Regular Meeting on October 10, 2019

North College Park Community Association
October 10, 2019 – Regular Meeting at Davis Hall

Attendance.  Included elected officials (* noted below in Election Forum).  A total of 23 candidates, members and guests attended.

Meeting.  Called to order at 7:32 pm.  The meeting was live streamed on the City cable channel. [ NOTE: The election forum can be viewed on the City’s website: http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/councilmeetings#stream (Forum is under ‘Archived Videos’). ]

Agenda.  Approved.

September 12 Minutes.  Motion to approve by Arelis Perez, second by Lisa Ealley.  Approved without amendments.

Elaine Ellis Center of Health.  Brandy Littlejohn presented information about programs of this non-profit facility located on Rhode Island Avenue in the northeast quadrant of Hollywood commercial district.  The Center provides health, mental and dental care without regard to patient’s ability to pay.

Election Forum.  Committee members Arelis Perez, Lisa Ealley and Dylan Burns developed questions for candidates.  Arelis presented the questions to the candidates.

The following Council candidates participated:  D-1 Kabir*, Kennedy*; D-4 Mitchell*, Mackie, and Emmanuel.  The following Mayoral candidates participated:  Wojahn*, Pancho, and Malsawma.

Click HERE (PDF File) to view the 2019 Candidate Forum Questions

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Jordan Schakner reported $1,039.46.  New members joined tonight.

Meeting Adjourn:  9:24 pm.

 

Regular Meeting on September 12, 2019

North College Park Community Association
September 12, 2019 – Regular Meeting at Davis Hall

Attendance included Councilmember Fazlul Kabir; Guests: Terri Schum, Director of College Park Planning and Economic Development; Eugene Jones, Residents for a Better Beltsville; Elya Nassaj, staff liaison of P.G. Councilmember Dernoga. 26 members and guests were in attendance.

Meeting. Called to order at 7:32 pm.

Agenda. Approved.

July 11 Minutes. Approved without amendment.

North College Park Planning Update. Terri Schum provided updates about planning for Hollywood Streetscape project; Hollywood Dog Park; Duvall Field reconstruction; and also provided an update about construction of Hollywood Gateway Park. Ms. Schum noted that the park should be completed in the next couple of months.

NCPCA Candidate Forum. A committee was formed to determine the date and format of a forum for City election candidates. Lisa Ealley, Arelis Perez and Dylan Burns were appointed to the Committee.

Quality of Life. Approximately 15 ideas were discussed to enhance City services and improve the health and welfare of our neighborhoods. No ideas were endorsed or prioritized.

City Bond Bill. President Mary Cook reported that the NCPCA letter was sent, and she provided a recap of the recent City Council meeting in which Mayor and Council voted to proceed with sale of bonds for financing construction of the new City Hall.

Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Jordan Schakner reported $1,008.79. Two new members and 1 renewal were recorded.

NCPCA Website. Vice President Carol Macknis provided an update about NCPCA archives and efforts to document processes and improve function of the NCPCA website with recent NCPCA correspondence..

Meeting Adjourned: 9:22 pm.

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

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.

NOTE: It was determined later that the two votes opposing the motion were made by non-members.

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