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.

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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

Opinion on Question D from Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk

We have been asked to post the following letter from Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk on the Cool Spring Terrace website.


Dear Neighbors and Fellow Prince Georgians:

Election Day is just around the corner and early voting starts today. While many of us are absorbed by the presidential race, I am writing to draw your attention to an important issue at the bottom of the ballot: Question D.

I am opposed to Question D and I am writing to tell you why.

What Question D is About

Question D requests consent from voters to add two additional council seats to our county council. The two additional seats will be at-large seats. It will raise the total number of council seats to 11 ( 9 district + 2 at-large). The two at-large seats will have separate two-term limits. So, for example, a district council member who has served two terms would immediately be eligible to run for two additions terms as an at-large council member.

Some facts about Question D

It will cost the County over $1 million each year to fund the two additional seats.

Running countywide is expensive. Previous countywide races have cost between $300,000 to $400,000; over $1 million was spent for the last County Executive race. Developers and special interests will fund their candidates who will run on slates with Senators or the Executive, while grassroots candidates will find it very difficult to compete effectively. The at-large council member will be responsive to funders and not to the people. Let’s get public financing for council candidates in Prince George’s before we debate at-large seats.

We already know from the October 9th Campaign Finance Report that $30,000 was given by developers to Recharge At-Large, the Ballot Committee promoting Question D. There will be much more in developer contributions before Election Day. If Question D will be so good for the County, why are developers pushing it? Don’t be fooled by the “Democratic Sample Ballots” being mailed by them.

I believe it is Important to Respect the Voice of the People

Question D circumvents term limits. Term limits in Prince George’s were placed on the charter through a citizen-driven initiative. Some elected officials have repeatedly attempted to second-guess the intent of voters and overturn term limits. Their attempts have failed three times; Question D is the fourth attempt. One of the reasons I oppose Question D because I think it is important to respect the will of the people.

Just last year, the County Council, facilitated by a state law voted on by my colleagues, chose to increase the property tax rate. I voted against the state bill in the General Assembly that made it possible for the county council to circumvent TRIM and I opposed the tax rate increase publicly.

If adding at-large seats, changing term limits, or repealing TRIM will improve county governance, it is incumbent on elected officials to initiate that discussion at the community level and not support stealth measures to undermine what voters have placed in the Charter.

For all these reasons, I hope you will join me in Opposing Question D.

The Prince George’s Civic Federation is coordinating a citizen’s campaign against Question D. You can find more information at their website http://www.NoOnQuestionD.com

Best,

Joseline

Project to restore erosion damage along the Northwest Branch hiker-biker trail

By Andrea Kenner

Here are some photos I took this morning of the work that has already been done to restore the section of the Northwest Branch Trail near the power lines that cross Cool Spring Road.

They laid the big rocks along the curve of the creek and built up the bank beside the part of the trail that had eroded away. It looks like the next step will be to roll out some new asphalt and repave the missing parts of the trail.

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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