Berwyn District Civic Association Thursday, October 20, 2016

BDCA President Christy Dollymore welcomed residents to the meeting.

  1. Agenda Item 1. Roll Call of Officers. The following BDCA officers were present: President Christy Dollymore, Second Vice President Bob Catlin, Treasurer and Neighborhood Watch Co‐Coordinator Nick Brennan, Treasurer Chad Stern, Director of Maryland State/Assembly Dan Blasberg, Director of Berwyn News Circulation Jim Nealis, Berwyn News Editor Elizabeth Kuligowski, Director Kevin Young, Chair of Ad Hoc Parking Committee Harry Pitt, Welcoming Committee Chair Karyn Volke, and Recording Secretary Liesl Koch.

  2. Agenda Item 2. Approval of Minutes. A motion was made to accept into the record the minutes from the September 15, 2016, meeting. The motion was seconded, and passed by a show of hands.

  3. Agenda Item 3. Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Nick Brennan made the following financial report:

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    A motion was made, seconded, and passed to accept the treasury report into the record.

    BDCA annual memberships ($10 for individual, $15 for family) may be paid on the BDCA website or by sending a check to President Dollymore’s address (printed in the newsletter).

  4. Agenda Item 4. Permit Parking. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to suspend the normal order of business in order to give the floor to Robert Thurston, President of the Lakeland Civic Association, so he could relate his community’s experience with permit parking.

    President Dollymore stated that the plan is that Berwyn will consider permit parking on a street‐by‐street, or cross street by cross street, basis, rather than consider it for the whole neighborhood all at once. Each section needs the signatures of two‐thirds of its residents in order for permit parking to be approved. Permits are $10 per year per hanging tag, and $1 a year for each visitors pass. If you plan to have more people over, for a party or other event, than you have permits for, then you simply call the City and tell them you’re hosting a larger crowd and the City will suspend parking enforcement in your area during that time. We’re proposing that permit parking be for Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, since that’s when most of the problems with UMD commuters and construction workers are using our neighborhood for a parking lot.

    Lakeland’s streets had been filled with cars of college students. Councilman Monroe Dennis was President of the Lakeland Civic Association at the time permit parking for that community was passed. They got permit parking for the whole neighborhood east of the Trolley Trail (there already was no on‐street parking west of the Trolley Trail) rather than just for certain streets, but you can ask for up to 12 different zones (e.g., some from 9am to 5pm, others from 5pm to 12am, etc.). Lakeland’s permit parking is for Monday through Friday, 24‐7.

    They have three churches whose Sunday traffic they needed to accommodate for. Landlords of the investment properties in Lakeland decided to leave the decision whether to vote for permit parking or not up to their tenants. Each household is limited to three permits, with visitor passes. The City doesn’t limit each household to three passes – that’s the decision of the neighborhood or section of a neighborhood requesting permit parking. If a street gets enough signatures on the petition, it goes before the City Council, at which time residents can attend the meeting to weigh in. Permit parking is not a magic bullet – problems are still possible. For example, even with permit parking in place, if each household were allowed, say, 5 permits, we could still run out of room on our streets. Some residents object to the idea of having to pay for permits to park in front of their own houses. It was noted, however, that selling parking permits is not revenue‐generating for the City – it costs the City money to issue the permits and enforce the parking restrictions.

    President Dollymore is going to contact the landlords of rentals in our neighborhood to see if they are interested in signing a petition for permit parking where their Berwyn property is located. The first step is to see how many people are even interested. This will all take time. She will also include Branchville in the process.

  5. Agenda Item 5. BDCA Bylaws. The Chair of the Bylaws Committee was not in attendance to there was a motion to table the discussion until the next meeting.

  6. Agenda Item 6. Development. Second Vice President Bob Catlin reported that Park and Planning approved everything the City wanted about Lidl’s plan except regarding the right‐in, right‐out, which is an SHA issue. So there’s now nothing to stop Lidl from buying the Clarion property and demolishing the motel this coming spring.

    Two properties on Route 1 (the Koons Ford building on the west side of the street and adjacent office building) were sold to UMD, which had been leasing the office building previously. This is the location where UMD had previously wanted to build a road that would link to the Comcast Center to allow people attending games who use Route 1 north of Campus Drive to enter and exit campus more quickly. Maybe UMD will revisit that plan, now that they own the properties.

    A three‐story E‐Z Storage building will be erected on Branchville Road. It will have 850 storage units.

    The developers of the Cruz property now have permission to erect a 4’ chain link fence. The fence is supposed to be temporary.

  7. Agenda Item 7. Welcoming Committee. President Dollymore welcome Karyn Keating‐Volke as the new Chair of Berwyn’s Welcoming Committee.

  8. Agenda Item 8. Annual Bonfire. President Dollymore reminded Berwyners that the annual bonfire was to take place this Saturday – October 22nd. Show up as early as 4pm for socializing; the fire will be lit at 5pm. Bring a chair. The period for donations of firewood has closed.

  9. Agenda Item 9. Unfinished Business. There was no unfinished business from the September meeting.

  10. Agenda Item 10. Mayor’s Report. Mayor Patrick Wojahn announced that the “Early Keepers” bilingual program for children would take place this Saturday at the College Park Community Center.

    The next Live Smart, Eat Local event will take place this coming Monday night at 7pm at Krazy Kebob, where there’s also a salad and sandwich place. Ray Benton from the Junior Tennis Champions Center will be the speaker.

  11. Agenda Item 11. Fall Cleanup Saturdays. Janet McCaslin reminded Berwyners that this Saturday and next were fall cleanup Saturdays at Public Works. There will be a shredder there the second Saturday. The compost is ready.

  12. Agenda Item 12. Halloween. Neighborhood Watch Director Nick Brennan requested that anyone wishing to help patrol on Halloween between 6pm and 9pm to contact him.

  13. Agenda Item 13. Councilman Brennan’s Report. Councilman PJ Brennan reported that Lidl wants to include an “art” area on the property. The proposed lighting along the Lidl property will be like the historic look we have in the Berwyn center. The bioswale project has been delayed. The block of Rhode Island Avenue down closest to Greenbelt Road will be closed to all traffic but those who live on that block while the project is underway.

  14. Agenda Item 14. Election Day. Councilman Dennis reminded Berwyners that November 8th is election day. The College Park Community Center will be the site of early voting starting Thursday, October 27th, for ten days.

  15. Agenda Item 15. Front Yard Fence Policy. Mayor Wojahn stated that the City Council is reviewing the City’s front yard fence policy. An ordinance that allows for garden fences, trellises, decorative rocks, etc., will be introduced next week.

  16. Agenda Item 16. Holiday Party. President Dollymore announced that the BDCA holiday party would be held Saturday, December 10th, from 12pm to 2pm in Fealy Hall.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm.

Meeting attendees (from sign‐up sheet):

Nick Brennan PJ Brennan Bob Catlin Monroe Dennis Matt Dernoga

Christy Dollymore John Dollymore

Harvey Himmelfarb Marge Himmelfarb Eric Justh

Karyn Keating‐Volke Liesl Koch Elizabeth Kuligowski Brian McAllister

Kyle McCormick Jim Nealis Harry Pitt Larry Wenzel Patrick Wojahn Kevin Young

Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.