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