The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council. For more information, call 952-5182.
EVICTIONS -- The council decided to seek ways to prohibit county officials from evicting residents when the temperature drops below 25 degrees.
The council asked the county sheriff's department to draft regulations, similar to those in the District of Columbia, that would prohibit such evictions. The council would then vote on the regulations.
The resolution by council member Hilda R. Pemberton, which was approved unanimously Tuesday, was prompted by the eviction Thursday of a 57-year-old Glenarden woman, who owed more than $2,000 in back rent. The eviction came in 25-degree weather just hours before the Washington area was hit by the year's first snowstorm.
"It's sad. We should not have had the type of situation we had the other day when a individual was put out in inclement weather," Pemberton said.
Ophelia Harris was evicted on orders from the county District Court, which oversees the eviction process.
Under current regulations, the sheriff's department can evict residents on any day except Sundays, holidays or when it is raining or snowing.
County Executive Parris Glendening ordered evictions stopped indefinitely after last Thursday's incident.
Pemberton's resolution asks that the sheriff present his proposed regulations at the Jan. 26 council meeting.
ANIMAL HOSPITALS/KENNELS -- The council voted unanimously to ask the chairman of the county's Animal Control Commission to recommend ways to strengthen regulations governing animal hospitals and boarding kennels.
Council Chairman Frank P. Casula's resolution was prompted by the Dec. 27 fire that killed 47 of the 53 animals at the Bowie Animal Hospital and Boarding Kennel.
Although the hospital had passed safety inspections and received no complaints prior to the fire, "the extent of the fire suggests current safety regulations are not adequate enough," Casula said.
He said there are currently very few laws governing county animal holding facilities and those that do deal mostly with sanitation.
The proposed regulations do not include restrictions on the amount of square footage each animal should be allowed, but they would require animal facilities to have sprinkler systems and have full-time security persons after staff persons leave for the day.
The 47 animals at the Bowie Hospital were trapped in cages and died of smoke inhalation.
SCHOOL FUNDS -- The council unanimously approved $1.7 million in transfers within the county education budget to cover increased costs for employee benefits and special education.
But the council stopped short of approving school officials' request for $800,000 to pay the salaries of 47 new teachers who were hired recently to handle the 1,179 new students attending Prince George's schools this year.
The 47 teachers are now working in the system. Their salaries are being paid with surplus funds from the system's current budget, said Budget Director George Ridler.
Ridler said the transfer simply takes money from departments that have shown a surplus so far this fiscal year and gives it to the two department that are short of funds. "We're just moving it around and to do that we need permission from the council," he said.
Ridler said the two departments are short because more special education students enrolled in the system than officials expected and because school employees have taken more sick leave than was projected by the budget.
The system's budget for the 1987-1988 school year is $426 million; 85 percent is used to pay teacher salaries and benefits.
Ridler said the transfers are not connected to the $800,000 additional money requested from the county.
County Executive Parris Glendening, who was not at the meeting, told school officials earlier that he recommended the council approve only $400,000 additional money for the school system.
Glendening told officials that the remaining $400,000 would have to come from federal and state grants to the system and from areas of the budget that have extra money.
Ridler told the council that 102,146 students were expected to enroll in county public schools during the 1987-1988 school year, but enrollment figures show that 103,325 students are attending classes.
School officials attribute the increase, in part, to magnet programs, which were designed to help desegregate schools. Magnet programs are set up at selected schools around the county and offer instruction in 12 areas, such as creative and performing arts, science and technology and humanities and social sciences.
The council referred the school system request for additional funds to the Fiscal Policy and Governmental Operations Committee for review. That committee is expected to send the request back to the council with its recommendation in the form of a bill. The committee have no deadline to report back to council.