African refugee serves as U.S. soldier

August 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — When Alfred Kollie walked into the U.S. Army recruiting office on Belcrest Center Drive in 2010, he knew more than most what the future might bring. At the time, he was managing a store in the nearby mall and attending Prince George’s Community College part-time. But just [read more]

Promotions fill two key City jobs

August 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — Based on recommendations from Human Resources Director Chris Vermillion, the Hyattsville City Council has moved to fill two core city positions from within. At its July 23 meeting, the council voted to promote Abby Sandel to director of the newly created Department of [read more]

Council wrangling delays 2013 budget

June 11, 2012

BY KAREN RILEY —Repeated delays, unavailable documents, last-minute dollar estimates and a significant clerical mistake marked this year’s budget cycle for the city of Hyattsville. What’s more, residents who watched the proceedings were treated to so much verbal sparring that it often seemed [read more]

From the Editor: Mutiny on the Council

June 10, 2012

“Just imagine if we can become the next [Las] Vegas or Atlantic City in terms of venue and host the next [boxer Floyd] Mayweather fight at National Harbor.” County Councilmember Will Campos, on casinos at National Harbor (Gazette, 3/12/12) BY SUSIE CURRIE —If you, too, are eagerly awaiting [read more]

Tackling the perennial parking problem

June 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — Soon, city residents and visitors will find it easier to park when they go to Elevation Burger, Wet Your Palettes or any of the other newer businesses that line Route 1. The lack of adequate parking in that area has led to many complaints from both shoppers and business [read more]

City budget holds steady, new departments formed

May 15, 2012

BY KAREN J. RILEY — Mayor Marc Tartaro’s budget for fiscal year 2013, which starts July 1, is positively upbeat in comparison to other jurisdictions. Lower tax collections due to the collapse in housing prices and economic stagnation have forced many municipalities to reduce services and lay [read more]

Five-year plan for city buildings and roads approved

May 15, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On April 30, the city council passed the five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), for fiscal years 2013 to 2017. It’s the second year that capital improvements have been forecast beyond the current budget. The vote had been scheduled for the April 25 special budget session [read more]

Little change in city ward boundaries

May 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On May 2, the Hyattsville City Council approved a redistricting plan that keeps most residents, including all incumbent councilmembers, in their wards. This map shows the new ward boundaries, with current ones outlined in black. Council incumbents will all be staying in their [read more]

City clerk’s departure leaves big hole in staff

April 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — Doug Barber, clerk for the city of Hyattsville, is leaving April 30 to become clerk for the city of Rockville. When he goes, a lot of history and knowledge will go with him. Barber started working for the city when he was 15 years old, in 1988. As part of the now-defunct [read more]

Some staffers question recent salary increase for treasurer

April 10, 2012

BY HL&T STAFF — A 15 percent raise for Hyattsville City Treasurer Elaine Stookey isn’t sitting very well with some city workers who are facing a reduction in health benefits. The city council votes on staff salaries and any adjustments to them in open session. But negotiations fall under [read more]
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