Berwyn District Civic Association
Thursday, November 15, 2007
1. Agenda Item 1. Introductions. Jerry Anzulovic, President of the BDCA, called the meeting to order.
Agenda Item 2. Treasurer’s Report.
The treasurer was unable to attend so there was no Treasurer’s report
Agenda Item 3. Discussion on the
Agenda Item 4. Discussion on
Parks and Planning has also been contacted regarding the proposal. They own the “triangle” parcel of land along
The students promoting the garden will try to organize another meeting about the project in November. They are asking BDCA to give its support to the plan. Jerry said that BDCA might be interested but would also need to see a written proposal.
Somebody recommended that the group look into the P.G. County Community Improvement grants, which will pay up to $15,000 in matching funds.
It was recommended that the organizers visit the community garden next to Spellman House in
The following issues were discussed: whether there would be a fence with locking gates, how many plots the garden would have and how they would be designated, would individual plots be fenced in or just the entire garden, who would be responsible for upkeep, what material (for example, wood chips) would be used on the paths between the plots, will it be an organic garden, what will be done if there is a rodent problem, etc.
Water was discussed. Storm barrels is one option, but then mosquitoes will be a problem. Parks and Planning might add a spigot if we ask for one.
Parks and Planning said it would do the tilling for free.
The organizers can include a flyer about the garden in the neighborhood newsletter, if they want to.
The organizers will probably organize a follow-up meeting at the garden site for November 27th.
There are several residents in the neighborhood who are gardening experts.
5. Agenda Item 5. City Council Candidates. A resident moved that BDCA should commend the spirit of the three people who ran for City Council.
Agenda Item 6. College Park Reports from Our Council
Representatives. Bob Catlin announced that the plan for the office
Jack Perry announced that we’re looking at over 2,000 students living on the east side of campus. The proposed hotel at the current Jerry’s site has morphed into student housing. There’s a proposal for a second bridge to campus across Paint Branch. The residential buildings being built are supposed to have retail on the first floor. Redevelopment along the railroad tracks in
Agenda Item 7. Miscellaneous Discussion.
Recent car thefts in the neighborhood were discussed. One of the residents in the neighborhood had
been the head of the auto recovery unit in D.C. – he’ll suggest to the County
that they County use bait cars like they did in D.C. It was stressed that if something looks
suspicious, the non-emergency number should be called. If you say “I want an officer to come out and
investigate,” they will send someone. It was announced that at the Board of
Directors meeting it was decided that BDCA should write to the
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm.
Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.