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, Recording Secretary, BDCA.