Berwyn District Civic Association Thursday, June 16, 2011
  1. Agenda Item 1. Officers Present. Officers present were President Kevin Young, Recording Secretary Liesl Koch, and Board of Director Jerry Anzulovic.
  2. Agenda Item 2. Minutes from Last Meeting. A motion to accept the minutes from the May 2011 meeting was made, seconded, and passed.
  3. Agenda Item 3. Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Lori Young was unable to be present. President Young reported that BDCA had a current balance of $3,025.56. This includes $107 in expenses for the ice cream social. If questions, please contact the Treasurer. A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made, seconded, and passed.
  4. Agenda Item 4. City Councilman’s Report. Councilman Perry reported that the City’s budget has been or will shortly be adopted. See the newsletter for further news from Councilman Perry. There won’t be a property tax increase. Employees will get a 2 percent raise (cost of living). The redistricting committee has proposed changes for our districxt – District 2. We don’t know yet whether it will be adopted. You could potentially different floors in the same high-rise apartment building belonging to different districts. The proposed redistricting maps are online for viewing.

The two major things the City Council is dealing with right now are the redistricting and the petition drive regarding rentals. City Council meetings can be viewed over the Internet. The City has upgraded its audio-visual equipment, so the video and audio are greatly improved.

The P.G. County planning board has implemented a new section plan for the Greenbelt Metro station corridor. What’s going to happen up there remains to be seen. The former developer was going to donate some money to be matched by the City toward the improvement of Duvall Field. The City is in the process of negotiating with a new developer, but what agreement they can come up with remains to be seen. Mr. Perry believes that the plan is similar to the former plan for the site – i.e., at the Beltway end, very high-use buildings. Down near the Branchville end, there will perhaps be town houses, garden apts., etc. There has been some discussion about possibly realigning the creek that runs through the area. Mr. Perry doesn’t know of any current plans the federal government has for putting a government building in that area.

President Young thanked Jerry Anzulovic for seeing to it that BDCA is a party of record in the Metro station corridor development plans. Mr. Perry has a letter from Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver about the Cafritz property on Route 1. They plan to develop it. The City Council was successful in removing from the budget any expenditures of City money for the purpose of buying the liquor store on Route 1.

The owner of the Koons Ford property wants to develop the parcel alongside Berwyn House Road. What will go there remains to be seen. Zoning doesn’t permit buildings as tall on the east side of Route 1 as on the west side – the maximum number of stories allowed is eight.

Councilman Catlin was unable to attend the meeting.

5. Agenda Item 5. President’s Report. Harry Pitt, Dan Blasberg, and Kevin Carter attended a City Council meeting to make sure the Berwyn commercial district got introduced into the action plan. The recreation board of College Park is organizing a swing dance at the American Legion on Saturday, June 18th. The County is also redistricting and there’s a meeting on the subject tonight, and another one

on June 21st, at Oxon Hill Library. This is BDCA’s annual meeting. The President said he wanted to thank everybody who has helped out throughout the year.

6. Agenda Item 6. Non-Agenda Items. There was an accident involving a bicyclist on the Trolley Trail where it meets Quebec Street. The bicyclist was seriously injured. Several residents have agreed to trim the bushes obstructing the view of the intersection.

Jerry Anzulovic will be announcing on the website the date and time of the graffiti brigade, which will paint the Kidwell building.

The City engineer told President Young that the State had reported back to him about the problem with the obstructed view by Village Pump liquor store. He will report the report’s contents to Kevin once he has had a chance to read it.

People should call the City’s code enforcement staff if neighbors are violating a code. The staff is very responsive. If the City has to mow someone’s overgrown lawn, they will charge the property owner come tax time for the effort.

President Young will speak with Mr. Strump about the overgrown grass behind the Seven Seas property. A Berwyn resident complained about the speed cameras the City had on Route 1 and described her experience at court contesting her tickets. President Young needs to speak with Kevin Carter to find out where we stand regarding the neighborhood cameras. There will not be another BDCA meeting again until September. The BDCA board, however,

will meet over the summer.
There will be a National Night Out during the summer.
Please encourage your neighbors to join the Association.

Agenda Item 7. Election of New Officers. BDCA’s bylaws call for a nominating committee to put together a slate of officers for election or re-election. Harry Pitt undertook that task. The following slate was put forward, voted upon, and elected:

Kevin Young President
Harry Pitt Vice President
Gene Baur Second Vice President
Tim Triplett Corresponding Secretary
Liesl Koch Recording Secretary
Michele Garnes Newsletter Editor
Lori Young Treasurer
Jerry Anzulovic Director
Dan Blasberg Director

The meeting was adjourned at 9:03pm.

Meeting Attendees (from sign-up sheet):

Jerry Anzulovic Liesl Koch
Collin Berglund Jack Perry
Lily Fountain Forrest Tyler
Harvey Himmelfarb Sandy Tyler
Margaret Himmelfarb Robert Weber
Doug Hunter Kevin Young

Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.