Committees

In addition to having an elected Board of Directors and a small paid staff, the Association relies on volunteers from the community in order to fulfill its mission and help it achieve its goals. If you want to get involved, we have opportunities for all ages to choose from. Some options are short term commitments, such as helping with the Independence Day Parade or another special event, others require more time like serving on one of RHCA’s committees. To learn more about serving on one of the committees, read more below.

Architectural Committee (RHAC) *

Architectural Committee (RHAC)

The River Hill Village Covenants establish the River Hill Architectural Committee (RHAC). It is the responsibility of this Committee to enforce the architectural and maintenance covenants. As such, the Committee establishes the rules and regulations pertaining to the use and exterior of all residential property in the village. The RHAC has the ability to perform such duties as prescribed and permitted under the Covenants, is responsible for hearing all resident appeals, and is the final decision-making authority on all exterior alteration and in-home business applications. The Committee is composed of a minimum of three (3) individuals that are appointed by the Association’s Board of Directors. The RHAC meets on an as needed basis. The Association’s Covenant Advisor supports the RHAC.

Read the RHAC By-Laws.

For more information, please contact the Covenant Advisor at 410-531-1749 or covenants@villageofriverhill.org.

Development Advisory Committee

Development Advisory Committee

In 2015, the Association’s BOD chartered a new committee to focus on development matters impacting the community. The River Hill Development Advisory Committee (DAC) has been established to advise the BOD and:

  • Promote development that seeks to create a stronger sense of community and enhance community relationships;
  • Minimize the negative impacts of development and re-development on the community;
  • Improve pedestrian and bike accessibility;
  • Promote environmental sustainability;
  • Enhance public awareness of development matters, and
  • Improve traffic and public safety.

Current DAC Members: Will McCullough, Tony Miceli, Jack Sacchetti, and Cleveland Wilson. Meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis and are open to the public to observe. Please check the Association’s calendar for meeting dates.

View the DAC Charter

For more information, please contact the Village Manager at 410-531-1749 or manager@villageofriverhill.org.

Election Committee *

Election Committee

The Election Committee is responsible for the proper conduct of the annual elections of the Columbia Council Representative and the Association’s Board of Directors. The members of this Committee are appointed annually by the Board of Directors.  Any member of the Association eligible to vote in the next forthcoming election of Directors and Council Representative is eligible for membership on the Committee provided no member is a candidate for any Association office and the member does not actively campaign for or against any candidate.

View the Election Guidelines and Regulations.

Master Plan Committee

Master Plan Committee

In 2009, the River Hill Board of Directors (RHBOD) chartered the River Hill Village Center Master Plan Committee (MPC) to develop a plan for the future of the village center. The plan was approved by the RHBOD in 2013 and has been filed with the County’s Department of Planning and Zoning. Although the Committee is not currently active, the River Hill Village Center Community Plan (RHVCCP) is being used as a guide for improvements within the village center boundaries and helps to inform the Association’s input on development matters along MD 108 in Clarksville.

 View/Download the River Hill Village Center Community Plan (pdf).

View the River Hill Master Plan Committee Charter

For more information or to receive a hard copy of the document, please contact the Village Manager at 410-531-1749 or manager@villageofriverhill.org.

Neighborhood Watch/Block Captain Program

Neighborhood Watch/Block Captain Program

Although the Village of River Hill is a very safe community, from time to time there are issues that arise that affect the quality of life for residents. Vandalism, thefts from vehicles, and forced entries are examples of crimes that occur throughout Howard County and occasionally in the village.

Therefore, the community participates in the Neighborhood Watch Program which is a cooperative and collective effort by police and citizens to prevent crime. The program uses positive commonsense methods that aid in preventing crime without endangering any participant or lessening the normal protection offered by the Howard County Police Department. The highlights of this program are:

  • Neighbors look out for each other;
  • Neighbors become the “eyes and ears” of the police to prevent crime; and
  • Enhanced communication and cooperation between the community and the police.

In River Hill, the Village Manager serves as the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator and works with neighborhood Block Captains and the police to proactively fight crime. The Block Captains are residents who volunteer to serve as a liaison between their neighbors, the Coordinator, and the police. Block Captains share crime prevention and safety information with their neighbors and help to educate residents on steps to take to deter crime. Block Captains attend periodic training sessions, may meet occasionally with their neighbors, and help to build a strong community.

To find out if your street has a Block Captain or to volunteer in this capacity, please contact the Village Manager at 410-531-1749 or manager@villageofriverhill.org.


Neighborhood Watch Program Overview

Definition of a Neighborhood Watch Program: A program involving the joint efforts of the police and the community, designed to enhance neighborhood security, heighten the community’s power of observation, and to encourage mutual assistance and concern among neighbors.

What it is NOT: This is NOT Citizen’s on Patrol. The police department does not want residents approaching subjects who are committing crimes, nor do they want residents to try to affect an arrest.

The Objective of the Neighborhood Watch Program is to Reduce Crime by:

  • Increasing citizens’ awareness of burglary and other neighborhood crime through a continuing information program e.g., distribution of literature, emails, Police Department Website.
  • Training citizens in the means of better property security and assisting them in making their property more secure e.g. Operation ID and Security Surveys by the Police Department.
  • Developing a neighborhood action program where neighbors help watch each others property and report suspicious persons and activities to law enforcement agencies.
  • Encourage all citizens to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in reporting crime.
  • Enlisting participation in Operation ID.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Neighborhood Coordinator – Coordinates with the Block Captains, recruits residents to the program, acts as a liaison with the Police Department and the Community Association. In the Village of River Hill, the River Hill Village Manager is currently the Neighborhood Coordinator.
  • Block Captain – “Point person” for the block/street, contacts neighbors to participate in the program, shares information with neighbors, and coordinates with the Neighborhood Coordinator.
  • Block Watcher – Eyes and ears for the neighborhood, report suspicious persons/activity to the Police Department and Block Captain, and check neighbors’ homes when they are out of town. Essentially everyone one who is participating in the program is a Block Watcher.

How to Become a River Hill Block Captain

  1. Contact the Neighborhood Coordinator: 
  1. Identify the “Block” for which you want to be responsible:
  • Provide the Coordinator with a list of the properties to be included in the “Block,” and
  • Provide the Coordinator with written acknowledgement for the residents interested in participating. A form to obtain acknowledgement can be obtained from the Neighborhood Coordinator.
  1. Attend a Block Captain Training Session:
  • One-on-one with the Neighborhood Coordinator, or
  • Group training session.
  1. Institute regular communication:
  • With your “Block,” and
  • With the Neighborhood Coordinator.

Visit Resources for Block Captains.

Visit Howard County Police Department Next Door.

Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)

Architectural Committee (RAC)

The Association’s Board of Directors (BOD) has established the Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) to assist the River Hill Architectural Committee (RHAC) in carrying out its responsibilities. The RAC consists of a minimum of five (5) members and no more than seven (7) members who are residents of the Village of River Hill. The RAC is an advisory committee responsible for reviewing exterior alteration and in-home business applications prior to final decisions being made by the RHAC. In this role the RAC conducts site visits, reviews applications, provides guidance and information to Village residents planning property improvements, and makes recommendations to the RHAC regarding approval. The RAC’s objectives are to protect and preserve the residential quality of the Village environment while offering the greatest possible freedom in use and alteration of one’s property under the provisions of the River Hill Village Covenants and Architectural Guidelines. The RAC also coordinates with the RHAC to periodically update the Architectural Guidelines and improve covenant-related procedures. The Association’s Covenant Advisor supports the RAC.

Read the RAC By-Laws.

The RAC usually meets the first and third Wednesday of every month and the meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. RAC meetings are open to the public.

There are currently open positions on the RAC. If you are interested in getting more information about volunteering for the RAC, please contact the Covenant Advisor at 410-531-1749 or covenants@villageofriverhill.org.

Student Member Committee

Student Member Committee

RHCA works hard to engage residents of all ages and is proud of the local teens who have committed to giving back to the community. In 2010, the BOD established the Student Member Committee to enable local teens to be involved in the community’s governance. Annually, the BOD may appoint 1-2 high school students to the Student Member Committee for the period September 1 – August 31.  The member(s) of this Committee attend(s) the BOD meetings and have an advisory vote. The Student Member Committee also chairs the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). Applicants for this committee must be rising juniors or seniors.

2018 – 2019 Student Members:

Yamini Ananth (Atholton High School)

Cindy Tian (River Hill High School)

For more information:

River Hill Student Member Committee Charter_Rev 6-18-12

Student Member App_Final

Teen Advisory Committee

Teen Advisory Committee

The TAC was chartered in 2010 to engage more local teens in the community. Through their volunteer service, the TAC members develop a better understanding of the Association and the community, strengthen their leadership skills, and build on individual interests and strengths. The TAC is appointed annually by the BOD for the period September 1 – August 1. Members of the TAC volunteer with River Hill’s Independence Day Parade, the Association’s annual Halloween event, and more community events. Applicants must be incoming high school freshmen or above.

River Hill Teen Advisory Charter_Final Revised 4-27-18

Teen Advisory Committee Application - Revised 4-27-18

Traffic & Safety Committee

Traffic & Safety Committee

The River Hill Traffic & Safety Committee was an ad hoc committee established by the BOD to enhance the well-being of the community by addressing issues relating to pedestrian and vehicular safety in and near the Village of River Hill. Although this Committee is currently inactive, in the mid-2000’s this Committee advocated strongly on behalf of the community. The Committee’s work was instrumental in the County’s decision to install pedestrian refuge islands and crosswalks on Great Star Drive and Linden Linthicum Lane and place bicycle lanes along Great Star Drive.

For more information, please contact the Village Manager at 410-531-1749 or manager@villageofriverhill.org.

Read the Traffic & Safety Committee Charter.

Watershed Committee

Watershed Committee

This new committee enhances public awareness of watershed problems by educating the community about pesticide and fertilizer regulations so they will make sure these substances don’t end up in our streams and eventually the Bay. The committee will raise awareness about the benefits of reducing the amount of land devoted to monoculture lawns, which require abundant watering, pesticides and fertilizer for maintenance. It will also educate the community about rain gardens, rain barrels, the use of native plants in yards, the reuse of leaves for mulch and compost and other measures that will improve the environment and slow storm water runoff and erosion.

The committee will recommend projects to the River Hill Village Board that could enhance the village while helping to slow storm water runoff.

Read the Watershed Committee Charter.

Visit the Watershed Committee Webpage.

If you are interested in joining one of RHCA's committees, please contact the appropriate chairperson, liaison, or Susan Smith, Village Manager, manager@villageofriverhill.org or 410-531-1749.

* The committees indicated by asterisks are required per the Association’s legal documents. All other committees have been established by the Board of Directors as needed.