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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga October 2023

Updated: Oct 25

Council Chair Tom Dernoga filmed “The People’s Counsel," available to view on Prince George's County Community Television (CTV) or online at

Latest Update: Bureau of Engraving and Printing at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC)

For those who have not followed this issue, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has proposed moving to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, replacing the poultry barns. The new BEP facility will cover 122 acres with a 1 million square foot building and 1,600 employees. Access will be off an entrance on Powder Mill Road. The actual facility is located adjacent to Odell Road and Vansville where the current poultry barns are located today.

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), a federal agency, will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, October 5, at 1:00 PM on several items, including the BEP Currency Production Facility. The deadline for registering to speak at the Commission meeting is September 27, at 12 PM Noon, on Proposed Action Items at

If no member of the public signs up to talk about a Proposed Action Item by this deadline, then the project may be moved to the Consent Calendar and acted on by the Commission without presentation or discussion.

Beltsville Community Secure Shredding Day

We have scheduled a Beltsville Community Secure Shredding Day for Saturday, October 28, at Beltsville Academy, from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM (or until the paper shredding truck is full). We will be there rain or shine. The secure shredder accepts all types of papers, as well as papers joined with staples or paper clips, but not binder clips, 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, folder organizers with metal inserts. No plastic or electronic items or CDs.

Beltsville Tire Drop-Off

Get rid of your old scrap tires on Saturday, October 7th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 11900 Montgomery Road in Beltsville. Prince George's County residents can bring up to 10 car, bike, truck, or agricultural tires, to be disposed of for free - without a bulky appointment. No commercial vehicles are allowed, and commercial haulers or generators of scrap tires are not permitted.

Proposed Development in Beltsville

A development has been proposed to construct a new prefabricated gym above an existing basketball court at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple. In accordance with M-NCPPC guidelines, a neighborhood meeting will be held on Monday, October 16th, at 6:30 PM at 4320 Ammendale Road to discuss this project in greater detail with the community. For more information, visit All interested people are encouraged to become a "person of record" for this application. As a person of record in a zoning case, you are provided with notice of upcoming meetings, actions, and decisions rendered at certain stages of the zoning application process, as well as relevant appeals procedures. Requests to become a person of record may be made online at or call 301-952-3530 for additional information. Please reference the subject application number: PPS-2023-023.

Movie in the Graveyard

Come out for a free, Halloween-themed family-friendly movie in the "graveyard" on Saturday, October 28, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the Beltsville Community Center. Haunted characters and costumes are encouraged! Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks. Registration is required (one ticket per person), at

Grow Green in Pride Community Clean-Up

Prince George's County will host a Countywide community cleanup program entitled "Growing Green with Pride" on Saturday, October 21, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This event supports our Beautification Initiative to make our community cleaner by conducting individual community litter collection events. To learn more and organize a cleanup in your own neighborhood as a part of this program, sign up by Friday, October 13 at Your group will receive gloves, trash bags, litter grabbers, and safety vests. Please leave your filled trash bags along the curbside of the roadways you identify to be cleaned, and the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) will pick up the trash bags.

Electronics Recycling & Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day

The County's Department of Environment (DoE) has scheduled another off-site disposal day for electronics recycling and household hazardous waste. Save yourself a trip to the County facility in Upper Marlboro. Due to high demand, the County is bringing this safe disposal opportunity to our community. The event will be on Saturday, November 4th, from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM at High Point High School in Beltsville. It will be held rain or shine. View the list of acceptable electronics and HHW items at

Updated Vaccines: Covid-19, Flu, RSV

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that everyone six months and older should get the updated Covid-19 vaccine this fall. Flu shots are recommended as well, along with the Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine for infants and adults 60 and older. Learn more at

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