Happy New Year Fellow Neighbors of Glenshire Towne Community!
It is hard to believe it has been nine months since I assumed the role of the president of Glenshire Towne HOA back in March of 2020. I cannot say I did not have any reservations at the time when I filled this important position. However, the warm welcome from the community meant a lot to me and inspired me to move forward. Unfortunately, at the same time taking my new position, Covid-19 had already begun to spiral into existence, causing us as well as loved ones and friends around us to socially distance, becoming the new “norm”. With social distancing came many other challenges especially in the HOA world, communication being the most prominent.
We began our fiscal year with changing property management companies from a financial-only to a fulltime management company, Tidewater Property Management, Inc. Our initial priority involved rolling over all our funds as well as resident’s accounts which took much longer than we expected. I am pleased to report this is finally complete! From there, we completed property returns and income taxes. In the community, we began removing and pruning numerous trees. Trash and recycling cleanup were already underway, as this was an annoyance for the community. Thanks to the response of the community, I can easily say that trash and recycling issues have improved by leaps and bounds. We redid all the Mutt Mitt Stations over the summer with many thanks to the board members pitching in to assist to reduce costs!
In August, we began our initial home inspections and in October followed up with the second one. Also, in August, we brought back “Dumpster Day” which was a huge success as well as an opportunity to meet neighbors that we would not have met otherwise. Since it was such a success, we scheduled another for October and plan for more in 2021.
Last fall, we aerated and seeded the entire common grounds which desperately needed it. We also repaired and installed a new railing on Hingston Downs.
In December, we had the Swale Drain redone behind Stirling Bridge Drive to increase water drainage and prevent flooding. We implemented Court Captains and a Social Committee as well as had volunteers to distribute letters door to door to increase our communication among residents. By doing this, we also had our first Halloween Parade and house decorating contests which spread neighborhood cheer.
Overall, it has been a productive nine months amidst Covid-19, but there is still a lot more that needs to be done. I could not have done any of this without the assistance of the HOA board members Justin, Mariann, Kevin, and Vash as well as our Property Manager Erica and Rick who manages the Glenshire Towne website and Facebook Page along with Alan and Jessica. Many thanks to all of you for volunteering your time while meeting the demands of your family and career.
With that said, I am looking forward to 2021 as I hope it is a year we can go back to being with family and friends. Also, may we achieve additional goals and make Glenshire Towne a more aesthetically pleasing and safe community to live!
Thank you and stay well!
Lisa Lavallee, HOA President
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Nestled between Guilford Road, fenced-in government property (FCC) and I-95, Glenshire Towne is a small community with 224 townhouses on four cul-de-sacs. Due to this layout, there is absolutely no through traffic. The community is proud of its wonderful trees and the generous green open spaces. The townhouses are two and three story units with or without basements. The closeness to Interstate 95 and Route 32 provides easy access for commuters to Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. The MARC commuter train station of Savage is also only a few miles away. Children attend Howard County Schools; Guilford Elementary School, Lake Elkhorn Middle School, and Hammond High School.
HOA Board of Director meetings are held on the upper floor of Wegman's in Columbia. Dates are posted on this website's calendar.
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