March 13, 2018 Environmental Crimes Unit – Community Walk-Thru

An update on the Environmental Crimes Unit walk-through that took place in our community this morning.

      Several representatives from DPIE, DPWT, County Council, ECU, County Exec. Community Liaison, and representatives from neighboring civic associations. We visited the area on Cool Spring Road that is most  prone to dumping.  I spoke on the constant problem we have with people dumping household items, tires, electronic items, and trash.  Photos were taken of the area and a discussion followed about next steps.

      First, let me say this process will not be a quick turnaround solution to the problem.  They will – after visiting all other designated areas in our District – compile a report summarizing their evaluation of these areas.  They will then meet together with other county agencies (police, fire department, etc.) and determine what areas are most problematic and address best solutions for monitoring those areas.  A lot of the discussion focused on installing cameras.  This is where they will rely on the police department obtaining their valuable input about survellience issues/equipment best suited to those areas designated to receive such equipment.  We also spoke about the penalties for those caught dumping and how they need to be increased and better enforced.  For this they need the help of the community.  I implore you, that if you see someone dumping and do not feel comfortable taking a picture, please get the license number so that can be reported and traced back to the vehicle owner. 

      It was noted that the area I showed them was an area that would qualify for cameras, but again, this does not mean we will automatically receive them.  Additionally, I told them of other areas used for dumping in our community, although we did not have an opportunity to view those locations.  Primarily the area on Rambler that backs to the forest where tires, etc., have been dumped.  Thamks to Members Crews and Robinson, that area was cleaned last Spring during the Community Clean-Up/Green-Up project.  Also the area in front of the park where recently, someone dumped furniture.  Again, members of the CSTCA Walking Group used the 311 Mobile App to report it.  That pile of debris was removed this week.

      Lastly, you’ll note the continued work on the storm water drains.  This is also in preparation for work on the pipeline that is planned for Cool Spring Road.  If I heard correctly, there may even be curbs installed.  I’ll have to re-confirm that, hoping it wasn’t my wishful thinking getting the best of me.

      I will receive a copy of their report when complete which I will share with members.  Thanks to Councilwoman Deni Taveras and her staff for arranging the Environmental Crime Unit walk-through.

 Marguerite Mickens-Mosley                                                               President                                                                                                                                Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association (CSTCA)                                                      Working together to make it better

 

February 2019 Meeting Minutes

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting

Date: February 23, 2019

Officers in Attendance: President Marguerite Mickens-Mosley, Vice President Andie Hodge, Past President Ted Hull taking meeting minutes.

Also, in attendance: Council Member Deni Tavares, and COPS Liaison Officer Raymond Musse.

Members in Attendance: Approximately 21

  1. President’s Welcome – Marguerite Mickens-Mosley – The meeting was called to order at 11:07 a.m. with President Mickens-Mosley presiding.
  2. Reading of the December Minutes: President Mickens-Mosley reviewed the December minutes and they were approved without revision.
  3. Treasury report – No report. The Association is accepting dues for 2019. Checks (in the amount of $10) can be mailed to Treasurer, Anika Halota, 3305 Cool Spring Road. Please do not leave cash.
  4. COPs Report – Officer Raymond Musse

Officer Musse reported on the following issues:

  • Vehicle fire at Cool Spring Rd and 26th The fire was reported to the Fire Department, who determined that no suspicious activity was involved.
  • Bank robbery at the SunTrust in Adelphi Plaza. The suspect was apprehended by the bank security guard and remanded to police custody.
  • Commercial vehicles in the neighborhood seen multiple times have been cited for $500 fines.

Attendees reported on the following issues:

  • Eight police officers were reported seen at 2410 Cool Spring Rd. Officer Musse was not aware of an issue at that property.  Furniture and other items have been dumped under the powerlines adjacent to that property.
  • Expired tags on vehicles at Cool Spring Lane and Rosette Lane.
  • Reports of large commercial vehicles cutting through on Cool Spring Road. Cool Spring Road is posted with “No Thru Trucks” signs.
  • Jaguar on 26th Place and Adelphi Rd with expired tags. The vehicle has not moved in months.
  • Speeding on Adelphi Rd. Officer Musse said he would investigate posting the speed detection sign.
  • Illegal merges on northbound Riggs Rd at University Blvd. Officer Musse said he would investigate.
  • Illegal right hand turns from the left lane in front of stopped traffic at southbound Riggs Rd at Metzerott Rd. Officer Musse said he would investigate.
  • Parking in designated no parking areas particularly after 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Abrupt stopping of vehicles in the travel lanes of Adelphi Road.
  • Cars with no tags parked in the Buck Lodge neighborhood.
  • Confusing private no parking signs / areas in downtown Hyattsville. See article Confusing signs cause towing woes in Arts District

5. New Business & Old Business

Old Business: President Mickens-Mosley reported on the status of the following items:

  • Letter sent to the owner, renters, and Department of Permitting, Inspections, and (DPIE) concerning the nuisance property on Curry Place (the “He Stole My Weed” house). President Mickens-Mosley has received no further complaints about the property.  Nor has the association received responses from the owners or residents to the letters sent.
  • The CSTCA provided a $200 donation to the Church of Christ Scientist for use of the meeting space.
  • The CSTCA provided a $50 donation for Chillum-Ray Citizens Association activist Dottie McNeill via the Go-Fund-Me page.

New Business

  • Meeting Flyers: President Mickens-Mosley apologized for the late delivery of the meeting flyers. She is in the process of obtaining quotes for signs to place at the entrances to the community, which should help improve meeting attendance.  Member Carol Hurwitch volunteered to photocopy and distribute the flyers to block captains two weeks in advance of the meetings.  President Mickens-Mosley will provide Ms. Hurwitch with the flyer text three weeks in advance of the scheduled meetings.
  • Clean Up, Green Up: President Mickens-Mosley announced the next County-wide Clean Up, Green Up (Growing Green with Pride) is scheduled for May 4, 2019. Anyone interested in organizing the cleanup should contact her.
  • Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) Earth Day Cleanup: President Mickens-Mosley announced the next AWS Earth Day Cleanup is scheduled for April 13, 2019. Anyone interested in organizing the cleanup should contact her.
  • Purple Line construction vehicles have been seen using Cool Spring Rd as a cut through to reach job sites. Councilwoman Taveras will follow up.
  • School Board Meeting: Councilwoman Taveras took the lead on reporting on the school board meeting held February 19, 2019, at Buck Lodge Middle School regarding school construction projects. Approximately 200-300 attended the meeting including President Mickens-Mosley and others from the Cool Spring neighborhood.

The meeting reviewed plans outlined in the Board Action Summary and related PowerPoint.

The Board Action Summary outlines the following plans for school construction the Adelphi Area.  The construction does not require acquisition of additional lands.

  1. Replacement and expansion of Cherokee Lane Elementary School to be co-located on the Buck Lodge Middle School campus.
  2. Replacement and expansion of Adelphi Elementary School in the Judy Hoyer Family Learning Center (JHFLC) building.
  3. Expansion and conversion of the existing Adelphi Elementary School into the New Adelphi Area Middle School.
  4. Demolition of the existing Cherokee Lane Elementary School and construction of the New Adelphi Area High School campus.

The PowerPoint includes data for the projected school population in the years through 2022-2023 and a timeline for the proposed construction projects.

Councilwoman Taveras also reported on an alternate plan discussed by Senator Rosapepe, which provides for targeting more local Adelphi-Langley Park students to attend Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and to double the school day to include nigh classes.  This alternate plan results in no additional schools.

  • Councilwoman Taveras discussed the March For Our Schools Rally – March 11, 2019. She is planning to provide a bus and food to encourage attendance by local residents.  She will provide details to President Mickens-Mosley.  She encouraged members to review the Kirwan Commission report on school funding.
  • Councilwoman Taveras discussed a project to rally families to support the school budget. She is seeking to have 150 people attend the rally in support of funding the proposed $2 million increase in funding for bilingual and trauma programs.  The rally is to take place in April, when funding is discussed.
  • Councilwoman Taveras’ assistant Lindsey Wright reported that Cool Spring Road has been listed with the Environmental Crimes Unit as a dumping Hot Spot. A site visit is planned for between 9 and 11 AM on March 13, 2019.  She will provide details to President Mickens-Mosley.
  • Councilwoman Taveras’ assistant Lindsey Wright reported that she submitted a 311 request to 311 for cleanup of the storm drains along Cool Spring Road.
  • Member Carol Hurwitch reported that the next University of Maryland Facilities Meeting is scheduled for March 7, 2019. Friends of the Golf Course will attend the meeting and report if any development plans are discussed.  She encouraged residents to write to President Loh and support saving the golf course.

6. Motion to Adjourn

The meeting adjourned at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Next meeting will be held on April 27, 2018.

CSTCA Weekly Update (March 4-8, 2019)

Hello all!

Several updates and information to report this week.  Some items below are follow-up action items from our February 23rd general membership meeting.  If after reading you have any questions, please reach out to me.

  • The Bus Service (petition to extend service routes):  Action Item from Feb. 23rd meeting —  On Wed., Feb. 27, I requested an update from Ms. Bonita Shelby, who spearheaded the petition efforts.  To date there has been no forward motion.  Ms. Shelby will update me again after she has contacted Councilwoman Taveras’ office and the county agency responsible for The Bus service.  Additionally, Ms. Shelby informed me that the R1 service will be discontinued or changed.  Survey notices were posted on the bus stops and also included other WMATA routes in the Northern area.  Ms. Shelby stated “Certainly, this is a time for service to be consistently provided to this Northern part of Prince George’s County”, and I agree.

 

  • The Purple LineSaturday Work Along University Boulevard. Crews will be demolishing, grading, and paving medians along University Boulevard between Riggs Road and Adelphi Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays in March. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur. Access to businesses and residential driveways will be maintained. On or about March 2nd the traffic pattern will be shifting back to its normal pattern.  Have you all noticed the number of trees that have been cut down along University Boulevard near the archery range?

 

  • Clean-up/Green-up:  Some changes have been made regarding the County-wide clean up event known as Clean Up, Green Up.’  This event has been renamed to ‘Growing Green with Pride.’ Secondly, the event date has also changed and will now be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  It was changed from Saturday, April 20, 2019 because that is Easter weekend. The registration form should be available soon, and will contain more detailed information.  I truly hope with the change in date and it being warmer weather we will have many participating.  STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FOR PARTICIPATING.  As a reminder, these “mandatory” community service hours are required in order to graduate.

 

  • March For Our Schools Rally : On March 11th, thousands of Maryland educators, parents, and students will rally in Annapolis to demand equitable and adequate funding for all schools and students. The March for Our Schools is our chance to raise our voices in support of adequate and equitable funding, required student support services, competitive salary and compensation, and universal pre-kindergarten. In two weeks, we hope to see you in front of the State House in Annapolis at 6 p.m. Let’s speak up, speak out and march on!  Buses will be provided.  For more details and to RSVP, follow this link.  https://marchforourschools.com/

 

2018-2019 School Calendar Update:  Board of Education voted to allow for Early Dismissal on March 11th to allow students and educators to participate in the March For Our School Rally. If you have not signed up to participate in this Rally, you may do so

Inclement Weather Days Update:  This year, the school system closed two days (January 14 and February 20) for inclement weather and lost 20 hrs. of instructional time due to delayed openings and early closings. The school system’s inclement weather make up days will be used and/or the last day of school will changed to a full day to meet state mandates.  If no other inclement weather closures, June 14 will be the tentative last day for students and June 20 for teachers. Official last days for students and teachers will be announced once the threat of wintry weather is over.

 

  • Cool Spring Road Storm drain 311 Service Request – Follow-up:  Several service requests submitted for the area on CSR prone to flooding and containing metal plates that has covered a hole for nearly a year now.  Follow up was made with DPWT.  The update I received stated…  the site was inspected on 2/1/19.  The inspector noted: “Checked site and found roadside ditch blocked all along Cool Spring Rd. There is a pipe replacement project scheduled for this already.”  Apparently, they will be replacing piping along this area, but did not provide a date for this pipe replacement.  I will continue to monitor and update you as I learn more.  Regarding the Flooding along this stretch of road, I’m not certain if this is part of the “pipe replacement project” or a separate issue.  However, I have informed DPWT and the Council Office these are two separate matters.  Again, as I hear more from the county, I will  update you as well.

Additionally, a request was made to 311 to check another area – Cool Spring Rd  and Quinn Springs Court – where constant water runoff and flooding is occurring.

 

  • Environmental Crimes Unit:  Councilwoman Taveras’ office is still waiting on the agenda for the Environmental Crimes Unit walkthrough. They have asked that the ECU visit each of the 5 hotspots that were highlighted in their letter. Once they have confirmation that they will visit the hotspot on Cool Spring Road, the time and location will be shared.  Backstory: Cool Spring Road has long been used as a “dumping ground” for household items, mattresses, tried, yard debris, etc.  As an association officer, I am frequently submitting 311 requests for items that have been dumped (from “S” curve to the 3300 block of CSR).  Because of the frequency of these dumping, our area qualified for investigation by the Environmental Crimes Unit. Our goal is to catch those who are committing this crime.  Our association has requested surveillance cameras be installed which would help catch these law-breakers and penalize them with a hefty fine, thereby also curbing this type of infraction.  FYI – WE SEE YOU

 

  • County Issued or Private Signage:  “No Parking Signs” near the Townhomes along 45th Avenue appear to be “personal/private” signage. DPWT has been contacted and asked for clarification on this (is this legal? Is this a sanctioned sign from the county or placed by resident?)

 

  • Commercial BusinessesRequest made to Dist. 1 County Council office regarding a commercial business in a residential community.  A suspected commercial business is allegedly operating in our residential community.  Request made to see if they have filed for and received the proper permit(s) to operation a commercial business in an area zoned for rural residential.

 

 

  • CSTCA Website:  The Association’s website has been updated and brought current.  Some of the information contained in this update can also be found on our website. https://coolspringterrace.wordpress.com

 

SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Apply for Summer Employment

The Youth@Work/SYEP offers youth an enriching and constructive summer work experience in public and private sector settings. Click on the SYEP application link to be considered for a variety of positions in the Prince George’s County Government, non-profits organizations, and private businesses within the County.  After filling out the SYEP application, we encourage you to visit other links below to apply for additional summer employment opportunities.  The 2019 SYEP application is open until March 22.

Additional Employment Opportunities

March For Our Schools Rally – MARCH 11, 2019

A message from Dr. Monica Goldson,  Interim Chief Executive Officer,  Prince George’s County Public Schools and Dr. Alvin Thornton,  Chair, Board of Education Prince George’s County Public Schools

Dear Friends of Prince George’s County Public Schools:

On March 11, please join thousands of Maryland educators, parents, and students in Annapolis to demand equitable and adequate funding for all schools and students. The March for Our Schools is our chance to raise our voices in support of adequate and equitable funding, required student support services, competitive salary and compensation, and universal pre-kindergarten.

The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence (Kirwan Commission) recently issued key recommendations to continue transforming Maryland’s approach to achieving educational excellence for all students. The approach includes transformative education policy, which will eventually include a funding formula designed to address adequacy and equity issues.  The Kirwan Commission’s work builds on Maryland’s historic 2002 Bridge to Excellence legislation, which resulted from the Thornton Commission.

Maintaining the state’s commitment to ensuring that all children have access to adequately and equitably funded education within accountable systems, the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations have the potential to dramatically transform Maryland schools and opportunities for our students.

In two weeks, we hope to see you in front of the State House in Annapolis at 6 p.m. Let’s speak up, speak out and march on!

__________________________________________________________________

Estimados amigos de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George:

Por favor, únanse a miles de educadores, padres y estudiantes de Maryland en Annapolis, el próximo 11 de marzo, para reclamar una financiación equitativa y suficiente para todas las escuelasy los estudiantes. La Marcha por Nuestras Escuelas es nuestra oportunidad de alzar la voz en apoyo de la financiación equitativa y suficiente,  recursos de apoyo necesarios para los estudiantes, salarios y remuneración competitivos y prekínder gratuito para todos.

La Comisión de Maryland sobre Innovación y Excelencia (Comisión Kirwan) publicó recientemente unas recomendaciones clave para continuar transformando la iniciativa de Maryland de lograr la excelencia educativa de todos los estudiantes. La iniciativa incluye una política educacional, que eventualmente contará con una fórmula de financiación diseñada para abordar asuntos relacionados con la suficiencia y la equidad. La labor de la Comisión Kirwan se basa en la histórica legislación de Maryland del 2002 “Puente hacia la Excelencia”, que surgió de la Comisión Thornton.

Continuando con el compromiso estatal de garantizar que todos los niños tengan acceso a una educación financiada de forma suficiente y equitativa dentro de los sistemas responsables, las recomendaciones de la Comisión Kirwan tienen el potencial de transformar radicalmente las escuelas de Maryland y las oportunidades para nuestros estudiantes.

Esperamos verlos en dos semanas, frente a la Cámara Estatal de Annapolis, a las 6 p.m.

¡Alcemos la voz y marchemos!

Atentamente,

Dra. Monica Goldson
Directora ejecutiva en funciones
Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George

Dr. Alvin Thornton
Presidente de la Junta de Educación
Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George

 

Chers amis des Écoles publiques du comté de Prince George:

Le 11 mars, veuillez rejoindre des milliers d’éducateurs, de parents et d’élèves du Maryland à Annapolis, pour exiger un financement équitable et adéquat de toutes les écoles et pour tous les élèves. La Marche pour nos écoles est l’occasion pour nous, de faire entendre nos voix en faveur d’un financement équitable et adéquat, de services de soutien requis aux étudiants, de salaire et rémunération concurrentiels, ainsi que de la pré-maternelle universelle.

La Commission sur l’innovation et l’excellence dans l’éducation du Maryland (Commission Kirwan), a récemment formulé des recommandations clés visant à continuer de transformer l’approche du Maryland, pour atteindre l’excellence en éducation pour tous les élèves. Cette approche comprend une politique d’éducation transformative, qui comprendra à terme, une formule de financement conçue pour résoudre les problèmes d’adéquation et d’équité.  Le travail de la Commission Kirwan s’appuie sur la législation historique de 2002 Passerelle vers l’excellence du Maryland, adoptée par la Commission Thornton.

Renforçant l’engagement de l’État de veiller à ce que tous les enfants aient accès à une éducation financée de manière adéquate et équitable dans le cadre de systèmes responsables, les recommandations de la Commission Kirwan pourraient transformer radicalement les écoles du Maryland et les possibilités qui s’offrent à nos élèves.

Dans deux semaines, nous espérons vous voir à Annapolis devant le Parlement à 18h. Exprimons-nous, défendons-nous et marchons en avant!

Cordialement,

 

Dr. Monica Goldson
Directrice Exécutive par intérim
Les Écoles Publiques du Comté de Prince George

Dr. Alvin Thornton
Président de la Commission de l’éducation
Les Écoles Publiques du Comté de Prince George

December 2018 Meeting Minutes

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association

Date: December 15, 2018

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

Also, in attendance: Council Member Deni Tavares, and COPS Liaison Officer Raymond Musse.

Members in Attendance: Approximately 22

  1. Welcome/Gathering

The meeting was called to order at 11:12 a.m. with President Mickens-Mosley presiding.

  1. Announcements and Officers’ Reports:
  • The Association’s account balance is $1,486.00. We are accepting dues for 2019. Checks (in the amount of $10) can be mailed to Treasurer, Anika Halota, 3305 Cool Spring Road. Please do not leave cash.
  • The minutes were read and approved with an amendment request regarding the use of the word “anonymous.” Minutes will also be amended to reflect discussion of UMD’s golf course reduction proposal.

COP Liaison Report

  • Theft from autos continues to be an ongoing problem and Officer Musse reminded the members to remove valuables from cars.
  • Membership queried the police response time to 911 calls. This concern was raised in the context of student occupied houses in the community. The membership discussed on-going disruption caused by this Curry Place household (e.g. late-night parties, residual trash, students blacked-out on neighboring lawns, suspected drug-sales).
  • Membership discussed the need for a systematic and multi-prong response to this problem, namely writing to the owner, the university and keeping note of any 911-calls made, flagging the house to the Nuisance Abatement Board, exploring the possibility of civil forfeiture law if own remains unresponsive.
  • Member Bauer raised the possibility of pursuing a legislative response to the issue of disruptive rentals. In particular, talking with our representatives about the issue of disruptive rentals and absentee landlords. To this end, we discussed the possibility of  approaching other civic associations so that it is framed as a more wide-reaching issue.
  • Officer Musse agreed to scope out the household.
  • Concern remains about the speeding along Adelphi Road. Still difficult to cross 26th Place and Adelphi Road, even with the crossway and blinking lights. We will approach DPIE again.

V:  New and Old Business

  • President Mosley alerted the membership that Dottie McDaniel from the Chillum-Ray Association was unwell. A GoFundMe Page had been set up to help offset expenses while she is recovering.  She asked that the Association send support in the form of a donation. The membership voted unanimously to send the donation.
  • The membership voted unanimously to make a donation of $200.00 for the use of the church’s facilities for our meetings.

Golf Course

Member Robinson provided an update on UMD’s proposed “development” of the golf course.

  • UMD will take a minimum of three holes from the golf course for playing fields.
  • Representatives ( Peña-Melnyk, Rosappepe, Taveras) have mounted opposition to this proposed change.
  • University Park residents also oppose this proposal.
  • A letter of opposition was drafted by the College Park Council (presented by Denise Mitchell). However, the mayor voted against sending the letter of complaint thereby silencing the opposition.
  • Updates to come following on an upcoming Facilities Committee meeting.

The reduction of the golf course comes as a result of encroachments by Purple Line which will cross an area that presently serves as a practice track area; had the line moved ten feet over, this would have protected the entire lot. Metro offered to pay to relocate the track, which UMD turned down.

One of the alternatives suggested by those who oppose the reduction of the course is to simply place lights on existing unlit fields, thereby extending the serviceability of these fields.

Residents who oppose this proposal have also asked state delegates to consider legislation that would make the golf course permanent green space.

The association voiced their thanks to Norm Starkey who has taken the lead in connecting with other associations, and steering emergency meetings.

Community issues

  • No updates on “The Bus” service.
  • There has been inconsistent collection of yard waste. Some houses are addressed, while others on the same street, left behind. Reminder to the association that when this occurs residents should lodge complaints through 311, fines should be imposed when trash missed.
  • Similarly, mail delivery has gotten later.
  • Hole on Cool Spring Road, 311 call made, they indicated that it had been resolved but still there.
  • Appreciation for the county’s maintenance of median on Adelphi Road.
  • New U-turn sign placed on Adelphi/University, but it is still signaling an incorrect turn.

President Mickens-Mosley acknowledged these issues and noted that updates on these reported issues will be sent via the weekly Update emailed to the listserv.

VII. Year-End Celebration and Acknowledgements

President Mickens-Mosely thanked Member Ted Hull for his support and assistance throughout the year.

She encouraged everyone to bring a neighbor to future meetings and extended good cheer for the coming holidays.

Motion to adjourn 12:28

The membership proceeded to our end of year celebrations!

October 2018 Meeting Minutes

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association
Date: October 27, 2018
Officers in Attendance: President Marguerite Mickens-Mosley, and Secretary, Michelle V. Rowley.

Also in attendance: Council Member Deni Tavares, Jennifer Hawkins, Call Center Senior Manager and COPS Liaison Officer Raymond Musse.

Members in Attendance: Approximately 18

I. Welcome/Gathering
The meeting was called to order at 11:07 a.m. with President Mickens-Mosley presiding.

II. Announcements and Officers’ Reports:
– The Association’s account stands at 1486.18.
– The minutes were read and approved.

III. CountyClick311 Presentation: Jennifer Hawkins, Call Center Senior
Manager, Office of Community Relations along with representatives from DPWT & DPIE
• The County Click is primarily a call-center for non-emergency line that is county-related, for example, potholes.

• The agency received approximately 1.5 million service requests (2017). It receives
approximately 1200 calls a day with summer being the busiest time of the year, with
a peak number of requests standing at 1800. There are twenty four members of
staff, there are also bilingual agents and there is a translation service which assists
callers who speak neither English nor Spanish.

• The 311-call service runs from 7:00a.m.- 7:00 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.). The representatives
are considered emergency personnel, which means that the team still has to report
to work regardless of whether other agencies closed (e.g. weather events).
Process of submitting a requests

• Requests can be submitted in a number of ways. In addition to the call-in service,
there is also an online tool as well as a free mobile app (I-Phone and Android). To
find the app, please use “County Click 311” as keywords. The app allows you to be
mobile. The representative noted, for example, that if you are out and take a picture
of illegal dumping, the app has the capacity to identify the location of the dumping
and can automatically upload the address to the site (GPS capacity). The 311-
Representative noted that the mobile app is presently incomplete and “illegal
parking” and “code enforcement” are two elements that will be added in the future.

• It is also possible to submit requests via email, they received 22,000 emails last year
(CountyClick311@co.pg.md.us).

Do I need to self-identify if submitting a claim?
• You do not have to give your name when submitting a service request. Even if you
choose to not self-identify, it is possible to monitor the status once you have
included your email address as part of the service request.

• Once you have submitted the request the request will be routed to the appropriate
agency. Once the issue is resolved the case will be closed and you will receive an
email alert.

• Your email is not shared with anyone and your information remains confidential,
this allows you to report without risk of retaliation.

Community Issues Raised with Senior Manager Hawkins:
– Loud music in the community.
o Representative’s Response: Information shared with the police needs a location but the challenge for the community is in identifying the precise location.

– Large scale yard waste in the park. It appears as though it has been left by a tree
company– what is the expected length of response?
o Representative’s Response: This is handled by Maryland Park and Planning, but will take the information and liaise with Park Services.

– Drainage to be cleaned, submitted with no response. Not getting the service that is
being paid for. Concern that too much of the county’s work has been contracted out,
not done adequately because lack of supervision.
o Representative’s Response: Each request has a service level and an associated time frame for the request. For example, a drainage request has to be addressed in 60 days, if that time has passed you have the right to call back to have the issue escalated, this will reroute the request to a supervisor who will act on it.

– Man-hole about to give way along Cool Spring Road, people leave their lane to drive,
situation presents multiple hazards.

– Car on cider blocks (Cool Spring).
o Representative’s Response: If it is on cinder blocks it will be deemed abandoned because it is inoperable. Must be moved after 72 hours. Even if it on property and appears to be inoperable Code Enforcement will come out. With regard to concerns raised about illegal dumping, Council woman Taveras informed the membership that she recently had an environmental crimes bill passed. Funds have been allocated to mount community cameras to address illegal dumping. If there is a sighting of illegal dumping, this bill allows the assigned agents to alert and fine the property owners. Initially, they have targeted Ray Road and New Hampshire. Higher levels of reporting will initiate an investigation of the area report which will lead to which allows them to assess the viability of mounting cameras in specific locations. It is modeled after The District’s successes and are hoping to emulate that program.

The 311-representative noted that it is also possible to submit personal videos on illegal
dumping. This, in one instance, allowed them to identify the tags and are now prosecuting the dumper.

The Council-woman Taveras also indicated that she attempted to pass a bill that would
help restrict commercial/residential vehicle parking bill. The bill died but she intends to
re-introduce in the coming year. One of the features of the bill is that it includes a fee based on the number of cars per household (e.g. first car, free/second car, $25.00)
President Mickens-Mosley, in response to community concerns about strewn garbage
among other things, indicated that the Executive will send a “Good Neighbor Letter” to
violators. It will come from the Association thereby taking the pressure off of individuals
who have concerns.

IV: Councilwoman Deni Taveras – District 2 –New Constituent Services & Community
Outreach Director: Lindsey Wright.  Councilwoman Taveras introduced her new Constituent Services and Community Director, Lindsey Wright. Councilwoman Taveras provided an update on the Northern Gateway Meeting. Work is underway to brand and create a unified message for the area. The councilwoman invited the membership to go online to participate in the selection of the project’s logo. Councilwoman Taveras reminded the membership about the 4th Annual Senior Fall Fling, to be held on Friday November 9th.

The zoning rewrite bill has passed, a new zoning ordinance is now in place. It is expected that full implementation may take up to two years.

Councilwoman Taveras provided an update on regulation changes and short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb). Taveras noted that there are approximately 6000 Airbnbs without
regulation. These are now restricting to owner-occupied units and owners must register
with the county. The total number of rental days cannot exceed 180 and a guest cannot
stay longer than 30 days and must pay hotel tax.

Members again asked that the County prioritize the kind of development that would build a beneficial relationship with schools and the environment. In particular, members voiced concern about expansion without adequate attention to traffic patterns or alternatively, housing development that attracts younger individuals without the needed amenities, e.g. schools. .

The Council-woman provided an update on the campaign finance bill. Campaign finance bill for campaign reform. [Note Washington Post update “To qualify for the program in Prince George’s, a candidate for county executive would have to collect 500 qualifying contributions of $150 or less; at-large council candidates would have to collect 250 contributions; and district council candidates would have to collect 150 contributions.” Individuals who have not filed a financial report cannot qualify and cannot use finance  money to pay off debt e.g. campaign debt.

V: COPS Report
Officer Musse indicated that he now has a better sense of the commercial parking issue and has been issuing 72-hour violation tickets. He noted that sometimes, simply having the violation sticker placed on the car initiates movement. Officer Musse indicated that the vehicle on cinder blocks mentioned earlier in the meeting was a “theft from owner” incident. He agreed to follow up with the individual.  Members reported on a truck that flipped on Adelphi and Cool Spring. The Association voiced their gratitude for his patrols in the area.

VI. New Business.
• Church is having a fall clean up 10/28, bring gloves and shovels.

• Member Kim Crews provided an update on the Wa Wa development (eight pump
gas station and mini-mart/Welcome to Adelphi sign). Edwards Way site has already
been approved. Developers were asked to place environmental fixes in relation to the creek. The traffic issue needs to be addressed with the state transportation board. Need to inquire how the initial traffic study was done to ensure that they are actually checking that they capturing the peak hours. They (WaWa) have committed to working on drainage and will police their own property.

• The membership discussed UMD’s pending proposal to reduce the size of the golf
course. There is general opposition to the reduction of this open, green space and
members are working with our representatives and residents of University Park to
voice formal opposition to this development.

VII. Old Business
Association will hold our annual end of year pot-luck at the next association meeting.

Early Voting Reminder.
5051 Pierce Ave College Park.

Motion to adjourn at 1:10

The next meeting TBD

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