October 15, 2020

Dear friends,
 
This is an incredibly busy time for your County Council. You can keep up-to-date on Council business by subscribing to Council Connection, a weekly update, and by following agendas online.

Today at 1pm was the first meeting of the Prince George's County Climate Action Commission. Learn more here.

Earlier this year I was proud to propose a resolution to create the Prince George's County Food Security Task Force. The Task Force meets on the First Friday of every month, with the next meeting on November 6. Learn more here.

Multigenerational Recreation Center Feasibility Studies - Virtual Community Meetings

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Formula 2040: The Master Plan for Parks, Recreation, and Open Space, adopted by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in 2013, guides Prince George's County in the creation of a system that will serve nearly one million people in an urban/suburban setting and strives to achieve the goals of connectivity, health and wellness, and economic development by through its creation of a new multigenerational center model. 

Formula 2040 identified that the communities which comprise Council District 3 are all under-resourced in terms of recreation facilities. For example, Formula 2040 identified Service Area 4 as needing an additional 62,477 square feet of non-aquatic recreational facilities by 2040 to meet demand. 

M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation is now conducting feasibility studies for new multigenerational centers in Service Areas 2, 3 and 4, all of which overlap with communities in Council District 3.

Multigenerational facilities will include amenities such as a fitness center, indoor pool, indoor track, and more, with a goal of meeting the recreation needs of everyone in a family. Learn more about M-NCPPC Multigenerational Facilities here.

I strongly urge you to engage in the appropriate virtual community meeting for your community. Please use the map above to determine which service area you live in and register using the links below. Each meeting will start at 6:30 pm on the date indicated. If you live near the border of service area, you may want to attend more than one meeting!

If you life West of Kenilworth Avenue: Service Area 2 - Monday, October 26
If you life East of Kenilworth Avenue and West of the Beltway: Service Area 4 - Tuesday, October 27
If you life East of the Beltway: Service Area 3 - Monday, November 2

A Plan to Address Aging Infrastructure and Overcrowding in our Public Schools
 
As Council Chair in 2018, I proposed a resolution to create the Alternative Construction Funding Workgroup, a multi-member coordinating group made up of the County partners. In 2019 the General Assembly passed additional legislation in 2019 to support the ACF program. Under the ACF program, a private developer designs, builds and finances the new facilities as well as maintains them for over 30 years. At the end of the 30-year term, each school is expected to avoid major maintenance costs for another 15 years, resulting in additional savings to PGCPS. 

Rendering of new William Wirt MS
The ACF program is one of many steps in a multi-year, county-wide project to address aging school infrastructure. The PGCPS Department of Capital Programs will continue to oversee the replacement and development of new schools on a parallel construction path that uses traditional funding sources. The new William Wirt Middle School and new Glenridge Area Middle School are being built through the traditional funding model. Both schools are in permitting and will break ground this winter. I believe we must use all available paths to deliver new and updated school infrastructure for our students and teachers.

Rendering of Glenridge Area MS
Quick facts on Alternative Construction Funding:
  • Five new middle schools and one K-8 school
  • $29.8 million initial annual investment in school construction
  • Approximately $174 million in expected savings in deferred maintenance and construction costs
  • Benefits: Building new schools faster - cuts the delivery time in half; lower construction costs, preventative maintenance
  • 8,000 total seats
  • Will create 3,000 jobs in Prince George's County
  • All new schools will be built using prevailing wage.
  • Minority Business Enterprise requirement expected to require at least $329 million in contracts to MBEs. Learn more about MBE opportunities at this event on October 29.

On Thursday, Committee of the Whole passed CR-100-2020, a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding to clearly allocate the County's and Prince George's County Public Schools' (PGCPS) roles, rights and responsibilities with respect to funding and oversight for the PGCPS Public-Private Partnership for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of County Public Schools (Project).

 
Learn more:
Chair Todd Turner's Statement
Blueprint for PGCPS


Meals for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

I'm pleased to announce my office will distribute boxes of meals for District 3 seniors age 60+ and individuals with disabilities of any age again on Wednesday, October 21. We have just learned we be able to distribute one box of groceries with every box of meals!

Advance reservations for October 21 are now closed, however we will have extra meal and grocery boxes that day for District 3 seniors 60+ and District 3 residents with disabilities of any age. Please come to the New Carrollton Municipal Center on Wednesday between 9:30 am and 11:00  am to pick up your free box of meals and groceries.

I anticipate we will be able to offer meals again in mid-November, including a special Thanksgiving meal. Watch future newsletters for more details.

Volunteers needed! Because each registrant will now receive two boxes, we need additional delivery drivers on Wednesday, October 21. Do you have approx. 2 hours between 8:30am and 11:00am to help? Sign up here.

Storm Water Management Updates

The Department of the Environment will join me on Wednesday, October 21  at 7:00 p.m. to provide an update on the Calvert Hills (College Park) Drainage Project. Register here to receive the meeting link/call in number (will be sent on 10/19): https://forms.gle/B1DhHazkkmTMAtMP8

This project, in the Guilford Run water basin, would bring this neighborhood drainage system in College Park to the 10yr standard. It includes storm drain upgrades, upgrading capacity of open channels, and installing an underground storage vault at Calvert Park.

Anacostia Watershed Public Survey -- with updated link

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership is administering this public survey to understand residents' knowledge and opinions about their local environment. Results will be used to inform messages about the local environment, including what each jurisdiction is doing to improve it, and what residents can do, too.

The survey is open until October 19, 2020. Participants can provide their email address to be entered for a random drawing for one of three $100 Visa gift card.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W9TJ8QK 
 (updated link)

As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. I am sharing updates regularly on social media, especially my Facebook page.  #onlytogether

Together Strengthening Our Community,




P.S. The Supreme Court has ruled that the 2020 Census count must end tonight at midnight. Please urge a friend and neighbor to complete the 2020 Census TODAY! Call 844-330-2020, no code needed. Your community is counting on you to complete the Census 2020! #pgcensus #proudtobecounted #onlytogether

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Ways to Help


Volunteer to deliver meals to District 3 residents on October 21 or November 18.

Donate diapers and new or gently used winter coats to students at Riverdale Elementary and William Wirt Middle. Drop items at either school on Mondays and Wednesdays.



Starbucks at Capital Plaza will soon launch a coat drive to support students at Woodridge ES and Glenridge ES. Watch for details here or drop coats directly at the Capital Plaza location. 

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This Week's Free Food Distribution Locations
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The deadline to apply for the Homeowners or Renters Property Tax Credits has been extended to October 31. Learn more.

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 Contact Your 
D3 Team
301-952-3060

CouncilDistrict3
@co.pg.
md.us
 
Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
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geneather Lloyd
Office Manager & Scheduler
glloyd@co.pg.md.us 
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Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
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Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
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Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator
aewilson@co.pg.md.us


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