Meeting Minutes: June 2017

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

I. Welcome/Gathering

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
    approved.
  • 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:

  • The incorrect turn sign at the Adelphi/ University intersection has been
    removed.
  • The military truck in the community is gone, but Cpl. T informed the community that the truck has historic tags, is legally registered and is therefore not in violation.
  • Abandoned vehicle on Adelphi Court and Chapman Road addressed and removed.
  • Cpl. T spoke to the difficulty of addressing the community’s problem with the dumping of mattresses. Follow up is contingent on catching the violation in process.
  • Homeless commune addressed. Property owner has cleaned the area and empowered Cpl. T to serve as “acting agent.” In the future, he can therefore request that they move.
  • Cpl. T alerted the membership to be on the lookout for cars parked in the community with illegal temporary tags showing a sample of a fraudulent TEXAS temporary tag.
  • Provided an overview of SmartWater Technology and provided the forensic kits to those members who were interested in registering their valuables with the PGPD/SmartWater Program.
  • 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

    • 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

    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

    Old Business

    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

    New Business

    • 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

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    Family Picnic Community Fun Day

    Sunday, June 4th, 2017
    12:00pm – 3:00pm
    College Park Moose Lodge
    3700 Metzerott Road

    The College Park Moose Lodge at 3700 Metzerott Road is holding a Family
    Picnic Community Fun Day from 12:00 pm ‐ 3:00 pm! There will be face
    painting, a moon bounce, a dunk tank; hot dogs, hamburgers and other
    picnic foods available at a reasonable cost. The Prince Georges County Police
    will be available for children’s finger printing services and vendors will be
    showing and selling their items. If you’re interested in renting a table ($20
    per table) for garage sale/flea market items, contact Joan Ford via private
    message on NextDoor.com. If you are not a registered member of NextDoor
    (Adelphi/Riggs Rd Neighborhood), you may email me at
    mmickens@pboa.com and I will private message Joan Ford on your behalf.
    Rain date will be Saturday, June 10th.

     

    Purple Line Transit Partners: Meet the Concessionaires

    Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) will host two open house events to introduce the concessionaire team to local communities. The public is encouraged to attend, meet the team, and learn about the publicprivate partnership (P3) that will make the Purple Line a reality. At the events, the project team will be on-hand and attendees can view the design of the Purple Line and its twenty-one stations.

    Prince George’s County Meeting
    Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    College Park Community Center
    5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

    Montgomery County Meeting
    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Montgomery Blair High School
    51 University Blvd E., Silver Spring, MD 20901

    For more information visit PurpleLineTransitPartners.com

    View the event flyer here.

    Walking Group

    Summer is almost here…are you ready?walk3

    The CSTCA is starting a WALKING GROUP! Yep!!! That’s right! A WALKING GROUP. Morning walks through the neighborhood and surrounding areas; breathing fresh morning air, hearing birds chirping…doesn’t that sound ideal!! Walking is a great low impact way to get into and/or stay in shape. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Need motivation? Want great company and good conversation? The CSTCA has that and more! We’ve got an all-around diverse neighborhood full of wonderful and interesting people and great conversationalists.

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    If you are interested in joining the CSTCA Walking Group or have other healthy, fun ideas, let us know. Interested in walking? Contact one of the CSTCA officers below.

     

    Clean Up, Green Up

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    Meet at 2500 Cool Spring Rd. (Corner of Cool Spring Rd. and 26th Ave.) at 8:30 AM, April 29th, 2017

    The Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association is participating in Clean Up, Green Up sponsored by Prince George’s County. Volunteer now to help us pick up trash in the neighborhood and in our wooded areas.

    We need the following volunteers:

    • Drivers – Drive behind the Litter Patrol with flashers to keep Litter Patrol safe.
    • Litter Patrol – Pick up trash in designated areas in the neighborhood. Each volunteer will be provided with: a trash grabber, a safety vest, disposable gloves, and trash bags.
    • Food Servers – Help organize continental breakfast and lunch for the volunteers.

    Students! Earn Service Learning Hours. Bring the form from your school’s guidance office and our clean up coordinator will sign the form. Indicate that you are a student on the sign-up form.

    Contact: Kim Crews, (301) 717-8723, kim.crews1937@gmail.com to volunteer

    Seed and Plant Swap! – April 22nd, Post-Meeting

    Seedlings for SwappingAt the conclusion of the April 22nd bi-monthly meeting, we will be hosting a community seed and plant start swap in front of the Church of Christ Scientist, 8300 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville 20783. Estimated start time between 12:30pm and 1:00pm, depending on the length of the meeting.

    Stay and socialize after the meeting and find out who your fellow gardeners in the community are! Bring along any of the following you would like to share with your neighbors:

    • Seeds
    • Vegetable starts
    • House plants or outdoor plants, in soil or as cuttings
    • Miscellaneous small garden equipment (flower pots you don’t want, etc.)

    Newspaper potWe will be providing supplies for labeling and transporting seeds, but please bring any rooted plants in containers you are willing to part with ready to go or on hand for quick repotting. Here’s a link with instructions for how to make a pot out of a newspaper, or you can bring them in yogurt containers, soda bottles cut in half, pasta sauce jars, etc…

    If possible, try to bring as much information about the plant with you as you can, such as species name, soil used, and sun preference. This will give its new owner the best chance at success.

    Egyptian Walking Onions

    It’s up to you whether you want to trade only, or simply gave away surplus. For those with no gardens of their own started, this might be your chance to learn more and get your first vegetables in the ground. I know I for one will be bringing plenty of these prolific Egyptian Walking Onions to give away – EVERYONE has a green thumb with this plant!

    Meeting Minutes: February 2017

    Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting, February 25, 2017

    NOTE: The December 2016 meeting was postponed until February due to a snowstorm on December 17.

    Officers present at the February 2017 meeting: Ted Hull, President; Glenn Kirkland, Vice President; Andrea Kenner, Secretary

    Number of attendees: Approximately 20

    I. Welcome/Gathering

    The meeting was called to order at 11:14 a.m. Cpl. Rickert from the Prince George’s County Police Department was our special guest.

    II. Announcements and Officers’ Reports

    The minutes from the October 2016 meeting were read and approved.

    President Hull gave the treasurer’s report: As of the beginning of the meeting, the treasury held $1,527.01. This amount included a dedution of $100 that the Association donated to support its opposition to Question D, which was on the ballot during the general election in November 2016.

    Vice President Kirkland announced that membership dues for 2017 were due. Dues were collected from a number of the members present at the meeting. Also, the membership voted to donate $190 to the Christian Science Society, Hyattsville, in appreciation for the use of their meeting room.

    III. Announcements

    Member Jon Robinson updated members on the status of community opposition to the school board’s plan to build a middle school behind Mother Jones Elementary. In meeting with other local community groups, Mr. Robinson learned that nearby residents are concerned about the environmental impact of building a school on that site, which appears to be on a floodplain. The county is currently using the site for playing fields for the elementary school. Parents report that those fields are often too soggy for play, and the high water table there attracts mosquitos. Local residents have already spent between $20,000 and $50,000 each to waterproof their basements due to flooding. The fear is that building a school on that site could cause even more water damage to the surrounding homes and could render them unsalable.

    Mr. Robinson also said he thinks that the county may also be considering Cool Spring Forest as the site for a future middle school. Our community association has concerns about that plan as well.

    IV. Cpl. Rickert’s Report to the Association

    Cpl. Rickert informed the association of the passing of Laverne Williams from the Lewisdale Civic Association. The Cool Spring Civic Association sends its condolences to Ms. Williams’s family.

    Cpl. Rickert reported on the homeless camps that have sprung up along the power lines near University Blvd, and on an increase the incidence of gang violence at the Marylander Apartments and Campus Gardens.

    Members expressed concern with loud music that appears to emanate from night clubs along University Blvd. Several members said that they hear the music continuing late into the night, but had been unable to determine its source. Cpl. Rickert said that he would check into this for us. Members also expressed concern about loud student parties on Curry Place. Cpl. Rickert reminded us that we can contact the University of Maryland to report loud student parties in the neighborhood.

    Members again expressed a desire to have a traffic light installed at the corner of Cool Spring Road and Riggs Road. This still appears to be unlikely.

    V. Election of New Officers

    After much discussion, the following new officers were nominated and unanimously elected:

    • President: Marguerite Mickens-Mosley
    • Treasurer: Anika Halota
    • Secretary: Michelle Rowley

    A nominee was not available for the position of Vice President, and members agreed to table the selection of a new Vice President until a future meeting.

    VI. New Business/Comments for the Good of the Association

    Members discussed several ideas for engaging community members in participating in our association:

    • Reinstating the CSTCA newsletter, publishing it in both English and Spanish, and delivering it door-to-door
    • Reinstating the block party
    • Reducing crime by keeping a lookout for each other
    • Revitalizing the block captain program

    The new board will take up these ideas and more.

    Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at approximately 1:15 p.m.