The Greenbelt City Council at its Dec. 17 meeting voted to discontinue voter registration for city elections and instead will deem any Greenbelt resident registered as a voter in Prince George's County also to be registered in Greenbelt.

The law brings the city in line with legislation passed by the General Assembly two years ago eliminating dual registration by municipalities and counties. Starting with the city's 1991 regular elections, Greenbelt will use a voter registration list provided by the county Board of Elections.

Councilmembers also agreed to contract with two towing firms, Greenbelt Shell and N&S Towing of Beltsville, to tow and store vehicles abandoned on city streets. The agreement calls for the towing companies to be paid 50 percent of any proceeds the city receives when unclaimed vehicles are auctioned. The city has been using the services of the two companies for the last several years without a formal agreement. In an average month, 50 cars are impounded from Greenbelt's streets and an average of 10 to 20 of these remain unclaimed.


The Mount Rainier City Council at its Dec. 18 meeting voted to remove the concrete median strip at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street and replace it with grass and shrubs. The beautification project is estimated to cost $35,000 and will be financed by a state grant. City officials expect construction to begin in January.

The city's nine-member police force recently received their new uniforms which were changed from brown to gray. The city spent about $4,500 to purchase the new uniforms at the request of Police Chief John Thompson, who wanted to bring about a new look and improve morale on the force.


The New Carrollton City Council has canceled its regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting and will meet again at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 at City Hall, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy. For more information, call 459-6100.


The University Park Town Council at its Dec. 17 meeting passed legislation changing the town charter to allow town officials to place money in an investment fund run by the state of Maryland. The Maryland Investment Pool was created by state law and is not federally insured. Previously, the town charter allowed only investment in federally insured banks. University Park town officials did not indicate when they would begin investing in the fund or how much would be invested.

The council expects to choose a consulting firm by January that will study town traffic patterns and the effect the completion of the Metrorail's Green Line will have on them. Councilmembers say they are willing to consider any changes recommended by the study and estimate between $20,000 and $40,000 may be spent for the study and resulting changes.