Gate Access

The CBCIA Security Committee, chaired by Brian Mead, oversees gate access for the community.

 

Contact Brian at mycolumbiabeach@gmail.com or 443-203-9454

 

RESIDENTS

Columbia Beach residents are issued clamshell cards that can be swipped at the gate and decals that attach to their cars’ windshields for automatic gate opening. Note: decals are most effective if attached to the upper left (inside) corner of windshield.

 

Residents can also obtain a mobil app that will allow them to open the gate when they are away from home. The app is available from Brian for a one-time cost of $20. To get the app on a new phone, you will need to pay the fee again.

 

 

GUESTS AND WORKERS

The gate is equipped with a searchable directory of residents’ names that can be used by visitors to find individual households. Each name has a three-digit number associated with it. The visitor types in the number at the box, which will call the phone number the resident has provided to the Security Committee. The phone number that will show up as calling you is 862-688-30578. The resident responding to the call hits the #9 button on their phone and the gate will open. The resident's phone number on file can be a landline or a cell phone but be aware that spotty cell phone coverage might limit the effectiveness of a cell phone for this purpose. Note: it is the sole responsibility of the resident to ensure that expected guests or workers can obtain access. 

 

Residents can obtain access codes for contractors doing long-term or regular work. Call or text requests to Brian at 443-203-9454. Access codes will be unique, time-limited, and tied to the homeowner requesting them. In the event of abuse, codes can be tracked and replaced.

 

Emergency and essential service providers (such as oil and propane suppliers, FedEx, UPS, Mobility Transportation, and USPS) all have their own access codes. The gate is left open on Thursday mornings to facilitate trash pick-up.

 

NEW RESIDENTS

For resident owners: To obtain free clamshell cards, car decals, and/or to purchase the app, new resident owners should make a request to Brian either by phone or text at 443-203-9454. 

 

For resident tenants: The property owner on record must call or text to set up access for tenants.

 

New resident requests must include the following information:

 

First name, last name

Address in Columbia Beach

Phone number for the Gate Directory

Mailing address if different from Columbia Beach address

 

NOTE: The homeowner is repsponsible for notifying CBCIA if they are moving or if their tenants are moving so we can disable access and collect cards. Call/text Brian at 443-203-9454.

 

SPECIAL OPENING REQUESTS

Residents can request that the gate be left open for special events, such as large parties. To make a special opening request, contact Brian by phone or text at least 72 hours in advance of the desired opening time. Special openings cannot be requested for contractors, unless a major project is planned for a weekend.

 

REPLACEMENT CARDS AND DECALS 

To replace lost cards and decals, contact Brian by phone/text at 443-203-9454 or email him at  Columbiabeach@gmail.com.

Cost for replacement decals is $17 each. Replacement clamshell cards are $10 each.

 

Make checks payable to CBCIA and mail to CBCIA, PO Box 480, Shady Side, MD 20764.

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