March 7th   Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Have you considered volunteering your time on behalf of your community? The current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2019. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances, advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance, and advocate for changes that will benefit Harper's Choice. The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2019.  Information and nomination petitions are available at Kahler Hall and for download on our website here; a maximum  1 50-word CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT is due at Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on  March   1 4.  The STATEMENTS may be emailed to manager@harperschoice.org, preferably in a MS Word document.  For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

HCCA is looking for volunteers to help us count ballots on Election Day, Saturday, April 27 at 3:00 pm at Kahler Hall.  If you are available and would like to assist the Election Monitor Committee with this task, please contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or manager@harperschoice.org .
Harper's Choice Board Responds to CA's Legislative Proposal


Columbia Association Postpones Decision To Pursue Recognition As A"Community Benefit Association"
A proposal to recognize Columbia Association (CA) under state law as a "community benefit association" is now being targeted for 2020 instead of 2019.
 
Since its founding in 1965, Columbia Association has been classified under Maryland Corporations Law as a private, non-stock corporation. When the state Homeowners Association Act (HOA Act) passed in 1987, CA was classified as a homeowners association as well.

CA's Board of Directors had been considering requesting that the Maryland General Assembly recognize Columbia Association as a new kind of entity called a community benefit association, instead of a homeowners association. The original timeline would have brought the request to lawmakers in Annapolis for a vote in the 2020 legislative session.

However, a recent court decision created potentially detrimental financial effects for CA. The proposal to be recognized as a community benefit association could address this issue while maintaining the transparency protections of the HOA Act for anyone who lives or works on or owns property that is part of Columbia Association.

CA changed its timeline given the possibility that the bill could still be considered in the remaining weeks of the 2019 legislative session, pending approval by CA's Board of Directors. CA released information to the community, and it hosted meetings with the public and with managers and board members from Columbia's 10 village community associations.

With so little time left in the 2019 legislative session, and given the feedback heard from the community, CA's Board of Directors will continue their conversation in 2019 regarding recognition as a community benefit association in order to request filing of the bill when lawmakers return to Annapolis in 2020.

Columbia Association is very different than traditional homeowners associations. CA serves an entire community of homeowners, renters, commercial property owners, businesses and the people who work in Columbia, and provides far more services - including facilities, programs and activities - to a greater population than a typical HOA.

When state lawmakers consider changes to the Maryland Homeowners Association Act, that legislation is usually in response to issues at much smaller homeowners associations - and frequently will have unintended negative consequences on Columbia Association. Recognizing Columbia Association as a community benefit association would acknowledge its unique structure and the many and diverse stakeholders it serves, while protecting CA from legislation intended for more traditional HOAs. Becoming a community benefit association would change nothing about the way CA operates.

For more information about this proposal, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/CBA.
Wilde Lake High School Put To On "Chicago"




Rustic Revival


Managed Deer Hunt


There will be a sharpshooting hunt at Blandair Park - North Section on Monday, March 18, 2019.  On the day of the hunt, all properties in that location will be closed to the public from 3:00 p.m. through midnight. 
 
Howard County will conduct sharpshooting deer hunts at many Howard County parks.   

Please read the information in this link for complete details and contact information. 
Save the Date


Columbia Solar Cooperative
Are you thinking of going solar? The Columbia Solar Cooperative - a combined initiative of Columbia Association and Civic Works' Retrofit Baltimore for the Columbia Solar Cooperative - will host an information session on Thursday, February 28 from 7-8pm at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Save approximately 20% off the cost of solar panels for your home and enjoy the many benefits of going solar, including lower electricity bills and increased property value. For more information, visit retrofitbaltimore.org/rsvp-columbia.

Columbia Cleanup Day
Columbia Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, March 30, with volunteers picking up trash that has accumulated in open space throughout the community. For times and locations, please contact your local village community association.
Children's Discovery Fair 

Covenant Corner


Covenant Complaint or Concern?
All inquiries/complaints that come into the Village office are handled confidentially. Ideally, in order to properly respond to complaints, we need to have some way to contact the person making the complaint. Sometimes the issue is one where we have no authority, such as animal control, noise, rental housing, and parking. In these cases, we would refer the person with the complaint to the responsible authority, such as Police, County Rental Housing, Highways, etc. If we receive an anonymous letter with no return address or contact information, we have no way to try and help. The person who sent the letter may feel that their Village does not address their concerns. Do you have questions about the complaint process? Call us, stop by or email us!
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Architectural Committee Meetings

Please check the calendar on our website for the latest meeting dates.
 
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC).
 
The AC will meet on Tuesdays, March 12th  & 26th at 7:30 PM to review applications. 

The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date.
Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for April 2nd  at 7 PM.   Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be on our website. 
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