|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||May 2003|
Letter From the Mayor
Recently, there have been a number of comments regarding the construction
of traffic barriers by the Maryland State Highway Administration, which
have been in place for approximately three months now; at the intersection
of Maryland Route 450 (Annapolis Road), Greenvale Parkway and 72nd
Avenue. The majority of the comments have been positive. The traffic barriers
are part of a temporary study, to determine if there has been a reduction
in the number of traffic accidents since construction of the barriers;
which includes the numerous persons who have been struck by automobiles
making left or right turns onto Annapolis Road, and automobile collisions
resulting from motorists speeding to get through the intersection before
other motorists could make a left or right turn; in addition to the two
unfortunate fatalities, the last being this past December of 2002.
In reviewing past editions of the Landover Hills Chronicle Newsletter
(Letter from the Mayor articles), it will be found that there are several
editions which contain articles regarding the dangerous intersection of
MD Route 450 (Annapolis Road), Greenvale Parkway and 72nd Avenue.
More than five years ago, there is , there is inference that the Town of
Landover Hills Mayor and Council members discussed the situation as a result
of many pedestrians being hit by automobiles, making left or right turns
onto Annapolis Road; in addition to automobiles collisions resulting from
motorists driving at excessive speeds.
On two occasions the Mayor met with the District Engineer of the Maryland
State Highway Administration, whose District includes the Landover Hills
vicinity. Both meetings included meetings at the intersection in question.
During that particular point in time, other options which might have resulted
in a safer intersection were being considered; one of which included a
push button red light for crossing Route 450. The option was reportedly
rejected by persons in a neighboring community for sundry reasons, and
removed from consideration. Recently the situation at the intersection
intensified to the extent that the matter was revisited, in meetings with
the Town of Landover Hills elected officials, Chief of Police, a Citizen
Association President, State Highway Administration officials and Prince
George's County officials, in addition to letters being written to the
Governor and other persons.
The result of the letters and numerous meetings was an agreement to
construct the current traffic barriers preventing left turns. I might add
that the State Highway Administration stated that the traffic barriers
would be constructed, however a specific date was never given; therefore,
the Town of Landover Hills and other neighboring communities could not
be made aware of the change in traffic patterns.
As another point of information, it was reported by the State Highway
Administration officials that a portion of Route 450 would soon be refurbished;
similar to the construction done in two other jurisdictions, Kenilworth
Avenue and Landover Road. Fortunately, funds were not cut from a portion
of the Route 450 (Annapolis Road) project area which includes a portion
of the Landover Hills vicinity.
The next Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 19, 2003, at 7:30
p.m. The newly elected officials will be sworn in at that time. Come out
Mayor Lee P. Walker
Town Council Calendar
Monday, June 2, 2003, 7 pm
Monday, July 7, 2003. 7 pm
Tues. May 19, 2003, 7:30 pm
Tues. June 16, 2003, 7:30 pm
.7th Annual Main Street Antiques, Arts and Craft Show,
Sat. June 7, 6th and Main Streets, Laurel. Juried show,
regional artisans, antiques, entertainment, food and appraisals. Presented
by the Friends of Laurel Main Street. Held rain or shine. 10-5 p.m. 301-725-7539.
National Fishing Day, Sunday, June 8. National Wildlife Visitor
Center, Laurel. Fishing for kids under 16, demonstrations, wildlife tram
tours. 12-4 pm 301-497-5760.
Jazz on the Portico, Wed.,June 25. Riversdale House Museum, Roverdale.
Join us for intimate jazz concerts on Wednesdays throughout the summer.
7 p.m. FREE 301-864-0420.
Landover Hills Baptist Church's 3rd Annual Community Day, Saturday, June 21st 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us at the corner of 73rd Avenue and Buchanan Street. Fun for the whole family! Free Games, Prizes, Face Painting, Balloon Art. Free Refreshments: Hot Dogs, Chips & Soda. Information booths- Health, Fire Department , Police and more! Help those in need!! Bring a non-perishable food donation and learn how its distributed. For more information, call 301-577-6700.
Grass and yard waste collection.
PG County recycling collections.
Town Household waste collection
Town Household waste collection
Bulk Trash: First and Third Wednesday's of the month.
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.
Any questions or concerns regarding recycling pick-ups in Town should
be directed to 301-952-7630.
Over the past few weeks, over 40 tall grass warnings were sent out to
homeowners. Only one warning will be issued per calendar year, after
which a municipal infraction will be issued carrying a fine of $25.00.
The Asian tiger mosquito is a very aggressive day-biting mosquito which
has become a serious pest in Landover Hills. It is a black mosquito with
white stripes on the legs and a white stripe down the middle of its head
and back. It is very aggressive and will bite whenever people or animals
are available, but it is also skittish and hard to swat. Often, you will
not feel it biting and it tends to stay near the ground (you may get bitten
on the legs only).
This mosquito lays its eggs in containers or holes in trees. It is closely
tied to human habitation and any container in your yard which will hold
even a small amount of water for a week or more can breed the tiger mosquito.
Keeping this mosquito controlled in Landover Hills will take an organized
clean-up effort. Please check your yard for water holding containers such
The State's mosquito control program cannot adequately control this
species due to its habits. It breeds in containers in peoples' yards which
cannot be treated and nighttime spray operations are not very effective
for the tiger mosquito because it rests in sheltered areas which the spray
will not reach.
We've had a very wet Winter and Spring and are bound to have a large
mosquito population this summer. Everyone needs to make an
effort to keep their yards are water free as possible, so that everyone
can enjoy their backyards throughout the summer season.
The Talking Badge
Chief Henry G. Norris
When Spring arrives, everyone begins to move their activities outside
so that they can enjoy the weather. Spring also brings parties, barbecues,
graduations, baptisms, etc. The nice thing about having your own home is
having a yard to enjoy. But along with that enjoyment, we must always remember
the other people that live around us.
Last month there was a party in Town and even though the residents stated
that they would not have loud music, they did and numerous complaints were
called into the police department. When you have an outdoor get together,
make sure the music that you have is limited to entertaining your guests
and not neighbors on the next street. What may seem like enjoyable music
to you may not be enjoyed by others. We think we know our neighbors, but
we are not aware of our neighbor's bed time, small children, elderly family
members, family members that are ill, etc. Please be considerate of others.
If you do have a party with music and the officer on duty feels that the
music is too loud, you will be asked to turn it down, just once. After
that you will be asked to turn the music off and possibly to end the party.
The Landover Hills Police Department is a participant in the Prince
George's County Safety Task Force. The Safety Task Force has an ongoing
campaign to encourage drivers and passengers to "Buckle Up". Please remember
to use your seat belt and to place children in safety seats and booster
seats. It's the law!! Violators will be ticketed.
I wanted to address a couple of issues concerning two laws that have
been on the books . The first is "Right Turn on Red". Our red light cameras
have been activated by numerous drivers making a right turn on red. Our
phones are constantly flooded with callers confused about the reason that
they received a ticket for making a right turn on a red light. So we would
like to remind you what the law states. You may make a right turn on a
red signal after making a complete stop at the white line. This means that
you have to stop all forward motion of the car and then proceed to make
your right turn. Most drivers are slowing down, not seeing any traffic
and then rollingl around the corner. This is running a red light. If an
officer saw you doing this, he could issue you a $120 ticket and one point
against your license. Remember, you must stop completely.
The other matter is stop signs. Our officers have been issuing numerous
citations for stop sign violations. Drivers are slowing down at stop signs,
seeing no traffic, and then rolling through the stop sign. You must come
to a complete stop at the line, all forward motion of the car stopped.
If you do not stop completely, you will be issued a $70.00 citation and
one point against your license.
Finally, anyone that is under the age of sixteen must wear a bicycle
helmet when riding a bicycle and obey the same rules of the road that cars
must follow. We will be holding a bicycle rodeo in the very near future
to teach children about safety and traffic rules for bicycle riding. All
participants will receive a bicycle helmet.