|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||January 2001|
Letter From the Mayor
Now that the holidays are behind us, I hope that everyone had an enjoyable
holiday season, as we commence our journey through the new Millennium year
One of the last days of the year 2000, ended on a very happy note, in
that I had the opportunity of participating in the celebration of one of
our outstanding residents's birthday celebration on Thursday, December
28, 2000, at the Landover Hills Fire Department. Mrs. Walker and I had
a very enjoyable time as we joined with family members and friends in celebrating
the birthday of Mrs. Aileen O'Reilly, who turned 100 years of age on December
Mrs. O' Reilly was presented with a proclamation from the Town of Landover
Hills proclaiming December 28, 2000 as Mrs. Aileen O'Reilly Day in the
Town of Landover Hills.
For more than three years the Mayor has expressed the need for a community
center for residents in the Landover Hills vicinity. This matter was again
discussed at a recent meeting of the Mayor and Council. Efforts are again
being made to foster the great need for a community center in the Landover
Hills vicinity for all residents, particularly our youth.
A; residents are urged to use great care when crossing Annapolis Road
(Route 450) at 72nd Avenue. A mother and her three children
were recently struck by an automobile while crossing Annapolis Road. The
Mayor and Council had requested a traffic light and/or brighter lighting
at the intersection of Annapolis Road and 72nd Avenue several
years ago. Requests are again being made to improve conditions at this
Traffic cameras have been installed at Annapolis Road and 71st
Avenue, eastbound, and Annapolis Road and Ardwick Ardmore Road, eastbound,
in an effort to help make this portion of Annapolis Road safer for pedestrians
and law abiding motorists.
The Mayor has joined the Mayoral Millennium Challenge sponsored by the
Citizens for a Cleaner County, whose primary mission is to promote litter
reduction and recycling. Everyone is asked to do their part in this effort
by helping to keep the Town of Landover Hills clean and free of litter
and regularly participating in the recycling program.
Remember the upcoming Town Meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2001.
Mayor Lee P. Walker
Town Council Calendar
Monday, February 5, 2001 @ 7 pm
Monday, March 5, 2001 @ 7 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001 @7:30 pm*
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001@7:30 pm*
*Note: Meeting dates are on Tuesdays due to the Martin Luther King
Holiday and President's Day.
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.
A special guest from the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department,
Lt. Colonel John W. Thompson, will be a speaker at the Tuesday, January
16th Town Council meeting. Lt. Colonel Thompson will be speaking
about the services provided by the Sheriff's Department.
Other agenda items include:
Second Reading of Ordinance O-01-01-
an Ordinance requiring a permit prior to commencement of an alteration
to a public street as well as for existing uses that encroach on the public
rights-of way; providing standards for issuance of permits; setting forth
the authority of the Town of Landover Hills; and providing penalties for
violations of its provisions.
Second Reading of Ordinance O-02-01
an Ordinance amending Chapter 2- Administration of the Code of the Town
of Landover Hills defining the duties of the Town Manager and providing
the Town Manager the authority to amend the personnel regulations of the
Town, and further formally ratifying the Police Department and defining
the duties of the Chief of Police.
Resolution R- 01-01;
a Resolution adopting Personnel Rules for the Town of Landover Hills, Maryland.
Budget Handout- Town Manager, Kathy
Tavel, handed out a print out of the year to date expenditures and revenues
for the Town. The Mayor and Council reviewed it.
Personnel Rules- One last and final
change was made to the Personnel Rules. The entire document will be presented
for adoption by the Mayor and Council at the January 16, 2001 Council Meeting.
Vehicles- The Mayor and Council were briefed on the condition of the Public Works Departments snow removal equipment. At the present time everything is working. But because of the age and condition of the small truck with a plow, it was suggested by the Town Manager that a new or newer truck should be considered to replace the 1984 , to minimize the threat of mechanical failure. Because the current year's budget will not support the cost of a replacement truck, Ms. Tavel asked the Mayor and Council if one of the Police Department's vehicles( the 1994 burgundy Crown Victoria) could be used as a trade in. The Mayor and Council agreed. Ms. Tavel and the Public Works Department are currently looking for a suitable vehicle for snow removal.
Town Hall Closing
Town Hall will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of
the Martin Luther King Birthday Holiday. There will be no yard waste pick-up
January Birthday Wishes
Janice Williams 1/1
Joseph Podmostko 1/3
Beatrice Nee 1/3
Helon Pitsenbarger 1/4
William Herrell 1/8
Paul Pierson 1/8
Lenore Walker-Yeboah 1/8
Andre Bullock 1/10
Valerie Keefe 1/10
Lincoln McDonald 1/11
Jeannette Ripley 1/13
Barbara Anderson 1/17
Jacqueline Davis 1/18
Willie- Lee Morris 1/20
Karen Felker 1/21
Henry Lawrence 1/22
Darby Nee 1/23
Dorothy Fratturelli 1/24
Carol Hankins 1/25
Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Abe
Pitsenbarger, of 71st Avenue, who passed away on January
2, 2001. He leaves behind his wife, Helon, daughters, Linda, Mary Helen
and Joyce, 6 grandchildren, 4 great- grandchildren and a host of other
family and friends. Mr. Pitsenbarger was buried at Sugar Grove Cemetery
in West Virginia on January 6, 2001.
Happy Birthday wishes to Willie-Lee Morris who will celebrate her 82nd birthday on January 20th!
House Decorating Contest Winners
This year the Holiday House Decorating Contest was judged by members
of the BYO Track and Basketball Club. The winners are:
4406 72nd Avenue
7014 Varnum Street
There was a tie in this category.
4114 Beall Street
4207 70th Avenue
Thank you to the judges and to all the residents who took the time to decorate and light up their houses to make Landover Hills twinkle with holiday magic!
The next Town election will be held on Tuesday May 8, 2001. One Council
seat from each Ward will be up for election. Councilmembers elected in
2001, shall serve a four year term which will end in 2005.
Anyone who is currently registered with the Board of Elections Supervisors
of Prince George'sCounty 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 7, 2001 at 4 p.m..
Any candidate wishing to run for the office of Council member must
have resided in their Ward for at least one (1) 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.
Any person wishing to run for Council must submit to the Town Manager by March 23, 2001, a petition in support of his/her candidacy signed by at least ten (10) registered voters in their Ward.
2001 Election Calendar
February 7, 2001- the first day nomination petitions may be submitted to the Town Manager
March 23, 2001- the last day nomination petitions may be submitted to the Town Manager
April 9, 2001- last day to register to vote in the May 8th election
May 7, 2001- last day absentee ballots will be accepted
May 8, 2001- ELECTION DAY 2001
Snow Emergency Ordinance
On December 18, 2000, the Mayor and Council passed an Emergency Ordinance
concerning street parking during snow storms. Below is the entire text
of that Ordinance.
Town of Landover Hills
An Ordinance regulating temporary parking after a snowfall so that
vehicles must be parked on one side of the street or as directed by Town
personnel and further providing the authority to close streets temporarily
for emergencies or construction.
WHEREAS, Article V, S502(45) of the Charter of the Town of Landover Hills grants to the Mayor and Council the power to remove all nuisances and obstructions from streets, lanes and alleys of the Town; and
WHEREAS, Article V, S502(61) of the Charter of the Town of Landover Hills grants to the Mayor and Council the power to regulate vehicles and;
WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council are cognizant that during emergencies or after a snowfall, it is important that the Town Manager and Chief of Police have the authority to close portions of streets or to regulate the parking so that plowing can be done easily and efficiently for the safety of the Town,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the
Council of the Town of Landover Hills, in regular session assembled, that
the Code of the Town of Landover Hills is hereby amended by adding Subsections
(C) and (D) to Section 9802 as follows:
Section 9802- Street Parking Regulations
WHENEVER IN THE DISCRETION OF THE TOWN MANAGER OR THE CHIEF OF POLICE
AN EMERGENCY SHALL EXIST, OR CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIR WORK SHALL REQUIRE,
OR OTHER CONDITIONS AFFECTING TRAFFIC SHALL NECESSITATE, THE TOWN MANAGER
OR THE CHIEF OF POLICE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO TEMPORARILY
CLOSE ANY STREET OR ANY PART THEREOF WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE
TOWN AND TO TEMPORARILY FORBID OR REGULATE PARKING IN THE AFFECTED AREA.
WHENEVER SNOW HAS ACCUMULATED IN THE STREETS OF THE TOWN TO A DEPTH
OF ONE (1) INCH OR MORE, THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES APPLY TO ALL VEHICLES
PARKED OR LEFT TO STAND ON THE STREETS OF THE TOWN:
1. ON ONE-WAY STREETS OR ON STREETS WITH A MEDIAN SEPARATING THE
TRAVEL LANES, VEHICLES MUST BE A THE RIGHT CURB FACING IN THE DIRECTION
OF TRAVEL IN THAT LANE.
2. ON ALL STREETS OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED IN SUB-SECTION ONE (1),
VEHICLES MUST BE PARKED ON THE ODD-NUMBERED SIDE OF THE STREET.
3. VEHICLES SHALL OTHERWISE BE PARKED OR LEFT AS DIRECTED BY THE
POLICE OR PUBLIC WORKS PERSONNEL.
4. TRAILERS, INCLUDING BOAT-AND-TRAILER AND TRAVEL TRAILERS MUST
NOT BE ON ANY STREET UNLESS THE OWNER/LESSOR OF THE TRAILER IS A RESIDENT
OF THE TOWN AND CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT THE OWNER/LESSOR HAS NO OFF-STREET
PARKING ON THE PROPERTY IN WHICH THE OWNER/LESSEE RESIDES.
5. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBSECTION 9802 (D) SHALL BE EFFECTIVE
WITHOUT NOTIFICATION AND SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE STREET IS PLOWED;
PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT WHEN SNOW SHALL ACCUMULATE TO A DEPTH OF ONE (1)
INCH OR MORE AFTER 11 P.M. THE PROVISIONS OF THE SUB-TITLE 9802 (D) SHALL
NOT BE EFFECTIVE UNTIL 7:00 A.M. ON THE DAY FOLLOWING AND SHALL REMAIN
IN EFFECT UNTIL THE STREET IS PLOWED.
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED,
that this Ordinance
is an Emergency Ordinance and shall take effect immediately upon the date
INTRODUCED by the Council of the Town
of Landover Hills, Maryland at a regular meeting on December 18, 2000.
ADOPTED BY THE Council of the Town of Landover Hills, Maryland at a regular meeting on December 18, 2000.
The Talking Badge
Chief Henry Norris
I hope that you and your family had a good new year. As we enter
this new year, I would like to make you aware of three areas of concern.
The first is the installation of two red light cameras. We have been
experiencing numerous motorists running red lights, which endangers the
pedestrians on Annapolis Road and motorists who are obeying the traffic
devices entering the intersections on a green light. We are hoping that
the installation of the cameras will not only cut down on the motorists
who are running the red lights but will reduce the number of motorists
who use excessive speed on Annapolis Road. The red light cameras are located
at the intersection of Annapolis Road at 71st Avenue and the intersection
of Annapolis Road at Ardwick-Ardmore Road. Both of the cameras are on the
east bound side of Annapolis Road. The cameras will be operational very
soon. If you are caught by one of the cameras, a citation which carries
a fine of $75.00 will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle by
The second is about pedestrian traffic on Annapolis Road. There was
another pedestrian accident on Annapolis Road recently. This accident involved
one adult and three small children at the intersection of Annapolis Road
and 72nd Avenue. PEDESTRIANS, please be aware of where you are crossing
the street. Make sure you only cross at an intersection, in the crosswalk.
Wear light colored clothing or reflective strips on your clothing. This
will make you more visible to motorists.
The Landover Hills Police Department will be actively enforcing pedestrian
traffic regulations. If pedestrians are found crossing in the middle of
the street or against traffic signals, they will receive a citation.
Motorists, please be aware that Annapolis Road carries a high volume
of pedestrian traffic. Keep an extra eye out for pedestrians, especially
And third, during the months of November and December 2000, the Landover
Hills Police Department has been conducting observations of residents in
Town who have out of state tags on their vehicles and vehicles that do
not have tags. The police department is working with the Motor Vehicle
Administration and the Maryland State Police to encourage residents who
have not yet registered their vehicle(s) in Maryland to do so.
Our officers will be issuing warnings throughout the Town of Landover
Hills to residents who have out of state tags or no tags. Along with this
warning you will receive a pamphlet that explains registration in Maryland
and Maryland Special Parking Permits.
After you have received a warning, you will have thirty days to register
your vehicle in Maryland or obtain your parking permit from MVA. After
thirty days, if you have not obtained Maryland tags or a parking permit,
you will receive a citation.
Remember, if you will be leaving your home for a few days, please
call us to schedule a residential security check on your home while you