Monthly Archives: February 2016

Call for Volunteers: Street Trees Working Group and Pavilion/Garden Committee

The HOA currently has an open call for volunteers for two groups. Responses are requested by Sunday, February 28. Please email Anthony Lipphardt by contacting, indicating interest for one or both groups.

Street Trees Working Group
There have been numerous concerns raised over the street trees (red maple) planted by the developer, particularly with regards to their proximity to permeable driveways and walkways. These trees are not to be removed by homeowners. However, there may be an option for homeowners to elect for 1-for-1 replacement of their red maple with an alternative tree from an approved list of native street trees (i.e. sourced within 200 miles of the community).

This working group will be responsible for coming together to develop a list of native street trees which will be adopted by the HOA for future street tree replacement.

Pavilion and Garden Committee
Pavilion and garden committee members provide input towards the maintenance of the pavilion and garden facilities as well as coordinate activities and events that highlight green living. Some of our past events included a seed starting event, workshops from Howard County Master Gardeners (e.g., vegetable gardening, native plants), and spring/fall cleanups. We hope to make 2016 an even better year!
Anthony Lipphardt
Secretary, Locust Chapel HOA Board

Agenda: HOA Meeting February 22 at 7PM

*** Location Change: Bonnie Branch Middle School Media Center ***

  • Old Business
    • Approval of Minutes from October 19, 2015 (V)
    • Updates/Community Position
      • Solar Panels & Street Lights
      • Concrete and Paving
      • Pavilion Repairs
      • Developer Timeline
    • Financials For 4th Quarter 2015
    • Community Notifications
      • Snow Removal – Follow Up to January Snow
      • Bio-Retentions – HOA Mulching (V)
      • Permeable Concrete Update
      • Lawn & Home Maintenance
      • Common Space Usage
  • New Business
    • Position/Committee Updates
      • President/ Social & Communications
      • Vice President/Safety & ARC
      • Treasurer/Finance & Capital Improvements
      • Secretary/Pavilion & Community Garden
      • Member-At-Large/Open & Common Spaces
    • Community Actions/Notifications- New or Pending
      • Outstanding Dues
      • Trash Can Storage
      • Homeowner Approved List of Street Trees (C)
      • Reforestation Areas
      • Speeding (V)
      • Staking of Fire Hydrants (V)
    • Future Meeting Dates
      • Quarterly: To Be Selected
      • Annual: Monday October 17, 2016 7:30p

Position Announcements and Future Meetings

The Locust Chapel board of directors met for a closed meeting on Monday, November 2nd at Ilchester Elementary to discuss position announcements and future meeting dates for the coming year.

Regarding position announcements, positions will remain the same with the exception of Member at Large which will be assumed by our new board member, Kareem Syed. The Contact Us page has been updated to reflect this information.

Regarding future meeting dates, quarterly and annual homeowner meetings for 2016 are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • Quarterly Meetings
    • Monday, February 22 (Bonnie Branch Middle School)
    • Monday, May 23 (Ilchester Elementary)
    • Monday, August 15 (Pavilion, weather pending)
    • Monday, November 7 – closed board meeting for planning (Ilchester Elementary)
  • Annual Meeting
    • Monday, October 17 (Ilchester Elementary)