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.