Friday, August 22, 2014

Recent GTCCA Meeting Summary

RFC board members John and Roxanne Rinehart attended last nights GTCCA meeting. A lot of RF pertinent news so he was kind enough to share his summary of the meeting:

Roxanne and I attended the meeting, not as RFCA delegates, but as homeowners.

Quick rundown as to the information that came out of the meeting last night.

1.Caves Valley gave a brief presentation concerning their downtown development plans.
Among the additional information, these two pieces are of note. 
If they go Student housing above the first two floors, they are projecting 600-900 student beds.
Onsite parking will provide approximately 1400-1600 total use parking spots.
They are unable to determine traffic flow impact in the downtown area at this time.

2. BCPD Precinct Commander
Commander reported concerns about confidence scams against primarily the elderly.
Request was made for the Commander to increase awareness of County Requirements and restrictions on Door-to-Door Salespersons.
Comment from Delegate concerning Officers sitting in cars for extended times, working on required reports, and administrative workload. There was no dissatisfaction stated about the stationary nature of the vehicles, but rather, could the Officers park in a more visible manner, to project a Police presence. A specific request was put forth to have Officers park in a visible location along Stevenson Lane anywhere between Bellona and Osler to possibly slow vehicular traffic on Stevenson Ln.

3. Towson University
Students will be returning for the semester this weekend. Most activities will be inside, however, expect a marked increase in vehicular traffic in the Stevenson/Osler/Towsontown Blvd areas as students and their possessions return to dorms and outlying rental properties.
Ribbon cutting on the new pedestrian footbridge on Osler will take place today.
Construction will start either this weekend, or next week on the Women's Softball field.
Equipment is reported by TU to already be staged onsite for commencement.
Not reported at the GTCCA meeting, but as reported on NextDoor Rogers Forge by a homeowner, Towson University will be increasing tailgate partying from the previously allowed football Homecoming game, to now allowing tailgating on at least five football games. This activity will take place in close proximity to the rear of Stanmore Rd/Ct homes.
Discussion with Councilman Marks, who was present  at the meeting, revealed his unawareness of this change in the TU tailgating policy. At his request,
e-mail has been  to the origination NDRF poster to communicate  information directly to Councilman Marks. This was done to respect NDRF posting policy prevents the transmission or forwarding  of comments beyond the limitations of registered NDRF users.

4. Dumbarton Middle School/Towson University Women's Softball
GTCCA President, Paul Hartman reported on County Executive's decision to withdraw funding for DMS project that would cause the loss of trees and green space. He additionally reported on Towson Universities decision to withhold installation of electrical conduit for stadium lighting  at this time, but that there is a clear intent to light the field in the future, once funding is available.
As many of you know, the GTCCA was approached several months ago by both Gerald Truelove and RFCA, as represented by Micheal Bayer to request that GTCCA and the surrounding communities adopt a formal position of support in in our opposition to these projects. This formal support was quickly voted into approval, and as a result, you may have noticed GTCCA presence both at the Dumbarton Middle School meetings, and the Towson University meetings. Additionally, letters of formal opposition written by GTCCA appeared in several media outlets.

5. 101 York Rd project.
 Community input meeting for the PUD will beon September 9th at the County library downtown Towson branch. This meeting will be different in that the County will be hosting, and will be looking for community input and concerns. The President of GTCCA requested as many people as possible attend this meeting. As some recent residents may not be aware, both GTCCA and RFCA are in formal opposition to the project. Background may be found on page three of the April 2014 RFCA Minutes, located at the RFCA website, or follow the link @
Currently, our September meeting, to include Board elections has been scheduled for the same day as the PUD input meeting in order to not conflict with parents desiring to attend the DMS Back to School meeting on the 10th, which would be our regularly scheduled meeting date.

Can't think of anything else off the top of my head.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

101 York "PUD" Community Input Meeting

When: September 9th, 2014. 7:00pm
Where: Towson Library, 320 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204
What: The meeting is set to allow community members a chance to voice their input regarding the Planned Unit Development (PUD) to be developed at the site as commercial, high quality mixed residential (dormitory) containing 611 beds, 494 parking spaces and 9,300 sq ft of commercial space.

Any community members interested in the project are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

RFCOP Crime Report July 21st - August 3rd

B.C.P.D. Precinct # 6 - Crime Blotter July 21-Aug 3, 2014
This is a summary of recent significant police news in your community. For police news from across the entire county, visit our news archive
The suspect threatened the victim with a knife over money that was owed. The victim knew the suspect and the suspect was later taken into custody.
A suspect was arrested after trying to break into several cars on Lake Manor Drive and breaking into a car on the Royal Farm Stores parking lot on Falls Road.
Sometime between 7:30 p.m. on July 31 and 8 a.m. on August 1, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked vehicle that was parked in a driveway. Personal property was taken.
Sometime between 1:45 p.m. and 2:20 p.m., the suspects gained entry to a home by claiming to be from the water department. The suspects told the victim to wait in the bathroom while they fixed the water pipes. Nothing appeared to be missing from the location but a door to the attic was pried open.
Sometime between 12:31 and 12:39 a.m., an unknown suspect attempted to enter a home by removing an air conditioning unit from a window.
Sometime between 12:45 and 1 a.m., unknown suspects entered Conveyer and Automation Technologies and removed three computers, a flat screen TV, and electrical wire.
Sometime between 9 p.m. on July 27 and 8:50 a.m. on July 28, an unknown suspect entered a vehicle that had been parked in a driveway. The suspect ransacked the vehicle and took a GPS and coins.
Sometime between 6 p.m. on July 26 and 8 a.m. on July 27, unknown suspects entered an unsecured garage and stole two motorcycles.
Around 8:30 p.m., the victim was walking south on Loch Raven Boulevard when he was stabbed in the back by an unknown young black male. The investigation is ongoing.
At 12:25 p.m., the suspect walked into the Suntrust Bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the apartment and removed a jar of coins from the bedroom dresser and shoes from the bedroom closet. There were no signs of forced entry.
Sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., unknown suspects entered the apartment through the front door and took watches, a camcorder, pair of shoes and cash.
Sometime between 5:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., unknown suspects entered the apartment and took a bracelet, coins, and a money order from the bedroom. There were no signs of forced entry.
Email Alerts  - Spot
2.00 Miles around 222 Dumbarton Road – Week of July 21-Aug 3, 2014
Case #                  Crime                                               Date     Time                     Address
142010484          Theft from Motor Vehicle             7/20       9:39 am               xx Dunkirk Road
142021699          4th degree Burglary                         7/21       9:04 pm               1xx Midhurst Road
142050621          2nd degree Assault                           7/24       11:11 am             5xx Stevenson Lane
142060390          Theft from Motor Vehicle             7/25       8:35 am               3xx Dunkirk Road
142130366          4th degree Burglary                         8/1         8:15 am               5xx Anneslie Road
142130715          Identity Theft                                   8/1         11:53 am             3xx Overbrook Road
142140866          Destruction of Property                 8/2         3:22 pm               73xx Yorktowne Drive

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GTCCA Joins RFC, Inc in Opposition to Towson Univ. Softball Stadium Plans

Below is the letter of opposition sent to TU officials from Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, of which RFC, Inc is a member of, regarding the Softball Stadium Project:

Dr. Maravene Loeschke                                                                                                         July 29, 2014
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Dear Dr. Loeschke,

The Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA), an umbrella group representing 30 communities in the Towson area, supports Rodgers Forge Community’s position on the proposed softball field renovation. As evidenced by comments from nearby residents at the meeting of July 21, there is overwhelming sentiment that even with the adjustments to the plan it is still unacceptable.

If the softball field remains in the current location, there will be another contentious process when the addition of lighting becomes a reality at some future date.

The fact that the field needs improvement is not in dispute. It is important for the safety of the athletes and spectators. The best solution is to relocate the field away from residential communities. Noise from spectators and PA system, foul balls, and lighting would have far less impact on the quality of life of Towson University’s neighbors.

There is an additional cost to relocate the field, however that would go a long way toward not only improving the relationship between University and community, but would increase the nearby property values, thereby strengthening the stability of the neighborhood.

GTCCA strongly recommends delaying construction of the improved softball field for one year to more thoroughly evaluate alternate sites for the field and working to obtain additional funding. As mentioned at the July 21st meeting, Rodgers Forge residents would be happy to support an alternate field location and would help lobby for funding. GTCCA would support that effort as well.

The cheapest or easiest option may not always be the best course to being a good neighbor. GTCCA asks that you reconsider the current plan.

Paul Hartman
President, GTCCA

cc: Joe Oster, TU Councilman David Marks
Jennifer Gajewski, TU Delegate Steve Lafferty
Marina Cooper, TU Senator Jim Brochin
Rich Reinhardt, TU
Stu Sirota, Rodgers Forge
Jerry Truelove, Rodgers Forge