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Welcome to the North College Park Citizens Association (NCPCA), your neighborhood forum for citizen involvement and advocacy.

The next meeting is scheduled for Feb 11, 2015.

Agenda for Feburary 11 Meeting

  • 7:30 – Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance
  • 7:35 – Officers Reports
  • 7:40 – Good Neighbor Day. Gloria Aparacio-Blackwell from the University of Maryland’s Office of Community Engagement will discuss the annual community-university service event.
  • 7:50 – Presentation and Discussion with the State Highway Administration regarding improvements to the I495/Route 1 Interchange.
  • 8:30 – Break, Snacks
  • 8:40 – Tax Update. Larry Bleau will share updates in the tax code that may affect you.
  • 8:50 – Announcements from Members, Guests, and Officials
  • 9:00 – Future Agenda Items
  • 9:10 – Adjourn

The above tentative schedule is for planning purposes only; actual times may vary.


Summary of Meeting on January 14, 2016

  • Ch2m – Corvias Solutions – Presentation on a private-public partnership to help the County meet EPA requirements and deal with the unmet/unfunded stormwater mandate. They will use local businesses and contractors and use local knowledge.
  • Meeting with City Manager – The new City manager, Scott Somers, introduced himself to members. He then distributed the College Park Action Plan (Aug 2015) for College Park’s Strategic Plan, which contained many ideas NCPCA had submitted.
  • Budget – Fazlul and Chris presented ideas that may be in the draft City budget.
  • APC – Larry Bleau summarized the Fence Ordinance listening session the Advisory Planning Commission held the previous week.

Summary of Meeting on December 10, 2015

  • Elections – Members elected a new President, Jackie Pearce-Garret, and Treasurer, Eric Hoffman.
  • FBI Relocation Draft Environmental Impact Statement – Discussed defects in the EIS, passed motion to communicate them to SHA and City Council.
  • Future Agenda Items – Update on the upgrades to the concession stand at Duvall Field; Tax update from Larry Bleau; I-495/US-1 interchange.

Summary of Meeting on November 12, 2015

  • Presentations – members heard presentations from Phi Psi Friends on their program to help elderly, infirm, and disabled residents with house chores; Clarice Performing Arts Center about their Artist Partner Program, which does outreach to the next generation of artists; and the College Park Community Foundation.
  • NCPCA Bylaws and Elections – Mary Cook announced her upcoming resignation as NCPCA president, and members decided on a method to use to fill the vacancy.
  • Interest Survey and Public Safety – There was a short discussion of safety concerns.
  • Pedestrian Bridge – After a briefing by City staff, members passed a motion opposing the bridge.
  • FBI at Greenbelt – Members received an overview of the project from City staff and will discuss the environmental impact statement in December.
  • Expenditures – Members voted to donate funds to two causes.

Summary of Meeting on October 8, 2015

  • US 1 / Beltway / Edgewood Road Intersection – Fazlul Kabir gave a presentation on the State Highway Administration’s concept plan to redo the US 1 Beltway interchange, which would include changes to the intersection of Edgewood with US 1.  See details.
  • Interest Survey – Jackie Pearce-Garrett presented members with the results of the NCPCA sponsored interest survey.  See details.
  • Candidate Forum – At this time we had a Candidate’s Forum, both for District 1 Councilmember candidates and Mayoral candidates.

Summary of Meeting on September 10, 2015

  • Trash and Recycling – Public Works Director Robert Stumpf gave a presentation on route changes and changes in recycling; in particular the City will no longer be able to recycle plastic bags. Yard waste (grass, leaves, and weeds only) will still be picked up; brush (sticks, branches, tree limbs, etc.) must be bundled and you need to make an appointment to have it picked up.
  • NCPCA Interest Survey – NCPCA officers presented the results of the NCPCA interest survey and discussed the results.
  • Branchville Crossing Update – Cruz Development, owners of the property across the street from the Branchville Fire Department (BFD), has requested a variance to construct a fence. NCPCA took a position against the request, and requested the City review the fence at 9909 Baltimore Ave to see if it needs a variance.

See full minutes for more details.

Summary of Meeting of July 9, 2015

  • Kolada Foods Sports Bar and Restaurant – Mr. Olawoyin Akintelure, who would be the owner of the Kolada Foods Sports Bar and Restaurant, spoke to the meeting attendees and listened to their concerns. After the presentation members voted to support, with conditions, Mr. Akintelure’s business proposal.

See full minutes for more details.

Summary of Meeting of June 10, 2015

  • Change in Trash Collection Routes – Bob Stumpf, Public Works director, informed members of changes to the City’s trash collection routes and schedules.
  • WSSC Pipeline Replacement – Tom Tegby, a contractor with WSSC, presented members with an overview and timeline for the water main replacement plan.
  • Elections – John Krouse distributed ballots for the annual elections, then collected them, counted them, and reported later.
  • Branchville Crossing – Tom Tanner, vice president of the Branchville Volunteer Fire Dept., presented members with a list of concerns his company has about the conceptual site plan proposed by Cruz Development Corp. for Branchville Crossing. Mr. Tanner also gave a short presentation on summer safety tips.
  • College Park City University Partnership – Eric Olsen, executive director for the CPCUP, gave a short presentation on the partnership’s University District Vision for 2020 and various strategies they plan to pursue.
  • Branchville Crossing – Members discussed in an informal manner various concerns about the development and took a straw poll on which ones were the most important. They then voted to send a letter to City Council and County Council expressing concerns members have with the Branchville Crossing conceptual site plan.

See full minutes for more details.

Summary of Meeting of May 14, 2015

  • 21st District Delegation Report – Jim Rosapepe and Joseline Peña-Melnyk spoke to members about significant actions taken by the State Legislature this past session.
  • WMATA Test Track – John Thomas, director of major capital projects for Metro, spoke to members about the test track construction project.
  • Vacant Properties – Bob Ryan, director of Public Services for College Park, gave an overview of services, then spoke about the City’s efforts with respect to vacant properties and the Clean Lot Process.

See full minutes for more details.

Summary of Meeting of April 9, 2015

  • College Park Honda – The dealership wants to expand the service portion of the dealership by adding 16 new bays in the rear of their property and not visible from Route 1.
  • Greenbelt Metro Development – There was a quick review followed by some discussion of building heights, after which a motion was made on that subject. Also discussed were priorities for the used of any funds to be received by the City related to the development and an update on the beltway interchange.
  • Dog Park in North College Park – Members discussed the idea of a dog parks, where it might go, and its needs.
  • City Strategic Plan – Members discussed several topics of the Plan. There were many topics members wanted to cover which were not emphasized in the plan.
  • New City Manager – There was some discusssion of what would be desired in a new city manager.
  • Mothers Day 5K – NCPCA voted to be a sponsor of the College Park Mother’s Day 5K.

See full minutes for more details.

Summary of Meeting of March 12, 2015

  • Branchville Gardens – Cruz Development gave a presentation on a proposal to build workforce housing on a small, triangular piece of land near Branchville Fire Dept. Members later discussed the project and voted to express their concerns.
  • Greenbelt Metro FBI Project Update – Renard Development Co. gave members the latest update about the development’s plan.

See full minutes for more details.

Summary of Meeting of February 12, 2015

  • Strategic Plan – Members offered their ideas on what should be in the plan.
  • Hollywood Streetscape – City Planners presented members with results of a study on ways to improve the streetscape near the Hollywood Commercial District.
  • Environmental Finance Center – Discussion of stormwater practices.
  • Stormwater Tax and Fund – Members received explanation of the stormwater tax and fund, its effect on property tax, and how to lessen the tax by good stormwater practices.
  • Other actions: Supported MD HB-682; took position in favor of goals of Hollywood Streetscape Project.

See full minutes for more details.

Summary of Meeting of January 8, 2015

  • Strategic Plan – Members offered their ideas on what should be in the plan.
  • Budget – Members discussed several budget ideas.
  • Tax Talk – Larry Bleau gave members an update on tax issues.
  • NCPCA Strategic Thinking – Members gave their opinions on how NCPCA can improve its operations and why members attend NCPCA meetings.

See full minutes for more details.

Summary of Meeting of December 11, 2014

  • Potential Façade Improvements for Hollywood Commercial District – Designs for façade improvements were presented.
  • County Councilmember Mary Lehman – Spoke to members about a variety of concerns.

Summary of Meeting of November 13, 2014

  • City Hall Expansion/Relocation – Members discussed City Hall expansion/relocation plans.  A third site, Stone Industrial, was introduced for consideration.
  • Police Services – Several police representatives spoke to members about recent crime, graffiti, police activities, and police resources.
  • Reconsider Hollywood Road Extension – Mark Shroder requested that the NCPCA vote to oppose a feasibility study to extend Hollywood Road be placed on a future agenda. The request was granted.
  • CSX Tunnels – Request to post “no trespass after dark” signs in the four tunnels area, possibly install cameras as well.
  • Location of City Hall – Take a position regarding alternate City Hall locations.

 


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