Election Results

The River Hill Community Association held elections on Saturday, April 24 to fill three seats on the Board of Directors and to elect the Columbia Council Representative for the village. All positions are for the term May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2023. Despite being uncontested, we had a record turnout of members! The quorum for the election was 53 valid ballots from members. 250 valid ballots were received of which 186 residents voted in person and 64 valid absentee ballots were returned. Congratulations to:

River Hill Board of Directors:
• Matthew R. Levine, 188
• Eric M. Greenberg, 161
• Dipper Wettstein, 129

River Hill Columbia Council Representative:
• Renée Freal DuBois, 245

Thank you to all the residents who voted in this year’s elections. We hope this is the start of a new trend of increased participation in village association affairs.

Association Seeks Teens Interested in Making a Difference

The River Hill Community Association, which has a strong history of engaging local teens, is currently seeking high schoolers interested in serving on the Association’s
Student Member Committee of the Board of Directors and the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). Applications are now available for youth interested in serving on both committees for the September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022 term.

Alex Oh, a resident and student at River Hill High School, and Shyam Pillai, a student at Atholton High School, have served as the Student Members of the Board this year and will graduate this month. The association needs one or two motivated student leaders from the Village to fill their shoes. Student Members attend the monthly Board of Directors meetings, have an advisory vote on issues, act as a liaison between their schools and the association, and chair the TAC. Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors.

Membership on the TAC is open to local high schoolers who want to work with other teens and contribute to the River Hill community. The TAC can consist of up to 10 members, including the chairperson(s). In addition to seniors Alex and Shyam, Jennifer Chiang is graduating from Atholton High School. Other current members are Trinity Cheng, Maddie Lynott, Serena Goyal, Arthur Wang, Katelyn Sharp and Elinor Tu of River Hill High School and Eric Key of Loyola Blakefield. We appreciate their contributions over the last year and look forward to welcoming new members to the TAC.

The Village Board will appoint the members of both committees following an application and interview process. Applications are available online at www.villageofriverhill.org or at Claret Hall. Applications are due June 1, 2021. For more information, contact Lesley Ahmuty at 410 531-1749 or events@villageofriverhill.org.

Applications for the Teen Advisory Committee and the Student Member Committee are below. If returning an application via email, please send to events@villageofriverhill.org.

2021 Teen Advisory Committee Application

2021 Student Member Application

Tips for Cleaning Siding

The most recent complaints received in the village office pertain to soiled/stained siding on houses. Please take a walk around your property and check your siding to ensure
that it isn’t covered with a build-up of greenish gray mildew and mold. Typically this occurs on the north-facing side and can be easily cleaned off with the proper supplies and equipment.

Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Cleaning vinyl siding is one of the easiest types of pressure washing projects, but certain steps should be taken to ensure the work lasts for an extended period of time. One of the misconceptions about pressure washing houses covered with vinyl siding is that a simple cleansing is all that’s required. When the main reason for cleaning the house is to remove mildew, a mild solution of 1 quart of bleach, ¾ of a gallon of water and a small amount of detergent should be used. Scrub the areas with a soft-bristled, long-handled brush. If scrubbing with a brush is going to be too much work, you can wash your siding with a power washer, which can be rented at a local home improvement store or other equipment rental business. Most homes can be pressure washed with a 2200 psi or higher washer.

To keep vinyl siding looking new for a longer period of time, a wax mix should be added to the cleaning process which will help the vinyl resist the growth of mildew as well as reduce the amount of dirt that sticks to the siding. Adding the wax into the cleaning process will save you money and help your home win the battle against dirt, algae and especially mildew. It will also protect the vinyl siding from the elements of nature. Think of it as if you were applying wax to your car to protect the finish. You wouldn’t want to skip that step for too long or the finish will start to look discolored and everything that touches it sticks. The same thing happens to your home.

Cleaning Aluminum Siding
You should maintain your aluminum siding by annually hosing it off and by cleaning any surface stains, such as grass stains, with a non-abrasive cleaner. A good hose or pressure washer can make your aluminum siding look like new if you tend to it annually. Mix together 1/3 cup of laundry detergent with six gallons of water and you’ve got yourself a cleaning solution that will wash away most dirt and grime. Use a soft-bristled brush, clean the siding well, and then hose it off. When using a pressure washer, though, make sure you’re using low pressure, or the aluminum will dent.

My Experiences on the Teen Advisory and Student Member Committees

By Alex Oh

Three years ago, I was looking to become more active in the community, meet new people, and experience something new— something unlike anything I had ever done before. I happened to learn about the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) through friends of siblings who were on the TAC at the time, and they convinced me to apply. I was unsure about it as I did not feel I was experienced enough. However, I still applied and joined in my sophomore year of high school. Since then, I have made countless friends, had unbelievable
experiences, and learned an incredible amount about our community, but most importantly, about others around me.

One of the primary responsibilities of the TAC is to assist at River Hill Village events including Haunted Hallow’s Eve, Breakfast with Santa, Searching for Spring, and a TAC sponsored event of our choice. Each of these events brings to mind special memories from setting up each event with fellow TAC members to seeing each child smile as they collected eggs or told Santa their wish list. I have always been a relatively positive and happy person, but here, I learned something even more important about myself: I love sharing this happiness with others. Through our events, I learned that I CAN make a difference in the lives of others by brightening up their day and making the community a happier place to live. Knowing that I can impact peoples’ lives in this way always brings me joy, and every smile I see inspires me to keep trying to make our community a brighter place.

This past year, I was one of the two Student Members of the Board of Directors. As part of the Student Member Committee, Shyam Pillai and I were responsible for planning and leading TAC meetings and attending and participating in Village Board meetings. Although this year has been significantly different due to the ongoing pandemic, I have learned even more about our community through Board meetings and having a voice on the Board. From learning about the Village budget/expenses to being more aware about resident concerns to even addressing local issues, my experience on the Board has allowed me to become more aware of the world around me, specifically the “adult” world. I have learned plenty from specific instances at Board meetings, however as a whole, I learned something much more important than any piece of knowledge: I learned about how different backgrounds and experiences shape opinion. Each Board member has important value, and learning about others’ passions has allowed me to gain new perspectives, which will allow me to connect with even larger communities, maybe even outside of River Hill.

Local students entering grades 9-12 are eligible to apply to the Teen Advisory Committee and students entering grades 11-12 are eligible to apply for the Student Member Committee. So, you may be wondering… “Why should I apply to join the TAC or Student Member Committee?” First of all, you will have countless experiences and friends you will never forget. You will also learn more about your community and world around you. But, most importantly, you can make a difference in the lives of others by making our community a happier place to live.

Applications for the Teen Advisory Committee and the Student Member Committee are below. If returning an application via email, please send it to events@villageofriverhill.org.

2021 Teen Advisory Committee Application

2021 Student Member Application