Regular Meeting on October 13, 2016

Minutes of Regular Meeting on October 13, 2016

Note: The meeting was held at Phillips Kleiner VFW Post.

Meeting began at 7:30 pm.  City Councilmembers Mary Cook and Fazlul Kabir were present. County councilmember Mary Lehman was also present.


Elaine Ellis Health Center

Kate Milone of the Elaine Ellis Health Center gave a brief presentation about the new health center. The center is a Federally Qualified Health Center and therefore is required to treat all who come regardless of ability to pay. They offer OB/GYN, primary care, pediatric services. They are open 9-5 by appointment only, and may have walk-in availability in the future.

EZ Storage

Representatives from the developer/owner of the EZ Storage facility proposed for the end of Branchville Road, adjacent to the train tracks. Presenters shared visuls of the site plan and took questions.

Economic Development

Ryan Chelton, the City’s new Economic Development Coordinator briefly introduced himself and took questions. Attendees participated in an activity to identify some of the businesses they might be interested in seeing in the neighborhood. The list is attached for reference.

Hollywood Park Stormwater Management Committee Presentation

John Krouse, chair of the committee, reviewed the background of the report (also attached for reference). General conclusions of the committee were to preserve the general character and uses of the park, including the trees. Significant point of discussion was the proposed pond, which would collect water that is currently being collected further down in a pond at Greenbelt metro. Councilmember Mary Lehman also spoke on the matter, indicated that her office was not given any notice of the plans for these improvements. Additional discussion and questions ensued.

It was moved (by virtue of submission of the committee’s report) to adopt the conclusions of the report, and transmit them to Park & Planning, County Council, City Council, Tree & Landscape Board, and the Committee for a Better Environment. Second by Arthur Eaton. The motion passed unanimously 24-0-0.  Given the time sensitive nature of the report, committee chair John Krouse will submit the report to the city. President Jackie Pearce Garrett will submit to the other entities.

Old Business

President Jackie Pearce Garrett updated on the motion from the September meeting to ask the city for assistance with a survey to get feedback on the stormwater management projects proposed for North College Park, and asked for a volunteer to work with the city on moving this forward. No volunteers came forward. One of the proposed sites (in Autoville) is no longer being considered.

New Business


Officers Reports

Treasurer Eric Hoffman reported a balance of $908.07. Includes addition of dues and the expenditures for the yard signs.

President Jackie Pearce Garrett reported that yard signs have been ordered and will arrive soon. Davis Hall is still under construction, and won’t be available in the near future. College Park Day was a success, with thanks to Eric Hoffman for participating.  Thanks to Dave Turley for helping us secure space at the last minute.


City Councilmember Mary Cook reported that the Hollywood Road extension is not moving forward. County Councilmember Mary Lehman reported that there is a College Fair at High Point High School on October 18, at 6:30 p.m, a Halloween Thing (party) at Laurel Beltsville Senior Center on October 31. City Councimember Fazlul Kabir reminded residents that the fall clean up, including bulk trash collection is happening October 22 and October 29. On October 29 there will also be shredding services.

Unanimously voted to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 9:15 pm.

Regular Meeting on September 8, 2016

Minutes of the Regular Meeting on September 8, 2016

Meeting began at 7:30 pm.  Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Mary Cook, and Christine Nagle were present.  Mayor Patrick Wojhan was also present.

Officer Reports

Moved by Eric Hoffman/Jamie: Adopt the minutes of NCPCA June 9 meeting without change; motion passed.

President Jackie Pearce-Garrett reported that she has the NCPCA banner but does not yet have the new signs.  She reported there are 8 new members, and she sent notices to the nonrenewals.  The NCPCA flyer will not go out with the City’s material this year.  On Sep 24, College Park Day, several members will take turns staffing the NCPCA table.  Jackie said she met with Christy Dollymore, President of Berwyn District Civic Association. Among the topics discussed were the potential to collaborate on advocacy to improve Rhode Island Ave. at Greenbelt Rd.

Treasurer Eric Hoffman reported a current balance of $987.66; expenditures of $95.38 have been paid since the last meeting.  There were no other officer reports.


Stormwater Management

Clean Water Partnership (Corvias) representatives Pete Littleton and Andy Mueller presented members with five sites for potential retrofit projects to improve water quality: Nantucket Pkwy. and 52nd Ave; University Blvd. and Rhode Island Ave.; Autoville Dr. and Park Rd. (Bible Church); 52nd Ave. and Palco Pl. and Narragansett and Rhode Island Ave. (behind REI). Four of these will be micro-bioretention projects. These have filter media belong ground, mulch above it, and plantings atop that. An underflow pipe will feed the filtered water to an existing County pipe. Corvias will maintain the projects for 30 years. The fifth site will be a stormwater facility, and will contain a cartridge filter upstream of the pipe but below ground, which will tie into an existing storm drain pipe. These will take 2-3 weeks to install. The maintenance plan will show scheduled maintenance activities. More information is available on their web site, which has a gallery of projects. The Narragansett Pkwy. bioretention site will be on Narragansett near Muskogee at the horseshoe. Plans are online with the City.

Hollywood Park Project

Ken Dunne, also with the Clean Water Partnership, described a plan to create a pond in Hollywood Park to treat runoff from a larger area. Currently there is a large untreated area, and the proposed pond can treat 39-40 acres. The pond would be located in the southern part of the pond, but would not disturb the small existing wetlands area. CWP went to M-NCPPC so their improvement of park equipment could be integrated with this effort. There would be a walking trail, a southern entrance, a soccer/cricket field, and a multipurpose area, which could also be used as a dog park. The pond would be about 2’ deep, with a 4’-6’ berm on the south side. Since the water is stagnant, a safety net, rather than a fence, will surround it. Members decided to form a small committee, mainly of those who live nearby, to engage Park and Planning on the design. The members included John Krouse, Mark Schroder, Christine O’Brien, and Dave Pfiefer, and Matt Dernoga. John Krouse agreed to serve as chair of the committee.

New Business

Site Feedback

Moved by John Krouse/Jackie Pearce-Garrett: Request the City get feedback from the community on the proposed sites similar to the way it did with Complete Streets. Motion passed.

Future Business and Announcements

Next month we will discuss REI leaving the Hollywood Commercial Area and will invite Carrollton Enterprises to speak with members about possible replacements. Who else should we invite? A possible discussion of the Shaban property, or whomever owns it.

There will be a neighborhood-wide yard sale, coordinated by Mark Hoffman. On 9/9 the new operations building will open at College Park Airport; 9/16 6:30pm a walk & talk with police will start at Duvall Field; 9/24 is College Park Day; 10/18 at 7pm Park and Planning Commission will have a budget hearing at its Kenilworth Ave. office, which will include a possible trail connection from College Park to Kenilworth Gardens in DC via Bladensburg Waterfront Park; and the Coffee Club will meet on Wednesdays at Jason’s Deli.

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm.

Submitted by Larry Bleau, Secretary.