Berwyn District Civic Association Meeting
March 18, 2021
Meeting came to order at 7:30
p.m. Meeting was held via ZOOM on the
internet. BDCA Board Members in attendance: Jim Nealis, Bob Catlin, Chad Stern,
Karyn Keating, Kelly Jordan, Lily Fountain, Mary Najmi,
Tim Triplett, Kyle and Emily Shofi.
Other attendees were Christy Dollymore, Daria Bailey, Max Hans Skogland, Faith Rodell, Jason
Daniels, Kevin Young, Sandy Tyler, Joe Theiss, A.
Hinds, Brooks Bolick. Other attendees included: Llatetra Brown Esters, Mayor Wojahn, Catherine Oberfield, Bob Ryan, Thomas Johnson. Major Keleti from the
P.G. Co. Community Relations Office, and Angela Alsobrooks, our
The meeting came to order at 7:30 and began with introductions of the attendees and speakers. The Treasurer’s Report was given, and Chad Stern told us we had a current bank balance of $2,664. The report was approved by a floor vote. The Secretary’s Report mentioned the problems we had getting the printed report delivered – a lot of assistance was given while the Recording Secretary (Jim Nealis) had been in the hospital.
Ms. Alsobrooks spoke first,
saying nobody had expected a pandemic like the current one we are
fighting. She also stated many parts of
our County are ‘food deserts’, because so many folks live in areas not
well-served by grocery stores. Though
case numbers are starting to drop we still have several more months of fighting
covid. We now
(the county) receive about 5,700 doses of vaccines per week, and the County has
provided over 1,000,000 meals to those in need.
Another problem is that
Mr. Keleti was asked if anything
could be done about ‘drag racing” on
Bob Ryan explained the city is divided
into two “police beats”–the northern and southern parts of the city. At our town airport, we host P.G. Co. police
Catherine Oberfield explained that compost is collected with trash in many cities, usually collecting both home and industrial organic waste.
Old Busines: We received our new BDCA meeting signs – black letters on a green background. Most people thought they looked great.
New Business: Russell Robinette’s dad passed away, Lily offered to send a card to the family. Sat., April 3rd, BDCA will host a Spring Egg Hunt, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interested volunteers should show up by 9:00 a.m.
Mayor Wojahn stated the new stimulus bill gave us money which we need to spend during the pandemic. It must be used on pandemic-related issues, and we don’t want to lose the money. ‘Helping Saturday”, a day to do volunteer activities here in the city is coming soon so check the city web site. Max Hans Skogland said he was interested in the old Fishnet Café as a possible business site for gathering food to distribute in the community, and maybe a new café, sort of a food “co-op.”
Meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.
Notes by Jim Nealis