Berwyn District Civic
November 15, 2018
Meeting came to order at 7:32
p.m. Meeting held at Fishnet Restaurant. Board members in attendance: Bob Catlin, Chad Stern, Jim Nealis, Dan
Blasberg, Karyn Keating-Volke. Other
attendees included PJ Brennan, Maddie Koenig, Jason Daniels, Margaret and
Our guest speaker was Bob Ryan,
city Director of Public Services. He
distributed several fact sheets, including one reminding folks it is their
responsibility to shovel snow/ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property
within 24 hours of the storm. Another
sheet contained information about filing noise complaints – call 240-487-3588
day or night. Code enforcement officers
will respond on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (6:00 p.m. – 4:00
a.m.). You can also call the County Police
(emergency, call 911, non-emergency call 301-352-1200) and file a
complaint. If two complaints are
received for the same address, a hearing of the Noise Complaint Board may be
requested. Complaints about loud
parties, loud radios – even uncut grass over 12” tall – are investigated. Other
complaints can be filed about trash/junk in yards (front or back), untagged
vehicles, exterior property maintenance, etc. First-time offenders get a warning,
second offense is a $50 fine. Our code
enforcement officers receive on-line training, fire inspection training,
etc. Senior officers have zoning
training. College Park currently has six officers (full
time) and three part-time. You need a
building permit to replace any structure with over 150 sq. feet of interior
The ‘walk smart’ campaign is a
program to make walking safer for city residents. You can receive a citation for jaywalking.
The city will have our contract
police officers check your home/property if you are
going out of town. Use the ‘Vacation
Requests’ button on the city web site to arrange this.
Contact Bob Ryan’s office if you
have parking enforcement or animal control issues.
Bob Catlin stated that the County
re-wrote zoning laws for north College
Park, and the new rules will go into effect in
2020. They are trying to eliminate
Chad Stern said the BDCA
currently has a budget balance of $2,416.00.
City Councilman PJ Brennan said the city
simply wants compliance with city rules, and doesn’t want to be issuing
tickets, so if you ‘see something, say something.’ Call Code Enforcement about problems you see
that the city can help with – trashy yards, noise, etc. Berwyn
has some new sidewalks, first in 16 years.
Sidewalks need easements from home owners since
there are no rights-of-way for sidewalks in Berwyn.
There is a bulb-planting event this Sat. (Nov. 17th) in Berwyn Park. There is a Neighbors Helping Neighbors
program in our city – schedules senior citizens trips, etc. There is a proposal to change the city
charter to allow staggered 4-year city council terms – this may come up for a
referendum vote soon, and he will support the referendum outcome. Chik-Fil-A still wants a city location – it
will generate 400 car trips per day.
Future Route 1 work is scheduled – the road will still have 2 lanes in
each direction, but will also have a median, and bike lanes on both sides. Rhode
Island Ave. may also get protected bike
lanes. A city program called Smartbuy
2.0 will help pay up to $40,000 of student loans for 1st-time city
adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Notes compiled by Jim Nealis