May Minutes-General Membership

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

May 9, 2018

7:02PM – 9:14PM EDT

A meeting of the General Membership of LSIA, a Maryland Nonprofit Corporation (“LSIA”), was held on May 9, 2018 at 7:02PM EDT in the Media Center at Lindale Elementary School.

 

Executive Board Members Present:

Suzzie Schuyler

Celeste Riddle

Charlie Mannion

Kevin Plessner

Kim Solloway

Shawn Murphy

Dan Woomer

Derick Dallas

Justin Szech

Sandy Hartzell

Glen Haller

Jonathan McGowan

Ken Glendenning (Senior Advisor)

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:02PM and Kevin Plessner recorded the minutes.

Charlie provided the Treasurer’s report, which indicates that LSIA has a net gain for the current fiscal year. LSIA has about $1,000 more in the bank than the beginning of the year.

Charlie discussed the proposed budget with the general membership. The budget is balanced. There is no increase or cut in annual dues. 

Dan moved for a voice vote to pass the budget as presented by Charlie. Shawn seconded the motion. All members were in favor with none opposed and so the budget was passed as provided by Charlie.

Kevin reported that LSIA currently has 479 household members.

Suzzie announced that the membership will not vote on the LSIA Executive Board for the next fiscal year.

Ken Glendenning nominated Yvette Chang-Fisher, Shirley Stinchcomb, David Coleman and Tim O’Connor from the floor.

Suzzie read a statement about the expectations of LSIA Executive Board members.

Police Presentation

The local police spoke to the general membership.

A man passed out in the parking lot at 7-Eleven on Nursery Road. The man had an open container and loaded gun in the car.

Delegate Mark Chang’s office and the community were responsible for having a prostitution ring shut down in Linthicum.

There was a report about a 16 year old girl who was approached by an Asian male who asked if she needed a ride. She declined to take the ride and he offered for $100 to get in the vehicle. He did not pursue her further and she was able to leave. The man was driving a black Dodge Charger and the police have his information and know who he is. This occurred a couple of weeks ago, after school hours. The man did not technically break the law at this point. The community needs to be the eyes and ears for the community. The man lives in Columbia.

There was a pizza delivery robbery in North Linthicum. Delivering pizza to a vacant house is a red flag and it is likely to be a robbery.

There was a lot of police activity in North Linthicum last night. There was a call at Colonial and Charles for a man yelling at his estranged child and the child’s mother. The man tried to run over an officer and there were already warrants for him. The police are actively looking for the man. There are pictures of the man on the police Facebook page.

If you leave your windows open when you are not home, take an “L” bracket or screw and screw into the tracks of the windows on the first floor. You need to keep the windows closed enough so that nobody can get in. Screens don’t make much noise when they are cut so neighbors will not hear someone go in.

Suzzie verified that everyone had delivered their ballots into the ballot box.

MAA Presentation

Representatives from the MAA spoke to the general membership. Gene Reindell, Adam Shulton (technical advisor to the roundtable), Paul Yates (Vice Chair) and Linda Curry (communications) were present.

Mr. Reindell spoke to the general membership about noise barriers and their effectiveness against aircraft noise.  He holds a Master’s Degree in “acoustics and related issues.”

Noise barriers are effective at reducing noise that is from ground-based sources but from not sources above the barrier.

Noise barriers are more common on highways and railways than airports so most of the diagrams that are available are based on these sources and not from aircraft sources.

The wavelength of the sound makes a difference in whether a noise barrier will be effective. High pitched frequencies like a whistle have short wavelengths so sound barriers are more effective for high pitched sounds than low pitched sounds.

Noise barriers are not effective against air noise because of the height of the sound.

Airports sometimes use 3-sided (or four-sided) noise barriers/enclosures. These should reduce noise for high-powered engine maintenance since the airplane will be mostly closed in by walls. BWI is planning on building its first such enclosure.

The FAA considers noise barriers as a last resort. Neighborhoods within 100-200 feet of the airport decide if they want noise barriers.

A 1987 BWI barrier study determined that a noise barrier would need to be 20 feet high to protect the first 2 rows of houses. A decision was made to plant trees instead of a wall for the aesthetic value. There are not many places at BWI to put noise barriers where they would be effective.

There are 6 run-ups at BWI, all between 10pm and 7am.

The hotline number to call for BWI noise complaints is 410-859-7021. It’s helpful to call and to give the time of the day so that BWI knows when the issue occurred so they can figure out the source. You can also go online and report a complaint. There used to be a backlog on the calls in June and July 2017 but there has not been one since.

In order to put a time limit on flights, you need to go through the federal government and the success rate is very low. The airport provides a lot of revenue and jobs.

The Governor is pursuing legal action against the FAA for the NextGen flight pattern changes.

Chris, chair of roundtable of BWI, spoke to the general membership. The roundtable was set up under the auspices of the MAA since March 2017. The roundtable membership wants to go back to the 2014 flight patterns (before NextGen).

The roundtable sent a letter and resolution to the FAA asking to go back to 2014 flight patterns.

The Senators and Congressmen sent a letter to the FAA asking them to implement the roundtable’s recommendations.

The FAA responded that reverting back was not possible but that they were willing to work with the roundtable.

In August 2017, Governor Hogan sent a letter to the FAA, stating that he did not hear anything back from the FAA in response to his letter and demanded a response back on or before August 15. He did not get a response.

The FAA then stated they would have an answer back to the group by November.

The roundtable sent details to the FAA regarding their recommendations to fix the noise issues, including flying at higher altitudes and other requests.

Governor Hogan directed the attorney general to file suit against the FAA.

Later, FAA officials admitted that they did not even read the letter.

The roundtable met with Attorney General Frosh to see if they could help him with their expertise. Maryland hired a firm that won a case against the FAA in Phoenix, Arizona.

They held a meeting at Lindale Middle School on April 24, 2018. There were about 400 people at the meeting, including legislators. The FAA stated that it only considered departures but not arrivals. The result is that instead of one superhighway, the FAA now will use two. The FAA did not address the low elevation of the airplanes.

The roundtable is attempting to get language into a bill that would provide the roundtable with some legislative muscle. The roundtable is going to press on with this issue.

The Maryland Attorney General’s office has not filed suit yet but plans to.

Citizens need to let our elected representatives know that we want legal language that protects residents from airplane noise.

Maryland House Detox

Carol Boyer, community relations director for Maryland House Detox (MHD), explained that it is the first standalone detox center in Maryland. They have been working on the facility for more than 2 years and the facility is now fully credentialed. MHD is doing a soft opening on Monday.

MHD is looking for drivers, line chefs and behavioral health specialists.

Opioid Operational Command Center is attempting to bring all of the counties together to determine what is working for treatment.

People are able to go to fire stations and police stations to receive emergency treatment for overdose.

If you want to go for a tour with MHD, contact Carol Boyer at CBoyer@mhdetox.com. You can also contact the CEO, Scott Dehorty, sdehorty@mhdetox.com to schedule a tour. The CEO wants to meet with people personally. Dr. Neeraj Gandotra is the chief medical officer and you can meet with him as well.

MHD transports people directly to their next level of care.

Carol provided safe and environmentally friendly medication disposal kits to the general membership.

Carol discussed MHD with the general membership.

MHD will have no signage.

Phaeton Health

Kevin described the ongoing issue with Phaeton Health. LSIA recently published an article in the Monitor about Phaeton Health. The business is at least prescribing suboxone in Linthicum. Suboxone is similar to methadone – it’s used to treat opioid addiction. 

The business is located in the business complex across from Papa John’s, right next to the train tracks on S. Camp Meade Rd.

County Executive Schuh’s office declined to answer questions about the suboxone business prior to the article being published. After the article was published, County Executive Schuh’s office contacted Kevin. This was a result of members of the community asking them for an explanation because of the article.

County Executive Schuh’s office reported for the first time that suboxone was prescribed at least 3-5 times last year but they are saying that since it is not being distributed that therefore they are compliant with the law. They still have not provided LSIA with a legal explanation of why they think that prescribing suboxone is not a state licensed medical clinic and I hope to have this answer soon.

The Capital Gazette picked up our article and will also be writing a piece about this issue.

LSIA also received documents as a result of a PIA request and will be reporting about those.

Kevin announced the LSIA Board members as follows:

Suzzie Schuyler - President

Dan Woomer – Vice President

Shawn Murphy – Treasurer

Kevin Plessner – Secretary

Sandy Hartzell – Board

Jonathan McGowan - Board

Celeste Riddle – Board

Glen Haller – Board

Kim Solloway – Board

Yvette Chang-Fisher – Board

Shirley Stinchcomb – Board

Tim O’Connor - Board

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 9:14PM EDT.

April Minutes-General Membership Meeting

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

April 11, 2018

7:00PM – 8:57PM EDT

A meeting of the General Membership of LSIA, a Maryland Nonprofit Corporation (“LSIA”), was held on April 11, 2018 at 7:00PM EDT in the Media Center at Lindale Elementary School.

 

Executive Board Members Present:

Suzzie Schuyler

Kevin Plessner

Jonathan McGowan

Kim Solloway

Glen Haller

Dan Woomer

Justin Szech

Sandy Hartzell

Ken Glendenning

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM and Kevin Plessner recorded the minutes.

Kevin reported that LSIA currently has 479 household members.

Kevin provided the Treasurer’s report, which indicates that LSIA has a net gain for the current fiscal year and has $29,745.93 in the bank.

The local police officers spoke to the general membership. The police officer reported that there was a “drug deal gone bad at the BP Station” wherein a gun was discharged. He was not able to provide any more detail about the incident because there is a suspect that is the subject of an active investigation.

A car parked at G&M restaurant was shot from the shooter at the BP Gas Station.

There was also a commercial robbery at knife point at the Subway restaurant on Camp Meade Rd. The subject exited the store toward Aviation Blvd. and made off with $164. The police were not able to find the suspect.

Due to an increase in auto theft, the police started the “watch my car” program.  The program provides participants with stickers to put on their car. Between 1AM-5AM, the police will pull a car with the stickers over since the stickers automatically provide the probable cause.

Scrap metal theft is down in the County but it still exists. If you see someone in the community who is scoping areas out, call the police and they will check the person out.

A resident reported squatters who have pitched tents in Linthicum and who are living in a car, currently on Benton Ave. DNR chased them out from behind the resident’s house so they moved to Golden Oak Rd. There is a video of the people getting out of the car and getting dressed in the street.

Delegate Beidle spoke to the general membership.

Delegate Beidle had five (5) different bills to stop or slow down the MAGLEV train but “they did not get anywhere.” She did get budget language that requires the hyperloop to participate in a Maryland environmental impact study.

Delegate Beidle explained that the fiscal note of $1.2 million on her light rail bill was the reason that it did not pass the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Delegate Beidle understands that other communities are having issues with their light rail stops. She will work other the other communities to place pressure on MTA to do something about the issues.

Delegate Beidle reported that she has spoken to the Royal Farms about calling the police when people are loitering.

A resident asked what the residents can do to keep the Board of Education accountable. Delegate Beidle explained that this year, four (4) members of the Board of Education will be elected, so people can vote.

????[KP1]  from Inspections and Permits for Anne Arundel County spoke to the general membership.

The permits rules start with a catch-all rule stating that everything needs a permit.  The rules then provide a list of exclusions that do not need a permit. Over the past ten (10) years, his office has exempted a number of different things from requiring permits.

Permits do not take very long to get and his office is able to issue permits usually within the same day. Septic and well permits and permits in the “critical area” are more difficult to receive and take longer.

If a house has a door open or a broken window within 6 feet from the ground, it is “open to casual entrance” and his department can inspect it.

If there is trash around a vacant house, the health department may be able to inspect the house.

To add solar panels, an electrical permit and a building permit is required. There are multiple inspections involved. The solar panel contractors videotape the connections and wiring so that the inspectors don’t need to go on top of the house.

His office does about 40,000 permits per year. It is dependent on the contractor or homeowner to call for the final inspection. This needs to be done to “close out the permit.” It is a misnomer that not closing a permit will not increase your taxes since “the tax man will reevaluate anyway.” If someone is hurt from an uninspected structure or other appurtenance, you will be liable for the injury.

To close out a permit, the homeowner should call the County.

The County keeps electronic copies of permit documents back to the year 2000. Microfiche records go back to 1983.

The County has an online database that you can search to see your permits history and the status of each.

No architect or engineer is necessary for a single family dwelling unless the build is unique or unusual.

Councilman Smith spoke to the general membership. He reported that he is working on an online system that will provide notice to residents for anyone who requests a use permit or a change in use permit. The online reporting system will include both new businesses and changes in pre-existing business use.

Councilman Smith reported that Holy Cross at Maple Rd. and Camp Meade Rd. will benefit from a bill that will allow it to combine two (2) parcels into one so that the church will be able to use its house as a rectory (it is considered a business purpose). The legislation only effects the two (2) parcels—this legislation does not have a county-wide impact.

County Executive Schuh will deliver the budget on May 1. This is the last opportunity for items to be added to the budget. Contact Councilman Smith if you want to add anything to the budget.

Kevin reported the names of the current nominees for the LSIA Board of Executive Directors. The nominees are currently Suzzie Schuyler (President), Dan Woomer (Vice President), Kevin Plessner (Board), Jonathan McGowan (Board), Glen Haller (Board), Kim Solloway (Board), Celeste Riddle (Board), Shawn Murphy (Board) and Sandy Hartzell (Board). There are three (3) open seats on the LSIA Executive Board, including spots for Secretary and Treasurer.

Kevin asked for nominations from the floor but none were made. There will be a final opportunity to state nominations from the floor prior to the vote during the May 2018 LSIA membership meeting.

Suzzie reported that there is a bill that provided $200 million for Anne Arundel County schools in the budget. A law was passed requiring that as of 2023, 100% of the casino money must to go to schools as supplemental funds.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 8:57PM EDT.

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March Minutes-General Membership Meeting

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

March 14, 2018

7:00PM – 7:55PM EDT

A meeting of the General Membership of LSIA, a Maryland Nonprofit Corporation (“LSIA”), was held on March 14, 2018 at 7:00PM EDT in the Media Center at Lindale Elementary School.

 

Executive Board Members Present:

Suzzie Schuyler

Celeste Riddle

Charlie Mannion

Kevin Plessner

Jonathan McGowan

Kim Solloway

Glen Haller

Dan Woomer

Justin Szech

Sandy Hartzell

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM and Kevin Plessner recorded the minutes.

Charlie provided the Treasurer’s report. There is currently $29,476.82 in LSIA’s accounts, which is about $1,400 more than at the beginning of the year.

Kevin reported that LSIA currently has 477 household memberships.

The local police provided their report. The officer left paperwork for people who want to put a sticker on their car who do not drive it between 1-5am. If the police see the sticker, they will pull the car over between the hours of 1 and 5am. This is done to protect against vehicle theft.

A car full of teenagers recently yelled a racial slur at a girl who was walking down the street near the library. This was the only notable crime that has happened in Linthicum recently.

The police reported that they have been monitoring the suboxone clinic and the marijuana dispensary and there has been no activity. The dispensary has armed security.

A resident reported that Paradise Donuts had the glass door kicked in and shattered.

Lauren Parker from the Register of Wills for Anne Arundel County spoke to the general membership. She has worked in this position for twelve (12) years and is an elected representative.

She makes sure wills are correct and sufficient. Her staff are nice and are good at math and accounting. Their buzz words that they use in the office are “kindness” and “efficiency.”

She figures out who gets money and tries to stop arguments.

If you do not have a will, you should have one written to avoid issues with your family.

Make sure that you update your will because people mentioned in the will, and items in the will, might no longer be around.  If this occurs, there will need to be interpretation that might require a hearing with the Orphans Court.

“Personal representative” means “executor” in Maryland. Make sure the person you select lives in the area and is able to handle the responsibility. You can select your attorney if you have one but many attorneys do not want to take on this responsibility.

If you have a grandchild, make sure that you have your children think about who takes care of the children in the event of a divorce.

Don’t leave too much inheritance to your latest spouse when your latest spouse is not the parent of your children. You can set up a trust to take care of your current spouse.

Don’t leave too little to your former spouse. If you get a divorce, make sure your separation agreements state that you each waive all rights to your former spouse’s will, inheritance and personal representative rights.

If you want to disinherit a former spouse, you should write in your will that you leave some small consideration such as “I leave love, affection and $100 to [enter name of former spouse].”

A contingency clause is one that states something like “I leave $50,000 to my grandson if he completes college…” However, if the grandson elects to join the military, shouldn’t they still receive the money? This example shows that contingency wills can backfire.

Trusts work in specific situations such as multiple marriages and children.  Trusts are private, wills are not. Wills are public record upon your death.

Trusts only necessary in specific circumstances such as when leaving money to a charitable organization, unique family situations or care for a special needs child.

Inheritance taxes do not apply to certain close family members. For more distant family members such as nieces, nephews, neighbors, etc., inheritances are taxable.

Anyone can inherit, but taxable persons will pay a 10% “windfall” tax.

If you leave property to someone, the title that exists on the property trumps the language in the will (i.e. if you don’t have title to property, you cannot leave it to someone). A house needs to be titled in your name for you to leave it to someone. So, make sure your assets are in your name if you plan to devise them.

If you leave someone an asset who is outside of your close family, the Register of Wills will send a tax bill.

The Register of Wills has prepared a “records organizer” so that people can properly record their property for their devisees.

The Comptroller places “unclaimed property” in the Gazette. If nobody notices, it sits in the account and makes money for the state. The unclaimed assets could be insurance company assets, tax refunds, etc.

The Register of Wills will hold your will for $5 and will keep them in a vault for a lifetime. Since the 1700’s, the Register of Wills has never lost a will. The will does not need to be formal. The requirements are that it needs to (1) state it is a will; (2) have the Testator’s signature; and (3) signatures from two (2) people who are eighteen (18) years of age, stating that they signed it in the testator’s presence.

Make sure you leave any notice about funeral arrangements or pre-paid plots where someone will find them.

Make sure that you note in the will who receives your pets, other weird stuff and anything you are hiding.

The Register of Wills will help people with their questions and will answer the phone. No appointment is necessary to go into their office.

Attorneys are better but if you need to use software, use Nolo (make sure you use the Maryland edition) or LegalZoom. These software programs should only be used for people with simple family structure.

An attorney will also provide a Power of Attorney, Living Will and Last Will and Testament.

Lyn Barry is the new Assistant Manager for the Department of Public Works. She provided contact cards and a direct phone number. She recommends that you test your toilet flapper using food coloring to conserve water and potentially reduce your water bill.

Suzzie reported that the Andover Rd. meeting was an opportunity for residents to provide feedback.

Suzzie reported that we have several vacancies on the LSIA Board of Directors and are looking for members. Any who are interested should contact Kevin Plessner (Secretary of LSIA).

Dan reported details about several bills that are currently in the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate regarding MAGLEV and tax issues. The tax bills are to combat issues resulting from the federal tax cuts. Dan has written about these issues and these writings are available in NextDoor Linthicum and LSIA.net. If the bills don’t get passed, Maryland tax payers will pay an additional income tax of about $1,000 on average each year.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55PM EDT.

February Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

February 14, 2018

7:01PM – 8:40PM EDT

A meeting of the General Membership of LSIA, a Maryland Nonprofit Corporation (“LSIA”), was held on February 14, 2018 at 7:01PM EDT in the Media Center at Lindale Elementary School.

 

Executive Board Members Present:

Suzzie Schuyler

Kevin Plessner

Jonathan McGowan

Kim Solloway

Glen Haller

Sandy Hartzell

Dan Woomer

Justin Szech

Ken Glendenning (Senior Advisor)

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:01PM and Kevin Plessner recorded the minutes.

LSIA conducted a moment of silence for the shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Kevin reported that LSIA has 476 household members.

Kevin gave the treasurer’s report. Since July 1, 2017 until February 12, 2018, LSIA’s total income was $9,366.42 and total expenses were $7,409.20, resulting in a net gain of $1,957.22. As of February 12, 2018, LSIA had a balance of $29,951.94.

The Anne Arundel County police reported that there was an attempted robbery and an assault at the Sheraton Hotel. Two people were smoking marijuana in a car and someone who approached the car was stabbed.

A panel from the Maryland Department of Aging and Disabilities (MDAD) presented to the general membership.

MDAD is has an Information and Assistance Program and provides a gateway to services.

Carol Clemens manages the assisted living facilities in Anne Arundel County.

The mission of MDAD is to help people with disabilities. MDAD wants to keep people in the community as long as possible. The population in Anne Arundel County is growing, especially the aging population. The Information and Assistance department uses twenty-six (26) different programs to provide assistance to disabled people in the community, and serves people as young as four (4) years old.

Funding for the different programs come from many different places, including county, state and federal sources and grants. Therefore, the number of programs fluctuate depending on the funding.

The MDAD provides information and resources to help to keep people in their homes, including providing information on how to make necessary renovations to the home for those who are aging or otherwise have disabilities.

Some of the programs are run by Long Term Care Bureau. There is a program that provides in-home care for elderly folks for $20/day. This program is subsidized by the state. Other programs provide continued socialization to elderly people. There are many other programs that vary in the resources that they provide, depending on the needs of the individual.

The Respite Care Referral Program is funded by Anne Arundel County and trains, screens and educates home care workers. Participants in the Respite program may work both part time and full time.

MDAD does a lot of education in the community for family caregiving.

People who need care because of a disability may receive a grant to offset the cost of care. MDAD might also provide assistance in the form of in-home monitoring systems for elderly people who fall, and other similar types of systems.

MDAD has a telephone reassurance program that uses volunteers to check up on people.

MDAD has a nutrition program that provides meals and activities at community sites, senior centers and includes Meals on Wheels.

MDAD has an assisted living facilities program. This program provides monitoring facilities with four to sixteen (4-16) beds to ensure that the facilities are receiving appropriate care and treatment. They also do complaint investigations, but do not cannot any enforcement.

The Adult Public Guardianship Program is a last resort program for a person to serve as a court-appointed guardian of a person over sixty-five (65) years of age and who has no family or friends to assume responsibility for medical decision making and personal decision making.

There is a workshop at the Pascal Center on April 16 to educate people about Advanced Directives.

People should put all of their most important documents, including the documents on a thumb drive, in a waterproof and fireproof safe in case a disaster hits. People should also make sure their family knows where the safe and the documents are.

People often improve physically when they enter assisted living facilities since they are getting medication on time, nutritious food and socialization. However, they also sometimes run out of money and need to leave.

There is a health care gap for those in their late fifties and early sixties who cannot yet apply for Medicare but the premiums are sky high because of their age. MDAD has no good solution for this problem.

The MDAD panel delivers their educational panel once per month.

The ombudsman program is a counterpart to the assisted living program, and provides advocacy for the rights of residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. People can contact the ombudsman and they will advocate on the behalf of the resident.

MDAD has seven (7) senior centers in the community.  Each one has its own personality and anyone is welcome to go to any senior center.

There is a transportation office that will provide a ride to the local senior center based on the person’s zip code.

Senior centers are for people ages fifty-five 55 and up.

The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) provides free confidential health insurance assistance information for people who are Medicaid eligible.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Office makes sure that the County government is in compliance with the ADA. The Office only has enforcement power over the County government but does not have enforcement power over private entities.

Volunteer programs include telephone reassurance, VITA (Volunteers Income Tax Assistance), Ombudsman/Resident Advocates, SHIP and others.

Suzzie provided those in attendance at the meeting with yellow cards that contain the county number and state road number for reporting potholes.

Suzzie announced that the calming bump project on West Maple Rd. was approved by the vote of the affected residents.

Suzzie announced that people who live near the Andover Road project will receive a notice about a meeting with the developer so that those affected will be able to provide their feedback and requests before the project begins.

Kevin announced that the LSIA Board of Directors selected an election nominating committee consisting of Jonathan, Dan and Kevin. Kevin moved for approval of the nominating committee and the motion was seconded by Jonathan. The voice vote was many in favor and zero (0) opposed and so the motion was approved.

Kevin reported that County Council passed a resolution that was sponsored by Councilman Grasso and Councilman Smith that urged MDOT and MTA address certain issues related to safety and crime at the light rail stations.

Kevin gave a summary of several bills that the Maryland General Assembly is currently considering:

1.      Delegate Beidle is sponsoring a bill that will provide a light rail assistant at every light rail stop to monitor activity at the light rail and check tickets.

2.      Senator Valentino and Delegate Beidle are cosponsoring bills that will prohibit the sale or transfer of a municipal asset without negotiation and written agreement with the municipality. The bills will also require a public hearing prior to transferring a public asset for use in a high-speed transportation system and public notification for close homeowners and businesses.

Kevin provided a Phaeton Health update.

Ken announced that the Mayflower van that is parked in front of the train station is for Decorating Committee and Veterans Committee storage. The Mayflower van will be moved to Virginia but if it is not gone soon, it will be painted white so that it is not as obvious.

Mr. Schneider announced that Delegate Chang was volunteer auctioneer for an hour and a half and raised $17K extra dollars for charity.

Sandy thanked people for supporting the charity event for Arundel House of Hope. The event raised about $30K for the charity.

Delegate Chang spoke to the general membership. Anyone may provide testimony on the two (2) bills that will be heard tomorrow in front of the Environment and Transportation Committee. Anyone can provide testimony, live or written.

Delegate Chang’s anti-human trafficking bill is based on an active case by the vice unit. There was a potential human trafficking violator near the Luncheteria in Linthicum. Delegate Chang is the lead sponsor of this bill.

Delegate Chang opined that the tax bills that the General Assembly is considering seem to have a good chance to pass. These bills will assist Maryland residents from the increase in state taxes resulting from the federal tax law changes.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM EDT.

January Minutes-General Membership Meeting

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

January 10, 2018

7:03PM – 7:59PM EDT

A meeting of the General Membership of LSIA, a Maryland Nonprofit Corporation (“LSIA”), was held on January 10, 2018 at 7:03PM EDT in the Media Center at Lindale Elementary School.

 

Executive Board Members Present:

Suzzie Schuyler

Celeste Riddle

Charlie Mannion

Kevin Plessner

Jonathan McGowan

Kim Solloway

Derick Dallas

Glen Haller

Sandy Hartzell

Shawn Murphy

Dan Woomer

Ken Glendenning (Senior Advisor)

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:03PM and Kevin Plessner recorded the minutes.

Kevin reported that LSIA has 474 members.

Our local police spoke to the general membership. The police officer reported that LSIA is by far the largest community association that he’s seen when it comes to our meeting attendance.

The police officer asked that we make sure that we lock our vehicles. 

There was a fake threat at Lindale Middle School by a student recently. This is why there was a large police presence at the school.

The police caught the two men who were committing robberies in the community. Both have been locked up.

There were incidents at the hotels in the past month, including a drug distribution case. There was a man who was drunk in his car and sleeping for more than 30 minutes.  A citizen called in the report and the police investigated, finding forty (40) “micro bags” of crack/cocaine (6 grams), a number of marijuana bags (44 grams) and an oxycodone pill. The man blew into a breathalyzer, recording 0.16 at the station.

There was also a citizen robbery at the Exxon on Camp Meade Rd. (not the gas station itself).  It appears that this occurred because someone owed someone else some money.

The crimes listed above are all that occurred in our community in the last month. This rate of crimes is much better than in our neighboring communities.

The police officer explained that a call to the police is never considered a “nuisance call” and that we should always call in any suspicious activity. Even if there is no problem, the police want to be able to identify people. The calls really help the police.

The police have had an increased presence at the Linthicum light rail station at the Royal Farms.

Mario Berninzoni from the Arundel House of Hope (hereinafter “AHH”) spoke the general membership.

The Arundel House of Hope runs shelters at churches and there are over 70 churches involved. AHH operates at 3 sites per week and services about 100 homeless people per night.

There is still a greater need than AHH can provide and they need to turn people away each night. Each church can service 30-35 people, depending on the church.

AHH also has a transitional housing program wherein a homeless person can stay in the house for up to 2 years.

AHH also has permanent housing that runs like a group home. There are separate houses for men and women.

AHH has a day center that provides showers, access to mail, internet, phone, staff, etc. These centers offer basic needs for people who need it.

AHH holds NA meetings, AA meetings and bible studies—anything that will help support people in their recovery.

AHH is able to help people get insured through the Affordable Care Act, which means that homeless people are able to receive treatment prior to needing to go into the emergency room every time.

AHH has other programs and the speaker shared some success stories from program participants.

Homelessness is an issue in Anne Arundel County. How we deal with the homeless is different in different areas but it exists everywhere.

Once people are housed for a period of time, many then have something to lose and they become comfortable in that setting. They are then able to change their behaviors in order to be able to stay housed.

There are between 400-700 homeless people in Anne Arundel County at any one time. The homeless are pocketed in Northern AA County (Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park, Linthicum, etc.) and Annapolis City. They are usually close to shopping centers.

AHH recommends not to give money to the homeless. If nobody gave them money, they would not be panhandling. You can give them bottles of water, granola bars, etc. If they are truly homeless, they will appreciate it.

AHH will provide money to get things like work boots, records from the MVA, etc. AHH makes sure that recipients provide receipts for the expenses and they will make sure that the task gets done.

Another issue that is occurring in the homeless population is the opioid crisis.

AHH does not provide tents because they don’t think that tents are appropriate housing.

Mental health is a huge issue with homelessness. Homeless people typically have either a mental health issue or a substance abuse issue, and most often both. Mental health can lead to a substance abuse issue and a substance abuse issue can lead to a mental health issue.

There are a number of homeless people with mental health issues that don’t want to take their medication.

There have been two (2) families in the Albrecht House at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The first family successfully completed the program and the mother is now working. She is planning on buying a house. The second family is currently in the house.

AHH gets funding from HUD, the VA, the County, mental health agencies and churches (from the 70 member churches). AHH is part of the combined Maryland and federal campaign.

There is a fund raising event on February 11 at La Fontaine Blue. AHH usually raises about $50,000 at this event. Sandy Hartzell is the co-chair for the organization.

AHH has a Facebook page. AHH can use all of the volunteers that they can get.

Anne Arundel County is in need of affordable housing. 80% of people who come to Arundel House of Hope are Anne Arundel County residents.

The AHH veterans program is a partnership between AHH and the VA. Veterans who are eligible will be placed in transitional housing. They can stay for up to 2 years. Most stay for about 12-18 months. The goal is to get them permanently housed via employment and to work through health issues. This is one of the most successful programs because the federal government has put a lot of money into housing veterans. The criteria to be eligible are honorable discharge, homelessness and a certain time in service period.

If homeless people are in the community and not causing problems then the police will leave them alone unless there is a complaint. Police will do a welfare check and ask them how there are doing. If they become an issue, the police will ask them to move and go to another location. They do not find housing, they just move from one spot to another. You can call the police to come and check a homeless person out to make sure they are okay and not doing anything illegal. If you are insistent to make them move, the police will ask them to leave and will evict them. People can only camp out on property with permission from the land owner.

Sandy Hartzell, chairman of the AHH fundraising event, spoke to the general membership. Tickets are $45 per person. If you buy ten or more tickets or from Sandy directly, they will be $40. AHH is also accepting items for auction during the event.

Suzzie reported that notice letters will be sent to affected residents to vote on whether they want speed bumps on W. Maple Rd. LSIA has scheduled a meeting for affected residents to discuss and vote on this issue.

LSIA Board member Dan Woomer is meeting with Senator Van Hollen about MAGLEV tomorrow.

Councilman Pete Smith reported that the suboxone clinic is under investigation and the police have had surveillance on it. The County law office is issuing an injunction to make sure that the clinic ceases operation. The clinic only had a total of about 4-5 patients up to now. The clinic has petitioned that they are not a “state licensed medical facility” and therefore are not subject to the zoning laws that effect state licensed medical facilities. The County disagrees with the clinic’s assessment for a number of reasons. The County is taking the clinic to court and have vowed to fight it until they cease operations. The landlord is responsible for the violations in his building.

Councilman Smith is developing small area plans for certain communities, including one for Linthicum. The community will be involved in this plan and Councilman Smith will advocate for our wishes.

LSIA member Brenda reported that the Board of Education has as position statement on their website opposing the MAGLEV.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 7:59PM EDT.