January 25, 2023 Board Minutes

River Hill Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes
January 25, 2023


Opening (Agenda Item 2):
Mr. Kirk called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. The meeting was virtually via Zoom. The following members attended: Kevin Bruening, Jim Kirk, Jian Ni, Muyiwa Odeniyide, Janet Munro. Renee DuBois, Village Manager, was present. The following guests attended the meeting: Jennifer Lynott (Communications & Events Coordinator), Evamarie Lambright (Covenant Advisor), Ron Briggs, resident.

Approval of the (Agenda Item 3):
Mr. Kirk proposed that the agenda be amended to include the Sound Barrier letter as prepared by Ms. Munro.

Mr. Kirk made a motion to approve the agenda as amended. The motion was seconded by Mr. Odeniyide. The motion passed with unanimous consent.

Administrative Items (Agenda Item 4):
Mr. Bruening disclosed that portion of his income (0.25%-0.50%) is invested in single family housing and (2-2.5%) of his income is invested in multifamily housing through a
REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) in Anne Arundel and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland. However he stated that he can act objectively and does not feel that it will influence his decision, unless the BOD asks him to recuse himself. Mr. Odeniyide asked if he exercised control over the investment. Mr. Bruening said that he does not. Mr. Ni mentioned that he has a similar situation with investments outside of Maryland. Mr. Kirk thanked Mr. Bruening and Mr. Ni for their candor and asked if anyone had objections or concerns.
Mr. Odeniyide and Ms. Munro had no concerns. Mr. Kirk had no concerns.

Resident Speak Out (Agenda Item 5)

Business (Agenda Item 6)

A. HoCo by Design
Ms. Dubois screen shared a letter prepared by Mr. Kirk expressing the RHBOD’s position on HoCo by Design’s vision and general plan for Howard County. Discussion ensued.

Mr. Kirk made a motion to send the letter as submitted to HoCo By Design before January 31, 2023 and to the Columbia Association by January 26, 2023. The motion was seconded by Ms. Munro. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Kirk made a motion to give Ms. Dubois permission to edit and or excerpt the letter as necessary to present to the County, to Columbia Association, and in The Villager. The motion was 2nd by Mr. Bruening. The motion carried 4- 1-0 abstentions.

Sound Barrier Liaison (Agenda Item 6B):
Letter was emailed to BOD and an email vote was taken.

Ms. Munro made a motion that the email vote be ratified. Mr. Kevin Bruening 2nd the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Board Speak Out (Agenda Item 8):

Adjournment (Agenda Item 9):
At 7:57 p.m., Mr. Kirk made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Munro seconded the motion. The motion passed with unanimous consent.