La Plata town coun­cil awards Na­tional Night Out grants

Coun­cil also wel­comes two new staff mem­bers

Maryland Independent - - News - By CHAR­LIE WRIGHT cwright@somd­ Twit­ter: @Char­lieIndyNews

The La Coun­cil six Na­tional Plata Town dis­trib­uted Night Out grants to neigh­bor­hoods in the area at its busi­ness meet­ing on Tues­day for the pur­pose of en­hanc­ing the com­mu­nity out­ing for lo­cal res­i­dents.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Hawthorne Greene, Hick­ory Ridge, King’s Grant, Vil­lages of Steeplechase and Wash­ing­ton Square came for­ward to ac­cept the $200 award from Mayor Jea­nine James. La Plata Grande Gar­dens I also re­ceived a grant.

The re­cip­i­ents ap­plied for the gifts and will re­ceive checks in the mail, which are meant to go to­ward en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties for the an­nual evening of com­mu­nity fun that takes places on the first Tues­day of Au­gust ever y year.

Prior to hand­ing out the grants, James is­sued an of­fi­cial procla­ma­tion to chris­ten Aug. 1 as Na­tional Night Out in the Town of La Plata.

“All neigh­bors are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in or host block par­ties, fes­ti­vals, pa­rades, cook­outs and var­i­ous other com­mu­nity events with safety demon­stra­tions, sem­i­nars, youth events, and vis­its from emer­gency per­son­nel,” read James, in a pro­vin­cial tone that be­lied the ca­sual na­ture of the text.

Both James and Po­lice Chief Carl Schin­ner ex­pressed a de­sire to visit each of the neigh­bor­hoods for the event. Civic lead­ers and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials will likely be vis­i­ble through­out the evening, en­gag­ing with res­i­dents and en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Coun­cil fills staff open­ings

The coun­cil ushered in two new mem­bers to fill po­si­tional open­ings, one for the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and an­other for Parks and Re­cre­ation. The for­mer may ac­tu­ally have a pair of open­ings, but for now John Jor­dan will be­gin a five-year term on the plan­ning com­mis­sion.

“We in­ter­viewed two can­di­dates, and it looks like we’ll fill po­ten­tially two spots,” said coun­cil­man Matthew Simp­son. “We feel Mr. Jor­dan is the ap­pro­pri­ate per­son to ap­point at this time to the first spot open.”

Erin Fer­riter was se­lected to fill the Parks and Re­cre­ation open­ing and be­gin a four-year term. Both mo­tions car­ried with unan­i­mous sup­port from the coun­cil.

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