The City of Mount Rainier, MD, population 8,498, is located 4 miles from downtown Washington D.C. The city serves as the gateway community for Prince George’s County on the Historic Route 1 corridor, and is located on the northeastern boundary of the District of Columbia.

Mount Rainier is a historic and charming residential community, with a vibrant pedestrian friendly business district and is the hub of Arts and Culture in the Gateway Arts District.


Mount Rainier Community,

Good Morning All,

Please be advised that due to the inclement weather for today, City Hall will be CLOSED February 20, 2019.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Hello City of Mount Rainier Residents,

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area as following:


Tonight: Snow, mainly after 4am. Low around 29. North wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Wednesday: Snow before 1pm, then snow and sleet between 1pm and 4pm, then freezing rain and sleet after 4pm. High near 35. East wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.


Wednesday Night: Rain or freezing rain, becoming all rain after 10pm. Low around 34. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

Due to the Winter Storm, Trash collection will be rescheduled for Thursday, February 20th, in preparation for this winter weather, the Public Works Department will be pretreating streets and will be on call if the weather conditions worsen.

You can best reach us at (301) 985-6583 or and for any questions.

For any emergencies related to the Public Works Department, please contact Leroy Sammy at (240) 508-0679.​


2019 Mount Rainier Day Festival 

With great excitement, the City of Mount Rainier would like to invite you to participate in the 2019 Mount Rainier Day Festival. Last year’s festivities were a great success and this year’s Festival promises to be even better and bring in a new energy! We are now accepting applications to participate as a vendor in the Mount Rainier Day Festival.

Mark your calendars, we hope to see you all there! 

Mount Rainier Day Festival Vendor Application 2019




Mount Rainier Community Garden Meeting

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

City Hall: 1 Municipal Place, Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712


  1. Introductions
  2. Debrief the discussion with Mt Rainier city administrators about garden committee budget and process
  3. Solicit volunteers for leadership roles
  4. Brainstorm and prioritize projects and events for 2019
  5. Discuss next steps

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Public Meeting: Mount Rainer Mixed-Use Town Center Design Review Committee

Committee and staff will meet at 6:00 p.m. to tour potential sign violations, weather permitting

Location: City Hall, 1 Municipal Place, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

2019-04-10 MTR MUTC Agenda


Mount Rainier Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:00am until 5:00pm

Location: Downtown Mount Rainier: Rhode Island Avenue



Candidate Packets are NOW available at City Hall.  They are due no later than 4:00p.m. on March 25, 2019.  Questions, please contact John Hoatson, if you are interested in running for office.  Election Day is Monday, May 6, 2019!!    


From The Mount Rainier Tree Commission

With spring just around the corner, *now* is the time to be thinking about planting new trees or getting existing trees pruned to maximize their health and longevity! So, on behalf of the Mount Rainier tree commission, I’d like to provide a bit of information about trees and city programs and rules, and some resources that can help us grow a healthy and safe neighborhood tree canopy.

Trees benefit all of us. They keep us cool on hot days; they bring wildlife to our neighborhoods; they reduce stormwater runoff and more. They increase property values — not just the value of the property where they grow, but that of surrounding houses. But having trees in cities can be challenging. Trees are living beings, and as they age, they can pose hazards to peop le and property. They can also grow in inconvenient places, such as near pipes and power lines or in places where you might want to put an addition on your house.

Mount Rainier recognizes trees’ dual role in cities by encouraging the growth of large canopy trees, while at the same not restricting homeowners’ ability to remove trees. 

If you want to help grow the city’s tree canopy, **please consider planting trees on your property**. This is where the most opportunity exists in Mount Rainier, a densely populated city with few large open green spaces. The tree commission can advise on site and species selection, and on good sources for native trees.

Additionally, the Prince Georges County Rain Check program provides rebates of up to $150 for trees planted on private property. See for more information. Pepco also recently announced a fund for planting trees on private property, which was recently posted to the listserv. We strongly encourage use of these programs, which we have already paid for with our taxes and utility fees!

It’s best to plant trees in the spring or fall, and not in the hot summer months. So if you have been thinking of planting a tree, now would be a good time to do it!

If, on the other hand, you want to prune or remove a tree on your property, you are allowed to do this. But you may need a permit or permit waiver, and you may need to commit to either plant replacement trees on your property or pay into a fund that they city will use to plant trees elsewhere.

How do you know if you need a permit/ waiver? It’s surprisingly simple: Just hug the tree. Can your hands clasp easily on the far side? If yes, you probably don’t need a permit/waiver. If no, you probably do need a permit/waiver. To be more certain, use a flexible tape measure to measure the tree’s circumference around the height of your chest. You need a permit/waiver if the circumference is greater than 56.5 inches.

A waiver is granted if the tree is found by the city’s arborist to be dead, diseased or hazardous. 

If you do need a permit or waiver, or you are unsure, your point of contact is Rocio Latorre at Public Works: rlatorre@, 301-985-6583. She will guide you through the process. The process is also spelled out in the city’s tree ordinance, which is Chapter 12 of the city code: content/uploads/CHAPTER-XII-B- Urban -Forest1.pdf.  For a simpler description of the tree ordinance, please see also the attached flier.

If you are having work done by a contractor, it is YOUR job to ensure they are following the tree ordinance. This includes not only tree pruning and removals, but installation of driveways and other structures in a tree’s root zone. It applies both to trees on your property and to city-owned street and park trees. Lastly, anyone you hire to do tree work must be properly licensed. Contact Rocio BEFORE work starts to avoid a potentially expensive fine. 

Please let us know if you have any questions: Also, we will be planting some street and p ark trees on the morning of Saturday, April 27, and invite all to join the fun. More details coming soon!

Gabe Popkin, on behalf of the Mount Rainier tree commission

Tree Protection Information

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Mayor and City Council Work Session, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:00pm

Mount Rainier, City Hall, 1 Municipal Place, Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712






Mount Rainier, City Hall, 1 Municipal Place, Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712



Mayor and City Council Budget Work Session Agenda, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00pm, City Hall

Budget Work Session Wednesday, March 13, 2019

01 – FY2020 Budget – Proposal #1


Legislative Meeting of the Mayor and City Council, City of Mount Rainier, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Legislative Agenda March 5, 2019


Work Session Agenda, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

Work Session Agenda February 19, 2019


Legislative Meeting of the Mayor and City Council, City of Mount Rainier, Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Legislative Agenda February 5, 2019


Legislative Meeting of the Mayor and City Council, City of Mount Rainier, Tuesday, January 4, 2019 

Legislative Agenda Jan 8th 2019



Official Minutes of the City Council Meetings & Work Sessions September, October, November 2018

Approved Official Minutes of the City Council Meetings & Work Sessions

Approved Minutes, City Council Meeting, December 4, 2018

Minutes City Council Meeting December 4, 2018

Approved Minutes, City Council Work Session, December 18, 2018

Minutes City Work Session December 18, 2018

Approved Minutes, City Council Meeting, January 8, 2019

Minutes City Council Meeting January 8, 2019

Approved Minutes, City Council Work Session, January 22, 2019

Minutes City Work Session January 22, 2019

Approved Minutes, City Council Meeting, February 5, 2019

Minutes City Council Meeting February 5, 2019



2019-2020 Senatorial Scholarship

Invitation Evening in Annapolis


Fiscal Year 2019 Quarter 2 (October, November, December 2018) City Report

FY19 Quarter 2 City Report

FY19 Quarter 2 Admin Services

FY19 Quarter 2 Code Enforcement

FY19 Quarter 2 Economic Development

FY19 Quarter 2 Public Works

FY19 Quarter 2 City Hall

FY19 Quarter 2 Police Department


December 2018 Police Statistics


Mount Rainier UCR’s Report January 2017-December 2018




***We hope everyone had a safe and Happy Holiday season. The Department of Public Works will be collecting Christmas trees on Thursday, January 10, 2018. Please make sure to have your Christmas trees placed out on the curb by Thursday, January 10th at 7 am. NO APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. *** 



Mount Rainier Community,

As a reminder:

Yard waste is being collected every 2nd Monday of the month from December thru February. Therefore, residents are required to call and schedule their yard waste pick up at (301) 985-6583 to be added to the schedule. Yard Waste is scheduled for December 10th, January 14th, and February 11th.

Electronic Recycling  Drop Off

Electronic Recycling may ONLY be dropped off at the Department of Public Works on the following Saturday drop-off dates; March 16, June 15, September 21, and December 21,2019

E-Waste can be:

  • Televisions
  • DVD Players/VCRs
  • Computer equipment
  • Copiers and Printers
  • Stereos/Radios
  • Cell Phones, etc.

Note: batteries/light bulbs are not accepted, but can be recycled elsewhere

Please note that E-waste should not be put in regular or bulk trash: they have toxic chemicals that can’t go to landfills

The Mount Rainier Waste Collection Schedule is available on the Public Works Department web page.



Please be advised that the city will be selling additional trash and recycle bins for residents. Prices are as following;

48 gallon (trash)-$44.00

64 gallon (recycle)-$27.00


Residents will be required to process payment at City Hall and then present your receipt at 3715 Wells Ave. Department of Public Works for pick up. If you have further questions please see the new trash and recycle policy on the city’s website.   



January 2019 Crime Stats



Welcoming New Chief Police Morgan


New Tax Rate Projection 2019


1st Qtr FY19 Budget Reports

1st Qtr FY19 Budget Reports


New Trash and Recycling Rules


Sidewalk Improvements Capital Project



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