Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter March 2003

Letter From the Mayor

For several days now we have been experiencing one of the largest amounts of snow in this area that we have had for some time. The snow and resulting ice have kept our Public Works Department busy plowing, salting and sanding the roads.
 

A word of thanks to those residents who have cooperated with our Public Works staff by moving their automobiles into driveways or as close as possible to the curb side; especially on smaller streets that require greater effort for snow plows to pass through. There is a possibility that we might be experiencing more snow, therefore, the continued cooperation and patience of Residents would be appreciated.
 

For some time now we have had concerns about the delivery of mail by the Postal Service in Landover Hills; although, phone calls have been made to the Post Office Department, the situation appears to have escalated over the past several months. As a result of this situation I recently talked with the Postmaster for the area. I explained the concerns that we have with mail being delivered to the wrong address, late deliveries, and the continuing concern with our newsletters being delivered late; even though they are mailed more than one week in advance.
 

The Postmaster whose name is Mr. Lawrence J. Welling, expressed great concern about the points that I mentioned and assured me that the matter would be corrected. Mr. Welling also stated that if there were any other problems concerning the mail, Residents could call him directly at 301-209-8905.
 

Don't forget to write your elected state officials, the Governor, Senators and Delegates regarding the proposed budget cuts. As a further point of information, the Town of Landover Hills is now in the 47th Legislative District.
 

At the next Town Meeting on March 17, 2003, there will be representatives present to answer your questions from PEPCO, WSSC and Washington Gas Company. These representatives will answer your questions about services, rates or any other question that you may have about their particular utility. Don't miss this opportunity to get your questions answered regarding these three utilities.
 

We look forward to seeing Residents at the upcoming Town Meeting on Monday, March 17, 2003, St. Patrick's Day. The time of the meeting is 7:30 p.m.
 

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, April 7, 2003, 7 pm

Monday, May 5, 2003, 7 pm
 

Town Meetings*

Tues. Mar. 17,2003 7:30 pm

Tues. April 21, 2003, 7:30 pm



Town Elections

The next town election will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2003. One Council seat from each Ward will be up for election as well as the seat of Mayor. All positions elected in 2003, shall serve a four year term which will end in 2007.
 

Anyone who is currently registered with the Board of Election Supervisors of Prince George's County and whose registration displays a Landover Hills address shall be eligible to vote in the Town election. Mail-in voter registration forms may be obtained at the Landover Hills Town Hall. Absentee ballots may be requested in writing. Absentee ballots must be received at the Landover Hills Town Hall, 6904 Taylor Street, Landover Hills, MD 20784, no later than Monday, May 12, 2003 at 4 p.m.
 

Qualifications

Any candidate wishing to run for the office of Mayor must have resided in the Town for at least one year (1) year immediately preceding their election and shall be a qualified voter of the Town.
 

Any candidate wishing to run for the office of Council member must have resided in their Ward for at least one year immediately preceding their election and shall be qualified voters of the Town. They must maintain residence in the Ward they represent during their entire term of office.
 

Declaration of Candidacy

Any person wishing to be a candidate for an elected office must submit to the Town Manager not less than forty-five (45) days nor more than ninety (90) days prior to the election a petition under oath in support of his/her candidacy setting forth the following.
 

1. The candidate is a registered voter of the Town.
 

2. The candidate will have attained the required age (21) for the office he/she is seeking on or before the Election Day.
 

3. The candidate has been a resident of the Town (or Ward if running for Councilmember) for one year immediately preceding the date of election.
 

4. The Ward in which the candidate resides and the number of years he/she resided in that ward.
 

5. The name of the office sought.
 

Petitions can be picked up at Town Hall. Petitions no longer require signatures from residents in the candidate's ward.
 


2003 Election Calendar


 


February 13, 2003- the first day that candidacy petitions may be submitted to the Town Manager
 

March 28, 2003- last day candidacy petitions may be submitted to the Town Manager
 

April 14, 2003- last day to register to vote for the May 13, 2003 election.
 

May 12, 2003- last day absentee ballots will be accepted.
 

May 13, 2003- Election Day


Code Reminders


 
  1. Check your gutters and downspouts for damage after the recent snow storms. If they are loose, repair them now to prevent water damage inside and outside of your home.

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  3. Unregistered vehicles. If you have a car in your yard that does not have current Maryland tags which belong to that car, you must place current Maryland tags on the vehicle. If you do not, we will issue you a municipal infraction which carries a fine of $50.00

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  5. Debris in your yard. We realize that it has been very cold, but don't let debris accumulate in your yard. Winter is a harsh season and it does affect the appearance of your home especially if it has a cluttered yard.

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  7. Spring is on the way. Start making a to do list for your home and yard. We will be issuing painting notices in the Spring, we do realize that it is too cold and wet to paint for the next couple of months.

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  9. Rental homes. If you are residing in a rental home or if you own a rental home in the Town of Landover Hills, you must call in April to schedule a rental inspection for either May or June. Once you have your rental inspection, there is a $50.00 rental license fee which is good for two years. Failure to have a rental inspection will result in a fine of $200.



Upcoming Events

.Landover Hills Annual Easter Egg Hunt- Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 10:30 am. (Arrive approximately 15 minutes before hunt begins). Prizes for gold and silver egg. All ages welcome. Rain or shine (hunt is outdoors, so dress appropriately). Raffle. Town Hall, 6904 Taylor St., Landover Hills.301-773-6401.
 

Outdoor Horse Show, Thursday, March 27- Sunday, March 20, 8 a.m. Attend a FREE A rated hunter/jumper horse show. Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro. Information: 301-952-7999, TTY 301-952-7998.
 

Patuxent River Clean Up, Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed to help clean up Jug Bay. Wear old clothes and shoes. Call to sign up for canoe, kayak or pontoon boat duty. Reservations required. Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro. Information: 301-627-6074; TTY 301-699-2544.
 

Family Health and Fitness Day, Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a FREE program of fitness and fun with friends and family. The program will include health screenings, an aerobic class demonstration, giveaways, and more. All ages welcome. North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood. Information: 301-864-0756


Household Hazardous Waste Disposal


 


The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources, Waste Management Division has a permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. The drop off site is located at the Brown Station Road Landfill, 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro. The drop off site is open every Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All items are disposed of in an environmentally safe and responsible manner.

Types of Household items Accepted

Fire extinguishers, cleaning products, insecticides, photographic chemicals, computer monitors, televisions, fuels, household batteries, car batteries, pesticides, propane tanks, varnishes and stains, oil based paints, automotive fluids, acids, fertilizer and herbicides, driveway sealer, and swimming pool chemicals.
 


Tips for Reducing Household Hazardous Waste

For more information, call the Prince George's County Waste Reduction Section at 301-883-5045.

Income Tax Information

When filing your income tax forms, please indicate that you reside in the Town of Landover Hills. Your subdivision number 1726, should appear on the forms. This allows the State of Maryland to share local income taxes with local governments. Your efforts will not increase your tax obligations but will ensure that Landover Hills receives its appropriate share.
 


Public Works Service Schedule
 


Mondays:

Grass and yard waste collection.
 

Tuesdays:

PG County recycling collections.

Town Household waste collection

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Fridays:

Town Household waste collection

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Bulk Trash: First and Third Wednesday's of the month.
 

Appliances

There is a $20.00 charge for the removal of appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, stoves, hot water heaters and air conditioning units. Payment must be made in advance of removal.

Re-cycling

Any questions or concerns regarding recycling pick-ups in Town should be directed to 301-952-7630.


The Talking Badge

Chief Henry G. Norris

There is an emergency what are you going to do?


 


I would like to talk to you about preparing for an emergency. This is a topic that all of us intend to discuss with our family but we somehow never get to it. One of the first steps to take when preparing for an emergency is to make a family plan. Your family plan should address all types of emergency situation/disasters. I will be sharing with you tips from the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department concerning emergency preparation. I will cover this topic this month and next month. This article is not to alarm you but to make you an informed citizen. You can look at this as an addition to your first aid kit.
 

Your emergency plan should cover meeting places, one for emergencies occurring inside your home. This should be a place just outside your house where your family can safely meet in case of a house fire. The second should be outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home or are evacuated. Ask an out-of-state friend or family member to be your family contact. Make sure all family members have this person's name and telephone number. After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Each family member should call this person to tell them where they are.
 

What to do in case of a chemical emergency
 

Stay Calm

If you are outdoors in the vicinity of a chemical incident, leave the immediate area, moving at least two miles away from the site of the release.
 

If you are in your residence, turn on your radio to an Emergency Alerting System (EAS) station for information and directions.
 

Stay off the telephone. The lines may be needed for official business.
 

Emergency Activation Radio Stations

WMAL 630 AM

WTOP 1500 AM

WWRC 1260 AM

WKYS 93.9 FM
 

Remember to start preparing a supply kit. This will be very useful if a natural disaster occurs cutting off your electricity or water. You will also be prepared in case of an attack. The American Red Cross has suggestions on their website for emergency plans and supply kits. Go to www.redcross.org


Classified Ads

The Town of Landover Hills is now accepting paid advertisements from local businesses. The cost of a 2"x 3" (1/3 column) ad is twenty dollars ($20.00) per publication. If you are interested in placing an ad, please call Town hall @ 301-773-6401, Monday through Friday, nine to five.

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