Illegal Dumping on Our Open Space
To all Community Members!
During a recent community walkthrough it was observed that continued illegal dumping is still taking place on our open space. We have addressed this on numerous occasions via a newsletter sent to every homeowner, as well as posted this concern to our website as part of the minutes of both board and general meetings which have emphasized the cost of this continued dumping.
Over the years, this community association has spent several thousand dollars on maintaining the open space and keeping it as debris free as possible. However, there are some community members that tend to use our open space and nearby open space as their personal dumping grounds.
Let's explain it this way. Every time the community association is forced to use funds to clean up trash and debris from the open space, it is at a cost of $50 to $100 or more depending on the amount that must be removed.
The funds set aside to maintain our open space do not include monies to clean up after those who insist on violating this community standard and Baltimore County Law.
No one wants an increase in the yearly assessment, but at this rate there could be one in the future.
The Board of Directors again asks that this practice be discontinued immediately.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Minutes: General Meeting Northgate Hall Community Association
Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Joppa View Elementary School Library
Board Members: S. Bevans, A. Chesser, J. Dulny, R. Dunn, J. Lee, P. Lee, C. Marks, L. Meyer, B. Stallings,
E. Stylc J. Wiggins
Absent: C. Donnelly, T. DeHart
Invited speaker: David Marks, Baltimore County Councilman Fifth District
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the annual general meeting for the Northgate Hall Community Association was held in the library at Joppa View Elementary School. The attendance was sparse once again, but we thank those who took the time out of their busy day to attend and show an interest in their community. Some may have been in attendance but failed to sign in. The purpose of the sign in sheet is to gauge attendance so that we can plan accordingly for the next general meeting and ensure we have a meeting place that will accommodate all.
The general meeting is the perfect opportunity to let your voice be heard and to make suggestions as to what you would like to see happen in Northgate Hall.
The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:05 PM by President Jerome Lee. At this time he informed the group that no electronic devices could be used to record the meeting proceedings.
FINANCES AND ASSESSMENTS
At approximately 7:17 P.M., Councilman David Marks walked into the library and the general meeting was interrupted to allow him to take the floor. He provided a brief personal history and reiterated he is a lifelong resident of Perry Hall and has been active as a past president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association. It was obvious from his remarks that he is passionate about maintaining and improving the quality of life for the entire Perry Hall area. As testament to his commitment to his constituents he gave out his email address, newsletter information, and passed out a fact sheet with contact information for various Baltimore County department services
We sincerely appreciate and thank David for his time, for taking an interest in our community and for his past assistance in navigating some county issues.
Councilman Marks spoke at length of his attempts to reign in development as much as possible and to ensure property surrounding Northgate Hall was developed as low as it could go. He spoke of two rezoning issues from 2012, downsizing North of Joppa Road and development of property next to the Perry Hall Library. He also mentioned a rezoning cycle coming up in 2016 which may include development at Kahl and Joppa Roads. The Association intends to file an application to have minimal impact at this location. Obvious our concern is our open space directly across the road and we don't want that to be misconstrued as a selling point for future home owners who see that as a play area.
The next big topic was the overcrowding of schools due to development and demographic changes and he discussed several locations considered for the building of a new elementary school. He also mentioned redistricting changes in 2018 which may affect Chapel Hill Elementary. He is also asking for a residency audit for Perry Hall High School as too many kids may not actually reside in the zoned area. From his remarks Councilman Marks is a strong proponent for open space green areas and discussed the success of the added parks in our area along Honeygo Boulevard as well as the Soukoup Arena which provides services for the recreation council. He provided a brief breakdown of how money was allotted for each project as well as money that was raised.
Several community members mentioned the resurfacing of Deviation and Variation Roads; David stated they are resurfacing corridor roads first. We will continue to ask for this service. However, he stated Kilkenny Circle has ratings close to meeting the requirement for resurfacing (unknown to most we have two homes on Kilkenny Circle that are a part of our Association).
Mr. Marks was quite pleased with the "beautification" efforts of downtown Perry Hall along Belair, Ebenezer, and Joppa Roads. The banners have been a successful promotion; they improve the appearance and promote a good business climate. He also mentioned that the Perry Hall Shopping Center was about 90% occupied and that there are plans to develop Regester Square after Memorial Day. This would be a retail strip south of the 1st Mariner bank. Some other topics discussed were truck traffic along Ebenezer Road (will ask for a targeted enforcement), traffic signal at Honeygo and Cross, and future plans for development at Honeygo Blvd and Belair Road. David declared he would support a medical building, assisted living facility, but not in favor of a four story apartment building at that location.
He briefly touched on the proposed outlet mall on Nottingham Properties (behind Lowe's) even though this is no longer in his district.
We notified our community members well in advance of the general meeting date and that the Councilman was invited to be a guest speaker. If you failed to attend you missed a prime opportunity to hear first-hand what is happening in our area as well as proposed planned projects and an opportunity to ask questions of your elected official. After speaking for about 30 minutes, Councilman Marks left the library and the general meeting resumed at 7:47 P.M.
The Resident Agent for Northgate Hall received a letter from the law firm of Winegard, Hess, Friedman & Levitt, LLC in late August. This firm represents Richmond American Homes of Maryland, Inc., formerly known as Chesapeake Homes, Inc., the developer of our Northgate Hall Community. Attorney Lisa C. Heimlicher and Kevin H. Wingate, Land Development Manager, Richmond American Homes of Maryland requested an audience with the board.
Basically, Ms. Heimlicher stated the developer still owns some real property in our community and have been paying taxes on same for the last 38 years. The very narrow strips of land appear to be pathways between or behind the lots. There were a total of 13 paths identified with acreage of 1.13 acres, more or less. The HOA know these as easements and the areas in question are listed as HOA on the various plats for the community.
These areas should have been conveyed to the Association in the Deed dated November 26, 1976 by and between Chesapeake Homes and Northgate Hall Community Association. In order to correct this omission the law firm will prepare a Deed to the Association and have it duly recorded. The Association will not incur ANY cost of the fee simple transfer.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:35 PM.
Questions? Please contact us at www.northgatehall.com.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!