Berwyn District Civic Association (BDCA)
May 18, 2006
8 10:15 p.m.
a) Eric Olsen for City Council This is Erics ninth year in City Council. He stresses the importance of neighborhood preservation issues and promotes community involvement. Eric feels we need more code enforcement officers and we need to focus on schools, crime and public safety issues. He supports the purple line and feels we need to fight for better transportation such as the Paint Branch bike path issue.
b) Ben Barnes for MD House of Delegates, 21st
Ben is an attorney practicing in
c) Mark Cook for MD House of Delegates, 21st District Mark is President of Cook Networking, a computer consulting company. Mark wants to improve the quality of life for our community and would like the people who commute here, to live here, which would provide a stronger sense of community and less traffic. He wants to extend the green line to Beltsville, Laurel and BWI. Mark wants to fight for more affordable college, better Pre-K and after-school programs. To learn more about Mark, go to www.MarkCook.com.
d) Joseline Pena-Melnyk Joceline is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and is a two-term member of College Park City Council. Joseline would like to reduce crime by introducing community centers and youth programs to our area. She supports expanding metro to BWI and she is for the proposed purple line. To learn more about Joseline, go to www.voteJoseline.com.
Question and Answer
Question: County Council will not give power to the city. What are you going to do about this?
Eric Olsen Eric has fought for the power. The local government has zoning authority and he agrees that the decisions should be made locally.
Question: Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
Answer: Mark, Joseline, Ben and Eric are all pro-choice.
Question: How can we eliminate the number of rental properties in our neighborhood?
Mark: Take out the economic advantage and build more student dorms/apartments. The neighborhood needs to be majority home owners.
Joseline: Build more student housing away from Route 1. This requires more funding in order to revitalize the area and improve Route 1.
Ben: He was one of the organizers of the College Park Homes Fair. He will continue to work with this neighborhood coalition.
Eric: Rental homes need to be checked often for rental licenses. We need to increase the fine for liter and continue to implement the noise enforcement code.
Question: How can we spur the transit
authorities to help improve problem areas such as the entrance and exits into
Mark: We have to squeeze the state highway administration and develop a coalition.
Joseline: We need to bring it up in the planning department with the help of city officials. But, we do not need to wait until election, can do something now.
Ben: This needs to be taken up to
Eric: Clearly Route 1 is a mess. We need to listen to the community and put more demand on developers.
Jim Rosapepe and staff members stopped by and said a few words to the group.
a) Arrests were
made on the trolley trail. After members
in the neighborhood reported suspicious activity, county police set up a
special surveillance and caught people in a shed towards
b) Burglary happened while residents were in their home. Two kids were going around the neighborhood knocking on doors claiming they were from the Boys & Girls Club of Miami. When no one answered, they broke in to the home through a window. This information has been forwarded to the District 1 police.
c) Neighborhood patrol training will be available. Details to follow.
a) Treasurer Report Al Cutino reports our largest expense is the newsletter. The newsletter runs anywhere between $196-303 per month. We received $245 in donations.
b) Neighborhood Preservation Coalition send any investor requests (the postcards that are being sent to residents in the mail) to Kevin Young.
c) Elections are coming up. Positions available include President, Vice President, 2 recording secretaries and an organizer for Berwyn Day.
Recording Secretary, BDCA