Ed Murtagh

A quick update on actions taken since our January joint civic association meeting.

Those of you who attended that meeting will recall that we found volunteers for three ad hoc committees. The first ad hoc committee was set up for the purpose of organizing a community meeting on the subject of Wheaton redevelopment. We have held one planning meeting and have contacted individuals who can provide various insights on this subjects. We have contacted a representative of the Local First organization (a small business organization in Wheaton), Natalie Cantor ( Dir. Mid County Regional Center and Wheaton Urban District) and Rob Klein (Wheaton Redevelopment Dir). We also contacted Dr. Alex Chen from the Univ. of MD School of Urban Planning, and Northwood H.S. teacher Erol Miller, who are both involved with an interesting ongoing survey of the Wheaton Central Business District by Northwood High School students and students from the Univ. Of MD. All are willing to come and speak to our community. The hard part of course is finding an agreeable time.

The second ad hoc committee was a Governance Committee, which will pull together the administrative actions needed to form a new combined civic association. The Governance Committee has met to start developing a draft set of bylaws. The committee hopes to have the draft bylaws ready for community review and comment some time in March. A second task of this committee will be to work on getting the new civic association established as a 501c(3) (nonprofit status).

The third ad hoc committee was set up for the purpose of organizing a community meeting on the subject of Neighborhood Watch. This committee has not yet met.

Once we agree on a set of bylaws, elections will be held for civic association officers. Following the election, the civic association will formally convene committees, including a committee for Wheaton Redevelopment and Neighborhood Watch (hopefully this spring). Ed Murtagh Ventura Ave.