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The Latest News from Councilman Tom Dernoga's Office: May 2019

Meet the District 1 Team

Join us for one of our upcoming Community Conversations on May 8th at Davis Hall in College Park, May 15th at Vansville Community Center, or June 6th at Beltsville Academy. Each conversation starts at 7p.m.

3rd Annual Earth Day Clean Up Recap

On Saturday April 13th, we partnered with the Anacostia Watershed Society for my annual Earth Day clean up. This year, we hosted two sites: Beltsville Community Center and Gunpowder Golf Course. We would like to say a special thank you to the Police Explorers Post 600 and Cub Scout Pack 1031 for joining us. Over 50 volunteers in Beltsville collected 27 bags of trash, 17 bags of recyclables, three tires, and even a toilet!

High Point High School Update

We all can agree the revitalization of High Point High School is long overdue. I’m proud to say the County and State are finally providing the resources to make needed improvements. A quote from Vice Chair of the Prince George’s County Board of Education Ed Burroughs regarding this achievement: “I am pleased that High Point High School is #1 on our priority list. This would not be possible without the tireless determination of Councilmember Tom Dernoga and School Board Member David Murray. This will be a state-of-the- art facility for the community.” As the County Council combs through the proposed FY 2020 Budget, I am committed to ensuring that funding for this project remains a priority.

Job Fair

Laurel City Councilman Keith Sydnor, 21st Legislative Delegation, and my Council office are co-hosting a Job Fair May 15th, from 10am-3pm at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, located at 8103 Cypress Street, in Laurel, MD. Confirmed employers include County and State agencies, various law enforcement agencies, and the Armed Forces, along with local businesses. Come with an updated resume, professional attire, and a can-do attitude to impress the more than 30 confirmed employers.

Learn about the County Budget Process

The County Council has received County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ proposed spending plan for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins on July 1, 2019. The $3.5 billion budget proposal includes increases in school spending, public safety, and an additional $200,000 in funds for a second day of waste collection. The Council is conducting a careful and deliberative review of the proposed FY 2020 Budget, and will hold several public meetings and hearings regarding the budget proposal before it is adopted. Residents are encouraged to participate in the Budget Process. The final budget public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 7th, in the County Administration Building, in Upper Marlboro. For additional information on the Council Budget Process, work sessions and public hearings, please visit the Council’s FY2020 Budget Portal:

Beltsville Development to Watch

As our community continues to grow, we will keep you updated on upcoming projects in District 1. Please note, once a zoning application has been filed, due to ethical reasons, the Councilmember is unable to discuss the case. However, if you have any questions, you may contact Chief of Staff, Michelle García, at Michelle can send you a list of the most current Beltsville development information, excluding any information on a pending zoning application, and can further explain the process.

Please keep in touch by emailing or call (301) 952-3887. Se habla Español. For invitations and community events you would like share with us, please email with details. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1.

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