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  • Karen Coakley

On The Agenda: April 2020

Once is a lifetime experience...I hope. As The Beltsville News goes to press, our world is changing daily. Moving forward, we all need to keep in mind how our health impacts those around us. Hugs and handshakes are quickly becoming greetings of the past. Hand sanitizer is a valued commodity.

April meeting? Because the county has issued an order canceling all meetings for 60 days the Citizen’s Association will not be meeting in April. If there are any changes, I will share information on The Beltsville News website (, Facebook page (, and Nextdoor.

If you have not signed up for Nextdoor, I encourage you to do so. Several county and state agencies are sharing valuable information. Go to, enter your street address, and the site will guide you to “your neighborhood”

The 2020 Census is here! Make certain you are counted! Did you know that for every resident that goes uncounted, our county loses out on $18,250 over a 10-year period per person? As a resident of Prince George's County, you benefit from the federal funds used for community investment. These funds impact our community through national voter representation, government services, transportation, and infrastructure and job development. You can complete your census online, by mail, or by phone. Your participation is private and used for statistical purposes only. Visit to fill out the form.

During the closure of the Prince George's County Library, we ask that you do not leave materials outside at libraries. All book drops are closed. Please hold onto books, DVDs, and other materials until the library reopens. You are encouraged to use the library digital suite! All PGCMLS card holders have instant access to eBooks, audiobooks, digital comics, video, and music. Visit to learn more.

The community final pre-construction meeting concerning MD 212A (Powder Mill Road) from Pine Street to US 1 will be held on Tuesday, April 14, from 7–9 pm. (We will notify you if this changes.) This meeting will provide attendees an opportunity to view construction details. Maps and displays will depict the proposed improvements, and MDOT SHA representatives will be available to answer project-related questions. There will be no formal presentation. You may arrive at any time during the meeting hours and walk through the display area at your own pace. For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Vladimir Jean-Pierre, project manager. Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration Office of Highway Development (OHD) 707 N. Calvert Street, Mail Stop C-102, Baltimore, MD 21202; phone: 410.545.0080 toll-free: 1.888.228.5003; email:

I have reached out to Vladimir and will keep the community updated on the meeting and the project. I realize that Powder Mill Road through Beltsville has been a ‘very bumpy ride….” First the potholes, then construction from moving the utilities. Moving forward, the State Highway’s timeline is to finish moving the utilities by fall of 2020 and begin construction late spring 2020. Construction is to be completed by the end 2022.

If you have a community concern or if you would like to be added to the Beltsville Citizen’s Association email list, I can be reached at 301-937-3490 or

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