Berwyn District Civic Association
Thursday, March 15, 2007
1. Agenda Item 1. Roll Call for Officers. The meeting was called to order at 8pm by Jerry Anzulovic, substituting for BDCA President Tim Triplett. Also present were officers and board members Liesl Koch, Al Cutino, Harry Pitt, and Debbie Mimms.
2. Agenda Item 2. Minutes from Last Meeting. Minutes from the February 2007 meeting were accepted into the permanent record.
Agenda Item 3. Presentation on
The program has an 84–95 percent engagement rate, which means that, on average, a family that comes once ends up coming four times. The program works with schools and churches.
The program is sponsoring the Annual College Park Egg Hunt on March 31st—not April 7th, as was indicated in BDCA’s March 2007 newsletter.
The Seniors Program “provides supportive assistance to the senior residents of
The program has an extensive waiting list. September is usually one of the slower months—things pick up again after the first school report cards come out.
A very small percentage—perhaps 2 percent—of the program’s clients are referred to them by the Department of Juvenile Services. There are five youth bureaus in
The program works with schools. Currently they’re working with two groups at elementary schools—they’re working with one group about bullying, another group about separation and loss.
Working with the immigrant community is currently a challenge as the Program doesn’t have any staff who speak Spanish. That said, the Program gets the “cream of the crop” from the local graduate student community (from
Agenda Item 4. Treasurer Update. BDCA Treasurer Al Cutino made his report. BDCA is in good shape – ahead of where it was
at this time last year. There were 65
receipts from dues and donations.
Expenses were $151. That leaves a
balance of $1,688, $600 more than last year at this time. Al sent in the tax papers. We probably have 20 paid members as of
today. A motion was to accept the
Treasurer’s report was passed.
Agenda Item 5. Committee Updates.
Jerry Anzulovic reported that the Welcoming Committee has visited a couple of new houses but was unable to find anyone at home. The neighborhood does have some new residents who are couples with young children, a welcome development. Everyone gets a welcome bag and a request to register to vote.
No other committees had anything to report.
6. Agenda Item 6. Civic Association Updates.
§ New signs announcing the BDCA meetings were posted around the neighborhood – a total of 22 were posted. Jerry is the keeper of the signs.
community clean-up will take place sometime the end of April. It was suggested that we look at
Parks Director is asking everyday when we will be getting new the new
playground equipment for
trees in the park have been trimmed and so it’s now hard to see where the
bonfire site is because the grass has grown over the spot.
§ Hats off to Bob Catlin and Russell for their continuing efforts in keeping the neighborhood litter-free.
7. Agenda Item 7. College Park Reports from Our Council Representatives.
Mayor of College Park was in attendance and discussed at length a proposed
exemption from the school surcharge fee that developers can receive if they
build student housing in certain areas of the City. In the past, the City
Council, in order to encourage student develoment in areas identified as
preferred for high-density student housing, has supported an exemption zone
(mostly west of Route 1 and a portion of Lakeland). The City Council voted
recently to support a new boundary as part of the
A number of residents spoke out against the proposed legislation and were upset that we had not been expressly invited to participate in the debate, as it will directly impact the neighborhood. The Mayor and Councilman Catlin were asked to defend their position in supporting the legislation.
8. Agenda Item 6. New Business.
Discussion of the proposed exemption mentioned above lasted until 10pm and as a result no new business was discussed.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 pm.
Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA