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UMD Police will Continue to Monitor City Cameras, at Least for another Year

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider approving an agreement with the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety to provide live security camera monitoring, data storage, and forensic video evidence retrieval through FY 20 an annual cost for FY 2019 of $144,879 and FY 2020 of $149,226. At last week’s meeting, the Council reviewed […]

Some City Committees May Go through a Few Changes

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will discuss recommendations by the Committee on Committees (CoC), in order to improvements to City Council Advisory Boards and Committees. The CoC was charged with reviewing the purpose and mission of each of the City’s boards and committees, identifying overlap and redundancy, and developing recommendations for improvements, including the disbandment […]

Monday September 30th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Some City Committees May Go through a Few Changes

Nuisance Law Passed with Some Changes

At last night’s meeting, the City Council held a Public Hearing on the Ordinance 19-O-13, “Nuisances”, an ordinance amending Chapter 141, Nuisances, that prohibits unruly social gatherings as a nuisance. After a lengthy testimony from residents, students and property owners, the ordinance passed unanimously. According to the draft ordinance, an unruly social gathering will constitute […]

Wednesday September 25th, 2019 in City Council | 1 Comment »

Council Mulls Curbing Unruly Social Gatherings in the City

At last night’s meeting, the Council reviewed an ordinance amending Chapter 141, Nuisances, that prohibits unruly social gatherings as a nuisance. According to the proposed ordinance, an unruly social gathering will constitute a party, event, or assemblage of four or more persons at a residence or other private property where: A. Alcoholic beverages are being […]

Wednesday September 4th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Council Mulls Curbing Unruly Social Gatherings in the City

Starting Today, City Council Meetings to be Held at Davis Hall

Ending the summer schedule, the City Council will now start meeting on its regular schedule. Starting today, we’ll start meeting at Davis Hall, due to the proposed development at the current City Hall location. The Davis Hall’s main meeting room has been upgraded with audio-visual equipment. This will enable the City to live broadcast and […]

Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Starting Today, City Council Meetings to be Held at Davis Hall

Residents Tell Their Recreational Needs

This week, about 150 residents engaged in several focus group community meetings to share their thoughts about the recreational needs in the City. There were 4 focus group meetings for senior residents and 3 for residents of all ages. The City secured a consulting group, called Greenplay LLC., to run these community meetings. The final […]

Thursday August 29th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Residents Tell Their Recreational Needs

City’s FY19 Net Revenues are Up Despite a Decline in Fees and Fines

At this Tuesday’s meeting, City’s Finance Director presented the FY2019 Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2019. According to the report, City lost $772,157 in the last fiscal year, mainly due to reduction in speed camera revenues. This is most likely due to the fact that motorists on City’s street more and […]

Thursday August 15th, 2019 in City Council | 1 Comment »

Council Approves Referendum to Extend its Terms, Rejects Referendum on City Hall Budget

At last night’s meeting, the City Council voted on two referendum proposals. Council approves unanimously two ballot questions with respect to whether voters support 1) two – or four-year terms for Mayor and Council and 2) staggered or concurrent terms for Council in the case of four-year terms. Late last year, the Council created a […]

Wednesday August 14th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Council Approves Referendum to Extend its Terms, Rejects Referendum on City Hall Budget

Council Sets to Approve Advisory Questions for November Ballot on Council’s Term Extension

At this week’s meeting, the Council will vote to approve the draft ballot language of the advisory ballot on a proposal to extend the Council term. Late last year, the Council created a Charter Review Commission to evaluate the pros and cons of lengthening the term for the office of Mayor and Councilmembers to four […]

Saturday August 10th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Council Sets to Approve Advisory Questions for November Ballot on Council’s Term Extension

Residents’ Group Explores Council Term Extension Proposal

The City established a Charter Review Commission (CRC) to hear from our residents on the benefits and concerns associated with changing the length of the term for elected officials from two to four years, and on the benefits and concerns related to staggering those terms or having them run concurrently. The Commission held two public […]

Monday June 10th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Residents’ Group Explores Council Term Extension Proposal

Council to Discucss Language Access Accommodations for City Residents

At this week’s meeting, the City Council will discuss language access accommodations for City residents to better engage with City government. Currently, many City documents, such as those produced by the Youth and Family Services and Public Services, are translated in Spanish. The Resident Guide is also translated into Spanish and is available online in […]

Sunday May 19th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Discucss Language Access Accommodations for City Residents

In Spending Big on New City Hall, Let’s not Forget other Amenities Residents are Asking

First, I totally support the need to address the lack of space of our City employees in the current City Hall. The new City hall can accommodate more employees. Many of the Public Services employees will now be accommodated in the new Hall. They cannot be the Calvert Road site, as the UMD is building […]

Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 in Budget, City Council, City Hall, Development | 1 Comment »

Council Poised to Adjust Fees for Some City Services

At tomorrow’s meeting, an rdinanceo will be introduced to amend certain fees as described in Chapter 110-1 of the City Code. The proposed changes include: (1) Increase the administrative cost of Business License fees for the businesses in the Downtown CP Management Authority, from 2% to 10% (2) Increase 1st/2nd & subsequent Impound Redemption fee […]

Tuesday February 26th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Council Poised to Adjust Fees for Some City Services

Council to Make Some Changes to City Code Re. Administrative Functions and Benefits

At last night’s meeting an ordinance was introduced to make some changes to the Chapter 4, Administrative Organization, and Chapter 62, Personnel and Employee Benefits, of the City Code. The Changes are as follows: (a) §4-2, A. 2: Remove reference to the Assistant City Manager and the Police Commissioner. The Assistant City Manager role is […]

Wednesday January 16th, 2019 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Make Some Changes to City Code Re. Administrative Functions and Benefits

Council to Form Charter Review Committee to Seek Input About 4 Years Council Term

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will discuss a resolution to establish a Charter Review Commission to consider whether Mayor and Councilmember terms should go from two to four years. Specifically, the Commission is expected to (a) Evaluate the pros and cons of lengthening the term for the office of Mayor and Councilmembers to four […]

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Tuesday November 13th, 2018 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Form Charter Review Committee to Seek Input About 4 Years Council Term