Wednesday, May 15, 2013
County Council member to discuss proposed FY14 budget.
Prince George's County Council Member Will Campos (D-District 2), along with officials from several other county agencies, will be hosting a town hall meeting at Northwestern High School tonight to review this year's proposed county budget, along with other updates for county and area residents. The meeting is set to run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Northwestern High School
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Follow along with the Prince George's County Council's agenda for today.
The Prince George's County Council meets today. See what's on the agenda with this PDF, above, and watch the meeting live here. Among the items before the council is a public hearing on legislation which would allow the county to purchase and install 20 "stop arm" cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass the buses as they are stopped to take on or drop off students. Last year, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law allowing local governments to install stop arm cameras on their school buses. Similar systems are already in use in Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County. The county council will also be considering legislation which would require landlords to report suspected gang activity, like prostitution, human …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
County council seeks feedback on FY 14 budget proposals.
The Prince George's County Council will be holding a budget hearing tonight at 7 p.m. to gather feedback on the proposed county FY 2014 operating budget, six year capital education program, and the Prince George's County Board of Education budget, as well as the proposed budgets for the redevelopment authority, revenue authority and industrial development authority, according a press release. The proposed FY 2013 county budget totals roughly $3.24 billion, an increase of 0.6 percent over the current budget. The public hearing will be held in the Council Hearing Room of the Prince George's County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. Revenue Overview The proposed budget projects a 1.4 percent, $38 million increase in General Fund …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Application period opens for four new Board of Education seats created by recent county schools restructuring.
Prince George's County elected leaders are now accepting applications from county residents interested in serving on the Prince George's County Board of Education. The appointments come as part of a recently approved law which changed how the county school system is administered. Now, the county executive and the county council are able to appoint a total of four members to the board. The three county executive appointees are required to have significant experience in either education, business, higher education, or organizational management skills. The county council appointee is required to be a parent of a student current enrolled in the county school system. All appointees must be residents of Prince George's County. If selected, …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Housing officials unveil first new budget plan since re-organizing in wake of Jack Johnson scandal.
Tomorrow, Prince George's County housing officials will be presenting a nearly $90 million plan detailing how things like renter and homeowner assistance programs will be managed over the next year. The plan will guide how the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development will be using its budget in Fiscal Year 2014. As noted in a recent article inThe Washington Examiner, it's the first action plan for the department developed since County Executive Rushern Baker began restructuring and retooling the Department of Housing and Community Development per an agreement with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The overhaul is intended to bring more oversight onto the county's various housing and …
Motorists would face $150 fine if caught illegally passing a stopped school bus in Prince George's.
Prince George's County officials are considering starting what they describe as a "pilot program" to test the use of bus mounted cameras designed to catch motorists who illegally pass school buses which have stopped to load and unload passengers. The bill, before the Prince George's County Council for consideration tomorrow, would allow county officials to install up to 20 of the stop arm cameras on county school buses as part of a pilot program to evaluate the technology. Drivers caught by the cameras would face a $150 fine. With cameras already allowed to catch speeders and red light runners, how do you feel about another automated camera traffic enforcement system being deployed on county streets?
Friday, March 15, 2013
County Executive Rushern Baker's $3.2 billion dollar proposed budget represents a 0.6 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2013.
Prince George’s County employees could see five-day furloughs, a reduction in workforce, and incentivized early retirement if County Executive Rushern Baker's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 is approved by the county council. Facing a $152 million budget gap, Baker said that this was the county’s toughest fiscal year yet. “In order to continue to move our great county forward, we had to address and begin looking at how we would focus our resources in a new and different way,” Baker said in a statement. The county executive's $3.24 billion dollar budget also increases funding to the state’s attorney’s office to support the gun and drug unit and includes money to add more than 100 new public safety employees in the police and fire …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Legislation would offer incentives to developers looking to build near Metro stations.
In a move to increase transit oriented development in Prince George’s County, County Council Member Eric Olson (Dist. 3) is pushing three pieces of legislation that would simplify the development process and reduce fees for developers. “We talk a lot about the need for transit oriented development and these three pieces of legislation can help us to focus that development right at Metro stations,” Olson said. The first piece of legislation proposed by Olson (CB-6-2013) is intended to encourage development projects in Transportation District Overlay Zones (TDOZ), or within a quarter mile of a Metro station by condensing the Prince George’s County Planning Board process. “We hear from the development community that we have a long and …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
One county councilman was surprised by the vote, after he believed he had enough support for the job.
Council Member Andrea Harrison (District 5) was reelected as chair of the Prince George’s County Council Tuesday morning by her peers, although Council Member Eric Olson (District 3) thought he had enough votes to be elected to the position. “Until late yesterday, at least six colleagues on our nine-member body had committed their support to me. Today, however, I received four votes. I want to thank Council Members Mary Lehman, Ingrid Turner, and Obie Patterson for their unwavering support,” wrote Olson in an email to constituents. Had Olson been elected, it would have been the first time in 20 years that the county council was chaired by the representative from District 3. Harrison expressed her gratitude to the county council for …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Failure to meet proposed targets could bring about mandatory recycling in the county.
The Prince George's County Council is set make a final decision Tuesday on a plan that would raise recycling targets over the next eight years, the Washington Examiner reports. The proposal would fix the county's waste diversion rate at 45 percent for 2015, 55 percent for 2018, and 60 percent for 2020. The rate measures how much of the county's total collected refuse is recycled. Failure to meet those targets could bring about mandatory recycling for county residents and businesses, according to the paper. Prince George's is well above the state-imposed minimum of 20 percent for a county of its size, the Examiner writes, but behind neighboring Montgomery County, whose mandatory program has helped lift it to a 47 percent rate. Read more at …