Oakland Mills eNews
May 5, 2021
Upcoming Events
CALL AHEAD or CHECK EMAILS and FACEBOOK to find out the status of meetings and events.
May 6th, 7:30 p.m.

May 11th, 7:00 p.m.

May 22nd, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Annual Plant Sale Returns to The Other Barn

May 25th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Virtual Board Meeting

June 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Free Shredding & Vehicle VIN Etching Event
Contact Us!
The OMCA staff will continue to work remotely for a short time longer and are always available by phone or appointment. Please contact us by email until the doors to The Other Barn open 
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager
Brigitta Warren, Facility and Event Coordinator 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant 
Karina Caico, Covenant Advisor for Property Concerns

Sandy Cederbaum
Temporary Covenant Advisor
Exterior Alteration Applications
Letters of Covenant Compliance
Contact Board Members HERE.

The Other Barn Phone: 410-730-4610
(Messages only)
Rent The Other Barn!
We are pleased to announce new wedding pricing for events with less than 50 guests! Click the button below to view venue photos and info. Tours are by appointment only. For further questions, contact Brigitta Warren at events@oaklandmills.org. Follow The Other Barn on Facebook!
Other Important Community Contact Info
Howard County Police
For emergencies, call 911
Non-emergencies: 410-313-2200

Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: CPL. Roberto Lopez
OM Nursery School at the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center website
Contact OMNS to learn more about enrollment for the upcoming 2021-2022 nursery school year. 
Howard County Government Website
  • Howard County Virtual Portal (Covid-19 emergency assistance & resources) 
  • Covid-19 County Updates HERE
Howard County Council
Oakland Mills is located in Council District 2 and represented by Opel Jones
  • District 1 - Liz Walsh Website 
  • District 2 - Opel Jones Website 
  • District 3 - Christiana Mercer Rigby Website 
  • District 4 - Deb Jung Website 
  • District 5 - David Yungmann Website 
New to the neighborhood? Welcome hOMto Oakland Mills! We'd love to virtually welcome you to OM. Email manager@oaklandmills.org and we'll send you all of the great info you need to feel right at hOMe!
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Board News
The OMCA Board will continue to meet virtually until further notice. (Click date for link.)

Oakland Mills welcomes our newest Board Member, Warren Wortman. Warren is a longstanding Oakland Mills resident, living with his wife Amy and family in the Thunder Hill Neighborhood. Warren current serves as the chair of the OMCA Public Space Committee and is a bicycle advocate. Please "visit" our next virtual meeting to welcome Warren and our returning Board Members Rebecca Bryant, Jonathan Edelson, Lynn Engelke, Bill McCormack Jr., Rena Ross, and Columbia Council Rep, Virginia (Ginny) Thomas.

Upcoming OMCA Board Meetings
May 25th, 7:00 p.m.

Agendas for upcoming board meetings are posted four days prior on this page. Past board meeting minutes can also be found on this page. 
To contact the OM Board click here.
A Friendly MOWING Reminder
Property owners are reminded that it is their
responsibility to mow the islands that are adjacent to sidewalks surrounding your property. Please make sure that this is done as part of routine lawn care. Thanks!
OMCA Committees
OMCA Education Committee
Stay tuned for the next Education Committee meeting.
OMCA Public Space Committee
Meets the third Tues. of each month (virtually) at 7:00 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Tues. May 18, 2021.

Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
The RAC meets virtually the first & third Thursdays of each month.
Next Virtual RAC Meeting
May 6th on Zoom
Info/list of applications will be posted five days in advance of the meeting HERE.

Architectural Covenant Processes
For info on architectural covenant processes, visit the Covenant Tab on the Oakland Mills website.

Exterior Alterations Applications Info
Click HERE.

Download Request For Letter of Compliance
Click HERE

Property Concerns
If you have a concern about your property or another in Oakland Mills, please email Karina Caico, covenant advisor for property concerns, at:

3-Week Community Comment Period Begins
Proposed 7-11/Gas Station/Car Wash Design
for 5901 Stevens Forest Road
During the April 27, 2021 open meeting of the Oakland Mills Board of Directors, a group representing a potential purchaser for the vacant lot at 5901 Stevens Forest Road (a former gas station lot) presented plans for development of this property by building a 7-11 convenience store, gas station, and car wash on the lot. A link to site plan with the proposed architectural drawings is HERE.
This presentation was not an official exterior alteration application for approval of these plans. Rather, it constitutes only the first step in the Oakland Mills Non-Residential Architecture Review Process.
As the second step of the review process, the Oakland Mills Board of Directors is now opening a three-week comment period for members of the community to review and respond to the architectural plans presented. Any comments regarding the plans and/or the exterior architectural aspects of the proposed structures should be submitted to the Oakland Mills Board by email to manager@oaklandmills.org or by postal mail to the Oakland Mills Community Association, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045. The three-week comment period will be open until Monday, May 26, 2021.
For details on the Oakland Mills Non-Residential Architecture Process click HERE.
Letter of Compliance Timeframe
House buying and selling season is upon us! If you are planning to sell your home, please review the following information:
  • We suggest that all property owners in OM request a Letter of Compliance prior to placing your house on the market. This will give you time to proactively address any potential non-compliant items.
  • It takes us approximately THREE WEEKS to issue a Letter of Compliance. To ensure your closing is not delayed, don’t wait until your buyer asks for it!
  • Letters are issued as a PDF via email.
  • At this time, due to staffing constraints we are unable to complete follow-up inspections on properties found to be non-compliant; however, we will continue to work with you through the entire process.
  • To better understand what is expected for a property to be compliant, please contact propertyconcerns@oaklandmills.org for a copy of our Compliance Checklist
  • To request a resale packet, please contact Sandy Cederbaum at manager@oaklandmills.org.

For all of the information regarding buying/selling in Oakland Mills please visit our website.
OMCA Village Elections Results
The results are in! Click HERE to see who your new Board and Columbia Council Representative are. Thanks to all who voted!
Oakland Mills Annual Plant Sale
Oakland Mills Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 22nd
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Other Barn

For more info, click HERE or email Brigitta Warren at events@oaklandmills.org.
Oakland Mills Farmers Market Returns!
Howard County Farmers' Market Returns to OM!
Sunday, May 9th
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Village Center

The Howard County Sunday Farmers' Market will be back in Oakland Mills for 2021! The market will be open on Sundays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 p.m. in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

The market opens on May 9th and will run through November 7, 2021.

For more information, please visit the Howard County Farmers' Market website or their Facebook page.

We can't wait to see you there!
Free Shredding & Vehicle Etching Events
Free Shredding Event
Saturday, June 5th,
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Parking Lot Behind The Other Barn

Free for OM residents ONLY. Addresses will be verified. Residents may bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper per household for shredding. No business shredding.

For more info, email events@oaklandmills.org.
Vehicle Vin Etching
Saturday, June 5th
9:00 AM to 12 noon
Oakland Mills Community Police Trailer Parking Lot

A free service provided by the Howard County Police Department Auto Theft Unit. Please be sure to bring your current vehicle registration.
CA's Yards Alive! Blog
Yards Alive! is an exciting new program established to educate by CA's Climate & Sustanability Committee and Oakland Mills residents about more sustainable landscaping practices. Oakland Mills is the location of the first pilot program. Visit the Yards Alive! Blog to learn more about the program and about ways you can improve your little square of paradise. The Yards Alive! blog has articles written by your Oakland Mills neighbors. This week's article written by Kay Wisniewski, Creating a Buzz on Your Balcony, features many of the plants that will be available at the OM Plant Sale on 5/22.
HC DrugFree
HC DrugFree provides resources and education on prevention, treatment, recovery, and health and wellness to help Howard County residents develop knowledge and skills to understand and address behavioral health (substance use and mental health) disorders. HC DrugFree website
Overdose Response Training (Virtual)
May 18th, 6:00 p.m.
May 27th, 3:00 p.m.
Offered through Howard County. Register here.
Guiding Good Choices: Free Parenting Classes
May 4th & 11th and June 1st & 8th
Info HERE.
County & Statewide Vaccination Info
Mobile Covid Testing Sites
First Call Urgent Care and Centennial Medical Group has implemented four mobile testing units for those who may not have access to other testing facilities. Rapid testing and PCR testing will be available to residents at no cost.
Community Action Council Services
CAC offers free Head Start and Pre-K programming to eligible 3- to 5-year-old children. Programs provide family engagement services, speech & language therapy, mental health consulting, hearing & vision screening, and nutritional counseling. They operate four sites across the county, including at the Bauder Education Center in Long Reach. Learn more on CAC’s website (www.cac-hc.org) or call 410-313-6440.

Community Action Council offers housing assistance, utility assistance, food assistance, and early childhood education. Visit www.cac-hc.org to learn more. Get support or get involved now by calling 410-313-6440.
Community Events
Howard County Council's Racial Equity Task Force Virtual Public Hearing
May 6th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting
Community members and organizations will have an opportunity to provide testimony on the draft recommendations of the Racial Equity Task Force. The draft recommendations are posted on the Racial Equity Task Force website.

To provide public testimony on the draft recommendations sign up here.
To watch the Hearing as an “attendee”, register here.
Howard County Public School System Kindergarten & Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration now open online.
  • Pre-Kindergarten Registration is also open online 
  • Kindergarten Readiness resources from the Howard County Public Library System.
The Howard County Library System has taken an active stand against racism and hatred by launching a new educational initiative called Brave Voices Brave Choices. HCLS hopes to harness the power of storytelling to create ripples of understanding and positive action throughout Howard County. To learn more or to share your own story, visit HCLS's Brave Voices Brave Choices page.

Join HCLS in committing to and engaging in an educational pursuit for justice!
Services & Volunteer Opportunities
Columbia Community Care
Free food and goods for those in need. Volunteers and donations welcome.
The distribution site has relocated to the front of Oakland Mills Middle School and other locations. Please visit the CCC website for details. For more info, click HERE.
OMHS Food Pantry
May 26th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For pick up procedures and info on donating, click HERE.
Howard County Multiservice Center Food Pantry
9900 Washington Blvd, Suite 1, Laurel
Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Third Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
More info: EnglishSpanish
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals once a week for seniors, as well as support and safety-net services. To learn more about services or to donate/volunteer, click HERE.
Energy Assistance
Energy assistance through Community Action Council. If you or someone you know is in need, visit the CAC website for more info.
Howard County Virtual Portal
Covid-19 disaster and emergency assistance resources and info HERE.
The Village in Howard
The Village in Howard is a member-based community of Howard County residents 55 and older. Membership benefits enable members to actively age in place. May Newsletter.
Howard County Directory of Behavioral Services for Youth
Many youth are facing mental health challenges during this time. Click HERE for a thorough list of providers and services.
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
6700 Freetown Road, Columbia
Call: 410-531-6677 or 410-531-6006 
24 Hour Hotline: Dial 211 
Telephone counseling, free walk-in counseling, emergency shelter for the homeless, a 24-hour suicide hotline, Mobile Crisis Team, and a Runaway Teen Program that provides crisis intervention for runaway youth and their families. All services are free. Marylanders with mental health or substance use issues are encouraged to "Call 211 and Press One" to reach help.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Beds for Children in Need
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a charity that builds beds for kids who don't have their own. If your child or a child you know is sleeping on the floor, a sofa, an air mattress, or with other siblings or parents, you can request a bed by visiting www.shpbeds.org/request-bed or emailing md-howardco@shpbeds.org. SHP delivers the bunks/single beds along with new mattresses, pillows, sheets, and comforters.
Columbia Association News & Events
CA Headquarters and CA Member Services Office
Please call or email. Most CA staff work remotely and the CA Member Service Center is accessible by phone.  
6310 Hillside Court
Columbia, MD 21046
CA main number: 410-715-3000
Member Services number: 410-730-1801

Be the first to know about all things AQUATICS! CLICK HERE!

Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn
For more information, call 410-992-3726 or email CA.Teens@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Does your land abut CA Open Space? Then you could qualify to have CA pay for half of your home's boundary survey!

To ensure accurate installation of exterior alterations within your property boundaries, a survey of your property can be done. In order to assist with that effort and to prevent encroachments onto CA Open Space, the 50/50 Survey Program was created. CA now offers a discounted survey for community members who own property adjacent to CA Open Space.
For more information and to take advantage of this program, email: RealEstateServices@ColumbiaAssoication.org.
Other Resources & Info
Howard County Recycling

Yard Trim Collection Has Resumed! More info

Do you have a bike gathering dust?
Consider donating! More info
See Click Fix
See Click Fix is an interactive website for Howard County residents to report issues to the County. Issues include, but are not limited to, roadway issues, missing street signs or fallen street signs, street tree issues, potholes, cracked sidewalks, etc. THIS IS NOT a site for 911 emergencies or police or fire issues.
Visit OMO!
One CLICK opens the door to become engaged in a community-based, multi-generational social learning environment.
Oakland Mills United is a community organization that advocates for Oakland Mills through education, empowerment, and demanding change. OMU empowers OM's students, schools, and community by providing programs to address the needs of students and families. 
Howard County Public Library
The Howard County Library System is now open for limited in-person services! More Info

Visit the Howard County Public Library website to access virtual educational resources & events and more.
Little Free Library at The Other Barn
While we are away.....
The free little library is open to the public. While our OM librarian is away please feel free to continue to leave a book and take a book so that OM can continue to enjoy reading and sharing. 

Please remember that only books that you would find at the HoCo Library should be left in our library and be appropriate in nature.
Support our OM Merchants
Visit the OM Website for a complete list of merchants and businesses. All Oakland Mills merchants are open and would love your support! 
Please remember to pick up after your pet! More folks than ever are using our beautiful paths. Please don't leave anything behind.