November 12, 2020
Thank you to everyone who joined me on Friday, November 6 for my Virtual Connection Forum on Quality of Life Issues, Code Enforcement and 311.
Directors Bolling and Davis presented very helpful information about code enforcement and how to report issues in your neighborhood. They also answered resident questions.
If you missed the event, or would like to watch it again, please click here
TONIGHT at 6:00pm student ambassadors from End Time Harvest Ministries will present and answer questions about the Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate Program.
Learn from them how you can receive rebates of up to $4,000 for making small or large improvements to storm water management on your property.
Starting Sunday, November 15, at 5:00 PM, all indoor public businesses or establishments that are already open under the County's phase 2 of reopening, with the exception of essential businesses and retail stores, must reduce capacity limits to a maximum of 25% capacity.
Restaurants will be limited to 25% capacity indoors and 50% capacity outdoors. Essential businesses (grocery stores, specialty food stores, big box stores) and retail stores may operate at 50% capacity but with all safety protocols adhered to.
In addition, large gatherings indoors are limited to one person/family unit per 200 square feet or a maximum of 10 persons, whichever is lower.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to one person/family unit per 200 square feet or a maximum of 25 persons, whichever is lower, unless otherwise specified in the Health Order.
Finally, face coverings are now required outdoors in any public location in Prince George's County. Face coverings are still required for all indoor public locations and on public transportation.
The County is also launching new grant funds to support businesses and individuals during this time.
Restaurant Resiliency Fund
: The County will be providing grants up to $25,000 to restaurants to winterize their setting, add interior social distancing renovations, and PPP. Applications open on November 13. Please make sure your favorite locally-owned restaurant knows about this opportunity and encourage them to apply for funding ASAP as I anticipate this funding will go quickly. https://www.pgcedc.com/restaurantfund
Employ Prince George's COVID-19 Hourly Relief Fund: Residents who lost their job can apply to get a $300 Visa Gift Card. Residents who previously were awarded gift cards may apply again. https://employpgedge.com/relief/?pname=relief Rapid Re-employment Grant Program: County will give grants to businesses that hire unemployed Prince George's County residents. Learn more: https://www.employpg.org/
This week the Council approved the letter to the Interagency Committee on School Construction, endorsing the Prince George's County Board of Education's Proposed FY-2022-2027 Capital Budget request and to identify the projects considered most critical.
Annually, the State requires the County and PGCPS to request funds for projects at various stages of the design, construction process.
Replacement of William Wirt Middle School and a new Glenridge Area Middle School are projects #1 and #2 on this list. These projects, along with
the Cherokee Lane Elementary School replacement had already been approved by the state for project planning and prior year construction funding. They are awaiting their next installment of construction funding.
The third set of priorities, which include a new Northern Area High School, replacement of High Point High School, Margaret Brent Regional Elementary School, and the new International High School at Langley Park are being designed using County funds and are on this letter to request State planning approval.
The Alternative Construction Financing (ACF) program recently approved by the Board of Education means that six additional middle schools are moving forward. Without ACF, the new Northern Area High School and replacement of High Point High School would be much further down on the priority list.
Free Food Distributions
Several distributions will take place this Saturday in/near Council District 3 including:
9:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 7301 Annapolis Road, Landover Hills
10:00 am at Ebenezer Church of God, 7550 Buchanan St, Landover Hills
10:00 am at College Park Church of the Nazarene, 9704 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park
10:00 am at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3799 East West Highway, Hyattsville
Free Meals for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
My office, in partnership with the Department of Family Services will distribute boxes of meals to District 3 seniors age 60+ and individuals with disabilities of any age again on Wednesday, November 18.
Advance registrations are now closed, however, we will have a limited number of extra boxes, first-come, first-served beginning at 10:00 am on Wednesday at the New Carrollton Community Center, 6600 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton.
Special thanks to the City of New Carrollton and Mayor Phelecia Nembhard for being incredible partners for each of these distributions!
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