Welcome to the North College Park Citizens Association (NCPCA), your neighborhood forum for citizen involvement and advocacy.
The next meeting is scheduled for Nov 13, 2014. Below is the agenda:
Next Meeting is November 13
Agenda for Meeting of November 13, 2014
- 7:30 Pledge of Allegiance
- 7:35 Discussion of Options for City Hall Expansion /Relocation- City Hall needs to be expanded and City Council is in the process of deciding the location for the new City Hall. We will discuss pro/cons of sites.
- 8:00 Police Services in North College Park- A brief presentation about police services in our community by Bob Ryan, Director of Public Services and representatives from the Prince George’s County police department will be followed by questions from residents.
- 8:30 Break/Refreshments
- 8:40 Follow-up Discussion of Greenbelt Metro Development /FBI- Discussion of the potential development at Greenbelt Metro station and the widening of I-95. Last month, SHA and Greenbelt developer’s representative Garth Beall, spoke about the proposed changes to I-95, the interchange to the Greenbelt Metro station and proposed site development, including the FBI.
- 9:05 Approval of Minutes, Officers Reports
- 9:10 Guests & Officials Announcements
- 9:20 Neighborhood Update- An opportunity to update us on recent activities in your section of North College Park.
- 9:25 New Business & Future Agenda Items
- 9:30 Adjourn
Summary of Meeting of October 9, 2014
- School Board Candidates – Lupi Grady and Peggy Higgins, candidates for School Board, spoke about their platforms.
- Environmental Finance Center – Joanne Throwe, director of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland (http://www.efc.umd.edu/), spoke to members about the mission of her organization: stormwater management.
- Term Limit Referendum – President Chris Nagel distributed a flyer that gave arguments against Question J, which would extend term limits for County Council members from 2 terms to 3 terms (12 years).
- SHA on Greenbelt Metro Interchange – State Highway Administration representatives presented a preliminary plan to upgrade the Greenbelt Metro beltway interchange into a full interchange and to widen selected parts of the beltway.
- Greenbelt Metro FBI Project Update – Garth Beall, of Renard Development Co., updated members on the latest development plan. The original proposal for the FBI and a mixed use was rejected by GSA because they wanted more room for the FBI complex. Mr. Beall described an alternative plan to accommodate GSA’s wishes, and which also addressed the mixed use component.
Summary of Meeting of September 11, 2014
- Proposed Metrobus Changes – A WMATA representative presented a proposal to split Metrobus Routes 83 and 86 in half with a common terminal at the College Park Metro Station.
- Community Partners Program – A County representative discussed community initiatives to identify, track and maintain vacant and foreclosed properties.
- Community Police – Our local patrol / community liaison officer gave an update on crime in the area.
- Members discussed possible future agenda items and approved printing and distributing flyers.
Summary of Meeting of June 12, 2014
- College Park Community Foundation – Dave Milligan gave a short presentation on the current activities of the CPCF.
- Development Overview – Ms. Terry Schum, Director, College Park Planning Dept. provided an overview of City and development projects in our area.
- Officer Elections – Elected to office were: Chris Nagel, President; Arthur Eaton, Vice President; Jackie Pearce-Garrett-Treasurer; Larry Bleau, Secretary.
- Greenbelt Metro Interchange – Voted to send letter to SHA.
Summary of Meeting of May 8, 2014
- Nominations – Nominees were announced for each office.
- Greenbelt Metro Entrance – Members voiced numerous concerns about the College Park side of the access to the Greenbelt Metro.
- City Police Force – Members discussed various aspects of the City’s contract police and a potential City police force.
- Hollywood Road Extended – Members opposed a suggested feasibility study on extending Hollywood Road to the west side of US 1 to connect with the Mazza Grandmarc development.
Summary of Meeting of Apr 10, 2014
- NCPCA Email List – Discussed if NCPCA email list (ncpca) should be changed to be a discussion list. No change made.
- Graffiti – There has been graffiti at Hollywood Rd. and Rhode Island Ave, as well as other places. Residents have reported this to the City.
- Pedestrian Safety – Rebecca Vaughan gave members a presentation on research she had done about the safety of the pedestrian crossing at US 1 and Edgewood Rd., as well as US 1 and I-95 exit ramp.
- Dannielle Glaros announced she is running for office of County Council
- Endleman Property – The University of Maryland wants to use this property as an urban farm.
- Light Rail – SHA plans a light rail line along US 29, a spur of which will go to MD 193.
- Parking On 53rd Ave – People (nonguests) routinely use a guest pass to park near the metro station, in violation of City rules.
Summary of Meeting of Mar 13, 2014
- Tax Update – Presentation on Federal and MD tax changes and how they affect homeowners, workers, and retirees
- Assistant City Manager, Bill Gardiner, introduced himself
- NCPCA Flyer – Review of draft NCPCA flyer
- College Park Mother’s Day 5 K Race on May 11 through North College Park
- Good Neighbor Day – Gloria Blackwell, University of Maryland Director of Community Involvement, spoke to members about the upcoming Good Neighbor Day (Mar 29, 9-1:30)
- Safety Concerns were expressed about behavior of nonresidents in the four tunnels area, members asked for police support to address these concerns
- City Budget Wish List discussion
- College Park Academy discussion
- Greenbelt Metro Development discussion
Summary of Meeting of Jan 9, 2014
- Relocation of College Park Academy – Discussion of concerns related to possible future relocation of the Academy to the Al Huda School site. Members listed issues they’d like Council to address.
- UM Emergency Alert System – A short presentation was made. besides faculty, staff, and students, City residents can subscribe.
- NCPCA became a sponsor of the Prince Georges Running Club and made a $300 donation.
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