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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga March 2023

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

District 1 Virtual Community Conversation about the UM Laurel Medical Center on February 1, 2023

District 1 Virtual Town Hall: Budget Priorities & More

Beltsville residents are invited to join me at the District 1 Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 PM. County Executive Angela Alsobrooks will be joining as a featured speaker.

Learn about the County's fiscal outlook and priorities for FY 2024. Weigh in with your priorities. In addition, we will have agency representatives on hand to discuss your concerns and ideas for improving County services.

Advance registration is required at; request ASL or Spanish translation assistance by March 23, 2023.

Video of Community Conversation: UM Laurel Medical Center

Last month, my office hosted a virtual Community Conversation providing an update about the University of Maryland (UM) Laurel Medical Center. Representatives from the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) provided a project update and answered residents' questions. View a replay of the event online at

How do I Start with my Green Cart?

The Department of the Environment (DoE) recently hosted a virtual workshop for County residents to learn more about composting. Discussion topics included: how using your green cart helps reduce waste, how to prepare your green cart for collection, acceptable food scraps, and what happens to the collected food scraps. View the video on YouTube at your convenience at

Purple Line Briefing

Last month, the County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment (TIEE) Committee received an update on the Purple Line from the Maryland Transit Administration. The committee is Chaired by District 3 member Eric Olson, with myself serving as Vice-Chair.

The Purple Line is an additional metro rail line connecting Bethesda to New Carrollton, which will cross Silver Spring, Langley Park, College Park, Riverdale Park, and other areas. The project is approximately 16.2 miles long, with 21 stations. While the road to the completion of the Purple Line has been bumpy, the end is in sight. With system-wide testing to begin in the Winter of 2025, the full passenger service could begin in the Fall of 2026.

As for residents who continue to be patient with the construction and temporary realignments of sidewalks, the permanent alignment of the sidewalks and roads should be expected during the system-wide testing process.

Completing the Purple Line will bring economic benefits to Prince George's County while ensuring a reduction of vehicular emissions. By connecting a convenient and dependable east-west transit rail, residents can move across counties and spur economic growth.

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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