CITY OF BOWIE
The Bowie City Council will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr. For more information, call 262-6200.
TOWN OF BRENTWOOD
The Brentwood Town Council will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 4300 39th Place. For more information, call 927-3344.
TOWN OF CAPITOL HEIGHTS
The Capitol Heights Town Council at its July 9 meeting voted to increase the price of vending machine licenses in the town from $35 to $50. The town hopes to attract more vending machine business, thus increasing revenue.
TOWN OF CHEVERLY
The Cheverly Town Council at its July 12 meeting voted to apply for a community development grant from the county to repair the bridge over Beaver Dam Creek and some street repairs in the town.
Local towns and cities are currently deciding whether to participate in the Urban Grant Program, which is allocated by the county, or the Small Cities Grant Program, which is allocated by the state with funds received from the federal government.
Cheverly officials have not yet determined the amount of funding they will seek from the county, which has set aside $5.1 million for the community development program. According to Kenneth Collins, manager of the county's Office of Community Planning and Development, 90 percent of the grant money given to area jurisidictions is used to fund projects that benefit low-income residents.
Cheverly's Public Works Department is studying which streets might be targeted for repairs under the program.
CITY OF COLLEGE PARK
The College Park City Council at its July 10 meeting approved a special alcoholic beverage license for the University of Maryland that would allow the university to serve alcohol at catered events without having to obtain a one-day license permit for each occasion, as it currently does. The license would be issued at no cost and may be renewed annually.
In other business, the council voted to apply for a community development grant from the state rather than the county. City officials said they believe the state grant program, which is directed mainly toward business and economic development, is better suited to College Park's needs.
City officials have not yet targeted a specific project for the state grant they plan to seek, but last year College Park used $97,000 from the similar county program to help fund the ongoing revitalization of Route 1, which includes improvements to streets, storefronts and median strips in the downtown area.
In addition, the council agreed to prohibit a common practice of allowing residents to help city employees load city-owned trucks with items too large for normal trash service. Instead, only city employees will be allowed to load the trucks with the materials to be hauled to the county landfill. The decision was made after the city's insurance carrier advised officials that College Park could be held liable for injuries suffered by residents while loading trash onto the trucks.
TOWN OF COLMAR MANOR
The Colmar Manor Town Council at its July 10 meeting agreed to ask a representative of County Executive Parris Glendening's office to attend a meeting with council members and town residents to discuss starting a recycling program.
In other business, the council gave final approval to a contract with the county to use two off-duty police officers to patrol Colmar Manor. The $60,000 one-year contract will give the town its first police force, which officials expect to have in place within the next two weeks.
TOWN OF GLENARDEN
The Glenarden Town Council at its July 9 meeting voted to establish a citizens committee to study the composition of the Town Council. The move came after Council member Louis Vaughn, who represents the Foxridge area of Glenarden, expressed concern that his ward was underrepresented. The committee will look at the number of wards and council members with the possibility of redistricting.
In addition, council members, expressing concern about the proliferation of drugs and crime in the area, denied a dance license request by A-One Restaurant, at 7910 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
CITY OF LAUREL
The Laurel City Council at its July 9 meeting voted to approve several contracts and purchases for city services, including the purchase of a garbage truck for the city's Department of Public Works at a cost of $76,924.70.
The proposed purchase of a street sweeper for for the city was placed on hold while city officials study whether the purchase can be included in a state discount-buying program.
The council awarded Browning Ferris Industries a $161,651 contract to collect newspapers, aluminum, glass and other recyclable products from city residences and deliver them sorted to the county's recycling facility. City residents currently can drop off recyclable materials at collection bins placed at City Hall. Council members will vote at the July 23 meeting on an ordinance to make city recyling mandatory.
CITY OF NEW CARROLLTON
The New Carrollton City Council will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy. For more information, call 459-6100.
TOWN OF NORTH BRENTWOOD
The North Brentwood Town Council will meet Monday at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4507 Church St. For more information, call 927-6381.
CITY OF TAKOMA PARK
The Takoma Park City Council this week agreed to consider a ban on smoking in all city restaurants.
During a work session Monday night on a bill that already includes some of the most restrictive anti-smoking proposals in the region, council member Hank Prensky suggested that the council join a handful of communities in the country that have passed bans on smoking in restaurants.
The City Council is scheduled to vote July 23 on an anti-smoking package that contains bans on cigarette vending machines where children have access to them, the free distribution of tobacco products and smoking in offices with more than two employees where at least one worker objects to smoking.
A final vote also is scheduled for that time on a proposal to require restaurants with 25 or more seats to establish separate smoking and non-smoking sections for their patrons.
On Monday night, Prensky pushed for a more restrictive policy on restaurant smoking. He urged the council to drop the provision for smoking and non-smoking sections and to approve a complete ban on restaurant smoking at the July 23 meeting. But some council members said it was too late to insert such a drastic change in the bill.
So, a vote on establishing separate smoking and non-smoking sections in restaurants is set to proceed. But Prensky said that after the vote, he will introduce a new bill calling for the ban. The ban then could not come up for a final vote until September, allowing a longer period for public comment.
Takoma Park's anti-smoking bill, when introduced earlier this summer, was initially intended to parallel the anti-smoking regulations recently adopted in Montgomery County. Takoma Park straddles the border of Montgomery and Prince George's counties, which counties have different anti-smoking laws in effect. City officials have said they want uniform smoking regulations in the city.
While Montgomery's anti-smoking laws are among the toughest in the nation, some Takoma Park proposals are even stronger. For example, Montgomery requires anti-smoking sections in restaurants with at least 50 seats, while Takoma Park would require them for restaurants with 25 seats or more.
The City Council is scheduled to vote July 23 on whether to allow city landlords to raise rents next year by a maximum of 5 percent. The city votes annually on a rent ceiling. Last year, council members approved a 4 percent maximum rent hike.
Some landlords this year have requested rent raises of up to 6.5 percent, saying higher trash collection rates are increasing apartment operating costs.
TOWN OF UNIVERSITY PARK
The University Park Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 6724 Baltimore Ave. For more information, call 927-2997.