December Community News Update
This article is published on the River Hill Community Association “The Villager” 2017 December issue.
Columbia Association Side
At the request from many community members, the Columbia Association (CA) Board of Directors recently affirmed the Paris Agreement on climate change and remains committed to clean energy. I am glad that CA has been a pioneer for environmental protection and clean energy adoption. I hope this act will encourage individuals in our community to take steps to reduce their personal carbon footprint by doing such things as walking more and maintaining reasonable room temperatures. Walk our walk, not talk our talk.
Other recent CA Board highlights:
- Held a discussion on New Town Zoning with Howard County DPZ and Consultants;
- Discussed and approved the new and simpler Assessment Share for the Columbia villages;
- Discussed the village associations’ contingency fund (around half million dollars) and decided the funds will be distributed among the 10 villages (each village gets 5%) and CA (gets 50%).
- Discussed and approved a 20% Cap on Cash Reserves for the villages.
- Discussed major capital projects and new operating initiatives received to-date in the Proposed FY 2019 and Conditional FY 2020 Budgets
School System Side
Many community members have kept an eye on or become involved in the school redistricting process since summer. The Board of Education made the final decision on attendance areas for the 2018-2019 school year on November 16. Here is how the River Hill area is impacted:
- Pointers Run Elementary will receive Polygon 127 from Clements Crossing Elementary.
- Clarksville Middle School will receive from Lime Kiln Middle School Polygons 117, 118, 120, 123, 126, 127, 296, 1117, 1120, 1123, 1296.
- High school overcrowding will be mitigated by the JumpStart Program and Direct Enrollment Program. River Hill High School will receive students from other crowded high schools.
Happy Thanksgiving! Be prepared for the cold winter and enjoy the happiness of the holidays.
Chao Wu, Ph.D.
River Hill Representative to Columbia Council and Columbia Association Board of Directors
Disclaimer: This letter only represents Dr. Chao Wu’s personal opinion. It does not represent River Hill Board of Directors nor Columbia Association’s Board.
Photo: The big tree inside the Mall of Columbia.