iris Maurer about 1 year ago

I am not necessarily opposed to the principle of letting aliens vote in Hyattsville elections, but I strongly object to three conditions proposed. Frankly, I am shocked at what is proposed.

  1. The age 16 is too young; it should be 18. Although 16-yr.-olds may register to vote in MD, they may not vote until they are 18 before the next general election. Further, in MD a 16-yr.-old cannot get a regular driver’s license, but only a provisional one. If the State of MD considers that a 16-yr.-old is not mature enough to make wise decisions while driving, why should we consider them mature enough to make decisions about issues and who governs us, when these decisions affect our whole city?

  2. Having Hyattsville as the primary residence for 14 days is much too short; it should be at least 1 year. In 14 days how can they possibly understand the issues involved or know enough about the candidates to vote intelligently?

  3. They should not be allowed to register on election day; they should be required to register at least one week before any voting for the election is allowed. I think same-day registration opens the door for corruption.

The proposed conditions give the appearance of wanting to court the alien community in order to get their votes!

2 Votes Acknowledged

I added this before but cant find it on the list. Our rents are too high for most seniors to afford even if they wanted to downsize and move out of their homes. It is also important for us to keep a diverse community economically and otherwise. Council should have a strategy for this - e.g., making sure that developers include a number of affordable units. I personally went around recently to all the condos, townhomes (inaccessible), and rental units including Mosaic and the ones near the BBT and Palette. None of them have affordable units even for someone still working and making a reasonable salary. Ultimately this professional woman who works at UMd who was looking to downsize decided on staying in Silver Spring.

9 Votes Acknowledged

I would like to see a traffic study conducted at the intersection of 410 (E-W Highway) and Queens Chapel. Cars that are driving west on 410 (E-W Highway) and that are turning right (north) onto Queens Chapel Road have a "no turn on red" sign, yet this sign is very seldom obeyed. When pedestrians are crossing 410 (I do this daily), cars are often continuing to make a right turn on red while pedestrians are in the crosswalk. I would like to propose that we conduct a traffic study to get this documented and evaluate options to make the intersection safer for pedestrians. One idea would be to Install a red arrow light to better communicate "no right turn" for traffic driving west on 410 and turning right onto Queens Chapel northbound. I also wonder if the "No turn on red" sign is placed visibly enough. When the sun is setting at the end of the day, visibility is compromised and the sign is harder to see. Thank you!

10 Votes Acknowledged

The Park on Gallatin Street should be restricted as a children park - NOT a dog park. Dogs are allowed to roam freely in park, defecate as they please (which is TOO often ignored by the pet owner) and behave w/o repercussions. My daughter was brought to tears this morning as a dog aggressively charged and jumped on her stroller. This has happened repeatedly. And WHO wants their kids playing, rolling around in the grass with dog pee n' poo. Strongly believe there should be a no dog policy in the park

3 Votes Under Review

This has caused the residents in the avondale neighborhood to have to hear early morning construction starting at 6am every morning. Also the natural tree line has been eliminated and all the traffic noise from queens chapel can be heard throughout the neighborhood. The apartment community should be required to put a fence up to create a noise barrier between the neighborhood and the construction site. If this is not done people will move out of hyattsville.

1 Vote Acknowledged
Small2_hamilton_street

Lets work on replacing the inherently small crape myrtle trees along the north face of Hamilton Street (W. Hyattsville's Main St) and install native seasonal canopy trees (ie. Acer rubrum / Red Maple) along the north and south sides (and median if needed) to enhance the streetscape appeal. Its a very low-cost task with a positive return.

5 Votes Acknowledged

We need development for the city to continue to improve, but we need to look at how to develop and grow in a sustainable manner that respects the environment, yields good economic outcomes for the city and its residents, and fosters civic and social progress and engagement. In general, I think Hyattsville has been better at this than not, but we need to be more deliberate in how we go about things.

6 Votes Acknowledged

The intersection of Queens Chapel and Nicholson is a nightmare for drivers and pedestrians. Confusion causes dangerous and costly accidents as well as congestion on both roads. A traffic light is necessary to organize the volume of traffic at this intersection and make it safe for everyone.

8 Votes Acknowledged

p g about 1 year ago

It would be great if the old WSSC building on Gallatin street could be renovated to be used as a multipurpose community center. We could model it based on the old Greenbelt Community Center. Classes in the arts, crafts, exercise, language, etc could be offered. Sports activities such as volleyball, table tennis badminton and more could be fun for all ages and abilities. Also, activities for seniors could be safely hosted there. It would certainly be a positive use of the property that has been vacant for many, many years.

12 Votes Acknowledged