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FACE MASK ORDER
Posted on Jul 3rd, 2020
The Governor's order of July 1, 2020 mandates that masks are mandatory in all public places. According to the order people must wear masks if they are:
Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet from individuals who are not members of their household.
BLACK BEAR
Posted on Jun 19th, 2020
Brier Crest has seen an increase in the number of bears in our area.  The following is information from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  We would appreciate you reviewing this information to ensure the safety of our residents, children and pets.  Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns.  Pamphlets are available for pick up. 
Pennsylvania population has been increasing for decades.  As a result bears and people are coming into contact more than ever.  Most of these encounters occur when bears learn there is easy to obtain food where people live. 
Intentionally feeding bears is against the law in Pennsylvania.  It is also against the law to put out any feed for any wildlife. Make sure you do not encourage bears to become a problem by letting potential; food sources attract them into residential; areas.  Bears will eat human food, garbage and pet food. Once bears find an easily accessible food source they will keep coming back as long as food is available. With every returning trip they lose their fear of people which could lead to bolder attempts at accessing food so does the risk of of being struck by a vehicle or becoming a more serious nuisance.  The best way to keep them away is to remove food sources. A persistent bear may damage property, increase the risk of human injury, and often a fed bear becomes a dead bear.  If you have pets do not leave their food bowls out.  Feeding congregates bear which significantly increases the risk of spreading disease. Mange, which is a debilitating condition of the skin and fur can lead to death.
 
What to Do if you Meet a Bear:
Alert the bear – make some noise giving it ample time to turn and leave.
Get back -  back away slowly while facing the bear so you always know where the bear is.  Wild bears rarely attack people.  Slowly backing away diffuses the situation and gives the bear room to flee.
Stay calm – Avoid sudden movements and talk to help the bear keep track of your retreat.  Running may prompt the bear to give chase and climbing a tree could be interpreted as a threat to any cubs that are present since cubs often climb trees when startled.  Move toward your house or vehicle if nearby.
Pay attention – If a bear begins to approach you, face the bear, wave your arms wildly and shout while continuing to back away.  Swing a stick, your backpack or whatever is handy if the bear gets close.  If suddenly surprised some bears may feel threatened and give warnings that they are uncomfortable.  They may clack their jaws or sway their head, those are signs for you to leave.  Some bears have been known to charge to within a few feet when threatened.  If this occurs wave your arms wildly and shout at the bear.
Fight back – Black bear attacks are extremely rare.  If a black bear attacks, fight back.  Bears have been driven away when people have fought back with rocks, sticks, or even their bare hands.
Green Phase
Posted on Jun 17th, 2020
Dear Brier Crest Community Members:
Barring any last minute changes by the Governor’s Office, Monroe County will enter into the “green” phase for re-opening on Friday, June 19th. As before, this generates both excitement and some angst for the board of directors.
 
Moving forward, these will be the changes you will begin to see:
 
1. Our beach and lake are open! We will continue to ask that you practice social distancing to continue to reduce everyone’s chance of infection. We still recommend, not mandate, that cloth masks be worn on the beach. At this time, we are not putting the swimming dock back into the lake. Our board of directors will revisit this during our July meeting. The swimming area is roped off as always. There is an area of six feet surrounding our lifeguard stand roped off to ensure the safety of our lifeguards. We will continue to use our security staff to monitor the beach area. We will be placing some picnic tables back on the beach for use. We do ask that you clean up when you are leaving and if possible wipe the table you are using down.
Starting on Monday, June 22nd, the beach will be open as normal. Sunday through Thursday from 10:00AM until 6:00PM and Friday and Saturday from 10:00AM until 8:00PM.
 
2.  Our Pavilion, Playground and Tennis Courts will be open as of the 19th. The Basketball Courts and Volleyball Courts will remain CLOSED! Maintenance will disinfect the playground every morning. Maintenance will be spacing out the tables in the pavilion. We ask that you DO NOT move them from where they are placed for any reason.
 
3.  The Water Fountain will remain OFF!
 
4.  The Bathrooms at the Beach are OPEN from when the lifeguard comes on duty until one hour prior to the lifeguard going off duty. Maintenance will do a full cleaning and disinfecting of the bathrooms every morning prior to them being open.
Starting Monday, June 22nd, our bathrooms at the beach will be open from the beginning of our lifeguard shifts until the end of their shifts.
 
5.  The community building will be open, however our OFFICE will remain locked to any non-staff members. Should you need anything, you may stop by the office or call for an appointment.
 
6.  Our SECURITY is inspecting and validating all Golf Carts, Quads and any other recreational equipment that is normally required to have a BCW sticker on it.
 
7.  There will be NO 4th of July picnic on the beach this year. The board will revisit the Labor Day and Pig Roast at the July meeting.
 
In closing, I want to thank everyone for your patience during this difficult time. As a board, we greatly appreciate the adherence to guidelines you have shown and we hope continue to show. The board has done everything required of us by the laws of the commonwealth. We will continue to follow their recommendations and we appreciate your continuance in helping to keep our community safe during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 570-646-8802. 
 
Sincerely,
Michael F. Ruff
President
BCWPOA
 
GOLF CART/ATV INSPECTIONS
Posted on Jun 1st, 2020
Our security will begin to inspect and validate all golf carts, quads and any other recreational equipment that is normally required to have a BCW sticker on it. Please call security at 570-656-5583.
Rules and Regulations For ATV's , Snowmobiles, Dirt Bikes and other Two wheeled Motorized vehicles:
Operators ages eight (8) through fifteen (15) years of age may be permitted to operate an ATV ONLY IF THEY HAVE OBTAINED AN ATV SAFETY TRAINING CERTIFICATE AND MUST BE RIDING IN C...ONJUNCTION WITH AN ADULT 18 OR OLDER.
Operators aged eight (8) through nine (9) years of age are restricted to an engine size of 70cc or less. Operators uinder the age of eight (8) are restricted to an owner's property only.
Operators under the age of sixteen (16) years of age must be riding in conjunction with with an adult aged 18 or older.
SECURELY FASTENED SAFETY HELMETS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES BY ALL OPERATORS.
Hours of operation shall be from 7 am to 11 pm for operators over the age of eighteen(18) and 7 am until 9 pm for operators under the age of eighteen (18).
Rules and Regulations for Golf Carts:
The minimum age for operators shall be fourteen (14) years of age except as noted below.
Operators less than fourteen (14) years must be able to reach all controls and must be accompanied by an adult aged eighteen (18) or older who is seated next to the operator.
Hours of operation shall be from daylight until dusk unless the golf cart is equipped with headlights and tail lights, then the hours are extended to 9 pm for those under the age of 18 and 11 pm for those over the age of 18.
All passengers must be seated directly on a permanent seat at all times.
Please adhere to the posted sped limits.
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Rules and Regulations
Posted on Jun 1st, 2020
Summertime is a great time to refresh yourselves on the rules and regulations of the community. At the time of your purchase a resale package was prepared and would have been presented to you at closing. In that resale package are the rules and regulations, by laws, articles of incorporation and a map of the community. If you have misplaced any of these documents copies are available at the office. Please call and we would be happy to provide you with a copy.
PARTIAL OPENING
Posted on May 28th, 2020
Dear Brier Crest Community Members:
I sense the excitement that is beginning to build knowing that our county will be moving into the yellow phase as of Friday, May 29th. For us, board members, this brings as much angst as it does relief.
Moving forward, these will be the changes you will begin to see:
Short-Term Rentals will again be allowed in BCW. We will be monitoring these rentals to the best of our abilities to ensure continued public safety.  We will be requesting of each landlord that they do not rent to multi-family or groups, as this goes against the still in-place CDC Guidelines for social distancing.
Our beach and lake will re-open! However, there will be strict enforcement of social distancing guidelines enforced by our security staff. We recommend that cloth masks be worn on the beach. There will be NO SWIMMING DOCK! We have no way of maintaining proper disinfection guidelines of this and thus it will not be put in the lake. Maintenance will rope off the swimming area as we always do. We will mark off an area of six feet surrounding our lifeguard stand to ensure the safety of our lifeguards. Their responsibility is the water, not the happenings on the beach. Our security will oversee our beach during this time. There will be NO PICNIC TABLES left on the beach for use.
Our Pavilion, Playground, Basketball Courts and Tennis Courts will remain CLOSED!
The Water Fountain will remain OFF!
The Bathrooms will be OPEN from when the lifeguard comes on duty until one hour prior to the lifeguard going off duty. Maintenance will do a full cleaning and disinfecting of the bathrooms every morning prior to them being open. They will come back every two hours to do a quick disinfection in those areas, such as handles, to ensure we are adhering to the CDC guidelines for risk mitigation.
Our OFFICE will remain CLOSED to any non-staff members. Should you need anything, you may stop by the office and call them from outside to collect your beach badges.
Our SECURITY will begin to inspect and validate all Golf Carts, Quads and any other recreational equipment that is normally required to have a BCW sticker on it.
There will be no exceptions made to any of these policies! Do not ask or put any of our staff in the uncomfortable situation of having to tell a member-in-good standing NO. Should you not adhere to any of these policies, we will withhold your rights to use the amenities.
In closing, we have done everything required of us by the laws of the commonwealth. We will continue to follow their recommendations and we appreciate your continuance in helping to keep our community safe during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 570-646-8802. 
We continue to ask that you follow the guideline of Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Well and Remain Positive during this very difficult time for all of us.
Sincerely,
Michael F. Ruff
President
BCWPOA
OPEN DUMPSTER/BRUSH PILE
Posted on May 18th, 2020
The open dumpster and brush pile will be open effective Saturday, May 23rd and will be open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm with the exception of Memorial Day, May 25th.
For the OPEN DUMPSTER:
You must have an appointment with the office and present your badges.
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No tires
No TV's, electronics or microwaves
No refrigerators, air conditioners or appliances
No metal
No treated wood
Cabinets and any other large items must be broken down ahead of time
Limited dumping will be allowed - we will not allow dumping of entire rooms or homes
No contractor material
No leaves or landscaping debris
No lawn mowers or gas tools
These rules will be strictly enforced, and any property owner found in violation will face a fine of up to $1,000 for each offense. The dumpster is for the use of Brier Crest Community members only. Please keep in mind that you will be under camera surveillance. If in doubt, please contact the office.
Only one person will be allowed at the dumpster. Please have your mask on.
For the BRUSH PILE
You must have an appointment with the office and present your badges.
Branches only, no leaves
Chipper size only, no logs or trees
Please call the office to set up your appointment.at
570-646-8802
MAIL BOXES
Posted on May 2nd, 2020
We have received a complaint from the US Postal Service that residents are not practicing social distancing at the mail boxes. People are coming within 6 feet of the postal carrier while she is distributing mail.
 
Delivery service will be suspended according to the USPS if social distancing is not adhered to.
STAY AT HOME ORDER
Posted on Apr 20th, 2020
Gov. Tom Wolf's Stay at Home Order will remain in effect until May 8th!
Letter from the President - COVID-19
Posted on Apr 17th, 2020
Dear Brier Crest Community Members:
During this unprecedented time in our lives, I understand the fear that pervades within our community. Please know that we have taken every precaution possible to ensure the safety of our residents. I know there has been concern regarding rentals within our community. We took every step within our legal rights to curb the rental process. Once the Governor’s Office finally enacted a policy that restricted short term rentals, we were then able to enforce this on our end. I have heard from many that there were dozens of these rentals within our community. That was never the case during this crisis. In fact, at the peak of the frenzy that was created by some within the community, we had two short term rentals. Those individuals had already been in place and would be leaving upon the completion of their rental. What we cannot restrict at this time, legally, is any rental that is done to house a front-line individual who has come to our area to support the medical staff within our area hospitals or temporary sites.
We have followed every guideline that has been mandated by local, county, state and federal government. Our security staff has been diligent in keeping our community safe. We are not registering golf carts or ATVs at this time. Security may ask, from a distance, to see your BCW badge to confirm that all is OK. We will begin registering these items once the restrictions have eased.
We have closed our office even though our staff continues to work inside. All we have asked is that you call from outside and they will come out to you. Our maintenance staff has been taking every precaution to limit their exposure.
We have not held our monthly board meeting for the last two months to adhere to the policy of over-congregating in an enclosed area. We have closed our beach, our playground, our courts to follow state and county recommended guidelines and policies. These will remain closed until further notice. Once restrictions are relaxed, we will have our staff disinfect the playground area to the best of our ability.
The state has left open the opportunity to fish, so we have complied to that policy as well, though we have asked our security staff to make sure social distancing policy is being followed. I have requested that our Fishing Club not hold any sponsored events.
We have asked for volunteers, and have some, to help with anyone who is homebound and needs groceries or prescriptions picked up.
 If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 570-646-8802. 
We continue to ask that you Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Well and Remain Positive during this very difficult time for all of us.
Sincerely,
Michael F. Ruff
President
BCWPOA

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