CITY OF BOWIE
The Bowie City Council will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr. For more information, call 262-6200.
TOWN OF BRENTWOOD
The Brentwood Town Council at its Aug. 20 meeting outlined plans for its fall tree planting.
Council members agreed to order the removal of a dead tree in Bartlett Park and replace it with three new trees at a cost of $130. Trees also will be planted in front of homes along Perry Street, near Rhode Island Avenue, at no cost to residents. They can choose between American redbud and purple leaf flowering plum trees.
CITY OF MOUNT RAINIER
At the Aug. 21 meeting of the Mount Rainier City Council, members of the city's Anti-Crime Task Force recommended ways to help the city deter criminal activity. The committee, appointed by the mayor, suggested adding a dog trained to detect drugs to the town's 10-person police force. It also recommended that the town's crime tip hotline be a separate telephone line from the one the program now shares with a free city-operated bus service for residents. Council members agreed to consider the suggestions.
A surge of drug-related crime that occurred in the Mount Rainier area earlier this year has decreased as the result of stepped-up surveillance by city and county police, and task force members say they hope to continue the anti-crime pressure.
In other actions, Mount Rainier was nominated by Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer for an environmental award in recognition of the exemplary trees lining most of the streets. The city already had the largest number of American elm trees of any city in the state and last year planted an additional 250 trees. The ongoing tree planting and maintenance program costs Mount Rainier about $10,000 a year.
TOWN OF UNIVERSITY PARK
The University Park Town Council at its Aug. 20 meeting agreed to take bids for the town's major fall tree planting project. The town wants to purchase 130 trees to be planted in strategic locations in front of many of the town's 900 homes.
Mayor Margaret Mallino said a major tree planting effort is needed because the city has lost many of its trees as a result of age and air pollution.
Although the majority of the trees in University Park are oaks and Bradford pears, town residents may choose between several species of small and medium-size trees for the fall plantings, including Kousa dogwood, American hop, hornbeam, hedge maple and Washington hawthorne.
In other business, council members voted to add a 5 percent cost-of-living increase to the salaries of all town government employees, effective Sept. 1. The employees previously received a 3 percent salary increase in July 1989.