CITY OF BOWIE
The Bowie City Council at its Sept. 17 meeting agreed to annex Grovehurst subdivisions I and II into the city's corporate limits, at the request of the owners. The two tracts of land, which total about 25 acres and will have 40 single-family homes, are near the intersection of Church Road and Maryland Route 214.
According to City Manager Charles Moore, future homeowners of Grovehurst I and II, owned by John J. Petro and Kettler-Central Limited Partnership, will be exempt from paying municipal taxes for 10 years following the annexation because the subdivisions will not receive most city services, including refuse collection and health and sanitation services. The annexation is expected to occur within 90 days. TOWN OF BRENTWOOD
The Brentwood Town Council will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at the Wohlfarth Building, 4300 39th Place. For more information, call 927-3344. TOWN OF EAGLE HARBOR
The Eagle Harbor Town Council will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Community Center, 23320 Patuxent Blvd. For more information, call 888-1276. CITY OF GREENBELT
The Greenbelt City Council at its Sept. 17 meeting voted to hire the Washington architectural firm of Keyes, Condon and Florance/The Vitertta Group to renovate the soon-to-be-vacant Greenbelt Center School, at 15 Crescent Rd., for use as a community center. Center School students will soon be transferred to the newly renovated North End School, at Ridge and Research roads.
Keyes, Condon and Florance, chosen from 31 architectural firms in the city, specializes in historic preservation. The firm recently renovated the Greyhound bus terminal in northwest Washington, restoring its historic facade. Council members at the meeting said Center School is one of the few remaining art deco buildings in the Washington area.
Council members expect to vote later on the fee structure and a schedule for the Center School renovation, which is expected to cost $4.3 million when completed sometime next year. County Executive Parris Glendening has promised he will help the city seek $400,000 in state and federal funds for the project. CITY OF HYATTSVILLE
The Hyattsville City Council at its Sept. 17 meeting changed its personnel policy to allow city employees to contribute time and money to local and county-wide political campaigns or to run for office themselves.
Previously, city employees could not participate in political campaigns while working for the city. Council members said the move was made to bring local election laws into compliance with state law, which allows public employees to participate in elections.
In recent elections, City Council member Ann Healey was elected to the state House of Delegates. Another city employee, Terry Johnson, director of parks and recreation, lost her bid for a seat on the County Council. CITY OF NEW CARROLLTON
The New Carrollton City Council at its Sept. 19 meeting noted that residents should now be receiving the city's new newspaper, City Edition, on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The newspaper is being published by the Express Co. of Gaithersburg under a three-year, $15,000-a-year contract with the city. A council member said the newspaper was approved because the council agreed the city should expand its old newsletter format. TOWN OF NORTH BRENTWOOD
The North Brentwood Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 6724 Baltimore Ave. For more information, call 927-2997. TOWN OF UNIVERSITY PARK
The University Park Town Council at its Sept. 17 meeting awarded a $22,000 contract to J.H. Burton and Son of Prince George's County to carry out the city's fall tree planting program.
The one-year contract calls for the firm to plant 130 trees, including more than eight varieties, and to provide general tree maintenance for a year. Most of the new trees will be planted along sidewalks in front of homes that have lost trees in recent years as a result of damage or disease. The tree planting should be completed by Dec. 1.