A regular meeting of the Wilde Lake Village Board was called to order by Kevin McAliley, Chair,on February 3, 2020, at 6:32pm at Slayton House, Columbia, Maryland. Members present were Kevin McAliley, Chair; Bess Caplan, Bill Santos Laura Torres, Nancy McCord, Columbia Council Rep, Kristin Shulder, Village Manager, and Carole Black, Board Secretary. Stephen Mowatt, Vice Chair, was absent. Also present were Ned Howe and Brian McLaughlin, Enterprise Community Development; Amy Gowan, Director, Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning; Emily Ranson, Clean Water Action, Joel Hurwitz, Rebecca Beall, Harper’s Choice Village Board; and residents Chris Tsien and Susan Tucker.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mr. Santos made a motion, seconded by Ms. Caplan, to approve the agenda for February 3, 2020.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Santos made a motion, seconded by Ms. Torres, to approve the minutes of January 6, 2020. All in favor.
SPECIAL GUEST: Brian McLaughlin, President & CEO, Enterprise Community Development
Mr. McLaughlin updated the Board on the status of pending Zoning Board approval for the renovation of Roslyn Rise. The issue is the addition of more units, which increases the density.
SPECIAL GUEST: Amy Gowan, Director, Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning
Ms. Gowan explained what has caused delays in the process of getting the Roslyn Rise project approved. She also updated the Board on other issues.
SPECIAL GUEST: Emily Ranson, Maryland Program Coordinator, Clean Water Action
Ms. Ranson spoke about the issues of stream erosion between Faulkner Ridge/Bryant Woods and Beaverbrook. She went to the location and reported that there is significant stream erosion and which could cause flooding. She encouraged people to report any flooding issues to the county to raise their awareness of the issue.
Susan Tucker, who is the Wilde Lake representative to the Columbia Association Watershed Advisory Committee, provided updates on the Committee’s activities. She is interested in finding out if any Wilde Lake residents are experiencing flooding problems in their neighborhood. The WAC will be meeting with the Climate Sustainability Committee to combine their efforts on projects.
ORDER OF BUSINESS
Discussion: Electric Scooter Legislation CB 3-2020
The Board discussed the legislation. Ms. Shulder informed the Board that this bill was tabled.
Columbia Council Rep: Ms. McCord reported that the CA Board will be voting on the FY2021-2022 budget this month. She will continue to be working on the issue of the neighborhood centers. Ms. McCord has proposed raising the assessment rate by 1or 2 cents per thousand to help fund the cost of renovations to the centers.
Mr. Santos made a motion, seconded by Ms. Torres, to
send a letter to the CA Board supporting an increase in the assessment rate. All in favor.
AC Liaison: A written report was submitted. Ms. Torres provided additional details.
Wilde Lake CARES:
Ms. Caplan reported on the scheduled spring events:
March 21: Columbia Cleans Day
April 26: Pull and Plant
May 16: Plant exchange and tree giveaway.
Education: Mr. Santos reported that an event was held for the Northfield
Elementary students who are redistricted to Running Brook Elementary. The Bryant Woods and Running Brook Elementary PTAs are partnering on events. Wilde Lake High School held a “String Fling” for music students from all levels. Wilde Lake High School will be open to the community on Saturdays to use their facilities, e.g media center, gym.
Health and Wellness: Ms. Torres reported that there will be a Plant-Based Eating Workshop on March 4.
Neighborhood Reps: No report
Manager: Ms. Shulder reminded Board members that the nomination period for village elections begins February 18.
The renovations to the theatre are going well.
Chair: Mr. McAliley reported that he, Ms. Caplan and Ms. Shulder met with Jan Clark, CA Landscape Architect, to discuss improvements to the Village Green. Mr. McAliley attended an open house for the Office of Transportation.
Ms. McCord made a motion, seconded by Ms. Caplan, to adjourn the meeting at 8:45pm. All in favor.