The New Carrollton Recreation Council is holding classes for residents who have always wanted to learn the waltz, rumba, fox trot or other ballroom dances. Sessions are from 8 to 8:45 p.m. the first and third Fridays through March at the city's Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy.

After classes, dancers will be given a chance to show their stuff with the city's Ballroom Dance Club, which will glide the night away from 8:45 to 11 p.m. at the center. There is a $13 fee for six lessons, but the dance clubs's sessions are free. For information, call 249-9220.


The Laurel City Council voted unanimously Dec. 14 to add a referendum question to the March 21 council election ballot, asking residents to decide if council members' salaries should be raised from $1,500 to $4,000 a year.

In 1986, voters defeated a proposal to raise council salaries to $5,000 a year.

The current increase proposal came after an informal survey of 10 other small Maryland municipalities, done by City Clerk Kaye Sandul, found they pay their council members an average of $4,000 annually.

Greenbelt, with a population of 17,000, pays its council members $4,000 a year, said Sandul. Hyattsville, with a population of 4,300, pays council members $2,400, and the city of Frederick, with a population of 33,000, pays council members $8,000 a year. Laurel's population is about 16,500.

At its Dec. 28 meeting, the council approved bills prohibiting cars from parking or standing on the north side of Main Street, 10 feet west and 20 feet east of the entrance to the Patuxent Place buildings, one through four, where visibility is limited for motorists entering and leaving the buildings' parking lot.

At the same meeting, the council defeated a bill that would have prohibited parking and standing on the south side of Main Street from Seventh Street to Patuxent Place building number five, because the council felt there was not a significant traffic safety problem there.