As the Prince George’s County Council prepared for its annual six-week summer recess, members handled a packed agenda Tuesday that included several bills:
●A bill sought by the Washington Redskins and backed by the office of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) to allow the team to revamp its parking signals at FedEx Field in Landover, and allow them to include advertising, something that county businesses generally are not permitted to do.
Without any fanfare, the measure went through unanimously.
Tony Wyllie, a Redskins spokesman, said its chief purpose is to improve “wayfinding,” but acknowledged that it was a near-certainty that the team would now be able to name its parking lots for advertisers.
That would match with gate names, which he said already are named for advertisers such as Verizon and NRG Energy. It’s not clear how widespread the practice is in the NFL, but the Giants’ and Jets new MetLife stadium in New Jersey has named its gates for big advertisers.
Prince George’s gets no money out of the deal, said an official in the Baker’s administration.
●A bill introduced by council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) and approved unanimously that would allow the county environment department to offer rebates, beginning next July, to residents and businesses who install their own storm-water management projects, such as rain gardens, green roofs and cisterns. The county budget includes up to $3 million that is available for the program, which will be administered by the county’s environment department.
●A bill introduced by council Chairman Andrea Harrison (D-Springdale) to require that members of county advisory boards and commissions are county residents. Last week, the council, after sparring with Baker, declined to vote on his nominees for the Redevelopment Authority, some of whom live outside the county but have businesses in the county. Harrison’s measure is expected to come to a vote in the fall.
●A bill introduced by council member Obie Patterson (D-Fort Washington), and approved unanimously, which requires a home seller to provide information about utility bills, if requested, as well as opportunities for home energy efficiency improvements. It’s not yet clear whether Baker will sign the measure, but it could become law without his signature unless he vetoes it.
The legislation, which would take effect later this year if Baker signs it, would require the seller of a single-family residential real property to provide, upon written request, copies of electric, gas and home heating oil bills, or a document detailing the monthly electric, gas and home heating oil usage of the property for the 12-month period before the property was marketed for sale.