Berwyn District Civic Association
Thursday, February 15, 2007
1. Agenda Item 1. Roll Call for Officers. The meeting was called to order by BDCA President Tim Triplett at 8pm. Also present were officers and board members Jerry Anzulovich, Chuck Ireton, Liesl Koch, Al Cutino, Harry Pitt, Debbie Mimms, and Bob Baca.
2. Agenda Item 2. Minutes from Last Meeting. Minutes from the January 2007 meeting were accepted into the permanent record.
Agenda Item 3. Presentation by One of “Rethink
Students in the School of Architecture at the University of Maryland have draw up plans for development in College Park that reflect what students would like to see.
So far, there have been 140 posts made.
The wesbite includes a link to a Library page, which includes “a listing of all the relevent documents that are the building blocks” of the site. The library page is factual only.
The blog part of the website is constantly updated and includes pictures. Everyone who works on the site is a student.
In order to post on the site, your comments have to be approved by the website staff. Subsequent posts are not vetted.
The site gets 150–200 hits every weekday. Forty percent of the hits are by
The website is “indepedent—not student-based.”
Mr. Diddio said that lots of students on campus want denser development. The website is therefore very pro-development. That said, it’s a student-led project; but it’s not just for students.
Mr. Diddio and Mr. Goodspeed created the website in July 2006.
The editors have never been to Upper Marlboro to attend hearings, etc., but the website includes plenty of information coming from the County.
A county councilman sidelined the Mazza Grandmarc graduate student housing project. The graduate student government had never even heard of the project.
The issue of permit parking for Knox box residents is coming forward.
Mr. Diddio is a senior and not planning to stay in
Agenda Item 5. Treasurer Update. BDCA Treasurer Al Cutino made his
report. BDCA is in good shape – ahead of
where it was at this time last year.
We’ve received $93 in receipts (from a single donor – part of the amount
was for dues). Disbursement of funds
amounted to $300 (for printing newsletter and for donation to Holy
Redeemer). That leaves us with a balance
A brief discussion took place about the newsletter. Bob Baca’s redesign of the newsletter has allowed us to reduce the number of pages of the typical issue by 2 pages. This month’s newsletter cost $151 to print.
A motion was passed to accept the Treasurer’s report.
Agenda Item 6. Committee Updates.
There were no committee updates this month.
6. Agenda Item 6. Civic Association Updates.
§ Jerry Anzulovic will preside over the meeting in May.
§ Eric Olson has also expressed interest in coming to one of our meetings.
§ President Tim Triplett will work on the May potluck once he gets back.
§ Community clean-up weekend will be scheduled for the last weekend in April. Tim suggested possibly offering an award for best-maintained house and yard. It was suggested that the neighborhood businesses be informed of our clean-up weekend.
§ Harry Pitt recently e-mailed Bobby Shaw, manager of Best Western, to discuss a possible beautification effort along the hotel’s chainlink fence. It was too soon to have gotten a response from Mr. Shaw. Someone suggested that we get the City horticulturist to recommend what to plant along the fence. Tim believes that some construction workers sleep in their trucks in the hotel parking lot.
but two of the condos at the west end of
asked whether the “Taste of College Park” event will be held again this
year. Bob Catlin said that Bob Ryan of
the City government is trying to come up with a “super event” but does not want
to hold it the same day as Maryland Day.
Last year, the attendance was 3,000, which was less than hoped for. A lot of vendors dropped out. The City wants to change the concept. Bob Ryan asked the College Park Arts Exchange
to take over the event. Whatever
happens, it will be under the Recreation Board.
7. Agenda Item 7. College Park Reports from Our Council Representatives.
§ Councilman Bob Catlin stated that a presentation about the appearance of the City’s new parking garage was made a couple of weeks ago. The City government is currently working on a model for how to pay for the garage. They believe there’s a market for all 300 spots in the garage.
§ The City recommended rejection of the subdivision planned for the area behind the bowling alley. The City believes the developer is still trying to squeeze too many units in the area being considered.
§ The Ridgeway property is currently being remodeled but Bob doesn’t know what is planned for it.
§ Jack Perry informed us that the City has entered into another agreement with Verizon.
§ The City has hired a code enforcement officer to work on weekends.
§ College Park Mews and Townhouses is a condo association but the City lists it as defunct.
parking garage on
§ The City is looking for two residents to serve on its Recreation Board. It was suggested that that could be announced in the next newsletter.
§ Jack wants Bob Baca to be on the Committee for a Better Environment.
§ The City’s Advisory Planning Commission also needs a new member to serve on it.
§ Eric Olson is very concerned with the pedestrian crossing at Paint Branch Pakrway and is working very hard to resolve the issue. Jack stressed that we should not let up as a community about improving the safety of that crosswalk.
§ This coming Sunday is Holy Redeemer’s pancake breakfast.
8. Agenda Item 6. New Business.
There was no new business to report.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 pm.
Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA