Mayor Edward F. Sharp and the City Council will hold a work session Monday night at the Municipal Building to interview candidates for the Ward 7 council seat.

The $3,600-a-year post became vacant when Sharp was appointed by his council colleagues to fill the remaining year of Stephen J. Del Giudice's term as mayor.

The City Council will vote on the new member at its Jan. 14 meeting.

Residents of Ward 7, which lies mostly on the Prince George's County side of the city, have until 5 p.m. tomorrow to contact the city clerk's office to express interest in the job. The clerk's office must receive a letter of interest by that time.

As of last Friday, only one resident, Juan Torres, director of the Cheverly Department of Public Works, had filed a letter of interest with the city. Before taking the Cheverly post about 18 months ago, Torres, 37, worked for about two years as Takoma Park's assistant director of public works.

In other news, the Takoma Park Police Department last week started a telephone line that will provide recorded crime prevention tips and as well as information on the past week's crime incidents. The number is 270-0031.

Officer Kathleen Coursey, who heads the department's community services unit, said that the phone line is intended to provide a convenient link with the community.

"We are a local police department," Coursey said, "and, I think it's another way we can stay in touch."

Coursey said the line could be helpful, for example, in alerting a neighborhood to a flurry of burglaries. The recording, Coursey said, will be updated every Friday afternoon, but may be changed more frequently if events warrant.