The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council. For more information, call 952-3718.
ELECTION OF AT-LARGE COUNCIL MEMBERS -- The council voted 6 to 2 to table a bill that would restructure the county council to make three council seats and the position of council chairman countywide elected posts.
The bill, which would reduce the present nine council districts to five larger districts, was introduced by council member Floyd Wilson, who said the present system has "created a parochial situation" in which "council members are concerned only with their areas and not the whole county."
Council members currently are elected every four years from nine districts and the chairman is chosen annually by the council.
MINORITY BUSINESS CONTRACTS -- A divided council voted 4-3-1 to hold a public hearing Nov. 10 on a bill to set aside 30 percent of all county government contracts for minority businesses. The current county law requires competitive bidding on all contracts above $5,000.
MAGNET SCHOOL FUNDING REQUEST -- The council voted 6 to 0 to approve a letter from County Executive Parris Glendening to Governor William Donald Schaefer requesting that the state next year again pay half of the $11 million dollar cost of the county's magnet school program.
WORKS OF ART IN PUBLIC PLACES -- The council voted 6 to 0 to table a bill, that would set aside one percent of all county construction and renovation projects costing more than $100,000 for works of art.
Five council members introduced the legislation, which council member JoAnn Bell said would show the county's "commitment to public art."
Council member Sue V. Mills objected to the use of public money for the artwork.
"We have to put a lid on school spending and police funding, and we're going to buy pictures?" she asked. Mills said the county instead should encourage artwork donations by the private sector.