“No Parking” on Cool Spring Rd at 26th Ave

The following text is quoted from a letter sent to residents along the affected area. Please keep this in mind in case you drive to the NWB trailhead to walk – popular parking spots are no longer allowed!

“Dear Resident:

The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) recently investigated parking conditions along the north side of Cool Spring Road in front of your residence and we are writing to inform you of the findings. DPW&T’s Traffic Safety Division determined that vehicles parked along the north side of Cool Spring Road near 26th Avenue create a potential traffic safety concern.

Specifically, we determined that vehicles parked along the north side of the Cool Spring Road are forcing westbound Cool Spring Road motorists to cross the double-yellow center line into the eastbound travel lanes. Over the last three (3) years, this situation has led to several collisions involving vehicles traveling in opposing directions (head-on) and parked vehicles being struck. It should be noted that the Maryland Vehicle Law prohibits vehicles from parking in a manner that decreases the width of the travel lane to less than nine feet wide or forces a motorist to cross the center line of a roadway.

To address this concern, we have determined that the appropriate traffic safety option requires prohibiting parking in this area in order to provide for a travel lane of a  sufficient safe width. In January, DPW&T will install “No Parking Any Time” signs along the north side of Cool Spring Road, beginning at a point approximately 115 feet wets of 26th Avenue and continuing east to a point approximately 400 feet east of 26th Avenue. The parking prohibition area includes the frontages of 2500 Cool Spring Road through 2510 Cool Spring Road and along the side of 8300 6th Avenue. The signs should be installed within the next two (2) to three (3) weeks, weather conditions permitting. Also, we regret to inform you that it is not possible to install “tree box cut-aways” (thereby creating a parking bay) at this location since the width of the pavement is insufficient to accommodate parking and the required two (2) lanes of travel.

While we recognize the inconvenience that the parking prohibition action may create for residents in the area, DPW&T is responsible for providing a safe travel environment for all County citizens. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Mr. Armen Abrahamian, Chief, Traffic Safety Division, Office of Engineering and Project Management, at (301)883-5641.”


CSR “No Parking” letter pdf

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Development of Zimmer property: Triangle at Adelphi and Riggs

Thanks to SJ for posting the following information on NextDoor. I’ve reposted it here for increased visibility:

“About 7 years ago a small group of local activists fought off a developer who wanted to put a CVS on the 4+ acre wooded triangle bounded by Riggs and Adelphi Roads, and Edwards Way. There were a host of issues as to why the proposal was a bad idea; one of them was an increase in traffic at that problematic intersection. Now a new application is being filed to put in a Wawa and gas station on that property. Please consider becoming a Person of Record so that you can testify when hearings are held by M-NCPPC. Here is the link for the application; the reference # is 4-17036: http://www.mncppcapps.org/planning/Person_of_Record/default.cfm There will be a presentation on the proposal for interested community members […] If you depend on Riggs Road/Powder Mill Road to get in/out of your neighborhood, you should be concerned! The already awful back-ups will only get worse….”

We will be keeping an eye on this and making sure to relay any information we have on this presentation to our community via this blog and the mailing list. If you sign on as a person of record and provide an e-mail address, you should be contacted when any presentations take place.

Update on “NO PARKING” locations in the CSTCA Community

  • Corner of 26th Ave and Cool Spring Rd., extending along 138 feet on Cool Spring (in the direction of Riggs Road)
  • 26th Avenue (east side) and along Pawnee and Navajo (north side). These signs will be intermittent (alternate sides) to allow for sight distance of vehicles (particularly emergency vehicles, school buses), thereby increasing safety of members of the community, cars and incoming vehicles.

DPWT has already laid down the street notations. If any of the above is unclear, look for the white notations marked on these streets. These will mark the locations for the new signage.

Lastly, parking is prohibited within 30ft of any “STOP” sign.  These measures will be strictly enforced beginning mid-January 2018.  For your convenience, we have included the Maryland Code on Transportation.


Maryland Transportation Section 21-1003 (Article – Transportation)

Meeting Minutes: October 2017

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting, October 28th, 2017
Officers in Attendance: President Marguerite Mickens-Mosley, Treasurer Anika Halota, and Secretary Michelle V. Rowle

Members in Attendance: Approximately 20

Welcome/Gathering

The meeting was called to order at 11:06 a.m. with President Mickens-Mosley presiding. Also in attendance were Inspectors Rooks and Elliot, representatives from the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE), as well as, Mr. Michael Harris, Constituent Services Director, Councilor Deni Tavares’ Office.

Announcements and Officers’ Reports

  • Treasurer Halota provided an update on the Association’s account, which presently stands at $1591. 39. Three members paid their dues, there were no expenditures and Treasurer Halota reminded members that they could begin to pay their dues for 2018 now.
  • The minutes from August 2017 were read. A request was made to clarify that our discussion of permit parking included representation by a family member on behalf of his elderly mother. With this amendment recognized, the minutes were approved.

Agenda Item One: Community Policing Update

Corporal Bhaskarnauth Tiwari (Cpl. T) forwarded an overview of crime activity in the community and surrounding areas, this was shared by President Mickens- Mosley.

Reminders were given to remove contents from cars and to lock the doors to ward off possible theft. To this point, members shared recent incidents of theft from vehicles and backyards within the community.

Agenda Item Two: Inspector Rooks and Inspector Elliot – DPIE Representatives

The DPIE inspectors provided an overview of the agency’s departments and their respective areas of oversight. They identified Inspector McLaren, as the first point of contact, if unresponsive, then, Inspector Rooks, asked that we leave a voice message with our concern.

They shared their department’s FAQ pamphlet along with other materials and reminded members that despite any difficulty, it was still important to report issues to Dial Click 311; this process, she noted, will allow your concern to receive a case number.

In addressing the community’s concerns about the increase in rentals, the Inspectors noted that a license is needed for all rentals (115.00/two years). They noted that the licenses are only waived in instances where one is renting to an immediate relative.

Members raised ongoing concerns about parking, in particular the hot spots of 26th and Pawnee. Inspector Rooks asked for additional information to be emailed to her, and while not under her purview she promised to follow up.

Mr. Harris also reminded the membership that Councilor Tavares’ CB37 legislation will help address issues of overcrowding in the community.

Members expressed skepticism with regard to Click 311, the primary concern was their 90-day response window. Inspector Rooks indicated that while 90- days is the stated turn-around time, in practice responses often occur within two weeks.

Members suggested that the Association develop a “welcome sheet” that would outline the community’s expectations of new neighbors. President Mickens Mosley pointed to the Association’s “good neighbor code” and suggested that we scan it and place it on the Association’s website.

Member Hurwitch suggested that the Association’s existing code be expanded to provide guidelines for individuals who have turned their residence into a rental e.g. “If You Must Rent: This is What You Should Know” FAQ sheet.

Members were reminded of the need to be alert to vacant properties to minimize the likelihood of squatting.

Members also made inquiries about “noise pollution” and nuisance houses. We were informed that noise pollution is now assessed via decibel level and not time of day. As a result, a noise complaint could be made regardless of the time of day. With regard to nuisance households, members were encouraged to a) report to the police, b) report to County Click 311 – the latter begins a ticket and with eight complaints within six months the matter is forwarded to the nuisance abatement board. Members were also encouraged to keep the CSR number assigned to the case and to keep their own log of calls made.

Questions were also raised about recent solicitations to acquire curb to house water insurance. Members discussed the legitimacy of these solicitations and asked that a member from WSSC be invited to talk with the membership about the program.

Old Business

Member Robinson provided an update on the quest to secure alternative sites for the middle school. He indicated that Senator Rosapepe was working to contact owners of the woods with an inquiry to purchase; this has turned out to be more difficult than anticipated. With the coming of the Purple Line, there was also the sense that land-owners were waiting for the improved infrastructure before selling.

Members suggested alternative sites for the middle school. Efforts are also being made to have the woods acquired as park lands by Park and Planning. The appropriate office has moved and they have cited this move as the reason for their delayed responses.

Concern about development on the site was raised after members saw surveying and soil sampling activity underway. Inquiries about this activity revealed that the owners are most likely responsible for the work.

Suggestions were made to think about cheaper and more modern, environmentally friendly ways of building – repurposing abandoned warehouses as an example. The membership was also encouraged to be in conversation with Dinora Hernandez, BOE Member. President Mickens-Mosley indicated that an invitation had been extended but that there were scheduling conflicts that made it difficult for her to attend.

Member Robinson noted that there are individuals on the school board who are sympathetic to the community’s concerns and suggested that we also be in conversation with those individuals.

Parking

Vice President Ikem Ukachu was scheduled to provide the membership with an update on the outstanding questions re: parking but was unable to make the meeting. President Mickens Mosely indicated that the update would be sent via email.

Fair Elections

Also present at the meeting was a representative from Progressive Maryland– Diana Torres.

Ms. Torres provided an overview of the organization and invited members to sign on to a petition to constrain the use of big money in election campaigns. The organization is working to build a cadre of small donor financing by providing an alternative way to fund the campaign and strengthening the ability of ordinary citizens to run for office.

New Business

President Mickens Mosley placed a question on the table to change the distribution of the association’s newsletter from every meeting to quarterly or twice a year. The membership voted for a quarterly distribution and asked that email be used if a quick response is needed from the membership. This new cycle will begin in 2018.

Distributors are needed for three areas. Member Hurwitch volunteered to help fill gaps when needed e.g. copying and, or distribution.

Business owners in the community were invited to share their business information with President Mickens Mosley so that it could be included into the newsletter. Free advertising!!

The membership agreed to host a community end of year celebration. The next meeting, scheduled for December 16. This meeting will begin with membership business, followed by community celebrations.

Meeting Adjourned 12:39 Next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for December 16, 2017.


CSTCA October Minutes 2017

Newsletter: December 2017

Message from the President

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, and Happy Holidays CSTCA Members!!!

I hope you all have enjoyed the new CSTCA Newsletter you have been receiving. Members at the October meeting suggested distribution changes to better assist the leadership in gathering valuable content. It was agreed and voted upon to start the year 2018 with Quarterly Editions of the newsletter. We hope the added time will allow the leadership to obtain and disseminate information and ideas more thoroughly. In keeping with our mission we are committed to keeping you updated on matters within and surrounding our community.

The October meeting hosted representatives from the Department of Permits, Inspections & Enforcement (DPIE). Members were given a presentation and informational brochures, followed by a Q&A session to update members on rules and codes for PG County properties/homeowners and landlords; proper procedures for renting; inspections, licenses, and permit parking.

Also in attendance, Mr. Michael R. Harris, Jr., Director of Constituent Services and Community Outreach for Councilmember Deni Taveras. Mr. Harris has been very helpful addressing CSTCA concerns. For the December meeting, we will host representatives from DPWT.

Lastly, a reminder about the CSTCA Year-End Holiday Potluck Celebration. The celebration will immediately follow the general membership meeting scheduled for December 16th.

Please be safe this holiday season!!

Check the CSTCA website for updates, meeting announcements, and special events. If you have interesting content you would like to post to the CSTCA website, let us know! Home businesses and Self-Employed, advertise in our newsletter to reach a wider audience. Contact information is listed on the back of this newsletter.


In This Issue

  • President’s Message
  • Community News Update
  • COPs Report—A6 Crime Stats
  • October Meeting Highlights
  • WSSC / HomeServe
  • HomeServe FAQ
  • December Membership Meeting Announcement
  • Got A Question?

CSTCA Newsletter – December 2017

Thanksgiving Service Invitation

The following Thanksgiving Service invitation from the Christ Scientist Church was extended to the members of the CSTCA:

Everyone is  invited to join us for a special Thanksgiving service on November 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Christian Science churches throughout this country and in some other countries hold services on this day.

The one hour service includes the President’s proclamation and readings from the King James Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.  There is also the opportunity for those attending to express their gratitude for God and His blessings.

Everyone is welcome.

Christian Science Society

8300 Adelphi Road

Hyattsville, MD