Become a Block Captain

Three properties in River Hill were burglarized in late August. In all three cases, the homes were unsecured making it easy for the robberies to take place. During the last week of September there was a rash of forced entries in the county, one of which occurred on Trotter Road. Did you know about these incidents? Do you know what steps you should take to protect your property? Have you observed someone or something suspicious but you didn’t know what to do?

If your street participates in the Neighborhood Watch Program, then you should know the answers to all these  questions. If your street isn’t participating, then get involved and become a part of this network of residents interested in keeping our  community a safe place to live. Plan to attend the Block Captain Training session on Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m. at Claret Hall. This session will be especially geared for new Block Captains and residents interested in joining the program. Officer Benn will be on hand and will provide updates on recent activity. Light refreshments will be provided. Are you unable to attend? Then contact Susan Smith via email at manager@villageofriverhill.org or at 410-531-1749 to schedule individual training.

Association Fetes Volunteers with Award Dinner

LInda Saletel, Frank Saletel, Sayyeed Mohammad, Jennifer Blake, and Mohammad Saleem attended the Association’s annual Volunteer Appreciation event.

The River Hill Community Association (RHCA) relies on the commitment of volunteers to provide quality services to River Hill residents and the broader community.  Members of the Association’s Board of Directors, various committees, and block captains joined together on Friday, November 19 to be recognized for all they do on behalf of our community.   Dinner, drinks and speeches were enjoyed by the approximately fifty people that attended.

The Volunteer of the Year award was given to the members of the RHCA 2009 – 2010 Traffic & Safety Committee: Tony Miceli, Robert Runser, James Robertson, Rosanna Mazzella, and Sofia Vazquez for the extra time and effort they put in working to make River Hill’s roads and intersections safer for our residents.  The new pedestrian crossings along Linden Linthicum Lane, Indian Summer Drive, and Great Star Drive are the result of these Committee Members advocating on behalf of the community.  They also identified areas where street trees needed to be trimmed to improve the visibility of traffic signs and were instrumental in obtaining sidewalks along sections of Great Star Drive and Linden Linthicum Lane.  This Committee reinvigorated the idea of adding bike lanes along Great Star Drive.   Based on their efforts, the Association is continuing to pursue the installation of bike lanes with the County and the Columbia Association.

The RCHA appreciates all of the time and effort the volunteers give to our community – thank you.

CA Watershed Committee Needs River Hill Volunteer

The Columbia Association (CA) is seeking a River Hill representative to serve on its Watershed Management Resident Advisory Committee. We need a representative with the desire to serve and the experience, skills and expertise necessary to continue CA’s effort in local watershed management issues and initiatives.

Over the past two years, the Watershed Management Resident Advisory Committee has helped CA become a leader in local watershed management and will continue to work on public engagement and education initiatives in the near future. To learn more about the committee and CA’s Watershed Management initiative, please visit www.ColumbiaWatershed.org.

Interested candidates should contact Sean Harbaugh at 410-381-3470 for more details. Resumes should be submitted to the attention of Sean Harbaugh at 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland 21044.

RAC Members Needed

The Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) is the most active committee of the Village Board and is in need of citizen volunteers to keep it in operation. The members of the RAC provide the on site review needed for all applications for exterior changes to residential properties and in-home businesses. Members become extremely familiar with our community and have an opportunity to learn about the latest in exterior home improvements.
The Committee is in need of additional members. On several occasions recently the Committee has been unable to review applications due to quorum issues. As a result, the architectural review process is endangered and delays may result. The RAC typically meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members conduct site visits and provide input at the meetings. The RAC is a recommending body. The Architectural Committee reviews the RAC’s recommendation and is responsible for the final decision and any appeals. The Association’s Covenant Advisor provides administrative support to the Committee.
For more information about becoming a part of this Committee contact Eva Lambright, Covenant Advisor, at 410-531-1749 or rhcovenants@columbiavillages.org.