Berwyn District Civic Association Thursday, January 19, 2017


BDCA 1st Vice President Rose Colby welcomed everyone on behalf of President Christy Dollymore, who was unable to attend the meeting.


  1. Agenda Item 1. Roll Call of Officers. The following BDCA officers were present: 1st Vice President Rose Colby, 2nd Vice President Bob Catlin, Treasurer and Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Nick Brennan, Recording Secretary Liesl Koch, Directory of Berwyn News Circulation Jim Nealis, and Director Kevin Young.


  2. Agenda Item 2. Special Guests. Anne Contee, owner of the White Lotus Wellness Center on Berwyn Road, reported on a recent incident that occurred, where a police detective was extremely unresponsive to repeated attempts to reach him with information about a suspect in a recent burglary in the neighborhood. She’s concerned about the safety in the community. Councilman Brennan encouraged her and other business owners in the neighborhood to contact him or Councilman Dennis, who can in turn contact the District Commander and City services. Sometimes there’s a problem of coordination between multiple units, and we’re covered by University police, County police, and supplemental police contracted by the City.

    It was recommended that Ms. Contee contact 911 immediately if a similar incident occurs and notifies her neighbors via NextDoor. Also, that she try to contact the detective by e‐mail rather than phone so she can have a record of her attempts to reach the detective.

    It was suggested that we need to have the community police office back to a BDCA meeting.


    Matt Gammon and Peter Butler operate and teach at the Kim Studio martial arts business on Berwyn Road. They have adult classes in the evening, and a women’s self‐defense class on Mondays from 5 to 6pm. They hope to do a seminar over at the University too. They teach situational awareness. Please see their website at kimstudiocp.com.


  3. Bylaws. The proposed changes to the bylaws are on the BDCA website. We will wait until the next meeting to vote on them.


  4. Parking Permits. Rose Colby and others have been going around the neighborhood asking people to sign up for permit parking if interested. There’s isn’t someone working on every single block.


  5. Agenda Item 5. Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Nick Brennan made the following financial report:


    [see page 2]


    The balance does not include approximately $450 in outstanding ad payments to BDCA. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to accept the treasury report into the record.


  6. Agenda Item 6. Membership. It was suggested that a procedure and timeline for reminding members of membership renewal should be established and should be taken up by the BDCA Board.


  7. Agenda Item 7. Approval of Minutes. A motion to table acceptance of the minutes from the November 2016 BDCA meeting was made, seconded, and passed by a show of hands.


  8. Agenda Item 8. Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watch Director Nick Brennan reported that things were relatively quiet over the recent holidays, unlike the previous year.


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  9. Agenda Item 9. Updates from 2nd Vice President Bob Catlin. Bob Catlin reported that Lidl is applying for its demolition permit. The Clarion is not taking reservations past February 28th. The new hotel by the Ford site – the Cambria – is negotiating with a good restaurant to fill its restaurant space. A new pizza place is negogiating for the old Pizza Authentica location. Chick‐Fil‐A wants to put a restaurant behind the U‐Haul rental site.


  10. Agenda Item 10. Councilman Brennan’s Report. Councilman PJ Brennan reported:


  11. Agenda item 11. Reports. P.G. County is going through a zoning rewrite right now. It will affect every neighborhood. The December City Council information packet had some good info in it about the zoning rewrite. The P.G. Planning Department is going to hold planning sessions throughout the year. The zoning rewrite will affect our commercial properties.

1st Vice President Rose Colby introduced the idea of holding neighborhood progressive dinners. She will put forward a proposal with more details at the next meeting.

New neighbors Naseer and Trina Azizi were introduced and welcomed to the neighborhood.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 pm.


Meeting attendees (from sign‐up sheet):


Naseer Azizi Trina Azizi Nick Brennan PJ Brennan Peter Butler Bob Catlin

Rose Greene Colby Matt Gamma Chris Gordon Harvey Himmelfarb Diane Jeffries Karyn Keating‐Volke

Liesl Koch Jim Nealis Chad Stern Kevin Young


Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.


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