and be ready:


You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone on November 14, 2023 at 7:00 P.M. as follows:


You can also dial in using your smartphone as follows:


Access Code: 701203549#

Toll free in the USA: 1 877 309 2073


1 (646) 749-3129

Fall Cleanup Underway

       Residents are invited to place their leaves and brush in separate piles adjacent to curbs for pickup by our landscape contractor. Piles should NOT be placed on pea stone areas or in the center of cul de sacs. All stuff must be curbside on or before November 19, 2023. Leaves or other items placed out after that date may be subject to back charge of the homeowner or may not be picked up. Your cooperation is appreciated. Help keep Pond Place beautiful by cleaning up your Exclusive Use Area.


            You may also contact the members of the Town Council and e-mail them your concerns. E-mail addresses for them are as follows:


Dan Polhumus           

Barbara Ausiello        

Erin Barthels               

Anthony Weber          

Heather Maguire        


            Remember to vote in the municipal election and consider the candidate’s position on development, especially in areas that abut Pond Place when you cast your ballot.

Car Theft and Vandalism

      In the early morning hours of October 25, 2023 a group of vandals struck Pond Place. An unlocked vehicle was stolen out of its driveway and later found totaled on the Berlin Turnpike. Another vehicle was taken from its unlocked garage and left elsewhere in Pond Place. Several other vehicles were entered and rifled through and items including a laptop were stolen. All vehicles involved were unlocked. Both vehicles that were moved had their keys/fobs in the vehicle. Anyone with information that might help solve the crimes should contact investigating Avon Police officers Guth and/or Boulanger at 860-409-4200. Residents are urged to keep their car keys/fobs on their persons, lock their vehicles at all times when not in use and garage their vehicles if possible. Suspicious persons or activity may be reported to the Avon Police Department. Know your neighbors.

Building Guide Revisions

       In response to the invitation to further comment on proposed changes to the rules myself, the Board and our Manager received numerous comments, many which appeared to be useful and have been incorporated. All further comments must be received by the Design Review Committee on or before November 16, 2023. These may be sent via e-mail to the Design Review Committee c/o Lois Hessert-Blawie at: with a copy to me at Thanks to those who have contributed their time, energy and suggestions to the updating and reformulation of the Building Guide.

Second Pond Place Halloween Cancelled Due to Rain

       Sadly the second Pond Place Halloween scheduled for Sunday October 29, 2023 was cancelled due to rain. Many thanks to the Committee of Five headed up by Judy Larkin for their efforts.

Board Meetings

       The next meetings of the Pond Place Tax District, Northington Meadow, Inc. and Pond Place Association, Inc. Boards will be held on November 16th at 6:30 P.M via Zoom. All owners and residents may attend the meetings and are invited to make comments. Hyperlinks and instructions for participation will be posted on our website the day of the meeting. White & Katzman will also send hyperlinks to the Zoom meeting via electronic mail for those who have e-addresses on file.


            The Board of Northington Meadow, Inc., which holds title to the Stub Pond parcel, and which is composed entirely now of the members of the Pond Place Association, Inc. Board of Governors, will be holding public meetings transacting Stub Pond business and reporting to the community during the regular Pond Place Association, Inc. meetings to provide more openness and inclusion.

Inspections & Enforcement

       White & Katzman has been inspecting to verify compliance with outstanding maintenance orders and identifying new maintenance issues. Owners who have been previously cited and failed to complete mandatory maintenance items by their deadlines will be given a Notice of Opportunity to Be Heard at upcoming meetings of the Board starting with the November 16th meeting. This will afford homeowners an opportunity to seek extensions for cause shown or to object to the imposition of fines. Although it is not the Boards’ desire to fine non-compliant homeowners, this is the only tool the community has to self-police and it will be used.

Land Maintenance Rule

       Homeowners are reminded that the Pond Place Declaration provides in Article VI Section 1 C of the Declaration: “Dwellings and the Land shall be kept in a neat attractive manner and kept in good repair.” Land refers to Exclusive Use Areas including those which encroach on buffer areas. The Board with one abstention codified this passage as a rule on October 25, 2021 and it will be enforced. Homeowners are expected to keep their lawns mowed, weeds in check and their properties in good order. Owners who have tenants should understand that delegating these maintenance obligations to tenants will not excuse compliance or remission of fines in the event of non-compliance by tenants.

Service Line Maintenance Responsibility

       In 2022 the Board requested guidance from then Association attorney, Jeffrey McChristian, on maintenance and repair responsibility for water, sewer and gas pipes outside of a dwelling unit or other structure. His written opinion of counsel is posted elsewhere on the Pond Place website. I will summarize it as follows: Homeowners are responsible for the maintenance and repair of water and sewer pipes that exclusively serve their dwelling unit. The Pond Place Association, Inc. and Tax District are responsible for those which serve multiple dwellings. CNG currently retains full responsibility for gas pipes that extend from the foundation of dwellings outward. Homeowners are urged to obtain an indorsement to their HO3 or HO5 homeowner’s insurance policy for “service line coverage”. Most insurance companies offer this endorsement for a small additional annual premium. Outside pipe breaks or ruptures can be very expensive to repair. Do yourself a favor and acquire such a rider or endorsement. The Board has been unable to obtain coverage for all exterior service line pipes in Pond Place but will continue to endeavor to do so.

Prohibition on Feeding of Roaming & Feral Animals

       The Board enacted a new rule on September 27, 2021 prohibiting the leaving outside of food for feral and roaming animals as follows: “For purposes of health and safety, no member of the Association, members of his or her household, his or her tenants or residents of the Tax District shall leave any food outside the confines of a dwelling unit or in an open garage or shed which may attract or be consumed by bears, coyotes, coydogs, bobcats, skunks, possums, raccoons, roaming dogs or roaming cats. Violations shall be punishable by fine.”  

Speed Limit

       Kindly respect the 20 MPH speed limit on all Pond Place roads for everyone’s safety, including pets.

Trash Barrels

       There has been improving compliance with our trash and recycling barrel rules. Residents are reminded that trash and recyclable barrels must be kept in the garages or sheds except on the night before (currently Tuesday nights) or the day of (currently Wednesdays) pickup. Those who do not have garages or sheds are expected to place their barrels out of public view. It is not acceptable for those with garages or sheds to store their barrels outside. Please comply and help to keep the community sightly. Except for a handful of residents, the community is in compliance with these rules. Habitual violators will be subject to fines for non compliance.


            Those members who opted out in writing last year from community wide trash and recyclables service through Paine’s will be treated automatically as continuing their opt out without further action on their part. Members who purchased after 6/30/2021 or previously failed to opt out are NOT eligible to opt out in the future. Those who wish to receive service should contact Mike Montgomery or Lisa Sachen at White & Katzman, not Paine’s.

Design Review Committee

     Owners and residents are cautioned that virtually any change to the exterior of a dwelling, garage or shed, including re-staining, requires written prior approval of the Design Review Committee. The Exterior Modification application form is available at .Those who have applications pending are advised that the committee has been reviewing and voting on applications electronically to expedite processing. Association members are urged to read the Pond Place Building Guide carefully to assure that they have submitted all necessary information and documentation required. It has been my experience many do not do so which will cause delays in approval. Insurance documentation is only needed if the Committee so requires after their review of the application. Color approvals now require submission of swatches. Most modifications of the exterior of your dwelling, garage or shed require prior approval of the Design Review Committee. You act at your peril if you  execute an exterior modification without prior approval. Applications and correspondence should be sent to White & Katzman by uploading through the PILERA platform or by e-mail or snail mail to the attention of our manager, Michael Montgomery.


     Residents or owners are welcome to contact me with issues, complaints, concerns or for guidance. Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy Fall and Holiday Season.


Christopher J. Rossetti

(860) 678-0889

Management Contact Information


Mr. Michael Montgomery
Managing Agent

P: 860.291.8777 x107


Ms. Lisa Sachen
Assistant Property Manager
P: 860.291.8777 x118


Ms. Cheyna Fortson
Accounts Receivable
P: 860.291.8777 x128



            Trash & Recyclables pick-up: Paine’s picks up trash on Wednesdays weekly and recyclables on Wednesdays bi-weekly on their B-Week schedule with one day delays for certain specified holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving during 2023. The schedule is posted on Your barrels need to be on the curb by 6:00 AM on Wednesday mornings and should be returned to their sheds or garages before sunrise the day after. Should new residents or owners wish smaller or larger barrels than those inherited from the prior owner or tenant they should contact White & Katzman, not Paine’s. Likewise any requests for special pick-ups or complaints regarding non pick-ups should be routed through White & Katzman.


     Persons who have fallen into arrears on their obligations to the Pond Place Association or the Pond Place Tax District are reminded their delinquent amounts will be carrying a high rate of interest. It is in their best interest to get these arrearages paid off.


Unpaid FY 21-22 dues and taxes are now DELINQUENT and are being turned over for collection.


     Unpaid FY 22-23 Dues to the Association are now DELINQUENT and are being turned over for collection.


FY 23-24 Taxes to the Tax District are due in two installments, the first half (like town taxes) on July 1st, 2023 and the second half on January 1st, 2024. Taxes become delinquent if not paid by the 31st of the month in which they are due and will carry retroactive interest at 1 ½% per month (18% per annum) until paid; these unpaid taxes are now DELINQUENT and are being turned over for collection.


Your land lease payment (if you have not already paid your lease off) is due in the amount of $50 on the 1st of every month. Those who are not delinquent may prepay an entire year in the amount of $519.11 and take advantage of a significant savings.


Land Leases in arrears on July 1, 2022 will carry retroactive interest at 3% from the date of delinquency with respect to all delinquent payments from due date. Those more than 12 months delinquent will be referred to the Association’s attorneys for legal collection.


Taxes in arrears are currently carrying a rate of 1.5% per month retroactive to the date of delinquencies. Those 75 days or more delinquent will be referred to the Tax District’s attorneys for legal collection.


Delinquent Association obligations carry interest at the rate of 12% per annum from date of delinquency. Those more than 75 days delinquent will be referred to the Association’s attorneys for legal collection.

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