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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga June 2021

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Councilmember Tom Dernoga awarded the Prince George's County Education Association’s (PGCEA) coveted Golden Apple, May 2021.
Councilmember Tom Dernoga awarded the Prince George's County Education Association’s (PGCEA) coveted Golden Apple, May 2021.

“Beautify and Comply!” Program

The Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) has initiated a program to promote compliance with frequently cited County code violations, with the dual aim of beautifying your home. This program provides a list of common property maintenance challenges faced by residents and encourages them to repair any defects to sustain the most beautiful county in Maryland. To see a full list of common defects you may go here:

By conforming to the listed standards, residents ensure better aesthetics in the community, safety for all residents, and can maintain and raise the value of all properties within the County. There is no better time than now to engage in some Spring cleaning and “Beautify and Comply!”

As a reminder, assistance with hauling and removal, please contact 311 via their mobile app. You can find information on the mobile app here at ​Service Requests may also be submitted by dialing 3-1-1 if you are inside the County. Dial 301-883-4748 if you are outside of the County. 311 is available Monday through Friday​​ 7AM to 7PM, except Federal and County holidays.

Bulky Trash

The County is reopening the bulky trash drop-off location programming. While there are multiple sites available throughout the County, District 1 is home to a site at the Park and Ride Lot in Laurel (13701 Laurel Bowie Rd.) Starting on June 24th, every other Wednesday, the County will be accepting bulk trash drop-offs between 11AM and 7PM. For more information please visit

Flooding and Drainage

Recently, DPIE, the Department of the Environment, the Department of Public Works and Transportation and the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District collaborated on a comprehensive study of drainage issues. Their findings were compiled in a report entitled Drainage and Flooding in Prince George’s County. You can find details on the report here at - useful information for many Beltsville residents. The report explains which County agencies investigate different drainage complaints. For more information about the Drainage Defects Complaint Program, call 301.636.2060.

Upcoming Events

In the coming months, there are two upcoming District 1 Community Conversations we invite you to attend, both starting at 7PM. The first with Maryland State’s Attorney General Brian Frosh will take place on June 30, 2021, and you may register here: The second event, with United States Senator Chris Van Hollen, will occur on July 26, 2021, and you may register here:

Contact Us

Please keep in touch. Email us at or call 301.952.3887. Se habla Español. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1

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