This is to notify you that your scheduled spray night is MONDAY. Spray season begins on June 4th and is anticipated to end on September 18th. Spraying will begin after dark and may continue until midnight or later. We do not conduct spray activity during daylight hours. If you see a truck in your community spraying during the day, it is not the State of Maryland.

Spraying will commence as soon as it is dark. As a precaution, we advise residents to stay inside their homes and close their windows while the spray truck is in the vicinity, bring in any pets, and remain in the home until 30 minutes after the spray truck has passed by. If there are people outside when the truck passes by, no spray will be released and the truck will not make another pass down that street.
The spray schedule will rotate every 3 weeks. This means that your community may or may not be sprayed each week. The frequency will be determined by surveillance data collected and complaints received. In order to determine if your community will be sprayed on its scheduled spray night, please contact our office between 2-4 pm that day. You may call or email. See below.
And, check out this ATTACHMENT to get even more information from the Dept of Agriculture’s Press Release: 2018 Mosquito USDA_Info

Thank you,

Ms. Stormy Keyes
Office Secretary III
Department of Agriculture
Mosquito Control
8071 Greenmead Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Office: 301-422-5080
Fax: 301-422-0502
Email: stormy.keyes@maryland.gov

Click on links below to read the approved meeting minutes from the April Public Hearing & Regular Town Meeting, plus, the April Regular Board Work Session.

April 24, 2018 Public Hearing & Regular Town Meeting:  TM-minutes_042418_Apprvd

April 23, 2018  Regular Board Work Session: WS-minutes_042318_Apprvd

 

Your Hometown News . . .

click on the link below to read the March 2018 issue:

 

 

 

 

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The Landings is now a BI-MONTHLY publication . . .
so, you can expect the next issue to come out in early JULY 2018, then SEPTEMBER . .. and so on.

Full-color printed copies are now being mailed to Town residents and select mail routes in the immediate area,
but the Landings will continue being posted online at our website (with continued MailChimp notification to subscribers when it is posted.)

Testing of our area, and possible spraying, will commence on June 4, and run through September 18, 2018.  Typically, the testing & spraying occurs around dusk on Monday evenings, but, due to variable weather conditions, we cannot guarantee that this service will be performed in any given week.  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.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is now emphasizing control at the source whenever possible. Property owners are encouraged to diligently remove any unnecessary water-holding containers from their yards, and check for puddling areas after each rainfall.

Residents can opt-out of the “Adulticiding” spraying 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.

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

Over the past few months, the Town of Upper Marlboro has received several complaints regarding feral cats within Town limits. While the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division is responsible for Animal Control within Town limits, below are some steps that can be taken by residents to assist in controlling and protecting the feral cat community within Town.

Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the United States. Some are domesticated pets whose owners let (or put) them outside, but many are community cats, who may be feral or one-time pets who are now stray, lost or abandoned. The more we understand outdoor cats and the complicated issues related to them, the more effectively we can help them, reduce cat overpopulation and protect wildlife. County Code prohibits the feeding of feral cats as it attracts other wildlife prone to carry rabies (raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes).

 

Where do community/feral cats live?

Community & feral cats typically live in a colony—a group of related cats. The colony occupies and defends a specific territory where food (a restaurant dumpster or a person who feeds them) and shelter (beneath a porch, in an abandoned building, etc.) are available. Although feral cats may be seen by people who feed them, strangers may not realize that feral cats are living nearby because they rarely see them. Stray cats tend to be much more visible, may vocalize and may approach people in search of food or shelter. Stray cats may join a colony or defend a territory of their own.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
TNR is a nonlethal strategy for reducing the number of community cats and improving the quality of life for cats, wildlife and people. At its most basic, TNR involves:

  • Humanely trapping community cats
  • Spaying or neutering them
  • Vaccinating them against rabies
  • Surgically removing the tip of one ear (a “tipped” ear is the universally-recognized sign of a cat who has been spayed or neutered)
  • Returning the cats to their home

Information provided by: The Humane Society of the United States website

Town residents are encouraged to participate in a TNR program, especially if they provide for feral cats.

 

Below are some locations which offer TNR services: 

The Spay Spot
http://www.thespayspot.org/
3750 Brown Statiion Rd
301-254-8151

Bowie CLAW
http://www.bowieclaw.org/
Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare
P.O. Box 116
Bowie, Maryland 20719-0116
bowieclaw@gmail.com

Rock Creek Cats
http://www.rockcreekcats.org/
P.O. Box 203
Garrett Park, MD 20896-0203

Click on links below to read the approved meeting minutes from the March Regular Town Meeting & Special Town Meeting, plus, the April Extra Work Session minutes:

March 13, 2018 Regular Town Meeting:  TM-minutes_031318_Apprvd

March 27 Special Town Meeting: STM-minutes_032718_Apprvd

April 2, 2018 Extra Work Session: XWS-minutes_040218_Apprvd

At their monthly Town Meeting on April 24, 2018, the Board of Town Commissioners passed Resolution 2018-03: Establishing a School Zone on Old Crain Hwy. This document works in conjunction with the recently adopted Ordinance 2018-02: Automated Traffic Enforcement.  The Board of Commissioners find that school-related activity occurs at or near the Sasscer Administration Building, including travel by students to or from school on foot or by bicycle; or the dropping off or picking up of students by school buses or other vehicles. The “Safety for Students” program created by the Town has a goal to increase safety for the motoring public as well as for students, parents, and teaching staff around schools with the use of automated speed enforcement to substantially protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Resolution: 2018-03_RES_Establishing a School Zone Along Old Crain Hwy_Apprvd_nosig

Exh A & B: Exh A B SMS

Exh C & D: Exh C D SMS

WSSC is planning on closing Ritchie Marlboro Road for night work (in accordance with a permit from Prince George’s County) beginning approximately Tuesday, May 6th 2018. These closures will be from 8pm to 5am on an intermittent basis for about the next three to six months. For specific details regarding this project, please contact Contract Manager Mike Dobbs at michael.dobbs@wsscwater.com or the County Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T) at 301-883-5600.

 

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OFFICIAL NOTICE

On March 27, 2018 the Board of Commissioners for The Town of Upper Marlboro approved Ordinance 2018-02: Automated Traffic Enforcement, for the purpose of establishing the “SAFETY FOR STUDENTS PROGRAM” and a “RED LIGHT ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM;” by adopting provisions governing speed monitoring systems, in order to authorize the implementation of such systems in designated school zones to detect speed limit violations using vehicle sensors…by defining school zones; by requiring the calibration and self-testing of systems, and the use and placement of systems in school zones; and by further requiring the Board President to designate an employee or official to review speed monitoring system citations and address questions or concerns from the public, and designate a program administrator to oversee the contract with a speed monitoring system contractor;…and generally relating to the regulation and control of vehicles and traffic and the use of technology to regulate traffic and improve public safety in the Town. The ordinance becomes effective April 17, 2018. Copies are available at Town Hall, 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 and online at www.UpperMarlboroMD.gov.

—Town of Upper Marlboro; By: M. David Williams, Town Clerk

Your Hometown News . . .

click on the link below to read the March 2018 issue:
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We hope you were not too inconvenienced by the late arrival of the newly redesigned Landings newsletter.
Now that we have the kinks ironed-out, we anticipate delivery of the next issue closer to the beginning of the month.

The Landings is now a BI-MONTHLY publication . . .
so, you can expect the next issue to come out in early MAY 2018, then JULY 2018, SEPTEMBER . .. and so on.

Full-color printed copies are now being mailed to Town residents and select mail routes in the immediate area,
but the Landings will continue being posted online at our website (with continued MailChimp notification to subscribers when it is posted.)