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

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Regular Meeting on June 13, 2019

North College Park Community Association
June 13, 2019 – Regular Meeting at Davis Hall

Attendance included Mayor Patrick Wojhan; Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Kate Kennedy; Guests: Laurie Lemieux (Proteus Bicycles); Ashanti Martinez (Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga); Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA); Citizens Against Beltway Expansion (CABE)

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm.

Agenda approved. April and May 2019 Minutes Approved.

Proteus Bicycle. Laurie Lemieux, Co-owner and President, presented the history and mission of Proteus Bicycles, located at 9287 Rhode Island Avenue, the former Mom’s location in Hollywood Shopping Center It is a majority women’s owned business and does community outreach such as bike rides. Website: proteusbicycles.com.

MDOT SHA. Representatives presented a “Traffic Relief Plan” about the proposed beltway widening; in particular its impact on Hollywood and Sunnyside. Discussion included the serious impact on homes, property, parks and green space 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.

As of this meeting, property value likely to decrease substantially.

MDOT SHA proposal @ https://495-270-p3.com

NCPCA Officer Elections. Motion to approve new officers passed. 2019-2020 officers are: President, Mary Cook; Vice President, Carol Macknis; Treasurer, Jordan Schakner; Secretary, John Krouse

New City Hall.  Jordan made a motion for NCPCA to support a referendum on spending for the New City Hall, followed by discussion, passed with 2 opposed.

Military Helicopters. Stasia Hutchinson brought up issue of military helicopters overhead, noise and illegality. Motion to write a letter to College Park Airport on the matter passed with 1 opposed

NCPCA Meetings. Motion to have NCPCA meetings in July passed, An August meeting will be determined at the July meeting.

Announcements.

  • Mayor Wojahn gave information on City composting and free city parking Saturdays and Sundays, June-Aug.
  • Carol stated that Community-Police Meetings will pause and then re-start in Aug.
  • Proteus Bicycle will have a pot-luck dinner June 20th

Motion by Mary Cook to extend meeting, approved.

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.

Regular Meeting on May 9, 2019

North College Park Community Association
May 9, 2019 – Regular Meeting at Davis Hall

Attendance included Mayor Patrick Wojhan; Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Kate Kennedy; Guests: Thomas Tanner, Branchville Volunteer Fire Company; Cruz Companies (John Cruz III, Daniel Cruz, Jr., Armond McCoy, Daniel Lynch, Attorney)

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm.

Agenda approved with two additions. April 2019 Minutes Approved.

Development. Daniel Lynch, Attorney for Cruz Companies, presented a design concept for an apartment building near Branchville Fire Station, between MD 193 University Boulevard and Branchville Road. This is the first public meeting and the company will file a detailed site plan. Concept Site Plan was passed. The development is intended to be a two-level, 80 unit “Workforce Housing.”

State Highway Administration (SHA). President John Krouse recused himself from all SHA discussions and meetings because of his position with the Administration.

Councilmember Fazlul Kabir presented an update on the beltway expansion that will have a negative impact on College Park, such as loss of properties, green space, kill a playground, and increase noise and pollution. Motion was unanimously approved for NCPCA to send a letter (Jordan Schakner signator) in opposition to the beltway expansion in College Park.

Solicitor Signs. Councilmember Fazlul Kabir discussed the need to have “welcome” “solicitor signs” at several of the entrances into North College Park. For example, at Gateway Park and all entrances on to Rhode Island.

Nominations Committee. Volunteers needed for the committee, and request for additional names for the slate of officers.

President’s Report. John Krouse presented highlights of the May 8, 2019 meeting with County Councilmember Tom Dernoga. Park & Planning has budget some money for the proposed North College Park Community Center.

Treasurer Report. NCPCA balance is $787.69.

Announcements:

Mayor Patrick Wojhan reported:
May 13, 7:00 pm is a “vision and planning” public meeting for the future of Duvall Field
May 14 will be a public hearing on the budge. Vote is scheduled for May 28
Councilmember Kate Kennedy reported:
May 10 is Night Out
Community Garden has vacancies
Kennis Termini reported: May 11, 8:00 am, Beltsville Garden Club meeting at High Point High School.
General Announcements:
September 2019, City Council is planning to hold meetings at Davis Hall.
Peggy Higgins is retiring. NCPCA thanked her in abstention for her hard work.
Fall 2019. Dog Park is expected to finished. Grass seed will need replacement.

Meeting adjourned at 9:26 pm

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

Regular Meting on January 10, 2019

Attendance included Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Kate Kennedy, Denise Mitchell.  Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm.  Agenda Approved.  December 2018 Minutes Approved.

NCPCA City Budget Priorities Forum.  President Krouse led a forum on issues attendees consider budget priorities for the City of College Park.  A list of concerns was collected, and NCPCA will formalize a set of recommendations at the February meeting. Several issues pertained to Rhode Island (Princes Georges County jurisdiction); Route One (State Highway jurisdiction); enforcement/residential concerns of “Doggie Depot Spots”; City evacuation plan, and a comprehensive study on the City’s infrastructure.

NCPCA Picnic Update.  Marci Booth discussed the planning for a picnic event in Spring, 2019. The primary focus is to acknowledge cultural diversity/heritage of our residents. Volunteers are needed to help with planning and food.

Duvall Field Update: President Krouse is invited to participate in a public forum on Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 pm, at Davis Hall to help determine future improvements and develop a better action plan. Issues such as reconfiguring the soccer field and improved lightening will be discussed.

Zoning Code Rewrite Update.  Delegate Tom Dernoga is meeting with the NCPCA Board on January 17 to provide any additional information on the initiative.

NCPCA Bylaws Forum.  President Krouse discussed the following Articles, with voting taking place at the March 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.  Propose dues increase to $10 per person for all members will be effective beginning June 1.
  3.   Article V Meeting Section 5 Quorum.  Propose quorum as a meeting of at least seven NCPCA members.

Announcements:

  • Councilmember Kennedy asked for input pertaining to the City Council’s initiative to evaluate and revamp the City’s Committees. Mark Shroder stated that the Noise Committee only meet’s when there are complaints, which is opposite of a Committee with term limits.
  • The January Community Police Meeting, held at MOM’s Cafe went well and the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 7pm. Safety and Security are topics of discussion.
  • The City of College Park Aviation Museum is free to furloughed federal employees.
  • Volunteers to help with snow removal are needed.
  • Martin Luther King event, January 12, 2pm, @ the Clarice.
  • Family Fun Bowling Bash, Bowlero College Park, January 27, 1-4pm.
  • The Prince George’s County’s The Neighborhoods Initiative Disabilities Task Force (TNI-DTF) is seeking members that have experience with city or county programs for the disabled or who are willing to lend their own experience, to help gather ideas to possibly create or assist with programming that can be more impactful for the disabled community. The Disabilities Task Force’s work will also include creating focus groups. As a fast growing county initiative, the Disabilities Task Force has been requested to prepare and submit these ideas to the County Executive’s Office by February 4, 2019 for review and approval.

Send ideas, questions or suggestions to:

Mr. Thomas F. Johnson II, MSSM, Community Developer, Office of Community Relations , 9200 Basil Court, Office 102, Largo, Maryland 20774, O: 301-952-4369 C: 240-495-3270 Email: tfjohnson@co.pg.md.us

Meeting adjourned at 9:28 pm