March 2014 — Meeting Minutes

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Mosquito Control Program

The primary goal of this program is to prevent the occurrence of mosquito-borne disease in humans, pets and livestock. Mosquito control is an economic necessity in some parts of Maryland dependent on outdoor tourism during the summer. The program relies on surveys and monitoring of the larval and adult mosquito populations to coordinate control activities. Control techniques include breeding source reduction, public education, biological control and insecticide applications from aircraft or ground equipment. Residents can opt-out of the service by submitting a Mosquito Control Exemption Form available at Town Hall. When an address has opted-out, the spray is kept 300 feet from the property on either side. Testing of our area will commence on June 1st, but at this time, we do not know on what date the spraying will begin. Typically, the spraying occurs around dusk on Monday evenings. We will post the spraying dates once they are available.

To find out more information, call Mosquito Control at 410-841-5870 or go to their website (click here)

We’ve Made the Grade!

The Town of Upper Marlboro has joined the growing list of Sustainable Communities, part of the statewide initiative to strengthen reinvestment and revitalize Maryland’s older neighborhoods.
Governor O’Malley’s Smart Growth Subcabinet last month added nine communities to the roster, bringing the total number of Sustainable Communities in the state to 64. In Prince George’s County, Greenbelt, North Brentwood and The Town of Upper Marlboro are now officially designated as Sustainable Communities. Each of those communities has developed and committed to a revitalization and reinvestment plan that will support principles of sustainability.

Principles of sustainability, as defined by the 2010 Sustainable Communities Act, are places where public and private investments and partnerships achieve:

• Development of a healthy local economy;
• Protection and appreciation of historical and cultural resources;
• A mix of land uses;
• Affordable and sustainable housing, and employment options;
• Growth and development practices that protect the environment and conserve air, water and energy resources, encourage walkability and recreational opportunities, and where available, create access to transit.

Posted online in the “Community Review”, the official blog for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the article describes the Town and a few of its goals . . .

“As the County Seat of Prince George’s County, the Town of Upper Marlboro has a historic village character that is enhanced by being a part of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. It is located within close proximity to regional employment centers including both Washington DC and Joint Base Andrews. The Town plans to focus its revitalization efforts in the downtown core and will promote the adaptive reuse of the Old Marlboro Elementary School, strengthen businesses along Main Street and reforest a vacant lot adjacent to the Town Hall.”

You can find out more information about this state-wide initiative at the State’s website.

Sustainable Communities Meeting #3

The 3rd meeting of the Town of Upper Marlboro Sustainable Communities Workgroup will take place at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Town Hall. At this meeting, the Workgroup will discuss the Town of Upper Marlboro’s Sustainable Communities Application that was filed with the State in October and approved in February. This meeting is to strategize what projects could revitalize the Town with deciding what resources to move regarding this matter.

Sustainable Communities Presentation

Everything Old is New Again! JOIN US TO CELEBRATE the recent designation of The Town of Upper Marlboro as a SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY (SC). Town residents, business owners, and any citizens interested in the future of our historic Town, are invited to Trinity Church on Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Learn what this designation means to our Town and all the exciting projects and programs that it will enable. Until then, you can read more about the Sustainable Communities initiative in the news story entitled “We Made the Grade!” posted on our homepage.
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In addition to this informational presentation, we will be talking about the Town’s participation with the Maryland Home & Garden Pilgrimage Tour on April 26, and, the Marlborough Day Festival on May 10. There will be large crowds for both of these events, but there’s still plenty of room to get involved. If you can’t make either of these events, then just make sure to join us at Trinity Church to find out what you’ll be missing.
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This year, we are a focal point of the War of 1812 Bicentennial, and we have been working hard to be ready for the hundreds of visitors who are coming to visit Darnall’s Chance, Dr. Wm Beanes’ Gravesite and Trinity Church, our three historic destination sites along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
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Our Historical Committee is currently organizing volunteers—this is your chance to be part of history in your own hometown! Contact the Town Hall at 301-627-6905, or, vist the TUMHC website: http://www.tumhc.com for more information.

ALERT—Robbery at Bank of America

The Bank of America at 14601 Church Street was robbed at approximately 10:15 a.m. today (Tuesday, April 8, 2014). Traffic will be disrupted as the police investigation continues.

“Landings” newsletter — April 2014

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Sustainable Communities Meeting #2

The 2nd meeting of the Town of Upper Marlboro Sustainable Communities Workgroup will take place at 8:00 a.m.Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Town Hall. The Workgroup will be evaluating and prioritizing a list of projects and goals outlined in our State approved application.

Extra Work Session

The Board of Town Commissioners will hold an Extra Work Session on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. at the Town Hall, 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.
The meeting is open to the public (a portion of this meeting may be closed)

US Route 301 to Close for Repairs

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is making repairs to the railroad crossing at US 301 (Crain Highway) between Chew Road and the Marlboro Crossroads area just south of MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). SHA will temporarily close the four-lane highway on Friday evening, April 11 and reopen it no later than Monday morning, April 14. This work is necessary to replace deteriorated rubber panels at the crossing. To ensure the safety of work crews and travelers, SHA will close both the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301. If inclement weather occurs, this work will be rescheduled for the weekend of April 25-27, 2014. More information is available at www.roads.maryland.gov/D3 or by contacting the SHA District 3 Office at 301-513-7300.