The Town Council at its Aug. 8 meeting voted to accept the newly built extension of 55th Avenue as part of the town. The extension runs parallel to the B & O Railroad tracks, beginning at Greenbelt Road and ending at Lackawana Road in College Park. The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority extended the street in exchange for the closing of 54th Avenue, which runs parallel to 55th Avenue, to allow construction of part of the Green Line of the subway.


The Bowie City Council at its Aug. 6 meeting voted to join the Town of Crofton in issuing a joint statement to state transportation officials opposing construction of the proposed eastern bypass outside the Capital Beltway because it would overburden Route 301.

Maryland transportation officials proposed the $1.7 billion bypass -- which would start at Route 50, continue along Route 301 into southern Maryland and link with Interstate 95 in Virginia -- to ease beltway traffic between Baltimore and Washington. The bypass also would enable Virginia commuters to avoid the crowded Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Bowie officials supported the bypass when there were plans for a western equivalent -- extending from Interstate 70 south into Virginia between Leesburg and Dulles Airport -- but a western bypass failed to gather support.

In other business, the council voted to amend its city code to allow four additional tax categories to be added to the city's property tax code. Owners of new or planned developments in Bowie will be placed into the four categories and levied a special annual tax to pay for start-up services such as storm drains, ponds, ride-share programs and bus line extensions. There are currently six residential and commercial developments in Bowie that pay the special property tax.

If enacted, the new tax categories would be established in December at the same time the fiscal 1992 budget is considered. The taxes would not be levied until the new fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Council members also voted to approve the site plan for a Holiday Inn at Routes 50 and 301. The mid-rise hotel at the six-acre site will have 140 rooms with the potential to expand to an additional 110. Construction on the hotel is expected to begin in early 1992.


The Brentwood Town Council will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 4300 39th Place.


Four people were sworn in as members of the Cheverly City Council at its Aug. 9 meeting. The two incumbents and two newcomers were elected in Cheverly's May 7 elections, but Mayor Alan Dwyer and the previous City Council members filed suit claiming the Election Board did not follow proper procedures in running the election. A Circuit Court judge ruled in July that the elections were valid and the new council members must be sworn in. Two incumbents, Larry Beynah (Ward 2) and Fred Price Jr. (Ward 4), were sworn in along with newcomers Thomas Foley (Ward 1) and Daniel Murphy (Ward 5). The old City Council has presided over council affairs since the elections.


Prince George's County has agreed to give the city of Hyattsville a $20,000 matching grant that will be used to purchase a van to transport children from Hyattsville Elementary School, at 5311 43rd Ave., to Magruder Park, in the 3800 block of Hamilton Street, for daily after-school activities starting in the fall. All children may particpate in the after-school events, but the program especially targets low-income and "latchkey" kids.


The Mount Rainier City Council at its Aug. 6 meeting voted to increase the fines for parking meter violations from $10 to $15. Council members cited increased traffic from growing businesses in the city as a reason for the crackdown.

The council also is interviewing candidates to replace the city's police chief, who plans to retire Sept. 1 after more than 15 years on the city's 10-man police force.


The Riverdale City Council at its Aug. 6 meeting agreed to spend a total of $117,000 to purchase two new trash trucks to replace two old trucks that would have needed $20,000 in repairs to pass state truck inspection this year.

The council also agreed to continue for another year its Ecology Committee and its Real Estate, Planning and Development Committee. The Ecology Committee advises city officials on recycling initiatives and monitors the northeastern branch of the Anacostia River, which flows through a part of Riverdale. The Real Estate, Planning and Development Committee examines housing and planning issues for Riverdale.


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.