Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter July 2001

Letter From the Mayor

Over the past several months a number of new residents have moved into the Town of Landover Hills, I have had the opportunity of meeting some of the new residents. On behalf of the Town of Landover Hills Town Council, I extend a hearty welcome to all of the new town residents. I would like to take this opportunity to explain the Town of Landover Hills' ward structure system of government.
 

The Town government consists of a Mayor and six Town Council members. There are three (3) wards within the Town of Landover Hills; each ward has two elected ward Council Members representing the residents in that particular ward. Any concerns by residents should be brought to the attention of the Town Council member representing that respective ward. The telephone numbers of all Town Council members are listed in the Landover Hills Chronicle Newsletter.
 

The following are the names of the Town Council members and the Wards that they represent:

Ward I

Vice-Mayor Jeannette Ripley

Councilmember Terry Wilson

Ward II

Councilmember William Kley

Councilmember Roderick Kennedy
 

Ward III

Councilmember Michael Thompson

Councilmember Richard Shipp
 

(Welcome to Councilmember Richard Shipp, our newest Councilmember who was elected during the last election.)

All Town residents are urged to know your elected Town Council representatives. A Town map is included in this edition of the Chronicle in addition to the names of the Town Council members representing each Ward, for your information.
 

A special word of thanks to all town residents who came out and participated at our last Town Meeting, at which Senator Paul G. Pinsky, was guest speaker. The attendance at this meeting was good. Town residents are encouraged to continue coming out, being informed and participating at your Town Meetings. Also, watch cable television Channel 10B for further information about Town Meetings and other important matters.
 

Now that school is out, all motorists are asked to drive carefully and safely; also, watch out for children. Parents are asked to please supervise your children while they are playing outside to insure their safety; particularly in respect to automobiles traveling through the streets.
 

A number of town residents will be going on vacation during the summer vacation period. Before going on vacation insure that all home safety concerns are observed. Let your neighbors (know your neighbors) know that you will be going out of Town; also inform the Landover Hills Police that you will be out of Town and your expected date of return.
 

Have a good and safe vacation period.
 

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Upcoming Meetings

Council Workshops

Monday, August 6, 2001 @ 7pm

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001 @ 7p.m.*
 

Town Meetings

Monday, July 16, 2001 @ 7:30p

Monday, Aug. 20, 2001 @ 7:30


 


* Note meeting day change. The Sept. Council Workshop will be held on Tuesday evening due to the Labor Day holiday.
 

If you have a disability and require any aid, services or removal of barriers in order to fully participate in a Town of Landover Hills meeting or event please call Town Hall @ 301-773-6401.


Community Legacy

The State of Maryland recently announced a "Community Legacy" program. This program is designed to assist urban neighborhoods, suburban

communities and small towns that are experiencing decline and disinvestment, but have potential, with modest public and private investment to be vibrant places to live and work.
 

Over the next few months, the Town of Landover Hills will be working on the application to be designated as a "Community Legacy" area. Becoming a "Community Legacy" town will enable the Town to apply for grants that can be used for a variety of revitalization needs.
 

One part of the application process aks for input from the residents of the area. In particular, what they (the residents) feel would help the community to be more attractive both physically as well as a better place to live. Please call the Town, drop us a note or e-mail us at Lndvrhlls@aol.com with your suggestions. We are looking for suggestions along the line of:streetscaping along Rte ff450 similar to what was done on Rte #202 in Landover
 

Any suggestions that you can think of would be appreciated. A public hearing will be held during the public portion of the July meeting on July 18, 2001 at 7:30 pm asking for input from residents.

Upcoming Events

Recreation Swim Hours; Ellen Linson Swimming Pool, 5211 paint Branch Parkway, College Park. Mondays-Sundays, 11:30 am - 6pm. Adults $4/ Children 17 and under $3
 

Conservation Club, Thursday, July 26, 9am-3pm. Work with park rangers on conservation projects throughout the County. Teens, this is a great opportunity to earn service hours .Park Ranger Office, 14955 Pennsylvania Ave. Upper Marlboro. FREE- reservations required. For info call 301-627-7755.
 

Annual Antique ,Classic, Rod and Custom, You name it! Car, Van Truck, Fire truck and Motorcycle Show- July 28- Aug.3 will be held from 9am - 4 pm at the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department, 4905 Branchville Road, College park. Pre-registration costs $10 before July 1 and $12 after July 1. Vendor spots costs $25. Call 301-336-2227.
 

Prince George's County Fair, Sept 4-9 will be held at the Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro.



 


July Birthday Wishes

Kathleen Barrett 7/3

Lionel Chapman 7/9

Loraine Chapman 7/9

Arthur Hawkins 7/13

Sharon Keefe 7/13

Vivian Licorish 7/13

John Wetzstein 7/15

Rachel Baum 7/15

Wendy Felker 7/16

Gerald Davis 7/18

Suzanne Catlett 7/27

Bernadette Fordyce 7/28

Michael Thompson 7/28

Sharon Unger 7/28

Eon Licorish 7/30


Public Works Service Schedule

Mondays:
Grass and yard waste collection
Tuesdays:
PG County recycling collections
Town Household waste collection
Fridays:
Town Household waste collection
 

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.



 


Summer Storms

Over the last few weeks we have had some nasty summer storms that have caused considerable damage to many trees in the Town.
 

When putting out limbs and branches for the public works department to pick up please either place them in trash cans or tie them in bundles no longer than 3 feet. Branches and limbs any longer can jam the trash truck.
 

The County dump located on Brown Station Rd. In Upper Marlboro is now open free to the public every Sunday. (No commercial vehicles).


Litter

Litter in the streets, common areas and storm drains has become a constant problem. Litter is always unsightly and makes an area look unkept.

Litter and trash, as a rule migrate to the storm drains and block them. During heavy rains this can cause dangerous flooding.

It is against the law to litter. The Town's Code states;
 

"It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast, scatter, drop, deposit or leave in and upon any street, avenue, alley, highway, public place, vacant lot or space within the Town any garbage, litter, dead animal, vegetable or animal matter, trash rubbish, paper, refuse, waste matter or any substance, liquid or solid matter injurious to the public health and safety."
 

The fine for littering is $50.00 for the first offence and $100 each time after. Parents, please talk to your children about littering. Talk to them about the consequences of littering. How litter affects the environment and diminishes quality of life. But above all set an example for them to follow.


Mosquitos/West Nile Virus/Dead Birds

The Asian Tiger Mosquitos that are plaguing this area can carry West Nile Virus. It is up to everyone to eliminate all water sources to prevent breeding. One sign that West Nile Virus may be in an area is the discovery of dead birds, especially crows and starlings. If you should find a dead bird that has no visible signs of injury, please call 1-866-866-2769. This a hotline number set up by the State of Maryland. They will direct you on what to do with the bird.


Road Work Sidewalks

Each year the Town applies for funds through the Community Development Block Grant program to pave streets and replace sidewalks. Because of the Town's limited budget, these funds are the sole source for road re-surfacing and concrete replacement.
 

This year we were fortunate enough to have some extra funds that were used to put in sidewalks where none had previously been. Over the next few years, it is anticipated that we will be able to construct sidewalks on some of the streets that do not have any sidewalks.
 

Ideally every street in Town would have sidewalks on both sides but unfortunately that is not possible. On many of the streets, telephone poles and/or fire hydrants are in the path of a sidewalk, on others there is too much of a hill off the curb to put in a sidewalk without first constructing a retaining wall. These areas will probably never have sidewalks installed. Streets that already have sidewalks on one side will be considered after streets with no sidewalks have been completed.
 

Because of the nature of the funding, this will be an on going project, spread over many years.
 

The next streets scheduled for re-paving are Taylor Street and 71st Avenue from Route 450 to the 70th Avenue split. Work on these streets will begin either in the Fall of 2001 or Spring of 2002.


The Talking Badge

By Chief Henry G. Norris Jr.

School is out for the children in Town, and consequently , several concerns have been voiced to the Police Department by residents expressing fear for the safety of the children and motorists. These concerns have focused on several primary issues.

Maryland state law mandates that children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while operating a bicycle anywhere other than on private property.

These concerns have been expressed numerous times over the years and it appears that parents are not reading the newsletter and their children are not paying attention to their parents or the law. What this means is that someday, you as the parent may have a police officer come to your house and tell you that your child has been seriously injured and most

of the bicycle injuries are head trauma from not wearing helmets. Are you parents not concerned enough about your children to make sure that they have a helmet on when riding a bicycle? Please check with your child and make sure that after you purchase them a helmet, talk to them about having it on when they ride their bicycle. They are also required to obey all of the traffic laws as far as stop signs & signals.

Another item of concern that questions are frequently asked about is a right turn on red. The law states that prior to making a right turn on red, you are required to make a complete stop prior to turning right on a red light. The red light camera system was installed as a safety tool to assist the police department with violations of the right turn on red, and red light violations. Please pay attention when you approach a red light and intend to turn right. If you do not stop prior to turning right, the red light camera will be activated and you will be receiving a citation in the mail for 75.00. If you come to a complete stop, and then turn right, the camera will not be activated. Your police department would like to thank you for your help when you stop for the red lights which stops a lot of accidents at intersections.


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.