Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Emerson Town Hall with State Delegation

 The next Emerson to Action Town Hall will feature three members of Howard County's delegation to the Maryland legislature:

  • Vanessa Atterbeary, Maryland House of Delegates, District 13
  • Jen Terrasa, Maryland House of Delegates, District 13
  • Guy Guzzone, Maryland Senate, District 13
Emerson is soliciting questions ahead of time via this survey:

You can find more information on Emerson's Facebook page:

Changing the Fencing Standard

 Our townhome community is unique in Emerson in that the "cluster standard" (required architectural design elements) were specified by our builder and Emerson to what the Emerson Architect considers to be a higher grade of material.

This includes the divider fences, which Emerson has always required be made of wood and painted white. However, due to the current shortage of building materials (along with a case being made that vinyl is easier to maintain), Emerson has given us a process whereby we can designate an alternate material:

  1. Consult the Autumn Walk HOA membership on the proposed change
  2. Submit a formal letter to the Emerson ARB with the proposed change, as well as sample pictures and specifications
  3. State whether all fences will be vinyl, or whether this will be optional
  4. Obtain approval by the Emerson HOA Board
We are proposing that for the small dividers, that vinyl fencing be permitted as an "option," using vinyl fencing as shown in the attached pictures. These have not been approved yet as our first step is to consult the membership on the change.

  • As part of that we are conducting an online survey to determine whether the majority of our owners are in favor of this change.
  • We are also asking if members would like to participate in our first Picnic Social since 2019, as it was cancelled in 2020 by the pandemic.


PVC Fence Panel Full Privacy 6' Height by 8' Width
Post Caps: "New England" Style




Thursday, January 7, 2021

2021 Fee Booklets Are Late

For those who use coupon books to pay your Autumn Walk HOA fees, you may not have received them yet due to COVID-related delays at the printer and mail. The 2021 coupon book should arrive in the mail within a week, so just send your payment when you receive the book.


Because of this no late fees will be charged for the month of January.

If you don't get the coupon book by then please email julia.tredway@casinc.biz in the accounting department for our management team.

As you should have seen in a letter, the dues will remain $75/month this year.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Columbia, MD #5 on Money's Best Places to Live for 2020

Autumn Walk at Emerson is located adjacent to Columbia, MD which has perennially been a top pick in Money Magazines "Best Places to Live in America" lists for more than a decade, including taking the top spot in 2016. Columbia and Howard County define much of the quality of life for our community including the top-rated schools, a safe environment, and a diverse community.

For 2020, Columbia was ranked #5 in the US (and tops in Maryland). Their introduction to Columbia states:

"A mainstay on our Best Places to Live list, Columbia ranked 20th last year and took the top spot in 2016. This suburban town’s enduring appeal is the result of its racially and economically diverse population and its proximity to both Baltimore (15 miles away) and Washington, D.C. (22 miles). It helps that housing in the community is relatively affordable for the region."

These factors are among the reasons many of us chose to live here: proximity to jobs and amenities in a welcoming community with good schools.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Refinancing and Selling

With rates hitting historic lows, some of you may be looking to refinance your mortgages. The place to get forms filled out certifying your HOA fees and obligations is HomeWise Docs (www.homewisedocs.com).

This is also where you can obtain Resale Packages for Autumn Walk HOA when selling your home.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Autumn Walk at Emerson News 8/24/20

  1. Stephens Road Bridge Project: Closure next week o/a 8/30/20
  2. Night Hours: After 10 PM
  3. Welcome new neighbors!
  4. Landscaping & Maintenance
  5. Clubhouse Plans Revealed 8/27/20
  6. Emerson Food Trucks: Wed, Fri, Weekends
  7. Emerson Upgrades & Initiatives (driven by Emerson Community volunteers)
  8. Hammond High School: $76M Renovation/Expansion Has Begun

News Items August 2020:

1. Stephens Road Bridge Project: Closure on/about Sunday 8/30/20 

  • Stephens Road to close for about a week to relocate water/sewer lines during work hours (7 AM - 4 PM)
  • Afterwards, construction of new bridge to begin, may take as long as 2 years
  • Project lifts the bridge out of the floodplain (raising it 7-8 feet). Will also widen Stephens, add sidewalks, and add a median for traffic calming.
  • Will have two spans, so for the most part should always have one span open without major detours
  • Full info at bottom


2. Day/Night Hours: After 10 PM

Monday, October 28, 2019

Draft Minutes: 2019 Autumn Walk HOA Annual Meeting 10/28/19

The 2019 Autumn Walk HOA Annual Meeting and Elections were held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7 PM in the Emerson Clubhouse. Fred Leong took the minutes as he did for 2018 as well.


·        Attendance:
o   Present (4): (9811) Dharmesh, (9832) Allie, (9854) Fred; (9836) Tammy
o   Proxies (13): 9807; 9810; 9812; 9814; 9830; 9837; 9840; 9844; 9846; 9847; 9848; 9853; 9858
o   Management: April Day, CAS Inc.
·        Agenda
o   Quorum Established (17 accounted for, 12 needed)
o   Call to Order and Introductions
o   Adopt 2018 Minutes
o   Financial Review
§  2020 Budget
o   Presidents Report
§  Yearly Overview
§  Community Gatherings/Events
§  Landscape Beautification
§  Snow Removal
§  Misc
o   Proposals
o   Elections (2 open positions)
o   Residents Forum

Highlights:
1.     Board proposes Picnic for Sunday, May 17
a.     Pizza party with drinks, rest is potluck
b.     Will check that location is available, and that residents can attend
2.     Landscaping
a.     Please remember to keep your yards accessible for the landscaping contract, and avoid having anything breakable in your yards
b.     Will remove dead bushes on traffic islands (both large and small), just replace with mulch
c.     Board will add removing weeds in sidewalk cracks to Landscaping contract; will get a price on full weeding
d.     Authorized up to $5000 for an improvement project (does not have to be in those locations), resident proposals requested
e.     Board votes to ask if the sub-HOAs will jointly formally request that Emerson cover tree trimming and snow removal on major roads throughout Emerson
                                               i.     Affects appearance of entire community and budget has cashflow
3.     Emerson Election
a.     Need 169 houses to reach quorum, will have proxy forms at Halloween Block Party
4.     Home Maintenance: Emerson Violations
a.     Many houses received violations for fences, but confusion as to which fences belong to which house, especially when there are two dividers – is it the property line, or the side facing your house that matters?
                                               i.     Who cleans, paints, replaces fence?
                                             ii.     Will get clarification from Emerson
b.     Board will need to inspect Autumn Walk in late May
                                               i.     Yards should replace landscaping with something if everything has been removed
                                             ii.     Also some yards typically need cleanup, usually weeding
5.     2020 Budget adopted
a.     One-time deficit for landscaping improvement project
b.     Want to avoid raising fees as long as possible
6.     Elections
a.     Dharmesh Patel, Fred Leong reappointed to 2-year terms (no other applications received)

Details:

Saturday, October 26, 2019

2019 Halloween Block Party, Pumpkin Carving, and Chili Cook-Off

Be sure to stop by Allie's house (9832 Garden Ranges) on Halloween (Thursday, October 31st) for the annual Autumn Walk Halloween Block Party!

Please let Allie know at amehok01@yahoo.com if you want to enter the Chili Cook-Off. She has three meat entries and two vegetarian at the moment.

The schedule of events:

  • Sunday, October 26 at 2:30 PM: Pumpkin carving in Allie's garage (9832 Garden Ranges)
  • Thursday, October 31 (6 PM - 8 PM)
    • Chili Cook-Off (please bring your entries between 5 PM and 6 PM)
    • Halloween Block Party



2019 Autumn Walk HOA Annual Meeting and Elections

The 2019 Autumn Walk HOA Annual Meeting and Elections will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7 PM in the Emerson Clubhouse.

Expected Topics:

  • Elections for 2 Board Positions (2-year terms for Dharmesh Patel and Fred Leong expire this year)
  • 2020 Budget
  • Landscaping initiatives
    • Removal of dead bushes
    • Improvements
  • Setting a Spring/Summer date for the 2020 Picnic
  • Adopt the Draft Minutes from the 2018 Annual Meeting
In particular, the Board will consider whether to combine unspent funds from 2019 with 2020's budget, and potentially solicit proposals from residents for landscaping improvement projects for around $5,000.

We have enough proxies for quorum (12 houses) but we welcome your participation and ideas!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Fall Mulching in Autumn Walk

This year we switched landscaping contractors to Johnson Landscaping, which has kept the street in good shape all year.

Because the new contract was cheaper, we added a Fall mulching that started today and will run through Friday.

This isn’t a major cleanup and trimming like we get in Spring, just more of a refresh to replace the mulch that washed away during the year. But right now the entire neighborhood looks clean and tidy!




Thursday, October 24, 2019

Howard County Charter Review Commission

Although the Howard County Charter seems like a dry topic, there are a number of important items being considered for possible inclusion on the ballot in 2020, including:

  • Changing the number of Howard County Council Districts (for example, from 5 to 7)
  • Giving the Council the ability to delete, or increase or decrease, line items in the Executive's budget
  • Requiring that the County either limit future proposed projects to the funding projects for future years (such as schools and swimming pools), or at least state what the expected revenue will be in those years


Input can be provided directly to the Charter Review Commission at any time via email:
The meetings are also open to the public and there may be an additional 4th Public Hearing later this year.

Just a sampling of the topics that have been considered this year are listed below:

Monday, October 21, 2019

Water Meter Replacement Program

Howard County is expecting to replace 45,000 meters located inside homes to upgrade them to a new technology over the next 3 years.
  • Howard County has contracted with Keystone Utility Systems which will mail residents and businesses to schedule an appointment to access the meters.
  • Keystone's meter replacement personnel will have uniforms and Howard County-issued photo IDs.

When you receive your notice:
  • Call 1-877-587-2279 to schedule an appointment.
    • Appointments are available Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
    • Saturday appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Ensure that the meter is accessible by clearing obstructions around the water meter area.
  • Have someone 18 years old or older present to admit the water meter installer.
For more information, visit the Bureau of Utilities' water meter replacement page:

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Stop Sign Repair: Tell HoCo

Howard County has a service called Tell HoCo that lets residents track and report issues that require the County's attention.

You can quickly report an item needing repair or some other County action, without needing to know the specific department or office to route the request to.

A dispatcher will log in the request and assign it to the appropriate group, and you can then track the issue on the web site (as well as see what other items have been submitted in your area).

When someone hit a stop sign on our street in the middle of the night this summer, it was propped back up but not replaced.


We finally submitted a Tell HoCo ticket over 2 months later - and it was replaced within 3 days.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Special Emerson Town Hall with HoCo Executive 9/24/19

Emerson held a Special Town Hall with Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball in the Emerson Clubhouse on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 7 PM to 9 PM.


Dr. Ball also brought many of his senior leadership team and Department Heads with him to answer a wide-ranging set of questions (posted below for easy reference).

The video feed was also broadcast live to the external Emerson Facebook Page and to the Emerson Forum:

Some highlights:

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Emerson Special Meeting (Mon. 9/30/19)

Emerson's Board of Directors has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday, September 30, 2019 at 7 PM for the membership (Emerson Owners in good standing) to vote on the question of whether the Board will be expanded from 5 members to 7 members in this year's November Emerson elections.

If the proposal passes, there will be three positions open rather than just one.

Because a very high quorum of 1/6th of the membership (168 residential units) is needed for the results to be valid, we need for you to return your proxy forms to the Clubhouse by Monday's meeting, or via email to snollie@cmc-management.com.

You can also provide the form to someone who will be attending the meeting. (Fred Leong in 9854 is collecting them if you want him to take yours over on Monday.)

The meeting announcement and proxy forms were mailed to each household in Emerson last week and are also available from the Emerson web site:

http://emersoncommunityassociation.com/picture/SpeciaMeetingNoticeMailing.pdf