SRA Board Meeting Minutes

SRA meeting: April 15, 2008

Attending:

  • Charlotte Lubbert: Severn River Commission
  • Gene Milgram
  • Liz Montell : Linstead
  • Thistle Cone: Corr. Sec. SRA
  • Bert Buell: Murray Hill RA
  • Patrick Urban: Carrollton Manor Rep
  • Bob Whitcomb: Saefern
  • Brenda Reiber: County Exec’s office
  • Jake Jacobs: member
  • Kurt Riegel: President SRA
  • Sally Hornor: Director SRA
  • Scott Hymes: MD DNR
  • Pat Lynch: Director
  • SRAStevie Wildling: Arden
  • Matt McGherin (spelling?)

Kurt Riegel opened the meeting at approximately 7:05 PM.  Several coming events were announced:

  • June 7, 9 AM Spa Creek Wade-In;
  • Sat. April 19, Garden Day at the Chesapeake Ecology Center: Volunteers needed (SRA has adopted a rain garden there.)
  • Saturday, June 14th possible SRA raft up. (Sally Hornor noted that Magothy River events that day might conflict with raft up.)
  • Sat. June 21st Riverkeeper Kayak Tour (Discussion about whether we could combine the kayak trip with an SRA Raft Up.)
  • DNR Open House event Thursday 4/17
  • SERC: April 16, 7 PM Gerald Winegrad speaker
  • Walk in the Woods, to benefit Severn River Land Trust: 4/19 8:30 AM at former Crownsville Hospital site
  • May 7: Gene Milgram’s case being heard

Nominating Committee, represented by Charlotte Lubbert, announced the slate of candidates for SRA officers for 08-09:

  • President: Kurt Riegel
  • 1stVice President: Bob Whitcomb
  • 2nd Vice President: Richard Falk
  • Recording Secretary: Stevie Wilding
  • Corresponding Secretary: Thistle Cone

There was discussion of removing the office of Corresponding Secretary in the future, or of possibly making it more of a “communications and outreach” role. Thistle noted that she is very busy and will not have much time to spend on SRA business in the near future. 

Hearing no other nominees from the floor, a vote was taken.  The slate of officers was approved unanimously.

Suggestions of candidates for outside director were requested.  Matt McGeherin was nominated for an outside director position.  Kurt reminded folks that it would be great if nominees for outside director were not currently the designated rep of a community, so we would retain that representation.  (We have an active rep for Matt’s community, so that would work well.)

A suggestion was made to look for possible outside directors with the volunteers from ERM who were active in recent river cleanups.

Kurt discussed how to handle treasurer duties with Bob vom Saal being away for a few months.  Volunteers will pitch in to try to handle those duties.  Sally Hornor asked for special help to make sure the Operation Clearwater mail and checks were handled in a timely manner.

Charlotte Lubbert reported on plans for the upcoming Annual Meeting scheduled for 6 PM on May 29 at the Indian Hills Club House.  Our speaker will be Margaret McHale chair of the Critical Area Commission.  Cost to the caterers will be $16.75 per person, a very small increase from last year, and on the invite, we are requesting non-members pay $15 per person.

Charlotte is also looking for volunteers to help stuff invitations for this event.  It will most likely be at Freestate Press on Thursday April 24th, any time they are open.  It’s possible another time would be added.  Betsy is working on centerpieces that will be donated.

Bob Whitcomb reported on another very successful cleanup on Saturday, April 5th along several sites on Indian Creek.  There were about 90 people, 5 sites, and so many truckloads of junk that he lost count!  There were at least 20 tons of trash removed and 600 tires.  Bill Bowen donated doughnuts and water and there was a wonderful barbecue at the end.  There were also small cleanups at Saltworks Creek and Jabez Branch.

Kurt requested Board members think about proposals for the use of funds in our coffers.  At the next working board meeting, we will vote on how to allocate funds.  Our bank account contains around $30K at the moment.  Thistle pointed out that a small portion of that was raised at the last Annual Meeting to be earmarked for restoration projects in the watershed.

Liz Montell (of Linstead) said one project to consider would be helping Linstead pay for restoration of a spit at the mouth of Yantz Cove.  Board members suggested bringing the plans to show the group what is involved.

It was decided that the May 29 Annual Meeting will be in lieu of the SRA May monthly meeting.

Brenda Reiber announced several County Executive events: an Earth Day celebration 9 AM on April 21 to commemorate the completion of the Aurora Hills stormwater management and stream restoration in Gambrills.  This project is a partnership with Arlington Echo, several schools, and the County.  If an SRA person could attend, that would be useful.  For more information contact Matt Kiehl, DPW, 410-222-7582 (noted in press release).

Press releases were also passed out regarding the County Executive’s initiatives on environmental review of capital projects and about requests for feedback to the County regarding the permit application process.  This is in order to reduce errors on permit approvals.

Kurt noted that he is impressed with the model shown by the South River Federation.  He would like us to consider and explore options to have one group for our watershed in the future and has discussed ideas with Fred Kelly of the Severn RiverKeeper.

Jake Jacobs mentioned a site on Mill Creek, Shot Town Road where the Baldwin company is developing, to keep an eye on.  It needs scrutiny.

Pat Lynch and Bob Whitcomb discussed helping with an audit of the SRA books.

The meeting was adjourned around 8:45 PM.

Submitted by: Thistle A. Cone, Corresponding Secretary

(Revised Apr 2008)