An Update from GCA president Gary Lenz:
The light snows we have had in the last week add a majestic glow to our wonderful neighborhood. The bone chilling temperatures are keeping folks indoors, except for the sledding children. When you venture out, be mindful of the ice caused by the snow and the cold. Below you will find information important to our community members.
GCA ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual meeting of the Glyndon Community Association will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 beginning at 7 PM in the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department. The notice of this meeting has gone out to all members. It is also posted at the Post Office bulletin board and at Santoni’s Market.
The agenda for this meeting includes the Election of Officers for 2011 – 2012, voting on an important change to the GCA Bylaws and much more. George Boden and Joe Culotta, the gentlemen from Baltimore County, who are instrumental in the Water Pipe Project will be with us. They will be able to update us on the Project and how it will proceed when work resumes in March. If you have any questions, George and Joe will answer them. We hope to see all of you on February 9th.
Now the commercial: Dues invoices for GCA went out the first week of January to all of our community. We invite you to renew your membership or join GCA, as many have already done. Send your check to GCA, P.O. Box 86, Glyndon, MD 21071. You may also pay at the Annual Meeting. Remember, you must be a currently paid member to vote at the meeting. We want you to join us.
IT’S THE LAW! CLEAR YOUR SIDEWALKS
This is a reminder that it is important that we clear our sidewalks after it snows. The sidewalks are used by our residents on a regular basis and it is important that these be clear to walk on. Below is the Baltimore County Law concerning the clearing of sidewalks. Within 24 hours after a snowfall, it is our job to clear our walks. If we have an elderly neighbor, or someone is out-of-town, it is nice to offer assistance, needless to say. Our residents do a good job in this regard, but a reminder is important to all of us.
§ 18-3-107. REMOVAL OF SNOW AND ICE.
(a) Required. Within 24 hours after the fall of any snow, each person or public institution occupying or using a residential, commercial, or industrial building in any manner or for any purpose shall remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away, the snow from the foot pavements fronting the respective houses, stores, shops, stables, houses of worship, lots occupied by any buildings, unoccupied buildings, and unoccupied lots that run along streets in the county.
(b) Manner of removal. In removing or clearing the snow, the person may not:
(1) Obstruct the passage of water in gutters along the street; or
(2) Throw the snow on the paved portion of the street.
(c) County may remove. If the person required to remove and clear snow under this section does not remove and clear the snow, the county may do so at the expense of the person.
(d) Expense a lien.
(1) If the person does not pay the expense incurred by the county for snow removal under this section, the expense shall be a lien on the property in the same manner as taxes, and shall be collected in the same manner provided by law for the collection of taxes.
(2) Charges and assessments imposed under this subsection are benefit charges and may not exceed a reasonable estimate of the special benefit conferred on the property.
(e) Removal of ice. The person required to remove and clear snow also shall keep ice and every type of obstruction out of the gutters leading to and off the pavements or sidewalks located in front or at the rear or sides of the same buildings.
(f) Penalty. In addition to the other remedies provided in this section, a person who fails to comply with this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of $25 for each failure and an additional $25 for each day the obstruction continues.
(1988 Code, § 31-8) (Bill No. 3, 1990, § 2; Bill No. 66-01, § 2, 7-1-2004)
CARING AND SHARING
As you probably know, Eileen and Rich Wuerthele have moved from Glyndon, due to an occupational relocation. I am pleased to welcome the new residents of that property, Cassandra (CJ) and Alan Gulley. We welcome them to Glyndon and to the GCA, as they have already joined our Association. Please join me in welcoming CJ and Alan to our community.
If you know of anyone who is ill, has died, is moving, or has moved into Glyndon, please notify Vernene Rodgers Lenz, the chairperson of this committee. We want to include everyone but you are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community.
THINK SUMMER! STINK BUGS??
It is not hard to remember the infestation of “stink bugs” that we had in our homes last summer. If you interested in more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (how many of you knew this full name?), the University of Maryland Extension will be offering a 2 hour program on this critter and how to cope with it at the Carroll County Office on January 27, 2011. For more information contact the Carroll County Extension Office at 410-386-2760. Thank you to Meredith Wells for passing this along to us.
Enjoy the rest of the winter. Soon we will be receiving the flower and shrub catalogs in the mail which will mean that it will be time to think, “Spring.”
I hope to see you at the GCA Annual Meeting. We also look forward to seeing each other around our quaint Victorian community, where everyone says, “Hello!”
Please feel free to offer your volunteer help to GCA — just contact me! “The more hands, the merrier!” as the old expression states. GCA is YOUR organization, it works for YOU — it is not a clique for only a few — but, a membership driven Association. HAPPY NEW YEAR!