Russett receives national recognition from the
Community Association's Institute (CAI):
CAI Article: It's Not Rocket Science
The Russett Community Association, Incorporated (RCA) is the homeowner's association for the community of Russett located in western Anne Arundel County, Maryland. There are three basic governing documents that define the operations and organization for both the commercial properties and residential properties of the community.
- Commercial and Residential Russett Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CCRs)
- Commercial and Residential By-Laws of the Russett Community Association, Inc.
- Commercial and Residential Declaration of Easements and Covenants to Share Costs for Russett
Anne Arundel County is responsible for police, fire and rescue services. A number of roads in Russett are county roads while others are private roads. The county is responsible for maintenance, snow removal and striping of public roadways. The county also takes care of trash and recyclable collections within the Single Family and Town Home communities. Condominiums and apartments have private trash collection services.
The Russett Community Association's board of directors follows and enforces the community's CCRs and operates according to its By-Laws. This includes taking any necessary punitive or legal collections actions, maintaining the common areas and amenities of the community and helping homeowners. To assist with the day-to-day operations of the community, the association contracts administrative and logistical support from a private management company. Currently, the professional that specializes in large HOA's management is
Property Management People, Inc. (PMP).
Their corporate offices are in Frederick Maryland and utilize
Russett's Community owned building's office space on-site.
Russett's all homeowner Board of Directors writes policy, make executive decisions,
oversees and approves contracts for the community.RCA Organizational Chart (PDF)
Russett Center Limited Partnership (RCLP) was the developer for Russett proper (RCA).
Builders purchased lots from the developer, build the houses and then sells them to purchasers.
The builders are responsible for providing new homes with acceptable landscaping and lawns
within the first year.
Russett is comprised of many neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has a specific slate, e.g., townhouse, condominium or single family. Each has a specific physical location within the community. Condominiums have their own separately elected board of directors whose senior officers often serve as their Neighborhood Representatives. Condominiums also each have their own separate management companies. Each of the townhome and single family neighborhood's homeowners voting members (home owners) cast 1 vote at RCA's annual meeting for up to three representatives that together form their Neighborhood Committee. The newly elected neighborhood committee then elects and designates its Chair, First Alternate, and Second Alternate from among that neighborhood's elected representatives. The committee serves and represents their neighborhood to the board and their chair casts 1 vote in board elections and casts votes for all units attributed to each particular neighborhood on other issues. Representatives from all the neighborhood committees meet periodically at the informal meeting of the Neighborhood Advisory Group where common community issues are discussed and information exchanged. Neighborhood Chairs cast their neighborhoods' formal votes, for example, to change community documents or to impose assessments at special meetings called for by the Board and to elect members of the Board of Directors at the annual meeting. All representatives are equal and shall report directly to the Board regarding any and all issues in their neighborhoods.
All meetings of the Board of Directors, various Board-chartered committees, the Neighborhood Committees, and the Neighborhood Advisory Group are all open to the community. The Board-chartered committees are staffed by volunteer homeownes from the community.
The Neighborhood Committees are elected by the homeowners in each neighborhood. All community members interested in participating are encouraged to become involved.