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.
However, we voted to have three authorized signers, in case the treasurer is not available.
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:
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.
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."
Baltimore County Councilman, Fifth District
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
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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.
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