by Mike Conroy
At the January 24 Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors meeting, four candidates for the 2019 MVF Board election were presented by the Nominating Committee. Doniele Ayres, Andrew Bird, Scott Dyer (incumbent) and Kathy Ladipo will seek election to the three open seats on the MVF Board. These candidates were put forth by the MVF Nominating Committee after reviewing the applications submitted by the January 11 deadline; two additional applications were submitted, but withdrawn before the Nominating Committee met on January 16.
Read about these candidates’ qualifications and positions in the election pull out section of the February 8 Village News, or online at www.montgomeryvillage.com/mvf/board-directors/2019-mvf-board-candidates.
A number of items regarding the 2019 pool season were approved, including updates to the Pool Operating, Swimming Pool Use and Activity Card Distribution policies. Most of these changes were in reference to the Board’s approval of MVF facilitating pool party rentals at Peggy Mark, Stedwick and Whetstone pools (see article). Residents will now be able to reserve a designated space at select pools to hold pool parties; rental details will be available later this year.
The 2019 Pool Schedule was approved, with the biggest changes being earlier opening hours at Whetstone Pool, and all Lake Marion, North Creek, Peggy Mark, Watkins Mill and Whetstone pools closing at 8 p.m., rather than 8:30 p.m.
The Board also approved modifications to the Summers at South Valley Park Concert Series, hoping to gain a wider audience with fewer, higher-drawing performers. Concerts will be moved from Sunday evenings to Saturday evenings, and four signature concerts will be held from June to September (see article full details).
In addition, Capitol Office Solutions (COS) was awarded a bid for a new copier for the MVF Office.
Board President Glenn Gargan noted that development projects in the Village—including BloomMV, the Village Center and the Professional Center (Lidl)—are all in various stages of movement. And, while things at the county level move slowly in this regard, progress is on the horizon. Following up on comments from Residents Time, Gargan reinforced the notion that while parking is a Village-wide issue, it needs to be managed at the HOA/COA level.
Executive Vice President (EVP) Dave Humpton said that he and General Counsel Christopher Hitchens would be reviewing bills and legislation coming through this year’s session. They will keep the Board informed of potential legislation that would impact the community as information becomes available.
He also noted that staff recently had a productive meeting with county permitting agencies regarding the upcoming North Creek Pool renovation. It was determined that MVF would need to have a contractor secured by summer 2019, as county processes could take up to one year to complete. Community meetings will be held later this year as the process moves along.
Humpton updated the Board on development issues, noting that HOC recently purchased the day care site at the entrance to Montgomery Village. He said their intention is to maintain the day care facility and potentially have a recreational space on the property in the long term. Humpton also confirmed that Lidl purchased the Professional Center property and that Aldi would be the anchor grocery store in the Village Center.
Finally, he said that for the digital sign project, MVF has received several letters of support, but now has to have a formal survey of the proposed location done before submitting to the county.
For more details on all these updates, see the EVP Report online at www.mvnews.online/boards/3.
Treasurer Bob Carey gave a preliminary report, since the 2018 MVF audit is pending. Overall, he noted the MVF ended the year approximately $350,000 ahead of budget, with over $8.2 million in cash and investments. He noted that investments were down from the previous year, but were slightly ahead of the benchmark. It was reported that delinquencies remain on the decline, at 7.3%.
The next MVF Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road. The meeting begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. with Residents Time; before the meeting, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., residents have an opportunity to meet and speak with the candidates for the Board election. Residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting agenda and information packet will be available online at www.montgomeryvillage.com the week of the meeting.