Public Notices

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Public Notices from the City Clerk

Important Information for New Tenants

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tenant Rights to Civic Inclusion

In 2013, the City Council enacted two important amendments to the Housing Code to ensure that tenants who live in multi-unit housing have the opportunity to fully participate in the electoral process.

1) Candidates’ access to multi-unit buildings:

After providing notice to landlords and tenants, qualified candidates and their volunteers are permitted to enter apartment buildings for the purpose of campaigning for office or to register voters. This may occur during the 90-day period before an election and only for candidates who are running to represent an area that includes the multi-unit building. Of course, tenants are not required to open their doors to candidates. The City provides, free of charge, a sign that a tenant may place on the apartment unit door to indicate that canvassing is not welcome.

2) Information packets for new tenants:

Within seven days of a new tenancy, landlords are required to distribute to new tenants a City-supplied packet of information to include: a) State of Maryland voter registration forms; b) City of Takoma Park voter registration forms for residents not eligible to register and vote in county, state, and national elections; and c) other material designated by the City regarding services, laws, and the electoral process.

The complete packet is available in English and Spanish.

Pepco’s Energy Savings Programs

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pepco provides a variety of energy saving incentives, rebates, and other programs to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. An informative presentation was given by Susan Marinelli, DSM Residential Program Manager, Pepco Energy Wise Rewards, at the City Council meeting on Monday, July 1, 2013. 

Proposed Revisions to the Housing Code

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The City Council is considering a number of changes to the Takoma Park Code, Title 6, Housing. These changes include, for example, an expanded definition of rent, clarification of when and how utility costs may be transferred to a tenant, and minor modifications to rent stabilization. Among the changes being considered are two new provisions. The first provision would require landlords to distribute city-provided electoral information to new tenants. The second provision would, with restrictions, require landlords to allow candidates for office to have access to multi-unit rental buildings to canvass individual tenants.

Task Force on Voting Seeking Applicants

Thursday, June 6, 2013

As part of the PDF icon Right to Vote Resolution (PDF) adopted on May 13, the City Council established a Task Force on Voting to make recommendations to the City Council on any policies or regulations needed to strengthen the right to vote and voter participation in City elections. Up to 11 members will be appointed by the Council. Members should be Takoma Park residents or represent organizations with expertise in election law or policy, voting rights or voter registration. The Council will aim to appoint at least two youth members (aged 16 to 21 on the date of appointment). Two members of the Task force will be selected by the Takoma Park Board of Elections and recommended to the Council for appointment.

The Task Force will be asked to issue a preliminary report with recommendations for the 2013 election by September 15, 2013 and a final report with its findings and recommendation to the City Council by June 30, 2014 unless its term is extended by the Council.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting contacting Jessie Carpenter, City Clerk, jessiec@takomaparkmd.gov or 301-891-7267. The deadline for initial applications is June 19, 2013. Appointments are expected to be made July 1.

Fair Summary of Proposed Charter Amendment Resolution - Voting and Elections

This is to give notice that on May 13, 2013, the Council of the City of Takoma Park adopted Charter Amendment Resolution No. 2013-1 which amends Article III, the Council, and Article VI, Registration, Nominations, and Elections, of the Takoma Park Charter.

This Charter Amendment will become effective on July 2, 2013 unless petitioned to referendum by 20 percent of the registered voters of the City on or before June 22, 2013.

Public Hearing Notice - Housing Code Amendments (Tenants' Right to Civic Inclusion and Obligations of Landlords)

Monday, June 10, 2013
7:30 pm
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

The public is invited to attend the public hearing and sign up to speak about proposed amendments to the Housing Code. Although any comments on the Housing Code amendments will be accepted, the particular focus of this hearing is on two additions to the Code related to tenants’ right to civic inclusion and obligations of landlords.

Chapter 6.04, General Provisions and Definitions, Section 6.04.049 Access to Multi-Unit Residential Facilities

Requires multi-unit residential property managers to allow candidates and city employees to enter residential buildings to reach residents. Registered political candidates would have the right to enter multi-unit buildings for the 90 day period preceding a primary, general, or special election, for the purposes of going door-to-door to distribute campaign material and speaking with residents.

Chapter 6.16, Landlord-Tenant Relations, Section 6.16.050 Obligations of Landlords, Subsection F

Requires that the landlord provide City-supplied information regarding voter registration and City laws to all new tenants of voting age.

Safe Grow Zone Initiative Update

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Residents have requested that the City Council adopt an ordinance prohibiting the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns and gardens within the City. The definition of the word "pesticide" would include herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides.

The City Council has held two work session discussions (Nov. 13, 2012; May 20, 2013) and a public forum (March 18, 2013) on the proposed Safe Grow Zone ordinance. Proponents and opponents have testified during the public forum, during public comments at many meetings of the City Council, and by email.

Housing Code Revisions Proposed

The Takoma Park City Council is considering a number of changes to its housing code (Title 6 Housing). These changes include, for example, an expanded definition of rent, clarification of when and how utility costs may be transferred to a tenant, and minor modifications to rent stabilization. Among the changes being considered are two new provisions. The first provision would require landlords to distribute city-provided electoral information to new tenants. The second provision would, with restrictions, require landlords to provide candidates for office access to multi-unit rental buildings and allow them to canvass individual tenants.

A public hearing on the proposed revisions will be held by the City Council at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 20 at the Takoma Park Community Center.

We invite you to comment on the proposed changes and encourage you to participate in the public discussion. Material provided to the Council can be accessed at these links:

All interested persons should attend the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk at clerk@takomagov.org or by mail to:

Jessie Carpenter, City Clerk
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Charter Amendment (Voting and Elections)

Pursuant to Section 502(c) of the Takoma Park Charter, the Council of the City of Takoma Park will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Charter titled “Voting and Elections.” The proposed Charter amendment: (1) adjusts qualifications for voting; (2) sets a minimum age for serving as Mayor or Councilmember; (3) lowers the voting age to 16; (4) reduces the residency requirement to 21 days before being qualified to vote in City elections; (5) provides for early voting and revises the requirements for provisional voting; and (6) allows for same day voter registration (including change of address).

Location:
Auditorium
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912 (DIRECTIONSexternal link icon

Date and Time:
Monday, April 8, 2013
7:30 pm 

All interested persons should attend the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912; or clerk@takomagov.org.

Proposed Safe Grow Zone Ordinance

Residents have drafted an ordinance that would amend the City Code to clarify what is meant by the cosmetic use of a pesticide, immediately prohibit the use of cosmetic pesticides on City property, and phase in a public education campaign and restrictions on the use of cosmetic lawn pesticides on private property within the City.

The draft ordinance is available for review: PDF Icon Safe Grow Zone Proposed Ordinance (PDF)

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