by Mike Conroy
At the September 24 Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors meeting, a number of bids were approved for work in the community to maintain amenities. This ongoing work keeps amenities fresh for all residents to enjoy. Bids were approved for a playground replacement, asphalt work, path work and a retaining wall, and engineering services.
All Recreation was awarded a bid of $59,000 for the replacement of the playground at Martin P. Roy Park. The new playground will feature slides, swings, climbing structures and other play elements, as chosen by the community and recommended by the Recreation Committee.
KCI Technologies was awarded a bid of $64,535 for engineering services relate to the Watkins Mill Pool site re-purposing. The site is slated to be turned into an outdoor fitness area with exercise equipment, a 150-meter track and playground. The bid includes services for a site survey, existing conditions plan, demolition plan, stormwater concept plan, site/grading plan, erosion and sediment control plan, landscape plan, electrical design work, architectural design work, structural engineering design work, preparation and submission of design plans and applications for county review and permitting and construction administration services.
Asphalt repairs for the MVF Office and Maintenance Facility were also approved. Chamberlain was awarded a bid for $15,300 to make these spot repairs. In other asphalt work, Total Asphalt was awarded a bid of $53,475 for path repairs and retaining wall replacement at Lake Marion. Both these projects will be funded through Reserves.
Other Agenda Items
Honoring the spirit of volunteerism in the community, the Board appointed several new members to three MVF committees: Herb Tolbert, Recreation Committee; Kelly Leonard, Nominating Committee; and Kimberly Salbany, Committee on the Environment.
In preparation of the 2021 MVF Board of Directors election, the candidate materials and election calendar were also approved, based on recommendations from the Nominating and Election committees. There were no major changes in the materials from past years, with the exception of updated application questions, the answers to which will be printed in the Village News during the election cycle. If you are interested in running for the MVF Board of Directors, look for the first Call for Candidates online or in the Village News in November.
To help maintain current trends in recreation, modifications to the Park Use Policy, Rules and Regulations were approved. Updates to the policy included: sections for pavilion use; tennis court and general sports court rules; pickleball and futsal court rules; and the addition of stand-up paddle boards to the acceptable boat ID sticker list. The full policy can be viewed online at www.montgomeryvillage.com.
Finally, a new policy was approved which will eliminate the acceptance of cash payments at the MVF Office. Staff researched many options to continue to receive assessment payments from residents, including money orders and a service called Paysafe:Cash. Additionally, check, credit card and auto payments from the bank will continue to be accepted. This change is set to take place beginning Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Read the full article about the cashless change.
Board President Pete Webb noted that comments on the 2021 MVF Budget were being accepted through Monday, Oct. 5; a full copy is online at www.montgomeryvillage.com. Webb said the demolition of the old Professional Center is underway, making way for the new Lidl building, and he was excited with the progress of the pickleball and futsal courts at North Creek Community Center.
He also announced that a virtual community meeting via Zoom to discuss the site plan for the residential portion of the Village Center is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 26. Connection information for the meeting can be found here.
Executive Vice President (EVP) Dave Humpton announced that long-time Montgomery County Police Department Captain Mike Ward recently took over as the 6th District Commander. He hoped to have the Commander attend a future MVF Board meeting for an introduction to the community.
Humpton was also pleased with trend of assessment collections, although he is concerned with non-assessment revenues. Staff is watching those balances closely as they are typically from summer programming and revenue opportunities. He said county regulations currently prohibit special events, but staff is working hard to put other creative programs in place to bring the community together.
He noted the three development projects in the Village were bustling with activity. The Bloom development on the former golf course is well underway; a site plan amendment would be forthcoming for technical details. The Village Center’s new façade has refreshed the center, and Aldi would be opening in the near future. Humpton also echoed Webb’s note that the Professional Center demolition would be ongoing, and Lidl would hopefully open next year.
In the absence of the treasurer, CFO Daniel Salazar presented the financial report for the month ended August 31 and year-to-date (YTD). He said overall results through end of August were ahead of projections, with Net Income reporting at $1.3 million. He noted an understandable decline in Revenue (camp, classes, programs, events, pool memberships and advertising) due to COVID-19 closures; however, Investment Income and Miscellaneous Revenue were both reported significantly positive with lower operating costs and the employee retention credits being the main drivers.
Salazar said the Balance Sheet continues to show MVF’s solid financial position with over $10.5 million in Cash and Investments. He said Accounts Receivable are up 37.7%, mainly due to the condominium lawsuit, and Delinquencies were reported at 12.6%, up from 11.1% from the same time last year.
The next MVF Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, most likely as a conference call. Full meeting details, including location (if any), the meeting packet and/or participation instructions will be posted online at www.montgomeryvillage.com the week before the meeting.