In a ceremony attended by many Prince George's political personalities last week, outgoing College Park Mayor St. Clair Reeves passed the gavel to Alvin J. Kushner.
"It has been a pleasure serving this city and I leave office with many friends," said Reeves, who had served as mayor since 1975 and did not run again. "I wish my successor all the luck in the world."
Prince George's County Circuit Court Clerk Norman L. Pritchett swore in the new mayor and council. Guests at the ceremony included Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), County Council members Parris N. Glendening (D-University Park) and Frank P. Casula (D-Laurel), and William W. Gullett, County Department of Licenses and Permits director and former College Park mayor.
In other council changes resulting from November's election, Michael J. Jacobs succeeded Councilwoman Lou A. Stengard, who lost the mayoral race to Kushner; Anna L. Owens succeeded Kushner; Joseph R. Drewer took Charles H. Shadwell Jr.'s seat; and Oleh Podryhula replaced Robert A. Wilson.
The Edmonston Town Council Monday heard a presentation from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission on how to combat flooding problems that continue to plague parts of the town.
But according to Town Clerk Brian Finnegan, the council did not like what it heard. Finnegan said the commission favors stopgap measures rather than more costly permanent solutions.
The problem stems from an overload on the Edmonston Pumping Station, part of a commission flood control project initiated nearly 20 years ago, Finnegan said.
Because of increased construction in town, there has been a rise in water flooding problems, he said. At Monday's meeting, the commission suggested a two-part solution: It wants to change the system for monitoring the water level, which kicks the pumps on, and also assist the approximately 15 homes with chronic flooding problems.
The council considers that solution a temporary stopgap measure, Finnegan said. It would like to see the commission increase the pumping capacity at the station, a more costly alternative.
Commission representatives said it would be difficult to get County Council approval of the more expensive option, Finnegan said. The County Council must approve commission projects in Prince George's. Further negotiations between the town and the commission are expected, Finnegan said.
Large commercial vehicles may no longer park in Laurel residential neighborhoods.
On Monday, the City Council restricted parking for trucks weighing more than one ton, even if they are owned by residents.
In other business, the council decided that persons who fail to remove snow or ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property will be charged with municipal infractions.
Residents will be fined $10 for a first offense and $25 if the sidewalk is not cleaned after the first citation.
In other action, the council confirmed appointees to the city's Board of Election Supervisors, which monitors the election process.
Nina Scardina was chosen chairwoman while Jeanne Nasonis and Mary Marton were appointed the two chief judges. All serve two-year terms.
The Takoma Park City Council Monday approved a charter amendment related to the new ward system of electing council members. The amendment requires residents who nominate persons for political office to live in the same ward as the nominee.
Takoma Park council members previously were elected at-large, but in the March 1982 election, council members will be chosen from seven separate wards. Voters approved the ward system of electing the council in March 1980. The nominating procedure is in line with the ward system, according to City Administrator Alvin Nichols.
In a related move, the council introduced an ordinance that would require candidates for elected office to report campaign contributions above $25.
The council also dedicated the azalea garden at Upper Portal Park in the names of Clarence and Katherine Casey, longtime residents of the city. The Caseys, both in their 80s, helped start development of the garden.
The Glenarden Town Council Monday agreed to sponsor Another Way, a juvenile crime prevention program.
Seat Pleasant, the program's previous sponsor, withdrew its support for financial reasons.
The counseling and outreach program is primarily funded by the state. Glenarden will pay $2,000 of the $9,000 cost of the program for six months. After six months, the program will be reviewed.
In other business, the council created a council coordinator position. The coordinator will act as a legislative liaison between the town, and state and county agencies.
The council appropriated $900 for the part-time position until January, when the Glenarden budget will be reviewed.
Frank P. Holmes has been appointed Morningside's police chief.
The appointment, approved at last week's Town Council meeting, comes after he served a year's probationary period, a requirement set for all new police chiefs in the town.