Next Meeting – March 8, 2018

Draft Agenda of Regular Meeting

7:30 pm at Davis Hall.  Thursday, March 8, 2018

Times and topics of this agenda are subject to change.

7:30  Call to Order and urgent announcements related to conduct of the meeting; followed by amendments to this draft agenda; followed by a motion and vote to approve the agenda for tonight.

7:35  Art Silver Recognition.  After 19 years, Sunnyside resident Art Silver has retired from the City’s Public Works Dept.  Mayor Wojahn has set up a gift donation at https://www.gofundme.com/thank-you-gift-for-art-silver and we will use this opportunity to express our thanks.

7:40  Announcements of Elected Officials.  Ms. Donna Edwards, who is currently running for P.G. County Executive, has requested time to make a brief address to NCPCA members is expected tonight.  If other candidates for elected office within the NCPCA area wish to speak at this or future meetings, they will be allowed in conformance with past practice.

7:55  Update & Discussion – US 1 & Edgewood Road Gridlock.  Recent info and member discussion about severe morning and afternoon traffic congestion at the intersection of US 1 and Edgewood Road.  Possible NCPCA resolution in ‘New Business’.

8:15  Update & Discussion – Rhode Island Avenue Traffic.  Recent info about planning for new bike lanes on Rhode Island Avenue and member discussion of traffic problems on Rhode Island Avenue in the North College Park.  Possible NCPCA resolution in ‘New Business’.

8:35  Break & Refreshments.  Members are invited to bring something to share as we pause for a short 10 minute break.

8:45  Planning & Volunteers Needed.  Help is needed for updating the NCPCA website, and ideas and help are both needed if NCPCA will be organizing a community event this spring.  Let’s talk about these and other ideas… and if you want to help, this is your chance.  Possible NCPCA resolution for use of NCPCA funds for flyers, website or an event in ‘New Business’.

9:00  Officer & Committee Reports followed by review and approval of minutes of February 8, 2018 NCPCA meeting.

9:05  General Announcements of Elected Officials, Members, and Guests.

9:15  New Business by motion of members, followed by call for new topics for discussion tonight, or for discussion at our next meeting on March 8, as time allows.

9:30  Motion to continue meeting will be in order, otherwise we adjourn.

Please visit our website at www.myncpca.org for previous agendas, meeting minutes, bylaws and more!

Membership in NCPCA is open to all adult residents of North College Park, and only members may vote in decisions of the Association.  Please complete the membership form and mail it with your dues payment, or bring dues and payment to a meeting.

NCPCA meets at Davis Hall, 9217 51st Avenue at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except July & August meetings are optional.  Please send questions about NCPCA to johnkrouse@yahoo.com

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Regular Meeting on February 8, 2018

Attendance: Increase in first-time attendees; NCPCA Officers; Prince Georges County District 1 Councilmember Mary Lehman; College Park District 1 Councilmembers Kabir and Kennedy; Former College Park Councilmember Nagle.

Meeting was called to order by President John Krouse at 7:30 pm.

January 2018 Minutes were approved with no amendments.

President Krouse provided an update on recent construction activity in Hollywood Park, which is under the control of M-NCPPC. The backstop of the small softball field has been removed. NCPCA previously recommended that the small softball field be converted to allow shared space for soccer and cricket.

Former NCPCA Larry Bleau presented information on the Federal Government Tax Overhaul providing pertinent information on income tax changes.

Councilmember Kabir presented an updated on the proposed New Dog Park, where location is to be determined.

Councilmember Kennedy clarified the proposed new Amendments to the City Charter, emphasizing the Mayor’s role as part of the legislative body and can only vote to break a tie.

Councilmember Kabir presented an update on the City Budget, requesting input for new ideas by the end of February 2018. An attendee suggested College Park has their own Police Force.

Councilmember Kabir presented an update on the Maryland State Highway study of US 1, emphasizing the gridlock problem at US 1 & Edgewood Road.

PG Councilmember Lehman presented an update on the proposed bike lanes for Rhode Island Avenue, with a formal discussion scheduled for February 21 at Davis Hall.

PG Councilmember Lehman presented an update on the MAGLEV project, with a formal hearing scheduled for February 24 at Deerwood Elementary School.

Former Councilmember Nagle presented an update on the proposed New Community Center in North College Park, emphasizing the benefits the Center will have for our youths.

General Announcements:

· Chief-On-The-Go scheduled for February 9 at IKEA.

· Young Adult Citizen’s Policy Academy recruiting 18-25 year olds.

· Go-Fund-Me proposal for our longstanding resident, Art Silver.

NCPCA Officer Reports:

· A board meeting was held on February 5. Discussion included the need for new member outreach, and a special event is proposed before June 2018.

· NCPCA website is active and has much detail.

· NCPCA account currently at $1171.74.

March 2018 Agenda Items to include more discussion on the Gridlock at US1 and Edgewood Road, and Rhode Island Avenue traffic in general.

There was Motion to continue the meeting beyond 9:30 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 9:39 PM.