iris Maurer over 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

The planning department says they have no influence regarding what can be done on Baltimore Avenue, East-West Highway, and Queens Chapel. They claim this because the said roadeways are owned and operated by the State Highway Association. Yet, Hyattsville city planners provide no warnings on the wikimap or in other community interfaces so the public can be aware that their ideas for Baltimore Avenue, East-West Highway, and Queens Chapel, will not come to fruition. To add to the confusion, they verbally provide a link during project meetings to where we can comment on SHA roadways.

More importantly, I spoke with SHA and the Transportation Planners at Prince George's County. They confirmed that the City of Hyattsville planner's perception of no influence is incorrect and short of completing the planning tasks of collaboration and coordination during the planning process. In the industry, this is called "working in a vacuum".

Please be aware that Hyattsville planning staff and leadership do not want to work anymore than obligatory. Lets challenge them to set meetings and coordinate with their municipal counterparts. This action will fulfill what all of these cool internet tools aspire to offer. After all, its not that hard to set up a meeting and speak up on behalf of your city.

3 Votes Under Review

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

We have waited for our representatives to raise the matter of "trash collection taxes being included in property taxes without service," but have had no real action.

Residents of multifamily condominium buildings are charged for trash and recycling services but receive no service from the City or County. This is done by classifying us as businesses, even though each residence in our building represents a single family home with family owners and payment responsibilities- just like any other single family home.

This situation represents a true financial hardship and injustice for the 143 Oglethorpe households (and other multifamily homes) who pay trash collection taxes to the city and recycling collection taxes to the county, in addition to an annual amount of approximately $18,000, for private trash and recycling pickup. About 2/3 of this cost is for the trash removal portion. This does not include individual costs for bulk trash pickup which every other Hyattsville household enjoys. This triple billing must stop.

We look forward to moving this issue forward and are open to discussing options (including tax refunds, trash pickup, etc.) with the public as the City has ignored us. Either the City should stop taxing the residents or should pick up the trash. This is basic fairness.

Hyattsville Residents, in this day and age when we are spending money on "extras" like putting art covers on utility boxes, isn't it only fair that we go back to the basics and discusss providing sanitation services for all residents? Neighbors who pay taxes and participate in our community? Neighbors who are paying for services they are not receiving? Please help us.

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

4 Votes Under Review

Improve the area around the West Hyattsville Metro to make it attractive to new businesses such as new coffee shops and restaurants, especially the area around the corner of Hamilton St. and Queens Chapel. That would make the area feel safer, encourage young families to move there, improve the walkability score for those neighborhoods, and help real estate values.

16 Votes Acknowledged

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

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

Some citizens in Hyattsville--typically younger and more agile than me--like to play "chicken" with the traffic at this intersection and also at Hamilton and Ager, across from the Metro Station. One time I arrived at the intersection after a young man. I assumed he had pushed the button for a pedestrian to cross, but he had not. I got confused when he crossed without the pedestrian sign. I started to step into the intersection to cross and was almost mowed down by an 18 bus making a right turn. (I guess his audible warning about making a turn was not working that morning.) I almost lost my life that morning. Crossing streets safely in Hyattsville not be something you need to think twice about, provided you are not distracted by some hand-held device or conversation with a companion. Make the crossing automatic for pedestrians.

2 Votes Acknowledged