Wilde Lake Village Board Meeting March 4, 2019


A regular meeting of the Wilde Lake Village Board was called to order by Laura Torres, Vice-Chair, on March 4, 2019 at 6:35pm at Slayton House, Columbia, Maryland. Members present were Kevin McAliley, Chair (arrived at 6:50pm); Laura Torres, Vice Chair; Mary Calder; Bess Caplan; Stephen Mowatt; Nancy McCord, Columbia Council Rep; Kristin Shulder, Village Manager; and Carole Black, Board Secretary. Also present were Milton Matthews, President/CEO, Columbia Association, Ned Howe, David Stembel, Enterprise Homes, Inc, Genie Wessel, WL Representative to CA Senior Advisory Committee, Carl McKinney, Covenant Advisor; residents Joel Hurwitz, Mel Marcus, Ginger and Tom Scott, Julian Levy, Liz Bobo, Lloyd Knowles, MaatenRe Ramin; Steve Ingby, Harper’s Choice Village Manager, Brent Smith, owner of Feet First, and Ginnie Gick, Howard County Council District 4 Aide; and Carl McKinney, Covenant Advisor.


Mr. Mowatt made a motion, seconded by Ms. Calder, to approve the agenda for March 4, 2019. All in favor.


Ms. Caplan made a motion, seconded by Ms. Calder, to approve the minutes of February 4, 2019. All in favor.

 SPECIAL GUEST; Milton Matthews, President/CEO, Columbia Association

Mr. Matthews provided a presentation about the proposal to change the designation of Columbia Association to a Community Benefit Association. After the presentation, the Board and residents asked questions about the process.

SPECIAL GUEST: Ned Howe, VP, New Business, Enterprise Homes, Inc.

Mr. Howe presented a new proposal for the redevelopment of Roslyn Rise. The new proposal would extend out to CA open space towards the tunnel. In order to do this, CA would have to give them authorization to extend out to this area. Mr. Howe was asking the Board for support to do this.

SPECIAL GUEST: Genie Wessel, WL Representative to CA Senior Advisory Committee

Ms. Wessel provided updates on the Committee’s activities and meeting schedule.

She encouraged everyone to nominate someone for the 40 Fabulous Residents in honor of the 40th anniversary of Wintergrowth.

Resident Speakout
  • Joel Hurwitz, encouraged the Board to write a letter of support for the plastic bag bill. Mr. Hurwitz does not agree with the location of the bike path along Twin Rivers Road.
  • Ginger Scott is not in support of the Roslyn Rise project or the community benefit association proposal.
  • Tom Scott is opposed the community benefit association proposal.
  • Brent Smith, owner of Feet First shared information about an event on April 20th in honor of the 40th anniversary of the store. He is working on getting, residents and businesses involved.
  • Ginnie Gick introduced herself as the district aide for Deb Jung, Howard County Council Districtt 4 Rep.
  • Larry Schoen spoke about moving the multi-use path to the village center side of Twin Rivers Road.
  • Liz Bobo questioned the urgency for moving forward with the proposed legislation by CA.
  • MaatenRe Ramin had concerns about a cable line that was strung across some trees that crossed over Cross Fox Lane. She also had some concerns about early pick up times for dumpsters behind Starbucks.

Request for Letter of Support: Enterprise Homes

  • Bess Caplan and Laura Torres expressed concerns about preserving the open space and too much density.
  • Ms. Torres made a motion, seconded by Ms. Calder to support use of the open space if allowed by CA. All in favor.

Discussion: Neighbor Notification for Application for Exterior Alteration

  • Mr. McKinney explained that there were three options: eliminate signatures of neighbors on the application, door hangers or postcards. The RAC would need to consider the scope of the application and need to get legal counsel before moving forward.

FY 2018 Third Quarter Financial Report                  

  • Ms. Caplan made a motion, seconded by Mr. Mowatt, to approve  the FY2018 Third Quarter Financial Report. All in favor.

Donations to Wilde Lake Schools

  • Ms. Torres made a motion, seconded by Ms. Calder  to split the remaining funds evenly between the schools and the PTA. All in favor.                        
  • Ms. Caplan made a motion, seconded by Mr. Mowatt, to donate  $750 to the Blessings in a Backpack for Running Brook Elementary School. All in favor.                                             

Discussion- Proposed Legislation: Community Benefit Association

  • The Board discussed the proposed legislation but did not take a position.

Plastic Bag Legislation

  • Ms. Caplan made a motion, seconded by Mr. Mowatt, to send a letter of support for this legislation. All in favor.

Columbia Council Rep: no report..

AC Liaison: Ms. Calder reported that there were 2 applications, one was approved and one disapproved.


Education: no report

Health and Wellness: Ms. Torres urged support for the Feet First Fun Run.

Wilde Lake CARES: Ms. Caplan reported that there will be a cleanup on March 30. They will meet at the bottom of the dam at the bridge.

Neighborhood Reps: No report.

Manager: Ms. Shulder reminded the Board that the nomination period ends on March 13.

Chair:  Mr. McAliley presented the list of village priorities at the Howard County budget hearing.

  • Ms. Caplan made a motion, seconded by Ms. Torres, to adjourn the meeting  at 9:37pm. All in favor.


Submitted by

Carole Black

Board Secretary

Approved 03/18/19

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