Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) will host the second of three public meetings Thursday to seek citizen input as his administration develops a plan for the state’s forthcoming legislative session.
The “listening session,” featuring Baker and state lawmakers who represent southern Prince George’s, will take place at 7 p.m. at Oxon Hill High School, officials said.
A government open house will begin an hour earlier.
The first meeting, held last Thursday at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, brought out dozens of residents, community activists and municipal officers eager to share their thoughts about everything from rodent control to the Purple Line to improving county streetscapes.
“This is a chance for us to talk about ideas and suggestions,” Baker said after the event, which his top aides attended.
After Jeff Lemieux of Greenbelt suggested installing more bicycle lanes in busy traffic corridors such as Suitland Road and repurposing unused parking lots, he was directed to Darrell B. Mobley, the director of Prince George’s County Public Works and Transportation Department.
“We have beautiful bike trails, but the roads are gross,” Lemieux said.
Bladensburg resident Cris Melendez said she wants to make sure her city, located along the District line, isn’t forgotten amid the wave of the revitalization taking place around it. She told Baker, state Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Prince George’s) and Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s) that she wants to attract sustainable businesses, not “another 7-Eleven.”
Darla Heinz, a public school teacher, blasted a recent county decision to reduce the number of printers in schools as a way of saving money.
“You’re not feeling my pain,” Heinz said. “Give us back our printers!”
Ivey said she had not been aware of the change and was concerned about it. Limiting access to a basic tool such as a printer, she said, is tantamount to “taking away pen and paper.”
Organizers are asking citizens to register online to speak on Thursday. Comments are limited to three minutes.
The third and final public session is scheduled for Oct. 16 at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.