Minutes of Board Meeting of July 12, 2013

Minutes of Board Meeting of July 12, 2013

This meeting was intended to provide an opportunity for NCPCA members and officers to discuss topics of interest, and meeting ideas for the next year. The meeting began at 6:30 pm.

Responsibilities of officers, and potential ideas for participation by NCPCA Board of Directors were discussed. Chris Nagle is willing to assist with flyer mailings. Les Booth is willing to serve as a Director.

NCPCA website needs updates, maybe simplification. A NCPCA Director could serve as webmaster. No volunteers yet.

U.M. community service projects. Jackie Pearce-Garrett, Phil Aronsen, Robert Boone, Arthur Eaton interested in working together, maybe get the C.P. Committee for a Better Environment involved. Report of service projects in September?

Formation of a North College Park Livable Community Committee was discussed. Robert Boone and Bob Seward are willing to serve. Ways to make North College Park and NCPCA more welcoming was discussed. Chris Nagle, Jackie Pearce-Garrett, and Donna Weene will serve as committee.

NCPCA should participate at the Hollywood Farmers Market, with a table and flyers. Jackie Pearce Garrett and Chris Nage will coordinate, possibly with other civic associations, etc.

Urban renewal and ‘vibrancy’ in North College Park, possible presentation by City Economic Development Coordinator was requested.

Debate for City Council candidates in October should be on agenda. A committee of NCPCA members could develop a program.

County ‘rain tax’, presentation by Adam Ortiz, other officials, suggested as topic for future agenda. Commercial & residential code enforcement should be added to future agenda, with presentation by City staff. Fire and emergency services status update regarding changes to personnel at Branchville Fire Station. City Budget Wish list as an agenda item with discussion in early 2014. Roberts Rules of Order should be downloaded and made available for use by members.

Special Meeting on July 12, 2013

Minutes of Special Meeting on July 12, 2013

9909 Baltimore Avenue

This meeting was requested to discuss possible purchase of 9909 Baltimore Avenue, which has been vacant for many years. A handout prepared by City staff with background information about the property and its zoning was distributed

The meeting began at 7:30 pm. Ilya Zusin presented the status of the development project, and the unlikely prospects for development under existing zoning for the foreseeable future. Considerable discussion, questions and answers followed about the feasibility and appropriateness of the City to purchase the property using program open space money.

The acquisition cost of the property would be determined by appraisals, but is now assessed at $635,900. The City does not have that sum in Program Open Space funds at this time. Acquisition using Program Open Space funds could prevent any possibility of commercial or residential development.

Several motions were made by NCPCA members regarding the purchase of the property with Open Space funds, but none were approved. Councilmembers Wojahn and Kabir will continue to monitor this property, and pursue ideas to develop or acquire it.

Connector Highway and U.M. Golf Course

A letter of U.M. President Loh to a prospective developer of the U.M. Golf Course and construction of a new bypass highway from I-495 to U.M. was discussed. NCPCA has previously opposed a bypass, since it would draw focus and funding away from plans to reconstruct US 1. No motions regarding NCPCA position were considered. Jackie-Pearce Garrett will serve as liaison to a group of concerned civic groups to monitor this issue.

Crime Statistics

Major Brewer and Officer Lubin of P.G. County Police presented information about crime statistics, recent thefts from automobiles in North College park, and warnings about scams involving house parties in nearby areas.

Minutes of June were not approved. Jackie Pearce Garrett provided a Treasurer’s report.

Submitted by John Krouse