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Monday, October 27, 2008

Curiouser and Curiouser. . .

The HWPOA board of directors plans to hold a special board meeting tonight, Monday October 27 at 7 p.m. at 2161 Hallmark Drive. The announcement of the meeting is here.

Why another meeting when they just had a meeting a week ago on October 20?  Seems some board members want to reconsider a vote taken at that meeting. That vote, as I understand it, was to hold a community-wide meeting sometime in late November or early December to introduce Hallmark property owners to the results of the deliberations of the resurrected landscape committee (see earlier article here on woodsblog...), and to vote as a community to accept or reject that plan. 

The landscape committee has been working with a landscape architect in Annapolis, Deborah Schwab, to produce a design appropriate for Hallmark Woods.  They have selected one option as the best so far and are planning to meet with Ms. Schwab to finalize the design and go over a list of possible options (such as plants, landscape elements, possible contractors...). 

Show up tonight and you might learn where all this is going....

John L.

>> Both resolutions listed in the agenda passed, with one dissension on the meeting (the first resolution listed). The full text of them both (the first was three pages long!) will be published  on the HW website as part of the meeting minutes, we were told. All five board members showed up, as well as 9 non-board members. Discussion was at best anemic.  More, I am sure, later.  –JL–  


Friday, October 24, 2008

Staples Corner Design Meeting

They're baaaaack!   The Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning will hold the second public meeting on the Staples Corner Urban Design Study on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Crofton Middle School. 

According to their announcement letter, "The project team will present the results of the survey [filled out by participants in the first meeting; see earlier post here], summarize key opportunities and constraints, and discuss the preliminary findings of the travel demand analysis and road improvement alternatives." 

If you care at all what Staples Corner will look like, or how easy/hard it will be to drive through there once any "improvements" (such as a roundabout) are built, show up and make your voice heard. Meantime, if you have any questions or comments, call the Planning & Zoning office at (410) 222-7432  and discuss them with Lynn Miller (the Planning Administrator), Michael Fox, or Kevin Gambrill.

John L.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Crofton Way

Back in June, I posted an article on The Joy of Community Associations describing the travails of some people in far-away Montgomery County. But this week's Annapolis Crabwrap (aka the Evening Capitol) brings the story closer to home with this engaging account of one homeowner's campaign against the establishment in his community.  

One of the (real) joys of living in Hallmark Woods has always been that we've avoided this sort of self-immolation here. May it continue to be so.

John L.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Greening the Entrance?

The resurrected entrance landscaping committee has held its first meeting, decided on a course of action... and disappeared into the haze. According to the minutes of their meeting,*  they are now working with two or three professional landscape designers to come up with alternative plans for the entrance. These apparently will be presented to the board of directors in November and then to the entire community (or whoever actually shows up) at our January 2009 annual meeting.  

Meanwhile, things are pretty quiet. Another committee meeting is definitely scheduled for Friday, October 17, at 7 p.m. at 1491 Kingsway Court. If you plan to attend it's always a good idea to check with one of the committee members named in the minutes (link above).  Or, with some luck, there might be a sign at our entrance announcing the meeting. 

Amazing how much their operations sound like those of the original landscaping committee! Apparently they've even considered the few constructive responses we got to our survey! 

John L. 

* Congratulations to whoever typed up those minutes! They're done correctly, as a chronological account of what happened, and are presented in the universal .pdf  format (instead of the often problematical Word table format). Give that person a contract!