Regular Meeting on December 10, 2015

Minutes of the Regular Meeting on December 10, 2015

Meeting began at 7:31 pm. Councilmember Fazlul Kabir was present, as was Mayor Patrick Wojhan.


According to a decision made at the previous meeting, members nominated persons to fill the vacant office of president. Jackie Pearce-Garrett was nominated; no one else was. Since Jackie is the current Treasurer, she stated she would resign that office if elected. At this point Eric Hoffman was nominated to the office of Treasurer. Blank ballots were distributed, marked, and collected. Jackie won the vote for President, and Eric won the vote for Treasurer. Jackie presided over the remainder of the meeting.

Moved: Adopt the minutes of NCPCA November 12 meeting without change; motion passed.

New Business

Talk with Scott Somers, City Manager

This item was deferred until January.

FBI Relocation Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Greenbelt Alternative

Members discussed several concerns, including that the traffic impacts may not be reasonable in terms of their potential impact on North College Park; it is not clear whether the beltway interchange upgrade at Route 1 and 495 is accounted for in the design; that there is a potential to clear a lot of vegetation depending on the location of the fence; whether the fence is consistently represented on the map; that the location of the fence will impact the wetlands; whether the parking garages will take advantage of the opportunity to have solar panels; whether there will be drainage impacts from either the construction or the final design; whether there will be significant light and sound pollution impacts, which will depend in part on the design of the buildings including materials, position of the building); impact on telecommunications and emergency services.

Moved by Mark Shroder / Betty: Communicate to Mayor and Council as well as the DEIS authors that NCPCA is concerned that the DEIS does not take into account the totality of the impacts on North College Park, and further that we are specifically concerned about the accuracy of the traffic impact, and finally that we would specifically ask the city to examine those impacts for accuracy. Motion passed.

Future Agenda Items

In addition to the deferred agenda items: Discuss update on the upgrades to the concession stand at Duvall Field; a tax update from Larry Bleau; discuss the 495/Rte 1 interchange after the 75% design comes out.

Reports and Announcements

Former Treasurer Jackie Pearce-Garrett reported a current balance of $       ; no expenditures have been paid since the last meeting. There were no other officer reports.

Larry Bleau reported that the Advisory Planning Commission had held a listening session on the City’s fence ordinance the previous Thursday. HE informed members that the record would remain open for a short period for written comments. Patrick Wojhan mentioned the video recording of the hearing would shortly be available on the City’s web site.

An announcement was made regarding the upcoming Live Smart Eat Local event with City Manager Scott Somers.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm. The annual holiday party followed.

Submitted by Larry Bleau, Secretary.