Proposed Move of Bureau of Engraving to BARC : Comment Period Ends Dec. 15, 2019

Many of you may have read the summary of the open house discussion concerning the proposed move of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s production facilities to the USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in the December 5, 2019 Greenbelt News Review (this issue is available online as a PDF at https://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20191205.pdf).  If you haven’t read it, it provides a good overview of the issue.

This Open House, attended by about 20 Greenbelt residents, was held by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The Open House included a display of posters that were designed to provide the public with more information about the proposed move and the planning process for the project. Staff were available to answer questions. It is also part of a scoping process, which started with a notice of intent in the Federal Register published November 15, 2019. The scoping process includes a period for public comment which began November 15 and will run through December 15, 2019. Residents are urged to comment. You may comment online, by email, or in writing.  Emails must be sent by 11:59 PM on December 15, 2019. Letters must be postmarked by December 15, 2019.

Website: https://www.nab.usace.army.mil/home/bep-replacement-project/

The email address is BEP-EIS@usace.army.mil

Address your letter to:

Harvey Johnson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District Programs and Project Management  Division, 2 Hopkins Plaza, 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Highlights of the First GHI Succession Planning and Emergency Backup Planning Task Force Meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Introduction

The first meeting of the Succession Planning and Emergency Backup Planning Task Force took place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The new Task Force is co-chaired by Tom Adams and Amy Odegaard. Stephen Holland and Montrese Hamilton are co-secretaries.

Backgrounds of the Members of the Task Force

Tom Adams is retired and has extensive experience as a non-profit transition and succession consultant. He has lived in GHI for 6 years. Amy Odegaard has experience as a project manager for various government agencies. Frank DeBernardo has fifteen years of experience working with a national non-profit and has participated in succession planning projects. Tim Murray currently advises a foundation on fundraising and has prior experience consulting with non-profits. Montrese Hamilton has experience as an HR generalist and recruiter, HR librarian, and book publishing specialist.

 

GHI Board Treasurer Chuck Hess is also a member of the Task Force. The Board liaison for the Task Force is Stephen Holland. Maesha McNeill is the Staff Liaison.

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Succession Planning and Emergency Backup Planning Task Force Meeting: Tuesday, November 5

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On July 25, 2019, the GHI Board of Directors passed a motion to establish a task force to recommend a succession and emergency backup plan for the General Manager position.  This task force is scheduled to have their first meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:30pm at the GHI Administration Building.

Why this Matters:
  • The General Manager position is essential to the proper functioning of a healthy cooperative.
  • While the Board of Directors has the authority under the GHI Bylaws to:
“Appoint, assign the duties of, and determine the salary of a general manager, who shall assume administrative control of the business of the Corporation” (see Article V, Section 4 on p. 10 of the bylaws);

The Membership, at membership meetings, has the responsibility under the GHI Bylaws for:

“determining policies of the Corporation” and for “exercising final authority on all matters vitally affecting the Corporation” (see Article IV, Section 9 on p. 8 of the by-laws)
The GHI Bylaws may be found here.

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Community Beautification Program: Does It Apply to Common Spaces?

common-space-sidewalks-e1571422331845.pngThe Community Beautification Program (CBP), also known as yard inspections, takes place every year beginning in late spring. Members’ yards are inspected to ensure that they are meeting “minimum upkeep standards.” This year, after revisions to the program, 1,379 units failed their first inspection thereby requiring a second inspection to determine if the citation was corrected.  As of the September 3, 2019 Community Beautification Interim Report, 3,470 citations were issued during the first and second inspection.

It is hard to believe that 85% of units aren’t meeting the minimum upkeep standards. When walking around GHI, the egregious violations that I have observed are few and far in between. In fact, it tends to be the same units consistently year after year, and these units have most likely already been identified by GHI.  So how is it that 85% of units are violating what is considered to be “minimum upkeep”?  Where is the breakdown in the CBP inspections? Continue reading “Community Beautification Program: Does It Apply to Common Spaces?”

Check Out Our New Member Spotlight Series

Our new Member Spotlight series debuts with videos focusing on those who are active in Members United.  Learn more about who we are and our backgrounds as members in GHI. Future videos will feature interviews with other members of GHI and the Greenbelt community.  

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to get notified when future videos are released.

Interested in becoming more active with Members United or being featured in a future video?  Reach out to us at wearemembersunited@gmail.com to find out how you can become more involved.

National Night Out: Tuesday, August 6

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Come visit Members United during National Night Out!  Greenbelt’s National Night Out event will be Tuesday, August 6 from 6:30-8:00pm in Roosevelt Center.  Other participants include:

  • Mishkan Torah
  • GHI Member Outreach
  • Proteus
  • Town Center Realty
  • Coop Supermarket
  • Greenbelt Elementary and Middle School PTAs
  • WAGS
  • Greenbelt Dog Walker Watch
  • Greenbelt CART
  • Greenbelt CERT
  • Greenbelt Pride
  • Peace and Justice Coalition
  • Greenbelt Community Church
  • Good Samaritan

We hope to see you there!  You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MmbrsUntd for live updates!

Monday (July 22, 2019): GHI/Greenbelt City Council Work Session

Set your reminders and plan to attend this important work session between the GHI Board of Directors and the Greenbelt City Council regarding a host of topics, including:

  • WSSC’s Proposal to Replace Water Supply and Sewer Pipes for GHI’s Masonry Units
  • P.G. County Zoning Re-write/Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCOZ) Zone
  • Proposed Widening of BW Parkway/I-495 Beltway
  • Playground Improvements

You can download the agenda packet here or see the list of meeting agendas on the Council’s website.

NOTE 1: The meeting will be held in the GHI Board Room, not the City Council Chambers.

NOTE 2: Visitor seating will be limited due to the number of meeting participants so be sure to arrive early. And maybe bring a seat cushion.

What? GHI/Greenbelt City Council Work Session

When? Monday, July 22, 2019.

Time? 8 p.m.

Where? GHI Board Room, 1 Hamilton Place, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Why? GHI and the City of Greenbelt have many areas of overlapping interest so this is an opportunity for GHI’s new and longtime members to learn more about this complex relationship and track progress on important issues.