Berwyn District Civic Association Thursday, January 21, 2016

  1. Agenda Item 1. Crime Report. Detective Davis from the P.G. County Police Investigative Division discussed recent criminal activity. Detective Davis has been doing police work in College Park for 15 years now. There were seven break‐ins between December 21st and 26th. Berwyn Heights had two. The police have some suspects but don’t want to release the names of their suspects so as not to jeopardize the investigation. Every year when college students leave on winter break, there’s a rash of burglaries. They got a late start putting extra cops on the beat this year. The break‐in on Potomac Avenue has nothing to do with the others. They have fingerprint and forensic evidence but are short on manpower at the moment. Five of the break‐ ins between the 21st and 26th were student rentals. There was a spree of break‐ins in Old Town during the same time period. These break‐ins are often not reported until the students are back. A Berwyn resident asked if the perpetrators could be going on to the College Park website to find which properties are rentals. Detective Davis doesn’t think that’s happening. A former burglar from Lakeland is now out of jail and has become a model citizen. One person they’re keeping an eye on for one of the burglaries is a semi‐local. A Berwyn resident asked Detective Davis if the police could use the new surveillance cameras on the Trolley Trail. Bob Ryan, Director of Public Services, can provide more info about accessing the cameras.

  2. Agenda Item 2. Rhode Island Avenue and Greenbelt Road Turning Issues. Venu Nemani of the State Highway Administration (SHA) returned to continue the discussion about safety at this intersection and discuss a draft concept of changes (see “draft concept” attached). Among the comments and suggestions:

  3. Agenda Item 3. Approval of Minutes. A motion was made to accept into the record the minutes from the November 19, 2015, meeting, although a couple of name misspellings should be corrected first. The motion was seconded, and passed by a show of hands.

  4. Agenda Item 4. Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Nick Brennan made the following financial report:


    A motion was made, seconded, and passed to accept the treasury report into the record.

  5. Agenda Item 5. President’s Report. BDCA President Kevin Young thanked those who attended the Christmas party for coming out and thanked those who volunteered on the community service day to help take the Christmas lights down from Jack Perry Plaza and other clean‐up tasks.

    The Branchville crossing project failed to get funding in this cycle but will continue to press forward.

  6. Agenda Item 6. Councilman Monroe Dennis’s Report. Councilman Dennis reported that with the impending blizzard the City government will be closed starting tomorrow night. Most P.G. County activities will be cancelled or postponed. Metro will cease operations beginning around noon tomorrow until after the storm. The City has posted info on its website about snow removal.

  7. Agenda Item 7. Councilman P.J. Brennan’s Report. Councilman Brennan attended the Martin Luther King event at the Clarice Smith Center. It was a great event, and featured a number of local children’s choirs.

    Thank you to the volunteers who helped with the community clean‐up.

    It was a year ago this April that the pedestrian overpass was knocked down. Hopefully it will be replaced by this April. WMATA has been very good at communicating why delays have taken place.

    Bike‐sharing is coming to College Park; the stations will be placed where there will be high demand. One for Berwyn is projected for the future.

  8. Agenda Item 8. Mayor Patrick Wojahn. Mayor Wojahn reminded Berwyners to park on the even‐numbered side of the street if possible, as that makes it easier for the snow plows to do their job.

He has started a list of things that are going on in the City that he plans to send out in a week or two. Let him know if you want to be added to the listserv.

There will be a Family Fun Bowling event on January 31st at the bowling lanes. It costs $5 for the first

hundred families.

Remember to clear the snow from around fire hydrants and from storm drains too.

The meeting was adjourned at … ?

Meeting attendees (from sign‐up sheet):

Benjamin Bassett Nick Brennan PJ Brennan Bob Catlin Emily Colby

Rose Greene Colby Monroe Dennis Dave Diller Marina Dullnig Sean Eustis

Chris Gordon Elaine Grant Steve Halpern

Harvey Himmelfarb James Hudson Doug Hunter Diane Jeffries Karyn Keating‐Volke Michael Kendrick Liesl Koch

Emily Larkin Todd Larsen Beth McAllister Karen Pasta Tom Pasta Harry Pitt

Linda Rioux Colleen Shipley Chad Stern Sandy Tyler Barbara Valentich Richard Valentich Patrick Wojahn Richard B. Winston Josh Young Kevin Young

Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.