FY2021 Budget Town Meeting via Zoom Teleconference

Thanks to our 3 Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir (District 1), Maria Mackie & Denise Mitchell (District 4) who sponsored an FY2021 Budget Town Hall on Saturday, May 9, 2020 (by Zoom Teleconference).  To watch the Budget Town Hall Video & accompanying PowerPoint presentation go to: FY2021 Budget Town Hall

Agenda – May 14, 2020

NCPCA – North College Park Community Association
Agenda of Regular Meeting
May 14, 2020 – by Teleconference

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.

7:30 Welcome & Introduction of procedures for teleconference.

7:35 NCPCA officer reports — officers will provide reports and the February & April minutes approved.

7:45 City services update — review of available city services.

8:00 Update on 2021 Budget — Q&A for residents to ask their elected officials about the budget.

8:20 Hollywood StreetscapeMOTION: NCPCA supports funding for final design and construction of the Hollywood Streetscape project, and particularly the less costly and most immediately valuable elements of the concept, including the paved walking path, benches, trash cans, street lighting, signs, trees and plantings, and similar improvements that will enhance the area for the benefit of residents and commercial visitors. TO BE FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION.

8:35 Cherry Hill Rd. beautification — attempts have been made to replace the bollards on Cherry Hill Rd. at Rt. 1. MOTION: NCPCA strongly supports the replacement of the bollards on Cherry Hill Rd. west of Rt. 1 as they are an eyesore and no longer serve their purpose because the majority of them are missing. TO BE FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION.

8:45 Election of Officers — discussion on how nominations and elections will be conducted.

Regular Meeting on April 9, 2020

North College Park Community Association
April 9, 2020 –  Regular Meeting by Telephone Conference

Attendance.  Included Mary Cook, Carol Macknis, Jordan Shackner, John Krouse, Lisa Ealley, Arelis Péres, Mayor Wojahn, Councilmember Kabir, Councilmember Kennedy, Councilmember Mitchell, Councilmember Mackie, and several other guests including County Councilmember Dernoga.

Meeting.  Called to order at 7:40 pm by President Mary Cook.

Officers’ Reports. March Meeting was cancelled, thus no minutes to approve.  Treasurer Shackner reported a balance of $1,090.34.  VP Macknis noted the NCPCA website domain registration problem was resolved; she has documented the issue to prevent future complications.

City Budget. Councilmember Kennedy noted that City has at least ½ of operating budget in reserve.

Councilmember Kabir reported significant revenue decline due to pandemic, including losses of hotel and other commercial taxes; UMD ticket admissions taxes; highway user gasoline tax; personal income taxes; and residential property taxes due to lower assessments.

Mayor Wojahn believes that hotel tax loss + UMD admissions tax loss will cause 10% loss of City budget.  Councilmember Mackie is optimistic.  Councilmember Mitchell believes that City is in a good position.  There are no plans to suspend City Hall construction; costs of a halt are not known.

City will likely fund new entrance sign on Metzerott Road; new bus stop facilities on US 1 at Cherry Hill Road and on Rhode Island Avenue; Meals on Wheels budget will increase; a new 1/2 -time senior caseworker will be funded; senior transport program will be extended; City exploring small business assistance due to pandemic closures.

Councilmember Dernoga reported likely major impacts to County budget, but full extent is not clear.  Beltway widening may be much more expensive due to unexpected need to relocate $1 or $2 Billion of WSSC water and sewer infrastructure.

Stone Straw Industrial Property Rezoning.  Councilmember Dernoga reported that zoning changes to enable development of townhouses does not have a clear path forward and seems unlikely at this time.

2020 Census.  Councilmember Dernoga reported that North College Park neighborhoods are among the least responsive in County.  Daniels Park at 30% response rate; Hollywood at 57%.

Monarch Academy at Methodist Church on Rhode Island Avenue.  Councilmember Dernoga reported that the project requires a special exception or zoning text amendment due to the small property size.  Construction is halted.  Discussions underway.

Adjourn at 9:27 by motion of Arelis Péres and Jordan Shackner, with no objection.