February 4, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Tony Miceli, Board Chair, called the regularly scheduled meeting to order at 7:32 p.m., on February 4, 2013, at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville, MD 21029.  Members present were Jenny Chu, Kenny Kan, DengFeng Liu, and Dipper Wettstein. Susan Smith (Village Manager) was present. Kaede Johnson, Student Member, arrived at 7:50 p.m.  Todd Harrison, Liyan Zhang, Tiffany Kan (Student Member) and Michael Cornel (Council Representative) were absent.

 Approval of the Agenda (Agenda 2):
Mr. Wettstein made a motion to approve the Agenda with the following changes:  Add 6A. Free Use Request, Delete 8B. Board Chair Report, Delete 8C. Council Representative Report.  Mr. Kan seconded the motion. The motion passed (5-0-0).

Administrative Items (Agenda 3):
It was the consensus of the Board to table the January 7, 2013 Minutes until the next meeting.

Resident Speak Out (Agenda 4):
Mathew Levine (6424 Empty Song Road) spoke out about the Council Corner article printed in the January 2013 newsletter:  Time for Bold Actions.  Mr. Levine expressed concern that the article had nothing to do with the Columbia Association, that the article reflected a personal political opinion, and that the article contained incorrect information.  Mr. Levine requested that the article be retracted or that a rebuttal position be printed in the newsletter.

Village Center Master Plan – Presentation (Agenda 5):
The Master Plan Committee presented the Draft River Hill Village Center Master Plan. The presentation included a walk-through of the document and discussion. A copy of the presentation is on file with the meeting minutes.  Mr. Miceli made a motion to approve the current draft with the incorporation of the Board’s comments and other updates recommended by the Committee so that the process can continue moving forward.  Mr. Kan seconded the motion.  The motion passed (5-0-0) (Student Advisory Vote – in favor).  The Committee will incorporate the comments and propose a community engagement strategy to the Board.

Election Committee (Agenda 6A):
Mr. Miceli made a motion to appoint Amy Becker as Chairperson and Dipper Wettstein to the Election Committee.  Mr. Kan seconded the motion.  The motion passed (4-0-1).  Student Advisory Vote – Not present at time of vote).

Free Usage Request (Agenda 6B):
Mr. Wettstein made a motion to approve the free usage request for Brownie Troop 2388 on February 21.  Mr. Kan seconded the motion.  The motion passed (5-0-0). (Student Advisory Vote – in favor).

CA Proposed Legislation (Agenda 7A):
Mr. Kan made a motion to ratify the email vote approving the Board’s input on the proposed legislation.  Mr. Miceli seconded the motion.  The motion passed (5-0-0) (Student Advisory Vote – in favor).

CA FY14 Budget (Agenda 7B):
Mr. Wettstein made a motion to ratify the email vote approving the Board’s written testimony on CA’s FY14 Budget revisions.  Mr. Kan seconded the motion.  The motion passed (5-0-0) (Student Advisory Vote – in favor).

Manager’s Report (Agenda 8A):
Written report is on file with the minute.

Ms. Smith made the Board aware of concerns that have arisen regarding Scout Troop 618’s use of the Meeting Room.  Mr. Kan made a motion to approve the free use of the Meeting Room for Boy Scout Troop 618 provided that the troop provides the typical documentation as requested by the Village Manager.  Mr. Miceli seconded the motion.  The motion passed (5-0-0) (Student Advisory Vote – in favor).  Ms. Smith made the Board aware that the Troop had asked to use the Association’s tax id number to secure reduced campground rates.

It was the consensus of the Board that, prior to supporting the proposal for a walk/jog/bike lane along Grace Drive, they would like Mr. Brenner (Grateful Heart Gate) to present the concept at an upcoming meeting.

It was the consensus of the Board to invite John Powell, Howard County Office of Transportation, to the March 18 meeting.

Liaisons (Agenda 8D):
Mr. Wettstein will discuss several requests from the Watershed Committee with Ms. Smith.

Board Speak Out (Agenda 9):
Mr. Miceli requested that a discussion of the Council Corner column be included on the March 4 agenda.  .

Adjournment (Agenda 11):
Mr. Kan made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:10 p.m.  Mr. Liu seconded the motion.  The motion passed (5-0-0). (Student Advisory Vote –in favor).

 

Minutes submitted by: Susan M. Smith, Village Manager

Minutes Approved:  March 4, 2013

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