February 2018
District 4 Newsletter
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DISTRICT 4 SPOTLIGHT
 
Office Intern - Karla Talley
I was pleased to host Karla Talley, a senior from Bowie who is majoring in Government & Law as part of the Lafayette College Externship shadow program with alumni.  Karla attended the County Council's regular session, committee work sessions and interviewed employees on the role and responsibilities of the legislative branch in County government.  We wish Karla well in her graduation this year and future in County government.
"Year of the Anacostia" Presentation  

On January 30th the County Council recognized 2018 as the Year of the Anacostia with a presentation to Jim Foster, President of the Anacostia Watershed Society, as part of ongoing efforts to improve the conditions of this important environmental feature in the County.
Civility Management Solutions Grand Opening 
Pictured with Honorable Cereta A. Lee, Register of Wills.

On January 25th I was pleased to welcome President and CEO Laurie Sayles Artis and her team at Civility Management Solutions, a minority, women & veteran-owned Human Resources business, located in Greenbelt.
Annual 22nd District Team Legislative Night
Pictured with Lupi Grady , School Board Member (District 2).

On January 18th  I attended the annual 22nd Legislative District Night in Annapolis hosted by State Senator Paul Pinsky and Delegates Tawanna Gaines, Anne Healey and Alonzo Washington on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. Alvin Thorton, former School Board Superintendent, provided a keynote address for reflections on Dr. King and equitable school funding in Maryland.
Innovative Prince George's Forum
 
I attended Innovate Prince George's, a forum hosted by the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund and the Bowie Business Innovation Center at the Greenbelt Theatre on January 20th. The half-day networking and panel presentations were designed to spark the discussion, connections and implementation of new ideas to accelerate the County's growth.
Sneak Peek at New Culinary Arts Center


On January 18th Council leadership had a sneak peek tour of the new Culinary Arts Center at Prince George's Community College (PGCC) with President Charlene Dukes, Chef Whitfield, and members of the PGCC Board. This fully County funded Center is expected to open in April for students and the community to use.
Farewell to John Fitzwater, Bowie Assistant City Manager  
 
We said a fond farewell to John Fitzwater, Bowie Assistant City Manager, on his retirement after over 25 years of service to the City of Bowie.  We thank him for his dedication and wish John and his family well in the next chapter.
New T-Mobile Store in Lanham
Pictured with T-Mobile owners/staff and Ryan Middleton from Senator Cardin's office.

We welcomed another new small business to the 4th Council District with the grand opening of T-Mobile store in the Ciprano Square shopping center in Lanham in December 2017.
Pointer Ridge Elementary School Tech Stop
 
On December 21, 2017 I joined with Bowie City Council Member Isaac Trouth, Principal Mary Stephenson and members of the Community Association of South Bowie for the Patriots Technology Center STEM Carnival at Pointer Ridge Elementary School.
Black History Month
Celebration Overview

Time to celebrate and honor African American heritage during Black History Month in February. From performances to history lessons to tours, there are plenty of exciting events and activities planned throughout Prince George's County.  They are listed in  this years Black History Month Cultural Events and Community Calendar 2018.   To view all of the upcoming events,  please click on  Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation  website .  

If you are i nterested in keeping up with additional programs and events, please call 240-264-3415 or email the  Black History group at Parks and Recreation.
SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

The Prince George's County Government's Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) is a six-week, entry-level introduction to work in public and non-profit agencies for the youth of Prince George's County. This countywide initiative offers youth enriching and constructive summer work experiences in various assignments throughout the County.

The Prince George's County Government application acceptance has begun, and will conclude on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Applications are accepted online during the acceptance period and selection is not based on first-come first-hired. Click here to  Apply for a Position.
Maryland Live Hiring 500 Employees For Hotel and Events Center
Maryland Live Casino and Hotel is looking to hire 500 new employees to fill jobs at its soon-to-be-opened 17-story hotel and event center.  The Cordish Cos., which runs the casino and hotel, are looking for administrative, front desk, entertainment, food and beverage, retail, security positions and more. Full-time and part-time positions are available.

To ramp up hiring efforts, the casino has opened a job center inside the Arundel Mills Mall, where recruiters will offer resume services and on-site interviews. The job center will be open on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Additionally, there will be job fairs held at the career center on 15 different dates between Feb. 2 and April 19.   The Live Casino hotel is slated to open this summer.  For more information on the job fairs, please visit Live's website.  
District 4 Staff
  Tomeka C. Bumbry
Chief of Staff/Legislative Aide
  
Evelyn J. Archie
Community Outreach Coordinator

Jarryd T. Hawkins
Constituent Services Aide

Rhonda C. Tinsley
Administrative Aide
Dear 4th District Resident, Business & Supporter -
 
Welcome to the first 2018 edition of the 4th District Legislative Email Newsletter.  I hope you had a great holiday season and start to 2018.  The County Council is back in full session and I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf.
2018 Committee Assignments 
and Appointments
 
As Vice-Chair of the Council I will work under the leadership of Chair Dannielle Glaros (District 3) in 2018 and I am pleased to have the following Committee and Council Representative assignments:
  • Chair, Transportation, Housing & Environment Committee (THE)
  • Chair, Rules & General Assembly Committee of the Whole (RGA)
  • Vice-Chair, Ad-Hoc Committee on Comprehensive Housing Strategy
  • Member, Public Safety & Fiscal Management Committee (PSFM)
  • Representative, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors
  • Representative, Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Legislative Committee
  • Representative, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation Board
  • Representative, County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
I appreciate the responsibility that Council leadership and my colleagues have placed in me.  I look forward to serving again as Chair of the Council's THE Committee and RGA Committees this legislative year.
County Council Budget 
Town Hall Meeting
February 20, 2018
County Council Annual Retreat
The Prince George's County Council held its 2018 Annual Retreat from January 3rd through 5th, at the new The Hotel in College Park with a theme of "START STRONG - FINISH STRONGER."   During the three-day retreat, Council Members and staff discussed a variety of legislative and public policy issues including, but not limited to, the Maryland General Assembly, state legislative and budget issues; the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite; Transit-oriented development; economic development impact on higher education institutions and Legislative Priorities for 2018 Year. For a copy of the agenda and presentations, please click on this link.   To view pictures from the retreat, please click here.
Pictured here with Council Chair Glaros facilitating County agenda items.
State of Maryland General Assembly

On January 31st I testified with the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) panel in the Senate Budget & Tax Committee on restoration of Highway User Revenue to County governments, which was cut 90% in 2009 costing the County $200 million in roadway funding.

The 2018 General Assembly Session started on January 10, 2018.  The County Council, working with County Executive Rushern L. Baker, adopted our 2018 General Assembly Priorities - for a copy of the joint letter click here.   We will work with our Prince George's County delegations to the State Senate and House of Delegates, in advancing funding and policy issues in the areas of education, social services, economic development, transportation and healthcare during the 90-day session that ends in April.  For information on the General Assembly session - please click  here.  
Maglev Update and State Briefing

Pictured at Greenbelt Community Meeting on Maglev - January 20th.
On February 1st the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) released the SCMAGLEV Preliminary Alternatives Screening Report (PASR) on the three alternatives (plus a No-Build option) that were the subject of the October 2017 Public Open House sessions.  As a result of this review, the Amtrak (E-1) alternative has been recommended for removal from further study under the Environmental Impact Study (EIS).  While this is a great outcome, the two other alternatives (J & J-1) along the MD 295/Baltimore Washington Parkway still have substantial impacts on Greenbelt - in District 4 - and the County as a whole.  In addition, on the same day, the Environment & Transportation Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates, with Delegates Marvin Holmes (23rd District) and Anne Healey (22nd District) conducted an oversight hearing on SCMAGLEV, as well as Hyper Loop and the Governor's plan for toll roads on MD 295.
 
Therefore we are still encouraging residents to contact Governor Hogan, MDOT Secretary Rahn, the SCMAGLEV study team and our Federal Senate and House of Representatives delegation to support the No-Build option.  I will continue to monitor this process and work with our Federal and State representatives so our voices are heard on this project.
 
To view the PASR , proposed alternatives, register for updates and to comment, please visit the Project website.  F or the House Oversight hearing, please click  here.   To read the Bowie Blade article, please click  here.
Compensation Review Board Recommendations
The Prince George's County Council received the 2017-2018 Prince George's County Compensation Review Board report and recommendations, publicly presented during Council session on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.   The seven-member Compensation Review Board, established by CB-70-2017 and authorized in County Charter Sections 308 and 406 every four years, is charged with making recommendations regarding a fair and reasonable compensation package for the Prince George's County Council Members and County Executive elected in the November 2018 General Election.
 
The Compensation Review Board studied information on salary, benefits and pensions, providing the basis for its recommendations, which included a one-time salary adjustment for Council Members in December 2018, and adjusting salaries for the County Executive and County Council in accordance with the Consumer Price Index. To view the full Compensation Review Report and recommendations, please click  here.
 
Pursuant to Charter Section 308 and Charter Section 406, the Council may, within ninety days of the receipt of the Compensation Review Board's recommendation, amend the recommendation by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the full Council; otherwise the recommendation shall stand approved. 
Wayne K. Curry Building Dedication
 
On December 22, 2017 the County conducted a dedi cation ceremony of the new Wayne K. Curry County Administration Building in L argo. Named after Prince George's County's first African-Am erican County Executive, th e building will eventually house the County offices   in a more accessible and central area of the County.  To view pictures from the event, please visit the County's website.
Pictured with Council Chair Glaros and longtime County Employee Howard Stone.
Making International Connections Conference in District 4
Save the Date - March 9, 2018
   
Join us for a business forum that will highlight and discuss both public and private sector projects. Everything you need to know about upcoming opportunities in Prince George's County will be discussed.  More information to come.
 
March 9, 2018
Bowie State University
8:30 am to 12 :00 pm
The Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC)
FY 2018 Grants - Available

The Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC)  awards grant funding to individual artist, arts organizations, filmmakers and schools in Prince George's County. PGAHC's grants are awarded in three categories: County Arts Program, Artist Fellowship and Arts in Education.

Applications are now available. You may apply for a FY 2018 grant and review the Request for Proposal submission at www.pgahc.org.   Please contact Kristina Lyles, Program Manager at  klyles@pgahc.org  for questions.
4th District Email Newsletters

 

This email newsletter provides regular communication, updated events, activities and issues important to residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the County Council's 4th District. I hope you find the information useful. Feel free to contact us to submit items for consideration.

I wish you and your families a great 2018! As always, please reach out to my office for any assistance you may need during the year.
 
I am Sincerely Yours in Service,  
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honorable Todd M. Turner
Vice- Chair, 4th Council District
 
 

  
 
Service. Community. Progress.
 
4 th Council District areas include Bowie, Glenn Dale, Greenbelt, Westchester Park, parts of Lanham-Seabrook and Upper Marlboro.