The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council. For more information, call 952-5182.
MEDIAN STRIP BILLS -- The council voted 6 to 3 to restrict development within the wide Rte. 3 and Rte. 301 median strip in the northeastern part of the county near Rte. 214. Members Anthony Cicoria, Sue V. Mills and Floyd E. Wilson, Jr. dissented.
The restrictions were introduced in March after County Executive Parris Glendening declared the strip an eyesore and a traffic menace, and imposed a moratorium on median strip development along the heavily traveled north-south route built on the eastern edge of the county in the 1920s.
The strip contains a hog farm, a lumber yard, commercial storage lots and about three dozen homes.
The council's action will enforce the moratorium for a one-year period that began Tuesday, or until an agreement is reached among the State Department of Natural Resources, State Department of Transportation, the county, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to correct existing problems of noise pollution and hazardous traffic patterns.
The moratorium prohibits accepting building permits, zoning amendments or subdivision developments, until the council studies the area and creates a long-range development plan. Applications filed before February 18, 1987 are exempt from the moratorium.
In a meeting May 19, citizens testified against the moratorium, complaining the it would devalue their property and was unfair as they would be unable to develop empty lots or add driveways, garages and extensions to their houses.
County officials defended their decision, saying increasing traffic entering and leaving the strip is a traffic hazard and a health and safety threat to residents of the strip.
Council member Sue V. Mills, who first supported the bills, called them illegal. Council member Floyd E. Wilson, Jr. said without the legislation, traffic accidents might occur near the median strip.
SANDY HILL LANDFILL EXPANSION -- The council voted 6 to 3 to authorize the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to expand the Sandy Hill Landfill in Bowie by buying 130 acres west of the site. Members Anthony Cicoria, Sue V. Mills and Richard Castaldi dissented.
The expansion would increase the site's original 15-year lifespan by 10 years. Citizens have protested that the plan does not honor a commitment made by county officials in 1978. Confident that by the 1990s the county would develop alternate methods of disposal, officials had promised to build a park over the site.
Citizens also complained that their property is devalued by the dump site. They said residents of nearby counties illegally use the facility and that dump water could pollute underground water sources.
Councilman Richard J. Castaldi, who represents the district containing the site, voted against the bill. Councilman Frank P. Casula voted for it, but suggested that the council give residents property tax breaks.