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