Berwyn District Civic Association Thursday, January 15, 2009

1. Agenda Item 1. Introductions. Jerry Anzulovic, President of the BDCA, called the meeting to order.

2. Agenda Item 2. Introduction of College Park Contract Police, and Discussion. Lt. James Keleti, Sgt. Brian Addis, Officer Nick Collins, Officer John Foote, and Officer Shannon Baldwin, five of College Park’s contract police, introduced themselves and took questions from the attendees. Part-time contract officers work fulltime somewhere else and then part-time for the City. Someone asked how the College Park contract police interacted with the University of Maryland police. One of the police responded that back in 1982 the two groups hardly talked with each other. Now, they do all the time. Concern of drug paraphenalia being sold at the X-Mart store was discussed. It’s against the law in Prince George’s County to sell drug paraphenalia. The police have to be careful, however, as some drug paraphenalia is also used to smoke tobacco. What should somebody do if they think someone is selling drug paraphenalia? They should contact Bob Ryan, who will contact Lt. James Keleti. They’d send someone in the store to check out the merchandise. Someone asked if the police knew anything about a single-cigar sale ban; the police are unaware of one. The Christmas Eve assault outside Holy Redeemer was discussed. Someone said that they had heard that there was another attack in the same location since the Christmas Eve one. The police were unaware of that. Possible prostitution at the motel at the end of Berwyn Road was discussed (solicitations have been posted on Craig’s List). It is believed that the women stay 2–3 days and then leave. The police do not think that a recent spate of thefts of GPS devices is related to the motel’s clientele. Prostitution is enforced monthly. It’s not out in the open. If you see a prostitute walking the street, you should call 911. The police stressed the importance of calling 911 in an emergency, and 301-333-4000 in a non-emergency situation. If we see someone looking suspicious, we should try to get as much descriptive information about that person as possible. The police can stop that person, ask for ID (the person doesn’t have to show any); even if the person isn’t doing something wrong, they’ll know that people are watching to make sure they don’t.

Someone asked about speeding in the neighborhood. One of the police stated that the police conduct speed tests weekly and write 60–70 citations each week in the city. He stated that they would add 48th Avenue, after one of the attendees mentioned it as a particular problem, to use radar enforcement on. Someone asked if there’s anything a citizen can do if he or she is aware of a chronic traffic offender. The policeman said that that person should call Bob Ryan.

3. Agenda Item 3. Mayor Steve Brayman. The Mayor discussed a few items. Ben Barnes is going to continue asking for state money to match City money. We have a lot of transitory people in the area. College Park isn’t as safe as it could be, but people have the perception that it’s less safe than it actually is.

Senator Rosapepe was helpful in getting a total of $1.25 million to buy foreclosures in the City. The City might be able to “flip” 5–10 houses a year. There are 50–75 houses in foreclosure in College Park.

4. Agenda Item 4. City Councilman Jack Perry. Jack Perry stated that he and Jerry Anzulovic have taken a ride together about once a week and have noticed that the transient population isn’t here now. But they’ll be back.

At this time, leaves have been collected, so if you want leaves picked up you must use

paper bags. Clarke Enterprises is driving the pilings for the new building in front of University View. If you have any articles you would like published in the newsletter, they would be

welcome.

5. Agenda Item 5. City Councilman Bob Catlin. The City Council recommended Mark Vogel’s

development plan, which would be where Jerry’s, Alario’s, and Merchant Tire currently are. The City won a rent judgment on the rent control issue.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 pm.

Meeting Attendees:

not available

Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.

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