New Carrollton residents pitched in their suggestions last week on how to spend $54,000 when the mayor and City Council announced the amount of federal revenue sharing money the city will receive.
Street repairs, baseball field landscaping, more police patrols and a subsidy for the city's privately owned swimming pool at the New Carrollton Recreational Club were among the ideas presented to the council, according to City Administrator John Brunner.
Brunner said the council will hear more suggestions during coming sessions before it decides how to spend the money.
Residents who let litter pile up, weeds grow tall and dogs run loose may be in for some of the city's first tickets for municipal violations set out in a plan approved by the council, Brunner said.
Those infractions, along with health and housing code violations, previously were misdemeanors and violators had to be either hauled into state court or ignored, Brunner said.
A new state law, however, lets towns adopt their own penalties--a strategy designed to unclog courts and allow municipal authorities more control over petty but annoying problems.
The council last week designated a list of municipal violations, according to Brunner. Fines for the infractions have not been set, he said, but can be up to $100. The money will go into city coffers. Those who want to appeal the tickets, he said, may still go to district court after they've dealt with city enforcement agents.