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

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Meeting Minutes: August 2017

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting, August 26th, 2017
Officers in Attendance: Marguerite Mickens-Mosley, President, Ikem Ukachu, Vice President and Michelle V. Rowley, Secretary.
Absent, Anika Halota, Treasurer.

I. Welcome/Gathering

The meeting was called to order at 11:07 a.m. with President Mickens‐Mosley presiding. Also in attendance were First Reader, Robert Snyder of the Christian Science Church, Council Member, Deni Taveras along with Michael Harris, Community Constituent Liaison.

II. Announcements and Officers’ Reports

  • Robert Snyder, First Reader of the Christian Science Church, where our meetings are held, took the opportunity to share a bit about the congregation and its ongoing activities and issues. He clarified that his position as First Reader functions along the lines of a brought equivalent as Pastor —Sunday services are held at the following hours: 10:30-noon and 7:30 – 9:00p.m. Theirs is a testimony format, the First Reader brings a sermon and then there are testimonies and sharing. All are invited.
  • First Reader Snyder then alerted the group to a problem they have had with land erosion and drainage that affects the property below (parking lot). The congregation is being asked to correct the drainage problem (approx. 40-50k). As the First Reader noted however, this erosion problem resulted, not from any action on their part, but building decisions that were made in the construction of the parking lot. The members present talked with Mr. Snyder about a range of corrective possibilities that included reforestation, legal consultation, and construction possibilities.
  • Treasurer Halota through President Mosley extended apologies for her absence from the meeting. President Mosley give the Treasury report stating the association presently has a balance of $1555.00. Two members paid dues and there was an expenditure of $35.00 used for photo copying the meeting notifications.
  • The minutes from June 2017 were read and approved.

III. Community Policing Update

Corporal Bhaskarnauth Tiwari (Cpl. T) was not present. The Corporal was celebrating his birthday. Happy Birthday Cpl. T.!

The good news is that there was no crime to report for the intervening period.

Old Business

Newsletter: The membership discussed the possibility of an electronic-copy of the newsletter because of the labor-intensive nature of copying and distributing to house-holds. Ideas for content were solicited. Please contact President Mickens-Mosley with your ideas.

New Business

  • A Nextdoor.com petition has been generated to start a bus service into Adelphi, because of decreased service from WMATA. President Mickens-Mosley will circulate petition when available, for us to support. Joel Ryerson agreed to be the point-of-contact on this initiative, working with Ms. Shelby, the originator of the petition.
  • Concern was raised about a perceived increase in residential sub-leasing. Community instability due to a constant flow of different people coming in and out of the community. Association is uncertain about how to address this. Council-member Taveras reiterated the need to pass legislation that would address over-crowding and was uncertain about options should the turn-over be a result of Airbnb services. She reminded the community that seniors must be allowed a 24-month mandatory lease in terms of housing, and provided an overview of three-part legislation – “Thriving Communities,” intended to alleviate housing. Details of this legislation also listed in August’s CSTCA Newsletter.
  • Licenses are also required if renting (75.00/yr). The community pointed to the need to go after the landlords, not the renters, when issues arise, given that owners, not renters, are responsible for upkeep and code enforcement. Council-member Taveras promised to follow up on specific locations that were identified as specific areas of concern in the community.
  • Speeding. Association members were reminded of the speed limit. Cpl. T has, when possible, been surveilling the community for speeders and caught approximately 8 different drivers within a short time span. All but two were of the speeders were residents of Cool Spring Terrace. Cpl. T has also sent in a request to support the existing crosswalk with signs or flashing light. Members have asked for a pedestrian signal at the crosswalk (Adelphi and 26th Place). Members were also reminded to not confront speeders themselves. Some drivers have been both belligerent and confrontational when stopped by community residents.
  • Residential parking. The community revisited this conversation on parking permits. A number of important concerns were raised in this discussion. Among these were concerns about the elderly in need of multiple care-givers, varying modes of access to online registration, concerns about whether registration would be assigned to a home or to a vehicle, nature of enforcement, and concerns about failing to have permit parking in light of the impending purple line and even further over-crowding. In addition to concerns about elder care, a member also made inquiries about any possible constraints that could be placed on visiting family members responsible for the care of aging parents. Vice President Ukachu is conducting additional research on this matter.
  • In response, members of the executive clarified that there is no cost to the community. There is no need to begin with the entire community, it is possible to begin with a few streets. A community based petition with a 60% threshold is required to initiate the process. There are also 72 hour visitors’ passes that are available. Inquiries will be made regarding issues such as long-term care, out of state tags and college students.
  • Members of the association recounted earlier parking horrors in relation to UMD football games, which resulted in “No Parking” signs being placed along Cool Spring Rd. and the median along Adelphi.

Council-member Taveras

Council-member Taveras spoke with the Association about ongoing legislative efforts that would empower citizens to argue their case the Nuisance Abatement Board. Concerns are presently raised via one or more agencies that will determine whether or not a case merits going before the Board. This legislation would empower citizens to raise these concerns and put a case together and bring it before the Nuisance Abatement Board. They Board itself can enforce their position by sending someone in violation to jail six months or fine to up to $1000.00. (For any additional information please see: CB-063-2017 AN ACT CONCERNING NUISANCE ABATEMENT BOARD for the purpose of amending the powers and duties of the Nuisance Abatement Board by authorizing the Board to enforce civil violations, and preside over administrative hearings pursuant to Subtitle 13, Division 12 of the County Code.)

For additional information on the Thriving Communities Overcrowding bill, which Taveras discussed further please see: CB -037-2017: Housing & Property Standards Law to Prohibit Overcrowding – An act concerning housing and property standards for the purpose of amending the Prince George’s County housing and property standards to address overcrowding. Taveras also noted that this legislation is not family specific but rather, guided by square footage/person. Therefore, it has the potential to close the loop
hole of folks identifying household inhabitants as “family members.”

Members of the association voiced skepticism over the introduction of new legislation given the non-enforcement of existing code and laws (e.g. trash, open drug dealing, beer houses etc.).

Council-member Taveras provided an update on the upcoming ground breaking for the Purple line and reminded members that there was a planned stop on Adelphi and University.

Impending zoning rewrite was said to be moving along slowly. No anticipated change to the community’s designation.

The Council-Member also highlighted other development efforts underway e.g. Riverfront West Hyattsville, Gin Warehouse which will now have 183 townhomes, 9000sq. ft. of commercial space and 4.5 acres of green space.

The members present then held an extended conversation with Council Member Taveras about the abutting forest, the Northwest Branch pathway and voiced concern that ongoing development plans can serve to remove the community’s environmental buffer, further compromise the water ways and place a greater burden on existing infrastructure (e.g. schools). The Association strongly encouraged the Council Member to think in more symbiotic and synergistic ways about the environment and the need for space “to develop.”

The Council Member then shared information about her upcoming Latino Diaspora Conference (Sept 30) as well as an anticipated conference to be held in January, 2018 on the African American Black Diaspora (Rolling Crest Community Center).

The association voiced its own commitment to intergroup dialog and referred to a desire to have meetings held in English/Spanish, as well as an interest in translating materials (e.g. newsletter) into Spanish. There was however, need of specific language expertise. President Mickens-Mosley noted that the community’s block party was beginning to help bridge these gaps, and voiced an interest in revisiting these gaps given the community’s growing population of Latino neighbors.

Meeting adjourned 1:08pm.

Next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2017.


CSTCA August Minutes 2017 (PDF file)

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


CSTCA June Minutes 2017

Meeting Minutes: April 2017

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association Meeting, April 22nd, 2017 (Approved Saturday, June 24th, 2017.

Officers in Attendance: Marguerite Mickens, President; Anika Halota, Treasurer; Michelle V. Rowley, Secretary

Members in Attendance: Approximately 19

I. Welcome/Gathering
The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. at which point the new association officers
introduced themselves to the members in attendance. Also present were Deni. L. Taveras, Member, County Council – Prince George’s County, Carolyn Cook, Constituent Services Liaison, and COPs Liaison, Corporal Bhaskarnauth Tiwari, Prince George’s Police Department.

II. Announcements and Officers’ Reports

  • The minutes from February 2017 were read and approved.
  • Incoming treasurer, Anika Halota, indicated that she was familiarizing herself with the transferred documents and would be better positioned to report on the Association’s finances at the next meeting. The previously announced CSTCA balance of 1527.01 was restated, along with a reminder that the membership voted to give 190.00 to the Christian Science Society as a gesture of appreciation for the use of their facilities.
  • Member Jon Robinson provided an update on plans underway to build a middle school behind Mother Jones Elementary. Mr. Robinson has been working to encourage the school board to broaden their search for an appropriate school site. In a meeting attended by Senator Rosapepe, Mr. Robinson proposed three alternative sites for consideration. While the suggestions were positively received, there was concern that they would not be taken up. The members voiced additional concerns about the potential conversion of the woods at University/Adelphi intersection (Cool Spring Forest) for development purposes. The discussion then turned to a preliminary exploration about how the Association might acquire said woods to stave off further conversion. This included a suggestion that the woods be given to the Association as “compensation” for lands lost due to the middle school construction. Councilwoman Tavares reminded members, this property is privately owned and did not foresee this to be a possibility.

III. Community Policing Update
The Association then heard from Corporal Bhaskarnauth Tiwari (Cpl. T), who has replaced Corporal Rickert as the Association’s COPs liaison. Corporal Rickert is now the liaison in the Kennilworth/Riverdale area.

Cpl. T introduced himself, he invited us to use “Cpl. T” and provided his contact info:
Phone: 240-762-1545
Email: batiwari@co.pg.md.us

He indicated that his preferred method of communication is email. Cpl. T invited the members to register on NextDoor.com, an online neighborhood networking website. It is a free service and once registered, allows you to directly communicate with your neighbors as well as Cpl. T, who is also a member. This site allows you to disseminate your own community information and you can post concerns to which the police can then follow up.
By way of example, Cpl. T accounted for a situation where members inquired about the caution tape that had been posted at a home on Cool Spring Road, police follow-up revealed that a resident attempted to provide support to a utility company working in the area. The site was visited by the police and the resident was required to remove the tape. Cpl. T noted that similar issues could be posted to Next Door for police attention.
In his community crime update, Cpl. T reminded members to not leave items in their car noting that GPS units were most susceptible to theft.

Members raised a number of concerns with Cpl. T. These included:

  • Concerns about the dumping of large bulky items (mattresses in particular) on Cool Spring Road
  • Parking congestion on Osage and Pawnee. This congestion recently impeded an EMT vehicle
  • Concerns about commercial vehicles parking in the community e.g. 26th Place
  • The need for a traffic light on Cool Spring and Riggs to facilitate easier entry to and exit from the community
  • Speeding. Members asked about the procedure for installing a speed bump on 26th Place to help alleviate this problem.
  • Difficulty turning onto Adelphi from Cool Spring Road because of un-mowed and uncut hedges and bushes.

Members also discussed the possibility of the Adopt-a-Road Program, which with county support, might allow for a more efficient maintenance of the Adelphi/Cool Spring intersection.

In response to these concerns, Cpl. T noted that a speed bump and a traffic light would require a traffic study. He also noted that the Association would need to confirm who held responsibility for the identified roads, observing that some roads fell to the state, while others to the county. Cpl. T indicated that he would investigate the issues that fell under his purview (e.g. commercial parking, army truck, illegal dumping) and encouraged the Members to also raise these issues with Councilwoman Taveras. He indicated that he would inquire and convey the correct channel of communication for the traffic study.

IV. District #2 Councilwoman Taveras
Councilwoman Taveras presented an overview of the county’s 3.8 billion budget (FY 2017). Among the highlights, Councilwoman Taveras noted that $1.96 billion was earmarked for education – a projected increase of 30 million. She also noted the intent to hire an additional 200 police officers and 115 firefighters, 25 new deputy sheriffs and two new classes of correctional officers.
Councilwoman Taveras stated that there was the need for a rat abatement program following on the county’s move to one day a week trash pick-up. She also signaled her intent to put forward legislation aimed to address residential overcrowding in the community.
Members voiced their concern about the efficiency of trash collection, noting that the trucks were now too packed to function effectively. We were encouraged to report any incidents to 311.
Councilwoman Taveras informed the membership that there were ongoing efforts to improve property standards code enforcement and that there was now Saturday area inspection. The county is also working to enforce the monitoring of abandoned vehicles.
Taveras is also working toward having trash cans placed at bus stops.
Members then voiced the need for a sidewalk at Cool Spring and Adelphi. Councilwoman promised to conduct a site visit as part of her follow up on this issue.
Member Robinson used the opportunity to speak with Councilwoman Taveras about the loss of green space to the middle school at Mother Jones. Member Robinson argued that if the woods were acquired with “Open Space” funds, then there should be some form of replacement/exchange of open space.
Councilwoman Taveras noted that the alternative locations suggested by Member Robinson might not be appropriate given that school sites/placement need to meet set criteria, which are hard to find and that there was a need to redress overcrowding in the county’s schools.
The Councilwoman’s liaison officer, Carolyn Cook, encouraged the membership to contact her office with any ongoing concerns.

V. Election of New Officers
After some discussion, Mr. Ikem Ukachu was voted into the position of Vice President and joined the Officers at the table.

VI. New Business

  • Members were encouraged to visit an upcoming an exhibit of art proposals for the new purple line metro – April 27, College Park Community Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Members were asked to occasionally visit the Association’s Facebook page to avoid removal from the site.
  • Members were asked to convey any changes to their contact info. to the officers. The new membership form is on the Association’s website.
  • Member Kim Crews gave an overview of the upcoming community clean-up day (April 29).
  • Member Crews also noted that there were a number of homes in violation of property standards and asked for ongoing community code inspection.
  • The Association then began a preliminary discussion of residential permit parking and asked to read the materials distributed for a later conversation.
  • The Association discussed the ongoing late-night noise that extends into the community. There is some speculation that the site is on University Blvd. Cpl. T reminded the members that the county’s noise ordinance is a 24-hour ordinance, and the membership was informed that the Association has been registered as a party of record to the “Special Except” application made by Emily’s Restaurant; this request asks that they, Emily Restaurant, be allowed to play music beyond midnight. The Association extends its thanks to Member Robinson for drafting the opposition letter that was submitted on the Association’s behalf.
  • President Mickens-Mosley spoke to the need to re-engage block captains as well as the intent to begin a weekend walking group.
  • Treasurer Halota alerted members to a “Raincheck Rebate” program in the community and indicated that it was possible, in the future, to invite the Department of the Environmental Resources (DER) to do a presentation on the program.

The meeting was formally adjourned at 1:08 and was followed by a community Seed Swap.


April Minutes 22nd (PDF file)

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.

Past Agendas & Meeting Minutes

This page provides links to past CSTCA agenda and meeting minutes.

Agenda & Meeting Minutes

2016

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association October 2016 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association August 2016 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2016 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association April 2016 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2016 Minutes

2015

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association December 2015 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association October 2015 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association August 2015 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2015 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association April 2015 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2015 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association April 2015 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2015 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2015 Agenda

2014

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association December 2014 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association December 2014 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association October 2014 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association October 2014 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association August 2014 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association August 2014 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2014 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2014 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association April 2014 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association April 2014 Agenda

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2014 Minutes

2010

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association December 2010 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2010 Minutes

2009

* Meeting scheduled for Dec 19, 2009, canceled due to inclement weather

* Community potluck substituted for bi-monthly meeting in October 2009

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association August 2009 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2009 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association April 2009 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2009 Agenda

2008

* CSTCA Accomplishments 2008

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association December 2008 Agenda

* Community potluck substituted for bi-monthly meeting in October 2008

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association August 2008 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2008 Agenda

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2008 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2008 Agenda

2007

* CSTCA 2007 Accomplishments

2006

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2006 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association January 2006 Minutes

2005

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2005 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association January 2005 Minutes

2004

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association December 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association October 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association September 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association July 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association May 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association April 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association March 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association February 2004 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association January 2004 Minutes

2003

* CSTCA Accomplishments 2002 – 2003

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association December 2003 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association November 2003 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association October 2003 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association September 2003 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2003 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association May 2003 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association March 2003 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association January 2003 Minutes

2002

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association November 2002 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association October 2002 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association June 2002 Minutes

* Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association May 2002 Minutes