The city will hold a public hearing to solicit comments about several items, including the city's comprehensive master plan and a plan to develop the Collington Manor Subdivision at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at City Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr.

For more information, call 262-6200.


The District Heights City Council discussed the future of its seven-member police force at a recent city council meeting after residents voiced concern about rumors that it might be disbanded.

"We're still maintaining the police department," said City Clerk Nora D. Mencer. "There's a little controversy, but it's no big deal."

Mencer said some residents were worried about losing the police department because its budget had been reduced to $238,000 this year from $259,000 last year. Mencer added, however, that the department was "getting along fine" with its current budget.


The town council has decided to hire a consulting firm to study the management practices of its police department, just weeks after the town's police chief fabricated a story about using a judge in undercover operations.

The incident began, officials say, when Prince George's Circuit Judge Jacob S. Levin was stopped by two Riverdale officers after driving without headlights along Kenilworth Avenue.

Levin was arrested and given a breathalyzer test. The test results were negative, but when Police Chief Alfred Barcenas found out his officers had arrested a judge, he told The Washington Times that the judge was working undercover to see how well the town's officers enforce the laws.

At its Sept 8 meeting, the council discussed abolishing the police department, but instead voted 5-4 to hire the consulting firm to make the study and to recommended any needed changes. -- Portia Williams