Regular Meeting on June 8, 2017

Minutes of Regular Meeting on June 8, 2017

Meeting began at 7:37 pm.  Mayor Patrick Wojahn and City Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Christine Nagle and Mary Cook were present.

Reports

Moved by Jaime Lark/Arelis Pérez: Adopt the minutes of NCPCA May 11 meeting with corrections; motion passed.

Jackie Pearce-Garrett introduced Moriah James, a UMd student majoring in anthropology who is working on a project to record stories of the Hollywood neighborhood. Those interested in contributing their stories should contact her at moriahjames433@gmail.com or by phone at 410-689-9982.

Treasurer Eric Hoffman reported a current balance of $1,074.21; $70 of this was from recent dues, not including those paid tonight.  There were no other officer reports.

Presentations

Legislative Update

MD Sen. Jim Rosapepe distributed a legislative summary then spoke to members about accomplishments this legislative session. He then took questions from the floor.

New Business

Traffic and Congestion

Jackie Pearce-Garrett opened the floor to members so they could voice their opinion on what areas of northern College Park have traffic or congestion problems and NCPCA leaders could plan when to hold a meeting and whom to invite. A lively discussion followed.

Issues and areas of concern included: the intersection of Hollywood Rd. and Rhode Island Ave., driver behavior and driving on the shoulder of Rhode Island Avenue, pedestrian crossing safety and need for enforcement of flashing pedestrian lights on Rhode Island Avenue, possible lower speed limit of 30 or 25 mph on Rhode Island Ave., speed humps on Rhode Island Ave. service roads, back areas of neighborhoods need stop sign enforcement, need for stop sign enforcement at Edgewood and 51st Ave., traffic blocking the intersection at US 1 and Edgewood Rd. (southbound US 1 turning left on Edgewood Road), and a State Highway Administration study that might include a wider median on Greenbelt Rd. for pedestrian crossing.

Jackie formed a committee to look into these and more traffic and congestion issues.

Recent Campus Murder of Richard Collins and How to Respond

The persons who requested this agenda item were not present, and there was no NCPCA resolutions.

Elections

Jackie gave the floor to Larry Bleau to conduct the annual elections. The nominees for office were John Krouse (President), Lisa Ealley (Vice President), Judy Blumenthal (Secretary), and Arelis Pérez (Treasurer). For each office additional nominations were solicited, and upon hearing none nominations were closed and members voted to elect by acclamation. They newly elected officers took office at the close of the meeting.

Announcements

Jackie Pearce-Garrett presented Larry Bleau with a certification of appreciation and some gift cards in thanks for his 20 years as an officer of NCPCA.  Upcoming events: 6/10 Edible College Park will meet and discuss permaculture; 6/10 the Museum of Language will meet 2-4; 6/10 Animal Welfare Committee will meet; 6/10 VFW will host a fundraising pig roast to aid one of its members; 6/14 at YFS a presentation of the Hollywood Commercial District plan; in August State Highway Commission will discuss with Council the intersection of Edgewood and US 1; 6/17 Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a new volunteer group, will meet at United Methodist Church; Meals On Wheels needs volunteers to prepare meals (9am-12pm), 1-5 days/week, contact us at 301-474-1002.

The meeting adjourned with a motion from Larry Bleau.

Prepared by Larry Bleau, Former Secretary.

Regular Meeting on May 11, 2017

Minutes of Regular Meeting on May 11, 2017

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

A motion to adopt the minutes of NCPCA April meeting without change passed.

Presentations

Carrollton Enterprises

William Steen, VP for External Affairs at Carrollton Enterprises, spoke to those assembled about changes coming to the Hollywood Shopping Center.  REI has closed its store there, and MOMs signed a 20-25 year lease to move into the vacated space.  They will add a cafe named The Naked Cafe and will have Mighty Pet, a part of MOMs, as a third component.  They should open in September.  There are four candidates for MOM’s current location; the name of the new tenant will not be disclosed until one of them is chosen.  MOMs, as the anchor tenant, can place restrictions on who or what type of businesses can operate at the shopping center.  The Farmers Market has about 10-15 vendors.  A mobile clinic, operated out of Doctors Hospital, will be at the shopping center Thursdays 9-4.  If there is any projected traffic increase Carrollton Enterprises will inform the City.

Community Garden

Kate Kennedy, a Master Gardener intern, gave a short update on and took questions about the new community garden, located behind the Blue Tech Cleaners building.  Several plots are available to gardeners, cost $15/yr, which includes water and integrated pest management; call Steve Beavers for more info.  Search for “grow it eat it” for more information about what to grow or contact the Maryland Extension Service.  Contact Kate for more info at 202-400-1501 (cell) or email her katehopekennedy@hotmail.com .

Reports and Announcements

Treasurer Eric Hoffman reported a current balance of $994; no expenditures have been paid since the last meeting.  There were no other officer reports.

New Business

Dues Discussion

Members discussed possibly raising the dues, currently at $5/yr/member plus $5/yr for postal delivery of minutes and agenda.  No one spoke in favor of increasing the dues.  President Jackie Pearce-Garrett asked for volunteers to print and mail the hardcopies rather than relying on officers; Arelis Perez, a new member, offered to do so if there were fewer than 25 to mail.

Nominations and Elections

John Krouse reported that the committee now has candidates for all offices.

Announcements

Mayor Patrick Wojhan arrived just before the meeting closed; he and Fazlul made several announcements: 5/20 community clean-up at the shopping center at 9am;  there is a big delay on work at the Duvall Field site due to Pepco, no completion date; Davis Hall should be ready to use once more in the fall; Hollywood StreetScape plan will be revised and will come back to the community (the R. I. Ave. service road is owned by County, not City, for example); bids will go out on Hollywood Gateway Park soon; WSSC sewer rehabilitation lines will start soon, call 443-686-1558 for more info; 5/12 4-8pm will be a Senior Art Show at St. Andrews; and 5/18 5-7pm Third Thirsty Thursday at Ledos.

Moved by Eric Hoffman/Jamie Lark: Adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:49 pm.

Submitted by Larry Bleau, Secretary.