Message from Deni
May, 2016
Dear Friends,
As your Council representative, I am hard at work with my colleagues conducting our review process for the proposed FY 2017 County Budget. I am committed to ensuring that our County provide residents with the critical services they want and deserve, in a manner that is both fiscally responsible and efficient.

BUDGET
 
Education
I am working on securing two school replacements and four new school construction projects. I am also fighting for funds to add an educational component to the summer camp program available at our District 2 schools. Educational support throughout the year will help our children excel academically and prevent them from falling behind. The cost to parents would be minimal at $45 dollars for 6 weeks.
 
Quality of life improvements
Local libraries are vital to our quality of life. I am advocating for the restoration of library funds. I am also fighting for additional funds slated for the Department of Permitting, Inspection and Enforcement budget to overhaul our property standards, citation process and e-permitting system. The Council is also looking to establish a new litter program.
 
Public safety
For our public safety agencies I am working to ensure that we set more efficient standards for overtime staff charges.

Lastly, I am working hard to secure funding for after school programs, food access organizations, educational awareness programs, domestic violence prevention, and crisis management organizations.

ONE DAY TRASH PICK UP
The County Council voted to move to one day trash pick up. The new trash contract will pick up County trash and recycling on the same day. Yard waste will be picked up on Mondays. The County will also provide a brand new 64-gallon trash toter for every home that utilizes County services. The revised contract will save the County $6 million a year. If you are having issues with the new trash pick up process, please call 311. More information can be found below in the "County Corner" section.

Please enjoy this month's E-News and use it as a convenient reference for updates about things happening in our community and interesting events for you and your family to attend. If you have information that you would like to see included in future newsletters that will be beneficial to other residents, please email the information to my office at councildistrict2@co.pg.md.us.


Thank You,


Deni Taveras
Council Member, District Two

"Deni Around the District"
 
District 2 Fire Safety Meeting
   
On Thursday April 14, 2016,  Deni hosted a District 2 Fire Safety meeting at Bunker Hill Fire Station featuring Fire Chief Mark Bashoor. Residents learned about fire safety prevention, how to grill safely in the summer and received fire safety resources.
 
 
Municipal/ Community Mentions
Langley Park Day
 

Brentwood Day
 

County Corner
Prince George's County One Day a Week Trash Service
 
 



 
For more information please click Here!
Prince George's County Budget Process 

The Council's Budget Process can seem complex. The Prince George's County Council is pleased to provide you with this guide, designed to help clarify any questions you may have about the steps involved in putting together the County's spending plan, and the Council's role in the review and adoption of the FY 2017 budget.

This online budget resource will provide the information you need to be actively engaged in the budget process as we discuss the priority issues important to us all-Economic Development, Transit-Oriented Development, Transportation, Healthcare, Education and Public Safety.  


On the website, you will find a wide range of budget resources including a summary of the proposed FY 2017 Budget, the current spending plan, an explanation of the Council's budget review and adoption process, public hearing schedules and other important budget calendar dates, as well as links to press releases, event announcements and more.

For more information please click  HERE
Water Main Replacement in District 2
Beginning in the early Spring of 2016 through the late summer of 2018, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), will begin replacing approximately 2.73 miles of water main in District 2.   The affected streets will include: 
Knollbrook Drive; Medwick Drive; 8th Avenue; 8th Place; 9th Avenue; Thurman Avenue; Cox Avenue; Fairoak Avenue; Riggs Road and Ray Road.  This project is necessary because the water mains are nearing the end of their useful life.  The water mains within the project area were originally installed in the 1940's. These mains will be replaced with new ductile iron pipe which will greatly reduce the  frequency  of water main breaks. 

All work is expected to be conducted during weekdays from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Water services may be interrupted while the new main is being tied in with the existing main; however, this will be limited to a few hours at a time.  Residents will receive more detailed information prior to any service interruptions.  

To receive an e-mail or text message alert when service disruptions occur in your area, you may register for WSSC's Customer Notification System (CSN) by clicking HERE.  Additionally, any questions about this project (BR5703A14) may be directed to 301-206-8523.  

For more information please click  HERE.  
Prince George's County Youth@Work/SYEP Now Open!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Prince George's County's premier Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP)! Young people between the ages of 15 and 19 years old across the County will have an opportunity to participate in career development, life-skills training and job training sponsored by Prince George's Community College.

Youth are eligible to participate in SYEP twice, or up to the age of 19. Second year students will have the opportunity to gain competencies through the newly implemented career pathways program.  The Prince George's County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) provides an opportunity for young people across the County to participate in career development, life-skills training and summer employment opportunities.


For more information please call  301-546-9063 or click HERE.  
Prince George's County Senior Meals and Nutrition Program
The Senior Nutrition Program provides hot nutritious meals to those Prince George's County seniors 60 years and older. The program promotes health and independence. Each meal served meets at least one third of the recommended dietary allowances for older adults and follows the dietary guidelines for Americans. The Senior Nutrition Program provides meals along with recreational and educational programs.

The Congregate Meal Program serves meals to seniors in a congregate setting such as senior centers, religious facilities, senior housing and community centers.

The Home Delivered Meal Program provides meals to the homebound elderly, with the intent to assist the senior resident with remaining in their own home. A hot meal is delivered to the senior's door five days a week.

For more information, please call 301-265-8450 or click  HERE.  


*News You Can Use*
Expungement Fair Saturday May 21st!!
 
 
PGCPS Student Transfer Season Window for the 2016-17 school year: May 9- June 10, 2016!!
Parents and guardians can submit transfer requests electronically through the SchoolMax Family Portal. Portal access is limited to parents and legal guardians. Electronic transfer requests are only accepted from students enrolled in PGCPS.
The Office of Student Records, Transfers and Archival Services will not accept transfer requests to schools that exceed state-rated capacity.
 
For details (in English and Spanish), transfer process instructions, and FAQs, visit the Student Transfer Request webpage by clicking here!



¡El plazo de transferencias estudiantiles de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George (PGCPS) abre HOY! Las PGCPS aceptará solicitudes de transferencias estudiantiles para el año escolar 2016-2017 del 9 de mayo al 10 de junio de 2016.  
Los padres y tutores pueden entregar las solicitudes de transferencias electrónicamente a través del portal familiar SchoolMax (en línea). El portal es de acceso
limitado para padres y tutores legales. Solo se aceptan las solicitudes de transferencia electrónica de estudiantes matriculados en las PGCPS.
  
La Oficina de Expedientes, Transferencias y Servicios de Archivo no aceptará solicitudes de transferencias para escuelas que excedan la capacidad permitida por el estado. Haga clic aqui­ para ver la lista de las escuelas que pueden recibir transferencias estudiantiles. 
  
Para detalles, instrucciones sobre el proceso de transferencias y preguntas frecuentes, visite la página de Solicitudes de Transferencias Estudiantiles haciendo clic aqui­

Renters Tax Credit Bill!
Last Wednesday Governor Hogan signed Renters Tax Credit Bill (HB 340).  This bill will give an average increased tax credit of $400 to over 7,000 renters over the age of 60 who are already getting the credit and enable thousands of additional senior renters to receive up to a $1,000 tax credit.  In addition Prince George's County will match the state tax credit by 50% so senior renters who live in eligible dwellings (the owner of the building must be paying real estate taxes)  can now receive up to  a $1,500 tax credit each year.  The deadline for filing is September 1st  in order to get a credit for 2015.  You can find out more information here! (The charts on income eligibility on the web-site do not reflect the new law.)

PGCPS Immunization Countdown August 23!
Only 101 Days Left to Immunize!
The PGCPS Immunization Countdown campaign is underway! Help us reach our goal: ALL students in ALL schools will have the immunizations they need by August 23, the first day of the 2016-17 school year.
Act now and take advantage of two free immunization clinics PGCPS is hosting next week with the Maryland Partnership for Prevention! Register in advance online at www.tinyurl.com/KClinics .
Monday, May 16 * 4-7 p.m. Oxon Hill High School * 6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill
Thursday, May 19 * 4-7 p.m.  Northwestern High School * 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville

¡Sólo quedan 101 días para vacunarse!
¡La cuenta regresiva de la campaña de vacunación de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George [PGCPS por sus siglas en inglés] está en marcha! Ayúdenos a alcanzar nuestro objetivo: TODOS los estudiantes de TODAS las escuelas tendrán las vacunas que necesitan el 23 de agosto, el primer día del año escolar 2016-17.
¡Actué ahora y aproveche las dos clínicas de vacunación gratuita que ofrecerán las PGCPS la próxima semana en conjunto con la Asociación de Maryland para la Prevención! Regístrese con anticipación en línea en www.tinyurl.com/KClinics .
lunes 16 de mayo * 4-7 p.m.  Escuela Superior Oxon Hill * 6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill
jueves 19 de mayo * 4-7 p.m.  Escuela Superior Northwestern * 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
 
For details (in English and Spanish) click here!
National Harbor Job Fair May 24th!
 
Pepco Launches New Easy-Access Solar Application!
Pepco is making it easier for Maryland customers to install solar panels on their rooftops and connect them to the electric distribution system. The changes will allow customers, who are interested in installing solar panels, to bypass the paper process and instead complete a convenient online application. For the full press release and information please click here!