Todd Harrison, Board Chair, called the regularly scheduled meeting to order at 7:05 p.m., on January 7, 2013, at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville, MD 21029. Members present were Jenny Chu, Tony Miceli, and Liyan Zhang. Michael Cornell (Council Member) and Susan Smith (Village Manager) were present. DengFeng Liu arrived at 7:09 p.m. Kaede Johnson and Tiffany Kan (Student Members) joined the meeting at 8:25 p.m. Kenny Kan and Dipper Wettstein were absent.
Approval of the Agenda (Agenda 2):
Mr. Miceli made a motion to approve the Agenda as submitted. Mr. Zhang seconded the motion. The motion passed (4-0-0).
Administrative Items (Agenda 3):
Mr. Harrison made a motion to approve the December 10, 2012 Minutes. Ms. Chu seconded the motion. The motion passed (4-0-0).
Resident Speak Out (Agenda 4):
Executive Session (Agenda 5):
At 7:08 p.m. Mr. Harrison made a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss legal matters. Mr. Miceli seconded the motion. The motion passed (4-0-0). At 8:06 p.m. Mr. Harrison made a motion to close the Executive Session. Mr. Miceli seconded the motion. The motion passed (5-0-0).
CA Proposed Legislation (Agenda 6A):
Mr. Harrison made a motion that the River Hill Village Board recommend to the CA Board of Directors that no action be taken at this point on the proposed legislation. Mr. Miceli seconded the motion. The motion passed (5-0-0).
CA FY14 Budget (Agenda 6B):
Ms. Smith reviewed modifications to the FY14 Assessment Share received from Ms. Miller. Based on the changes Ms. Smith will modify the draft testimony and distribute for Board approval via email.
Donation Requests (Agenda 7A):
Mr. Miceli made a motion to approve a $100 donation for the 5th District Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Liu seconded the motion. The motion passed (5-0-0). (Student Advisory Votes – 2 in favor).
2013 Holiday Schedule (Agenda 7B):
Mr. Harrison made a motion to approve the proposed 2013 holiday schedule. Mr. Liu seconded the motion. The motion passed (5-0-0) (Student Advisory Votes – 2 in favor).
Manager’s Report (Agenda 8A):
Written report is on file with the minutes. It was the consensus of the Board to arrange for a separate meeting for representatives from BGE to provide an update to residents regarding the power outages.
Board Chair Report (Agenda 8B):
Council Representative Report (Agenda 8C):
Mr. Cornell reported on the following: Hobbits Glen Clubhouse renovations, enclosure of an outdoor pool on the east side of Columbia, redesign of Splashdown, plans for an enclosed tennis facility at the SportsPark, the request from the Village of Hickory Ridge to construct a Bocce Park on CA open space adjacent to the village center, and Lake Elkhorn dredging. Mr. Cornell reported that the space that CA currently rents for its headquarters is slated for renovation and therefore new space will need to be secured.
Liaisons (Agenda 8D):
Mr. Miceli reported on a resident’s concerns regarding the speed limit on Great Star Drive and the need for additional lighting at the new pedestrian crossings. Mr. Miceli expressed a need to change the legislation so that vehicles are required to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross a road in addition to stopping for pedestrians already in a crosswalk. Mr. Miceli also expressed concern about pedestrians continuing to use the bike lanes. Ms. Smith has already contacted DPW about improving the lighting at the crosswalks. Preliminary feedback regarding the speed limit on Great Star Drive indicates that due to the volume of traffic and size of the roadway the current speed limit of 35 mph is appropriate.
Mr. Johnson reported that he did make River Hill High School students aware of issues regarding the mis-use of the bike lanes by pedestrians at a recent assembly. He will forward information about the March 16 Yard Sale to Ms. Smith for publication. Mr. Johnson reported that the Teen Advisory Committee is planning an educational effort in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting and working on plans for the Heath Fair in June.
Board Speak Out (Agenda 9):
Mr. Harrison inquired about the status of the ARC cases and expressed concern about the length of time that it is taking to close the cases. It was the consensus of the Board to send a letter to the ARC requesting action.
Adjournment (Agenda 11):
Mr. Zhang made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m. Mr. Miceli seconded the motion. The motion passed (5-0-0). (Student Advisory Votes – 2 in favor).
Minutes submitted by: Susan M. Smith, Village Manager
Minutes Approved: March 4, 2013