The recently elected bowie City Council got down to work Monday night, a week after its inaugural meeting, with a marathon 6-hour session in which members took action on controversial issues involving Pointer Ridge Road and Allen Pond, and the renovation of the Bowie Special School.
The council chambers were filled by a crowd which, at times, numbered 70 persons, most of whom opposed the plan under which a 44-unit condominium office building would be constructed on a 1.86-acre lot near the intersection of Pointer Ridge Drive and Rte. 301.
Thirty citizens signed up to speak, but 22 of them decided not to speak after eight persons complained that the traffic generated by occupants of the building would overload already congested Pointer Ridge Drive.
Their efforts did not prevent the council from approving the plan by a vote of 4 to 3, with Dick Logue, Michael F. DiMario and Richard Padgett opposing it.
The council did move to prevent entry into the Pointer Ridge access road, called Pointer Ridge Place, from an adjacent, now undeveloped 19-acre tract.
The council also voted 6 to 1, with DiMario opposed, to begin the $328,000 renovation of the Bowie Special School. The facility would house county and city social services agencies. A federal Community Development Block Grant will foot the bill.
The council witheld immediate funding of the operation of the facility, scheduled to open in mid-1981. It also delayed any action to acquire the deed for the property from Prince George's County. Transfer of the deed is required before the city can begin renovation work.
The city has scheduled a meeting with County Executive Lawrence J. Hogan to negotiate partial or full payment of operating expenses by the county.
Later in the session, which concluded after 2 a.m., the council voted unanimously to complete by June 12 a first-right-of-refusal agreement with 437 Land Company to give the city a year to acquire about 41 acres of the 92-acre Allen Pond property for use as a park. Of the remaining land, the land company would dedicate most of it to the park, keeping only about 10 acres on which to build homes.
The city must negotiate a purchase price for the property by June 12. If an agreement is made, city officials would then have until June 12, 1981, to raise the money to buy the land and during that period would have an option to match other offers. The land company plans to build 117 single-family homes on the property if the city does not buy it.
Five citizens spoke in favor of acquiring the land to maintain its use for recreation. The city currently leases the property from 437.