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

Small Cell

Small wireless facilities (“5G”) are coming to Beltsville (and Prince George’s County). Federal law mandates that the county allow small wireless facilities throughout our communities. However, County Executive Alsobrooks is proposing legislation to help mitigate the impact this will have on residents. A small wireless facility (“SWF”) is a cellular network facility capable of delivering high transmission speeds but at lower ranges. Generally, “small cell” refers to both the smaller coverage area of the wireless signal and the smaller size of the infrastructure. Many more small wireless facilities are needed to cover the same geographic area that a single, traditional macrocell tower would cover of the infrastructure. Thus, our neighborhood streets are going to see a lot of SWFs. To learn about small cell, visit

Beltsville Community Conversation UPDATE

On Tuesday, October 1, my office hosted an important community conversation on the potential relocation of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. To see the press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing relocation, visit Moving forward towards the end of the year, there will be an opportunity for public comment.

Photo Caption: Councilmember Dernoga with Councilmember At Large Calvin Hawkins, Clerk of the Circuit Court Mahasin El Amin, and community member at the District 1 Community Resource and Food Truck Night.

College, University, and Trade School Fair

On Wednesday, November 6, I will host a college, university, and trade school fair at Laurel High School from 6:30–8:30 pm. Please share the information about our event with friends and family members.

Beltsville Development to Watch

As our community continues to grow, we will keep you updated on upcoming District 1 projects. Please note, once a zoning application has been filed, State Public Ethics law prohibits the Councilmember from discussing the case; however; you may contact Chief of Staff Michelle García at with questions or to request a listing of the most current Beltsville development projects.

Please keep in touch by emailing or calling 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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