Draft Agenda – September 12, 2019

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.  Draft minutes of the July 11, 2019 NCPCA meetings will be distributed at the meeting and will also be posted at www.myncpca.org.

7:30 – Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes.

7:30 – Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes.

7:35 – Update on North College Park developments. Terry Schum, Planning Director, will provide a short update on such projects as: the Gateway Park, Hollywood Streetscape including the walking trail, the dog park and Duvall Field.

7: 55 – Candidate Forum. In preparation for the November elections, a committee needs to be formed of 3 members whose will determine the forum’s format.

8:05 – Quality of Life. An opportunity to bring up any issues of concern affecting your quality or to improve your quality of life.

8:25 – Break. Refreshments will be served.  Any edible donations will be accepted.

8:40 – City bond bill. Update from District 1 councilmembers.  Mary Cook represented NCPCA at the Public Hearing reading the association’s letter into the record.

8:45 – Approval of Minutes & Officers Reports. Minutes of the July 11, 2019 meeting will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports.

8:55 – Announcements. Elected officials, members and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

9:10 – Business by motion of members, followed by call for new topics for discussion tonight, or for discussion at our next meeting.

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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.

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Draft Agenda – July 11, 2019

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.  Draft minutes of the June 13, 2019 NCPCA meetings will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at www.myncpca.org

7:30 – Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.

7:35 – Charter Review Commission report. The CRC was charged with evaluating the pros and cons of lengthening the term for College Park’s elected officials from two years to four years, and whether those terms should be staggered for Councilmembers. John Krouse, an appointed CRC member will summarize the report and Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir and Kate Kennedy present an update on the Council’s future actions.

7:50 – Candidate Forum. In preparation for the November elections, members will decide on whether to hold a candidates forum as had been done in past years and if so, how it will be organized.

8:00 – EZ Storage (Branchville). This project was brought before NCPCA 2017 but since that time, the conceptual site plan has had some major changes.  The project was never brought back to NCPCA, however, County Councilmember, Tom Dernoga, would like our feedback on the project.  Mary Cook will give a brief update on the project.

8:15 – Break. Refreshments will be served.  Any edible donations will be accepted.

8:25 – City Bond Bill. A motion was made at the last meeting asking “the City Council to put to referendum approval of the $21+ million for a new City Hall on the November 5 ballot in order to give voters an opportunity to decide whether they want to pay for this project.” A letter was sent prior to last Tuesday’s night Council work session.  Update on the next steps.

8:40 – SHA update. Brief summary of the results of last month’s meeting.  Senator Rosapepe’s office subsequently was in touch.  Discussion of next steps.

8:45 – Helicopter flyovers. At the June 13 meeting, we voted to send a letter regarding the helicopter flyovers. Since that time, there has been an article in the Washington Post about a Study and the City Council is aware it.

8:55 – Approval of Minutes & Officers Reports. Minutes of our June 13, 2019 meeting will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports.

9:05 – Announcements. Elected officials, members and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

9:10 – New Business by motion of members, followed by call for new topics for discussion tonight, or for discussion at our next meeting.  This is your opportunity to bring up topics of concern and action.

9:20 – Motion to continue our meeting will be in order, otherwise we adjourn at 9:30 and exit the building by 9:45 pm.

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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.

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Regular Meeting on July 11, 2019

North College Park Community Association
July 11, 2019 Regular Meeting at Davis Hall

At 7:36 pm there were 6 NCPCA members present, including Councilmember Kabir, as well as 3 guests, including Michelle Garcia, representative of County Councilmember Dernoga. Discussions began without quorum until 8:45 pm, when Mayor Wojahn entered and dues were paid so that NCPCA Bylaws quorum requirement of 7 members was met.

Charter Review Commission. John Krouse provided a summary of the Commission, including its composition, charge, forums and report, and responded to several questions.

College Park Election Candidate Forum. Format of a NCPCA forum in October was discussed. Forum might be scheduled separately from the usual Oct. NCPCA meeting date. All District 1 candidates will be invited, and candidates from District 2 and 4 might be invited. The deadline to file as a candidate is Sept. 20. Forum format may allow ~ 10 min. for each candidate to present and take questions. Details will be developed later. A flyer may be developed for distribution.

EZ Storage Branchville. Michelle Garcia reported that the applicant changed the site plan at some point between Conceptual Site Plan and Detailed Site Plan without support of Councilmember Dernoga. She will transmit new plan materials to NCPCA. New plan shows building footprint reduced from 38,000 square feet to 24,000, and height increased from 3 stories to 5. Plan for 850 to 950 storage units has not changed. It is supposed that need to avoid floodplain was a factor in change. Applicant may be invited to NCPCA in September. Michelle will use Google Groups to engage community in development concerns. She also reported that Bureau of Engraving and Printing may be relocating to Beltsville Ag. Research Center, and that U.S. Representative Hoyer is involved. There is a news release letter. Send email to: mjgarcia@co.pg.md.us for info.

Proposed US 1 Wawa near Ikea. A new Wawa site plan is under development near Buffalo Wild Wings, but it is unclear why a new Wawa would locate so close to an existing Wawa in Beltsville. Members discussed advantages and disadvantages, and thought that the site might be a good location for Chick-Fil-A.

Bond Bill for City Hall. A letter was sent by NCPCA in conformance with NCPCA June resolution to “asking the City Council to put to referendum approval of the $21+ million for a new City Hall on the November 5 ballot in order to give voters an opportunity to decide whether they want to pay for this project.” Discussion followed. There will be a hearing on Aug. 13, and the City resolution for money will be taken up at a later date.

SHA Update. Carol Macknis reported on the recent Citizens Against Beltway Expansion (CABE) meeting and suggested that P.G. and State Delegates be involved. There are flooding concerns that require complete environmental impact assessment before approval. There may be need for public funding after all. M-NCPPC voted 9-0 against widening. Mayor Wojahn reported that P.G. Council has not yet committed support. Sunnyside Park may not be impacted by widening, as previously feared.

Helicopter Flyovers. A NCPCA letter was sent July 9. NCPCA officers will discuss with College Park Airport Authority.

Minutes of June 13 NCPCA Meeting were approved unanimously with amendment to correct New City Hall to read as “Jordan made a motion for NCPCA to support a referendum on spending for the New City Hall, followed by discussion, passed with 2 non-members opposed”.

Announcements. Councilmember Kabir reported that security cameras will be installed on Metro path near 53rd Avenue and Lackawanna Street, as well as near Duvall Field, and at Edgewood Road. Installation will be completed soon. The cameras are not routinely monitored, but footage is used for investigations. Kabir also reported that various drainage projects are now complete, and there were other announcements related to events in July and August.

NCPCA Board Members Lisa Ealley and Judy Blumenthal were approved by vote of 6-0-1 (Wojahn abstain)

Officer Reports. Jordan Schakner reported $993.47 in treasury; 14 members have paid dues. Mary Cook reported that NCPCA officers had met to discuss NCPCA priorities. Carol Macknis will spearhead website updates and develop documentation for management processes. There will not be an August NCPCA meeting.

Adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 pm by vote of members.

Respectfully submitted, John Krouse, Secretary

Draft Agenda – January 10, 2019

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.  Draft minutes of the December 13, 2018 NCPCA meeting will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at www.myncpca.org

7:30 – Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.

7:35 – NCPCA City Budget Priorities Forum. The City Council will soon develop its budget for the next fiscal year.  Please bring your questions and concerns about things that should be priorities for our neighborhood.  NCPCA will formalize a set of recommendations in February.

8:15 – NCPCA Picnic Update. Marci Booth will present the latest information about planning for a picnic event in Spring 2019.

8:20 – P.G. Zoning Code Rewrite Update Judy Blumenthal and John Krouse will present information about NCPCA efforts to understand the new zoning code and any changes that should be pursued under advisement of our legal counsel.

8:25 – Duvall Field Focus Group. John Krouse was asked to serve on a focus group, and a public forum is scheduled at Davis Hall on January 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Your concerns are welcome now.

8:30 – Break & Refreshments. Members are always welcome to bring something to share while all of us enjoy a quick break.

8:40 – NCPCA Bylaws Forum. Please refer to bylaws at myncpca.org/legal. The following proposals and any others will be discussed for introduction at our February meeting:

  1. Article 1 Name. Propose continuation of name of NCPCA as North College Park Community Association for all public purposes, and retain name of North College Park Citizens Association for incorporation and tax purposes.
  2. Article IV Membership Section 3 Dues. Propose elimination of text related to mailing costs.  With this change, NCPCA will no longer mail agenda and minutes to members or charge different dues.
  3. Article V Meeting Section 5 Quorum. Propose quorum as a meeting of at least seven NCPCA members.
  4. Dues Increase.Propose dues increase to $10 per person for all members will be effective beginning June 1.

9:10 – Approval of Minutes, Officers Reports. Minutes of our December 13 meeting will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports.

9:15 – Announcements. Elected officials, members and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

9:20 – New Business by motion of members, followed by call for new topics for discussion tonight, or for discussion at our next meeting on February 14 as time allows.  This is your opportunity to bring up topics of concern and possible action.

9:30 – Motion to continue meeting will be in order, otherwise we adjourn at 9:30 and exit the building by 9:45 pm.

Draft Agenda – February 14, 2019

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change. Draft minutes of the January 10, 2019 NCPCA meeting will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at www.myncpca.org

7:30 – Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.

7:35 – Compassion & Choices. Mr. Robert Landau will present info about efforts to promote ‘Death with Dignity’ and change Maryland law. Read more at compassionandchoices.org.

7:55 – NCPCA Bylaws & Membership Dues. The following were discussed on Jan. 10. Formal motions will be accepted today for vote on March 14. NCPCA Bylaws are at myncpca.org/legal.

  1. 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. 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. 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.

8:10 – NCPCA Picnic Update. Marci Booth will present the latest information about planning for a picnic event in Spring, 2019.

8:20 – NCPCA City Budget Priorities. The list of City budget priorities was sent by email and will be posted with brief recap at the meeting. The current list follows below. We will add additions and then participate in a fun exercise to identify our priorities. A summary will be presented at the end of the meeting.

8:30 – Break & Refreshments. Members are always welcome to bring something to share while all of us enjoy a quick break and complete the budget priorities exercise.

8:40 – P.G. Zoning Code Rewrite Update. The latest info about NCPCA efforts to understand the new zoning code and any changes that should be pursued under advisement of our legal counsel.

8:50 – Approval of Minutes, Officers Reports. Minutes of our January 10 meeting will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports. Topics will include Branchville Chick-Fil-A, Duvall Field Forum, other topics.

8:55 – Announcements. Elected officials, members and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

9:00 – Summary of Budget Priorities. The results will be presented, and letter will be sent to Mayor & Council.

9:05 – New Business by motion of members, followed by call for new topics for discussion tonight, or for discussion at our next meeting on March 14 as time allows. This is your opportunity to bring up topics of concern and possible action.

9:30 – Motion to continue meeting will be in order, otherwise we adjourn at 9:30 and exit the building by 9:45 pm.

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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.

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Draft Agenda – March 14, 2019

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.  Draft minutes of the February 14, 2019 NCPCA meeting will be distributed at the meeting.

7:30 – Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.

7:35 – Recognition of Arthur Eaton. Arthur was a long-time resident of our community, and previously served as President and Vice President of NCPCA.  He passed away on February 17.

7:45 – NCPCA Letter – Community Center in North College Park. A letter developed by Mary Cook (NCPCA Community Center Committee) from NCPCA to Sen. Rosapepe with many cc’s will be read for approval.

8:00 – NCPCA Letter – Hollywood Streetscape, Exercise Path and Narragansett Run. A letter developed by Mary Cook (from NCPCA to Prince George’s Councilmember Tom Dernoga) will be read for approval.

8:10 – NCPCA Bylaws & Membership Dues. The four items below were discussed on Jan. 10, and formal motions were introduced on Feb. 14.  NCPCA Bylaws are at myncpca.org/legal. Today, we will vote on all four of the following:

  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.

8:25 – NCPCA City BudgetPriorities. The list of priorities was developed with input of members on February 14, but due to very low attendance on that date the priorities were not ;sent to City Council.  The priorities will be quickly reviewed, and a motion to allow members who were not present on February 14 to add their priorities will be considered.

8:30 – Break & Refreshments. Members are always welcome to bring something to share while all of us enjoy a quick break and complete the budget priorities exercise.

8:35 – Tax Update. Larry Bleau will present some highlights of recent tax changes.

8:45 – NCPCA Picnic Update. News about planning for the Hollywood Heritage Picnic event in Spring will be presented.

8:55 – Approval of Minutes, Officers Reports. Minutes of our February 14 meeting will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports.

9:00 – NCPCA Officer Election Nominating Committee. Elections will be June 13 and all offices will be selected by vote on that date.  Members are needed to develop a list of candidates for each office and to create ballots.

9:05 – Announcements. Elected officials, members and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

9:10 – New Business by motion of members, followed by call for new topics for discussion tonight, or for discussion at our next meeting on April 11, as time allows.  This is your opportunity to bring up topics of concern and possible action.

9:30 – Motion to continue meeting will be in order, otherwise we adjourn at 9:30 and exit the building by 9:45 pm.

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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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Draft Agenda – June 13, 2019

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change. Draft minutes of the April 11 and May 9, 2019 NCPCA meetings will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at www.myncpca.org

NCPCA Dues. Dues of $10 must be paid to vote for NCPCA officers. We will be collecting dues today and must be paid before meeting begins to be eligible to vote!

7:30 – Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.

7:35 – Featured Business – Proteus Bicycle. Proteus has relocated to the former Mom’s location in Hollywood Shopping Center on Rhode Island Avenue. Laurie Lemieux will provide an update about new products and services at the new and much larger Proteus location.

7:50 – Beltway Widening Impact on Hollywood & Sunnyside. Representatives of MDOT SHA will present the latest information about the proposed beltway widening project. In info presented to NCPCA on May 9, and in later posts by Councilmember Fazlul Kabir at http://www.kabircares.org/?s=beltway, we learned that this project may remove or significantly impact homes and greenspace in North College Park including Odessa Road, Niagara Road, Ontario Road, and in the wooded area between 52nd Place and Al Huda School along Edgewood Road. In total, as many as 45 homes in North College Park may be at risk, and many other residents may be subject to increased noise and pollution.

8:40 – Break & Refreshments. Members are always welcome to bring something to share, while all of us enjoy a quick break.

8:50 – NCPCA Officer Elections. Members will elect NCPCA President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The nominating committee has identified candidates, and nominations for these offices will also be taken from the floor. Election results will be presented tonight.

9:00 – Approval of Minutes & Officers Reports Minutes of our April 11 and May 9 meetings will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports.

9:05 – Announcements. Elected officials, members and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

9:10 – Election Results and Presentation of New NCPCA Officers. Please thank our outgoing officers and welcome our new officers for 2019 – 2020.

9:15 – Business by motion of members, followed by call for new topics for discussion tonight, or for discussion at our next meeting. This is your opportunity to bring up topics of concern and action.

9:30 – Motion to continue our meeting will be in order, otherwise we adjourn at 9:30 and exit the building by 9:45 pm