Listening Sessions

One of the City Council’s goals in 2020 was to make sure they were hearing directly from the residents about the issues that are important to them. To accomplish this goal and provide opportunities for input, Listening Sessions were held in each of the four districts of the City in January and February of 2020. 

Each of the comments at the sessions was logged and assigned to a staff member, or to the Council for review and further action, when appropriate. The comments also helped to inform and guide the Mayor and other Councilmembers during budget deliberations .one Edit

Some common themes emerged in the comments and questions that were received. Each of the tabs below represents one of those themes. When you click on a tab you will find some basic information on the topic. We recognize that some of these issues are complex, and will require different types of approaches, but we thought it was important to provide some basic information in response to the comments.

  1. Crime & Safety
  2. Development
  3. Litter
  4. Retail
  5. Speeding
  6. Schools
  7. Street Lights

How do we combat crime in our city?

  • Bowie PD Contact InfoReport suspicious activity 24/7: 240-544-5700
  • Call 911 in the event of any emergency, including a crime in progress.
  • To report suspicious activity, call the Police Communications Center 24/7 at 240-544-5700. 
    • Make the call before you post to social media. Bowie Police Department encourages discussion, but social platforms are not the place to make an official report of an incident. 
    • Never assume that someone else has called something in. Err on the side of safety and make the call!
  • #LockItOrLoseItDon’t make it easy for criminals:
    • Lock your home and your vehicles
    • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle or where others might see them
    • Never leave vehicle keys, including spare keys, inside your vehicle
    • Send packages to pick-up locations, rather than to your home or arrange for a neighbor to pick them up
  • Report street light outages or malfunctions to the City Bowie Public Works Department at 240-544-5690
  • You can also use our service request system to report a street light probllem
  • If something or someone seems suspicious, trust your instincts and make the call to Bowie Police Department at 240-544-5700
  • Watch out for scams by door-to-door solicitors, callers, or mail/email solicitations
  • Request more patrol visibility by calling 240-544-5700

Other Resident Concerns:

Some of the other topics raised at the Listening Sessions or in emails included:
  • Amber Ridge
  • Animal Control
  • Annexation
  • Art & Entertainment District
  • Beautification
  • Bowie High School (new school)
  • Bowie State University
  • Bowie Town Center
  • Bridge in Old Bowie
  • Bus service for seniors and disabled
  • Cellular towers
  • Census
  • Clothing boxes
  • Code Compliance
  • Communications
  • Community Centers
  • Composting
  • Concerts
  • Dirt bikes
  • Drug activity
  • Early voting
  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Fire/EMS
  • Green Bowie
  • Hall Road
  • HBCUs
  • Heritage Trail in Old Bowie
  • Housing (affordability, choice, density)
  • Ice Arena
  • Jericho Park Road
  • Jobs
  • Leaf collection
  • Mail delivery
  • Master Plan update process
  • Metrobus
  • Municipal authority
  • Noise
  • Non profit support
  • Old Town Bowie revitalization
  • Overdevelopment
  • Police services
  • Prince George's County
  • Race track
  • Rail line safety
  • Recreation
  • Senior Center
  • Senior housing
  • Services
  • Sidewalks
  • South Lake development
  • Street parking
  • Streets and signage
  • Sustainability
  • Taxes
  • Term limits for County Council
  • Thank you
  • Traffic
  • Traffic signals
  • Trails
  • Trash and recycling
  • Trees
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Water
  • WB& A Trail
Listening Session Collage