4th District - JUNE 2019 E-News from Council Chair Todd M. Turner

June 2019


Prince George's County Government

Chair Turner's Web Page

District 4 Web Page

Prince George's County Public Schools

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Bowie BIC


Prince George's County Memorial Library System

Bowie Branch

South Bowie Branch

Greenbelt Branch

M-NCPPC Parks & Recreation

Upcoming Events:

City of Greenbelt July 4th Fanfare


Celebrate Independence Day with friends and neighbors at Buddy Attick Park.  Activities include: Community Drum Circle at 5:30pm - 6:45 pm;  Greenbelt Concert Band at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm and FIREWORKS approximately 9:00 pm.  In case of inclement weather, please call the weather and information hotline at 301-474-0646 for updated event status.  You can also visit the City of Greenbelt's  website for more information.

City of Bowie Fourth of July Fireworks


The City of Bowie will host a free concert and fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 2 at Prince George's Stadium. The concert, by legendary band, The Fabulous Hubcaps, begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks are excited to.  Prince George's Stadium is located in Bowie, near BJs and off of Ballpark Road (The address is 4101 Crain Highway). The parking lot opens at 5 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m.  For more information, call the City's Special Events Division at 301-809-3078 or visit the City of Bowie's website.

Prince George's County Family Justice Center Hope Fest 2019: July 19th


Join the Prince George's County Family Justice Center, an initiative of the Circuit Court, for Hope Fest 2019 as we celebrate three years of changing lives and restoring hope in Prince George's County! 

The fun-filled afternoon will include free food, giveaways, tours of the Prince George's County Family Justice Center, and a community partners expo from 12:00-3:00 p.m.

For more information or to participate as a Hope Fest 2019 Sponsor or Community Partner Vendor please contact Ashley Grier at AYGrier@co.pg.md.us or (301) 952-2546 or to register for tickets, click here.

"Around The County" Council Chair Todd M. Turner is On The Air!


Please check out the 4th Installment of “Around the County” featuring interviews with District 1 Council Member Thomas Dernoga, District 8 Council Member Monique Anderson-Walker and District 9 Council Member Sydney Harrison.  You may click here to view the show.



Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2019 in the County, particularly the District 4 High Schools – DuVal, Bowie and Eleanor Roosevelt, on their accomplishments and success. We wish them well in their future endeavors. 

Maryland Municipal League Breakfast


On June 26th I co-hosted a breakfast event with Council Members Dannielle Glaros and Deni Taveras for municipal officials from the County, including the Cities of Bowie and Greenbelt from the 4th Council District, at the Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference in Ocean City.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's Council Visit


We were pleased to welcome U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and staff to the County Council for a Meet and Greet on June 17th to discuss Federal, State and County related issues impacting Prince George’s County.  To view additional photos, please visit the County's website.  

Collington Station HOA Community Day


Pictured here with Delegate Ron Watson and Prince George's Central Committee Member Ingrid Harrison.

The District 4 Team had a great time at Collington Station Homeowners Association’s annual Community Day in Bowie on June 15th.

Bowie Business Innovation Center 8(a) Accelerators Awards


From the left: Chair Turner, Rachel “Jo” Sanchez, Community Development Banking, Capital One; Antonio Doss, Director, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration; Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Bowie BIC and Q.C Jones Bowie BIC 8(a) Accelerator Project Manager.

I was pleased to attend and bring remarks at the Bowie Business Incubator Center's (Bowie BIC) at Overdue Recognition Gallery located in the Bowie Town Center on June 13th.  This first of its kind in the United States six-week training program, with the Small Business Administration and Capital One Bank, for 15 County based businesses.  Visit BIC's website for more information.

The Passing of Prince George's Police Officer Davon J. McKenzie


On June 5th the County and family held funeral services for Prince George's Police Officer Davon J. McKenzie, a twenty-four-year-old officer who died in a motorcycle accident on May 29th.  For the Council's statement, visit the following link.

Beating the Daily Drum Appearance


I was honored to join Daily Drum host Bremante Bryant live on WHUR 96.3FM on June 5th, to update listeners on exciting news in Prince George’s County. The “The Daily Drum” is an award-winning nightly live talk show that airs both locally (WHUR 96.3FM) and nationally (HUR-Voices SiriusXM 141). Click on the following link to review the podcast.

1st Year Anniversary for Distinctive Hair and Grooming for Men


Pictured here with David Harrington, Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce President and Fred Smoot.

On June 1st we recognized the 1st Year Anniversary of Distinctive Hair & Grooming for Men – at the Gateway Center on Mitchellville Road in Bowie.  The Bowie based husband and wife team of Debra and Jim Gwynn provides an upscale business and grooming experience for men.  For more information on their services, please visit the shop's website.

Annual Bowiefest Celebration at Allen Pond Park


The District 4 Team enjoyed the annual Bowiefest celebration at Allen Pond Park on June 1st.  I hope you stopped by our table and saw Petals the Clown.

Memorial Day Parade and Veterans Ceremonies 


I was pleased to participate in the annual Bowie Memorial Day Parade on May 25th and the Memorial Day Veteran ceremonies in both Greenbelt and Bowie on May 27th recognizing all those who gave their lives in service to our Country.


Contact the
District 4 Team

Tomeka C. Bumbry
Chief of Staff/
Legislative Aide

Evelyn Archie
Community Outreach Coordinator

Rhonda Tinsley
Administrative Aide/Grants Administrator

Greetings from Chair Turner

Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the 4th District Legislative E-News.  Summer started on June 21st, and I hope you are enjoying the season.  The County Council has adopted the Fiscal Year 2020 budgets that will go into effect with the new Fiscal Year on July 1, 2019 (see below).   The Council continues its work on legislative and other items during the month of July.

Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Adopted


On May 29th, the County Council adopted the $4.3 billion balanced County Budget. FY 2020 Operating and Capital budgets were also adopted for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS); the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning (M-NCPPC), Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC).  The approved budgets are subject to the County Executive’s review and additional Council action, prior to the July 1st effective date.  

I appreciate the great vision, focus, and diligence of County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and her Executive Budget Team in formulating the proposed FY 2020 spending plan submitted to this Council in March - the first of her Administration and this Council. As team leader, County Executive Alsobrooks has continued to work with the Council throughout this budget review process to achieve our shared priorities, especially regarding funding for education, youth initiatives, beautification, and improving public roads and safety.

Here are some of the FY 2020 County Budget highlights:

Education Operating, Construction and School Performance Audit Funding:

The FY 2020 County Budget adopted by the Council (CB-27-2019) fully funds the budget requested by the County Executive by providing over $2.1 billion, or sixty (60%) of the overall County budget, for funding for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).  We appreciate the strong support of state lawmakers, especially from Prince George’s County, during this year’s Maryland General Assembly session, particularly with the enactment of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (Kirwan Commission’s initial recommendations) for $90 million in additional education funding. Our final budget is $18 million above the State mandated Maintenance of Effort (MOE) amount without an increase in taxes.

The County Council, working with PGCPS and the County Executive, continue to invest in school construction and repairs.  In 2019 the General Assembly authorized the Prince George’s County Alternative Construction Financing (ACF) program, supporting a unique pubic private partnership approach to school construction in Prince George’s County. The ACF project presents an historic opportunity for the County, both in Maryland and across the United States, to address aging facilities and ease overcrowding more quickly and hopefully more affordably with the help of a private partner to help finance, build, renovate, and maintain new schools.

The County Council and PGCPS in 2017 completed the first external Continuous Improvement Performance Audit of PGCPS in 18 years.  The audit studied how existing tax dollars are being spent and recommend potential cost-savings in existing programs.  In the FY 2020 Budget, the County Council continued funding for the second installment of the performance audit.

Public Safety:

The newly-adopted FY 2020 spending plan continues the County’s commitment to the public safety of our residents.  The Adopted Budget provides funding for one hundred (100) new Police Officers, forty-eight (48) new Fire/EMS personnel, sixty (60) new Correctional Officers and additional assistance for our Volunteer Fire Departments.  The Public Safety budget represents the second highest funding for County services at twenty-two (22%) of the general fund budget.

County Council & District 4 Priorities:

The County Council and I focused on several important quality of life issues, programs and capital projects in the County and District 4 as part of the FY 2020 Budget.  Several of them are highlighted below:

  • Continued for the third consecutive year, a $3.5 million funding measure for wage gap for Developmental Disabilities (DD) provider organizations directly serving Prince George’s County residents with disabilities to support a cluster of employers and prevent lost jobs for County residents and workers;
  • Provided $2.5 million in additional funds for County Housing Investment Trust Fund to support home ownership and build housing in the County;
  • Maintained $30 million funding in the Department of Public Works & Transportation capital budget for sidewalks, road construction and repairs;
  • Secured $850,000 in added funding to expand Sunday and Friday hours at some County libraries and support bilingual outreach programs;
  • Continued funding for the municipal School Resource Officer (SRO) programs in the cities of Bowie and Greenbelt for Bowie High School and Eleanor Roosevelt High School, respectively;
  • Increased total funding by $100,000, representing a $20,000 increase each of the five Youth Service Bureaus, including Bowie and Greenbelt.

This was my fifth budget session, first as County Council Chair, and I hope my decisions reflect the right balance between what we want, what we need and what we can afford in Prince George’s County.  Please visit the Council’s Budget portal web page  for additional information of the FY 2020 Adopted Budget.

The Council and I remain committed to fiscal responsibility and accountability, and a shared priority to ensure residents receive the County services, economic growth and vitality they deserve and expect. I look forward to continuing an important conversation with you about how we move Prince George’s County forward.

Inaugural State of the County


I was pleased to bring remarks at County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ Inaugural State of the County Address on June 12th jointly hosted by the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable at the Hotel at the University of Maryland. The State of the County is strong, and we are hoping to make Prince Georgians Proud.

Dr. Monica Goldson Appointed Permanent Public School's CEO


On June 18th County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced the selection of Dr. Monica Goldson to be the permanent Chief Executive Officer for the Prince George’s County Public School system.  Dr. Goldson was appointed Interim CEO in July 2018 after serving the school system for over twenty-five (25) years as a teacher, principal and administrator.  She is the first native Prince Georgian, a County public school graduate and second woman to service in this leadership position.  For a copy of the Council’s statement, visit the following link.

Free Summer Meals Program


School is out for the summer; however, meals are still available to children in our community.

Beginning June 24, youth under age 18 can receive free summer meals at select schools, apartment communities and libraries throughout the County! 

For a complete list of schools and sites offering meals and to find a location near you, visit www.mdsummermeals.org and search by zip code map, or browse '2019 Sites' by county.  For more information on the program, please visit the PGCPS website.  All open school sites will be offering free meals  Monday-Thursday from June 24th thru August 15th.


Council Seeks Input on Impacts of Toll Lanes Proposal

On June 4th I joined State and County officials from Montgomery and Frederick counties, along with my Council colleagues Dannielle Glaros and Jolene Ivey, to discuss possible alternatives to the Proposed Managed Toll Lanes on I-495/I-270 that came before the Board of Public Works (“Board”).  The County Council adopted CR-33-2019 asking the Board to consider the financial viability, to complete all Federal Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and fully consult with the local jurisdictions impacted by the proposal.  The Board voted on June 5th, to approve an amended plan that included some aspects of the Council's requests. 

On June 10th the County Council received a briefing on the I-495/I-270 Managed Lanes Study from Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).  During the briefing, questions were raised about the environmental impact and a lack of public transportation options included in the study.  The Council is closely monitoring this process.   To watch the Council briefing, you may click here.

District 4 Senior Luncheons


Greenbelt Seniors Luncheon.

I was happy to host the annual 4th District Senior luncheons, in Greenbelt on June 7th and in Bowie on June 20th, to recognize and honor the seasoned members of our community.  Prince George's County Department of Family Services Director Elana Belon-Butler was the guest speaker at both events and the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME) Jazz Ensemble provide smooth sounds at the Bowie event.  Special thanks to the Bowie-Collington DeMolay youth organization and District 4 teens serving as volunteers to assist the seniors.   


Bowie Seniors Luncheon.


District 4 SYEP Intern Spotlight

The 4th District Team is pleased to host Morgan Robinson as our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) intern for 2019.  Morgan is a resident of Upper Marlboro, MD and a rising senior at Elizabeth Seton High School.

District 4 Says Farewell to

Jarryd Hawkins


The Council District 4 Team said farewell to Jarryd Hawkins, our Director of Constituent Services, on June 21st as he begins a new journey as the Prince George’s County representative for United States Senator Benjamin Cardin.  We thank Jarryd for almost two years of service to the office and the residents of the 4th Council District.  We wish him well in his new position and know he will continue to serve our citizens.

Upcoming Events


WSSC Adopts New Rate Structure Effective July 1, 2019

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) on June 19, 2019 adopted a new rate structure. A rate structure is how customers are charged for water/sewer usage. This is the first new rate structure for WSSC in more than 25 years and was selected following a transparent and extensive public engagement process. The new rate structure is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2019. 

The rate structure is a four-tier inclining block rate structure, meaning that the price increases as customers use more water and enter higher tiers. Under the simplified rate structure, the amount of water in each tier and the price per tier have changed to reflect how customers use water today. With the passage of the Maryland Water Conservation Act of 2002, state guidance specifically identifies an inclining block rate structure as a strategy for encouraging water conservation. The simplified structure will replace WSSC’s existing 16-tier rate structure, which has been in effect since 1992.

Along with the new rate structure, WSSC customers can expect the following customer service improvements:

  • Redesigned bills that are easier to understand;
  • An online bill calculator so customers can estimate future bills;
  • Enhanced customer affordability programs; and
  • Easy and accessible options for customers to pay their bills.

To ensure customers were engaged, WSSC held or participated in more than 30 public meetings or hearings since spring 2017, which were attended by approximately 2,500 customers and generated more than 300 total comments.  The basis for the new rate structure included the Maryland Public Service Commission’s (PSC) directive to develop a new structure. 

For additional information, please contact WSSC's call center on 301-206-4001 (7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays). Please note, WSSC expects heavy call volumes and long wait times to speak to a representative after July 1 and continuing for several months.  Residents may also visit the website at www.wsscwater.com or by sending an email to          customerservice@wsscwater.com.

Fourth of July Trash

Collection Schedule


Have a great summer season and safe Fourth of July holiday.  As always, please reach out to my office for any assistance you may need.

I am Sincerely Yours in Service,


Hon. Todd M. Turner
Council Chair
4th Council District