My name is Christopher A. Etienne. I am a resident and taxpayer of Hyattsville, Maryland. Currently, I work for a Member of the United States Congress on Capitol Hill. I earned my master's degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and my bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The morning of Thursday, October 4, 2018 I was informed by a family member that a burglar, or group of thieves, broke her car window and stole all of her items from her car that was parked inside the University Town Center Garage B - Lot# 39 - B, garage number "P1." She has filed a police report and others of this kind. However, the Atlantic Services Group, Inc., the operators of the University Town Center Garage, do not have security cameras installed inside this parking garage.

According to the Prince George's County Police department, one of the biggest misconceptions about auto theft is where they occur. As you may know, more than 33% of all vehicle thefts occur near the car owner's residence and around 20% of thefts occur in parking lots.

I am proposing to the public servants representing the City of Hyattsville, Maryland to require the Atlantic Services Group, Inc. to strongly consider installing security cameras inside and around, the different parking levels, of the University Town Center Garage B - Lot# 39 - B. This is a needed public safety for the residents and college students, especially for the female residents and college students who own vehicles. Parking garage security cameras could discourage a thief and encourage a resident.

One discouraged resident said, "Despite the high prices for parking charged in this garage, Atlantic has essentially no security in this garage at all. I've parked here for two years and have seen countless people have items stolen from their cars. More recently cars have had their windows bashed in, tires stolen, and locks broken. A complete waste of money to pay to be in this garage when Atlantic is not going to bother to put up cameras or do security patrols."

In closing, the University Town Center Garage B needs video surveillance. Video surveillance is another essential deterrent for parking garage crime. The simple presence of well-marked, vandal-resistant cameras is an effective deterrent. And, if watched carefully enough with remote monitoring services and/or paired with intelligent video monitoring software and remote speakers, it may be able to prevent crimes or stop them as they happen – without the prohibitive expense of multiple on-site security guards. The phone numbers listed for Atlantic Services Group, Inc. is (301) 779-9696 and (301) 214-2490.

I look forward to your prompt response and working with you to protect the public safety.

Parking minimums waste space that can be used for opening more businesses and promote more economic develpoment

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Other than morning rush hour (due to one way traffic in alley and on Queensbury Road, there is no real traffic problem. NS-6 would require taking property from private citizens. it would also increase traffic for those citizens. Don't do it.

Volunteers to the City who are on an Official Committee should get free parking within the City. This is not only an incentive for people to join a Committee but a small way of saying thanks to residents who volunteer their time to make the City better. There can be criteria (committee must be active, meet monthly and must attend X # of meetings to qualify) so that it is not abused. A yearly pass that you put in your window that expires at the end of the year can be used.

We volunteers on Committees meet monthly and put in many hours that are uncompensated. We do it to make our City better for us and everyone else. Getting volunteers to put in this time is hard - many say they want to help out, but few step up (understood, it is a time commitment that some may not have). As someone who has been on a Committee for a long time, I can attest to the fact that it is hard to get to people to join and often there are just a handful of us making the commitment. This would help us get people and be a nice gesture for those who are on there now.

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Daily, I observe a large number of small children and schoolchildren who walk to schools from Ward 1 neighborhoods. There are no practical, safe alternate routes to walk to schools, churches, the post office, municipal buildongs, city hall, etc., from neighborhoods in Ward 1. The visibility is poor for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians alike on sharp, short turns (like 42nd Ave. And Decatur, back to Crittenden). I wpuld agree with many others in Ward 1 neighborhoods that too many strips pf roadways are high-risk zones for interactions between vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists.

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I've been in Zone 4 for over 4 years and I've noticed that there are quite a few homes that have way too many cars parked on the street. Some of my neighbors have driveways and don't even use them. The house across the street from me occupies 5 street spots, and sometimes 6 on a weekly basis. This is way too many cars for one single family household.

"The HVille Reporter" listed an event on 3 March @ 10AM. It was in my mail box that afternoon after the event ended.

At minimum, the city should consider banning military assault weapons in public spaces- schools, playgrounds, houses of worship. The wellbeing and security of our young children and citizens depend on it. Without such sensible measures the safety of our children will remain compromised- whether they are playing, biking or skating with friends in their neighborhood playgrounds, at school, or simply attending services at church, mosque, or synagogue. It is important to note, this does not ban the right of citizens to own guns- but to simply ask that they not carry them in areas where large number of children congregate and have no way to defend themselves from anyone with a bad intent. Simply put, the city can protect the right of citizens to own guns and also adopt sensible measures that would make it harder to mercilessly injure and kill tens of innocent people in 60 seconds- that as it stands are legally sanctioned by our state laws.

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.

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What is the Hyattsville City Council doing to promote home ownership in Hyattsville? Does Hyattsville have any policies that promote affordable housing within the incorporated areas of Hyattsville?

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