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

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!


Apply for Summer Employment

The Youth@Work/SYEP offers youth an enriching and constructive summer work experience in public and private sector settings. Click on the SYEP application link to be considered for a variety of positions in the Prince George’s County Government, non-profits organizations, and private businesses within the County.  After filling out the SYEP application, we encourage you to visit other links below to apply for additional summer employment opportunities.  The 2019 SYEP application is open until March 22.

Additional Employment Opportunities

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.

March 3 Budget and Listening Session

Please join Councilwoman Deni Taveras at an upcoming Budget and Listening Session alongside other associations. The session will take place Thu March 3rd at 7:00pm in the Langley Park Community Center (1500 Merrimac Drive Hyattsville, MD).

The purpose of this session is inform community members on the current budget details, updates funding to community projects and most importantly provide information on homeowners tax assessment.

Attached is a flyer for this event


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