Council Corner: Thoughts on Last Year and Next

I would like to congratulate all of the winners in this year’s Columbia Association elections. I look forward to continuing to serve the Village of River on the CA Board of Directors for the next two years. I would also like to thank all of the River Hill Board Members for dedicating themselves to serving on the Board this year and looking for ways to continue to make River Hill one of the best places to live.

This past year for the Columbia Association has been both eventful and challenging. As Chair of the Columbia Association Board of Directors this past year, I am thankful for the support of the other directors, who dedicated so much of their time to the Board. While Board members may not always agree (and are sometimes rather vocal in their dissent), it is important to note that the Board has operated with both honor and integrity when facing some very difficult decisions.

The Board has had some key impacts this past year that will benefit Columbia both next year and into the future. I am excited to see the results of the pilot study, which the Board authorized to modernize CA’s system of play areas. It is my goal that this will lead to a system that will feature many different types of equipment that can be enjoyed by all ages. The Board is also monitoring the Lake Elkhorn stream restoration process to ensure that CA’s Open Space and environment continue to be protected. Furthermore, CA ended this fiscal year with a strong balance sheet, which will allow for additional investment for the benefit of the community.

The Board has two main challenges to address for the next fiscal year. First the Board needs to select a new permanent President/CEO, and second, the Board will need to approve a new five-year strategic plan. I look forward to working with the new Board as well as the current interim President/CEO, Dennis Mattey, to accomplish these goals. It is important for the Board to carefully work through both of these challenges, since they have the potential to have a long-lasting impact on Columbia.

I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to represent River Hill on the CA Board of Directors to ensure that Columbia continues to be a “garden for the growing of people.”

Eric Greenberg is the River Hill Representative to
Columbia Council and the CA Board of Directors.

Disclaimer: This column reflects the views of Eric Greenberg
only and not those of the CA Board or the River Hill
Board of Directors.