Mark your calendars – Village Elections will be held on Saturday, April 20. This year there will be three open seats on the
Association’s Board of Directors and the Columbia Council Representative position will also be open. Consider giving back to the River Hill community and run for election to one of these positions.
In 1991 the River Hill Community Association was established to “promote the health, safety, common good, and social welfare of the owners of property in, and residents of” the Village of River Hill. The Association is governed by an elected Board of Directors with day-to-day operations being handled by a small staff. The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Association of which all Village residents ages 18 and older are members. The Board works closely with the Columbia Association (CA) to provide services to village residents and coordinates with county and state officials to advocate on behalf of the community. In addition to setting policies and overseeing the financial matters of the organization, each Board Member has a liaison responsibility in an area of expertise or interest. The Board of Directors also works closely with a variety of committees to ensure that the Association continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. The bike lanes and relocated pedestrian refuge islands on Great Star Drive are examples of community improvements that the Village Board has advocated for over the last several years.
The River Hill Columbia Council Representative serves on Columbia Association’s (CA) Board of Directors and is an ex Officio Member of the Village Board. As a CA Board Member, the village representative is responsible for establishing CA policies, has a fiduciary responsibility to CA, communicates CA-related information to the Village Board and residents, and serves at the CA committee level.
The nomination period for the open positions is March 1 to 21. Nomination petitions will be available on March 1 at Claret Hall. Residents interested in running for election are encouraged to attend an upcoming Board Meeting and to contact a Board Member or our Council Representative to find out more. Not interested in running for election but want to be more involved and find out what the Association is all about? We still need volunteers to serve on the Election Committee. This is a short-term commitment and a good way to “get your feet wet.” This Committee works closely with staff to ensure that the by-laws are followed, helps to plan Election Day activities, and members oversee the polls and count the ballots on Election Day. Contact Susan Smith at manager@villageofriverhill. org or 410-531-1749 for more information.