Newsletter - Town of Colmar Manor

Town of
Colmar Manor
A Port Town Community
January / February 2015
Happy New Year!
I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and you've had an opportunity to enjoy precious time with
family and friends.
As we go into 2015 - let's start an avalanche of positive intentions. We all need that right now. Know what you
want, intend it, and believe it. We as a community have the ability to work together for social, physical,
economic, and environmental wellness. I ask you, my friends, to offer your support to someone who may have
family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just needs to know that someone cares.
Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune -- Yet we all have the ability to prosper together!.
I, and the Council look forward to continuing to serve. We envision a prosperous and exciting 2015 and
beyond for the Town of Colmar Manor -- Please join us in this sentiment.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve. :-). Godspeed!
Mayor Barrow
Feliz Año Nuevo!
Espero que todos hayan tenido unas maravillosas fiestas y que hayan tenido la oportunidad de disfrutar de
un tiempo precioso con la familia y amigos.
Como entrando en el 2015 - vamos a empezar una avalancha de intenciones positivas. Es lo que todos
necesitamos ahorita. Tienes que saber que es lo que quieres, tener las buenas intenciones y creer en ellas.
Como comunidad tenemos la capacidad de trabajar juntos para el bienestar social, físico, económico y
ambiental. Pido a ustedes, mis amigos, para ofrecer su apoyo a alguien que tenga problemas familiares,
las luchas de la salud, problemas laborales, preocupaciones de ningún tipo y sólo necesita saber que
alguien se preocupa. Hazlo por todos nosotros, porque nadie es inmune, sin embargo, todos tenemos la
habilidad de prosperar juntos!.
Yo y el Consejo deseando continuar sirviendo. Prevén un próspero y emocionante 2015 y más allá para el
pueblo de Colmar Manor, únase a nosotros en este sentimiento.
Muchas gracias por la oportunidad de servir. :-).
Mayor Barrow
Colmar Manor Maryland
Department of Recreation and Sponsors Proudly
Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary
A Century of Black Life, History and Culture
Sunday February 1, 2015
3701 Lawrence St Colmar Manor Maryland 20722
Multipurpose, Outreach, Conference Rooms
Motion made by Council Member Blue to purchase the Global Floor Scrubber and include
warranty as long as the total price does not exceed $3,500. The motion was passed with a vote of
Motion made by Council Member Epps to purchase blazers for Mayor and Council at a cost not
to exceed a total of $350 for five blazers. Motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Jackson to go into Closed Session at 9:11 order to
discuss personnel matters.
Motion made by Council Member Blue to accept the August 6, 12th, 14th and September 9th, 2014
minutes. The motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Blue to accept the September 2014, Treasurer’s Report. The
motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Jackson rescind the Trick or Treat Ban. Motion was passed
with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Epps to assume responsibility of the War of 1812 Banners.
Motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by council Member Blue to move forward with Bates contract with terms as
proposed. Motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Jackson to charge a late fee of 1.5% per month for overdue
Personal Property Tax Bills. The motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Jackson to allow up to 24 months to pay delinquent personal
property tax bills and assess a 1.5% per month penalty and interest fee. The motion was passed
with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Epps to add the definition of a commercial vehicle to the
town’s ordinance. The motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Epps to establish a fee for non-Port Towns $2, Port Towns
resident $1, and Colmar Manor residents free of charge, effect January 1, 2015 for use of the gym
area & computer room beginning January 2015. The motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
It was the consensus of the Council to allow the purchase of weekly passes at a rate of $7 for
non-Port Town residents and $3 for Port Town residents.
Motion: the above motion was amended to include the weekly rates.
Motion made by Council Member Jackson to allow the Right Hand to the Left Heart to use the
town hall free of charge on Christmas to feed the homeless. The motion was passed with a vote
of 4-1-0. Council Member Epps abstained.
Motion made by Council Member Jackson to order five glow in the dark signs up to $250 for the
Police Department location. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion made by Council Member Blue to go into closed session to discuss real estate matters.
Motion passed unanimously.
Motion made by Council Member Jackson to accept the October 2014, Treasurer’s Report. The
motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Blue to introduce Ordinance O-2-2014 with changes in the
Fine amount. The Motion was passed with a vote of 5-0.
Motion made by Council Member Jackson to move the December Worksession to 6pm on
12/9/14. The regular Town meeting is to follow at 7pm on 12/9/14. The motion was passed with
a vote of 5-0.
The Next meetings of the Colmar Manor Mayor & Town Council are scheduled as
Tuesday, January 6th, at 7:00 PM – Worksession
Tuesday, January 13th, at 7:00 PM – General Session
The Colmar Manor Mayor & Town Council meet for a Worksession on the first
Tuesday of each month and a General Session on the second Tuesday of each
month. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM and are held at the Town Hall. Residents are
encouraged to attend. General Sessions are broadcast live on Cable TV (Verizon
channel 11 or Comcast channel 71) and are also available for view anytime on
YouTube or via the Town’s website at
A few notes of information…….from the desk of the Chief of Police,
Crime Issues
Residential Burglary- 3300blk. 40th. Avenue, Thursday, October 2, 2014, 2:39PM, victim arrived home to find
their house broken into. A witness did advise seeing unknown person at front door of residence at 10:00AM, but
could not provide a description. Victim advised that a TV was missing from the living area. PGPD wrote the report.
Commercial Robbery- Lucky Mart, 4201 Bladensburg Road, Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:40PM, unknown,
B/M, 6', 20's, dreads, wearing black jacket with green shirt, and blue jeans armed with a handgun demanded money
from employee. The employee handed money from the register to suspect who then fled in unknown direction from
the store. PGPD officers canvassed the town for a suspect which was negative. Detectives from PGPD CID Robbery
responded to scene to handle investigation.
Stolen Auto- Shoppers Food Warehouse, 3831 Bladensburg Road, Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:15AM, victim
reported as they were exiting the store they seen their 2003 Dodge Caravan, WV Reg. OYF863 leaving the parking
lot being driven by unknown suspect. The vehicle continued to travel up Bladensburg Road towards DC.
Residential Burglary- 3600blk. 40th. Ave., Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:30AM-4:30PM, unknown suspect broke
into rear basement door of residence. Two flat screen TV's and a computer tablet were taken. A witness advised
seeing two unknown B/M's jumping the back fence as the home owner pulled up to the residence at 4:30PM but not
sure if they were the suspects or not. Detective from PGPD Northern Regional Investigation Division responded to
scene to investigate.
Anyone with information on these incidents, please contact the police department.
Winter Weather
Winter is a beautiful time of the year in Colmar Manor, especially when a fresh layer of new snow covers
everything. Winter can also be a very dangerous time of the year. If you plan on traveling during the winter, it pays
to prepare your vehicle for winter driving, including having winter car supplies. Just following some simple safe
driving tips and using common sense while driving near snow plows could ensure that you make it to your
destination safely. However, be prepared for the unexpected.
Be Prepared for Winter Storms
Keep an emergency kit and supplies in your home, office and car, including blankets, extra sweaters or
sweatshirts, and mittens or gloves.
Have your car tuned up for winter driving. This includes checking fluid levels. Also make sure that the tires on
your car have good treads. Replace old, warn tires.
Keep a shovel and salt handy for clearing sidewalks and driveways.
Monitor local weather reports.
Charge your mobile phone before a storm in case of a power outage.
General Winter Safety
Ice skating is a fun winter activity; however, if the ice is not safe to skate on, you could be putting your life at
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Hundreds of people are injured while sledding and tubing every year. Keep safety in mind while enjoying the
In the winter you should have no less than a quarter of a tank in your vehicle at any time. Condensation can
build up in a near-empty gas tank in extremely cold temperatures, which can cause fuel line freeze-up and nostart conditions.
Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time. Although they have fur coats, they can be affected if
exposed to extremely cold temperatures.
If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower
than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. You don't want to come home to find that a water pipe has burst inside your
Winter Driving Tips
Driving a motor vehicle with any significant amounts of snow or ice on the vehicle is against the law.. Clear all
snow and ice off the entire car including the roof, hood, trunk, and license plates. Also, all glass surfaces and lights
should be clear and transparent. This includes your windows, side-view mirrors, headlights and tail lights.
Never leave a vehicle unattended while it is warming up. Also, never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area,
such as a garage.
If you have a mobile phone, take it with you and make sure it is fully charged before you leave.
Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
Drive slowly. Accelerating, stopping and turning takes longer on snow-covered or icy roads. Give yourself
time to maneuver by driving slowly.
Do not follow the vehicle in front of you too closely. Remember that it takes extra time to stop on icy roads.
The more space there is between you and the vehicle in front of you, the less likely you will rear-end them if
they stop short.
Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at
temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed
roadways like bridges, entrance and exit ramps.
Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the
road in front of them worse than the road behind.
Travel on high-volume roads as much as possible, as clearing these roads is top priority for plows. Avoid
driving on back roads or traveling on roads that have not been treated.
As always, never text while driving and be sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt.
Colmar Manor Green Team!
As part of the Sustainable Maryland process we are working on bringing more
sustainable (environmental, ecological, money saving, planet saving) practices to our
Mayor Barrow has made improving our recycling a priority. Our town will be getting new
(larger) covered recycling bins as the New Year arrives. Many of us had more recycling
each week than would fit in the old open boxes. Now we want to be sure to put more of
the right things in the bins each week!
On the back of this flyer is a list of the materials that you can (and some you can’t)
recycle each week. Our goal is to recycle more, but to be sure that when it arrives at
the recycling center it can be processed. Please keep the list (refrigerator maybe?)
where you can refer to it.
Recycling Workshop
In February we are going to look at composting – you can mix your kitchen vegetable
cuttings and coffee grounds with leaves and green waste from your yard and grow great
compost at home! We are going to start talking about it in the middle of winter so that
we can be read to compost when Spring arrives and we are all out digging in our
We will talk about how to build a composting box, what to save in the kitchen, how to
get your new composter box started, and the benefits of having compost in your garden.
Please come join us!
Composting Workshop
SATURDAY February 21st FROM 10-12 NOON
this will be with the Colmar Manor Garden Club
Are you interested in joining our Green Team and making Colmar Manor more
Sustainable? We meet with the Community Engagement meetings each month with
Mayor Barrow (see Town Calendar for the meetings). We would love to have you join
Carrie Biggs-Adams (202) 415-1147 cell
What can I put in the recycling cart?
All your clean recyclables can go into the cart. No separating. Do not put recyclables into plastic bags. Just place
items loose into the cart. NO Liquids – empty ALL water bottles and cans.
DO Recycle
Magazines/ Catalogs
Shredded paper (bagged)
Soda Cans & metal food cans
Glass (empty)
Plastic bottles & jugs (all numbers 1-7)
Plastic buckets/food containers
Paper milk/juice cartons
Plastic lawn chairs
Cereal boxes
Clean, balled aluminum foil
Aluminum pie pans
Mail & Junk Mail
Greeting cards
Hard & soft back books
Empty aerosol cans
Coat Hangers (Metal & Plastic)
Plastic flower pots
Prescription bottles
DON’T Recycle
Light bulbs
Wax paper
Paper Towels
Painted/Treated wood
Padded/Plastic Envelopes
Auto parts
Broken glass
Hazardous materials
Medical waste
Motor oil containers
Packing foam and peanuts
Plastic utensils
Remember to rinse all food and beverage containers and to recap or place the lids in the recycling.
Can I recycle my newspapers if they get wet from rain or snow?
Under normal circumstances, we can accept wet newspaper, although dry newsprint is strongly preferred by
processors. Unlike plastic, metal and glass, paper is organic. Rain/water causes paper to break down rapidly. One of
the reasons the newer recycling carts have lids is to keep paper materials dry.
Are take-out containers recyclable?
No. This includes pizza boxes; paper cartons and Styrofoam®™ boxes. These items are usually too soiled to be
How can I recycle plastic bags?
You may take your plastic bags to your local grocery stores. Most grocery stores recycle these bags. If you choose
to recycle your plastic grocery bags at home please put them all together inside of one bag and tie it up before you
put it into your single stream recycling container.
Please fill out this form and return to TOWN HALL to show interest in a Garden Plot.
NAME ___________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________
Street Address______________________________________________________
email address: ___________________________________________________________________________
Please Return to Town Hall no later than JANUARY 15th so we know how many people
are seeking plots.
Favor de llenar este forma y devolver lo al Centro del Pueblo para expresar su interes en
tener una area en el Jardin Comunitaria.
Nombre: ____________________________________________
Telefono: ___________________________________________
Direcion de su casa:_____________________________________________________
Direcion electronico_________________________________________________________________________
Favor de devolver esto al Centro del Pueblo no mas tarde que el 15 de enero para saber
cuantos personas estan buscando areas.
Questions/Preguntas – Carrie Biggs-Adams (202) 415-1147
[email protected]
Garden Club Meeting – Saturday January 17th 10 -11:30am Town Hall 3701 Lawrence St.
Reunion del Club Jardinero Sabado 17 de enero 10-11:30am
Centro Del Pueblo 3701 Lawrence
Town of Colmar Manor
3701 Lawrence Street
Colmar Manor, MD 20722
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Town Council / Staff
Telephone Directory
Sadara Barrow
Town Hall
Ward 1
Lois Ann Blue
Ward 2
Cynthia Bowden
Ward 3
Vivian Jackson
Ward 4
Doreatha Epps
Fire / Ambulance
P.G. County Police
Colmar Manor PD (Admin)
Office Manager
Judy Myers
Park Police
Dan Baden
P.G. Sheriff
Comcast (Cable T.V.)
PEPCO (lines down, etc.)
Verizon Telephone (repair)
Washington Gas (all calls)
W.S.S.C. (main breaks, etc.)
Police Chief
Public Works Supervisor
Code Enforcement
Recreation Coordinator
Media Coordinator
Brian Gibson
Michael Goroum
Rick Queen
Anthony Long
Tracy Stone