February 21, 2011 Board Minutes

Todd Harrison, Chair, called a regular meeting of the River Hill Village Board to order at 7:03 p.m., on February 21, 2011, at Claret Hall 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville, Maryland, 21029. Members present were Trevor Greene, Tony Miceli, Asmi Panigrahi, and Frank Saletel. Council Representative Michael Cornell was present. Eva Lambright, Covenant Advisor, was present. Susan Smith, Village Manger, absent.

Approval of the Agenda (Agenda 2):

Mr. Saletel asked to add an agenda item to discuss Council Corner guidelines. Mr. Greene made a motion to approve the agenda with the addition of a discussion of the Council Corner guidelines. Mr. Saletel seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously (5-0-0).

Administrative Items (Agenda 3):

Mr. Greene made a motion to accept the January 24, 2011 Minutes with the adjustment to the Executive Session description. Ms. Panigrahi seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously (5-0-0).

Resident Speakout (Agenda 4):

Dylan Goldberg, student intern to Councilperson Sigaty, made a presentation asking the Board to support the Food for Tomorrow a program sponsored and supported by the Howard County Food Bank and Mary Kay Sigaty’s office. Mr. Goldberg requested placement of blue bins, for food collection. The bins would be setup in the lobby and collected weekly or more often if necessary. The kick off for the drive will begin with the March 12, 2011 concert at Kahler Hall. There was a request of the Board to help to get the word out with postings on the Village bulletin board, web site and in the Village newsletter. Bita Dayhoff spoke about the number of children that are homeless in Howard County and Mary Clay, Special Assistant to Councilperson Sigaty, said that if the Board decided to support the program they would be doing so on behalf of Mary Kay Sigaty.

Peter Robinson (River Run) said that he came to hear the Watershed presentation because there is a lot of erosion on River Run and he wanted to see how the issue could be addressed. Most of the erosion is on CA Open Space land. There are also invasive vine issues that need to be addressed.  Mr. Robinson also spoke about his concern for speeding on River Run where the speed limit is 25mph and drivers are going 45 -50mphs. Mr. Robinson asked for the police to enforce the speed limit in that area by speed enforcement or speed barriers.

John McCoy, CA Watershed Manager (Agenda 5):

Mr. McCoy spoke about impervious systems in residential areas, fertilizer containing Nitrogen and Prosperous and their effects on the watershed.  The largest impervious systems in residential areas are the roofs and the driveways.   The Columbia Association developed the Columbia Watershed Management Plan, or CWMP, to protect and restore the waters of Columbia. Their plan is to restore the infrastructure of the watershed and implement restoration. The other part of the plan is to educate and involve residents and property owners in watershed maintenance and restoration and the importance of the watershed to us, and to wild and domestic life in Maryland.

New Business (Agenda 6):

A.      FY 12 Budget – Mr. Saletel spoke about the requirement that a draft of the budget would need to be completed at the end of March because of the new requirement.  He further stated that there needs to be a serious discussion of the budget at the second meeting in March. Mr. Harrison stated that the budget session should be held on March 14, 2011. Mr. Saletel said that the association is slightly better than budgeted. However a couple of items still need to be rolled in for this year. Assessment and revenue shares should be better. The association needs to consider salaries and inflation, special projects, legal issues and supplies. Mr. Harrison said that this year’s budget might be more billable items.

B.     Bikability in River Hill/Biking Committee – Mr. Greene, spoke about the need for another committee to get the bike lane information together. Mr. Harrison suggested forming a sub-committee of the Traffic and Safety Committee for biking issues. At this time the consensus of the Board was to request that staff coordinate with Mark DeLuca to map the route from Great Star Drive to Cedar Lane.

C.    Council Corner Guidelines – The Board discussed the creation of guidelines for the Council Corner section of The Villager.  Board Members were asked to come to the next meeting with suggestions for guidelines.

Old Business (Agenda 7):

A.     “Community Playground”/ Open Space Amenities – The Board asked that Ms. Smith follow-up regarding the use of funds for the fitness trails, determine whether funds remain available, and how many fitness stations can be installed with the funds remaining.  The Board remains interested in CA working collaboratively with the County to fund the installation of bike lanes along Great Star Drive.

Reports Agenda (8):

A.     Village Manager


B. Board Chair


C. Council Representative – Mr. Cornell reported that funds have been included in the

Budget for the Hobbits Glen Clubhouse.  CA is also evaluating programs to help

with pool utilization.  Mr. Greene expressed concern about the lack of available

parking at Supreme Sports Club and the Columbia Gym.

D. Liaisons

Mr. Greene reminded the Board about the March 19 Master Plan Workshop at HCC.  On April 30 the Master Plan Committee will be holding a community meeting to obtain resident input.  This meeting will be professionally facilitated.

Ms. Panigrahi spoke about the upcoming Rockfest event.

Board Speakout (Agenda 9):


Adjournment (Agenda 10):

Mr. Harrison made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:29 p.m. Mr. Greene seconded the motion. The motion passed (5-0-0).

Minutes submitted by: Eva Lambright, Covenant Advisor

Minutes Approved:  March 7, 2011 (as amended)

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