Berwyn District Civic Association
Thursday, June 21, 2012

1. Agenda Item 1. Officers Present. Officers present were President Kevin Young, 1st Vice President Harry Pitt, Recording Secretary Liesl Koch, and Board of Directors Jerry Anzulovic, Dan Blasberg, and Michele Garnes.

2. Agenda Item 2. Special Guest - WSSC Representatives. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to suspend the normal order of business in order to allow a presentation by WSSC to be made. Samuel Bajomo, Project Manager for the WSSC water main replacement project to take place in our neighborhood, introduced himself and two of his colleagues who were also in attendance: Eugene Williams, Government Affairs official for WSSC, and Shawn Burnett, Design Engineer for the Wilson T. Ballard Company. Two individuals who were not in attendance but who contributed to the presentation materials were Robert Spigone, a Systems Inspection officer for WSSC, and David Wilkins, Customer Advocate for WSSC. Mr. Spigone is the person whom we’ll be seeing on a day-to-day basis during the project. Mr. Wilkins is the person we should call if we have any issues during the undertaking of the water main replacement project.

Mr. Bajomo presented a PowerPoint file, hard copies of which were made available to the audience. The contractor for the project has been determined. Most of the existing pipes have been in service for over 80 years. WSSC will be replacing about 1.9 miles of existing pipeline and replacing 129 water house connections. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2012 and end summer 2013, weather permitting. Reliable water service will be maintained during this period, although short water shutdowns may be required from time to time. Crews will work weekdays, 7am to 6pm. During that time, roads will be accessible for local traffic, although some delays may occur. Roads will be temporarily patched to maintain access during the project period, and will be restored at the end of the project. We will continue to have to pay for water during the project, even though the water coming into our homes will not be metered; Mr. Bajomo said there’s a way WSSC pro-rates the bills during this time, but he wasn’t sure how.

  1. Agenda Item 3. Minutes. A motion to approve the minutes from the May 17, 2012, meeting was made, seconded, and passed.
  2. Agenda Item 4. Treasurer’s Report. The Treasurer was not in attendance. President Young did not have a copy of the Treasurer’s report with him. He will mail the report to attendees who include their e-mail address on the sign-up sheet.
  3. Agenda Item 5. Election of Officers. The nominating committee has put together a slate of nominees, which was posted in the newsletter. The names of the nominees were read out loud. The slate of nominees was voted into office by the meeting attendees.
    1. Agenda Item 6. City Council Member Report. Councilman Bob Catlin reported on a variety of subjects. A special hearing on rent stabilization on July 9th; the Council will vote on it on July 10th. Work on the College Park Hotel is expected to be completed by the end of the year. We’re still waiting to hear about plans for the Koon’s Ford property. The Board of Education approved plans for the College Park Academy, a charter school, this week; the Berwyn House Road location has been chosen for it. The City recently opened a skateboard rink at Sunnyside Park. The City’s parking garage will be free on Saturdays through August 18th. University View has fewer vacancies this year than last year. As of
    2. now there are no additional developments in the retail space in the Enclave. The Councilman spoke about the Maryland Book Exchange site, the Knox Box site, and the old Mandalay site. The Cafritz rezoning decision has been pushed back to the end of July. Suntrust Bank, owner of the “Bridge to Nowhere” property, indicates that things might start moving forward there by the end of this year. The City is currently shorthanded with planning people because of resignations and retirements; currently there are no tear-downs of eyesores on Route 1 that the City has in the works. The Councilman has not heard any new developments related to the trolley trail legal case.
  4. Agenda Item 7. President’s Report. BDCA President Young discussed several recent incidents in the neighborhood.
  5. Agenda Item 8. Other Business. Board of Director Dan Blasberg encouraged residents to attend the District 1 Coffee Club, which is held every second and fourth Wednesday of every month, at Jason’s Deli. He said that the non-emergency number and 911 are answered by the same people, so if you can’t through to the 911 number for some reason, call the non-emergency number. There have been three recent “wall-throughs” with police: one in our neighborhood, one around Duvall Field, and one in Lakeland. The University of Maryland police will be expanding their patrol area in three phases - inclusion of our neighborhood is to take place in the third phase. The University police are open to an agreement with the City about surveillance cameras. The University is looking at expanding its student code of conduct to off-campus. Dan gave a recent example of Neighborhood Watch working well.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10pm

Meeting Attendees (from sign-up sheet):

Jerry Anzulovic Doug Hunter
Dan Blasberg Liesl Koch
Sue Blasberg Harry Pitt
Andrea Carpentier Sandy Tyler
Bob Catlin Kevin Young

Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.