The City Council approved a 2 percent merit raise for the town's six fulltime employees at last Tuesday's meeting. The increase became effective last Friday.

The council also voted to hire the firm of Reichelt, Nussbaum, Brown, Dukes and LaPlaca of Greenbelt to represent the town in legal matters, replacing Town Attorney David Grover, who resigned last Tuesday.

Grover, who served as town attorney for three and a half years, plans to dedicate more time to other business, said Town Administrator Lanny E. Mummert.

Mummert said Grover's resignation will become effective Feb. 1 -- the same day the law firm begins working for the town. CITY OF NEW CARROLLTON

The City Council will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 on its plans to annex 37 acres north of Good Luck Road. The hearing will be held in the city's municipal center, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy.

The land, which is bounded by Cathedral Avenue, Caswell Place and I-95, includes the Robert Frost Elementary School, a church, a veterinary hospital, one residence and a nine-acre city park.

The city's original intent was to annex only the park, given to the city in 1981 and currently being turned into a combination soccer and football field, said City Administrator John L. Brunner. But the city instead persuaded the Prince George's County Board of Education and the private property owners to support the annexation.

"It was always assumed that {the school} was in the city," Brunner said. Robert Frost Elementary has a New Carrollton mailing address. "When we researched the zoning and boundaries, we found that the school had never been annexed" and school officials wanted it to be, he said.

Brunner said no county council action is required for the annexation.

He added that even if the land is annexed by the city, the Maryland Park and Planning Commission will continue to have zoning powers over it.

Brunner said he doesn't expect any opposition to the new boundaries. If the public hearing goes smoothly, the resolution to annex the land could be adopted immediately after the hearing that night and become effective in 45 days.