FAQ
 
Rodgers Forge Community Association
  • How do I renew my membership?
    Step 1:
    Log in first by using the "Login" link at the top of the homepage.

    Step 2:
    A) Open the “My Membership” link (on your computer, it will be in the upper right of the homepage. On your mobile device, it will appear at the bottom of the homepage.)

    B) Click on the “Renew Your Membership” link.
     
    Step 3:
    Click on a membership type: Founder, Visionary, or Friend of the Forge.

    Step 4:
    A) Use the form to provide your profile details as you would like them to appear in the directory.

    B) Below the form is a list of your Membership Options, which include the membership type you selected as well as an option to donate additional funds to support activities in the Rodgers Forge community. Use the checkbox if you’d like to contribute the additional 25.00.
     
    C) Make sure the click the “I’m not a robot” checkbox to proceed.

    D) Click on the “Continue” button.
     
    Step 5:
    You should see a green check icon indicating that you have submitted your information.

    A) Please review the “Summary” to ensure your membership type and the optional 25.00 contribution are correct.
     
    B) Click on “View Payment Instructions”.

    Step 6:
    This is your Invoice.

    If you would like to pay online:
    A) Click the Pay Invoice Online button

    B) Fill out the Pay with credit card fields, or use the Pay With Bank link if you would prefer to transfer fees directly from a bank account. Note the Pay With Bank option may take several days to complete.

    If you would like to pay this by mail:
    A) Please use the blue “Print” button to print out your invoice.

    B) Mail your invoice along with a personal check of the Payment Amount indicated and send to:
    RFCA
    P.O. Box 571
    Riderwood, MD 21139
  • How do I register for a membership?
    Step 1: Click the “Register” link at the top of the Rodgers Forge Community Organization website.
     
    Step 2:
    Select a membership type: Founder, Visionary, or Friend of the Forge.

    Step 3:
    A) Use the form to provide your profile details as you would like them to appear in the directory.

    B) Below the form is a list of your Membership Options, which include the membership type you selected as well as an option to donate additional funds to support activities in the Rodgers Forge community. Use the checkbox if you’d like to contribute the additional 25.00.
     
    C) Make sure the click the “I’m not a robot” checkbox to proceed.

    D) Click on the “Continue” button.
     
    Step 4:
    You should see a green check icon indicating that you have submitted your information.

    A) Please review the “Summary” to ensure your membership type and the optional 25.00 contribution are correct.
     
    B) Click on “View Payment Instructions”.

    Step 5:
    This is your Invoice.

    If you would like to pay online:
    A) Click the Pay Invoice Online button

    B) Fill out the Pay with credit card fields, or use the Pay With Bank link if you would prefer to transfer fees directly from a bank account. Note the Pay With Bank option may take several days to complete.

    If you would like to pay this by mail:
    A) Please use the blue “Print” button to print out your invoice.

    B) Mail your invoice along with a personal check of the Payment Amount indicated and send to:
    RFCA
    P.O. Box 571
    Riderwood, MD 21139
  • How do I pay my dues with a check?
    If you can’t or don’t want to pay online, simply mail your check to Rodgers Forge Community Inc. at PO BOX 571, Riderwood, MD 21139. Be sure to include your full name, home address, and phone number. Membership is $30 or $50 or $90 per year. All levels entitle you to a membership card good for discounts at many local shops. 
     
    Founder
    Cost: $30.00 | Expires on: Dec 30, 2019
    The Founder membership is $30 for the year and runs through Dec. 31, 2019. This is our basic membership, which entitles members to full website access and a member card that will get you discounts at local merchants -- including Wells Discount Liquor, Zen West Cantina and SASS Salon.

    Do you have a favorite RFCA event? Join at the Visionary membership level instead, and you can donate and additional $20 to your favorite RFCA area. You will also receive a key tag and premium membership card.
     
    Visionary
    Cost: $50.00 | Expires on: Dec 30, 2019
    $50 for the year and runs through Dec. 31, 2019. Visionary Club provides the additional benefit of a laminated membership card, a key tag for easy discounts at local businesses (including Wells Discount Liquor, Zen West Cantina, and SASS Salon), and a $20 donation to any designated RFCA supported group or event. Choose Dumpster Day, the picnic, sign/landscaping, Green/Tree Planting, movie nights, or general fund. 
     
    Friend of the Forge
    Cost: $90.00 | Expires on: Dec 30, 2019
    $90 for the year and runs through Dec. 31, 2019.
    In addition to all basic membership benefits, the Friend of the Forge includes the laminated card and key tag, a reusable Rodgers Forge shopping bag, and (2) $20 donations to designated RFCA supported groups or events.
    Choose Dumpster Day, the picnic, sign/landscaping, Green/Tree Planting, movie nights, or general fund. 
     
  • Is Rodgers Forge a formal HOA and are dues mandatory?
    No. We are not an HOA and dues are not mandatory. The RFCA also has no role in home sales in terms of providing documents for settlements. Realtors and title attorneys should note, however, that covenants run with the deeds that require homeowners to get RFCA approval before making changes to the exteriors of their homes.
     
    Residents pay dues because they want to support things like the annual picnic, Dumpster Day, the Easter Egg Hunt, tree planting, community outreach and other efforts to keep this great neighborhood strong. 
     
  • When are RFCA meetings?
    They are generally held at 7PM on the second Wednesday of the month at Rodgers Forge Elementary, but that does sometimes change, so be sure to check the "upcoming events" to doublecheck.

Exterior changes
  • I’m planning to have our roof re-done with one of the materials that the RFCA says is acceptable; do I still need to submit an application?
    Yes, you still need to file an application. Simple cases like this generally receive approval within a few days, or even the same day.
  • What procedures do I follow if I want to make changes to the exterior of my home, such as a new roof, a deck, a new front door, etc.?
    You can find the RFCA guidelines, as well as an online application for exterior changes, here: 
     

General
  • I need to hire a plumber/electrician/roofer/etc. to work on my house. Can you recommend someone?
    The RFCA does not make recommendations, but you can sign up to the NextDoor message group (https://rodgersforge.nextdoor.com) and ask for a recommendation or search past posts for recommendations. NextDoor is not affiliated with the Rodgers Forge Community Association. 
     
  • Where can I use my member discount card?
    Your 2018 annual membership entitles you to discounts at these local businesses (be sure to show your membership card):
     
    Baltimore Soup Co.
    15% discount
     
    Belvedere Cleaners
    5% discount on dry cleaning
     
    Charlesmead Pharmacy
    10% off OTC items; free milkshake for new Rx patient
     
    Gordon Florist
    10% discount (excludes prior discounts and wire-out orders)
     
    Kanjizai Martial Arts
    2 weeks free classes
     
    Octavia Boutique
    15% discount
     
    Pedal Fun Cycles
    15% off of service and 10% off of accessories/clothing
     
    Pinehurst Wine Shoppe
    10% discount (excludes sale items, previous sales, and tobacco)
     
    SASS Salon
    10% off products and services
     
    True Balance gym
    10% off new packages and programs
     
    Uncle Wiggly’s
    10% off, excluding gift cards
     
    Wells Discount Liquors
    10% discount (excludes sale items, previous sales, and tobacco)
     
    Woodbrook Exxon
    10% off labor, excludes gasoline
     
    Zen West Cantina
    10% off dine in
  • Whom do I contact with questions about BGE's pipeline/meter project?

Neighbor issues
  • How long may a car be parked on the street?
    If a car has valid tags, there does not appear to be any limit on how long it can be parked on a public road, including right in front of your house. 
     
    • § 18-2-203. - PARKING AN UNREGISTERED VEHICLE.

      (a)

      Prohibited. A person may not park an unregistered vehicle or a vehicle with an expired registration on a public road, highway, street, avenue, or alley or on private property used by the public in general.

      (b)

      Authority to remove. The Chief of Police may:

      (1)

      Take possession of and remove a vehicle parked in violation of this section by means of county equipment or by contract; and

      (2)

      Cause a vehicle that is removed to be stored either on county property or on private property by contract.

      (1988 Code, § 21-104) (Bill No. 47, 1990, § 1, 5-25-1990; Bill No. 66-01, § 2, 7-1-2004; Bill No. 70-08, § 2, 8-17-2008)

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    § 30-1-204. - TRAFFIC AND PARKING.
     
     

    (a)

    Traffic laws. Traffic laws and parking regulations applicable on public roads in the county, including Article 18 of the Code, are applicable on park property.

    (b)

    Use of roads, pathways, and bikeways. The use of roads, pathways, and bikeways within park property is subject to regulations of the Department.

    (c)

    Driver must obey instruction. A driver in a park shall immediately obey instructions, by gesture or otherwise, from a Department employee or police officer to:

    (1)

    Reduce the speed of the driver's vehicle;

    (2)

    Bring the vehicle to a stop;

    (3)

    Alter the direction of the vehicle; or

    (4)

    Remove the vehicle from a restricted area.

    (d)

    Illegally parked or abandoned motor vehicles. An illegally parked or abandoned motor vehicle may be towed from park property and impounded at the owner's expense.


     
  • How do I file a complaint against a neighbor who has county code violations, such as knee-high grass or a home that is in severe disrepair?
    When possible, we encourage friendly and polite neighbor-to-neighbor discussions about any problems. If that is not successful, you can file a code-violation complaint at 410-887-3351 or online:
     
  • My neighbor parks directly in front of my garage without my permission. Is this OK?
    County code says: “Prohibited. A person may not stop, park, or leave standing a vehicle on any road or alley: (1) In front of or within 5 feet of the edge of any private driveway or parking area without the consent of the owner or occupant of the premises; or (2) In a manner that prevents free passage of vehicles or the movement of a lawfully parked vehicle to or from a driveway or parking area. (b) Parking in an alley. A person may not park, stop, or leave unattended a vehicle in any alley leaving less than 12 feet of clearance parallel to the vehicle. (c) Authority to tow a vehicle. (1) If a vehicle is parked, stopped, or left unattended in a manner that prevents or impedes the free passage of any other vehicle, the Chief of Police may tow the vehicle after making a reasonable attempt to locate the owner or, if the owner is known, the owner refuses to remove the vehicle.”
     
    It's a good idea to have a friendly conversation about this with the neighbor before resorting to having the car towed.

Website
  • How do I change my profile information and control what info is displayed in the online directory?
    You can do this by logging in and then clicking the "Your Profile" tab in the upper right corner of the home page.
  • How do I add family members to my online account?
    You can do this by logging in and then clicking the "Your Profile" tab in the upper right corner of the home page.