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Regular Meeting on July 12, 2018

Attendance included NCPCA officers and board members; District 1 Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Kate Kennedy; new members.

Meeting was called to order by President John Krouse at 7:45 pm due to logistic problem at Davis Hall.  Agenda approved. June Minutes were approved.

Construction Plans for Hollywood Gateway Park. The contractor is McDonnell Landscape.  The project should be underway before the Fall.  The City of College Park is waiting on the pre-construction conference with the Maryland State Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement and will then issue a notice to proceed to the contractor. Councilmember Kabir provided specifics:  the Lot next to the proposed development was purchased for $80K; Phase One, which is the development of the Pavilion scheduled for fall 2018 and Phase Two, which is the opening of the Park in Spring 2019.

Community Center.  Chris Nagle and Mary Cook are organizing a committee to discuss and subsequently plan the Community Center.  It will include individuals from NCPCA as well as other interested parties in the community. Even though it does not appear the City Council supports the Community Center at this time, the County Council offered $50K for planning purposes.

NCPCA Community Picnic.   Marcia Booth provided an update and asked for volunteers, especially to establish a Publicity Committee among other committees.  Tentative locations are Duvall Field and Hollywood Park. Tentative date is late September or early October 2018.

US 1 Storage Facility at Hollywood Rd. Mary Cook gave an update on the JDA storage facility.  She explained the City Council voted in favor of the preliminary plan of subdivision, and  requested NCPCA members send letters to Mayor and Council in opposition to the proposed Detailed Site Plan because the project is not a permitted use and the six-story height is not in accordance with the 2-4 stories mandated in the Sector Plan.  The City Council is scheduled to take a vote on the DSP on July 17 and make a recommendation to the County Council. Planning Board hearing scheduled July 26 at 9:00 am.

 Letter to Candidate Angela Alsobrooks.  President Krouse presented a letter to be sent to Candidate Alsobrooks that provides the history of development of Hollywood.  The letter brought into discussion the Zoning rewrite taking place at the County level and that includes sections of North College Park. Marcia Booth moved the letter be sent and the motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer Report (Addendum). As of July 11, 1018, $30 in dues was deposited for the month of June.  Total Checking Balance is $252.44.  Total Cash Balance is $1,014.61.


  • Rhode Island bike lane construction has not been funded.
  • The Committee for a Better Environment, the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and the College Park City-University Partnership will host a sustainability expo on July 14 offering free rain barrels for sustainability.
  • Family Movie Night under the Stars (featuring Ferdinand and the Bull) is scheduled for July 20.
  • Hollywood Farmers’ Market will include Maryland Dairy (University of Maryland) ice cream.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.


Regular Meeting on June 14, 2018 Minutes

Attendance.  NCPCA officers and board members; College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn; District 1 Councilmember Fazlul Kabir; District 4 Councilmember Dustyn Kujawa; Elected officials and candidates: Jim Rosapepe; Ben Barnes, Matt Dernoga, Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Angela Alsobrooks, Lupi Grady.  Meeting was called to order by Vice President Lisa Ealley.  Agenda approved.

Presentation of Candidates for Elected Office.  Sen. Jim Rosapepe spoke on the current state of Maryland; Del. Ben Barnes, Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk , and Mr. Matt Dernoga presented their agendas for District 21; Ms. Angela Alsobrooks presented her position for County Executive, and faced questions regarding her promotion of development at Metro cites.

NCPCA Officers’ Election.  The service of Treasurer Arelis Perez to NCPCA in 2017 and 2018 was acknowledged.  Mary Cook reported the nominees on behalf of the Nominating Committee and Larry Bleau moved “to elect all the candidates to their respective office by acclamation.” The motion passed unanimously.  The 2018-2019 Officers are:  President, John Krouse; Vice President, Lisa Ealley; Treasurer, Jordan Schakner; Secretary, Judy Blumenthal.

Community Center Committee Report.  Christine Nagle and Mary Cook reported on the status of the North College Park Community Center on behalf of the NCPCA Community Center Committee formed at the May meeting.  M-NCPPC has dedicated $50,000 for the Center. The Committee sought suggestions on how the money should be spent, and a list of activities that can take place at the Center.  Obstacles of development were discussed and the Committee is now seeking to expand its Committee to include interested individuals outside NCPCA.

General Announcements.

  • Early Voting is June 14 – June 21.
  • An Ice Cream Social is scheduled at Duvall Field on Father’s Day, June 17.
  • The proposed Storage Facility is on the City’s Council agenda for June 19.
  • Marcia Booth agreed to take the lead for a NCPCA picnic and asked for volunteers.

NCPCA Officers’ Reports.  President John Krouse reviewed the letter that was authorized an behalf of NCPCA at the May meeting and sent to Chief Barksdale of the Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, which requested an increase in paid staff for the Branchville Fire Station.

NCPCA will meet in July and August.  Discussion of the Community Center, discussion of a NCPCA hosted picnic, and construction plans for the Hollywood Gateway Park will be included in the agendas of the July and/or August meetings.

Treasurer Arelis Perez reported the NCPCA financial records and in-kind contributions related to the conduct of treasurer responsibilities.  NCPCA currently has $1,231.72.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.