Berwyn District Civic Association Meeting
January 17, 2019
Meeting came to order at 7:35 p.m. Meeting held at Holy Redeemer. Board members in attendance: Bob Catlin, Chad Stern, Jim Nealis, Dan Blasberg, Tim Triplett. Other attendees included PJ Brennan, Josh Westgard, Brooks Boliek, Margaret and Harvey Himmelfarb, Bonnie O’Donoghue, Chris Gordon, Felipe Truncoso.
The minutes from the October and November (2018) meetings were approved. No minutes for the December meeting were taken – we held a Christmas/Holiday gathering on December 20th and gave a Burger King gift card worth $50 to Russell Robinette to thank him for all he does in the neighborhood.
Chad Stern (Treasurer) explained
we are on a calendar year basis for BDCA dues/memberships, and several in
attendance gave their annual dues to him at this meeting. City Council member PJ Brennan mentioned the
passing of long-time resident Forrest Tyler.
A discussion was held regarding a memorial tree for Mr. Tyler, possibly
near his home or near the now-closed intersection of
Tim Triplett urged folks to check with the county or state to determine if their property is receiving the Homestead Tax Credit.
Chik-Fil-A has a ‘ground lease’ on the property near the Veterans Memorial – the city leadership continues to oppose opening any restaurant with a drive-thru at this location since it violates current zoning and would generate heavy traffic in an area already plagued with traffic problems. The PG County Council has the final say, so contact our Councilmember Danielle Glaros to support or oppose the Chik-Fil-A at that site.
The new Lidl site will have
plants/screening to block views of the large HVAC equipment. Chad Stern lives near the site and says the
noise has not been too bad.
Hall work is almost done, some flooring needed replacement. PJ Brennan was thanked for new sidewalk
installation. We learned a van was broken
into, some tools taken. We need more
prevention – Dan Blasberg mentioned a group purchase of anti-crime
cameras. PJ said the ‘Ring’ camera and
the city were discussing a rebate for purchases of Ring cameras. Chad Stern suggested ‘Nest’ cameras. Some expressed worries that Wi-Fi cameras can
be jammed, and that Ring personnel have ability to ‘watch’ homes and home
owners through their system. Why there
is more petty crime in
Meeting concluded around 9:00 p.m.
Notes compiled by Jim Nealis