Lehman speaks at NCPCA meeting yesterday, as Olson looks upon

County council members Mary Lehman and Eric Olson were at last night’s March monthly meeting to talk about upcoming County budget.

Much of the discussion, however was dominated by the improvements in north College Park, in particular, a proposed Community Center and safety on Rhode Island avenue.

On Community center, there have been some funds (about $5 million) allocated in the FY 2016 budget. Efforts have been underway to move that fund in an earlier fiscal year, however, given the status of economy and County’s fiscal health, there is no guarantee that this will happen.

In the mean time County and the City will work to use some other facilities in north College Park, such as Youth and Family Services (YFS), or Hollywood Elementary school as a possible location to host activities for residents. Some programs are already being organized for senior citizens at the YFS building.

Council member Woajhn and I will also meet with Ms. Lehman and the planning staff later this month to discuss these options.

Members also discussed pedestrian safety on Rhode Island avenue. They passed a motion asking the county to improve safety, possibly installing some yellow flashing lights at the crosswalks. Ms. Lehamn said she will speak to Public Works to explore these options.

Members passed another motion requesting the County to set aside some funds in the budget on installing environmentally friendly, low height street lights, similar to the one on Lackawanna Avenue.