To discourage blight on Route 1 and around Hyattsville, the city should impose property tax increases and penalties for prolonged vacancies, particularly in commercial properties, such as what Washington DC does.
To ensure developers must build to the historic district's existing character, and abide by quality and materials standards, Hyattsville should become a PG County Historic District. Also, so that all residents, not just those who have chosen to designate their own homes as a historic site, can benefit from county tax credits and grants for preservation of their homes.
I propose the development or adoption of a lighting ordinance based on the Model Ordinance drafted by the Dark Sky Association and approved by the Illumination Engineers Society of North America which help guide the reduction of light pollution. See: http://darksky.org/lighting/lighting-ordinances/ and a PDF of the model ordienance with explanations is available at: http://darksky.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/16_MLO_FINAL_JUNE2011.PDF
Unshielded and improperly install lighting reduces our ability to see all but the brightest stars at night, it creates unsafe interactions between drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, decreases security through reduced visibility through correct lighting, and reduces the disruption of biorhythms impact of artificial light on humans and the environment. We can lead the area in properly installed and shielded lights and with other communities adopting these we will all see more of the night sky and be safer when out at night.
Attached is the model ordinance and I encourage everyone to read more about light intrusion and light pollution at http://darksky.org/lighting.
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.
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?
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?
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!