Meeting Minutes: April 2018

Date: April 21, 2018

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

Also in attendance: Taylor E. Brown (Program Manager Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI)), Michael Harris (Constituent Services Director, Deni Taveras), Ari Kapner (Tesla Solar Energy), D. Michael Lyles, Esq., (Executive Director, PG County Human Relations Commission), Norberto Martinez (Langley Park Civic Association), Deni Taveras (County Council Representative – District 2), Senator Victor Ramirez (Candidate for State’s Attorney),

Members in Attendance: Approximately 32

  1. Welcome/Gathering
    • The meeting was called to order at 11:09 a.m. with President Mickens-Mosley presiding and introduced the meeting’s speakers and adjustments to the agenda.
  2. Announcements and Officers’ Reports:
    • Treasurer Halota provided an update on the Association’s account, which presently stands at $1632.00.
    • The minutes from February 2018 were read and approved.
  3. Announcements/Reminders Candidate Forum and “Clean Up, Green Up.”
    • President Mickens-Mosley updated the membership on plans for the upcoming Election Forum. The forum’s planning committee has been working to host a meet-the-candidate forum for candidates running for county council, as well as the three delegate seats for the District. The goal is to ensure that it is held before the primaries. The Forum has been confirmed for Saturday, May 19th from 2-4 pm at the Christ Scientist Church, 8300 Adelphi Road.  Member Carol Hurwitch volunteered to help with the planning.
    • Clean Up/Green Up: Member Kim Crews invited members to support and participate in the upcoming Clean Up/Green Up event, which is to be held on April 28.  Last year, those who turned out were only able to cover Cool Spring Road.  Greater participation needed if we are going to cover the entire community.
  4. Agenda Item V: Norberto Martinez (Langley Park Civic Association)
    • We were joined by Mr. Martinez, who brought greetings from the Langley Park Civic Association. He introduced his organization and provided an overview of their programming and upcoming events. These included:
      • Candidate Forum
      • Clean Up Green Up
      • Family Walk
      • Langley Park Day
      • Health Fairs
      • Back to School Jam (school supplies for elementary/middle and high school students)
      • Soccer Team (there is a need for soccer fields)
    • Mr. Martinez noted that the Association has plans to become a 501C3 as well as expressing an interest in maintaining an on-going relationship with the CSTCA assisting each other with various projects and events.
  5. Agenda Item VI: Ari Kapner (Tesla Solar Energy)
    • Kapner gave an overview of some of the company’s accomplishments by noting that the company’s Tesla Power Wall was the first product to go off grid, it is presently back ordered.
    • Tesla’s goal is to create the first off-grid utility. Solar, he noted, allows you to have predictable bills.    In order to acquire the service the consumer needs to pass a credit check and their roof needs to qualify.  Roof does not need to be new, if work needed company can help with financing. Once unit installed, it can often take up to two months for PEPCO to inspect; following on the inspection, they will change meter to a net neutral meter.
    • In the company’s overview, Mr. Kapner noted that buying the system outright was analogous to buying your power thirty years in advance at COSTCO.  He reminded the Association that there are tax credits that in play for 2019.  Further, he pointed to another of their products, the solar battery, analogous to having your own “clean generator.”  This battery is designed in such a way that the hardware does not change, rather, future updates will come directly to the system to keep it up to date and functional. When asked about solar roof shingles, he noted that these are still in development. Primary reason to go solar – a good balance of savings and care for the environment.
  6. Agenda Item VII: Taylor Brown (Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative)
    • The Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) was started in 2012 under County Executive, Rushern Baker.  The Initiative was designed to consolidate and centralize services by bringing them to the community.  The Initiative began with six communities (of which Langley Park was one, Norberto Martinez, present at the meeting, was able to speak of the TNI’s successes in his community.)
    • Community teams are made up of a representative from the various county agencies and they work together and with the community to provide support for needs and community based leadership. Before leaving, they work to ensure that a strong community leadership team has been established. While CSTA is not one of the Initiatives target areas, TNI can still provide support if we work with one of the designated areas e.g. Langley Park.
  7. Agenda Item VIII: COPS Report
    • President Mickens introduced our new liaison officer, Raymond Musse.  Our former liaison, Cpl. Tiwari, is now serving as a resource officer in Bladensburg.
    • Officer Musse noted that he was aware of and attentive to the issue of speeding on Adelphi Road.  Members alerted him to a single-car, fatal accident which occurred at 4:30 am (04/21) in the proximity of the National Archives.
    • Member Halota asked if there was a way of knowing about police-related activity in the neighborhood (e.g. helicopters flying overhead).  Officer Musse indicated that would be no immediate way to know, and if there were concerns members could call the nearest station or him directly.
    • Members gave Officer Musse an overview of issues that continue to be of concern to the community. These included:
      • Noise (decibel/time) – Officer Musse indicated that it was important to call in these complaints and to secure a case number that he can then use to keep tabs or generate a report. He noted that homeowners could be fined for noise violations.
      • Ongoing dumping of materials, yard waste and mattresses along Cool Spring Road. In those instances, Officer Musse asked that we take note of the tags, as well as take pictures to send to 311.
      • Barking dogs – Recommendation to call ASPCA, Animal Control to conduct a site investigation.
      • Music – Clubs beyond allowed hours, but unable to say exactly where the noise comes from. Officer Musse observed that these were hard to shut down, but in numbers, folks calling repeated can make a difference.
      • Speeding: Speeding on Cool Spring Road has increased since the installation of NO PARKING sign.  Adelphi Rd also has seen an increase in speeding, particularly, near 26th Pl where an accident occurred that morning.
      • Culverts along CSR are also in need of cleaning. Rainwater floods streets because the drain is clogged with rotting vegetation and debris, as well as overgrown vegetation.
      • Bates Recycling: combining trash and recycling onto one truck. Leaving debris on roadway, broken cans, up to 66-day wait for can replacement
      • Traffic lights on Adelphi Rd. & University Blvd. Old and new lights hanging. New installs are still not operational months after installation.
      • Need for a picture speed trap along Adelphi Rd. to curb speeding.
    • Officer Musse contact information: Raymond I. Musse, RIMusse@co.pg.md.us , POFC Musse#2943, COPS-A District I
  8. Agenda Item VII: Impromptu Addresses – Attending Candidates and Representatives
    • Senator Victor Ramirez: 
      • Sen. Ramirez reminded the membership that until redistricting occurred, he represented Cool Spring Terrace for twelve years in Annapolis. He voiced his continued commitment to the community and asked for the membership’s support in his bid for State’s Attorney.
      • Ramirez reminded members when he represented our district and still loves the area.  He spoke about programs he developed and legislative passed.  For instance the 24-hour Crisis Information Line (Ramirez to forward information and website link).  He has held several Town Hall meetings and has worked with our Councilwoman Deni Taveras in sponsoring a Work Release Program.  Ramirez stated that more resources are needed in the state’s attorney office in order to address non-violent crimes.  Much involvement from the private sector is needed.  (Click here https://victorramirez.com/ for more information on Senator Ramirez’s campaign for State’s Attorney)
    • Councilmember Deni Taveras
      • Taveras gave an update on the 2019 Proposed Budget and the budget listening session.  She gave a brief overview of the status of the county budget and proposed revenue and expenses. Councilwoman Taveras reminded members she is running for a second term for District 2 County Council, and had recently participated in the Langley Park Candidate Forum, as well as participating in the CSTCA forum on May 19th.   Taveras reminded the membership that she has always been and will continue to be accessible.  As a resident of the area shares our concerns. Several members brought up issues with our Recycling and Trash Collection Service.  Mr. Michael Harris, Director of Constituent Services and Community Outreach for Councilwoman Taveras collected the concerns from members to address with the agencies and provide assistance in resolving issues.
  9. Agenda Item IX: D. Michael Lyles, Esq. Executive Director for PG County’s Human Relations Commission
    • Briefly spoke about the increasing problem of Human Trafficking and the increasing problem in the county.  Mr. Lyles stated many predators rely on the fact that their victims often have “uncontrolled access” to the internet, which is the primary problem with enticing and luring young girls and boys into the human trafficking arena.  Mr. Lyles and his department have started educating residents in the county about these problems, as well as steps for prevention.  He distributed a Public Awareness Poster and gave the Human Trafficking Website and number.
    • Human Trafficking – formerly titled “prostitution” has increased considerably in the county. Many young girls are being forced into this activity and their ages range from 11 to 25.  Another matter is “Domestic Servitude” or modern-day slavery.  Because of these problems, the county developed a Human Trafficking Task Force.  Regulation was passed to address the issue.  It is a criminal offense in the state of Maryland, and any person under the age of 18 is automatically considered a victim.  The Task Force has been instrumental in identifying and closing residential brothels that have popped up in rural areas.  They also finding it happening more and more in apartment complexes.  Massage Parlors are also prevalent in the county and another problem being addressed.  Mr. Lyles has worked with Councilwoman Deni Taveras in closing numerous brothers just in the Langley Park area.
    • The Department of Justice provided a 1.3 million dollar grant to collaborate with agencies across the state to deal with the crisis of human trafficking.  Hotels are a target as some are accepting money from these individuals for sex trafficking.  Sadly, 40-50% of these victims are juveniles.  Homeless children are often victims.
    • Member Cynthia Baur asked if they go into the schools to address this issue directly with students and teachers, educating them on the hazards.  Mr. Lyles answered in the affirmative but the reduced grant they were provided (150K) doesn’t provide enough funds to reach out to every county school.  Therefore, only five schools in the county are available to receive this education.  When working with the schools, they [the Task Force] can only send certified individuals (e.g., Nurses, Coaches, Principals, Counselors, etc.).  The reason for this is those who go into the school to speak need to have the expertise and experience.  Volunteers need to understand and empathize with the victim so they can effectively communicate and relate.  However, Mr. Lyles states it is the goal of the Task Force to have this education become a part of the school curriculum.
    • A question was asked about volunteers:  Mr. Lyles stated volunteers will need to be trained but are used mostly for speaking engagements.  The budget of $150K is to cover the entire county. Mr. Lyles’ department has over 900 employees and this money is being used for Training and Educational Materials. As most of the materials have been developed, but more funds are needed.
  10. Old Business:
    • School Buses:  Are still U-turning, and backing up on neighborhood streets even after the no parking signage.  The signage prevents residents from parking on or near the curb opening up the line of visibility but is not enough for buses to maneuver. Unfortunately, residents are still parking in these marked areas.
    • Crosswalk at 26th Place and Adelphi Rd. Signage from DPWT has yet to be installed as was stated at our October 2017 meeting.  President Mosley sent a follow up email to Carolyn Ward, DPWT’s Community Liaison who sent the message to their Technical Engineers who stated they would review the area and signage to see if the current signs were large and visible enough. They did not address if a digital pedestrian sign would be installed.
  11. Motion to Adjourn
    • President Mosley thanked all the guests for their time and valuable information.
    • President Mosley reminded the members and guests in attendance about the CSTCA Candidate Forum.  The Forum has been confirmed for Saturday, May 19th from 2-4 pm at the Christ Scientist Church, 8300 Adelphi Road.  Volunteers are still needed to assist with set-up/clean-up, as well as technical assistance with the PA system.  Glenn Kirkland has agreed to moderator the segment for Delegate and we will have a High School Student Volunteer – Ellie Reyes who will moderate the segment for County Council.
    • A Reminder about the neighborhood clean next Saturday, April 28th.  We will meet at 8:30 am at President Mosley’s home.  A continental breakfast will be provided and a pizza lunch upon conclusion.
    • Meeting adjourned at 1:35 p.m.

Next membership meeting will be held on, June 23, 2018.


CSTCA April Minutes 2018

Information Forum on Edwards Property

(Triangle lot across from Metzerott Plaza at Adelphi Rd, Riggs Rd, and Edwards Way)

June 19th, 7pm

Adelphi Mill, 84022 Riggs Road

A WaWa store and gas station are proposed for this 4 acre lot. The developer will provide details and illustrations, and answer questions about the proposal. Bring your questions about impact on local traffic, potential flooding downstream, and other concerns.

Find out how you can become a person-of-record and have a voice in local development.

For more information, call Sydney at 301-221-4984. E-mail sydjac54@gmail.com

Newsletter: June 2018

Message from the President

Greetings Neighbors, Members, and Friends! I hope you enjoy this issue of the CSTCA Newsletter. April and May were busy and productive months for our association and we accomplished much.

April was our annual Clean-Up/Green-Up Day. Several members and students came to support and assist with this effort, in addition to several members who donated funds. Thank you to all who volunteered! The weather was lovely and our post clean-up pizza party capped a worthwhile day of community improvement. We were able to clean up all of Cool Spring Road! Surprising how much trash accumulates along the roadside and in some cases, in front of residential homes. We arranged for water-logged carpets,  windows, tires and more to be picked up and carted away. CSR remained litter free for about three days!!! I say that because several days later I had to call to have trash picked up by Park & Planning after someone dumped debris on the recently cleaned stretch of Cool Spring Rd. A week later a neighbor caught someone again dumping on Cool Spring and I also noticed a mattress was dumped on the state site of CSR. Thanks to Park & Planning and DPWT for removing those items so quickly. Should you see anyone illegally dumping, I urge you to get the license tag number and report it 311 and send an email to the leadership so we can following up. To catch those who are illegally dumping we need a license tag number and/or make and model of vehicle. Better still would be a photo capturing the action as well as vehicle details.

Our April membership meeting provided some interesting topics and speakers. We had candidates stop in and greet us and topics included the increasing problem of Human Trafficking in PG County, a second Solar Energy presenta- tion, the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI), a representative from the Langley Park Civic Association, and we met our new COPs Liaison, Officer Ray- mond Musse. Many thanks to Cpl. “T” for his time and efforts. Cpl. T has been reassigned as a school resource officer.

In May, we held our Candidate Forum for the 2018 Primary Elections. Partic- ipating were candidates for County Council, Dist. 2 and State Delegates for Dis- trict 21. Unfortunately, we could not include those candidates for At-Large Coun- ty Council or the Board of Education. Judging by the number of candidates; we can hope that a lot of folks are fired up to serve our communities.

The CSTCA wasn’t alone in hosting a forum, many other associations and organizations held candidate forums, several of which I personally attended. This election is proving to be very important and I urge you all to conduct your research on each candidate so you are able to cast an informed vote; to vote intel- ligently and not emotionally so we get the best candidate in office. As usual, the CSTCA does not endorse or support any one candidate and will remain neutral.

REMEMBER: whoever wins the election is the candidate we will have to work with to secure resources and services for our community. Voter information (listed on right-side of this page) has been provided in this newsletter. Please get out and vote. I urge you all to visit the CSTCA Facebook page and Website. Facebook needs the frequent visitors so the page remains active. Also messages of importance are posted there as one of the vehicles we use to communicate with members. The cost of printing is not always feasible and very costly.


In this issue:

  • Message From The President
  • 2018 Election Primary
  • 20178 CSTCA Candidate Forum
  • BOE Candidates
  • Dine & Learn
  • Vacancy
  • New COPs Liaison
  • PG County Events
  • Council Connect
  • February Meeting Minutes
  • April Meeting Minutes
  • Important Numbers To Keep
  • Becoming A Member

CSTCA Newsletter – June 2018