Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Mr. Jonas A. Jacobson, Director
Baltimore County DEPRM
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 400
Towson MD 21204
RE: Storm Water Management for Yorkway Redevelopment
Dear Mr. Jacobson:
Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association (O.D.N.A.) would like to thank you for informing us and seeking our input regarding the engineering problem facing the proposed water quality management (WQM) facility between Admiral Blvd. and lot 46. As you explained it, there is no way to construct this bioretention facility without either impacting traffic and pedestrian safety or virtually eliminating the side yard of lot 46 and causing flooding of that dwelling’s basement. Additionally, if the facility were to be “shoehorned” into this spot, it would likely generate continual complaints about mosquitoes and appearance. It appears that this WQM facility would manage very little of the runoff coming from the redevelopment. Conversely, as you stated on our conversation, a fee in lieu of providing the WQM in this facility would be paid to DEPRM’s water quality fund to contribute toward water quality improvements in the Dundalk area. Those water quality improvements would exceed that provided by the small WQM facility in question. Also, the SWM and grading plans would have to be revised, which would delay the project’s grading permit for months.
Therefore to not stall the momentum of this project, we will support the elimination of the WQM facility at issue on the condition that the fee in lieu money is spent on water quality improvements (i.e. storm water management retrofits) within Bullneck Creek Watershed.
Thank you for considering these concerns and comments and for all the assistance your department and other County officials have provided throughout this process.
If you have any questions regarding these comments, please contact me at 410-790-5685.
Glenn Shaffer, Vice President
Mr. Jonas A. Jacobson, Director
Storm Water Management for Yorkway Redevelopment
October 7, 2009
c. Mr. John Vontran, Developer
Mr. Dean Hoover, MRA
Ms. Mary Harvey, Director, Office of Community Conservation
Ms. Amy Menzer, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Quarterly Meeting -- Community Center
President Marianne Thomas called the meeting to order at 10 am. There were over 30 members in attendance. Marianne welcomed everyone to the new community center. As this is the first time we have used this venue, we are looking for feed back about the location.
With regards to the flooding of the Logan Village neighborhood that took place Friday night, the ODNA is willing to provide assistance if possible. Should any members know of a need that we can help with, please contact a board member.
Chris Mann (owner of Dundalk McD’s), Jeff Bell (Corp), Carolyn Heckler (Corp Attny), and Lee May (Corp – Construction) of McDonalds spoke to the group about the upcoming renovations planned for the Dundalk Avenue McDonalds. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring of 2010. The current building will be torn down and replaced with a new structure. The new building will take 3-4 months to complete and the goal is to be open again for the Heritage Fair Weekend. Designs of the new building, parking lot and landscaping were shared. Chris also answered questions from the members about lighting and trash.
Over the summer, the ODNA has been active and visible at the Heritage Fair, the Summer Concerts. By having a table at those events, we are able to explain who we are and provide membership information. Next year, we would like to have a presence at the Farmer’s Market each weekend. Thanks to all those who volunteered over the summer.
Code Enforcement: We have a requested a Code Sweep from Baltimore County. It is scheduled for October, though we don’t have a firm date yet. While the ODNA will receive a report of violations, we are hoping that we will be able to accompany the inspector on the sweep. As an individual, you can make a report to Code Enforcement at any time by calling 410-887-3352 or Code Inspections. You should get a confirmation number and a response within 48 hours.
Family Dollar: The DRC along with ODNA has sent a letter to the Family Dollar Corporate office about the condition of the store and grounds. Baltimore County Code Enforcement has also issued $21,000 in fines for the damage to the county right of way (the ruts in the grass) and violation of the site plan to the owner of the building which is NOT Family Dollar. Currently there are negotiations taking place with Code Enforcement to determine who is responsible, the building owner or Family Dollar.
Yorkway Update: A few members attended the Ground Breaking on September 18th. There were again questions/complaints about the condition of the property. John Vontran is the owner and he is responsible.
The flyer ban was approved and will be effective January 1, 2010.
The NWHA is holding a public forum on September 21, 2009 at Ateaze Senior Center. Many local representatives are expected to attend.
Becky Terjung thanked those who renewed their memberships and reminded all that now is the time to renew.
Our first newsletter was mailed this past August to all the households in the ODNA footprint. We plan to produce a newsletter four times a year, though subsequent editions may just be sent to members because of cost concerns. It was suggested to look carefully at the cost of mailing, as a bulk mailing may be less expensive than mailing first class.
Debbie Martin began by reviewing our income and expenses to date. A copy of the report appears below:
Membership – Annual $ 1,370.00
Less returned items ($10.00)
Membership - Lifetime $ 800.00
Donations $ 152.00
Cake Raffles $ 78.00
Sales: t-shirts/hats $ 100.00
C.O.P. Grant $ 1,850.00
Total $ 4,340.00
Total Expenditures: ($2,320.71)
Bank Balance as of August 31, 2009: $ 2,019.29
Detail of Expenditures:
Hall Rental $ 200.00
Promotional Materials $ 27.43
Administrative Supplies $ 18.01
Bank Supplies $ 45.40
Bank Service Charges $ 7.00
Meeting Supplies $ 22.30
Dumpster Day Supplies $ 45.96
Gazebo tent $ 102.82
C.O.P Grant $ 1,851.79
Debbie has been working on obtaining a 501c3 status for ODNA. It is a very long and involved process. To begin we need to make a change to our Bylaws. The changes and additions are as follows:
- The Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association is organized exclusively for one of more of the purposes as specified in Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The specific objectives and purposes shall be to build neighborliness and address needs in the community.
- No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, of be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof.
- No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501c3 for the Internal Revenue Code, of the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170c2 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
- Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
This change was voted on by the members present. The change was approved by the membership.
Debbie also announced that the next Dumpster Day is scheduled for April 17, 2010.
Marisa Olszewski (DRC) announced a community cleanup to take place on Saturday, September 25, 2009 from 9am to Noon. This cleanup will focus on the Old Dundalk and St. Helena neighborhoods. Those interested in participating should meet that the DRC office at 9am.
Jennifer Funn (DRC) announced the Family Fun Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2009 in Veteran’s Park from 10am to 4pm. Volunteers and donations of candy are needed by the DRC. (The ODNA will have a table at the Fun Festival as well) In addition, the DRC has events planned throughout the fall. For more information or to sign up for the DRC newsletter, visit www.dundalkusa.org.
Safety Committee – C.O.P
Jordan Hadfield explained that the C.O.P group has been busy with a number of rides throughout the summer. More are planned for the fall, and all are encouraged to participate. Rides are scheduled 9/23, 9/30, 10/09 and 10/24 from 10pm until midnight. On “Moving Night" 10/30 the group will patrol from 10pm to 2am.
This past year the C.O.P group received the full grant from the county and will reapply for the coming year. With the funds the group was able to purchase walkie-talkies, spotlights and binoculars. Jordan also plans a 10 point safety newsletter that will go out with the next ODNA newsletter and to purchase signs announcing the C.O.P group that can be posted around the neighborhood.
Jordan also shared his experience from a Baltimore County Police Department ride along. It was quite informative and an insight into what our police officers do. Anyone can ride along with the BCPD. If you are interested scheduling a ride-along or participating in a C.O.P patrol, call Jordan at 443-928-4107.
Energy Audit – Greening Committee
Rick Ferguson introduced Bob Logston of H.E.L.P and Jake Titus of BGE’s Smart Energy Program (www.BGESmartEnergy.com) to talk to the group about the importance of home energy audits in conserving energy and lowering home heating bills. Both spoke about the easy things that anyone can do to make their home more energy efficient – wrapping pipes, attic insulation, etc.
Jake Titus spoke of weatherization – there is money available from the county and well as discounts from BGE for this service.
Bob Logston explained that a home energy audit can also serve as a safety inspection for your home. His company H.E.L.P (www.savemoneyonenergy.com) has some discounts available as well. More information can be found at: Baltimore County - weatherization or Baltimore County Library Resources
Becky Terjung reported that we have put our “Welcome Bag” plan into place thanks to Carly Burkhead, who stepped up to coordinate this program. Currently we are collecting community information, restaurant menus and stuff from local business to fill the bags. Once ready, we will be delivering the bags to our newest neighbors.
We will be represented at the Family Fun Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Darlene McKee and Marianne Thomas will host our table, but would love to have help. Please talk to Darlene or Marianne after the meeting if you would like to help.
Also planned for the coming year is our Christmas Pot Luck Dinner tentatively scheduled for December 30th. More information about this event will be available as we get closer to the date.
We have a survey of event ideas. Let us know what you would like to see from the social committee.
Becky also made a plea for a Social Committee Chair. Becky explained that the Social Committee Chair need not plan or attend every event – we have lots of committee members willing to help. But we do need a leader to oversee the committee and make sure things are coming along as they should be. Maureen Matteo graciously agreed to serve as Social Committee Chair.
Marianne then concluded the meeting and thanked all for being patient during such a long meeting.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Saturday, December 5, 2009.
2010 meeting dates are: Saturday, April 10 and June 19.