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Council Seeks to Clarify City’s Naturalized Landscape Practices

Recently City Tree and Landscaping Board (TLB) has suggested a set of revision to City’s existing nuisance or property maintenance ordinances. The suggested changes are mainly focused on the naturalized, native or managed Landscapes. TLB’s main recommended considerations included: Limiting overhang or flop-over of the naturalized planting onto neighboring property or right-of-way – no encroachment […]

Friday February 23rd, 2018 in City Council | No Comments »

City Supports “Do Not Block the Box’ Bill, Again

At this week’s Council meeting, the Council approved a resolution supporting Maryland State House Bill HB672 “Do Not Block the Box” bill. This bill is coming for the second time in MD State House. It passed in House last year but didn’t go past the Senate committee for a vote on the floor. According to Del. Carr, […]

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Decides to Go Slow with More Charter Changes

At last night’s worksession, the Council decided to weigh in on minimal changes to the City’s Charter. The Council took a straw vote (5-3) and decided not to go with the option of giving Mayor voting power regardless if there is a tie vote or not. Brennan, Rigg, and Kennedy voted in opposition. The City […]

Wednesday February 7th, 2018 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Get Debrief on 2017 City Election

The Mayor and Council typically conduct an election debrief with the Board of Election Supervisors after each election. Following the 2017 City election, the Council will discuss a few items withCity’s Board of Election Supervisors (BOES) Here are a few items the Council will discuss: Electioneering; prohibited practices Campaigning, door-to-door time limits Meet and Greet […]

Saturday February 3rd, 2018 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Sets Top Priorities for the Year

The City Council held a Council retreat last weekend. Among a few things, it discussed a list of items that the Council should work on a priority basis for the next year. The Council will continue to work on the existing items, such as City Hall, Hollywood commercial Streetscape, Gateway Park, and College Park Woods […]

Monday January 29th, 2018 in City Council | 8 Comments »

City Plans to Amend Charter to Clarify Mayoral Roles

Since last fall, the City Council, legal Counsel, and City staff have met several times to receive legal advice about necessary Charter amendments. At this week’s meeting, the Council discussed a few minor changes to clarify Mayoral’s role during Council votes. The proposed draft of the City Charter that Council is asked to consider includes […]

Wednesday January 17th, 2018 in City Council | Comments Off on City Plans to Amend Charter to Clarify Mayoral Roles

Bozzuto Asks City to Grant 75% Tax Relief for 15 Years

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will discuss a public financial assistance request for the proposed Bozzuto redevelopment at the Quality Inn and Plato’s Diner site. The site was acquired by the University of Maryland Foundation and subsequently transferred to the Terrapin Development Company (TDC), which is a new entity created by the University of Maryland […]

Monday January 15th, 2018 in City Council | 1 Comment »

City Considering New System for Easy Issue Reporting for Residents

At today’s meeting, the City Council will discuss new software options for reporting and tracking issues and processing permits to greatly enhance ease of use by residents and staff. The discussion will include a new customer relation management (CRM) system, to replacing the City’s CRM and land management software and possibly the financial software as […]

Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 in City Council | Comments Off on City Considering New System for Easy Issue Reporting for Residents

Thank You, Councilmember Nagle

Today the new Council will swear-in. This also means that three of my current Council colleagues will leave the Council. They are Councilmember Christine Nagle, Councilmember Mary Cook, and Councilmember Stephanie Stullich. I really enjoyed working with them in the past and I’ll miss them a lot on the upcoming Council. In particular, I want […]

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Thank You, Councilmember Nagle

Council to Ask Some Changes in New County Zoning Regulations

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will consider approving a letter to the M-NCPPC with the City’s comments on the Comprehensive Draft Review (CRD) of the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and Landscape Manual. A zoning map amendment (zoning map) to implement the new ordinance will follow after the new zoning regulations a have been […]

Monday December 4th, 2017 in City Council, County, Development | Comments Off on Council to Ask Some Changes in New County Zoning Regulations

Thank you!

Kabir 768 Kennedy 469 Gill 304 Debosky 255 [Unofficial results can be seen here on City’s website] I want to take a moment to thank you all for re-electing me and giving me the opportunity to serve you for the next 2 years as your City Council representative. The trust that you have put on […]

Wednesday November 8th, 2017 in City Council, Community | 2 Comments »

Non-Citizens Voting Did not Pass, but for a Different Reason – Attorney

Yesterday, the City published another statement with the latest attorney/legal verdict on the non-citizens voting. As you recall, the Charter change was first declared passed, then it was declared failed. In yesterday’s statement, the attorney is telling us it still failed, but for a different reason. I know this series of conflicting “verdicts” could be […]

Thursday October 19th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Non-Citizens Voting Did not Pass, but for a Different Reason – Attorney

City Council Mulls to Reduce Homestead Property Tax Rate to 0%

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed reducing the Homestead tax credit to 0%. Last year, teh Council reducing the rate from 4% to 2%. Homestead Tax Credit is calculated on any assessment increase exceeding 10% (or the lower cap enacted by the local governments) from one year to the next. Thus the […]

Wednesday September 20th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on City Council Mulls to Reduce Homestead Property Tax Rate to 0%

Council Accepts Responsibility, Seeks to Unify Community, following Reversal of Charter Amendment Results

Last Tuesday night, many of our neighbors were disappointed seeing the non-binding referendum denied by the City Council. Last night’s announcement reversing the Charter change may have given them some sense of relief, but I can feel the disappointments of other neighbors who were happy to see the change happened Tuesday night. The following statement […]

Sunday September 17th, 2017 in Announcements, City Council | 3 Comments »

Council Decides Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote at City Elections

At last night’s meeting, the City Council decided to allow non-citizens to register and vote in future City elections, as of 2019. Thank you, everyone, who came to last night’s meeting. I also want to thank those who wrote to us about the proposed change. The Council earlier voted against two other amendments – to […]

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Wednesday September 13th, 2017 in City Council | 4 Comments »