Regular Meeting on November 8, 2018

North College Park Community Association (NCPCA)
Minutes of November 8, 2018 Regular Meeting

Attendance included: Chad Williams, Master Planner & Bryan Barnett-Woods, Planner Coordinator of Prince George’s County Planning Division; Terry Schum, City of College Park Planning Director; Prince George’s County Police Lt. Nick Collins; District 1 College Park Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir and Kate Kennedy.

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm. 

October Minutes Approved.

Guest Speaker, Officer Nick Collins, Investigative Lieutenant for North College Park.  Lt. Collins discussed his role and suggested ways the community can increase safety and reduce crime.  Suggestions included to always stay vigilant of your surroundings, keep your car locked and valuables out-of-sight; and consider not having packages left on your porch to reduce package theft from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Traffic concerns can be emailed to Bob Ryan, Direct of Public Services, City of College Park (bryan@collegeparkmd.gov). Any issue of concern can be called in to the police non-emergency number: 301.352.1200.

Prince Georges County Zoning Update.  Chad Williams, Bryan Barnett-Woods and Terry Schum presented a brief update on the status of the County Zoning Code Rewrite.  The use of NCPCA funds for flyers was approved by vote of the membership, and written questions were collected from meeting attendees in preparation for the NCPCA Special Meeting about the Zoning Code Rewrite with County Planners and Councilmembers on Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:30 pm at Davis Hall.  Questions included:

1.  Explain the biggest differences in the process between the old and new zoning code, particularly as it involves resident input into the process.

2.  Explain the US Route 1 and MD 193 transit zones that involve special transit overlay zones up to 1,000 feet on either side of those roads.

3.  Explain the process for the County to rezone open space, including what process might be used to rezone M-NCPPC park land near the Greenbelt Metro station, and other open space property within the transit zone.

4.  Explain how more apartment buildings might be allowed in the North College Park area.

5.  Explain how eminent domain might be used in North College Park, particularly within areas identified as transit zones, etc.

Development and City Updates.  The following topics were presented by Terry Schum.

Hollywood Gateway Park.  McDonnell Landscape, Inc. was given notice to proceed March 1, 2019.  Fixed price award is $969K, with a one-year warranty.  Feasibility study is under consideration for an exercise path, which  would come under a different budget. 

Hollywood Commercial District Streetscape.  An emphasis of the project is to help with bike passage. 30% of the design was completed; four bids for final design were received. Construction cost estimated at $1.3M.

Duvall Field.  Revitalization plan was received. Wellness trail under consideration. Official engagement is to begin December 1 and continue for one month, followed by a Conceptual Plan. Estimated cost $150K. 

Dog Park.  The City Council will address the Dog Park on November 20th. Next steps include a Design phase over the next year, survey, and contract planning.  Funding for this project is available.  

Town Hall Meetings.  Terry Schum expressed an interest in having more citizens involved. Discussion followed on how focus groups changed over the years. The need for the City of College Park to hire a permanent Engineer was discussed as was to reduce the cost and delivery timeframe costs of City projects due to the need to hire consultant engineers for each new project.  

Hollywood Road Sidewalk Feasibility Study & Design Presentation is scheduled for November 19th at 7:00 pm.  The project area is along Hollywood Road from Baltimore Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue. The intent of the study is to improve safety for all users.  The project is funded for design, not construction.  

Rhode Island Ave Protected Bike Lane.  The project will provide final design plans for protected bike lanes along Rhode Island Avenue between Muskogee Street and Greenbelt Road. Design plan is 30% completed. Projected cost is $140k.

NCPCA’s Spring Heritage / Cultural Celebration.  Marcia Booth presented an update on the event scheduled for the spring 2019.  Community input is requested on the following subjects: What celebrations are traditional to your family’s heritage; how does your family celebrate spring or other seasonal activities; what traditional foods, dress activities and / or games are part of your family’s heritage.

City Trash Service.  John Krouse opened a discussion of concerns about slow bulk trash pick up in residential areas of North College Park, and members added concerns about the trash and visual degradation of large items left on the curb for days or weeks.  More integration between the City’s Public Works Dept. (trash pick-up) and Public Services Dept. (code enforcement) seems necessary to address the concerns.

Treasury Report:  NCPCA has a balance of $821.17.

Announcements:

NCPCA P.G. County Zoning Code Rewrite Special Meeting with County Planning Staff and County Councilmembers will be Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:30 pm at Davis Hall.

The December NCPCA meeting will include a holiday party.

College Park (Basketball) Dream Team with local law enforcers has begun. Games are held on Fridays at 7:00 pm at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave

NCPCA is accepting non-perishable food for our Meals-on-Wheels

Winter Coat Drive is November 5 – December 3rd.  Davis Hall, Youth & Family Services, and City Hall are receiving donations.

The first evening community meeting with District 1 P.G. Police is Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 pm at Mom’s Organic Market.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:30 pm.

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Regular Meeting on October 11, 2018         

Attendance included District 1 Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir and Kate Kennedy; District 4 Councilmember Dustyn Burkart Kujawa, Mayor Patrick Wojahn, Guest Speakers Ray Ranker and Jackie Kelly

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm.  Agenda amended to read under New Business, “next meeting on November 8”.

September Minutes Approved.

Guest Speaker, Ray Ranker, Independent Candidate for District 21, Md. House of Delegates, introduced himself to NCPCA and allowed time for questions.

College Park Community Library. Jackie Kelly, Director, discussed the history of the Library, explained how they partner with the College Park Arts Exchange, and discussed current events. There are more than 9,000 books, but children books are needed.  Current events include Baby and Me Tues. and Thurs. 1:30pm -3:30pm and Homework Help!  2nd and 4th Sat. 10:00 AM to  12:00 PM.  Website: http://www.cpcommunitylibrary.org

Community Center Update.  Written comments From Mary A. Lehman, District 1 Prince George’s County Councilwoman:

Last Monday, Oct. 1, I attended the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s FY20 budget hearing in Riverdale and urged MNCPPC to include $100,000 for senior and “non-senior” programs in North College Park.  I acknowledged the commission’s $50,000 FY19 contribution and said the FY20 funds would be for recreational and social programs in the North College Park area.

I encourage the city to make its own, similar request at its earliest convenience. In the commission’s FY19 budget, a funding request for College Park senior programs was made at the very end of the public process, and the commission’s parks department scrambled to work out how to provide $50,000 to the city to supplement senior programs. The early funding request for FY20 from the Council District 1 office, along with the city’s ask on the front end of the commission’s budget process, will increase the likelihood that the request will be granted.

P.G. Zoning Code Rewrite.  NCPCA continues to work with legal counsel and others to understand the implications of the County Zoning Code Rewrite on residents of North College Park. Specifically, the Rewrite will create new transit zones and will significantly change processes related to citizen input and zoning approvals.  One specific concern is a 1,000 foot buffer from the centerline of US 1 that is central to evaluating properties that can be effective by eminent domain.  NCPCA will schedule a special meeting with County Council Representatives for further discussion.

Announcements.  Updates provided by Councilmember Kabir:

 Hollywood Streetscape: The Council plans to award engineering design contract this month. Staff is currently evaluating the bids. The selected firm will complete the design, which will be presented to the community. The construction is expected to begin next year.

Duvall Field Phase 2: Staff is working to select a consultant, who will be responsible to get community input and conduct survey. A community meeting is expected to take place in a month or two.

Gateway Park: Staff / attorney are working with the owner of the adjacent property about the access from 47th Place. The fabrication work of the pavilion is continuing offsite.

Dog Park: MOU with the County’s BOE has been completed. Staff is working on permitting. Park should be ready by next spring.

Hollywood Park:  Council has asked the MNCPPC to include the following items in their FY20 budget.

  1. A drinking fountain
  2. Improvement and path from the South entrance
  3. Improvements for the eroding area near the basketball court

New Business
NCPCA is planning a spring 2019 picnic with a multicultural theme, and will be advertised with flyers. A motion was made for NCPCA to spend $150 for funding.  The motion passed unanimously.

A brief discussion of the practice of NCPCA to distribute print copies of minutes at monthly meeting was begun and  suspended without resolution, and will be reopened at a future meeting.

 General Announcements

·         City of College Park Community Meetings October 17 & 18, 2018 to discuss the City Hall Project, 7:30 pm, Council Chambers.

  • Posh Cycling and Fitness is scheduled to open either October 27 or November 3. Follow the progress @ posh.fit.
  • Proteus Bicycles is planning to relocate to Hollywood Shopping Center and occupy the space vacated by MOM’s Organic Market.
  • The next Fall Cleanup Day is Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
    Meet at 9217 51ST Avenue.
  • Maryland Early Voting for the 2018 Gubernatorial and General Election is Thursday, October 25, 2018 through Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10 am until 8 pm.
  • Holy Redeemer Church’s 46th Annual Harvest Bazaar will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 and Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • 11th College Park Free Blues Festival Tickets, Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at Ritchie Coliseum, College Park, Maryland

Meeting Adjourned at 9:30 pm.

Regular Meeting on September 13, 2018

Attendance included District 1 Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir and Kate Kennedy; District 4 Councilmember Dustyn Burkart Kujawa,  Suchitra Balachandran, President, West College Park Citizens Association

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm. Agenda amended to include approval of July Minutes.

Featured Businesses & Organizations.  Discussion followed on having a different service or business organization attend the NCPCA each month to increase awareness of their organization and mission. Example of organizations identified: Lion’s Club, Art Exchange, My Organic Market, and vendors that have a table at the Saturday’s North College Park Farmer’s Market.

Community Center Update. Councilmember Kabir discussed the Community Center Survey. The following motion was made that passed unanimously: “NCPCA supports continued study and City support for a Community Center in North College Park.”

Legal Services for P.G. Zoning Review.  Judy Blumenthal presented an update on the status of a pro bono attorney.  Discussion included private donations that are allowed under 501(c)(4). A motion was also put forth to allow NCPCA spend $100.00 on a filing fee to retain services of an attorney with Community Law Center in Baltimore. The motion passed unanimously.

Hollywood Commercial District Streetscape Project. Councilmember Kennedy provided an update on the award for the construction and design scheduled for October 2018.

Approval of Minutes. July and August Minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report. NCPCA currently has $1,246.73.

General Announcements:

  • College Park Day, Saturday, October 6, 2018, 12-6pm, College Park Aviation Museum. The event is open to the public and free to attend.
  • The District Council is holding oral arguments on September 17, 2018 regarding the proposed storage facility that would be located on Route one in North College Park. See Oscar Gregory if you are interested in attending.
  • A new indoor fitness center, Posh Cycling and Fitness is coming soon. Follow the progress @ posh.fit.
  • College Park Parkrun, Free, Every Saturday, 9:00 am, Free 5km, Paint Branch Trail, 4289 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD 20740
  • College Park Chorale this Sunday, September 23, 7:00 to 8:30pm at St. Andrew’s Church (an Art Exchange Event)
  • Residents interested in solar energy for their home are to contact Rachael@neighborhoodsun.solar; 240.845.7130

New Business:

Suchitra Balachandran, President, West College Park Citizens Association discussed dialogue taking place on public financing for candidates running for an elected position. Discussion followed.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:47 pm.

Regular Meeting on August 9, 2018

Meeting started at 7:30 pm.  Approximately 25 members and guests were in attendance, including Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Kate Kennedy and Denise Mitchell.

Hollywood Park.  John Krouse discussed an increase in destructive night activity that is worsening the neighborhood.  Lt Waters is involved and Contract Police Officers have been asked to increase their presence to help curtail inappropriate behaviors. Park Police are already assigned to monitor the area. To request Park Police assistance at any time, individuals may call their non-emergency number @ 301.459.9088.

NCPCA Community Picnic. Marcia Booth reported it has been difficult to recruit volunteers to help plan the Picnic.  In light of this problem, planning for a picnic has been moved to the spring of 2019.  NCPCA can receive $500 from the City of College Park to help fund the picnic.

College Park Meals on Wheels.  Lisa Ealley, Chair of College Park Meals on Wheels located at College Park United Methodist Church presented its history and outreach to the Community since 1974.  Discussion followed, which included the “gift of giving” as a volunteer. Recipients receive 3 meals/day, @ $5/day, and the meals are adjusted for dietary needs. Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization and donations are welcome.  Individuals interested in volunteering, or being a recipient, are invited to call 301.474.1002.

 Legal Services for Zoning Review. Due to the rapid development of the County’s rezoning efforts, Judy Blumenthal made the following motion, which passed unanimously:

I move that the officers of NCPCA be empowered to obtain the services a pro bono attorney to identify risks and benefits that may be posed to our community by the proposed Prince George’s County Zoning Ordinance and any zoning map that may be developed from it, and that the officers be authorized to reimburse expenses incurred by the attorney for materials, etc. up to a maximum of $300 until December 31, 2018.

Community Center.  The purpose of the Community Center is for all individuals of all ages to have a place to gather and socialize, along with structured activities. There was much discussion on whether the County Council earmarked $50K for the Community Center. Councilmember Kennedy provided a summary of her concerns (see separate attachment) and Councilmember Kabir provided the following clarification:

The use of the $50,000 provided by M-NCPPC is to fund the Seniors Social Coordinator position, which leaves most of the previously allocated city dollars for the position yet unused. Staff is in the process of hiring the Seniors Social Coordinator, increasing the Center’s hours and activities and locating space for the Coordinator/Admin Assistant.   As a result of these initiatives, staff anticipates an increase in senior interest and involvement in the Social Center.  City funds are being used for these purposes and which may include some of the city funds that had been allocated for personnel. Once this has been in operation for several months, it will be possible for the Council to evaluate the results of these initiatives and use of the remaining funds can then be determined.

Development Updates. Councilmember Kabir presented the following updates:

  • Hollywood Dog Park: Plan to be ready by this fall, 2018.
  • Hollywood Gateway Park: Pavilion construction materials are ordered and construction will begin soon.
  • Hollywood Commercial District Streetscape Project: To begin end of 2018.

Treasury Report.  Tabled until September meeting.

Announcements:

  • The Mayor and Council committed 8 violations of Maryland’s Open Meetings Act. There is no penalty assigned to the violations.  Information is provided at kabircares.org .
  • City Charter discussion will be on the September agenda of the City Council. NCPCA will discuss on Sept. 13.
  • August 11 & 12. College Park Aviation Campus will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the S. Post Office launch of Airmail Service at College Park Airport, which is the world’s oldest continuously operating airport.

 Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM. 

Regular Meeting on July 12, 2018

Attendance included NCPCA officers and board members; District 1 Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Kate Kennedy; new members.

Meeting was called to order by President John Krouse at 7:45 pm due to logistic problem at Davis Hall.  Agenda approved. June Minutes were approved.

Construction Plans for Hollywood Gateway Park. The contractor is McDonnell Landscape.  The project should be underway before the Fall.  The City of College Park is waiting on the pre-construction conference with the Maryland State Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement and will then issue a notice to proceed to the contractor. Councilmember Kabir provided specifics:  the Lot next to the proposed development was purchased for $80K; Phase One, which is the development of the Pavilion scheduled for fall 2018 and Phase Two, which is the opening of the Park in Spring 2019.

Community Center.  Chris Nagle and Mary Cook are organizing a committee to discuss and subsequently plan the Community Center.  It will include individuals from NCPCA as well as other interested parties in the community. Even though it does not appear the City Council supports the Community Center at this time, the County Council offered $50K for planning purposes.

NCPCA Community Picnic.   Marcia Booth provided an update and asked for volunteers, especially to establish a Publicity Committee among other committees.  Tentative locations are Duvall Field and Hollywood Park. Tentative date is late September or early October 2018.

US 1 Storage Facility at Hollywood Rd. Mary Cook gave an update on the JDA storage facility.  She explained the City Council voted in favor of the preliminary plan of subdivision, and  requested NCPCA members send letters to Mayor and Council in opposition to the proposed Detailed Site Plan because the project is not a permitted use and the six-story height is not in accordance with the 2-4 stories mandated in the Sector Plan.  The City Council is scheduled to take a vote on the DSP on July 17 and make a recommendation to the County Council. Planning Board hearing scheduled July 26 at 9:00 am.

Letter to Candidate Angela Alsobrooks.  President Krouse presented a letter to be sent to Candidate Alsobrooks that provides the history of development of Hollywood.  The letter brought into discussion the Zoning rewrite taking place at the County level and that includes sections of North College Park. Marcia Booth moved the letter be sent and the motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer Report (Addendum). As of July 11, 1018, $30 in dues was deposited for the month of June.  Total Checking Balance is $252.44.  Total Cash Balance is $1,014.61.

Announcements:

  • Rhode Island bike lane construction has not been funded.
  • The Committee for a Better Environment, the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and the College Park City-University Partnership will host a sustainability expo on July 14 offering free rain barrels for sustainability.
  • Family Movie Night under the Stars (featuring Ferdinand and the Bull) is scheduled for July 20.
  • Hollywood Farmers’ Market will include Maryland Dairy (University of Maryland) ice cream.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

Regular Meeting on June 14, 2018

Attendance.  NCPCA officers and board members; College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn; District 1 Councilmember Fazlul Kabir; District 4 Councilmember Dustyn Kujawa; Elected officials and candidates: Jim Rosapepe; Ben Barnes, Matt Dernoga, Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Angela Alsobrooks, Lupi Grady.  Meeting was called to order by Vice President Lisa Ealley.  Agenda approved.

Presentation of Candidates for Elected Office.  Sen. Jim Rosapepe spoke on the current state of Maryland; Del. Ben Barnes, Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk , and Mr. Matt Dernoga presented their agendas for District 21; Ms. Angela Alsobrooks presented her position for County Executive, and faced questions regarding her promotion of development at Metro cites.

NCPCA Officers’ Election.  The service of Treasurer Arelis Perez to NCPCA in 2017 and 2018 was acknowledged.  Mary Cook reported the nominees on behalf of the Nominating Committee and Larry Bleau moved “to elect all the candidates to their respective office by acclamation.” The motion passed unanimously.  The 2018-2019 Officers are:  President, John Krouse; Vice President, Lisa Ealley; Treasurer, Jordan Schakner; Secretary, Judy Blumenthal.

Community Center Committee Report.  Christine Nagle and Mary Cook reported on the status of the North College Park Community Center on behalf of the NCPCA Community Center Committee formed at the May meeting.  M-NCPPC has dedicated $50,000 for the Center. The Committee sought suggestions on how the money should be spent, and a list of activities that can take place at the Center.  Obstacles of development were discussed and the Committee is now seeking to expand its Committee to include interested individuals outside NCPCA.

General Announcements.

  • Early Voting is June 14 – June 21.
  • An Ice Cream Social is scheduled at Duvall Field on Father’s Day, June 17.
  • The proposed Storage Facility is on the City’s Council agenda for June 19.
  • Marcia Booth agreed to take the lead for a NCPCA picnic and asked for volunteers.

NCPCA Officers’ Reports.  President John Krouse reviewed the letter that was authorized an behalf of NCPCA at the May meeting and sent to Chief Barksdale of the Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, which requested an increase in paid staff for the Branchville Fire Station.

NCPCA will meet in July and August.  Discussion of the Community Center, discussion of a NCPCA hosted picnic, and construction plans for the Hollywood Gateway Park will be included in the agendas of the July and/or August meetings.

Treasurer Arelis Perez reported the NCPCA financial records and in-kind contributions related to the conduct of treasurer responsibilities.  NCPCA currently has $1,231.72.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.

Regular Meeting on May 10, 2018

Minutes of Regular Meeting on May 10, 2018

Attendance: NCPCA Officers; College Park Mayor Wojahn; District 1 Councilmembers Kabir and Kennedy; former Councilmembers Nagle and Cook; Branchville Fire Station Chief Eric Gove, and Jeremy Jordan; Candidates Denise Roberts and Tom Dernoga

Meeting was called to order by President John Krouse at 7:30 pm. Draft agenda was changed to move up the time of Nominating Committee Report. Agenda approved.

Branchville Fire Station. Chief Eric Gove and Jeremy Jordan from Branchville discussed staffing, emergency response dispatch from Branchville, and impacts on North College Park residents.  Motion to request an increase in staffing was approved under New Business.

Candidates for Elected Office. Ms. Denise Roberts (candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County) and  Mr. Tom Dernoga, (candidate for Prince George’s County Council – District 1) introduced themselves and presented their platforms.

Community Center Committee Report & NCPCA Resolution. Mary Cook, Christine Nagle, and Councilmember Kabir discussed the proposed Community Center.   Two motions from Mary Cook were unanimously approved:

  • I move that the Final Report on the Community Center be accepted by NCPCA; (2) I move that the NCPCA send a letter to M-NCPPC in support of funding for a new Community Center in North College Park.

Preliminary Report of Nominating Committee.  Mary Cook provided an update. NCPCA officer elections are in June. Current NCPCA officers are running for re-election. Only current members  are eligible to vote.

Rhode Island Avenue & Bike Lanes.  Councilmember Kabir discussed the May 9 City planning meeting. No budget for construction at this time, though the City of College Park envisions $1M to be budgeted. Projected problems with emergency response vehicles were discussed.

Hollywood Commercial District.  Councilmember Kabir provided an update on the planning for a commercial district around Hollywood. The State of Maryland provided $150K bond money for street scope design. Mayor Wojahn presented an update on the phasing in of the project that is identified in the City’s 2021 Planning document.

Hollywood Gateway Park.   Councilmember Kabir provided an update on the Park. 10 bids were received, but the lowest bid was too expensive.  Therefore, the scale and scope of the project will be reduced. Mayor Wojahn discussed the Right of Way, which is projectected to cost $1M.

General Announcements 

  • Minutes of April 12 NCPCA meeting were approved.
  • The Dream Team basketball game is scheduled for May 11, 2018.
  • Spring Fling for seniors is scheduled for May 16, 2018, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Farmer’s Market Grand Opening is on May 18th. There will be activities for children.
  • Community Clean-Up Day is May 26, 2018.
  • Prince Georges County is undergoing an Affordable Housing Study in relation to the Purple Line.
  • Public meetings regarding Prince Georges County’s rewrite of zoning ordinances are: May 14, July 10, July 17.

Website is: https://pgccouncil.us/589/Zoning-Ordinance-Rewrite-Portal

  • A meeting to discuss the Dog Park is scheduled for May 23, 2018.
  • Stone Industrial property was sold.
  • Pepco scheduled a hearing about their rate Increase for May 14, 2018.

NCPCA Officers’ Reports:  Treasurer Report: NCPCA has a balance of $1,161,38.

New Business.  The following motion was unanimously approved:

NCPCA will send a letter to Prince George’s County  Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department requesting an increase in paid staff for the Branchville Fire Station.

Motion was approved to continue the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 PM.