PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT
Question: To provide for the election of a council member in the event of a vacancy which occurs more than 90 days prior to a primary or general election.
Explanation: Section 309 of the charter, "Vacancies" presently states that the council members will fill any vacancy by selecting from a list of three names sent to the council by the central committee of the party to which the former member of the council belonged. The person selected completes the unexpired term.
Presently, the county can hold electons when any vacancy occurs during the first two years of a term. During the last two years if a vacancy occurs, that is when the council selects by the central committee procedure. Voters vote in elections for central committee members and did so this year in the primary.
This bill was developed after a council member resigned this year and the central committee method was used, as stated in the charter, to fill the vacancy. The central committee holds open meetings and interviews those seeking the vacancy prior to referring names to the council.
This legislation was introduced for vote by the electorate due to discussion whether or not the central committee procedure is an open and fair method. If special elections are held, the cost is more than if one used the central committee method.
A vote FOR means: Section 309 of the charter will require an election for any vacancy on the county council occurring more than 90 days prior to a primary or general election.
A vote AGAINST means: Section 309 remains the same and the county council will select names of candidates to refer to the county executive for appointment to the position until the next election.
BOND REFERENDUM BACKGROUND
The voters of Prince George's County vote on all bond issues since the charter requires it. While projects are listed, it does not mean that any or all actually will be done by the county.
A vote YES means that voters give the county the authority to float bonds to do the projects prescribed. Economic conditions enter into the decision by the county as to whether or not the county will issue bonds.
All bond projects total $111.4 million to be sold over a period of two to three years. The projects can be found in the Capital Improvement Program for the county.
A vote NO to any bond question means none of the projects can be funded by bonds. Debt service on any bonds is paid for over a 15- to 20-year period.
The Office of Management and Budget can be contacted for specific information about projects.
TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES BONDS
Question: An act enabling the county to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $47.912 million to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of transportation facilities, including roads and bridges and mass transit facilities.
Explanation: Project Names:
ACF Property Loop-Kenilworth Avenue and Calvert Road: Needed to develop the ACF property and will serve the College Park Metro station. $6.150 million to be completed in FY 1992.
Addison Road-Central Avenue to Walker Hill Road: Add a right turn lane to Central Avenue to improve traffic flow and better access to the Addison Road Transit Station. $6.75 million to be completed by FY 1992.
Adelphi Road-Metzerott Road to University Boulevard: 1.2 miles of four-lane road needed due to heavy traffic congestion on the existing narrow road. $3.65 million by FY 1994.
Advance Land Acquisition-Various locations: To use to acquire land in developing areas. $7.108 million by 1996.
Bus Mass Transit/Rail Mass Transit: Funding to pay for our part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority capital cost. Part will pay to complete Addison Road Metro Parking structure.
Calvert Road Relocated-Kenilworth Avenue to US 1: Calvert Road will be closed at the Metro Rail Line crossing. A new road will connect to US 1. $16.801 million by 1994.
Clinton Fringe Parking Lot-Southwest Quadrant MD 5 and MD 223: 600 parking spaces for Metrobus commuters. $3.349 million by 1994.
Contee Road-Section 1-Briarwood Drive to U.S. 1: To improve traffic and pedestrian safety by reconstructing road and drainage and a new bridge over the Rail Line. $6.071 million.
Curbs and Sidewalks-Various locations: To maintain streets and on-going repair. $22.33 million through 1996.
Greenvale Parkway-69th Place to Glen Oak Road: To complete the four-lane highway. $250,000 by 1991.
MD 214, Harry S. Truman Drive Interchange-Ramp to MD 214: New road ramps 52-feet wide for better access to Northampton, Capital Center Arena and the Community College. $2.785 million by FY 1994.
Intersection Improvements-Various locations: Widen pavements on Oxon Hill Road, Ardwick-Ardmore Road, Briggs Chaney Road, Route 223, Allentown Road, Temple Hill Road, etc. $1.445 million through 1996.
Laurel Fringe Parking Lot-MD 197 & Baltimore-Washington Parkway: 600-car lot to help bus commuters. $2.163 million by FY 1993.
MD 201 (Kenilworth)- I-95 to Cherrywood Lane Extension: Reconstruct MD 201 as a four-lane divided highway. $550,000 by FY 1993.
Metzerott Road-MD Route 193 to St. Andrews Place: Due to congestion and road deterioration the road would be improved. $1.885 million by FY 1992.
Oxon Hill Road-Careybrook Lane to Bald Eagle Road: For a better road. $1.795 million by FY 1994.
Resurfacing and Safety Improvements-Various locations: Regular maintenance. $17.75 million through 1996.
Temple Hill Road and Kirby Road Intersection: Provide a right turn lane instead of a gravel shoulder. $260,000.
Traffic Control Signals-Various locations: Routine project through 1996. $4.687 million.
Walker Mill Road-Silver Hill Road to Ritchie Road: Construct a parkway type road. $13.468 million by 1996.
West Lanham Subdivision-Section 1: Widen streets, adding curbs, gutters and sidewalks. $1.75 million by 1994.
LIBRARY FACILITIES BONDS
Question: An act enabling the county to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $12.867 million to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of library facilities.
Explanation: Project Names:
Bowie Branch Library-Belair Drive: Renovate the library with a two-story atrium and escalator. Recarpet and refurbish and replace elevators. Clean and restore the exterior and build a garage. $2.657 million by 1994.
Hyattsville Branch Renovation-6530 Adelphi Rd.: Renovate the administration offices. Clean exterior, redo bathrooms, expand administrative areas. $3.091 million by 1994.
Marlboro Branch Relocation-Main Street: Redo the old post office to move the library. New furniture. $1.516 million by 1993.
New Carrollton Branch Library-Riverdale Road: New walks and curbs. Redesign interior for quiet study. Paint and recarpet. New roof and air-conditioning. $1.334 million by 1994.
Oxon Hill Branch Library-0xon Hill Road: Enclose courtyard. New roof, carpet, painting, furniture. $1.025 million by 1994.
Type I, II, III and IV Branch Renovation-Various locations: Update certain branches with carpet and furniture. $3.244 million by 1996.
PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITIES BONDS
Question: An act enabling the county to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $32.306 million to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of public safety facilities, including court facilities, police, fire and corrections facilities and drug treatment facilities.
Explanation: Project Names:
Baden Fire Station No. 36: Improve facilities with an addition. $779,000 by 1993.
Bowie New Town Fire Station: A new station. $3.79 million by 1993.
Detention Center Expansion: Increase capacity from 1,140 to 1,524 with two new buildings on present site. $18.2 million by 1992.
Drug Treatment Facility-Brown Station Road: 60-bed, short-term facility to be built next to the DWI facility. $3 million by 1992.
Hyattsville Justice Center-Rhode Island Avenue: New buildings are constructed; renovate the County Service Building. $32.87 million by 1994. It is 99 percent completed now.
Police Armory-Cheltenham: New building near the firearms range on park land. $200,000 by 1991.
Ritchie Fire Station No. 37: Modernize facilities. $1.297 million by 1993.
Satellite Training Facility-Cheltenham-U.S. Naval Reservation: Fire and rescue training facility for career and volunteer personnel. It is 30 percent completed. $2.479 million by 1992.
Silver Hill No. 29: Second floor over engine room for offices, etc. $1.071 million by 1993.
Woodmore Glenn Dale Police Station: New police station with a new police district. To serve the growth areas of Glenn Dale, Largo and Bowie. $4.415 million by 1994.
COUNTY BUILDING BONDS
Question: An act enabling the county to borrow money to issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $17.523 million to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation, or repair of county builidngs.
Explanation: Project Names:
County buildings, major renovations, various locations: Renovate and demolish surplus schools to provide sites for other uses. Buy land, asbestos abatement projects. $34.246 million by 1994. 72 percent completed.
Drug Abuse Residential treatment center-Prince George's Hospital Center: Build a residential juvenile facility for 15 to 25 persons. $4.234 million by 1991.
Materiels Management Facility-Collington Center South: Build storage and service delivery functions for county agencies. Allow for efficient operation and more space. $6.5 million by 1991. 3 percent completed.
Melwood Horicultural Training Facility-Dower House Road: Plan, design, construct place for residential living and campus activities. Match a grant from the state. $924,000 by 1992.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE BONDS
Question: An act enabling the county to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $799,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation, or repair of community college buildings.
Explanation: Project names:
Major System Replacement-Largo Road and Campus Way: Roof replacement on Marlboro Hall, Novak Field House and Bladen Hall. $1.597 million by 1992.
(Explanations provided by Prince George's County League of Women Voters)