Meeting Minutes: April 2017

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Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting, April 22nd, 2017 (Approved Saturday, June 24th, 2017.

Officers in Attendance: Marguerite Mickens, President; Anika Halota, Treasurer; Michelle V. Rowley, Secretary

Members in Attendance: Approximately 19

I. Welcome/Gathering
The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. at which point the new association officers
introduced themselves to the members in attendance. Also present were Deni. L. Taveras, Member, County Council – Prince George’s County, Carolyn Cook, Constituent Services Liaison, and COPs Liaison, Corporal Bhaskarnauth Tiwari, Prince George’s Police Department.

II. Announcements and Officers’ Reports

  • The minutes from February 2017 were read and approved.
  • Incoming treasurer, Anika Halota, indicated that she was familiarizing herself with the transferred documents and would be better positioned to report on the Association’s finances at the next meeting. The previously announced CSTCA balance of 1527.01 was restated, along with a reminder that the membership voted to give 190.00 to the Christian Science Society as a gesture of appreciation for the use of their facilities.
  • Member Jon Robinson provided an update on plans underway to build a middle school behind Mother Jones Elementary. Mr. Robinson has been working to encourage the school board to broaden their search for an appropriate school site. In a meeting attended by Senator Rosapepe, Mr. Robinson proposed three alternative sites for consideration. While the suggestions were positively received, there was concern that they would not be taken up. The members voiced additional concerns about the potential conversion of the woods at University/Adelphi intersection (Cool Spring Forest) for development purposes. The discussion then turned to a preliminary exploration about how the Association might acquire said woods to stave off further conversion. This included a suggestion that the woods be given to the Association as “compensation” for lands lost due to the middle school construction. Councilwoman Tavares reminded members, this property is privately owned and did not foresee this to be a possibility.

III. Community Policing Update
The Association then heard from Corporal Bhaskarnauth Tiwari (Cpl. T), who has replaced Corporal Rickert as the Association’s COPs liaison. Corporal Rickert is now the liaison in the Kennilworth/Riverdale area.

Cpl. T introduced himself, he invited us to use “Cpl. T” and provided his contact info:
Phone: 240-762-1545
Email: batiwari@co.pg.md.us

He indicated that his preferred method of communication is email. Cpl. T invited the members to register on NextDoor.com, an online neighborhood networking website. It is a free service and once registered, allows you to directly communicate with your neighbors as well as Cpl. T, who is also a member. This site allows you to disseminate your own community information and you can post concerns to which the police can then follow up.
By way of example, Cpl. T accounted for a situation where members inquired about the caution tape that had been posted at a home on Cool Spring Road, police follow-up revealed that a resident attempted to provide support to a utility company working in the area. The site was visited by the police and the resident was required to remove the tape. Cpl. T noted that similar issues could be posted to Next Door for police attention.
In his community crime update, Cpl. T reminded members to not leave items in their car noting that GPS units were most susceptible to theft.

Members raised a number of concerns with Cpl. T. These included:

  • Concerns about the dumping of large bulky items (mattresses in particular) on Cool Spring Road
  • Parking congestion on Osage and Pawnee. This congestion recently impeded an EMT vehicle
  • Concerns about commercial vehicles parking in the community e.g. 26th Place
  • The need for a traffic light on Cool Spring and Riggs to facilitate easier entry to and exit from the community
  • Speeding. Members asked about the procedure for installing a speed bump on 26th Place to help alleviate this problem.
  • Difficulty turning onto Adelphi from Cool Spring Road because of un-mowed and uncut hedges and bushes.

Members also discussed the possibility of the Adopt-a-Road Program, which with county support, might allow for a more efficient maintenance of the Adelphi/Cool Spring intersection.

In response to these concerns, Cpl. T noted that a speed bump and a traffic light would require a traffic study. He also noted that the Association would need to confirm who held responsibility for the identified roads, observing that some roads fell to the state, while others to the county. Cpl. T indicated that he would investigate the issues that fell under his purview (e.g. commercial parking, army truck, illegal dumping) and encouraged the Members to also raise these issues with Councilwoman Taveras. He indicated that he would inquire and convey the correct channel of communication for the traffic study.

IV. District #2 Councilwoman Taveras
Councilwoman Taveras presented an overview of the county’s 3.8 billion budget (FY 2017). Among the highlights, Councilwoman Taveras noted that $1.96 billion was earmarked for education – a projected increase of 30 million. She also noted the intent to hire an additional 200 police officers and 115 firefighters, 25 new deputy sheriffs and two new classes of correctional officers.
Councilwoman Taveras stated that there was the need for a rat abatement program following on the county’s move to one day a week trash pick-up. She also signaled her intent to put forward legislation aimed to address residential overcrowding in the community.
Members voiced their concern about the efficiency of trash collection, noting that the trucks were now too packed to function effectively. We were encouraged to report any incidents to 311.
Councilwoman Taveras informed the membership that there were ongoing efforts to improve property standards code enforcement and that there was now Saturday area inspection. The county is also working to enforce the monitoring of abandoned vehicles.
Taveras is also working toward having trash cans placed at bus stops.
Members then voiced the need for a sidewalk at Cool Spring and Adelphi. Councilwoman promised to conduct a site visit as part of her follow up on this issue.
Member Robinson used the opportunity to speak with Councilwoman Taveras about the loss of green space to the middle school at Mother Jones. Member Robinson argued that if the woods were acquired with “Open Space” funds, then there should be some form of replacement/exchange of open space.
Councilwoman Taveras noted that the alternative locations suggested by Member Robinson might not be appropriate given that school sites/placement need to meet set criteria, which are hard to find and that there was a need to redress overcrowding in the county’s schools.
The Councilwoman’s liaison officer, Carolyn Cook, encouraged the membership to contact her office with any ongoing concerns.

V. Election of New Officers
After some discussion, Mr. Ikem Ukachu was voted into the position of Vice President and joined the Officers at the table.

VI. New Business

  • Members were encouraged to visit an upcoming an exhibit of art proposals for the new purple line metro – April 27, College Park Community Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Members were asked to occasionally visit the Association’s Facebook page to avoid removal from the site.
  • Members were asked to convey any changes to their contact info. to the officers. The new membership form is on the Association’s website.
  • Member Kim Crews gave an overview of the upcoming community clean-up day (April 29).
  • Member Crews also noted that there were a number of homes in violation of property standards and asked for ongoing community code inspection.
  • The Association then began a preliminary discussion of residential permit parking and asked to read the materials distributed for a later conversation.
  • The Association discussed the ongoing late-night noise that extends into the community. There is some speculation that the site is on University Blvd. Cpl. T reminded the members that the county’s noise ordinance is a 24-hour ordinance, and the membership was informed that the Association has been registered as a party of record to the “Special Except” application made by Emily’s Restaurant; this request asks that they, Emily Restaurant, be allowed to play music beyond midnight. The Association extends its thanks to Member Robinson for drafting the opposition letter that was submitted on the Association’s behalf.
  • President Mickens-Mosley spoke to the need to re-engage block captains as well as the intent to begin a weekend walking group.
  • Treasurer Halota alerted members to a “Raincheck Rebate” program in the community and indicated that it was possible, in the future, to invite the Department of the Environmental Resources (DER) to do a presentation on the program.

The meeting was formally adjourned at 1:08 and was followed by a community Seed Swap.


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Meeting Minutes: June 2017

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting, June 24, 2017
Officers in Attendance: Marguerite Mickens, President; Michelle V. Rowley, Secretary
Members in Attendance: Approximately 18

I. Welcome/Gathering

The meeting was called to order at 11:01 a.m. with President Mickens‐Mosley presiding. Also in attendance were Senator James Rosapepe, Delegate Barbara Frush and COPs Liaison, Corporal Bhaskarnauth Tiwari, Prince George’s Police Department.

II. Announcements and Officers’ Reports

  • Secretary Rowley explained why the minutes for the April meeting were
    circulated via email, rather than posted online ahead of the meeting (i.e.
    allows for correction of errors and any misrepresentation before becoming a
    public document). The membership voted and agreed to having the draft of the minutes circulated via email and posted online after they were read and
    approved.
  • The minutes from April 2017 were read and approved.
  • President Mickens Mosley conveyed apologies on behalf of Treasurer Halota
    for her absence and gave an update on the Associations funds as provided by
    Treasurer Halota. Currently, there is $1567.00 in the Association’s account.

III. Community Policing Update

Corporal Bhaskarnauth Tiwari (Cpl. T) provided an update on the following issues that were previously raised as concerns by the membership:

  • The incorrect turn sign at the Adelphi/ University intersection has been
    removed.
  • The military truck in the community is gone, but Cpl. T informed the community that the truck has historic tags, is legally registered and is therefore not in violation.
  • Abandoned vehicle on Adelphi Court and Chapman Road addressed and removed.
  • Cpl. T spoke to the difficulty of addressing the community’s problem with the dumping of mattresses. Follow up is contingent on catching the violation in process.
  • Homeless commune addressed. Property owner has cleaned the area and empowered Cpl. T to serve as “acting agent.” In the future, he can therefore request that they move.
  • Cpl. T alerted the membership to be on the lookout for cars parked in the community with illegal temporary tags showing a sample of a fraudulent TEXAS temporary tag.
  • Provided an overview of SmartWater Technology and provided the forensic kits to those members who were interested in registering their valuables with the PGPD/SmartWater Program.
  • Issues Raised with Cpl. T:

    • Members of the community continue to be concerned about folks speeding
      through the community
    • Drivers refusing to stop at crosswalk for pedestrians
    • Follow up needed on property code violations
    • Commercial parking issues continue (Cpl. T reminded folks to call to report
      these violations so that there is a record of complaints)

    Senator Rosapepe

    • Senator Rosapepe informed the membership that MD legislature is vigilantly attending to cuts that occurring at the federal level. They remain
      attentive to particular areas of vulnerability, areas such as health care, issues of reproductive health, food support for the elderly, among other things. He noted that if state programs are threatened as a result of federal cuts, the
      legislature will explore how they might supplement these programs to ensure that they continue.
    • Senator Rosapepe also noted that they were paying particular attention to
      the national healthcare debate. Delegate Joseline Peña‐Melnyk’s committee, he noted, is monitoring these debates and should the health care bill pass, will identify the aspects of Maryland’s healthcare system that are affected and take steps to rectify.
    • He informed the members that the State and Federal funds for the Purple Line have been appropriated and planning work is underway despite efforts to bring it to a halt.
    • He provided an update on the new middle school, needed to deal with overcrowding and a discussion about finding an alternative location to the
      Mother Jones site ensued.

    Delegate Frush

    Delegate Frush told the community that she and her colleagues were very
    committed to protecting the environment. She also outlined a number of measures that have been taken, along with legislation passed. These include the:

    • Personal Vehicles Rental Law
    • Increasing the number of bike paths on the roads
    • Preservation of forests
    • Support for the use of solar energy
    • Legislation banning fracking
    • Banning the use of polystyrene

    Issues Raised (Frush and Rosapepe)

    • Assurances for Maryland’s ongoing protection of the environment, in light of the decision to leave the Paris Accord.
    • Any possibility of drawing on the profits from MGM Grand to support ongoing efforts to improve Metro
    • Concern about the reduction in bus service
    • Increase energy efficiency by using solar panels on schools

    Old Business

    President Mickens‐Mosley gave an update on the following:

    • CSTCA Saturday morning walking group.
    • Neighborhood clean‐up. Member Hermitt Mosley suggested that this be held
      again since the group was only able to complete Cool Spring Road and Cpl. T
      indicated that the young members of his Explorers Program would be able to
      help should another clean‐up be held.
    • The membership revisited a discussion of residential permit parking

    New Business

    • Members volunteered to serve as block captains. Captains still needed for part of the community.
    • Member Hermitt Mosley revisited the idea of our annual block party
    • President Mickens Mosley circulated a draft of the forthcoming newsletter
    • The membership encouraged the leadership to provide an overview of the
      parking issue in the next newsletter
    • The membership extended their condolences to the friends and family of Ms.
      LaVerne Williams, member of the Lewisdale Citizens Association.
    • Member (Joel’s Ryerson) suggested that we invite our representatives and
      delegates to go walking with the CSTCA Walking Group so that they can see
      the code violations and needs of the community.

    The meeting was formally adjourned at 12:47

    Family Picnic Community Fun Day

    Sunday, June 4th, 2017
    12:00pm – 3:00pm
    College Park Moose Lodge
    3700 Metzerott Road

    The College Park Moose Lodge at 3700 Metzerott Road is holding a Family
    Picnic Community Fun Day from 12:00 pm ‐ 3:00 pm! There will be face
    painting, a moon bounce, a dunk tank; hot dogs, hamburgers and other
    picnic foods available at a reasonable cost. The Prince Georges County Police
    will be available for children’s finger printing services and vendors will be
    showing and selling their items. If you’re interested in renting a table ($20
    per table) for garage sale/flea market items, contact Joan Ford via private
    message on NextDoor.com. If you are not a registered member of NextDoor
    (Adelphi/Riggs Rd Neighborhood), you may email me at
    mmickens@pboa.com and I will private message Joan Ford on your behalf.
    Rain date will be Saturday, June 10th.

     

    Purple Line Transit Partners: Meet the Concessionaires

    Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) will host two open house events to introduce the concessionaire team to local communities. The public is encouraged to attend, meet the team, and learn about the publicprivate partnership (P3) that will make the Purple Line a reality. At the events, the project team will be on-hand and attendees can view the design of the Purple Line and its twenty-one stations.

    Prince George’s County Meeting
    Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    College Park Community Center
    5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

    Montgomery County Meeting
    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Montgomery Blair High School
    51 University Blvd E., Silver Spring, MD 20901

    For more information visit PurpleLineTransitPartners.com

    View the event flyer here.

    Walking Group

    Summer is almost here…are you ready?walk3

    The CSTCA is starting a WALKING GROUP! Yep!!! That’s right! A WALKING GROUP. Morning walks through the neighborhood and surrounding areas; breathing fresh morning air, hearing birds chirping…doesn’t that sound ideal!! Walking is a great low impact way to get into and/or stay in shape. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Need motivation? Want great company and good conversation? The CSTCA has that and more! We’ve got an all-around diverse neighborhood full of wonderful and interesting people and great conversationalists.

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    If you are interested in joining the CSTCA Walking Group or have other healthy, fun ideas, let us know. Interested in walking? Contact one of the CSTCA officers below.

     

    Clean Up, Green Up

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    Meet at 2500 Cool Spring Rd. (Corner of Cool Spring Rd. and 26th Ave.) at 8:30 AM, April 29th, 2017

    The Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association is participating in Clean Up, Green Up sponsored by Prince George’s County. Volunteer now to help us pick up trash in the neighborhood and in our wooded areas.

    We need the following volunteers:

    • Drivers – Drive behind the Litter Patrol with flashers to keep Litter Patrol safe.
    • Litter Patrol – Pick up trash in designated areas in the neighborhood. Each volunteer will be provided with: a trash grabber, a safety vest, disposable gloves, and trash bags.
    • Food Servers – Help organize continental breakfast and lunch for the volunteers.

    Students! Earn Service Learning Hours. Bring the form from your school’s guidance office and our clean up coordinator will sign the form. Indicate that you are a student on the sign-up form.

    Contact: Kim Crews, (301) 717-8723, kim.crews1937@gmail.com to volunteer

    Seed and Plant Swap! – April 22nd, Post-Meeting

    Seedlings for SwappingAt the conclusion of the April 22nd bi-monthly meeting, we will be hosting a community seed and plant start swap in front of the Church of Christ Scientist, 8300 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville 20783. Estimated start time between 12:30pm and 1:00pm, depending on the length of the meeting.

    Stay and socialize after the meeting and find out who your fellow gardeners in the community are! Bring along any of the following you would like to share with your neighbors:

    • Seeds
    • Vegetable starts
    • House plants or outdoor plants, in soil or as cuttings
    • Miscellaneous small garden equipment (flower pots you don’t want, etc.)

    Newspaper potWe will be providing supplies for labeling and transporting seeds, but please bring any rooted plants in containers you are willing to part with ready to go or on hand for quick repotting. Here’s a link with instructions for how to make a pot out of a newspaper, or you can bring them in yogurt containers, soda bottles cut in half, pasta sauce jars, etc…

    If possible, try to bring as much information about the plant with you as you can, such as species name, soil used, and sun preference. This will give its new owner the best chance at success.

    Egyptian Walking Onions

    It’s up to you whether you want to trade only, or simply gave away surplus. For those with no gardens of their own started, this might be your chance to learn more and get your first vegetables in the ground. I know I for one will be bringing plenty of these prolific Egyptian Walking Onions to give away – EVERYONE has a green thumb with this plant!