Regular Meeting on March 14, 2019

NCPCA – North College Park Community Association

March 14, 2019 – Regular Meeting at Davis Hall

Attendance included Councilmember Fazlul Kabir.

Agenda: Approved      February 2019 Minutes: Approved with changes.

Recognition of Arthur Eaton.  NCPCA mourned the loss of Arthur Eaton, a long-time resident of our community, and who previously served as President and Vice President of NCPCA.  He passed away on February 17. A sympathy card will be sent to his family.

Community Center in North College Park.   Mary Cook prepared a letter from NCPCA to Sen. Rosapepe requesting support for a Community Center in North College.  Motion passed unanimously to send the letter.

Hollywood Streetscape, Exercise Path and Narragansett Run.  Mary Cook prepared a letter from NCPCA to Prince George’s Councilmember Tom Dernoga requesting support for theHollywood Streetscape exercise trail.  Motion passed unanimously to send the letter.

NCPCA Bylaws & Membership Dues.  Voting took place on the four items below that were discussed on Jan. 10, and formal motions were introduced on Feb. 14.  NCPCA Bylaws are at https://myncpca.org/legal 

  1. Bylaws Change to Article 1 Name. Passed. The following text was proposed for addition to the Bylaws: 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.  Passed. The following text was 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.  Passed. A quorum at a meeting shall be at least seven NCPCA members.
  4. Dues Increase. Passed. 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.  The list of priorities was developed with input of members on February 14. A motion passed to allow members who were not present on February 14 to add their priorities. NCPCA President will forward the priorities to the City’s Mayor and Council.

Tax Update.  Larry Bleau presented highlights of recent tax changes for 2018.

NCPCA Picnic Update.  Marcia Booth discussed the proposed Hollywood Heritage Picnic that was planned for the spring but due to lack of help the picnic was scratched at this time.  

NCPCA Officer Election Nominating Committee.  Mary Cook volunteered to take the lead on the NCPCA June 13 elections.All offices will be selected by vote on that date. 

Treasury Report. NCPCA Balance is $767.43, $500.00 than this time last year.

New Business 

  • Members requested status of the Hollywood Street sidewalk project.
  • Concern continued to be expressed over the County’s zoning Initiative and its relationship to North College Park; in particular (1) the 1000 ft buffer (2) matching up current zoning with proposed zoning and current development.  

Announcements.  

  • NCPCA President is visiting with other Association Presidents, which is enhancing and strengthening working relationships.
  • NCPCA President announced he will not be seeking another term.
  • Councilmember Kabir suggested NCPCA partner with Hollywood Elementary School PTSA, which will strengthen the Community. 
  • Saturday, March 9, 11:30 am, Free Women’s Defense Class.
  • Budget Town Hall Meeting, Friday, April 12, 7 pm, Davis Hall, 9217, 51st Avenue.

Meeting adjourned at 9:33 PM.

Regular Meeting on April 11, 2019

NCPCA – North College Park Community Association

April 11, 2019 – Regular Meeting at Davis Hall

Attendance included State Senator Jim Rosapepe; State Delegate Mary Lehman; Councilmember Fazlul Kabir; Assistant City Manager, Bill Gardiner; Community Liaison, Lindsay Divaly

Agenda: Approved      March 2019 Minutes: Approved

Legislative Update.  Delegate Lehman and Senator Rosapepe reported on the following:

  • HB1413/SB1030: Providing $1 Billion In Increased Funding For Public Schools
  • HB166/SB280: Raising Minimum Hourly Wage To $15
  • HB109/SB285: Banning Use Of Plastic Foam
  • HB1169/SB895: Raising Age For Buying To Tobacco Products To 21
  • HB697/SB868: Prohibiting Denial Of Health Insurance Over Pre-Existing Conditions
  • HB768/SB759: Creating A Prescription Drug Price Monitoring Board
  • HB1428/SB619: Reforming The University Of Maryland Medical System Board Of Directors
  • HB 1783: Inter-agency Commission On School Construction
  • HB 505: SB 763: Proposed Summer Study For Artificial Turf
  • Expand Access To State Pre-K Program To All Low-Income Three- And Four-Year-Olds; Casinos State’s Education Trust Fund: $125M For The Next 30 Years ; Sr. Property Tax Relief; Child Tax Credit; Clean Energy Jobs Bill; Pedestrian Safety Fund; Summer 2019 Study; I-495/I-270 Congestion Relief Improvements

Response To NCPCA Community Center Letter. Senator Rosapepe discussed financing a Community Center using Bond money that requires matching money.

Zoning Update: Judy Blumenthal reported on the April 9th County Council Zoning Update Meeting, emphasizing the maps are scheduled to be released in May.  County Councilmember Dernoga expressed interested in working with his constituents

Announcements:

  • Councilmembers Fazlul and Mitchell will hold a Town Hall meeting on Friday, April 12, 7:00pm, Davis Hall
  • Good Neighbor Day, April 13. Meet at MOM’s Organic Market
  • County Councilmember Dernoga will hold a public meeting Wednesday, May 8, 7:00pm, Davis Hall
  • Mary Cook, Chair, NCPCA Nominating Committee, is seeking nominations for all positions
  • A Prince George’s County Police officer fired her gun after confronting some shoplifters at the Home Depot this morning

Meeting adjourned 9:31 PM.