Regular Meting on February 14, 2019

North College Park Community Association
February 14, 2019 – Regular Meeting at Davis Hall

Attendance included Councilmember Fazlul Kabir; Guests: Rob Landau, Richard Sloane, Michelle Garcia Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm.

Agenda approved after adjustment to switch time slots with Zoning Rewrite Initiative and NCPCA Picnic update.

January 2019 Minutes Approved.

Compassion & Choices: Mr. Robert Landau present info on Maryland’s End of Life Option Act (HB 399/SB 311), an effort to promote ‘Death with Dignity’, which changes Maryland law. Details can be found at https://compassionandchoices.org .

P.G. Zoning Code Rewrite Update: Mr. Richard Sloane, Esq., NCPCA pro bono attorney for the Rewrite initiative, introduced himself and asked all those in attendance for their concerns regarding the proposed Zoning Code initiative, to ensure he includes all issues in his work for NCPCA. Discussion followed. Councilmember Fazlul Kabir addressed how the Zoning Code rewrite initiative impacts those living closely to the metro; the need to see the draft map amendments; the devaluing of property along the Route one Corridor and Greenbelt Metro. Others concerns included: Do we understand what the law says; what are the definitions of certain terms, such as unit, cooking facility; what are the assumptions being made; what is more important to the County: transit zone or urban zone?; underground utilities.

County Council Representative Update: Michelle Garcia (mjgarcia@co.pg.md.us) Chief of Staff to County Councilmember Thomas E. Dernoga, District One, introduced herself and expressed interest in working closely with NCPCA; suggested NCPCA invites the two Count Council at-large members, and noted a Budget Town hall meeting in early April.

NCPCA Picnic Update: The picnic is scheduled for May4 2019, and a motion was approved to “move to approve moving forward with the Hollywood Heritage Picnic for May time fame, setting aside $200.00 from NCPCA treasury, as well as requesting a $500.00 Micro Grant from the City of College Park.”

Chick-fil-A Development Update: Mary Cook and John Krouse attended a traffic meeting, where it was stated a drive-through is not allowed.

North College Park Community Center Update: Jordan Schakner provided an update regarding the letter he sent to the Prince Georges County Planning Board.

NCPCA Bylaws & Membership Dues Update: John Krouse accepted formal motions on changes to the NCPCA Bylaws and membership dues that were discussed at the January NCPCA meeting Formal motions will be accepted today for vote on March 14. NCPCA Bylaws are at https://myncpca.org/legal .

1. Bylaws Change to Article 1 Name. The following text is proposed for addition to the Bylaws, after the current text: NCPCA is incorporated in the State of Maryland as North College Park Citizens Association, and uses that name for all tax and legal purposes.

2. Bylaws Change to Article IV Membership Section 3. The following text is proposed for deletion: The Association may, in addition to dues, assess an annual mailing fee to cover the cost of sending the newsletter and other communications by postal mail.

3. Bylaws Change to Article V Meeting Section 5 Quorum. A quorum at a meeting shall be at least seven NCPCA members.

4. Dues Increase. Dues of NCPCA shall be $10 per year, starting on June 1 and ending on May 31, 2020. Note: Dues must be paid before the NCPCA officer elections on June 9, 2019.

NCPCA City Budget Priorities. Attendees prioritized the list of City budget priorities discussed at the January meeting and that were sent by email. John Krouse will notify the City Council of NCPCA’s budget priorities.
Meeting adjourned at 9:18 pm

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