DRAFT June 2021 Meeting Minutes

DRAFT Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting

Date: June 26, 2021, 11 AM- Noon

Officers in Attendance: President Kim Crews, Vice President Cynthia Baur, Secretary Ted Hull, Treasurer Andrea Kenner

Members in Attendance: Joel Ryerson, Dennis Chesters, Carol Hurwitch, Jon Robinson, Barry Yavier, Margie Mickens-Mosley, Glenn Kirkland, 

Special Guests: Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, Del. Mary Lehman, Sen. Jim Rosapepe, D21 Denise Valladares;  Renee White from Councilwoman Taveras’ office; Councilwoman Deni Taveras (joined 12:45 PM)

President Crews called the meeting to order at 11:02. She reminded everyone of the new protocol to use the chat box to add comments. She thanked everyone for their work to keep the community clean and safe.

  1. Treasurer’s report – Treasurer Kenner reported the current account balance is $1,223.71.   Dues received from Blum and Hull, plus a donation.  President Crews reminded everyone about new payment options including Zelle (cstca.dues@gmail.com), along with cash and checks sent to Treasurer Andrea Kenner.
  2. Review and approval of minutes from February Meeting.  Hull reviewed the February minutes.  Minutes approved as read.
  3. President Crews introduced 21st District Delegation
    1. President Crews  introduced a number of development proposals going on in the community
      1. Reimagining Paint Branch Golf Course development
      2. Adelphi Road Sector Plan
      3. Cool Spring bike and pedestrian plan
    2. Sen Rosapepe
      1. Aware of Reimagining Paint Branch Golf Course, but interested in our perspective – JPM added that the outcome was a compromise with the University
      2. Adelphi Road Sector Plan – opposition to gateway projects and graduate housing; includes land owned by churches and UMD; recommends have M-NCPPC come to CSTCA to brief us on the proposed developments / plan
      3. State-level Initiative Highlights
        1. Health Committee lead efforts
        2. Member of Joint COVID Oversight Committee; Vaccine Oversight Committee – meeting next week.
        3. Biggest issues have been the economic impact; unemployment crisis – issues with Dept of Labor and getting unemployment compensation – contact D21 office if getting run around; issues with requirement to contact employer; Reforms for the future – need to build up reserves – put $1 Billion of federal funds to shore up unemployment reserves, also to expand telework; recognition of jobs that will not come back (i.e. business travel); need people to work in IT and for health care workers
    3. Del Pena-Melnyk
      1. Health Committee – focused on health disparities; MD 9,730 deaths; need funding for public health and communication; COVID cases highest in Prince George’s and ZIP Code with highest number of cases 20783.  Social determinants of health – multiple families living in single unit housing. Has focused on working with experts to determine how to best address the social determinants of health.  
        1. House Bill 28 – to require health care providers to take implicit bias training
        2. House Bill 309 – statistics
        3. House Bill 78 – Maryland Commission on Health Equity – established to address Social determinants of health; declare racism a public health crisis
        4. House Bill 123 – include audio-only services, reimburse for behavior health; calls to 211 support mental health services
    4. Del Lehman
      1. Significant challenges with police reform, institutional racism
      2. Moratorium on evictions ending and unemployment issues
      3. Appropriations Committee – Permanent change in bond moneys (non-profit, local government) to drop matching funding; Del Barnes received $2 million for Attick Towers, $2.5 million for Laurel homeless and transition services; other funding for Meals on Wheels, meals
      4. Environment and Transportation Committee – 
        1. Housing bills: landlords cannot evict someone if renting without a license (did not pass); Bill that passed (without funding) provides for legal representatives for evicted tenants; 
        2. Climate bills: Optimum Climate Bill – Move to net zero standards for MTA bus fleet, state vehicles, and public schools (move to geothermal, solar) 
          1. Tree Solutions Now Act: climate change legislation and tree planting. The tree planting will be a 10-year statewide initiative to plant 5 million trees and the Chesapeake Bay Trust will be looking for community partners to get these trees in the ground! jdavis@cbtrust.org Jana Davis at CBT is the contact for any group or individual interested in getting involved.  First 500,000 trees will be in urban areas.
          2. In re: ? from Andrea: Bill does not include school busses, but some local school systems are converting
          3. In re: ? from Joel: Bill does not include The Bus system
          4. In re: ? from Carol: Lehman discussed the issue of mitigation banking for mature trees taken down for development; set up Carbon Capture Banking
          5. Jon Robinson discussed Cool Spring Forest, sale of property and attempt to get in touch with us. President Crews has reached out to the new property owner, but has not heard back; Renee White will take the issue back to Deni
        3. Nursing Homes bill – Bill passed – Social isolation due to COVID shutdown; Nursing Homes work with families and health care workers to provide for compassionate care visits.
      5. COVID comments / questions from Cynthia
        1. Issue with state COVID data not matching vaccination status https://health1.maryland.gov/phpa/oideor/immun/pages/immunet.aspx website
        2. Additional money is coming in from other sources for health education and outreach
      6. Spot Zoning Question from Carol
        1. Sen Rosapepe suggested she get together with Del Lehman to discuss how to best track zoning changes.
      7. President Crews discussed the Reimagining Paint Branch Golf Course development
        1. JPM reminded everyone that the development is a compromise with M-NCPPC to save the UMD golf course.
        2. Limit removal of trees, development limited to footprint of driving range
        3. President Crews discussed the plans from the meetings she’s attended about moving UMD track facilities to the site.
        4. Issues with flooding, drainage
      8. From Cynthia Baur: To D21: another angle on the Adelphi sector plan is that the housing plans we’ve seen don’t align with the affordable housing goals you all talked about. I’m planning to raise this with Deni & Danielle but it surprises me they support the plans we’ve seen. The rents the county talked about were not affordable.
        1. CB discussed the various issues related to the Adelphi sector plan
        2. Sen Rosapepe suggested we engage with neighboring communities about this – how much density? What about north side of Campus Drive (I.e. UMGC)?
  4. 8414 Rambler Drive – sold for $136,000; plans to build single family home
  5. Open for Public Comment
    1. Carol Hurwitch asked what we do to support the ongoing vaccination efforts.  Deni Taveras discussed the efforts that have resulted in >60 percent vaccinations in 20783.  JPM discussed efforts that need volunteers.  Sen Rosapepe discussed how we can do local outreach in our neighborhoods.

Adjournment at 12:58 pm  

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association meeting, October 23, 2021

Please join us for the next Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association (CSTCA) General Membership meeting. It is scheduled for Saturday October 23, 2021, 11 AM-Noon via ZOOM. We will have a number of updates on County initiatives and expect a visit from our local Prince George’s County police patrol officer. For the ZOOM meeting link and sign on information, see your email or contact VP Cynthia Baur — cbaurcivic@gmail.com

Cherokee Lane Elementary School (CLES) delivery virtual meeting, Aug 18, 2021

On  Wednesday, August 18th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM  Prince George’s County Public Schools will be hosting a virtual community town hall about the logistics of delivering the New Cherokee Lane Elementary School (CLES Modular Delivery Town Hall). Some of the topics for discussion include the schedule, traffic flow, street closures, and community impacts. This will be a great opportunity to share your input and ask questions. To register, click  here

Covid-19 Vaccine Resources

Dear Neighbor, 

Are you, someone in your family, or someone you know thinking about getting a Covid-19 vaccine? It’s a very good idea!  If everyone gets the vaccine, our neighborhood is safer. Your family is less likely to suffer from the long-term consequences of COVID or experience unnecessary and premature deaths. 

If you are unvaccinated: wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing are all good as well — definitely keep doing that.  And — the very best way to protect from this disease is to get vaccinated.  And now, people 12 years and older are eligible for the very effective, widely available, and FREE Covid-19 vaccines.

Maybe you were taking a bit of time to decide, or it wasn’t convenient to your schedule, and now you are ready to go! 

Check out this calendar to find a nearby mobile vaccine unit coming close to our neighborhood soon

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/calendar.aspx?CID=80

Or find another place convenient to you with this vaccine site locator:

https://princegeorges.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/nearby/index.html?appid=fa0cb8269c8d4d16ad5b1495c6316d66

Do you need a ride to get your shot? 

Please see the link below for a ride to a vaccine site with Uber or Lyft (maybe free if you qualify) —- or contact neighbor Carol Hurwitch 240-461-9238 for help.

https://www.uber.com/us/en/coronavirus/

https://www.lyft.com/vaccine-access

Or maybe you still have questions about the vaccines….

Talk to your doctor or health care providerthey are very knowledgeable about this disease. They will give you the facts based on science and help you make a healthy decision that’s best for you, your family and your community. There is a lot of misinformation out on social media. Talk with people you trust.

The Prince George’s County Health Department has a lot of useful information:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDPGC/bulletins/2e780d7

Why do indeed to get the vaccine?

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/34529/Why-Get-The-Vaccine-English-PDF

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/34530/Why-Get-The-Vaccine-Spanish-PDF

4 Things to Know about the Covid-19 Vaccine 

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/34521/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English-PDF

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/34522/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish-PDF

About the Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association. Your local community’s civic association is providing you with this information as a reminder because we care about you, our neighbor. We understand that it is not always easy for everyone to get a vaccine, for different reasons, and would like to help.

Let us help you, or someone you know, find your way to easily get a Covid-19 vaccine and help get rid of this pandemic once and for all.

If you have other questions, please contact

Carol Hurwitch 

Cahur2@verizon.net

240-461-9238

Of your neighborhood Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association 

CSTCA February 2021 Meeting Minutes

Date: February 27, 2021, 11 AM- Noon

Officers in Attendance: President Kim Crews, Vice President Cynthia Baur, Secretary Ted Hull, Treasurer Andrea Kenner

Members in Attendance: Joel Ryerson, Dennis Chesters, Margie Mickens-Mosley, Norman and Carolyn Jagers Burnette, Glenn Kirkland, Carol Hurwitch, Jon Robinson

Special Guests: Councilwoman Deni Taveras; Renee White from Councilwoman Taveras office; PGCPS Board Member Pamela Boozer-Strothers

President Crews called the meeting to order at 11:05. She reminded everyone of the new protocol to use the chat box to add comments. She thanked everyone for their work to keep the community clean and safe.

  1. Treasurer’s report – Treasurer Kenner reported the current account balance is $1,193.71.   President Crews reminded everyone about new payment options including Zelle (cstca.dues@gmail.com), along with cash and checks sent to Treasurer Andrea Kenner.
  2. Review and approval of minutes from December Meeting.  Hull reviewed the December minutes.  Minutes approved as read.
  3. President Crews discussed the outcome of the Festive the Neighborhood Contest.
  4. Verizon Towers – President Crews has been receiving notices to upgrade to 5G.  Closest tower is at Christian Science church.  Will attach to existing poles, or upgrade.
  5. President Crews received notice for Royal Farms site development at East-West and Riggs to replace Exxon station and playground(!).  Chillum community is opposed to the development; Councilwoman Taveras is offering counter-proposal including amenity improvements such as wayfinding and trail improvements.
  6. Councilwoman Taveras Updates
    1. Reviewed the site plans and renderings for Wawa, Northern Gateway Wayfinding efforts, and El Toro (Golden Bull)
    2. Discussed the SPACES SIDEWALK & STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT – https://www.mncppc.org/4786/SPACEs-Sidewalk-Streetscape-Improvements
    3. Discussed the genesis of the Northern Gateway project; reviewed a PPT outlining the various initiatives associated with the project, including new school construction
    4. Highlighted activities associated with the  ADELPHI ROAD-UMGC/UMD PURPLE LINE STATION AREA SECTOR PLAN; Councilwoman Taveras discussed removing the Cool Spring Forest property from considerationhttp://pgparks.com/4947/Adelphi-Road-UMGCUMD-Purple-Line-Station
      1. No money has been allocated to implement the plan
    5. Highlighted site to register for vaccination County Site: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination  State Site: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine  Meetings about the vaccinations coming up.
    6. The Prince George’s County Council presents the Budget Process Virtual Town Hall Meeting Fiscal Year 2022 on Tuesday, March 2, 2022 at 5:00 – 7:00 PM. https://pgccouncil.us/307/Town-Hall-Meetings Councilwoman Taveras encouraged us to attend and advocate for funding for the sector plan and other improvements, including Wayfinding, SPACES, Kirwan, state P3 include d2 schools
  7. PGCPS Board Member Pamela Boozer Strothers
    1. Discussed Public-Private Partnership (P3) –Alternative Construction Financing for schools to develop new schools. Concerns expressed about long-term costs. Ms Boozer Strothers indicated that the P3 model does not result in excessive costs, when factoring in long-term maintenance.
    2. Councilwoman Taveras provided an overview of the school overcrowding issue and old facilities.  She strongly advocated for using the P3 funding model.  See also School projects site with https://pgcpsblueprintschools.com/
    3. Reopening plan. PGCPS is looking for a safe reopening April 8, with 30 percent on staggered schedules. Looking to improve ventilation and more outside activities.
    4. Falling behind: PGCPS has received funding to work with non-profit partners to work on returning children to the classroom and those who have not engaged.  Thousand have not enrolled in kindergarten due to the lack of on-site.  
    5. Discussed funding sources including the casino revenue.
  8. Open for Public Comment
    1. Joel Ryerson reported on two Purple Line meetings held in November and December.  He encouraged attendees to visit the website to pose questions, https://www.purplelinemd.com/ 443-451-3706

Adjournment at 12:19 pm 

CSTCA June 2021 General Membership meeting

The next CSTCA June 2021 General Membership meeting is scheduled for Sat June 26, 2021, starting at 11 AM on Zoom.

Please check your email for the link or contact a CSTCA officer for invitation.

We expect representatives from Maryland’s 21st Legislative District to be in attendance and review the 2021 End of Session Report.

Thank you for FESTIVIZING the Neighborhood!

We have three winners! You still have time to walk the neighborhood and see the festive displays in the neighborhood. Thanks to Carol Hurwitch and Jon Robinson for supplying the images and Eric Euell for joining us on the walk. We enjoyed walking the neighborhood and viewing the delightful displays on this cold winter evening. We hope you will enter the contest next year and appreciate the new annual event with your neighbors. The Winners

BEST HOLIDAY SPIRIT with FESTIVE LIGHTS: Miguel Velasquez

BEST CURBSIDE APPEAL with FESTIVE SURPRISES: Glenn Kirkland

BEST UNIFIED FESTIVE HOLIDAY STORY: Oscar Perez and Family

Honorable Mention: Brenda Trinidad and Elias Hernandez and Family

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BEST HOLIDAY SPIRIT with FESTIVE LIGHTS

This winner on Curry Drive features a walkway lit by regal lampposts. Large majestic structures including raised lampposts at intervals on the low fence and huge wreaths on the upper story truly festivize this home. Each regal element lifts the viewer into the spirit of the holidays as they scan across the lawn and along house-front. Walk down the sidewalk in front and you’ll feel cheered as if in a processional. From any angle, it’s both welcoming and stunning.

BEST CURBSIDE APPEAL with FESTIVE SURPRISES

A real curbside holiday treasure hunt on Rambler! Taking full advantage of a corner lot, a neighbor is likely to walk from front to side to notice the many wonderful surprises! There is clearly much thoughtfulness in placement of so many details. The surprises include everything from blue and gold little glittering lights on bushes, huge round ornaments on a tiny tree, a big bowed lamppost that is sentry to a candy cane lined driveway running into the glowing red carport — to delicate moving lights projected across the side and bright snowflakes cheerfully dangling from the upper deck. This winner is unified by all windows on both sides with a flickering candle and every door a welcome wreath. Check out the photos, but visit in person.

Walk around again and again to be sure you don’t miss a glowing treasure.

BEST UNIFIED FESTIVE HOLIDAY STORY

Ho, Ho, Ho! What’s atop the roof? And where’s Santa? Maybe he’s inside this serene and cozy home on Rambler Drive. This winner is wrapped in a tasteful display of elegantly strung and projected lights. The three trees on curb strip are not forgotten–they are festively graced with golden lights too. It’s magical from many angles, yet all eyes go right back to the roof….neighbors are thinking ‘Yes! I remember now clearly how this story goes!’

Thanks to the other entries and other neighbors with decorated homes.

Rotating Santa heads and wreaths. Candy canes that change colors. Festive and fun!

Stick around to see what happens next.

Kim Crews, President, Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association

Unacceptable Recycling Items

If your Recycled Items were not picked up here your items were placed in plastic bags or your container included unacceptable items.

Unacceptable Items

Items Not Accepted

  • Auto parts
  • Broken glass
  • Dishes
  • Electronics
  • Gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Light bulbs
  • Medical waste
  • Mirrors
  • Motor oil containers
  • Packing foam and peanuts
  • Plastic bags (#4): Effective July 1, 2015, plastic bags of any color, size or shape, and plastic film are no longer accepted in the Prince George’s County Residential Curbside Single-Stream Recycling Program
  • Plastic utensils
  • Polystyrene/Styrofoam (#6 plastic)
  • Windowpanes

Cool Spring / Adelphi Bike and Pedestrian Access Improvement Project

The virtual public meeting for the Cool Spring / Adelphi Bike and Pedestrian Access Improvement Project will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

The scope of the project is to provide safe walking and bicycling access for residents of the Cool Spring Neighborhood to the University of Maryland (UMD) Complex. As we begin the design process, we want to hear your comments and concerns regarding the pedestrian and bike accessibility issues in your community. The Department of Public Works and Transportation hopes you can join this virtual meeting.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/97302479498

Dial in using your phone.

Washington D.C: +1 301 715 8592

Access Code: 973-0247-9498

Please submit any comments by February 14, 2021 to the Project Manager, Nima Upadhyay at nupadhyay@co.pg.md.us

Cool Spring Meeting Flyer