Village Board Meeting, August 1, 2022


CALL TO ORDER: A virtual Zoom meeting of the Wilde Lake Village Board was called to order by Kevin McAliley, Chair, on August 1, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Kevin McAliley; Tina Horn, Vice Chair; Sagrario Ortiz; Chuck Yarbrough; Steve Campbell; Carl McKinney, Covenant Advisor; Bill Santos, Columbia Council Rep; Tracey Manning, WL Cares; Kristin Shulder, Village Manager; and Dale Wasmus, Administrative Assistant taking minutes. Also in attendance was Jessica Bellah, CA, Manager, Community Development and Real Estate Services.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Ms. Horn made a motion to approve the August 1, 2022 agenda. Mr. Yarbrough seconded the motion. All in favor.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Mr. Campbell made a motion to approve the July 12, 2022 minutes. Ms. Horn seconded the motion. All in favor.

SPECIAL GUEST: Jessica Bellah attended the meeting to discuss the Howard County Planning & Zoning Village Center redevelopment process. Several questions were asked from the members present. Ms. Bellah suggested that Wilde Lake Community Association start thinking about what we would like in our village center and what do we value? Technical support will be available from the Howard County Department of Planning & Zoning.

RESIDENT SPEAKOUT: No residents were present to speak out.

Wilde Lake CARES Report: Ms. Manning, Ms. Caplan and Ms. Tucker recently met and planned several fall activities. A Wilde Lake bird walk, and Wilde Lake nature walk have been scheduled for September and pre-registration is required. Also in September will be the Wilde Lake native tree giveaway. Ms. Manning stated that she is grateful to Carl McKinney, Wilde Lake Covenant Advisor, for all his excellent work over the past several years and she wishes him well in his retirement.

ORDER OF BUSINESS: Request for 15 Day Notice/ARC Resolution for 10122 Hyla Brook Road

Mr. McKinney gave background information about this property. He has sent four violation letters and has received no response from the property owner. Mr. Yarbrough made a motion to approve the 15 Day Notice and ARC resolution. Mr. Campbell seconded the motion. All in favor.

Discussion: Bryant Woods Wading Pool

Marty Oltmanns, Columbia Association Aquatics Director, was not present at this meeting. A brief discussion ensued about what CA has proposed regarding the Bryant Woods pool. Mr. Oltmanns has proposed removing the wading pool and replacing it with an outdoor table tennis area. Mr. Santos stated that he is in favor of the wading pools. Ms. Horn made a motion to table the discussion until next month. Mr. Yarbrough seconded the motion. All in favor.                     


Columbia Council Rep – Bill Santos:  The CA Board of Directors approved CA’s President’s goals for FY2023. The Ethics Policy is in the revision stage as the legal team is reviewing it. Several residents have testified on the Lake Elkhorn stream restoration at CA’s Resident Speakout.


Education – Tina Horn: Happy to announce that one of Wilde Lake High School juniors, Abisola Ayoola, has been newly elected as the student representative to the HCPSS Board of Education. WLHS Community Circles will restart in the fall. Mr. Anthony Esposito, former principal of Running Brook Elementary School has been transferred to Swansfield Elementary School. Someone suggested the WLVB give a certificate and appreciation letter to Mr. Esposito. Mr. Santos mentioned that Traci Pelligrini, one of the managers of the Wilde Lake Watercats Swim Team, is retiring after seventeen years. Ms. Horn made a motion to also send a thank you letter to Traci Pelligrini. Mr. Yarbrough seconded the motion. All in favor. 

Ms. Horn made a motion to send a letter to Anthony Esposito thanking him for the many years he served the community. Ms. Ortiz seconded the motion. All in favor.

Neighborhood Rep – Chuck Yarbrough: Mr. Campbell and Mr. Yarbrough met recently.  Mr. Campbell gave Mr. Yarbrough the spreadsheet and pertinent information about this program.

AC Liaison – Steve Campbell: The RAC reviewed 13 applications during the month of July. Mr. Campbell previously submitted his report. It is on the Google shared drive.

Manager – Kristin Shulder: Ms. Shulder previously submitted her Manager’s Report. It is on the Google shared drive. Ms. Shulder reminded everyone that the pool party was this Thursday at Faulkner Ridge pool and asked for Board volunteers. Ms. Horn and Mr. Yarbrough volunteered to help at the pool party. Another offer letter for the position of Covenant Advisor has been sent out and we should know something by Tuesday. The first session of summer camp is next week, and the registration is about what was expected. Unfortunately, week three is lagging in registrations.

Chair – Kevin McAliley: Apologized because he will be unable to attend the pool party on Thursday due to a prior commitment. He highly recommends attending the party. Tuesday night is National Night Out. A lot of activities are going on in the community. Suggests we put it on the Neighborhood Rep’s itinerary for next year.

ADJOURNMENT: The Chair called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Horn made a motion to adjourn the meeting at approximately 8:20 p.m. Mr. Yarbrough seconded the motion. All in favor.