Tonight: Hearing and council action on voting age, Kiplinger site update

January 5, 2015

Photo courtesy T. Carter Ross.

BY REBECCA BENNETT — Tonight is a big night for the Hyattsville City Council. At 7:45 p.m., a public hearing is scheduled about lowering the voting age in city elections to 16 years old. During the council meeting, which is scheduled to start at approximately 8:15 p.m., the agenda indicates the council will first consider a motion that would put the matter on the ballot in the upcoming May elections. If that motion does not pass, the council is slated to vote outright on lowering the city voting age.

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Before the voting age hearing, a 7:30 p.m. public hearing is scheduled on speed humps in the 4400 block of Oliver Street. During the council meeting, councilmembers will hear a presentation on the proposed development at the former Kiplinger Editors Press site, which is on East West Highway across from the Mall at Prince Georges. According to a city memo, Fore Property Company’s 2013 conceptual site plan will need revisions approved by the District Council “due to the substantive modifications being presented in the detailed site plan, most notably the removal of a retail use and the introduction of for sale townhomes.”

Other agenda items include presenting Claus Applause holiday decorating contest awards, a presentation on city lighting and city streets, which includes a recent West Hyattsville lighting study and the University Hills sidewalk project, as well as discussion the establishment of a CSX quiet zone at the Decatur Street crossing.

For a full list of all of the council’s business tonight, see the meeting’s agenda. Tonight’s hearings and council meeting will be held in the council’s 3rd floor chambers at 4310 Gallatin Street, streamed live, and televised on Hyattsville Community Television, Comcast cable channel 71 and Verizon channel 12.

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