Minutes from the September 15, 2007
Hack’s Point Community Association Meeting
To be reviewed at the first meeting of 2008
Meeting called to order at 9:00 AM by HPCA President John Bertinatti. 29 members/guests were
Officers in Attendance: John Bertinatti, President Bill Colligon, Vice President
Lucy Stephens, Treasurer
Directors in Attendance: Gene Faulkner Jim Gipe
The minutes from the August meeting were read and approved.
The Treasurers Report was read and approved.
? Clothing – No update from the August meeting. Janet Force is looking into purchasing
HP clothing items to sell, t-shirts, hats, golf shirts, hoodies. She will find out minimum
order quantity and report back. Clothing will be available for sale Spring 2008.
? Directory - HP directory is complete. Each dues paying member will receive two copies
of the directory. Members present at the meeting received their copies and other
member’s copies will be mailed. Thanks to Sue Cordes for all the work in preparing the
directory and Coley DuPont for printing the directory free of charge.
? The communication plan for new permit applications is in place. The first permit was
posted on the website on September 5
th. Any questions regarding permits should be
directed to Cecil County. Permits will remain on the website for one month and after two
weeks the county will issue the permit. In addition Mary Gipe is sending a permit alert
to all people that have given their email to the pier club or included it in the community
directory. The information will also be posted on the Pier club bulletin board and
community building community bulletin board.
? Audit of Books –George Cordes has a volunteer to assist in the audit. Anyone else
interested should see George
? Lighting for Dock - Jim Gipe will order the lights when they become available with the
understanding that we can return them if we aren’t satisfied for any reason. We have
budgeted $1,000 for two test lights.
? HPCA Community Building Bulletin Board – John is trying to find a company that sells
message board for the front of the building.
? Washing Post Article - Hack’s Point Beach Pollution Problems Since the last meeting
John has written letters to our representatives, Maryland State Delegates, Michael Smigel,
Richard Sossi and Mary Walkup and the Maryland State Senator E J Pipkin. He has also
talked to and written County Commissioner William Manlove. The letters contained the
concerns and solutions recommended at the August meeting and asked that we be
involved and kept informed of any actions or plans to identify and improve the current
situation. A copy of one of the letters is part of these minutes. Since the letters were sent
John received a call from Commissioner Manlove who said he is asking for funding to
determine the cause of the problem and an email from Delegate Smigel saying he was
setting up a meeting with the Maryland Dept of Environment and Dept of Natural
Resources. Both said they would keep us informed.
? Piling Caps on the Community Dock – The Pier Club will be putting piling caps on
uncovered piling to bird droppings problem.
? Paving – Discussions continued on the repaving of the walkway and ramp. Based on our
current cash position we will proceed with the project in the spring. We will ask the
contractor to also give us the cost to dig up the old drain pipe and widen the area around
the chain fence for easier wheel chair access.
? The Swim Platform will not be disassembled at this time The pulley club has requested
to use the platform to repair pulley lines and will disassemble the platform when they are
done with it.
? The step at the top of Farmdale was repaired
? There was a motion to put a new bench at the end of Riverview Ave. equal distance from
the DuPont and Shubert property lines and replace the bench at the entrance to the
community pier – The motion was passed and $500 was approved for the project. Mark
Hopkins volunteered to put the benches in and get the materials needed. He will inform
John Bertinatti when he locates the benches of exact costs.
? Mark Hopkins requested permission to paint the back of the community building. He
will match the existing paint color. It was agreed to allow Mark to paint.
? Individuals representing themselves as officers of the Association. John has been
informed by Cecil County employees that certain members of the community have called
the county and requested information in the name of the association. In one case a letter
was sent to the association to the attention of a member of the association at their home
address. John asked that such requests stop immediately and informed the county that the
Association address and list of officers is on the website.
? A suggestion was made to investigate an ING savings account to improve our rate of
return on our CD. Lucy will look into ING’s offerings that may apply to the Association.
? There was a discussion on posting meeting minutes on the website prior to approval and
before the next meeting - John explained the process of preparing the minutes and agreed
to post the unapproved minutes prior to the next meeting and hopefully within two weeks
of the meeting. Any recommended changes will be made and posted to the website prior
to the meeting. Minutes would still have to be approved at the next meeting. Copies of
the minutes will be available at the meeting and the approved minutes will be posted on
the website after the meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:45 AM.