The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council. For more information, call 952-3182.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING -- The County Council approved a package of legislation designed to increase the number of moderately priced houses in the county.
The first bill, passed by a 7 to 0 vote, would establish a program requiring developers building housing projects of more than 50 units to make 10 percent of them moderately priced. The price and income guidelines would be established by a board, called Capturing Housing Opportunities in Communities Everywhere (CHOICE), that would be created under the bill to oversee the county's new housing initiatives.
A second bill, approved in a 6 to 1 vote, would relax zoning laws, such as those governing minimum lot coverage and yard widths, for units -- mainly town houses -- that developers propose to build under the new program.
The bill also provides for the county to donate land to developers who qualify for the program, thus reducing the price of the finished houses. The county has promised to donate land worth $9 million during the five-year program, which is expected to cost the county a total of $18.2 million.
The legislation also includes provisions for the county to upgrade 250 abandoned homes that would then be sold.
A third housing bill, passed in a 5 to 1 vote with one abstention, would provide financing or leasing assistance to income-eligible persons to help with closing costs and security deposits. The guidelines would be decided by the oversight board.
COUNTY LAND TRANSACTIONS -- At the request of County Executive Parris Glendening, the council introduced three bills that would set guidelines for future land transactions involving county surplus property, the waiver of county fees or taxes and where county officials and their families may have an interest in the property.
Glendening proposed the bills after several Washington Post articles reported on land transactions involving the county and major contributors to the campaigns of elected county officials, including Glendening's.
Under the proposed legislation, a public hearing and full review by the county Board of Ethics would be required for land transactions involving county officials or their relatives.
Guidelines would also be set for how surplus property in the county may be sold or leased. Under the bill, the Maryland-National and Capital Park and Planning Commission, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the state and the municipality where the property lies must first be given the chance to purchase the land. The property must also be advertised in two newspapers in the county to make citizens aware of its availabilty.
The third bill would set procedures for approving any waiver, abatement, adjustment or deferral of county fees, charges or taxes included in a land transaction involving the county.
SISTER CITY -- The council approved a resolution inviting Rishon LeZion, a city in Israel, to become a sister city of Prince George's County. If the invitation is accepted, the two cities would participate in cultural exchange programs.
FIREFIGHTERS' PAY -- The council amended the salary schedule for the Prince George's County Fire Department following renegotiation of the department's labor contract for fiscal years 1990-1992. The new pay scale provides for a 4 percent increase in the base hourly rates and a 3 1/2 percent increase in the maximum rates. The new pay level is effective retroactively to July 2, 1989.
The amended contract also provides a one-time $250 bonus payment to firefighters, which will be included in the first full pay period on or after Dec. 1, 1990. In the revisions, the council clarified conditions governing holiday pay, call-back pay, shift differential, overtime and the clothing allowance.
ZONING PLAN DEFERRAL -- A scheduled vote on a Laurel-Beltsville area zoning map was rescheduled after a Circuit Court judge Monday ordered the council to postpone the vote until it complies with a previous court order to rezone a 10-acre property in Laurel.
Judge William McCullough ordered the council two years ago to rezone the parcel of land from open space to commercial. The Brockmont Limited Partnership had appealed to McCullough after the county refused the firm's request to rezone the property, citing environmental and traffic concerns.
McCullough ruled that the council would be fined $500 a day for each day after July 31 that it does not comply with his two-year-old order.
BOND FINANCING -- The council approved a bill that would allow the Housing Authority of Prince George's County to sell revenue bonds to finance the planned Park Largo Apartments in Largo, where 20 percent of the 271 units would be set aside for low-income residents. The total project cost is expected not to exceed $20 million.