Berwyn District Civic Association
Thursday, February 17, 2011
  1. Agenda Item 1. Officers Present. Officers present were President Kevin Young, 1st Vice President Harry Pitt, Corresponding Secretary Timothy Triplett, Recording Secretary Liesl Koch, Board of Director Jerry Anzulovic, and Neighborhood Watch Director Kevin Carter.

  2. Agenda Item 2. Minutes from Last Meeting. A motion to accept the minutes from the January 2011 meeting was made, seconded, and passed.

  3. Agenda Item 3. Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Lori Young was unable to attend. President Young stated that the balance of the treasury was currently $3,139.48.

    1. Agenda Item 4. Bylaws. BDCA Officer Mr. Timothy Triplett, chair of the bylaws review committee, read the proposed bylaw changes to the audience; a copy of them can be viewed at www.myberwyn.org. The proposed changes will be voted on at the March 17th meeting.

    2. One change that the committee considered but whose resolution it decided to table until next year was term limits for board members. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to vote on whether to accepted the proposed bylaw changes at the March 17, 2001, meeting.
  4. Agenda Item 5. Unfinished Business. President Young asked the Recording Secretary if there was any unfinished business from the last meeting. Recording Secretary Koch said there was not.

  5. Agenda Item 6. Surveillance Cameras. Neighborhood Watch Director Kevin Carter presented a proposal to install a distributive network of video cameras in the neighborhood for security purposes. This would entail strategic placement of surveillance cameras around the neighborhood, on the private property of those who want to participate. Mr. Carter has drafted a mission statement; he will present it to the BDCA board.

7. Agenda Item 7. President’s Report. President Young stated that Mike Wilson has agreed to be BDCA’s independent auditor; he will look at BDCA’s books. He will not be a board member. The new commander of P.G. County’s Police, District 1, Hyattsville, is Major Hector Velez. Commander Walters, who was instrumental in getting the coffee club going, has moved on. March 1st is the date of BDCA’s inspection of the UMD property at the old Washington Post site. Interested parties will meet at the gate of the Severn Building at 10am. The storm water drainage on Rhode Island Avenue that the Maryland State Highway Administration repaired has heaved and needs repair again. President Young will contact City Engineer Halpert about that. The Berwyn Cafe and Jungle Grill have both recently closed. BDCA will soon have a membership drive. President Young will make available literature about P.G. Community College that was

sent to him.
There will be a tax-free weekend for energy-efficient appliances in Maryland.

8. Agenda Item 8. City Councilmen Reports. Councilman Jack Perry reported first. Maryland’s General Assembly is still in session.

The City made an offer to the property owner of the liquor store next to the University View.

A company has a contract with the City to provide and maintain the bus shelters; it has the right to put advertising on the bus shelters. Another company now wants to do the same thing with trash cans in the City.

If a streetlight is burned out, call the City’s engineer. The City is currently working on the next fiscal year budget. The City will be selling bonds for the construction of the parking garage.

Councilman Bob Catlin reported next. County Executive Mr. Rushern Baker will be at City Hall next Wednesday at 7:30pm. Councilman Catlin discussed the latest Census numbers. The City’s population increased from 24,500 in 2000 to 30,413 today.

9. Agenda Item 9. Open Discussion. A guest had been lined up to speak but backed out, so President Young opened the floor to topics and concerns not on the agenda.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.

Meeting Attendees (from sign-up sheet):

Jerry Anzulovic Jack Perry
Carol Baker Harry Pitt
Kevin Carter Joe Theis
Robert Catlin Timothy Triplett
Margaret Himmelfarb Linda Wolfe
Doug Hunter Tom Wolfe
Liesl Koch

Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.

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