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January 9, 2017 Minutes

CALL TO ORDER

A regular meeting of the Wilde Lake Village Board was called to order by Kevin McAliley, Chair,on January 9, 2017 at 6:40pm at Slayton House, Columbia, Maryland. Members present were Kevin McAliley, Chair; Jeff Friedhoffer, Vice Chair; Bess Caplan; Wulah Cooper; Laura Torres; Nancy McCord, Columbia Council Rep; Kristin Shulder, Village Manager; and Carole Black, Board Secretary. Also present were Carl McKinney, Covenant Advisor;   Howard County Council Representative Mary Kay Sigaty; Joanne Heckman; and WLHS Student Rustin Pare.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  • Mr. McAliley requested adding Neighborhood Reps under Committee Reports.
  • Mr.  Friedhoffer made a motion, seconded by Ms. Torres, to approve the amended agenda for January 9, 2017. All in favor.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • Mr. Friedhoffer made a motion, seconded by Mr. Cooper, to approve the minutes of December 5, 2016. All in favor.

Resident Speakout

  • Joanne Heckman spoke about a project to support environmental projects in Wilde Lake.She is organizing a partnership with David’s Natural Market to sell native plants retail. The plants will be donated by a network of volunteers. Ms. Heckman would be the contact person and act as the coordinator of sales. Ms. Heckman asked the Board if they would advertise the availability of the native plants, especially in connection with environmental projects, such as cul-de-sac beautification projects.
  • Mary Kay Sigaty, Howard County Council Representative for District 4, is the de facto representative for the farming community in Howard County. She spoke about legislation to allow the cottage food businesses get approved as a home occupation. This would allow the manufacture of food products at home to be sold at farmers’ markets or public events.
ORDER OF BUSINESS

            Donation Request: Wilde Lake High School Robotics Team

  • Rustin Pare, a WLHS senior and captain of the Robotics Team, came to request funds to purchase supplies to build robots for a competition in the spring.
  • Mr. Cooper made a motion, seconded by Ms. Caplan, to donate $500 to the WLHS School Robotics Team. The motion carried 4 in favor, one abstention. (Mr. Friedhoffer).

Request to Close ARC cases

Mr. McKinney asked to withdraw the requests after speaking to  CA General Counsel Sheri Fanoroff and  CA Covenants Administrator Deb Bach about an alternate process.                                  

Second Quarter Financial Report

  • Ms. Caplan and Mr. Cooper reviewed the report with Ms. Shulder and recommend approval.
  • Ms. Caplan made a motion, seconded by Mr. Cooper, to approve the Second Quarter Financial Report. All in favor.

            Request for Approval for Operating Funds: Ad for Howard Magazine

  • Mr. Friedhoffer made a motion, seconded by Ms. Torres, to approve purchasing an ad for a special Columbia 50th birthday edition of Howard Magazine for $1750. All in favor.

            Discussion: Resident Concerns re: traffic

  • The Board agreed to invite a representative from Howard County traffic engineering to get updates on traffic concerns, specifically Reedy Brook and Ten Mills and West Running Brook Road/Running Brook Elementary school.
  • REPORTS

            Columbia Council Rep

  • Ms. McCord reported that the CA Board was starting the budget discussion process

            AC Liaison Report

  • Mr. Friedhoffer reported that there were four applications approved and two fast track applications approved. There were a total of 103 applications in 2016, including 10 non-residential.

            Committee Reports

            Education: Mr. Friedhoffer reported he is working with the WLHS Robotics Team. He is also working with WLMS students on their future city projects.  Mr. Friedhoffer is putting together a newsletter about the schools.

            WL CARES Report

  • Ms. Caplan reported that she is working on the “50 trees for 50 Years” project with CA Watershed Manager John McCoy. CA has agreed to match WLCA funds to purchase 50 trees. Details about tree varieties and pick up location will be determined.Volunteers will be needed to help with planting around the end of April. The Watershed Stewards Academy is looking for a service project. They will have a meeting on January 23 at 7pm. The annual plant exchange will be held on Village Election Day, April 29. There will be a community meeting on Lake conservation on April 24 at 7pm. The WAC will provide language about native plants for the architectural guidelines.

            Neighborhood Reps:

  • Ms Torres will be working on the neighborhood rep program, looking for ways to recruit more reps.

            Manager: A written report is attached to the minutes.

  • Ms. Shulder noted that Norma Heim, CA Director of Communications and Marketing,  will be at the March Village Board meeting to inform the community about the new membership structure. There will be information sessions in February for people interested in learning more about being a Columbia Council rep.    

Chair:

  • Mr. McAliley has been in communication with the HOA presidents who would like to hold a gathering with a speaker on how to get people to maintain their properties. Mr. McAliley and Ms. Caplan attended the County Executive Budget hearing and Ms. Caplan gave testimony. Mr. McAliley attended the Speak Up Forum at HCC. There will be a meeting of the Village Board Chairs.

 

ADJOURNMENT
  • Mr. Friedhoffer made a motion, seconded by Ms. Caplan, to adjourn the meeting  at 9:15pm. All in favor.

 

Submitted by

Carole Black

Approved 02/06/17

December 5, 2016 Minutes

CALL TO ORDER

A regular meeting of the Wilde Lake Village Board was called to order by Kevin McAliley, Chair,on December 5, 2016 at 6:30pm at Slayton House, Columbia, Maryland. Members present were Kevin McAliley, Chair; Jeff Friedhoffer, Vice Chair; Bess Caplan; Wulah Cooper; Laura Torres; Nancy McCord, Columbia Council Rep (left at 7:30pm) Kristin Shulder, Village Manager; and Carole Black, Board Secretary. Also present were Carl McKinney, Covenant Advisor;   PFC Gabe Simcox, Wilde Lake Community Resource Officer; Al Edwards and Josh Bennett, Columbia Association Construction; and residents Yolanda Epps and Jeff Churilla.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  • Mr. McAliley requested moving up the CCR report since Ms. McCord had to leave at 7:30pm for an audit committee meeting.
  • Ms.  Caplan made a motion, seconded by Ms. Torres, to approve the amended agenda for December 5, 2016. All in favor.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • Ms. Caplan made a motion, seconded by Ms. Torres, to approve the minutes of November 7, 2016. All in favor.
SPECIAL GUEST: PFC Gabe Simcox, Wilde Lake Community Resource Officer

PFC Simcox reported that there were no significant complaints. The community outreach unit is scheduled to move to the former Grempler Building on Little Patuxent Parkway.

Columbia Council Rep
  • Ms. McCord had no updates to report.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Al Edwards, Director of Construction, Columbia Association
  • Mr. Edwards provided updates on the Swim Center renovations. Phase I has been completed. Phase II will begin Summer 2017. This will include the reconstruction of the locker rooms, which are currently not ADA compliant. There will also be a new family changing area. There will be new finishes to the Lobby and a redesigned HVAC unit outside of the program pool.
ORDER OF BUSINESS

Architectural Guidelines Revisions

  • There was some discussion about signage for properties that are sold or under contract. Mr. McKinney will contact the other villages as to their Real Estate signage guidelines on this. This will be on the next agenda.
RESIDENT SPEAKOUT
  • Jeff Churilla spoke about a safety issue on Reedy Brook and Ten Mills Road. Drivers coming from Ten Mills Road are not obeying the stop sign. Mr. Churilla has contacted the police on this problem.

Architectural Committee Appointments

  • Mr. Friedhoffer made a motion, seconded by Ms. Caplan, to recommend that CA appoint Mr. Cooper to the AC and that the Board appoint Ms. Torres to the AC. All in favor.

Appointment of 2017 Village Election Chair

  • Mr. Friedhoffer made a motion, seconded by Mr. Cooper, to appoint Yoland Epps as the 2017 Village Election Chair.All in favor.

 

Discussion: County Executives FY2018 Citizens’ Budget Request Hearing

Board members discussed items to include:

1.Money be added back into the street tree planting fund

2.Funds for the Howard County Bikeway program (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScok_WOejXuxraWpLEhc2UpUzFRp0clY8PtNG39UMNrfPwZZg/viewform)

 3.Complete access path from Little Patuxent Parkway to Wilde Lake Village Center

  1. Replacement of storm grates
REPORTS

AC Liaison Report

Mr. Friedhoffer reported that there was one application approved and one approved with modifications.

Committee Reports

Education: Mr. Friedhoffer reported that there will be and open house for Wilde Lake Middle School on December 12 (to say goodbye to the old building) and on January 8 ( to tour the new building)

WL CARES Report

Ms. Caplan reported that she is still working on the 50 trees project and on a presentation by John McCoy on the shoreline improvements project. She will also provide information to send out on the raingarden share program.

Manager: A written report is attached to the minutes.

Ms. Shulder provided information on the cost for converting VHS tapes to DVDs.   

Chair: Mr. McAliley attended the ceremony for the transfer of Merriweather Post Pavilion to the Downtown Columbia Arts Council.

COMMENTS

Ms. Torres spoke about the County Executive’s initiative #OneHoward, to promote community dialogue and address concerns regarding racial intolerance in Howard County.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Friedhoffer made a motion, seconded by Mr. Cooper, to adjourn the meeting  at 8:30pm. All in favor.

 

Submitted by

Carole Black

Board Secretary

Approved 01/09/17