Board Committees

  • Election Committee
  • Community Engagement Committee
  • Watershed Advisory Committee
  • Special Committee on Election Review

Election Committee

The Election Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 6:00pm. See Calendar event for more information.

2024 Committee meeting minutes:




The Election Committee is responsible for the proper conduct of the annual elections of the Columbia Council Representative and the Association’s Board of Directors. The members of this Committee are appointed annually by the Board of Directors.  Any member of the Association eligible to vote in the next election of Directors and Council Representative is eligible for membership on the Committee provided no member is a candidate for any Association office and the member does not actively campaign for or against any candidate.

Volunteers help plan and moderate Candidates’ Night, they serve on Election Day, and they ensure that the Election Rules and Procedures are followed correctly.

If you would like to volunteer for the Committee, please fill out the Committee Volunteer form and submit it to the Village Manager at  Questions? Please call 410-730-7327 or email the Village Manager at

The time commitment is minimal, and it’s a good way to learn more about the Hickory Ridge Community Association.

Hickory Ridge needs volunteers from across the Village’s three neighborhoods (Clary’s Forest, Clemens Crossing, Hawthorn) to participate in a Community Engagement Committee focused on connecting and engaging the Village residents.

The Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at The Hawthorn Center at 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend.

Mission of the committee: To connect residents across the Village’s neighborhoods by creating links that will increase communication in the Village.

Committee Vision: To be a means of connecting our community so that all residents are engaged and informed as empowered participants in the shaping of the Village of Hickory Ridge.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month for meetings.

If you would like to volunteer for the Committee, please fill out the Committee Volunteer form and submit it to the Village Manager at  Questions? Please call 410-730-7327 or email the Village Manager at

Meeting Recording: HOAs and Restrictions on Low-Impact Landscaping with Delegate Hill and Delegate Feldmark

Examples of Residential Stormwater Best Management Practices

Information about the Watershed Advisory Committee

The Committee

The Hickory Ridge Village Board has an active Watershed Advisory Committee to increase awareness and help educate village residents on approaches to deal with stormwater.  Committee members organize educational programs, evaluate residential properties that have stormwater runoff issues, take photographs of stormwater concerns and best practices, and help residents obtain soil samples.

Join Our Committee!

We are looking for some additional community residents who would be interested in volunteering to learn about watersheds, stormwater management, rain gardens, native plants and soils and sharing the information with neighbors. Committee meetings are held for two hours on the second Monday of each month.   If you are interested in serving, please send information on what interest or experience you may have to help the committee with its work (gardener, writer, ecologist, botanist, biologist, photographer, etc.) and what you would like to learn, along with your name and address to

Keep Wipes out of the Pipes

At the Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee, part of our mission is to inform Hickory Ridge residents about things we can all do to help to improve water quality, and today we want talk about fatbergs.

You may have heard about a 130-ton fatberg that clogged the sewer system in London in 2017 and took 9 weeks to remove. There have also been stories in the last several years about fatbergs in New York and in Baltimore. How does that happen? And why is it a thing now?

A fatberg is a hardened mass in the sewer system caused by the accumulation over time of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from kitchen cooking plus “flushable” wet wipes and other items that do not break down in the sewer system pipes. The fatberg eventually blocks the flow of sewage. It is a problem for sewer system operators and wastewater treatment plants, and if the sewage backs up into your house, it’s a problem for you.

What can we do about it? Well, first, KEEP WIPES OUT OF THE PIPES! Do not flush wet wipes down the toilet. Despite being called “flushable,” they are not safe to put into the sewer system. They won’t break down like toilet paper, and they will stick to fats, oils, and grease eventually narrowing the pipes. Second, when it comes to the toilet, remember the 3 Ps are safe to flush—pee, poop, and (toilet) paper. Don’t flush anything else. Lastly, in the kitchen, do not dispose of used cooking oils down the sink. Let them cool and then save them in a sturdy, leakproof container and take the container to the Residents’ Convenience Center at the Alpha Ridge Landfill for recycling or put the oil in a container that you can save in the freezer until full enough that you can dispose of it with your household trash.

Annual Report:

HRVWAC Annual Report 2019-20


Rain Garden Maintenance & Native Plant Information

The Watershed Advisory Committee (WAC) has a list of recommended native plants that should thrive in your garden. The list, grouped by sunny and shady areas as well as by the areas within the garden—inlet side, lower area, and berm–was developed by the University of Maryland Extension and by WAC members.

Below are some helpful links to manage your rain garden or add a few native plants to your current landscaping:

Fall Fertilization Concerns

In preparation for the fall fertilizing season, the Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee suggests you first determine how much and what type of nutrients your lawn needs. A soil analysis can indicate what levels of chemicals and minerals are present in a lawn, and what type of nutrients may need to be added. Why pay for expensive fertilizer if you don’t need to?

Columbia Association provides FREE soil analysis for Hickory Ridge residents. Collection bags are available at the village office and can be returned there once you have collected your samples (a ten minute task!)  The soil samples are then analyzed and the results are sent to you by email a few weeks later.  If you are unable to collect samples yourself, please contact the village office at 410-730-7327 and we will ask a watershed volunteer to set up an appointment to collect the sample for you.

Remember, Fall is the best time to fertilize but Maryland law requires homeowners to complete any fertilizing by November 15, so get your soil sample submitted today!

Bay-Wise Gardening

Wondering how you can make your home landscape more Bay-friendly? The Chesapeake Stormwater Network offers a great guide for homeowners. Follow this link to view a PDF version of this publication. Homeowner Guide For a More Bay-Friendly Property

Waste Not!

While walking the CA pathways or looking out your home’s windows, have you ever seen a dog leave a “present” on the walk and watched the owner just ignore the situation (or perhaps pick up the present and fling it into the woods?)  It’s not easy to bring the issue to the owner’s attention, even if this seemingly minor infraction is against the law.  Dog waste gets washed by the rain into our stormwater streams, along with all the unhealthy bacteria taking a ride on those “tootsie rolls.”  Do you really want your children playing around those streams, or your dog drinking from them, with all that bacteria?  You can remain anonymous, but please let the village staff know where and when you see the problem occurring.  We will work with CA and neighbors to offer information about the problem and encourage better behavior.  Just call us at 410-730-7327 and mention “dog waste problem.”

If you are looking for someone to remove dog waste from your property, the WAC has compiled a list of companies who provide removal services- an easy way to observe the law and keep your property free of “shoe goo.” Click here to see the list.


Review of Election Policies & Procedures

This Committee reviewed the governing election materials, practices, procedures, and customs currently applicable to Association elections and elected officers. The Committee advised the Village Board on the issues for consideration and any and all other changes, improvements, suggestions, innovations, additions, and recommendations regarding Association elections, election-related matters that committee members recommended for the free, fair, transparent, efficient, and equitable administration of campaigns and elections in the Association. The Village Board reviewed the recommendations and implemented those they deemed necessary.

The final decisions on the Special Committee topics by the Board of Directors are here.

The Special Committee has released their FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS.

RESIDENT COMMENTS  RECEIVED by February 1, 2022 (most recent comments at the end)



Meeting recording January 5, 2022

Meeting Recording December 16, 2021

Meeting Recording, December 7, 2021

Meeting Recording & Chat, November 30, 2021

Meeting Recording, Monday, November 22, 2021

Meeting Chat, Monday, November 22, 2021

Click here to read the Resolution that established this Special Committee.

Meeting Minutes

11.30.2021_Special Committee