Ever wanted to call your city council member to complain about a pothole or praise the work of a city employee, but you didn't know who to call?
Well, you can now cross that excuse off of your list of reasons to not be engaged in your community because Hyattsville's website now features an upgraded City Limits Verification Page. The upgraded site now allows you to see not only if you live in Hyattsville, but which ward you live in.
Why haven't you heard of this before? The applet has not had an official launch just yet, according to city Communications Manager Abby Sandel at Monday's council meeting.
The idea for the applet came out of discussions surrounding the city's recent round of redistricting, when the ward boundaries are redrawn every 10 years after the decennial U.S. Census. The applet is one way the city is trying to get the word out to residents about the changes which came along with the last round of redistricting. The new ward boundaries became official this past July.
I used the applet yesterday to verify that my new pad on Queensbury Road was indeed in Ward 1. I live very close to a ward boundary, so my previous assumption was something of a reasonably confident educated guess.
But I can now say for certain that it will be council members Candace Hollingsworth and Eric Winguard who represent me on Maryland's second largest city council. They should prepare themselves for a flood of inane and un-actionable quibbles from me about the quality of my neighborhood.
Once you figure out which ward you live in, check out this page to see who your city council members are. Each ward has two. Collect them all!