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Current President of the Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association in the Adelphi, Maryland area.

JUNE MEETING NOTICE

COOL SPRING TERRACE CIVIC ASSOCIATION (CSTCA)

June 22, 2019

MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE

 

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NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:       

SATURDAY, June 22, 2019

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

CHRIST SCIENCE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

8300 ADELPHI ROAD

 

The June General Membership Meeting will be at 11:00 a.m. at 8300 Adelphi Road, Adelphi.

Guest Presenters: Senator Jim Rosapepe as well a Representative from the office of County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. As per usual, our District Councilmember Deni Taveras will also be in attendance.

NOTES

Membership Dues: Annual dues for 2019 ($10) are still being collected. If you have not paid your 2019 dues and would like to, please contact President Mickens-Mosley).

Want bulk trash items picked up? Items such as washing machines, dryers, furniture, hot water heaters, and other large items are collected by appointment only. Contact Bulky Trash at (301) 952-7600, Mon. – Fri. between 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to schedule a pickup. It can also be done via email: BulkyTrash@co.pg.md.us or the CountyClick 311 website (http://countyclick.princegeorgescountymd.gov/). Give the following info: Name, address, phone number, and a list of items for collection. CountyClick 311 should also be used to report residential code violations and parking violations. IF YOU SEE BULK ITEMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COLLECTED, PLEASE REPORT IT. LET’S KEEP OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN.

 CSTCA Walking Group: The Walking Group still meets and walks every Saturday morning at 7:30 am at the Northwest Branch Trail – Cool Spring Rd Entrance. All are welcome!

 

April 2019 Meeting Minutes

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting

Date: April 27, 2019

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

Also, in attendance: Council Member Deni Tavares, Inspector David McLaurin, Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement (DPIE)

Members in Attendance: Approximately 20

President’s Welcome – Marguerite Mickens-Mosley – The meeting was called to order at 11:07 a.m. with President Mickens-Mosley presiding.

Reading of the December Minutes: President Mickens-Mosley reviewed the February minutes and they were approved without revision.Treasury report – President Mickens-Mosley reported an expenditure for three meeting announcement signs of $130. The current balance is $1,340.00. 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.

Guest Presenter: Inspector David McLaurin, Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement (DPIE) providing a brief overview.After hearing several member concerns, Inspector McLaurin requested that property complaints be submitted to President Mickens-Mosley, who will compile them into a single list and report to him. He will follow-up on those complaints and report back to President Mickens-Mosley.

COPs Report: In the absence of Officer Musse, President Mickens-Mosley read items from the report he submitted to her. None of the reported incidents occurred in the immediate Cool Spring Terrace neighborhood. The incidents largely occurred in the University Boulevard commercial district.

New Business & Old Business

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

Meeting Announcement Signs: President Mickens-Mosley reported that three signs were purchased for posting in the community. Additional signs will be purchased taking into account member suggestions on greater contrast between the background and lettering on future signs to improve readability.

Environment Crimes Unit: President Mickens-Mosley reported on the walk through by the Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU) to Cool Spring Road on March 13, 2019. The ECU is still in the process of evaluating dumping problem areas for installation of cameras. If dumping is seen in process, please report details to 311.   Councilwoman Taveras later noted that the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will aid in surveillance of problem dumping areas.

Purple Line:  Member Jon Robinson noted receiving a survey from President Mosley on the Purple Line. He encouraged people to complete the survey and share their views of the Purple Line. President Mickens-Mosley added that she was made aware of an issue with the water and sewer lines in Bethesda that is stopping Purple Line construction in that area. In addition, Purple Line construction vehicles continue to be seen using Cool Spring Rd as a cut through to reach job sites.

Parking in Hyattsville: Councilwoman Taveras reported that the parking issue brought up at the February meeting concerned parking on private property. The City of Hyattsville is looking to build a public garage. Yet still does not address the concerns of members receiving tickets due to “private” no parking signs on public streets. New Business

8th Precinct Meeting: President Mickens-Mosley reported on a meeting of the 8th Precinct Civic Association presidents and the County Executive Angela Alsobrooks on April 16, 2019.   President Mickens-Mosley reported that she and other associations submitted a list of the top concerns to District 2 liaison David Smith (dsmith1@co.pg.md.us) of the Office of Community Relations. At the meeting, the County Executive reported on her top issues: money for schools; establishing a senior mobile pantry; increase dumping fines; build an outdoor amphitheater; and add food waste pickup to the trash pickup schedule (tentatively planned to begin in Oct. 2019).

Bus Stop at Riggs Rd and Quebec St: A visitor requested assistance with obtaining a bus shelter and trash receptacle for the bus stop at Riggs Rd and Quebec St. She was referred to Councilwoman Taveras’ office.

The Bus: President Mickens-Mosley reported that the Transit Vision Plan is still in the discussion phase. Anita Shelby is the contact.

Meeting Flyers: Member Carol Hurwitch is unable to photocopy and distribute the flyers to block captains in advance of the June 22nd meeting requested a volunteer to copy and distribute the flyer to the block captains. President Mosley stated if no one volunteered, she would assume the responsibility.

Councilwoman Taveras reported on the priorities for the $4.2 billion county budget. This is a 3 percent increase over the previous budget. The budget includes $2.1 billion for education and $794 million for public safety. Among the new positions approved are 100 new police, 22 new 311 call takers, and 15 new DPIE enforcement officers. DPWT will get 5 new bulk trash vehicles, which should decrease wait time for bulky trash pickups. The parkland acquisition budget does not include funds to acquire Cool Spring Forest as open space.

School Construction: Councilwoman Taveras reviewed the need for new school construction in the northern Prince George’s county area. A Town Hall is scheduled for April 30, 6:30 PM, at Buck Lodge Middle School.

She also requested a presence at two upcoming County Council public hearings on April 29 and May 7, 7 PM, on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the schools. She hopes that hearing from the public on the importance of these schools to the local area will move the construction up on the CIP schedule. She is hoping to secure funding to add an access road to the new school sites from Metzerott Road.

Councilwoman Taveras reported that the County received $15 million for new school construction. The County will use Public Private Partnership (P3) approach to the construction, with an annual mortgage payment for the 5 schools for 30 years. The County did not receive additional funding to support the construction of a total of 18 needed schools.

Councilwoman Taveras reported on her priorities for the upcoming Legislative Agenda. The 20 bills she is sponsoring include: Racial Equity in Policing (cameras, sanctuary cities, gang database administration); Residential Parking Program; Legacy Task Force; Human Trafficking; Establish a Set Budget for the Council on Arts and Humanities; Domestic Violence Resolution; Tenant Rental Survey; Economic Development Incentives; and Food Options for Urban Farms.

District 2 liaison David Smith (dsmith1@co.pg.md.us) of the Office of Community Relations, Office of the County Executive, introduced himself to the CSTCA.

Motion to Adjourn

The meeting adjourned at approximately 1:10 p.m.

Next meeting will be held on June 22, 2019

JUNE 3-7 WEEKLY UPDATE

Greetings All!

Not much to report this week.  A reminder of our upcoming June Membership Meeting.  Minutes from our April membership meeting, and a Purple Line Update.

 JUNE CSTCA MEETING NOTICE: SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 8300 Adelphi Road, Christ Scientist Church  (flyer attached)

CSTCA April Meeting Minutes: 

PURPLE LINE: 

  • Long-term lane closures along University Blvd.
  • New: Beginning on or about June 17, 2019, crews will be closing the left-most lanes long term on University Boulevard between New Hampshire Avenue and Guilford road for utility relocations.
  • Traffic shift on University Boulevard: Crews have shifted traffic on University Boulevard East, NW Branch Bridge, for Phase I of construction. Two lanes will be maintained, in each direction, during construction. Work will take place weekdays from 7 AM – 5 PM, and on weekends from 11:30 PM – 5:30 AM. The shift can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2Gl2kgn
  • Utility relocations along University Boulevard:  May 28, 2019 and continuing through June, crews will be relocating utilities along University Boulevard between Riggs Road and Adelphi Road. Work will take place during two shifts from 7 AM – 5 PM and 5 PM – 7 AM on weekdays and weekends. Temporary lane closures will occur. 

 Have a good evening and better weekend!

Weekly Update (April 29, 2019)

Getting this out early as some may want to attend the District. 1 Town Hall meeting at Buck Lodge Middle School tomorrow (April 30th).  I will try to attend myself, but my plans are still tentative.  If anyone does attend, please let me know.

Tom Dernoga’s District 1 Town Hall Meeting:         Tuesday, April 30th at Buck Lodge Middle School, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  Share concerns, suggestions and questions about county issues important to you.  I am not sure what is on the agenda, but will guess the new school construction on Cherokee Lane will be a topic.

Purple Line: Lane closures and weekend work on University Boulevard:  Beginning on or about May 15, 2019 crews will be shifting traffic on University Blvd East, NW Branch Bridge, for Phase I of construction. Two lanes will be maintained, in each direction, during construction. Work will take place weekdays from 7 AM – 5 PM, and on weekends from 11:30 PM – 5:30 AM. The shift can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2KB8yhk

*Purple Line Housing Action Plan Survey*:  Your input sought: Purple Line housing action plan by PLCCVERY IMPORTANT AND I URGE ALL CSTCA RESIDENTS TO TAKE THE SURVEY.

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition is seeking YOUR INPUT before they create their 2- to 3-year action plan for housing along the corridor. Please complete this survey by May 3, available in English www.surveymonkey.com/r/RX8MHBK or Spanish www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTNBVBJ.

Last Day of School is June 14:  The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 14, a two-hour early dismissal. This school year, PGCPS closed two days for inclement weather (January 14 and February 20) and used 11 early dismissal/delayed opening days. Click here for More information.

5 Ways to Plan Ahead for Summer and Next School Year:   Spring Break has come and gone and this school year is in its final stretch! Now is the time to plan ahead for the summer months and next school year! Here are five resources to help your family get ready.

  1. Request a student transfer by the May 14 deadline.
  2. Register for PreK or Kindergarten.
  3. Explore Department of Parks and Recreation summer camps.
  4. View 2019 PGCPS Summer Programs
  5. Discoverthe resources of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System with your child’s PGCPS student ID!

April 15 CSTCA Weekly Update

Good Day All!

Apologies for the lateness of this week’s update.  I had to do another civic duty yesterday (Jury Duty) and attended the meeting with CEX Alsobrooks Monday night, in addition to other things; it’s been a fairly busy week.  Below (and attached) are some interest events and updates for your reading pleasure.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful and happy Easter!

CSTCA General Membership Meeting:  Saturday, April 27th 11:00 – 1:00, 8300 Adelphi Rd.  Representative from the Department of Permitting, Inspections & Enforcement [DPIE], Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T), CEX District 2 (liaison to CEX Alsobrooks office).

Purple Line Update: Lane closures and weekend work on University Boulevard.  New: Beginning on or about May 15, 2019 crews will be shifting traffic on University Blvd East, NW Branch Bridge, for Phase I of construction. Two lanes will be maintained, in each direction, during construction. Work will take place weekdays from 7 AM – 5 PM, and on weekends from 11:30 PM – 5:30 AM. The shift can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2KB8yhk

Trowel Trades Training:  Pre-apprenticeship workshop.  Must attend Information Session on April 30th to be eligible for Class Training.  Contact Khaldoon Abdulrazaq (email: khaldoon.abdulrazaq@Rescue.org or 202/705-9551) See attached flyer for additional information.

NKA Community Health Fair:  Please see attached flyer for details.

Crossroads Farmers Market:  April 17th through November 27th.  Anne Street @ University Blvd., Takoma Park, MD. (See attached for additional details).  See also the SNAP Program flyer attached.  This too will be at the Crossroads Farmers Market from April 17 – Nov. 27.  See attached flyer for additional details.

PGC Schools – Spring Break:  Remember our PG County public school students are out on Spring Break.  Be careful and mindful of kids in the area.

MGCC:  Below is a summary I received on March 27th regarding the Golf Course discussions held at the meeting convened on 3/26 by the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

  • The potential placement of a track and field complex on a portion of the Golf Course was discussed, specifically on the current Holes 5 and 6.
  • The goal appears to be to retain an 18 hole Golf Course and the assumption I have is that only Holes 5 and 6 would be redesigned.
  • There was no discussion of surface parking or intramural and recreation fields on the Golf Course.
  • The Acredale/Paint Branch area was brought up during the discussion and, as he said on July 24 at the first public forum announcing the University’s repurposing proposal, Carlo Colella said he will look into that.
  • Carlo Colella plans to present some form of repurposing proposal at the next Facilities Council meeting, currently scheduled for April 26th.

Consideration of some form of repurposing for a portion of the Golf Course is ongoing within the University administration. Updates will continue to be provided.

 

APRIL MEETING NOTICE

COOL SPRING TERRACE CIVIC ASSOCIATION (CSTCA)

April 27, 2019

MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:         SATURDAY, April 27, 2019

                                                                       11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

                                                                       CHRIST SCIENCE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

                                                                       8300 ADELPHI ROAD

 

Representatives from DPIE and DPWT will be in attendance.

 

NOTES:  Membership Dues: Annual dues for 2019 ($10) are still being collected. If you have not paid your 2019 dues and would like to, please contact Treasurer Anika Halota.

Want bulk trash items picked up? Items such as washing machines, dryers, furniture, hot water heaters, and other large items are collected by appointment only. Contact Bulky Trash at (301) 952-7600, Mon. – Fri. between 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to schedule a pickup. It can also be done via email: BulkyTrash@co.pg.md.us or the CountyClick 311 website (http://countyclick.princegeorgescountymd.gov/). Give the following info: Name, address, phone number, and a list of items for collection. CountyClick 311 should also be used to report residential code violations and parking violations. IF YOU SEE BULK ITEMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COLLECTED, PLEASE REPORT IT. LET’S KEEP OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN.

 HELP NEEDED:   Position of Secretary of the Association: Needed for remainder of the year. This position will assist the President in taking notes at our General Membership meeting and type them for emailing to the Treasurer/Webmaster for uploading onto our association Website.

 

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