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Draft Minutes – April 11, 2019 Meeting

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: Interagency 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 (Attached). 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.

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Regular Meeting at Davis Hall on March 14, 2019

NCPCA – North College Park Community Association
March 14, 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: Interagency 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 (Attached). Senator Rosapepe discussed financing a Community
Center using Bond money that requires matching money.
Zoning Update: Judy Blumenthal reported on the April 9 th 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.

DRAFT MINUTES – MEETING OF DECEMBER 13, 2018

North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) – Minutes – 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, shopping center for many residents, is facing redevelopment plans.  Please read: “A Suburban Mall Dies in a New Deal Paradise https://www.theamericanconservative.com/urbs/a-suburban-mall-dies-in-a-new-deal-paradise-greenbelt-Maryland/?fbclid=IwAR0iK7ca5wpea4es7T4fBELqeocDaEPzehWo83jiWfHPmpWIe30yZlFajV0

 

 

 

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.

Minutes of October 11, 2018 Meeting         

 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.