|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||July 2003|
Yard Waste Pick-up has been changed to Wednesdays!!
Letter From the Mayor
Town residents who have occasion to drive east on Annapolis Road (Route
450) toward the beltway, will notice that median road construction is currently
taking place approximately one half mile from the Town. This median road
enhancement by the State Highway Administration mentioned in prior editions
of the Landover Hills Chronicle Newsletter, will proceed west along Annapolis
Road to the Baltimore Washington Parkway. The intersection of Route 450,
72nd Avenue and Greenvale Parkway, also mentioned in earlier
editions of the Chronicle Newsletter, will be permanently enhanced by the
current median construction.
A further word of thanks to all Town residents who received awards for their service to the Town of Landover Hills, during the Town Meeting on Monday, June 16, 2003. These residents are:
A hearty welcome to newly elected Ward II Councilmember Gary Rowe, who
has served a number of years as an election judge, and who replaced former
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed
Town of Landover Hills Playground on Thursday, August 21, 2003, at 11 a.m.
Governor Robert Ehrlich, County Executive Jack Johnson and other elected
officials have been invited to participate. All residents are invited
and encouraged to come out and be included in this ribbon cutting ceremony.
Best wishes to residents who will be vacationing for a happy and safe
vacation period. Remember to secure your home prior to going on vacation.
School is out, drive carefully!
The next Town Meeting will be on Monday, July 21, 2003, at 7:30 p.m.
Come out and participate.
Mayor Lee P. Walker
Important Trash Information
The Town of Landover Hills went into the trash business approximately
9 years ago with the purchase of 2 trash trucks. Being responsible for
trash pick-up has its positive points but an even greater amount of drawbacks.
The most positive point was that we had the ability to pick up anything
at anytime because we had the means to do it. But over the years that has
come at a greater and greater cost. When the trucks were new, repair costs
were minimal. This past year, repairs on the two trash trucks were over
Other costs have skyrocketed as well. Since 9/11 all of the town's insurances,
health, property, vehicle and especially Wokmen's Compensation have more
than doubled. The final straw however was when the State of Maryland cut
the Highway User fees to the Town by $23,000.
All local governments from the State of Maryland to the smallest towns
had a very difficult time balancing their budgets this year. The Mayor
and Council put out a "Request for proposals" for trash collection to see
if an outside contractor could pick up the Town's trash at a lower cost
to the Town. When all the bids were in, it was clear that the most fiscally
responsible move the Town could make was to contract out for trash removal.
This would allow the trash user fee to remain the same and also save the
town almost $40,000 in salaries, insurance costs and related items.
This was not an easy decision to make. Moving to a contractor would
also mean saying goodbye to two long time employees who's positions were
eliminated in the 2003/2004 budget and the eventual sale of the trash trucks.
We would like to offer our wishes for future success to Mr. Robert Frazier
and Mr. Clay Anderson. Their last day with the Town was June 30th.
The new trash company (Bate's Trucking) started on July 1. Because we
are not the only trash that they pick up (they also contract with District
Heights and Cottage City), we are not always going to have our trash picked
up in the mornings as was evident this past week. There is going to be
an adjustment period for them (not missing any streets) and for us (to
be patient and realize that they may be getting to us in the afternoon).
The only changes to the service that all residents need to be aware
of is that yard waste will now be picked up on Wednesdays and bulk trash
will be picked up every
Please be mindful that like before loose limbs piled curbside will not
be picked up. They need to be tied in manageable bundles or placed in trash
If you experience any problems with trash pick-up please call Town Hall
Town Council Calendar
Monday, August 4, 2003, 7 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003. 7 pm
Monday, July 21, 2003, 7:30 pm
Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, 7:30 pm
July 21, 2003 Council Meeting
Due to a family emergency. Delegate Ramirez was unable to attend the
June Town Meeting. He is tentatively scheduled to attend the July Town
Meeting to give an update on Legislative issues which came out of the recent
session in Annapolis.
Vacation Bible Camp- July 28- August 8- 10 am - 1 pm- Two weeks
of summer fun! Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure (SCUBA). Christ United
Methodist Church, 69th Avenue and Annapolis Road, Landover Hills.
Anacostia River Boat Tours: pontoon boat rides down the river
to look for wildlife, learn about the marsh and river ecology, and understand
the effects of human activities. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,
12 noon- 12:45. Also Sundays, 7:00-7:45 pm. FREE. No advance reservations;
sign up when you arrive at the park. Bladensburg Water Front Park.
Annapolis Road Economic Study Community Workshop- The MNCPPC
has begun an economic study of the Annapolis Road (MD 450) Corridor from
the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to the Capital Beltway. Annapolis Road
is one of seven corridors recommended for further study in the 2002 General
Plan. This is the first of several community workshops to be held regarding
the Annapolis Road study.
When: Wednesday, July 23, 2003
6:30 pm to 9 pm
Doors will open at 6 pm for viewing maps and other information.
Where: Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Station 30, 6801 Annapolis Road (Parking is available on-site and on Webster Street)
Who Should Attend:
Residents, property owners, merchants and elected officials
Purpose of Workshop:
PG County recycling collections.
Town Household waste collection
Wednesdays: Yard Waste Pick-up and Bulk Trash pick-up
Town Household waste collection
Any questions or concerns regarding recycling pick-ups in Town should
be directed to 301-952-7630.
Feeding those in Need
Every Wednesday & Friday
11a.m. - 1 p.m.
Christ United Methodist Church
69th Ave. & Annapolis Road
Donations Welcome!- Non-perishable items: Canned goods, Pasta, boxed cereal, grits, oatmeal and the like.
Collection site: Landover Hills Town Hall, 6904 Taylor Street, Landover Hills
Chief Henry G. Norris
I hope everyone had a good Fourth of July. Even though the Fourth of
July is over and fireworks are illegal in Prince George's County, you will
still see and hear some people setting them off. Remind your children that
fireworks, including firecrackers and sparklers, can burn them severely
and they are a type of explosive.
We are finally experiencing some sun and warmer days after a very long
rainy spell. Remember the temperature in a closed car will climb over 120
degrees. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN OR PETS IN A CLOSED CAR. This can prove
deadly for them and criminal for you.
The Town of Landover Hills has installed a very nice playground for
the neighborhood children. This was done to give families the opportunity
to bring their children to the playground and utilize the adjoining park
and tennis court. I regret to tell you that the park has already been vandalized.
Someone wrote graffiti all over the equipment. Please help us keep this
playground clean. Speak to your children, ask if they saw anyone vandalizing
the playground and please let us know.
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 5, 2003. The Town of
Landover Hills will once again participate in National Night Out. This
is a nationwide event to bring citizens together to meet their neighbors,
law enforcement agencies and public officials to show unification against
criminal acts in their town. Please join us from 6:00 pm until 8:00 p.m.
at the Landover Hills Town Hall parking lot. We will have other law enforcement
agencies joining us with displays and demonstrations. There will be face
painting, fingerprinting for children, see how fast you can throw a softball
(we'll clock you by radar), food, music, games and a lot more. We will
also have the new computers and video cameras on display that were recently
installed in our police cruisers. Hope to see all of you there.
On a final note, anyone who has received a painting notice or a notice to repair a damaged fence, the deadline to complete repairs is July 31st.