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 Line: Saturday 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 Businesses: Request 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.
- The Planning Board: The Planning Board Hearing scheduled for this Thursday, March 7th will start at 2:00 pm in the Council Hearing Room at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. See agenda here: http://mncppc.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=1462&Inline=True
- 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