Important Election Procedures Update
Elections are happening this MONTH. We are holding an all MAIL-IN ballot election. The election newsletter including a mail in ballot and postage paid return envelope have been mailed. Please read over the election process and candidate statements and return the ballot in the postage paid envelope at your earliest convenience. Please completely fill out the back flap of the envelope. No one will be on-site at the Other Barn on election day. Ballots should not be left at the door. MAIL IN ONLY! We have postponed our annual plant sale with the hope of rescheduling.
If you or someone you know does not receive a ballot by April 18th please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a name/address of where to send a ballot. If someone does not receive a ballot in the mail and unable to email please leave a message on the OMCA phone at 410-730-4610 with name and address and a ballot will be mailed.
We promise to maintain the integrity of the Oakland Mills election process this year as we have done with every past election. We need you, your vote COUNTS!
2020 OMCA Candidates for Elections:
Bill McCormack Jr.
Larry Pretlow II
Columbia Council Representative
Virginia (Ginny) Thomas
Read candidate statements HERE.
2020 Oakland Mills ELECTION CALENDAR
This calendar is based on a contested race for either OM Board or Columbia Council Rep.
Tues., Jan. 28
Election Committee members and Chair appointed
2020 Election Guidelines approved by the Oakland Mills Board
Tues., Feb. 18
9:00 a.m. “Candidate Packets” including “Nomination Petitions” are available at the Other Barn.
Mon., March 2
6:30 p.m. at The Other Barn Information Session on Serving on OM Board/CCR Refreshments and Conversation – learn more about serving on the Oakland Mills Board or as a Columbia Council Representative.
Fri., March 13
4:00 p.m. Candidate “Nomination Petitions” due.
Drawing of names to determine placement order on the election ballot.
Mon., March 16
Candidate Statements (both 150 and 100 word count) due – statements must be sent by email to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hard copy will be accepted in addition to electronic version. (Statements are expected from all candidates regardless of whether the election is contested or non-contested.)
April 1 – April 20
Oakland Mills Covenant Advisor will inspect each Board candidate’s property and issue either a Letter of Covenant Compliance or a Letter of Non-Compliance. (Refer to By-Laws and Covenant Compliance Policy in the Board Candidate Packet.)
Late March/Early April
Election Newsletter w/Ballot to be mailed to every OM property, single family, townhome, condo, apartments.
Tues., April 7
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Election Forum CANCELLED
Fri., April 23
Deadline for mailing in ballots. No business reply mail is delivered on Saturday.
Sat., April 25
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Voting at The Other Barn CANCELLED–Vote by mail only, postmarked by April 23rd.
May 1, 2020
2020-2021 Board and CCR Term Begins
OMCA Board and CA Board Election Information
Who are we and why do we hold elections?
The Oakland Mills Community Association (OMCA) is a non-profit civic organization whose purpose is to promote the health, safety, common good, and social welfare of all its village members (owners of property within Oakland Mills’ (OM) three neighborhoods–Steven’s Forest, Talbott Springs, and Thunder Hill–and tenants who reside on property within Oakland Mills under a written lease). OMCA’s Board of Directors and its representative to the Columbia Council are elected ANNUALLY by the members to manage the business and affairs of OMCA.
So what are the OMCA elections anyway?
Members of the Oakland Mills Community Association (owners and renters of property in the village–that’s you!) will elect individuals to serve one-year terms on the OMCA Board of Directors. The OMCA Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Members of the Board serve on the Architectural Committee and on various Board committees, advocate for village needs, and create opportunities for residents to become active in the life of the community.
Each year members will also elect one person to serve a one-year term as Oakland Mills’ representative to the Columbia Council/Columbia Association (CA) Board. The CA Board meets the fourth Thursday of the month and determines Columbia Association policies and spending priorities for your assessment dollars. There are many meetings and obligations for the CA Board, and detailed information on that position can be obtained from the Columbia Association (Office of the President/CEO).
Roles and Responsibilities – In a Nutshell!
Whether you choose to run for a village board seat or for the Columbia Council seat (CA Board), you become part of a grassroots process to make a difference in your community. With this comes an obligation to uphold the village’s legal and fiduciary responsibilities as a board member. Each role also comes with a commitment of time to be involved in Oakland Mills, Columbia, and Howard County meetings, events, and programs. Along with all of the obligations and responsibilities are the rewards of serving your community.
Covenant Compliance ~ What does this mean?
(Amendment to the Oakland Mills Community Association By-Laws, Article II, Board of Directors, Section 2.03 Election of Directors. Approved April 17, 1999)
2.03A. In order to serve on the Village Board, candidates owning property in Oakland Mills must, upon election, obtain a Certificate of Compliance within 60 days.
“Covenant compliance” pertains to properties in Oakland Mills being in compliance with Village Architectural Covenants. (Candidate packets include village legal documents for your reference.)
Who is “in charge” of the Elections? Who can I call/email/meet with?
The Village elections are administered by the Oakland Mills Election Monitor Committee (EMC). The committee is comprised of OM residents. We are fortunate in Oakland Mills to have dedicated committee members, many of whom have volunteered for the EMC for 40+ years. We always welcome newcomers!
Please feel free to contact me with any election-related questions or for additional information. I also recommend that those considering candidacy attend upcoming village board meetings. If you are considering running for the Council Rep (CA Board) I encourage you to attend CA Board meetings. There is much to be said for seeing how the boards operate and become aware of the current issues facing the village.
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager