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DECEMBER 2015/JANUARY 2016

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Issue 332

Mayor’s Message The Buzz Around the City Green & Healthy Living Green Holiday Renovation Resource Corner

Mount Rainier — The City on the Move!

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Mayor and City Council Meeting December 3 at 7 pm City Hall, One Municipal Place Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Menkiti Community Forum for 3300 Rhode Island Avenue December 3, 2015 at 6:30p Mount Rainier Nature Center 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier Mount Rainier, MD 20712 Mount Rainier Craft Show December 5 at 10:00am-5p Joe’s Movement Emporium 3309 Bunker Hill Road Mount Rainier, MD 20712 Mayor and City Council Work Session December 17 at 7pm One Municipal Place Mount Rainier, MD 20712 See full Calendar inside

COUNTDOWN to MOUNT RAINIER DAY May 21, 2016! Join the Mount Rainier Day Celebration Committee Contact: Shivali@shivalishah.com

mountrainiermd.org

What’s Brewing? Like a tea kettle, Mount ¿Qué se está cocinando? Como una

Rainier is brewing with activity. This translates to economic growth, jobs, amenities and development with many projects.

cafetera, Mount Rainier está hirviendo de actividad. Esto significa crecimiento económico, nuevos empleos, servicios, y desarrollo de muchos proyectos.

Simmering are projects that consist of over 250 new residential units, restaurants, businesses and street improvements. They highlight the many attributes within our Sustainable goals. These goals have defined the guiding principles that recently resulted in the City of Mount Rainier receiving the Champion award for the highest number of points in the recent re-certification of Sustainable Maryland. This award is given to municipalities throughout the State of Maryland that continue to strive towards sustainable practices.

Hirviendo están proyectos que consisten de 250 nuevas unidades residenciales, restaurantes, negocios y mejoras a las calles. Estos acentúan los muchos atributos de nuestras metas Sostenibles. Estas metas han sido los principios guías que le han proveído a la ciudad de Mount Rainier con el premio de Campeón por el mayor numero de puntos el la recertificación de Maryland Sostenible. Dicho premio es dado a municipalidades a través del estado de Maryland que continúan avanzando hacia mantener prácticas sostenibles.

Through the help of our Green Team, Tree Commission, MUTC, Bike Co-op, Community Toolshed , Design Review Board and the entire community we strive towards these efforts together. We also have to thank our awesome city council, staff and others working on our Architectural Overlay Zone to keep our cool, quirky, cottage style and art infused homes in tact. We will continue to strive towards keeping things brewing in our City and want to wish you and your family a wonderful and joyous Holiday!

Con la ayuda de nuestro Equipo Verde, Comisión de Árboles, MUTC, “Bike Co-op” (Cooperativa de Bicicletas), Cobertizo comunitario, Junta de Revisión de Diseño, y la comunidad en general esperamos alcanzar nuestras metas. También deseamos agradecer a nuestro fabuloso Consejo, empleados, y demás personas trabajando en nuestra Zona de Revestimiento Arquitectural por permitirnos mantener nuestras casas con su estilo artístico, único, y divertido.

Continuaremos manteniendo la nuestra ciudad llena de actividad. ¡Les deseamos a usted y a su familia unas celebraciones maravillosas y Mayor Malinda Miles llenas de felicidad!


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Economic Development

GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY COUNTY’S NEWEST “NET ZERO” ENERGY HOME IN MOUNT RAINIER!

Samantha Olatunji

The RDA intends to develop other NZE homes in Capitol Heights and Fairmount Heights, MD.

to support the City’s economic development goals to cultivate high -quality retail businesses in Mount Rainier’s Mixed-Use Town Center (M-U TC) zone.

“The NetZero technology helps to solidify Mount Rainier as a sustainable community and builds upon the City reducing their carbon footprint along with lower energy bills for our residents,” said Mt. Rainier Mayor Malinda Miles.

All businesses* located within the M-U TC zone are eligible to apply. New businesses are also eligible.* Some restrictions apply. The M-U TC Zone consist of licensed commercial businesses located on 34 Street and Rhode Island Avenue (Route One Corridor) in Mount Rainier, MD. Please visit the city website for more information or email econdev@mountrainiermd.org.

The Mayor and Council joined, the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County (RDA), along with its partners Urban Green, LLC, Monument Bank, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development on November 7, 2015, to break ground for the County’s newest net zero energy (NZE) house at 3719 – 34th Street in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.

More Development coming to Mount Rainier’s Town Center

Strengthening businesses, Stimulating new investments in Mount Rainier’s Town Center The City of Mount Rainier was awarded a grant from Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development, Community Legacy Program to This modern, energy efficient support the development of single family home will produce the Town Center Business as much energy on an annual Attraction and Expansion basis as it consumes leaving the Program (TCBAEP) for exterior homeowners with a utility bill of and interior building improvements in Mount Rainier's Mixed-Use zero. The NZE home Town Center (M-U TC) zone.

demonstrates that it’s a profitable product for any commercial The goal of the Town Center homebuilder/developer to Business Attraction and reproduce throughout the County. Expansion Program(TCBAEP) is

COMMUNITY MEETING!!! Join The Menkiti Group on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30pm, at Mount Rainier’s Recreation and Nature Center to learn more about their plans for the redevelopment of the 3300 Block on Rhode Island Avenue, also known as the home of the historic “Singer Building.” Menkiti is seeking your input on the types of retail and restaurants you would like to see at the corner of the building. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

SHINING STARS OF MOUNT RAINIER Prince George’s County salutes Mount Rainier Police Officer Taveras for Safety and Principal Morad for Education from Latinas Empowering Prince George's County.

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CODE 101

Rental License

A city issued occupancy license is required to rent out a house, part of a house, or a room—even if the owner lives in the house (City Code Chapter 7). The house or unit must be inspected and comply with health, safety, and fire codes. This rule also applies if you are allowing someone to live in a house or part of a house in exchange for domestic help, help with bills, etc. The fine for operating without a valid occupancy license is $100 for the first violation, $200 for each 30-day period that the violation continues, $200 for repeat violation in the same one-year period.

MOUNT RAINIER NATURE CENTER

Department of Public Works Trash & Recycle Schedule

December/Deciembre DATE FECHA

PICK UP RECOGER

December 2 El 2 de Deciembre

Regular Trash Basura Regular

December 4 El 4 de Deciembre

Recylcle Reciclar

December 7 El 7 de Deciembre

Bulk Trash/ Yard Waste Granel Basura de la varda Regular Trash Basura Regular

December 9 El 9 de Deciembre December 11 El 11 de Deciembre December 14 El 14 de Deciembre December 16 El 18 de Deciembre December 18 El 18 de Deciembre December 19 El 19 de Deciembre December 21 El 21 de Deciembre December 23 El 23 de Deciembre December 30 el 30 de Deciembre

Recycle Reciclar Bulk Trash* Granel Basura* Regular Trash Basura Regular Recycle Reciclar Yard Waste Basura de la Yarda Regular Trash Basura Regular Recycle Reciclar Regular Trash Basura Regular

January/Enero

DATE FECHA January 4 El 4 de Enero January 6 El 6de Enero January 8 El 8 de Enero

January 11 El 11 de Enero January 13 El 13 de Enero January 15 El 15 de Enero

PICK UP RECOGE R Recyle/ Reciclar Bulk Trash/ Granel Basura Regular Trash Basura Regular Recycle Reciclar Bulk Trash/ Yard Waste Granel Basura de la varda Regular Trash Basura Regular Recycle Reciclar

January19 el 19 de Enero

Bulk Trash Granel Basura*

January 20 El 20 de Enero

Regualar Trash Basura Regular

January 22 El 22 de Enero

Recycle Reciclar

January 27 El 27 de Enero

Regular Trash Basura Regular

January 30 El 30 de Enero

Recycle Reciclar

Bulk Trash Appointments must be made by 12 noon on the Friday proceeding the pick-up date. Contact Department of Public Works: 301.985.6583/6558 3


Set the stage >>>

Green and Healthy Living

How to Green your Holiday!

kids’ artwork, old calendars, maps, posters, scarves, fabric, newspaper, etc.

Gifts

Decorations

Buy Local – a great source is the Mount Rainier Annual Craft Fair at Joe’s Movement Emporium on December 5, 2015 10 am—5 pm. Donate to a favorite charity in their name. Many charities offer holiday gift programs. Send eCards instead of paper cards, or choose cards made out of recycled materials. Give “experience” or “service” gifts: a spa treatment, a music lesson, babysitting or pet care, restaurant gift cards, tickets to concerts or sporting events, gift cards to local businesses Wrap your gifts in recycled paper. You can also use plain brown paper (even brown bags from the grocery store!) and decorate it using stamps, ribbons, stickers, etc. Give baked goods or other food items, or put together your recipes and give a personalized cookbook. Avoid gifts that require batteries – about 40% of all battery sales take place during the holiday season! Batteries present an environmental hazard when they wind up in our landfills. You can wrap gifts or make holiday cards using

LED holiday lights consume about 90% less energy than incandescent lights! They also last longer and cost less to operate. Put your lights on a timer to ensure they’re only on when you can enjoy them. Light up the holiday with soy or beeswax candles instead of petroleum-based ones. For the deepest green, get solar powered LED lights for outside your home.

Food & Guests

RENOVATION RESOURCE CORNER

Feature locally sourced, organic, vegetable-based meals at your holiday table. If you choose to include meat, look for free-range, organic options. Make sure guests know where your recycling and compost bins are, and what should go in them! Instead of buying disposable plates and cutlery, consider borrowing dishes from friends.

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SNOW ADVISORY

The Mount Rainier Police Department will notify residents of It’s that time of year when snow emergency declarations and residents should be attuned to weather alerts and when listening other winter weather information We invite you to to be advised of the buzzwords and via Twitter feed. Simply follow @MRPDChief on Twitter to get what they really mean: FOLLOW US: the latest. The Police will also post Freezing rain – rain that critical updates on the Chief’s freezes when it hits the Blog at: ground, creating a coating www.mrpdchief.blogspot.com Twitter of ice on roads and Mount Rainier City government walkways. @MtRainierMD closings will be announced on Hail – rain that turns to ice @ MRPDChief while suspended and tossed WUSA’s 9 News Now (www.wusa.com) and Fox 5. It in the air from violent will also be posted on cable/web. updrafts in a thunderstorm. Facebook When a snow emergency is Sleet – rain that turns to ice declared, parking along these pellets before reaching the CityofMountRainierMD streets is automatically ground. prohibited for the duration of Winter Weather Advisory – the snow emergency: cold, ice and snow are expected. 34th Street from Eastern Winter Storm Watch – severe Verizon Channel 21 Avenue to Arundel Road; winter weather such as Chillum Road from Arundel heavy snow or ice is Comcast Channel 71 Road to the City boundary possible within a day or at Queens Chapel Road two. Instagram (MD Rt. 500); Winter Storm Warning – Rainier Avenue from 34th severe weather conditions Street to Upshur Street; have begun or are about to @OfficialMountRainierMD Upshur Street from Rainier begin. Avenue to 28th Place; Blizzard Warning – heavy 28th Place from Upshur Street snow and strong winds to Russell Avenue; https://www.youtube.com/channel/ producing blinding snow UCfFgy7xnnsOrLxEuotjy5YQ Russell Avenue from 28th Place (near zero visibility) and to Arundel Road; life threatening wind chills Varnum Street from Russell for three hours or longer. Avenue to Eastern Avenue; Frost/freeze Warning – below Arundel Road from Russell freezing temperatures are https://www.flickr.com/ Avenue to 34th Street photos/132941420@N05/albums expected. When weather conditions warrants Vehicles found parked on a snow the declaration of a snow Message Newsletter emergency route during or after a emergency the City of Mount issuu.com/mountrainiermd snow emergency has been declared Rainier follows the District of by the City to be subject to a $100 Columbia, not Maryland or Prince Copies of the Newsletter are fine (City Code §13A-107) and to George’s County. available at City Hall and being impounded at the owner’s mailed to residents The City Manager may declare an risk and expense. E-Newsletter The Mount Rainier Police emergency independent of other jurisdictions when conditions in Department wishes you a safe, Sign up today! the City warrant a special happy season! declaration. Tune in to your local https://vr2.verticalresponse.com/s/ Mount Rainier Police Dept: mountrainiereconomicdevelopment news, website and list serve for updates closures and other information. 301-985-6565 5


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City of Mount Rainier — Department of Public Works

UPDATED TRASH SCHEDULE

December 2015

January 2016

Telephone: 301.985.6583

*schedule bulk trash by 12:00 prior to pick-up date

DATE FECHA

PICK UP RECOGER

December 2 El 2 de Deciembre

Regular Trash Basura Regular

December 4 El 4 de Deciembre

Recylcle Reciclar

December 7 El 7 de Deciembre

Bulk Trash Granel Basura *

December 9 El 9 de Deciembre

Regular Trash Basura Regular

December 11 El 11 de Deciembre

Recycle Reciclar

December 14 El 14 de Deciembre

Yard Waste Basura de la Yarda

December 16 El 16 de Deciembre

DATE FECHA

PICK UP RECOGER

January 4 El 4 de Enero

Recycle/Reciclar Bulk Trash/Granel Basura *

January 6 El 6 de Enero

Regular Trash Basura Regular

January 8 El 8 de Enero

Recycle Reciclar

January 11 El 11 de Enero

Yard Waste Basura de la Yarda

January 13 El 13 de Enero

Regular Trash Basura Regular

Regular Trash Basura Regular

January 15 El 15 de Enero

Recycle Reciclar

December 18 El 18 de Deciembre

Recycle Reciclar

January19 el 19 de Enero

Bulk Trash * Granel Basura *

December 19 El 19 de Deciembre

Yard Waste Basura de la Yarda

December 21 El 21 de Deciembre

Bulk Trash* Granel Basura*

January 20 El 20 de Enero

Regualar Trash Basura Regular

December 23 El 23 de Deciembre

Regular Trash Basura Regular

January 22 El 22 de Enero

Recycle Reciclar

December 28 El 28 de Deciembre

Recycle Reciclar

January 27 El 27 de Enero

Regular Trash Basura Regular

December 30 El 30 de Deciembre

Regular Trash Basura Regular

January 29 El 29 de Enero

Recycle Reciclar

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Joe’s Movement Emporium PAY AS YOU WISH EVENT Bring the entire Family!

Clown Cabaret's The Heist

Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00pm Joe's Movement Emporium 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712

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The Buzz around the City December 1, 2015 at 7 pm Mayor and City Council Hearing One Municipal Place

December 7, 2015 8:30 am Economic Development Meeting Refreshments for all Come and assist us with Re-branding, MUTC guidelines and hear about Grants for small businesses!

December 3, 2015 at 6:30pm Menkiti Community Meeting Project: 3300 Rhode Island Ave Mount Rainier Nature Center 4701 31st Place

December 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm Mount Rainier Business Association Annual Holiday Dinner Mediterranean Café 3237 Rhode Island Avenue

December 5, 2015 at 10—4 pm Mount Rainier Craft Show Joe’s Movement Emporium 3309 Bunker Hill Road

December 14, 2015 7pm Green Team Meeting One Municipal Place

DECEMBER

December 7, 2015 7pm Prince George’s County Zoning Re-Write Community Outreach Meeting—City Hall One Municipal Place We need your input in zoning guidelines for the County

January 11, 2016 at 7 pm Green Team Meeting One Municipal Place

January 5, 2016 at 7 pm Mayor and City Council Hearing One Municipal Place 8

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January 13, 2016 at 8:30 am Mount Rainier Business Association (MRBA) meeting 3249 Rhode Island Avenue

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January 19, 2016 at 7 pm Mayor and City Council Hearing One Municipal Place

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January 21, 2016 at 7 pm Tree Commission Meeting One Municipal Place

December 15, 2015 at 7pm Mayor and City Council Work Session One Municipal Place

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All events are held in the City of Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712

All are welcome to Attend!


AYUNTAMIENTO

PROVISIONAL PERSONAL DE LA CIUDAD

Alcalde Caso Malinda Millas mayormiles@gmail.com

LOS RECURSOS DE LA CIUDAD

Código Basura Granel 301.985.6558

Aplicación 301.985.6551 Administratadoraadministra Ruth Sandy dora municipal rsandy@mountrainiermd.org Larry Hughes Alex Brown lhughes@mountrainiermd.org abrown@mountrainiermd.org

Pabellon 1 Tracy Loh thadden@gmail.com Jesse Christophersen jschris@gmail.com

911 NÚMEROS DE EMERGENCIA

vowens@mountrainiermd.org

Bicicleta Mount Rainier Coop 301.277.2110

Todas las situaciones de emergencia de la Policía

Tesorero Vijay Manjani

vmanjani@mountrainiermd.org

301.985.6585 Contacto Consejo

Director de Desarrollo Económico Samantha Olatunji

911 Emergencia 301.985.6565 301.985.6590 Emergencia Administrativa

MRTV Gerome Williams

Emergencia del fuego 911 No Emergencia 301.985.5406

Senador Víctor Ramírez 301.858.3745

Contacto 301.985.6585 todo el personal de policía de la ciudad

Condado Distrito 2 Concejal Deni Taveras 301.952.4436

301.206.4002 AGUA de Emergencia WSSC 301.206.8000 703.750.1000 de Washington Gas

Jefe Michael Scott mscott@mountrainierpd.org ELÉCTRICA PEPCO no son de emergencia 202.872.3432 301.985.6565 1.877.737.2662 Live wire

U. S. Congreso Rep. Donna Edwards 301.516.7601

Departamento de Obras Públicas Michael Barnes

Legislativo del Distrito 47 Jimmy Tarlau 301.335.6099

solatunji@mountrainiermd.org

gwilliams@mountrainiermd.org

Diana Del Fennell 301.858.3478

Monte Rainier Centro de Naturaleza 301.927.2163 Oficina de Correos 301.699.8856

Subdirector Gerente de la Ciudad Veronica Owens

Pabellón 2 Bryan Knedler bknedler@aol.com Shivali Shah Shivali@ShivaliShah.com

de Mount Rainier 301.864.8937 Cerrado los viernes

mbarnes@mountrainiermd.org

Mount Rainier Com Mulos 301.660.7433 LLAME A UN BUS 240.832.6559 Asistencia RECURSOS Exclusión 877.462.7555 Propietario/inquilino Hogar de Maryland 800.487.6007 Comisión Crédito Fiscal Ayuntamiento Contacto Departamento de Finanzas Estatal de Servicios de Asesoría de Vivienda 800.642.2227 MD Asistencia de Energía (MEAP) proporciona asistencia de energía 301.909.6330

301.985.6583

New Committees Forming: Mount Rainier Day Celebration Committee  Easter Bunny/Egg Hunt Activities Committee  Immigrant Committee 

“The Neighborhood Novelists of Thomas S. Stone Elementary School and local author, Juliana Barnet, invite the community to a literary evening at:

Urban Eats Cafe 3311 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6 - 8 pm.

Meeting dates to be announced in January/February 2016 For more information: Contact - Shivali@shivalishah.com 9

Come out to support the Arts in Education in Mount Rainier, sharing refreshments and excerpts from Zombie Elementary and an exclusive preview of their new novel!


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Deadline for the February edition is January 22, 2015 Contact the Editor—Veronica Owens vowens@mountrainiermd.org

CITY COUNCIL Mayor Malinda Miles mayormiles@gmail.com Ward 1 Tracy Loh thadden@gmail.com Jesse Christopherson jschris@gmail.com Ward 2 Bryan Knedler bknedler@aol.com Shivali Shah Shivali@ShivaliShah.com Contact Council 301.985.6585 Legislative 47th District Diana Fennell 301.858.3478 Del Jimmy Tarlau 301.335.6099 Senator Victor Ramirez 301.858.3745 District 2 County Councilwoman Deni Taveras 301.952.4436 U. S. Congress Rep. Donna Edwards 301.516.7601

CITY STAFF Interim City Manager Larry Hughes lhughes@mountrainiermd.org Assistant City Manager Veronica Owens vowens@mountrainiermd.org City Treasurer Vijay Manjani vmanjani@mountrainiermd.org Economic Development Director Samantha Olatunji solatunji@mountrainiermd.org MRTV Gerome Williams gwilliams@mountrainiermd.org Contact All Staff at 301.985.6585 City Police Chief Michael Scott mscott@mountrainierpd.org 301.985.6565 Non Emergency Department of Public Works Michael Barnes mbarnes@mountrainiermd.org 301.985.6583 Bulk Trash 301.985.6558 Code Enforcement 301.985.6551 Ruth Sandy rsandy@mountrainiermd.org Alex Brown abrown@mountrainiermd.org

Coming soon >>> Code Enforcement 101 Buzz around the City Economic Development

EMERGENCY NUMBERS 911 All Emergencies POLICE—911 Emergency 301.985.6565 Non-Emergency 301.985.6590 Administrative FIRE—911 Emergency 301.985.5406 Non-Emergency WATER—WSSC 301.206.4002 Emergency 301.206.8000 Main Washington Gas 703.750.1000 ELECTRIC—PEPCO 1.877.737.2662 Live wire 202.872.3432 CITY RESOURCES Mount Rainier Library 301.864.8937 Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm (closed 2:00 pm- 2:30 pm) Closed Fridays Mount Rainier Nature Center 4701 31st Street 301.927.2163 Mount Rainier Post Office 301.699.8856 Mount Rainier Bike Coop 301.277.2110 Mount Rainier Com Toolshed 301.660.7433 CALL A BUS 240.832.6559 9am-2pm 301.985.6586

mountrainiermd.org Printing and mailing provided by: 301-864-4026

RESOURCES Foreclosure Assistance 877.462.7555 www.mdhope.org 240.391.6413 Landlord/Tenant Commission 800.487.6007 Maryland Home Tax Credit Contact City Hall—Finance Department Statewide Housing Counseling Services 800.642.2227 MD Energy Assistance (MEAP) Provides Energy Assistance Limited Funding for Free Furnaces 301.909.6330 Mortgage Assistance www.mmpmaryland.gov 301.429.7400 Public Defender 301.699.2760 State’s Attorney 301.952.3500 Health Department 301.583.5920 Child Abuse/Neglect 301.699.8605 Animal Control 301.780.7200 Consumer Affairs 301.470.7534 Special Needs 301.627.3352 TDD

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City of Mount Rainier, Maryland December/January 2016 Newsletter  

The City of Mount Rainier Maryland invites you to read the current Newsletter regarding events and economic development news in the City!

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