Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association Inc

Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association is a voluntary-membership, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the quality of life in Linthicum, Md. The LSIA has been watching over Linthicum since 1975. The organization was formed with the merging of the Linthicum Civic Association, which dated back into the 1950s, and the Shipley Improvement Association, which was formed in the early 1970s.

SCMAGLEV Link

Link to the SCMAGLEV Final Scoping Report.  This is critical for Linthicum, the BWI region, and Northern Anne Arundel County.  Please make time to read this document.

http://www.bwmaglev.info/index.php/project-documents/reports

Memorial Day Observance

The Linthicum Veterans Memorial will conduct a brief Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 29th at 12 noon
as a salute to those who have given their all in the service of their country.

The Veterans Memorial committee will also be hosting their annual community cookout from 11:00am until 2:00pm and all attendees can enjoy hot dogs and water.

The Linthicum Veterans Memorial is located in the heart of the Linthicum Heights Historic District at the corner
of Camp Meade and Maple Roads.

All are invited to join us in this tribute. For more information about the event or the Memorial, please contact
Paul Coakley, President at (410) 859 - 1604 or email at andoverinc@aol.com.

Community Grants Bring New Sidewalks

Enhancing Linthicum, One Stone at a Time

By Kevin Plessner

Many of LSIA’s efforts to preserve and enhance our community are intangible, such as acting as a watchdog against harmful rezoning and working with our elected representatives to enact and block legislation in ways that benefit Linthicum. However, the Transportation Community Enhancement Grant program provides a stark exception to this reality. It is through the Community Enhancement Grant program that LSIA has, for nearly 16 years, replaced and built sidewalks, noise barriers, speed bumps, signs and other transportation-related structures throughout Linthicum. In fact, LSIA has used more than one million dollars in funding to improve the transportation and transportation-related structures our community – and counting!

The Transportation Community Enhancement Grants Program was enacted into law following the 2001 legislative session. Since that time, LSIA’s efforts have culminated in Linthicum receiving a Lion’s share of the grant funds—Linthicum (through LSIA) has been by far the largest recipient of transportation grant funds from the program. LSIA has completed transportation improvement projects totaling almost $200,000 in grant funds in the current fiscal year alone (2017). Since 2001, LSIA has successfully completed thirty-three (33) transportation projects and has received $1,143,784.55 in funding to complete these transportation-related projects in Linthicum[1].

The bill that would eventually create that Transportation Community Enhancement Grants Program was first introduced in the Maryland Senate by Senator Ed DeGrange. Senators Astle, Bromwell, Jimeno, Kasemeyer, Miller and Neall were co-sponsors of the bill. Delegate Sophocleus, Delegate Love and Delegate Rzepkowski subsequently sponsored the bill in the House of Delegates.

Senator DeGrange created the idea for the Transportation Community Enhancement Grant Program to counteract the adverse effects of BWI to our community. DeGrange explained that he wanted to alleviate “the airport impact as it was growing, from both airplanes and the traffic impact associated with the growth around the airport. I wanted to benefit the communities on a daily basis.” He further explained that at the time he created the legislation, it was the only law of its kind in the country and that since that time, other communities have since contacted him for guidance. He has always been very proud that he was able to get the bill signed into law in the first year that it was introduced.

Compensation pursuant to the law is limited to the communities that are located in the “noise zone” surrounding BWI Airport. This is because these communities shoulder the most impact of the daily operations of BWI Airport (noise, traffic, strained traffic infrastructure, etc). The communities that may qualify for the grant funds must be within the certified “Airport Noise Zone” or within two miles or the outermost noise contour. The map of the most current Airport Noise Zone and noise contour is below, and is updated regularly:

This law is now codified the Maryland Transportation Code as section 5-414 and requires that “at least one dollar for every takeoff and landing of an aircraft that occurs at Baltimore-Washington InternationalThurgood Marshall Airport for the most recent available calendar year” will constitute the grant budget. Only community associations that are wholly or partially located in the certified Noise Zone or the border extending 2 miles outside of the certified noise zone may qualify funding from the grant program.

In order for LSIA to receive the grant funds, it first needs to submit a grant application to the Citizens’ Committee for the Enhancement of Communities Surrounding Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) for consideration. The Committee meets quarterly and considers livability issues within the area that the application is proposing to use the grant money.[2] LSIA is responsible for obtaining multiple bids for each project, all necessary permits, project management and everything else that is necessary from the beginning to the end of the project, including expenditure reporting and accounting that must be submitted to the state.

LSIA most commonly uses grant funds to replace the sidewalks in the community that are the most in disrepair. However, LSIA has also successfully used the program for installation of fences, signs, speedbumps, noise barriers and trees. For example, the fence along the ballfield on Andover Road was built by LSIA, as were the speed bumps on Benton Avenue and the Linthicum welcome side at Maple Rd. and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.

Displayed below are some of the areas in Linthicum that have been improved by LSIA through the use of the Community Enhancement Grant program. However, please not that very incomplete historical data was used to create this map and it shows only a small fraction of the improvements that LSIA has completed.

 

 

“LSIA has done a great job in getting funding from the program and benefiting the community from a whole host of things that would not have gotten completed otherwise” opined DeGrange. “LSIA was the first and the leader in this, and to their credit, they were helping other communities with the grant process.” Indeed, LSIA continues to be at the forefront in collecting grant fund to improve Linthicum. We continue have a long list of grant requests that have come from various different members of the Linthicum Community. Although we realize that we cannot fix every sign, sidewalk, street, noise pollution and imperfect traffic pattern in Linthicum, we are certainly going to try!

[1] These figure was created using historical records obtained from both the MAA and LSIA.

[2] LSIA’s very own Senior Advisor Ken Glendenning sits on the Citizens Committee for the Enhancement of Communities Surrounding Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) but he recuses himself from voting on all LSIA-sponsored grants.

Elections

Elections

 

Elections for the 2017-18 term will be held in May.  At the March meeting the following individuals announced their intention to run for Board/Officer positions.  At that time there were no nominations from the floor.  In May, any member in good standing, will again be eligible for nomination from the floor and placed on the ballot.

 

Candidates:

Suzzie Schuyler-President*

Celeste Riidle-Vice President*

Charles Mannion-Treasurer*

Kevin Plessner-Secretary*

 

Jonathan McGowan*

Dale Townsend*

Jim Blankenship*

Kim Solloway*

Glen Haller*

Derick Dallas*

Justin Szech*

Sandy Hartzell**

Shawn Murphy*

 

*denotes a current board member

** denotes a current Senior Advisor

 

Voting Bylaws:

 

Article XII: Voting

Section 1
Members in good standing only shall be allowed to vote.

Section 2
No household shall cast more than two (2) votes on any issue.

Section 3
No proxy votes or votes by mail shall be permitted.

 

A member in good standing is a member who has paid their yearly dues and resides in the LSIA’s geographic territory.

 

For more election information including all bylaws, please visit www.lsia.net.

By-law Changes: Important

The following are the PROPOSED CHANGES to the By-Laws of the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association, Inc. to be voted on at the MAY General Meeting.  Most of these are “housekeeping,” items or are designed to clarify as well as bring up to date for 2017 and beyond.  Only those By-Laws that will be affected are listed.

 

Article III: Membership

Section 2
The portion of the affected by-law reads:  The Treasurer is to maintain an accurate roster of the membership. Suggested change: [Delete The Treasurer] [Add Either the Treasurer or the Secretary] It would then read:  Either the Treasurer or the Secretary is to maintain an accurate roster of the membership. 

Rationale:  The Secretary will begin to perform this task since the Secretary is responsible to follow-up with members who do not pay for memberships.  Change suggested by Kevin Plessner.

Article V: Meetings

Section 3
The portion of the affected by-law reads:  A majority of all members present at general membership meetings shall be considered a quorum.  Delete: [A majority of all] [Add Twenty-five] It would then read:  Twenty-five members present at general membership meetings shall be considered a quorum.

Rationale:  Several other areas in the by-laws deal with voting rules for the general membership, so this section was solely intended to constitute rules for a quorum and not for voting. We have added a requirement that a minimum number of members, twenty-five, be present at the meeting in case we run into an issue where a small handful of members are able to make major changes to LSIA (e.g. dissolution of the organization or removal of Board members).  Change suggested by Kevin Plessner and Celeste Riddle

Article VII: Nominations – Elections

Section 3
The affected by-law reads:  The President-elect shall become resident agent of the Association during his/her tenure of office.  Delete [shall become] Add [may appoint a substitute] resident agent of the Association during his/her tenure of office.  It would then read:  The President-elect may appoint a substitute resident agent of the Association during his/her tenure of office.

Rationale:  This does not make sense since it would require relatively frequent filings with SDAT. The current resident agent is William Ford of 6225 Groveland Rd., Linthicum 21090 since 1972. The proposed language would give the President authority to change the Resident Agent during his/her tenure as President but does not require it.  Change suggested by Kevin Plessner.

Article VIII: Duties of the Executive Board

Section 3
The affected by-law reads:   Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall receive the dues of the members, and all other monies received, or contributions made to the Association; he or she shall keep an accurate account thereof and be responsible for sending out bills for membership dues.  Delete [and be responsible for sending out bills for membership dues.]  Add [a period after thereof.]  It would then read:  Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall receive the dues of the members, and all other monies received, or contributions made to the Association; he or she shall keep an accurate account thereof. [period at the end.]   

Rationale:  Since the Secretary is responsible for sending out the dues reminders, (See Article III Membership, Section 2) the end of this sentence should be eliminated.  Change suggested by Celeste Riddle.

Article XI: Travel Regulations

Section 1
The affected by-law reads:  Travel expenses will be allowed at the rate of $0.20 per mile for official Association business on authorized trips only.  Delete [will be allowed at the rate of $0.20 per mile] Add [shall be reimbursed at the current federal reimbursement rate] It would then read:  Travel expenses shall be reimbursed at the current federal reimbursement rate for official Association business on authorized trips only. 

Rationale:  This eliminates a set amount listed in the by-law and allows for any changes at the federal reimbursement rate.  Change suggested by Suzzie Schuyler.

The above proposed by-laws changes were approved and accepted by the Executive Board on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

LSIA By-Laws Committee:

Celeste Riddle, Chairman; Sandy Hartzell, Glen Haller

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