The Prince George's County Council has two new committees to deal with two of the county's big problems - revenue and housing.
The committees, announced on Tuesday by Council chairman William B. Amonett, are the Government Performance and Fiscal Policy Committee and the Housing and Community Revitalization Committee.
Councilman Parris Glendening, who chairs the fiscal policy committee said. "This is a collective effort and positive stance to solve the county's problems."
His committee will study current county finances, recommend elimination, consolidation or improvement in county agencies, and work with the Maryland General Assemly on fiscal proposals.
The new housing committee will seek to produce a general county housing policy, according to committee chairman Francis B. Francois.
"We are talking about a reorganization of government itself," said Francois. "This is no announcement of a massive new spending program, but an effort to get a cooperative spirit of government working in the county."
Glendening said his committee "will oversee finances, including federal state and local monies from taxes and the cost of government and make a decision on where we are going as far as fiscal relief."
The committee expects to have some policy proposals ready by the first week in March to take to the state legislature Glendening said. "We want an independent presentation of our assessments of where we are fiscally. We will be pushing very hard in Annapolis to explain and get additional revenues for the county," he said.
"We expect to come back from Annapolis knowing our limits and expect to have a policy direction, revenue wise, before the line-by-line itemization of the budget begins in April."
The county is faced with massive service reductions or an increase in property tax to meet budget requirements for the next fiscal year.
Chairman Amonett said. "We have had a hit and miss attitude by legislators in state and federal levels. (County executive Winfield) Kelly went to Annapolis but the legislators want to know, 'What does the County Council feel about this?' They know that Kelly proposes and we dispose it (the budget). We want to enlighten them about what the situation is really like."
County housing suitable for renewal, rehabilitation, conversion or homesteading for areas like Parkside. Queenstown, Mt. Rainier and Brentwood will be studied by the housing committee. Condominium conversion and new developments for middle and upper income residents also will be considered. The committee, according to Amonett, will make an attempt to "provide stable communities and an improved quality of life."
Francois said he expects to report the policy judgments of the committee by late fall or early next year.
In other action, the Council passed a resolution requiring the school board to submit a map showing land currently reserved or owned by the board in the vicinity of any proposed new school. The board is also required to analyze the need to retain any undeveloped land not under consideration for a proposed new school.
The Council also recommended legislation to the General Assembly that would transfer costs, personnel and funding of the county's board of election to the state of Maryland.
It also approved an amendment to the bicounty sewage treatment capacity allocation agreement that will allow increased use by the city of Rockville of the Blue Plains sewage treatment plant. The Montgomery County Council also approved the amendment Tuesday.