Committee chairs, members affirmed for 2019

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by Mike Conroy

At its April 25 meeting, the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors affirmed recommendations for MVF committee members and chairs. Pat Seery and Keith Silliman were reappointed as chair and vice chair (respectively) of the Audit Committee; Judi Kranz and Gary Unterberg were reappointed as chair and vice chair (respectively) of the Commercial Architectural Review Committee (CARC); Claudette Lease was reappointed as chair of the Committee on the Environment (COE); and Lisa Lewis and Gary Miller were reappointed as chair and vice chair (respectively) of the Architectural Review Board.

Amid the reaffirmation of the committee members, Board President Glenn Gargan thanked them for their continued service to the community and the volunteer hours they contribute each month to maintain the quality of life in the Village.

Other Agenda Items

In preparation for pool season, the MVF Board awarded a bid for pool chemicals to Amato Industries, a leading pool chemical company the MVF has worked with for many years. EVP Dave Humpton was authorized to purchase a new crew cab truck to replace a nearly 20-year-old vehicle in its fleet. The new truck, once selected from a dealership, will be used by programming and park staff, including for the Conservation Corps each summer.

Hann & Hann was awarded a bid to paint the exterior of the MVF Office building; this project was previously put out to contractors in an RFP process, which included a color change for the building. Recommended colors were suggested by the Architectural Standards Department, working with the Design Consultant.

Finally, the Board voted to support a recommendation from the COE regarding the number of times the Pepco right-of-way between Route 355 and Watkins Mill Road be mowed each year. The Board agreed to support the proposed once per year mowing, noting the positive environmental impacts this could have in the community.

President’s Remarks

Following the theme of volunteerism, President Gargan presented long-time and original CARC member Randy Creaser with a certificate of appreciation for his 26 years of service to the community, as he has now retired. Creaser had been on the committee since its inception, including working with the Kettler Brothers on early commercial designs in the Village.

EVP Report

EVP Dave Humpton thanked the District 39 Legislative Team—Senator Nancy King and Delegates Kirill Reznick, Lesley Lopez and Gabriel Acevero—for their work during the 2019 legislative session. He noted that the partnership that MVF has with the team works well, and to the benefit of all associations in Montgomery Village.

Humpton also gave an update on the development projects in the Village, noting that residents should start to see some progress at the Village Center soon. He said that all three projects were moving, albeit slowly, and he hoped to have more to share in the coming months. For a full update on the Village Center, Professional Center and Bloom projects, see article here.

Treasurer’s Report

MVF Treasurer Bob Carey reported that MVF’s finances remain in a strong and fluid position. He said MVF retains $8.9 million in Cash and Investments, and Revenue was favorable to the budget at $2,381,435. Personnel expenses were favorable to the budget year-to-date, but were expected to even out over the summer months.

Contributions to Reserves were made in the amount of $327, 905, through March, as prescribed in accordance with the budget. Capital Contribution Fees received through March totaled $34,608. Carey also noted that delinquencies were up slightly for the first time in several quarters.

Next Meeting

The next MVF Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road. The meeting begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. with Residents Time. Residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting agenda and information packet will be available online at the week of the meeting.