Berwyn District Civic Association Thursday, October 16, 2008
  1. Agenda Item 1. Introductions. Jerry Anzulovic, President of the BDCA, called the meeting to order.
  2. Agenda Item 2. Treasurer’s Report. The Treasurer was unable to attend. President Anzulovic reported that the Post Office box is paid through the middle of March.
  3. Agenda Item 3. Announcements. Jerry Anzulovic reported that the Berwyn News newsletter will now be back in regular production.

4. Agenda Item 4. College Park Reports from Our Council Representatives. Jack Perry announced that the City is in the process of deciding who will build a new hotel on the City Hall site. The College Park garage is “coming along.” Doug Duncan is leaving his position at the University of Maryland. The City is discussing whether or not it should get involved in graffiti removal (at taxpayer expense). Graffiti removal on commercial property in the City has been very successful so far, although it is still a problem in the northern end of the City. There’s some graffiti on some foreclosed properties, but it’s on the back of the buildings. Bob Catlin reported that the developer for University View has finances all lined up. This structure will be in front of University View, and will be 9 stories tall. Plans for the East Campus development are currently on the back burner, what with Duncan leaving and the developer rethinking how he can get financing. The City is looking into the parking problem on 48th between Berwyn and Pontiac. They may settle upon permit parking as the solution. Normally with permit parking each household is allotted 5 spaces. The parking problem is especially bad on game days. The University of Maryland has plans to enhance its presence at Paint Branch Elementary School – it wants to improve it to make College Park a more attractive option for families considering relocating here.

The City is paying the University $5,000 per semester to allow City residents to ride University shuttle buses. UM shuttle has added more routes to shopping centers, such as Ikea, Beltway Plaza, and P.G. Plaza. There was a story in the Diamondback about a shortage of drivers for the shuttle buses.

    1. Agenda Item 5. Branchville Fire Department. The Deputy Chief of the Branchville Fire
    2. Department announced that his unit made 600+ fire calls and 600+ EMS calls this year. The open house at the firehouse went very well.
  1. Agenda Item 6. Halloween. Berwyn will do the same thing for Halloween it did last year to avoid the problems of two years ago, when several miscreants vandalized property or made residents feel threatened. Volunteers will meet in the Holy Redeemer parking lot at 5:30pm the night of Halloween. There, Kevin, the Neighborhood Watch coordinator, will distribute walkie-talkies, which he’ll get from City Manager Bob Ryan, to residents who volunteer to patrol the neighborhood.
  2. Agenda Item 7. Noise Control. Harry Pitt is a member of the City’s Noise Control Board. A noise control officer no longer needs to come by to personally record the decibel level of noise in order for a hearing on the offense to be held – it’s sufficient for more than one

household to complain about the noise level.

8. Agenda Item 8. Other. If you have a garden and want fresh ashes, feel free to help yourself to them from the bonfire site. Jack Perry has talked to Bob Baca about invasive species. Jack will talk to neighbor John Lea-Cox, a professor in Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at Maryland, about possibly writing an article on invasive species for the newsletter. Everyone is encouraged to contribute articles to the newsletter. Everyone should have received their new blue, single-stream recycling bins by now. The place that accepts our recycling charges the City a fee if non-recyclable materials are found in there. An attendee expressed regret that the recycling bins were a bright blue instead of a color that would have blended in with the outdoors better.

Holy Redeemer is having its annual pancake breakfast this Saturday. It costs $3 per person. All are welcome to attend.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 pm.

Meeting Attendees (from sign-up sheet):

Jerry Anzulovic Cristina Phaneuf Stacey and Emma Baca Jack Perry Doug Hunter Harry Pitt Liesl Koch Terrance Rucker Richard Leizear

Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.