Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Funded by a $110K Maryland Department of Housing and Community
Development Community Legacy grant, bike racks located throughout the city have
helped decrease pedestrian-biker-automobile accidents.
Bike racks enhancing Hyattsville have been making a positive impact for pedestrian safety and travelers, according to community data and investigation. Jim Chandler, Director of the Community and Economic Development department for the city said the racks--funded by a $110 thousand Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Community Legacy grant--are heavily used and are not increasing biker-pedestrian-related travel accidents. The accessibility, ease of use and number of racks located throughout the city have all contributed to the development of the Community Sustainability plan put forward by the Hyattsville Bike and Pedestrian Committee. The current 124 bike racks cost from $50 to $150 plus an installation fee and are …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Take photos on election day? We want to see them!
Did you take pictures during Hyattsville's City Council elections on Tuesday? Add your photos to the gallery above.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mayor Marc Tartaro no longer the only city elected leader with facial hair.
The big winner in yesterday's Hyattsville City Council elections is undoubtedly facial hair. Before yesterday, Mayor Marc Tartaro, in the form of a close cropped beard, was the only Hyattsville elected leader to sport facial hair. Every other sitting city council member was definitively babyfaced either by choice or biological circumstance. Then yesterday, Hyattsville voters sent four facially hirsute candidates to city council. Now, residents of Hyattsville's Ward 2, Ward 3, Ward 4 and Ward 5 can go about their lives secure in the knowledge that at least one of their ward's two council members has either a moustache or a goatee. Ward 2 will soon be represented by Robert Croslin, who sports a moustache you could sweep a floor with. Ward 3…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Six new city council members to take office later this month.
Hyattsville's City Council will undergo a dramatic shift later this month after voters sent six new members to office. Council Vice President David Hiles (Ward 2), the lone incumbent running in this year's biennial Hyattsville city elections, lost his re-election bid to challenger Robert Croslin by a vote of 281 to 128. After the results were announced, Hiles issued a brief statement conceding the election. "I am happy that I was able to serve our community for four years. I am willing to help any member of the new council in any way possible," wrote Hiles the statement sent to local reporters. Croslin, in an interview after the results were announced, thanked his supporters for their work to get him elected. "I had a great team of …
Unofficial results from election officials reveal winners of city council races.
Results do not include write ins. Stay tuned to Hyattsville Patch for more election updates throughout the evening. Clayton Williams has won the four year term left by the retirement of Councilor Ruth Ann Frazier (Ward 5). Joseph Solomon has won the two year term left by the resignation of former Councilor Nicole Hinds Mofor.
Voters head to the polls to elect Hyattsville City Council candidates.
After a two-month-long campaign period, Hyattsville's biennial municipal election has arrived. Voting begins this morning at 7 a.m. and runs through 8 p.m. tonight. Voters in the city's five wards will be casting ballots for one of their two city council ward representatives. Voters in Ward 5 get to double their money, voting for two candidates, one to fill the regular four year term left by the retirement of longtime Councilor Ruth Ann Frazier (Ward 5) and to fill the two years remaining on the term vacated by former Councilor Nicole Hinds-Mofor, who resigned earlier this year. Races in Brief Before the first vote is even cast, the city council is guaranteed for a shake-up, with at least five new members set to take office. Of the five …
Candidates talk about how the city could improve transparency.
Editor's Note - Welcome to the 11th installment of Questions for Council Candidates. Recently, Hyattsville Patch sent a 15 part questionnaire to candidates running in this year's Hyattsville City Council election. The questions, developed with the help of Hyattsville Patch readers, probe the candidates thoughts on city policy, development, and also asked the candidates to do a little self reflection. Between now and May 7, Hyattsville Patch will be publishing their responses to each question to help you, the reader, make a more informed decision at the polls on May 7. Here now are the responses to the 11th question. Responses are organized alphabetically by ward. Bill Jenne - I would limit closed sessions to a limited number over a …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
If approved by Hyattsville City Council, bike lanes could be installed by end of June.
On Monday night, the Hyattsville City Council will consider an $85,000 contract with NZI Construction to build out Phase I of the adopted city Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan. The project is funded with a $110,000 Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Community Legacy grant. Roughly half of that money went to the installation of the now familiar yellow bicycle racks throughout the city. If approved, the new bike lanes could be installed rather quickly.The city must spend the money by June 30, 2013 or the money could be forfeited. Last year, the city council approved a $15,000 contract with Sabra Wang Associates to design the network of bicycle routes, which will cut north and south and east and west …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A question about population density has Hyattsville's City Council candidates talk about development.
Editor's Note - Welcome to fifth installment of Questions for Council Candidates. Recently, Hyattsville Patch sent a 15 part questionnaire to candidates running in this year's Hyattsville City Council election. The questions, developed with the help of Hyattsville Patch readers, probe the candidates thoughts on city policy, development, and also asked the candidates to do a little self reflection. Between now and May 6, Hyattsville Patch will be publishing their responses to each question to help you, the reader, make a more informed decision at the polls on May 7. Here now are the responses to the fifth question. Responses are organized alphabetically by ward. Ward 1 Candidates William Jenne - Editor's Note - Jenne's response to this …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Ward 3 Hyattsville City Council candidate stuns with big fundraising numbers in campaign finance documents.
*** Who dontated to whom? Find out with the 2013 Hyattsville Campaign Finance Database. *** Patrick Paschall, running unopposed for Hyattsville's Ward 3 City Council seat, has raised nearly $4,500 in campaign contributions, according to preliminary campaign finance reports filed last Friday at city hall. "When I announced that I was running, I reached out to friends and family, and law school friends," said Paschall in an interview. "I was completely amazed and gratified by the outpouring of support I received." With a little more than a week until the elections, Paschall's campaign has so far raised $1,537 more than the combined total of all other city council candidates. While historic local campaign finance records are hard to come by…