The Bowie City Council at its Nov. 19 meeting approved plans for a private club/lodge for members of the Bowie branch of the Professional Firefighters Association, to be located at Maryland Route 197 and Old Jericho Park Road. The association plans to build a two-story Georgian-style building on the 6.4-acre property for its estimated 100 members.

The association recently agreed to purchase the property from the city, and the city agreed in turn to purchase the association's current building at 3106 Mitchellville Rd. The price of both transactions was undisclosed. Before construction can begin, the purchases must be approved by the Prince George's County Council.

The Bowie City Council also agreed to allow K & P Builders, developer of the Highbridge Park subdivision located north of Maryland Route 450 and Highbridge Road, to decrease the number of homes it will build on the site this year. Original plans approved two years ago called for the building of 25 to 30 single-family detached homes per year for a total of 171 homes when the development is completed. Citing a downswing in the economy, K & P builders said it will produce only 13 units this year. Nine homes already have been built and four are currently under construction, with prices ranging from $178,000 to $195,000.

The next council meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr. For more information, call 262-6200.


The Brentwood Town Council will meet at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Wohlfarth Building, 4300 39th Place. For more information, call 927-3344.


The New Carrollton City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy. For more information, call 459-6100.


The North Brentwood Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Town Hall, 4507 Church St. For more information, call 699-9699.


The Mount Rainier City Council will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 3409 Rhode Island Ave. For more information, call 927-0104.


The Laurel City Council at its Nov. 19 meeting raised to 4 percent the cost-of-living increase for retired city employees, including retired police officers, effective Jan. 1. The 4 percent increase was budgeted in the city's Fiscal 1991 budget.

The council also approved legislation that gives Laurel homeowners a tax credit for any increase in their property taxes greater than 10 percent. The move follows the Maryland General Assembly's recent passage of legislation giving tax credits to state property owners whose property assessments increased more than 10 percent over the previous year.

Previously, under the state's Homestead Property Tax Credit program, homeowners whose annual assessments increased more than 15 percent were given a tax credit.