This Week@CA: October 08, 2012 Weekly Update

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Welcome to the October 8th edition of This Week@ CA, your source for weekly updates on what's happening at Columbia Association.
Today we are at Columbia Association Headquarters located in downtown Columbia.
We start this week's episode with the latest updates:
Work has begun at the Owen Brown tennis club,
where courts 7 through 12 are being renovated. The $235,000 project will replace the asphalt on those courts,
which have broken down much in the same way roads deteriorate over time from exposure to the elements.
This work is expected to wrap up in spring 2013, and the new courts will last for at least 20 years. The court renovations are one of two projects set for the facility —
the other project will replace the tennis clubhouse, a project listed in the conditional FY14 budget at an estimated cost of $350,000.
This year's Teen Idol will be crowned Sunday with the finale of CA's 10th annual singing competition.
The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront.
The winner receives a grand prize of $500. A People's Choice Award winner also will be selected by the crowd.
In October and November, CA and the CA Board of Directors will be holding public forums and meetings about proposed state legislation that would reclassify
Columbia Association and the 10 villages as "nonprofit community service corporations" instead of homeowners associations.
This proposed change would benefit CA and the villages, which predate the Maryland Homeowners Association Act,
or HOA Act, and whose unique operations do not fit well with the umbrella of that act.
CA consists of about 37,000 properties, which is much, much larger than the average size of associations covered under the HOA Act.
And so when new legislation is introduced that could amend the HOA Act,
it is written in response to a problem at a much, much smaller homeowners association that does not have the kind of structure or internal controls that CA does.
Those potential amendments might be beneficial to the average HOA,
but they could have detrimental effects on CA and the villages. For example, one proposal would have required homeowners associations
to provide printed budgets to every homeowner.
For CA, that would mean spending more than $500,000 a year to send one of these very large budgets out to every single homeowner.
CA does post its budget online and also provides copies to the villages.
It's because of consequences like these that CA has been spending at least $50,000 a year,
as well as numerous staff hours, on monitoring and responding to these amendments.
One other, very important note: The proposed legislation as it is written would not change the way CA and the villages conduct their operations.
The bill would cement, and in fact enhance, the same kind of protections and transparency provisions in the HOA Act.
To learn more, go to
Two public forums will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at CA Headquarters.
CA President Phil Nelson will give a presentation, and then residents will have five minutes each to testify.
CA will hold a question-and-answer session with members of the county delegation,
County Council and Columbia's village boards on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Historic Oakland.
The meeting will be open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for Resident Speakout.
CA Board members will be discussing the legislation at the regularly scheduled board meetings on Thursday, Nov. 8,
and Tuesday, Nov. 20, at CA Headquarters.
There will be opportunities for Resident Speakout at the beginning of these meetings.
And now for what's up next week:
This fall, CA is bringing the excitement of Piloxing to Columbia.
The workout combines elements of boxing and Pilates and is available to members and non-members alike.
Two free Piloxing demonstration classes have been set for Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 from 9 to 10 a.m. The demos are open to the public.
Pre-registration is required at piloxing-(dash)
A six-week paid session will then begin in November and run into December.
It is $60 for members and $72 for non-members.
Both the demos and classes will be held at Claret Hall in River Hill.
Sign up at the demos or at The Columbia Gym.
In football terms, this is one drive in which ending in the red zone is good:
Those who donate blood will receive one free ticket to a Washington Redskins game.
The blood drive, hosted by the Redskins and the American Red Cross, will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Columbia Gym, located at 6151 Daylong Lane in Clarksville.
Make an appointment online at
That's it for this episode of This Week@CA.
For more news on what's going on in Columbia, check out our blog, CA Today, at
From CA Headquarters in downtown Columbia, this is David Greisman.
Have a great week, Columbia!