Berwyn District Civic Association
Thursday, June 15, 2006
The meeting was called to order by BDCA president Heather Iliff at 8:02 PM. Also present were officers and board members Jerry Anzulovic, Bob Baca, Andrea Carpentieri, Chuck Ireton, Kris Moss, Harry Pitt, Mark Seaton, and Tim Triplett. All meeting attendees are listed at the end of the minutes.
Presentation by Flo Hendershot, Candidate for County Council, District 3
Mrs. Hendershot began with a brief introduction. She is a resident of New Carrollton and a
o Families leave the city based on what happens in the elementary schools. Classes start out large, then break into smaller sizes, which is disruptive to the children. What can be done about this?
Classroom size has always been reassessed in mid-September. This was not as much of an issue when school started after Labor Day; but with school beginning in August, it is much more of a problem, and the “count time” may have to change. This may also be a staffing issue. Hiring teachers is difficult nationally; there are more opportunities, and more lucrative opportunities available to people who used to become teachers.
o With traffic becoming ever more challenging, we need more alternative transportation, including more safe ways to bicycle. Do you have any ideas?
The Route 1 redevelopment plans to include bike paths along part of the roadway. The biggest problem is funding; there has to be a commitment to funding, but we also need to realize that we can’t have everything.
o What new ideas do you have for the Council?
Mrs. Hendershot is not embarking on a political career. She wants to start the job with a clean slate, and focus on collegial, cooperative, consensus building conversations. She is especially interested in leading conversations on financial issues, making sure that money is appropriately spent. She is also concerned that there are too few women in elective politics, and feels this impacts leadership.
o How do you counter the argument that voting for you is a “shadow vote” for Mr. Hendershot?
While Mrs. Hendershot agrees that she would discuss her position with her husband, she also commented that there is not a married couple in which spouses do not discuss their work with each other. She is adamant that she is a separate person from Mr. Hendershot, and has been independent since the day they married.
media often report on how
citizen commented that the City and Civic Association have reached out to Mr.
Hendershot’s office regarding a pedestrian-controlled traffic light at
by Claire Sale, Economic Development Coordinator for
Ms. Sale presented information about 28 projects which are
scheduled to be built in or near
o Many of the drawings of proposed projects show a height of four stories. Although there are no particular height restrictions, four stories is about the maximum for buildings without a concrete and steel construction.
transportation systems are important to the city. The city is requesting developer
contributions to Route 1 improvements, and for access to the
o A special tax district may be created along the Route 1 corridor.
o Ms. Sale asked the attendees what kind of stores we would like to see in the neighborhood. Answers included:
§ A bakery / coffee shop, maybe with a drive-through
§ More restaurants which serve healthier foods, such as whole-wheat crust pizza
§ Gourmet butcher or other “destination” specialty shops
§ Services: florist, dry cleaner
§ Medical offices, or offices for alternative practitioners (such as acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractor)
o A meeting attendee commented that landlords may be the most difficult stumbling block to renting out the stores. Apparently, the current landlords are not interested in working with tenants.
Neighborhood Watch and Burglary Updates
A series of burglaries and attempted burglaries has been
taking place in
Civic Association Officer Elections
Special thanks to Harry Pitt and Amy Noggle for their work on the Nominating Committee. The candidates for 2006 – 2007 officers are:
President: Tim Triplett
Vice Presidents: Chuck Ireton, Kris Moss
Corresponding Secretary: Mark Shute
Recording Secretaries: Liesl Cook, (1 open)
Treasurer: Al Cutino
Board of Directors: Jerry Anzulovic, Nicole Lindsay, Debbie Mims, Harry Pitt
Neighborhood Watch: Janeen Miller, Gina Tomko
Newsletter Editor: Bob Baca
Welcoming Committee: Chair: Jerry Anzulovic; Rebecca Aldridge, Sandy Tyler, Larry Wenzel
Motions were accepted to close the nominations, and to accept the candidates; the motions passed.
Updates from committees and city council representatives
new “Welcome to
o The Mayor and Council will meet twice a month during the summer. There will be a special meeting in July to discuss the Northgate project.
o Improvements to the Berwyn Neighborhood Playground are progressing. Diseased trees have been cut down.
Thanks to everyone for allowing me to serve you as Recording Secretary for the last two years. Special thanks are due to my co-recording secretaries, Amy Noggle and Sue Hester, for sharing the joy!
Recording Secretary, BDCA