Northgate Hall Community

P.O. Box 44375
Nottingham, Maryland 21236-6375
info@northgatehall.com
(443) 826-2877

Northgate Hall Community
NEWS UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016

Minutes: Board of Directors Meeting
Date:     September 22, 2016
Time:      7:00 PM
Place:     Cummings & Company 9607 Belair Road

Attendees:       A. Chesser, J. Dulny, D. Graber, J. Lee, P. Lee, S. Michno, B. Stallings, J. Wiggins
Absent:            T. DeHart, R. Dunn, L. Meyer, E. Stylc

Meeting called to order by President Jerome Lee at approximately 7:05 P.M.

President Lee asked all board members to respond to emails as timely as possible to avoid repeated emails or phone calls. He realizes everyone is a volunteer and respects your personal outside obligations and\or commitments.

OLD BUSINESS

  • Re-visited the stone work proposed behind the houses on Variation Road. No firm time frame has been established.

NEW BUSINESS

  • President Lee attended the most recent planning board meeting for the new elementary school to be completed in 2018. This school will be located near Joppa and Chapel Roads. Supposedly there will be minimal walk up traffic, approximately 100 car parking lot, separate access for buses, and possibly a blinking light. He expressed concern for widening Joppa Road to accommodate the increased traffic. (More information can be found in the update from Councilman Marks which is under the header: Community Notes)
  • Joe Dulny provided a brief summary of our expenses and our cash on hand. We thank him for assuming the role of treasurer and are confident in his skills as he becomes more familiar with the banking program. The primary role of the treasurer is to pay the invoices for the community landscaping and any other special projects performed, pay any attorney fees associated with the assessment collections-money we do recoup, manage incidental spending for office supplies, postage, and pay the annual insurance for our open space. Jerome said he would help in any way needed.
  • To alleviate some of the burden on the treasurer, it was decided that President Lee or Patricia Lee would retrieve the 2017 assessments from the PO Box and maintain the spreadsheet for receipt. As retirees they have the time and opportunity to visit the post office frequently and provide timely, weekly deposit for our homeowners. This has worked out well for the last 4-5 years.
  • As a result of the new treasurer, new authorization cards must be completed at the bank. Bank of America has informed us that only one authorized signature is required by them for a check.

However, we voted to have three authorized signers, in case the treasurer is not available.

  • We received an email from a homeowner relative to the unsightly overgrowth around the pond fence. She identified it as honeysuckle and volunteered to do the cutting if the association would make arrangements to haul it away. President Lee said he would inspect the site, take pictures and send them to the appropriate county representative for correction or feedback. The storm water management facility (pond) belongs to the county.
  • On August 22, 2016, a group of individuals operating a 4 wheel drive? used our open space as a playground causing great damage to the property. Estimate to repair and put structures in place to block vehicular access was almost $7000.00. We thank the resident who reported this incident and filed a police report the same night. Unfortunately a vehicle tag number could not be provided; the vehicle is thought to be a green Dodge Durango. We ask all those who reside on property adjacent to the open space to please be vigilant and report any commotion to police at 410-887-5000. These might include residences on Bowline Rd., Kilbride Rd., Vicky Rd. and Vicky Ct. It seems these vandals entered off of Kahl Avenue. Remember if YOU SEE SOMETHING….SAY SOMETHING!
  • A claim was filed with our community insurance company, but that type of damage was not covered under our policy.  The General Liability Policy is intended to provide coverage for property damage and bodily injury to others caused by the insured for which the insured may be legally liable. Guess who foots the bill?? WE ALL DO!
  • Since the cost to repair was so high after we just spent so much money to just maintain the open space this cutting season, the board voted to only fill in the deepest ruts with soil, reseed, and place straw mat covering to protect the seed. Hopefully Mother Nature can take care of the smaller indentations. We will revisit the site in spring 2017 to assess any necessary further repair.
  • Fortification measures, at a cost of approximately $1200.00, have already been put in place to restrict vehicular traffic from access to our open space. We realize that sometimes it is necessary for homeowners to contract a tree service or other business to attend to their property needs and it may require a truck to access the back of their property. In this instance, we ask that you notify us 72 hours in advance so we can make access available. Several board members have been given keys to unlock the chain. However, please be advised any damage done to the open space is the responsibility of the homeowner.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:00 P.M. Thank you to Auggie Chesser for her hospitality and refreshments.
The next board meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2016, at 6:30 P.M. at 9607 Belair Road.

COMMUNITY NOTES, FALL\WINTER 2016

Some homeowners have communicated concern for drivers speeding through our Association, specifically on Deviation and Vicky Roads. Several years ago we asked the county to place speed humps on these roads but were denied. According to the county there was not enough vehicle traffic to warrant the traffic calming technique and these roads were not a thoroughfare. In contrast Kilbride Road connects Ebenezer to Joppa, thus meeting the criteria. The Association placed Child Playing signs at the front and back end of Vicky Rd. and at the intersection of Deviation and Ballygar Rds. in an attempt to slow down drivers. The speed limit through a residential area is 25 mph. Please be mindful of pedestrians\children in our community and remind your friends and visitors of the same.

Speaking of children, we all know that schools are in session. 
The Baltimore County Police Department reminds all drivers to stop when the lights on school buses are flashing. Maryland law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the street if there is no physical divider or barrier. Drivers who pass the bus before all lights have ceased flashing may face the following consequences:

  • Drivers who pass a school bus while the lights are flashing will receive a citation that carries a maximum payable fine up to $570 and a three-point penalty.
  • Drivers who stop but then proceed while the lights are flashing will receive a citation that carries a maximum payable fine up to $570 and a two-point penalty
  • Drivers who contribute to an accident when they fail to stop for a school bus while the lights are flashing may face additional penalties

Children are not always aware of their surroundings and assume that driver will stop for them. Youngsters also dart into the road without looking first for traffic. Allow room for the frequent stops that happen during the morning pick up and the afternoon drop off.

Overgrown Trees and Shrubs
The Board has received a number of complaints concerning trees (low hanging limbs) and shrubs that over shadow the public pavements. To be more specific, the Board has noted that there are a number of homes in our H.O.A. where pedestrians cannot use the pavements (sidewalks) unencumbered because of tree limbs lower than 6 feet; and overgrown shrubs blocking partial access, in violation of Baltimore County requirements.

The Board would encourage all homeowners to check out their property and take corrective measures to insure that tree limbs and shrubbery do not impede foot traffic. This also applies to easement areas as applicable.

The fall season is the perfect time to inspect your shrubs and trees and prune back as necessary. However, please note the following reposted from an earlier newsletter:

Disposal of Lawn Clippings and Leaves
Although we have had a fairly mild fall to date you are reminded of the following:

Under Section 18-3-109 of the Baltimore County Code that:
A person may not place, dispose, cast, throw on or into any road, street, sidewalk, lane, bridge or drain in the county:
-Any metal, wood, glass, nails, grass clippings, leaves or any other object or article; or
-Any dead animal, garbage, ashes, fruit, dirt, filth, obnoxious fluid or substance; or refuse of any kind

The Director of Public Works is charged with the responsibility of enforcement of this Article. Such unlawful acts may result in fines being issued.
Grass cuttings thrown into the street after lawn mowing are not only unsightly, but create hazardous conditions during rainy periods for traffic. Eventually these clippings find their way into the Chesapeake Bay Environmental System.

Please be considerate and take the time to sweep up any grass cuttings that land in the street and dispose of them properly. Also rake and bag up leaves and dispose of them on the designated yard waste pick up days.

Snow Removal
Also and just as important during the winter season, snow must be cleared from your sidewalk and thrown on your grassy areas-NOT the street, no later than 24 hours after the last snowflake.
This is laid out in the Baltimore County Code of Ordinances, "Roads, Bridges and Sidewalks, 18-3-107 Removal of Snow and Ice." Baltimore County relies on reports from the public when sidewalks have not been cleared. A letter is sent out by the Department of Public Works after a complaint has been received. If a citation is made, it comes with a $25 fine.

If you are unable to shovel your sidewalks, plan ahead and arrange for the work to be performed for you. It is not an option….it is the law. Violators will be reported to Baltimore County Code Enforcement.

Just wanted to pass this along. One of our homeowners forwarded a message dated 9/21/16, from Councilwoman Cathy Bevins (District 6). It read as follows: "More great news regarding road paving. Perry Hall Boulevard repaving will begin end of this week\beginning of next week. The construction will be between Ridge Rd. and Honeygo! Please be patient while work is being done. I advocated for this all last year and I'm so pleased to finally announce this to my constituents. Thanking the administration for keeping my priority their priority." Even though we are in District 5, thought this might be informative for some; work may already be complete.

And lastly the following is an email from Councilman David Marks to Northgate Hall Community Association President Jerome Lee Jr. and it reads as follows:

"I wanted to update the Northgate Hall community on two important issues; the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, and our ongoing work to reduce school overcrowding.

Every four years, the Baltimore County Council evaluates the development potential of all land within the county's borders. This year, our office reviewed 161 zoning issues. About 130 issues were initiated by my office in an effort to preserve green space and reduce school overcrowding. As a result of rezoning, the private property that surrounds Northgate Hall was reduced to the lowest allowable level for future development, DR 1 or one house per acre. All of the public property and homeowners association land was changed to Neighborhood Commons, or open space. My goal is to preserve the quality of life that makes Northgate Hall such a nice community in which to live.

This affects school overcrowding, as well. Our office is working with the School Superintendent on a plan to eliminate overcrowding at both Perry Hall Middle and High Schools. In the fall of 2018, Perry Hall's first new school in 25 years will open near Joppa and Chapel Roads, The elementary school will likely serve Northgate Hall so I wanted you to have the opportunity to view drawings of the new campus. You can see the design at http://www.bcps.org/construction/Northeast/2016-07-12_BOE-PD Slide Show_Final for-PDF_RENUMBERED.pdf. I will be engaging the Northgate Hall community as this project advances."

David Marks
Baltimore County Councilman, Fifth District
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 887-3384
dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov

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We sincerely appreciate all the assistance Councilman Marks has provided to this community and his intervention and guidance dealing with county issues.

DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE NOVEMBER 8TH
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!