Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter October, 1999

                            Letter from the Mayor

    During the last Town Meeting on September 21, 1999, Mr. Timothy C. Wanamaker, Vice President for Local Economic Development, of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, gave a presentation on the Prince George's County Enterprise zone program. It was explained during the presentation that an Enterprise Zone is an area of a county, city or town in which state and local incentives and assistance are offered to encourage the expansion of existing businesses and the attraction of new business activity and jobs. Prince George's County currently has three state designated Enterprise Zones. They are the Cabin Branch, Capitol Heights and Port Towns Zone.

    In order to help communities in need of revitalization, with the help of its Legislative Delegation and concerned county and local Prince George's County elected officials, the Prince George's County Legislative delegation was ablr to enact House Bill 877, which created Focus Areas within existing new Enterprise Zones. State Enterprise Zone incentives offered within Focus Areas are actually doubled, along with adding an additional local incentive.

    The County and local governments are required to make application to the state for designation. The County's Enterprise Zone program is administered by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation.

    Prince George's County Councilmember Thomas Hendershot, is to be commended for the work that he has done regarding the Enterprise Zone Program for this area. I have been working with Councilmember Hendershot for approximately one year to bring the Enterprise Zone concept to fruition for the Town of Landover Hills and adjoining areas.

    The Mayor and Council of the Town of Landover Hills passed a Resolution at the Town Meeting on September 21, 1999, designating a state Enterprise Zone in Landover Hills, Maryland.

    The bus shelter project is still moving forward; the process has been delayed as a result of the requirement of a third party agreement with the local churches, St Mary's Church and Christ Methodist Church regarding an easement agreement. As a result of concerns in this area, a meeting was arranged by the Mayor with officials of the Prince George's County Public Works and Transportation Division and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), on September 27, 1999. As a result of that meeting, WMATA officials stated that the bus stop located near the corner of 72nd Avenue on Annapolis Road could be relocated to Rinck Park, which is Town property. The Mayor and Council have agreed to the proposal; therefore, the bus stop at the above mentioned location will be relocated to Rinck Park, which according to WMATA officials is a better location. As a result of this proposed move, there will be two bus stops and shelters located on Town property; eliminating the need for a third party easement agreement.

    I regret to announce that Cpl. Pete Jensen has resigned a s a Landover Hills Police Officer due to health concerns. Cpl. Jensen has been on the Town of Landover Hills Police force for more than six years; during that time he has served the citizens of Landover Hills in a fine fashion, he has also been a credit to the Town of Landover Hills, and will be greatly missed. Best wishes are extended to Cpl. Jensen in all his further endeavors. Cpl. Jensen contributions to the Town of Landover Hills will be formerly recognized at the upcoming Town Meeting on Monday, October 18, 1999.

    Senator Paul Pinsky will be our guest at the upcoming Town Meeting on October 18, 1999. Come out and be informed about important legislative issues that affect our lives.

    The Annual Town of Landover Hills Halloween Party will take place on Friday, October 29, 1999. All Town residents children and parents are invited to participate in this festive occasion.

    Looking forward to your attendance and participation at the Town Meeting on Monday October 18, 1999.

                                                                                            Mayor Lee P. Walker

Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 @ 7 pm

Monday, Dec. 6, 1999@ 7 pm

Town Meetings

Monday, Oct. 18, 1999 @ 7:30 pm

Monday, Nov. 15, 1999 @ 7:30 pm

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.

Workshop Notes

Legal Services RFP- The Mayor and Council reviewed a request for proposals (RFP) for legal services. This RFP will be placed in a local newspaper to solicit proposals to provide legal services to the Town. The deadline for proposals is November 12, 1999. Proposals will be reviewed after the November Town Meeting.

Corporal Jensen- Chief Norris announced that Corporal Pete Jensen was leaving the LHPD. He stated that the Police Department would be presenting him with a plaque and would like to do that at the upcoming Town Meeting. He also asked if the Mayor and Council could read a proclamation concerning Cpl. Jensen years of years to the Town. The Mayor and Council agreed and also thought it appropriate that refreshments would be available at the Town Meeting.

Census 2000- Mayor Walker passed out information for the Council concerning the upcoming census. He stated that the next meeting of Census 2000 committee would be held on October 20, 1999 in Largo and that he is serving on the Outreach Committee.

Halloween Party- It was announced that the annual Halloween party would be held on Friday, October 29, 1999 from 7-9:30 p.m.

Neighborhood News

Our sympathies go out to Trudie Kley and family members on the recent loss of her mother.

Upcoming Events

Annual Landover Hills Halloween Party- will be held on Friday, October 29, 1999 from 7:00-9:30 pm. There will be food, games, contests, music and more. Admission $1.00.

Parent's Night Out- at Fairland Aquatic Center, 13820 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel, Maryland.

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday, October 29th

Friday, November 19th

Friday, December 3rd

Friday, December 10th

Friday, December 17th

Children must be 6-12 years old. Pre-registration required. (1 week prior to event) Program offers: Swimming, arts and crafts, and snack. $10.00 per person. For more info: 301-203-2359.

Public Works Service Schedule


Grass and yard waste collection


P.G. County recycling collections

Town Household waste collection


Town Household waste collection

Bulk Trash:

First and Third Wednesday's of the month



The trash cans placed along roadways by the Town are for incidental trash only. Not household trash


The rains brought to our area by recent tropical storms have made the mosquito population in most yards unbearable. The majority of these pests are the Asian Tiger mosquito which stay out all day and breed anywhere that water accumulates. Because of their breeding habits, the State Mosquito spraying program is ineffective in killing larvae. If you are having a mosquito problem, eliminate all places that water accumulates and spray the grass, bushes and flowers with the insecticide Malathion. Malathion will only kill the adult mosquitos but it is a start in reclaiming our backyards!

Parking Tips

1)There is NO parking within 15 ft of a fire hydrant.

2) State Motor Vehicle Law requires that you park in the direction of travel on roads with two-way traffic. (Cannot park driver's side to the curb).

The Talking Badge


Isn't it amazing how excited children get on the very first day of October? Even though Halloween is still a month away, just knowing that Halloween is "this month" makes all those youngsters eager to dress up in their costumes and fill their candy bags as they make the rounds Trick-or-Treating. Some of our Town residents enjoy decorating their houses and yards with "cobwebs", corn stalks, hay and pumpkins. Those decorated homes and full bags of candy are part of the "mixed bag" this month brings us in the Town of Landover Hills.

As with every holiday, there are safety concerns that should be observed to insure that no misfortune visits any of those costumed trick-or-treaters. The following is a list of helpful hints that will assist you in having one of the best Halloween's ever.

Parents should always inspect candy and treats before children eat them

Mask holes should be large enough to see through easily

Use a flashlight to let drivers see you and to let you see where you are going

To avoid tripping, don't wear costumes that are too loose or too long

Reflective colors should be used where they can so drivers can see you after dark

Walk on sidewalks or as near to the curb as possible

Observe safety rules when crossing or walking in the street

This year in Landover Hills, the Town is hosting the Halloween Party on Friday the 29th from seven to nine-thirty p.m.. Trick or Treating is scheduled for Sunday the 31st from six to eight p.m.. As always, your police department provides for higher visibility and safety patrols during the scheduled trick or treat hours, so we encourage our residents to partake of this fun activity during those times.

In the other side of the "mixed bag" this month, the Landover Hills Police Department is sorry to be losing one of its officers. After more than six years of service, Cpl. Peter Jensen has resigned from the Landover Hills Police Department. Having started in June of 1993, Cpl. Jensen brought many years of experience with him, and that experience has served our community well. Cpl. Jensen's motivation and performance is admired by all of those he helped and worked with. Those of you in our community who wish to visit with, or say good-bye to, Cpl. Jensen, may do so at this month's Town Meeting, October 18th, at seven-thirty p.m.. Please come out and join us in wishing Cpl. Jensen well in all of his future endeavors.