Update on “NO PARKING” locations in the CSTCA Community

  • Corner of 26th Ave and Cool Spring Rd., extending along 138 feet on Cool Spring (in the direction of Riggs Road)
  • 26th Avenue (east side) and along Pawnee and Navajo (north side). These signs will be intermittent (alternate sides) to allow for sight distance of vehicles (particularly emergency vehicles, school buses), thereby increasing safety of members of the community, cars and incoming vehicles.

DPWT has already laid down the street notations. If any of the above is unclear, look for the white notations marked on these streets. These will mark the locations for the new signage.

Lastly, parking is prohibited within 30ft of any “STOP” sign.  These measures will be strictly enforced beginning mid-January 2018.  For your convenience, we have included the Maryland Code on Transportation.


Maryland Transportation Section 21-1003 (Article – Transportation)

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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

Newsletter: December 2017

Message from the President

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, and Happy Holidays CSTCA Members!!!

I hope you all have enjoyed the new CSTCA Newsletter you have been receiving. Members at the October meeting suggested distribution changes to better assist the leadership in gathering valuable content. It was agreed and voted upon to start the year 2018 with Quarterly Editions of the newsletter. We hope the added time will allow the leadership to obtain and disseminate information and ideas more thoroughly. In keeping with our mission we are committed to keeping you updated on matters within and surrounding our community.

The October meeting hosted representatives from the Department of Permits, Inspections & Enforcement (DPIE). Members were given a presentation and informational brochures, followed by a Q&A session to update members on rules and codes for PG County properties/homeowners and landlords; proper procedures for renting; inspections, licenses, and permit parking.

Also in attendance, Mr. Michael R. Harris, Jr., Director of Constituent Services and Community Outreach for Councilmember Deni Taveras. Mr. Harris has been very helpful addressing CSTCA concerns. For the December meeting, we will host representatives from DPWT.

Lastly, a reminder about the CSTCA Year-End Holiday Potluck Celebration. The celebration will immediately follow the general membership meeting scheduled for December 16th.

Please be safe this holiday season!!

Check the CSTCA website for updates, meeting announcements, and special events. If you have interesting content you would like to post to the CSTCA website, let us know! Home businesses and Self-Employed, advertise in our newsletter to reach a wider audience. Contact information is listed on the back of this newsletter.


In This Issue

  • President’s Message
  • Community News Update
  • COPs Report—A6 Crime Stats
  • October Meeting Highlights
  • WSSC / HomeServe
  • HomeServe FAQ
  • December Membership Meeting Announcement
  • Got A Question?

CSTCA Newsletter – December 2017

Thanksgiving Service Invitation

The following Thanksgiving Service invitation from the Christ Scientist Church was extended to the members of the CSTCA:

Everyone is  invited to join us for a special Thanksgiving service on November 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Christian Science churches throughout this country and in some other countries hold services on this day.

The one hour service includes the President’s proclamation and readings from the King James Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.  There is also the opportunity for those attending to express their gratitude for God and His blessings.

Everyone is welcome.

Christian Science Society

8300 Adelphi Road

Hyattsville, MD

 

DPWT – Tree trimming at Riggs and Cool Spring Rd

Thanks to the requests by the CSTCA and several community members, tree trimming along Riggs and Cool Spring Rd was completed in late October by the Department of Public Works and Transit (DPWT), making it easier to navigate onto Riggs Road from Cool Spring Road.

As a reminder, county residents should use 311 Constituent Services to make any service requests with the county. All requests are logged in their system, and by receiving several requests for the same item, the county is made aware of priority requests. You can also dial 3-1-1 if you prefer to make a request by phone.

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)