District Civic Association (BDCA)
8 – 10 p.m.
- Introductions, Roll Call - BDCA
President Heather Iliff called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m., followed
by roll call for officers. The
following officers were present: Heather Iliff, Jack Perry, Al Cutino,
Janeen Miller, Chuck Ireton, Tim Triplett, Harry Pitt, Jerry Anzulovic,
Sue Hester and Chris Moss.
- Berwyn Neighborhood Playground – Chris
Moss reported her progress with the people at Park & Planning. They came
out to look at the park, mentioned that they loved the park’s trees and
space, and that they would be able to put in a fire ring for our bonfire. The
neighborhood would like the entire project completed by spring of 2006,
but Park & Planning feels that they will not be able to complete it
until fall of 2006. As a community,
we can raise money from local businesses and neighbors to speed up the
- Public Safety & Neighborhood
– Janeen Miller thanked the neighbors for their active participation in
the Berwyn Neighborhood Watch. She
notes a trend that recent acts of crime involve victims living in group
homes. She mentioned CPMD Alert, a
new text-based system that will alert residents of crime in the
neighborhood. Janeen proceeded to
introduce the Commander of District 1, Captain Kevin Davis, auto theft Detective
Fred Walfer, and our community service lieutenant, Lt. Bernard Snowden.
- Captain Kevin Davis – Cpt.
Davis grew up in the College
Park area, and attended Holy Redeemer as a
child. He has been the Commander
for less than two months, and is dedicated to providing the best
protection possible for Berwyn. He touches on a few specific crime
Capt. Davis believes kids who are suspended from school are
committing the daytime burglaries. He
now has the schools sending him names of kids who are suspended and is
encouraging the schools to enforce in-home suspensions.
The City of College
Park should have 200 more officers by the summer of
40% of the 18,000 automobiles stolen a year are with the
keys in the ignition. Capt. Davis
encourages the use of the Club and reminds neighbors that warming up cars in
the driveway during the winter months not only invites thieves to steal the
car, but it is also illegal.
82% of homicides are committed with hand guns. Carrying a firearm in Maryland is only a misdemeanor. Like DC, it should be raised to a felony.
Detective Fred Walfer mentions that the most stolen vehicle
is the 1995 Honda Accord, as well as other cars usually 10-years old. He mentions that there should be a court that
deals with strictly stolen automobiles.
The emergency response time is 9 ˝ minutes. Non-emergency response time is in the low 20
minutes. They are working on expanding
the types of calls for dispatcher and utilizing community volunteers for
Speeding cars is a factor in the neighborhood. Upon the
community’s request, we should be receiving a speed enforcement sign which will
not cost the community any extra money.
There are two on order (“Your Speed Is _#_”).
Security surveys should be conducted on all group homes in
the neighborhood. All homes should write
down serial numbers on electronic items such as VCR’s, laptops, etc. Property engravers are also available for all
- Lt. Bernard Snowden – Lt.
Snowden was nice enough to stop in to our meeting after working a 24-hour
shift. He started off by giving us
a brief update on Neighborhood Watch crimes that were posted in the
previous week. He mentioned that six
officers regularly patrol the neighborhood at all times, and they
especially keep an eye out for foot traffic between the hours of 2:00
a.m. – 3:00 a.m. One neighbor
mentioned a concern for gang crime, and Lt. Snowden mentioned that we
could get a gang unit to come in and talk to us at one of our future
Lt. Snowden is always available for the community and can be
reached at his office number (301) 699-2837 (leave a message if he does not
answer) and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Detailed Site Plan for North Gate
Condominiums – The developer for North Gate, Mr. Mark Vogel, came
to the meeting with a detailed site plan for the condominium highrise
complex proposed for Rt. 1, between Taco Bell and Burger King.
Vogel proceeds to tell the neighbors that this is the first luxury
high-rise condominium in Prince George’s
County, and the primary residents are going to be University of Maryland
employees. The proposed building
is an 18-story, 220-unit complex with approximately 350 parking
spots. The building will be set
back from the road, with 16-stories in the front of the building, and
18-stories in the rear. The
complex will also contain some office space for lease. Units will start in the
- Approval of Minutes – a
motion was made to approve the meeting minutes from 10.27.05. The motion passed, and the minutes were
accepted. There will be no BDCA meeting in December.