FY 2015 Annual Report

Our fiscal year ended April 30, 2015. During that year, our village’s Representative to the Columbia Board of Directors was Gregg Schwind. The members of our Village Board of Directors were:

  • Linda Hitzelberger, Chair
  • Jerry Lioi, Vice-Chair
  • Miles Coffman
  • Tom Louden
  • Michelle Wood

Village Board Projects

The Village Board worked on the following issues this past fiscal year:

  • Hickory Ridge Village Center Park development
  • Survey about CA parcel at Hickory Ridge Village Center
  • Signage at the Hickory Ridge Village Center
  • Mailing absentee ballots to every village household
  • Changes to Architectural Guidelines & RAC/AC By-Laws
  • Discussion of New Town Zoning with Howard County Council
  • Street parking around Atholton High School
  • Howard Community College Master Plan
  • Formation of the Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee
  • Planning the Open Streets Howard County event
  • Various building projects in and around Hickory Ridge
  • Joint meeting of Hickory Ridge’s smaller homeowners’ associations


Covenant Work

This year the Resident Architectural Committee reviewed 234 Exterior Alteration Applications, approving 189 through the regular process, and 38 via our Fast Track process. The RAC denied 1 application. The following volunteers served on the RAC this past fiscal year:

  • Dianne Earley, Chair
  • Linda Loesch, Vice-Chair
  • Debbie Cline
  • Barbara Condron
  • Kathy Mardaga
  • Skye Anderson
  • Bob Opatovsky

Appeals are heard by the Architectural Committee, which is composed of three Village Board members and two RAC members. No appeals were heard in FY2015. Tom Louden chaired the AC, joined by Michelle Wood, Miles Coffman, Dianne Earley and Linda Loesch.

During this period, the covenant advisor handled 218 new covenant violation cases and resolved 215 covenant cases. In FY2015, 2 cases were sent to Columbia Association for legal action, and 11 cases carried over into FY2016. The Association received 105 requests for a Letter of Compliance, and issued 87 Letters of Compliance.

Special Events

Our Special Events Coordinator, Joan Lancos, planned the following events in FY2015:

  • 4 Family Bingo Nights
  • 50+ Lunches (3)
  • Wine Tasting
  • Family Pool Party
  • Village Yard Sale
  • Landscaping Classes
  • Volunteer Party
  • Family Holiday Event
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Holiday Craft Show
  • Searching for Spring
  • Village Election
  • Ladies Night Out
  • School’s Out Lunches
  • Open Space Crew Lunch
  • Flea Market
  • Prepare to Care Event
  • Lifetime Transitions
  • 2 Shredding/E-cycle Events

Services

In FY2015, the village offered the following services:

  • Notary Public
  • Postage stamps
  • Laminating
  • Reader’s Exchange Ads
  • Block Party Grants
  • Mowers list
  • Faxing & Copy Services
  • Maps & schedules
  • Cul-de-sac Grants
  • Snow Shovelers List
  • Columbia Cards
  • Scoop the Poop signs
  • Storm water assessments
  • Soil sample dropoff site

FY15 Budget

The village association brought in $359,470 income. Expenses were $360,743. The village reserve account (savings) totals $44,948. $256,798 of our income is our share of the CA special assessment that all Columbia residents pay yearly. Here is a breakdown of the budget:

Income
CA Assessment Share $256,798
Rentals $  88,192
Interest $       123
Special Events $    4,631
Fees $    1,583
Miscellaneous $    8,142
Total $359,470
Expenses:
Staff Salaries & Benefits $213,403
Payroll Taxes $  14,357
Contract Labor $       241
Janitorial Expenses $  28,280
Fees $  14,339
Operating Expenses $  17,064
Taxes/Insurance $    5,445
Advertising $    4,812
Newsletter $  31,721
Contributions $       450
Special Events $    8,836
Utilities $  11,929
Maintenance $    5,190
Furniture & Fixtures $       164
Depreciation $    4,512
Total $360,743
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What We Did in FY2014 (May 2013-April 2014) — aka The Annual Report

Every year, the village staff produces an Annual Report that is shared with the Village Board and with residents. This report lets our residents know what we have been up to in the past  year, and the many ways that we work to keep Hickory Ridge looking good and running smoothly. Here is the report that was published in the July 31, 2014 LOG newsletter. Enjoy!

 

FY14 Annual Report

Our fiscal year ended April 30, 2014. During that year, our village’s Representative to the Columbia Board of Directors was Gregg Schwind. The members of our Village Board of Directors were:

  • Miles Coffman, Chair
  • Tom Louden, Vice-Chair
  • Jerry Lioi
  • Linda Hitzelberger
  • Michelle Wood

 

 

Village Board Projects

The Village Board worked on the following issues this past fiscal year:

  • Hickory Ridge Village Center Park development plan
  • Redesign of the Sixpence/Buglenote Tot Lot
  • Inner Arbor Plan for Symphony Woods
  • Negotiation of CA Management Contract
  • Funding for a new Wilde Lake Middle School
  • Ash tree removal by Howard County
  • Hawthorn Park usage by soccer clubs
  • Street parking on Sunny Spring
  • Monument Sign(s) at the Hickory Ridge Village Center
  • Street parking around Atholton High School
  • External Financial Audit of the Association
  • Columbia Retail Market Study
  • Route 32/Cedar Lane Intersection improvements
  • Various building projects in and around Hickory Ridge
  • Joint meeting of Hickory Ridge’s smaller homeowners’ associations

 

Covenant Work

This year the Resident Architectural Committee reviewed 215 Exterior Alteration Applications, approving 188 through the regular process, and 27 with Fast Track. The RAC denied 6 applications. Serving on the RAC this past fiscal year were:

  • Dianne Earley, Chair
  • Linda Loesch, Vice-Chair
  • Debbie Cline
  • Barbara Condron
  • Kathy Mardaga
  • Skye Anderson

Appeals are heard by the Architectural Committee, composed of three Village Board members and two RAC members. One appeal was heard in FY2014. This past year Tom Louden chaired the AC, joined by Michelle Wood, Miles Coffman, Dianne Earley and Linda Loesch.

During this period, the covenant advisor handled 160 new covenant violation cases and issued 126 Letters of Compliance. A total of 180 covenant cases were resolved in FY2014, 6 cases were sent to Columbia Association for legal action, and 15 cases carried over into FY2015.

 

Special Events

Our Special Events Coordinator, Joan Lancos, planned the following events this past year:

  • 4 Family Bingo Nights
  • Family Pool Party
  • Village Yard Sales
  • Wine Tasting
  • Landscaping Programs
  • Volunteer Party
  • Family Holiday Event
  • Holiday Craft Show
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Searching for Spring
  • 3 Shredding & E-cycle Events
  • Village Election
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Columbia Home Tour
  • School’s Out Lunches (2)
  • Duct Tape Purse Class
  • Cardmaking Event
  • Open Space Crew Lunch
  • 50+ Lunches (2)

 

Services Offered at the Village Office

  • Free Notary Public
  • Postage stamps
  • Free classified ads
  • Block Party Grants
  • Faxing, photocopying
  • Mowers list
  • Maps & schedules
  • Cul-de-sac Grants
  • Snow Shovelers List
  • Laminating

 

FY14 Budget

The village association brought in $359,688 income. Expenses were $352,331. The village reserve account (savings) totals $45,283. $248,898 of our income is our share of the CA special assessment that all Columbia residents pay yearly. Here is a breakdown of the budget:

 

Income

CA Assessment Share          $248,898
Rentals                                       $  98,807
Interest                                      $       123
Special Events                         $    3,851
Fees                                             $       921
Miscellaneous                         $    7,088

 

Total                                         $359,688

 

 

Expenses:

Staff Salaries & Benefits        $203,876
Payroll Taxes                           $  13,947
Contract Labor                        $           0
Janitorial Expenses               $  25,717
Fees                                              $  13,607
Operating Expenses               $  13,001
Taxes/Insurance                    $    5,866
Advertising                               $    1,949
Newsletter                                 $  31,992
Contributions                           $       502
Special Events                          $  10,469
Utilities                                       $  14,764
Maintenance                             $    4,810
Furniture & Fixtures             $    4,141
Depreciation                             $    4,362

 

Total                                          $352,331

 

If you’re still awake after reading all this, please feel free to call the village office with any questions you may have.

Clearing up Misconceptions about the Inner Arbor Trust

I recently received a letter from Michael McCall of the Inner Arbor Trust. He sent me this letter in response to my inquiry (on behalf of the Village Board) asking for some details that would help the Village Board understand the long and complicated County approval process that the Inner Arbor Plan is currently undertaking, and where the Plan is in that process.

It’s a long, thorough letter that details the history of how the Inner Arbor Plan became the plan of choice for developing Symphony Woods, and the progress that has been made during the last six months. It’s worth a read if you have heard people speak in favor of an alternate plan for Symphony Woods, or have read article about people protesting the current design.

Get the facts on what has been approved, when, and by whom. There is a lot of misinformation, rumor, and noise out there about this project.

Read the Letter:

Letter on the Progress and History of the Inner Arbor Trust