Councilmember Paula Perry (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 1999. Councilmember Perry serves as a Council Liaison to the Code Compliance Advisory Committee and the Police and Public Safety Citizen's Advisory Committee. 

Council President Edouard Haba (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Council President Haba serves as a Council Liaison to the Code Compliance Advisory Committee. 

The people have spoken! Hyattsville’s beer will be a honey ale. All of the finalists sounded delicious, and Calvert Brewing Company is excited to craft this mild, slightly sweet treat—brewing it with local ingredients. 

Now to name it! Send us your best names and be sure to support the ideas that others post. We'll leave this forum open until February 24, and then give the list of top ideas to Calvert's brewmaster for his take before we let you all vote for the winner.

Remember: Calvert Brewing will unveil this winning beer at the City Anniversary celebration on April 29. Your efforts will be rewarded, of course, with a chance to taste the brew.

Have questions or thoughts about the Sanctuary City ordinance? A Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the City Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin Street.

Comments and questions posted on Speak Up will be shared with the City Council prior to the Public Hearing.

Get to know the 2017 City Council Candidates!
 
The Hyattsville Life & Times and the City of Hyattsville's Teen Advisory Committee will co-host a Candidates Forum at the City Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, on Wednesday, April 19 from 7-9 PM. Candidates will answer pre-selected questions about local issues from residents. 
 
The event organizers welcome the public to submit questions for consideration in advance through the City's SpeakUp Forum, in the above box that says "Enter your idea here..."
 
Questions may also be submitted for consideration in the following ways:
 
1. Emailed to the Hyattsville Life & Times at managingeditor@hyattsvillelife.com
2. Dropped off at the City Building. Questions dropped off at the City building should be placed in an envelope and labeled for the Hyattsville Life & Times. 
 
Questions must be submitted by Monday, April 10th at 11:59 PM. 
 
The City will live stream the forum on cable (Comcast 71, Verizon 12) and online at hyattsville.org/meetings.

In September 2016, the City kicked off the rewrite of its Community Sustainability Plan. Updated every five years, the plan lays out the vision and priorities for the City in the upcoming years. After two series of public meetings and lots of work on our end, the draft of the plan is available for review. 

 

The plan in its entirety is attached to this page for review. List any comments you may have, whether they are editorial or content based, in the comment section. Comments will be accepted until Friday, May 5. 

 

There will also be two opportunities to meet with us to discuss the draft. Staff will be at the City Building on Saturday, April 22 at 1 PM. We will also be holding an open house on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 PM at Edward M. Felegy Elementary School . 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Gerbes at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or 301-985-5059. 

Councilmember Erica Spell (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2017. Councilmember Spell serves as a Council Liaison to the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee. 

The Hon. Erica M. Spell is a Councilmember for Ward 5 in the City of Hyattsville, Maryland. She serves as a Council Liaison for the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee. In addition to serving on the Hyattsville City Council, Ms. Spell is a federal government contractor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With more than 8 years in the international development field, Ms. Spell has held various roles in business, program, and training development at Heifer International, Ray Group International, an Creative Associates International. During her undergraduate tenure at Howard University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Ms. Spell interned for the high-profile, Senate Foreign Relations Committee then chaired by then Senator Vice President Joseph Biden along with Committee Members that included President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton. She also interned for the United States Consulate in Strasbourg, France, studied abroad in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and has volunteered or worked in countries throughout the Caribbean, South America, East Africa, and Europe. She earned a master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from American University with a concentration in International Management. Ms. Spell is a proud member of the Young Elected Officials Network. She is currently enrolled in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy and recently returned to Howard University to pursue a doctoral degree in the Department of Political Science. Ms. Spell enjoys reading, traveling, singing on the worship team at her church, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in educational activities with her 6-year old daughter, Zoe. 

 

Councilmember Joseph Solomon (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Lawrence serves as a Council Liaison to the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

 

Councilmember Robert Croslin (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Croslin serves as a Council Liaison to the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee and the Teen Advisory Committee.

I grew up in Baltimore City where I attended public schools and completed college and graduate school. I earned my undergraduate degree in fine arts and a masters degree in landscape architecture. I received another diploma from Bowman Technical School in jewelry design and repair. 

Sometime after my wife Dyann and I met in Baltimore, she took a job with the Federal Government in Washington DC and we moved to Hyattsville to shorten her commute. At the time the two local newspapers were the Gazette and the Sentinel. I read in one of the papers that an artists' group was forming (The Hyattsville Community Artist Alliance) and with some encouragement from Dyann, I joined. This was the beginning of my community involvement. We now have two adult children (Kigen and Chike) who were raised here. They participated in activities in Hyattsville that contributed to their growth. They were the stimulus that kept me involved in the happenings of our City, and what a wonderful city it turned out to be! 

 

Councilmember Shani Warner (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2011. Councilmember Warner serves as a Council Liaison to the Hyattsville Environment Committee.

I grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where my parents worked for the state government. I first moved to the Washington, DC area in 1991, where I studied Classical Humanities and Philosophy at Georgetown University. I spent my junior year in Ireland at the School of Classics at Trininty College, Dublin. After college graduation, I moved to Santa Fe NM, where i received a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies from St. John's College. From there I moved to Ann Arbor, MI, to study law at the University of Michigan Law School. I loved law school and interspersed my practical classes with ones like "Blood Fueds," where we read medieval Icelandic sagas, and "What Makes a Good Life and What Should Government Do About it?" The latter class turned out to be more useful than I could have predicted at the time. I returned to DC in 2000 to embark on my legal career. In my professional life, I am a practicing attorney at a large law firm in downtown DC, where I supervise teams of attorneys in high-stakes, complex litigation, representing companies and individuals in a full range of state, federal, administrative, and international matters. 

In 2008 I moved to Hyattsville with my now-husband when we bought our first home together. Two years later he proposed to me on the front steps of our Hyattsville home with a pressed penny machine showing scenes from our neighborhood. I quickly became involved in our new community and worked to bring a community garden to Hyattsville. I ran for the Hyattsville City Council in 2011, campaigning door-to-door while pregnant, and was sworn into offfice a couple of months before our daughter was born. On the Council, my emphasis has been on community building and expanding civic participation. I've spent years thinking about the obligations of participatory democracy and the ways we collectively make and remake rules to make our communities better and more just. I've spent the past seven years trying to put theory into practice. 

 

Mayor Candace B. Hollingsworth (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2011 as a Ward 1 Councilmember. 

Councilmember Carrianna Suiter (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2017. Councilmember Suiter serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

Councilmember Tom Wright (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2015. Councilmember Wright serves as a Council Liaison to the Hyattsville Environment Committee and the Planning Committee. 

Council Vice President Kevin Ward (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2015. Council Vice President Ward serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

Councilmember Bart Lawrence (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Lawrence serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Planning Committee. 

The City has selected six (6) actionable near and mid-term intiatives from the Speak Up HVL: 2017 - 2021 Community Sustainability Plan as potential budget initiatives for the FY-2019 Budget. Residents provided an additional twelve (12) initiatives at the Speak Up HVL: FY-2019 Budget Workshops. You may prioritize these intiatives in the Community Budget Priorities Survey

If none of these initiatives satisfy your budget priorites, please post and vote on additional ideas below!