The following were among actions taken by the Prince George's County Council at Tuesday's meeting. For more information, call 952-5182.
NEW JUSTICE CENTER -- The council unanimously approved final design plans for a new $24 million district police station in Hyattsville and renovation of an existing county services building next-door -- to be called the Prince George's Justice Center Complex.
County officials, including several council members, said they hope the new police facility at Rhode Island Avenue, Rte. 1 and Farragut Street will help in the revitalization of Hyattsville.
The new police station is located on 7.3 acres of land and will include space for the county's District Court system and work-release program, both of which are currently housed in the county services building. The project will include a 600-car parking garage under the police station. Construction of the 54,000-square foot police station is expected to begin in April.
The police station cost will be paid for with county and state funds and money from a 1986 bond sale, according to Glendening's spokesman, Tim Ayres.
The renovation of the aging county services building will take place next. That building will house the work-release program designed for persons convicted of nonviolent crimes, who are allowed to leave the facility to go to work during the day and return to their jail cells at night. The work-release program is currently run from a separate facility in Hyattsville. The cost for renovating the county services building has not yet been determined.
The county is expected to request bids from general contractors for work on the entire complex.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT -- Council member Anthony Cicoria introduced a bill to require individuals to be residents of their voting district for at least one year before they can be eligible for election to the council.
The bill also includes a one-year county residence requirement for individuals seeking election to the office of county executive.
Currently, individuals are required to live in the voting district to which they seek election, but for no specified length of time.
The bill now goes to the council's Fiscal Policy & Government Committee before it is scheduled for a public hearing.