The College Park City Council last week gave city employes permission to hold secret union elections.
Several of the city's office employes and code enforcement officers had asked about unionizing, and the council approved a petition for elections at its last meeting, City Administrator Leon Shore said. He said the petition did not specify which union the employes want to join.
The council also accepted a petition from a group of residents of the Crystal Springs subdivision seeking a referendum on whether the community should be annexed by the city. The annexation was requested in an earlier petition by Crystal Springs residents.
More than 25 percent of Crystal Spring's residents signed the annexation petition, and more than 20 percent asked for the referendum, Shore said.
The referendum for the community's residents will be held March 29, Shore said. Crystal Springs is a development of more than 250 homes west of the city.
In other business, the council agreed to ask the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to proceed with plans for an overpass project on Berwyn Road.
Metro has designed the overpass, which would cross the B&O Railroad tracks and the future Metrorail tracks. But Metro postponed the project for budgetary reasons, city urban development director Jack Callahan said.
Callahan said the overpass would connect the nearby town of Berwyn Heights and the Berwyn section of College Park. People who walk from community to community now must cross the railroad tracks, he said.
"There are children who live in College Park who go to school in Berwyn Heights and have to cross the tracks to get to school," Callahan said. "We are asking Metro to start the project again."