Mount Hermon Community Fall Meeting Minutes, October 21, 2009

Mount Hermon Community Meeting Minutes

Fall Meeting, Field House

October 21, 2009, 7:00 PM

  1. Call to order and prayer @ 7:00 P.M………………………………………………………………………Armand Langmo
  1. Meeting minutes read and approved……………………………………………………………………………….Janet Payne
  1. Treasurer’s report read and approved …………………………………………………………………….Barbara Grensted

We have a balance of $688.63.

  1. Announcements……………………………………………………………………………………………………Armand Langmo
  • This year’s Christmas buffet will be held on Dec. 4 at 6:00 PM at the dining commons.  Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 per person at the registration desk.
  • Next Spring we will have an election of president, secretary, and treasurer.  People are encouraged to volunteer for these positions.
  • MHC is trying to take steps regarding vandalism and speeding.  Armand has started a conversation with the police and highway patrol to see if it is possible to get some patrols on our streets.
  • Mount Hermon rules and regulations:  Copies of the rules were passed out, and we were encouraged to read them.
  1. MHA issues update report………………………………………………….Alden Johansen/Dale Pollock/Mark Lilley
  • The Woodwardia Bridge – Dale

The bridge will have to be closed on January 1, 2014.  It can still be used for a walking/biking bridge, but access to that section will have to go through Mount Hermon Road.  MHA is trying to get this access in place before 2014.  They have heard from Public Works that it will go to the County Board for approval, and they have reason to think it will be approved there.  The access will be right-turn-in, right-turn-out only at a cost of about $100,000, shared by MHA and all homeowners.

  • Water System Status – Dale

We are preparing to replace both water tanks.  There is $130,000 in the reserve for the tanks.  We had reduced water use this past year, which was very helpful.

  • Vandalism – Dale

Dale related incidences: Someone stole the stop sign in front of Youth Memorial and also speed bumps.  There was graffiti on Woodwardia Bridge.  The maintenance office was broken into.  A staff motorcycle and a car were stolen.   The sheriff’s office said that residents should report each violation to the sheriff or 911.

There was a question about homeless encampments just outside of Mount Hermon.  The sheriff knows about that – one was under the MH road bridge.  We as residents can complain to the sheriff’s office located on Graham Hill Road.  Dale told us that some residents went into an encampment and took junk to the dump

  • Rules and Regulations – Alden

Alden said that it has been many years since the rules were written.  They are good, but may need amendments.  If residents have suggestions, they can contact Alden.  MHA lawyers say they are legally defensible.  However, the MHA wants everyone to consider it a social contract in which we all cooperate and help our neighbors cooperate.

  • Assessment Fee for the Water System and for Improvement – Alden

Alden spoke about the improvement assessment and answered questions.  Someone asked about the six-inch pipe under the green bridge that serves the northern side of Mount Hermon.  Dale responded that there is a valve on the conference side that all Mount Hermon maintenance workers know about.  This larger pipe is essential, but there is a smaller pipe that can be used.

There was a question about road improvement on Graham Hill and Summit.

  1. Emergency Preparedness…………………………………………………………………………………………….Mark Lilley
  • Mark introduced Ray Solar from the Felton Fire Department.
  • Ray discussed purchasing an emergency preparedness kit, providing defensible space around your house for fire protection, CERT training, which can benefit you even if you do not join a neighbor emergency response team, and of the need to prepare for flooding emergencies this winter due to El Nino.
  1. No other new business was raised.
  1. We were adjourned at 8:11 P.M.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Janet Payne, November 19, 2009.

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