Berwyn District Civic Association Meeting
March 21, 2019
Meeting came to order at 7:40 p.m. Meeting held at Holy Redeemer Mezzanine Room. Board members in attendance: Chad Stern, Jim Nealis, Bob Catlin arrived later. Other attendees included PJ Brennan, Margaret and Harvey Himmelfarb, Janet McCaslin, the McAllisters, Chris Gordon.
The minutes from the February
meeting were not immediately available, so were not approved.
Janet McCaslin from the city
Public Works Dept. gave a presentation about changes proposed for the
collection of ‘bulk trash’. One attendee
was concerned that ‘tattling’ on someone improperly dumping bulk items might
cause neighborhood problems, but Councilman Brennan explained they were urging folks
to report illegal dumping. There are
problems with some
One attendee claimed the report the city used to develop this plan has many flaws, and that it seems the city is both raising fees and reducing service. Someone suggested the city might hold an annual citywide ‘Yard Sale’, or maybe have recycling/collection at Davis Hall more often than just the current April/October events. We currently use four trucks for pick-ups – bulk items, ‘white’ metal-appliances, electronic goods, brush – all require separate trucks. The city makes small amount of income selling waste copper and metal items, and from University Park, Riverdale Park, etc., from their leaves and brush we can make into mulch.
Some attendees complained the
University has too much power and sway over the city, and wondered about the
big tax credits large developers are receiving.
PJ Brennan said the market for more student housing was still strong,
but he also mentioned that some city housing is
currently used by
We learned that Gilbane
development company bought the Rt. 1 lots where Burger King and the abandoned
place next to BK stand – planning yet more student housing. One attendee said they should have to provide
adequate parking for all their residents and visitors – no more parking in our
neighborhood. The subsidized apartment
project near Branchville Fire House is back on the drawing board. One person asked if a campus police officer
can work rush hours at Rt. 1/Campus Dr. intersection,
since traffic flow is bad there. Maybe
the traffic light at
Meeting concluded at 9:20 p.m.
Notes compiled by Jim Nealis