Friday, June 6, 2014

Meeting Notes - May 12,2014

ODNA Meeting Minutes May 14, 2014 – 7pm at the Dundalk Community Center

Wow! Great turnout at this month’s meeting, including a few new to the neighborhood. Welcome and Thanks for attending!

Officer Mussini had quite a report for us . . . . and it was really pretty good!

  • In the last two months, there were 397 calls for service, only 108 of those calls resulted in actual reports. In the coming months, the police will be focusing on the “Lower Dundalk” area which includes ODNA, St. Helena, Turner’s Station and Dun-Logan neighborhoods.
  • Reminder to call 911 (not the precinct number) to report suspicious activity, things that need to be checked out, or anything unusual. Baltimore County’s 911 system is equipped to handle and route non-emergency calls. This system also allows for tracking and follow up on non-emergency calls. Calls made to the precinct number can see a delayed response as they need to be entered into the 911 system. 

Things to look out for and call 911 about this summer:

  • Large groups of kids on bicycles, riding in the street, impeding /harassing drivers. 
  • Cell phone snatching – there have been numerous reports of people having their cell phones snatched right from their hands. Be aware of your surroundings when using your phone. 
  • Anything that makes you uncomfortable when at the Village Center, Veteran’s or Heritage Park. We want to make this area the “squeaky wheel” to really force the county to pay attention and focus on making this area better, cleaner, etc. 


The Baltimore County Police offer a FREE home security assessment to area residents. They will come to your home, inspect locks, windows, doors, landscaping, etc. with an eye toward security and safety, as well as provide recommendations for making your home more secure. It’s FREE. Call Officer Mussini at 410-887-7337 if you are interested.

Did you know Code Enforcement reporting can be done on-line? The new on-line system is easy to use, and provides great follow up. Reports can still be made anonymously. Here’s the link: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/permits/codeenforcement/codecomplaint.html

Jen Wassmann from the DRC was at our meeting to announce the Vibrant Neighborhoods Home Renovation Loan program. Home renovation loans up to $10,000 with 0% interest are available to homeowners in our area this summer. Re-payment of the loan is deferred as long as you own your home. Jen will be providing two information sessions about the loans – Tuesday 5/20 at 7pm or Saturday 5/24 at 10am in the DRC offices. Questions? Contact Jen at 410-282-0261 or jen@dundalkusa.org.

Paul Cole from Retrofit Baltimore also attended. Retrofit Baltimore is a non-profit organization that will conduct an energy assessment of your home for a fee ($100). After the assessment, they will provide you with a list of improvements to make your home more energy efficient. In addition, depending upon your income, you can receive a discount of 70% to 100% off the cost of improvements. Questions? Contact Paul Cole at 410-929-6257 or pcole@retrofitbaltimore.org. Or visit www.retrofitbaltimore.org/dundalk.

Don’t Trash Our Dundalk Update: The program is much smaller in scale this year. We focused on the “Leeway/Township" block and the “Portship/Fairway" triangular block. A code sweep was conducted and homeowners were provided with information on proper trash disposal and the opportunity to purchase discounted metal trash cans. Discounted trash cans will be available for anyone to purchase at DunFest this coming Saturday (5/17). The cost is $15!

Announcements: • DunFest takes place in Heritage Park this Saturday from 11am to 2pm. • The Dundalk Art show takes place in Veterans Park this Saturday from 11am to 4pm. • Primary elections are June 24th! If you want learn more about the six candidates running for the County Council seat being vacated by Johnny O, there will be a forum on May 21st at 7pm at the North Point – Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department. The forum is being sponsored by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and the Millers Island-Edgemere Business Association.

Next Meeting: Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9th. We will meet and picnic in Heritage Park starting at 6:30pm. ODNA will provide a main dish for the evening, but we need you to bring a side dish or dessert. Please RSVP for this meeting to Becky Terjung at bterjung1@juno.com

  • Also, bring your best ideas!! I would to see ODNA plan a project for the fall and this is your chance to tell us what that project should be. Some ideas thrown out at previous meetings have included: creating a tot lot in Veterans Park where the pavilion is now, making sure all the homes in our footprint have house numbers on both the front and back of the house, a skate park, replanting trees in Heritage Park, helping homeowners to put up outdoor lighting, etc.