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

Regular Meeting on December 13, 2018

Attendance included Councilmember Fazlul Kabir and Suchitra Balachandran, President, West College Park Citizens Association 

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm

November 8, 2018 Minutes Approved.

U.M. Golf Course: Suchitra Balachandran presented an updated on the “repurposing” of the Univ. of Md. Golf Course which involves the loss of four holes. The U.M. repurposing plan is opposed by the Friends of U.M. Golf Course and others.  NCPCA was asked to oppose the plan, and the following motion was approved with two abstentions:  “The North College Park Community Association opposes the golf course plan proposed by the University of Maryland due to lack of information and lack of community involvement.”   

Updates on Development Issues in North College Park:

  • John Krouse presented an update on the County’s Zoning Rewrite:  Approximately 40 people attended the November 15 Special Meeting with County Council Chair Danielle Glaros, planners of P.G. Planning Dept. and City Planning Director Terry Schum.  Ms. Glaros was asked to include the City of College Park in the decision matrix, which appears to be the County’s next step.
  • Larry Bleau said that the Advisory Planning Commission (APC), of which he is a member, has stated as one of its goals for 2019 is to better inform itself about the changes in zoning categories, how they would apply to variance cases, and how the transition between the two systems would be handled. He will keep NCPCA members informed of this as he learns more.
  • Judy Blumenthal presented an update on the work and involvement that Richard Sloane, NCPCA pro bono attorney, has been doing and it appears he will continue to work with NCPCA beyond December 2018.  Contributions to his expense fund are requested.
  • US 1 Traffic Study:  Judy Blumenthal reviewed the 2016 comprehensive traffic and infrastructure study she requested, especially pertaining to US 1, and lead discussion regarding the need for an evacuation plan.

Additional Development Update: Lisa Ealley reported that historic Beltway Plaza, home to many residents, is facing redevelopment plans.  Please read: “A Suburban Mall Dies in a New Deal Paradise

Dog Park: Councilmember Kabir reported on the status of the Hollywood Dog Park, which is expected to be built in 2019, and will be open-accessed.

Duvall Field Development: Councilmember Kabir presented the following: the next phase will include updating the playing fields and providing new lighting. Other ideas include a new playground, walking trails, and fitness stations.  The City has scheduled a public meeting at 7 p.m. on January 17 at Davis Hall to receive input about the second phase of development. He asked that we attend this meeting and share our ideas for upgrading and prioritizing its facilities, amenities, and services.

Treasurer Report: NCPCA has a balance of $821.17.  This includes a recent donation of $25.00 for our pro bono attorney, and two due payments ($5 each).

Announcements:

  • Volunteers for snow shoveling are being sought.
  • Proteus Bicycles is expected to open in their new location December 15, 2018.
  • NCPCA Spring Heritage/Cultural Celebration is still scheduled for spring 2019.
  • November 29 was a community police meeting, held at MOM’s Cafe, 7pm.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 3, 2019

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm,, followed by the NCPCA Holiday Party attended by Mayor Wojahn.

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.

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.