September 16, 2020 RAC Agenda


VIRTUAL Resident Architectural Committee Meeting

Wednesday September 16, 2020

Via Video Conference Due to COVID-19

7:30 P.M.


  1. Roll Call


  1. Opening


  1. Review of Applications


6520 Waving Tree Court               Patio, Regrading

5713 Whistling Winds Walk         Tree Removals

6412 Distant Melody Place           Material Changes, Covered Porch, Patio, Walkway, Gas Fireplace

5812 Laurel Leaves Lane              Pool Part 1


  1. Other Business


  1. Adjournment


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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? Contact the Covenant Advisor at 410-531-1749 and leave a voicemail or email

Association Gears Up for Village Elections

Village elections will be held this year on Saturday, April 27. Therefore, it is time for River Hill residents to think about who will represent them on the River Hill Community Association’s Board of Directors (RHBOD) and on the Columbia Association’s Board of Directors (CABOD). The RHBOD will have three open positions with terms May 1, 2019–April 30, 2021. The CABOD position is also a 2-year term.

To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of serving on the RHBOD and to help you determine whether you want to run for an elected position, interested residents are encouraged to attend an upcoming Board of Directors meeting, speak with current RHBOD members, and contact the Village Manager. Residents interested in serving on the CABOD are invited to attend an information session (see the article on page 5 for dates and times). Candidate nomination petitions will be available beginning March 1 at Claret Hall, online, and in the March newsletter. All petitions must be submitted to the Election Committee by March 21.

Not interested in running for election but want to become more engaged with the community? The association still needs residents to serve on the Election Committee. Committee members oversee the voting process, organize the Candidates Forum when there is a contested election, and help on election day. Members of the association eligible to vote may serve on this committee. Please contact Susan Smith at or 410-531-1749 for more information.

Cul-de-Sac Consideration

Have you made the resolution to be a good neighbor this year? How is your cul-de-sac etiquette? Do you park illegally or contribute to dangerous conditions in and around your cul-de-sac? Perhaps you and/or your neighbors need to brush up on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to cul-de-sacs. Here is a list of the main issues and complaints received by Howard County and the River Hill Community Association regarding cul-de-sacs:

• Parking: Parking around the outside rim of the cul-de-sac island is illegal; vehicles can be ticketed.

• Snow Removal: The Bureau of Highways reminds drivers not to park on streets, especially on a cul-de sac as that makes snow removal nearly impossible for highway crews. Vehicles should be parked in driveways as much as possible to allow police officers, firefighters, and paramedics to respond quickly to emergencies. Residents may also want to delay shoveling driveway aprons and sidewalks until the street has been completely cleared. Otherwise, it is very likely a full blade of snow will slide off the plow onto the driveway. Once the roads have been cleared please be considerate and do not throw snow back into the road as you clear your driveway.

• Sidewalk Shoveling: Howard County does not maintain any sidewalks, including snow removal, with exception of the sidewalks adjacent to County buildings (libraries, offices, etc.). The owner of a property abutting a sidewalk in a public right-ofway is responsible for removing snow from the sidewalk within 48 hours after the snow has fallen. However, if the County declares a state of emergency, the County Executive may extend the time to remove snow.

• Grass Maintenance: Properties where the driveways face onto a cul-de-sac are responsible for the maintenance of the grass (mowing) on cul-de-sac islands.

• Portable basketball hoops: When placed on residential streets, this equipment can create road hazards during snow storms. They are often damaged by county snow removal equipment and more importantly pose a safety hazard to other motorists traveling during weather events. Additionally, The Bureau of Highways has experienced severe damage to plows and other snow removal equipment due to portable and permanent basketball hoops placed on county right of way. The County considers these obstructions; they are illegal and are subject to fines or imprisonment or both. The County right-of-way is typically 10’ to 12’ back from the face of the curb. Basketball apparatus should not be placed in the public roadway or County right-of-way; instead, they should be placed so that individuals using it will be playing on a driveway or lawn.

Please remember to be considerate of others and adhere to these cul-de-sac reminders. Your neighbors will appreciate it, and you’ll be doing the right thing. A little kindness can go a long way!

September 11, 2017


River Hill Board of Directors

Claret Hall

September 11, 2017

7:00 p.m.


1.Opening 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda 7:02 p.m.

3. Administrative Items 7:05 p.m.

A. August 7, 2017 Minutes

B. August 23, 2017 Minutes

4. Resident Speak Out 7:10 p.m.

5. Village/Neighborhood Signage – Jan Clark, Columbia Association 7:20 p.m.

6. Old Business

A. Traffic & Safety Committee Charter Revisions 7:50 p.m.

7. New Business

8. Reports

A. Committee Reports

i. Teen Advisory Committee 8:00 p.m.

ii. Ad Hoc Playground Committee 8:10 p.m.

iii. Ad Hoc School Redistricting Committee 8:20 p.m.

iv. Development Advisory Committee 8:30 p.m.

v. Traffic and Safety Committee 8:40 p.m.

vi. Watershed Committee 8:50 p.m.

B. Board Chair 9:00 p.m.

C. Council Rep 9:10 p.m.

D. Village Manager 9:20 p.m.

9. Board Speak Out 9:25 p.m.

10. Adjournment 9:30 p.m.


*Note, this meeting will follow the Association’s Development Advisory Committee meeting scheduled to end at 7 p.m.