WEEKLY BULLETIN | April 10, 2020
City Updates During COVID-19

Please visit the City's dedicated COVID-19 website for all the latest information about the City's response and local resources during the pandemic.

The website is updated frequently, so please check often.
Count Me in College Park!

The Census Bureau is starting to mail out paper forms to households that have not yet responded to the Census. Please take the time now to complete the census if you haven’t already. Remember to include all people living in your household, whether they are related to you or not. College students should count themselves where they live most of the year, regardless of where they are staying due to COVID-19. The U.S. Census Bureau continues to accept applications for temporary part-time positions with the 2020 Census. Please apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs .
For more information, click collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or call the Planning Department at 240-487-3541.
Pepco and Energy Assistance Programs
From Pepco:

Pepco is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1 and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options.  Customers wishing to contact Pepco a nd enter into an installment plan can call them at 202-833-7500 and follow the prompts below on their automated system, or visit their website at www.pepco.com .

More information on Pepco's services during the pandemic as well as Energy Assistance Programs for Maryland/Prince George's County residents can be found here: https://www.pepco.com/SafetyCommunity/Safety/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Resource Directory of Essential Businesses Open
To see which College Park businesses are open, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19#openbusinesses . The list is continually updated.

If you are a business that needs to update their information, please email planner@collegeparkmd.gov .
Washington Gas Project

Washington Gas Maryland STRIDE Accelerated Replacement Program Project at Paducah Road and St. Andrews Place to start this April. Click the image for details.
Purple Line Construction Updates
Beginning on or about April 19, 2020, the Purple Line will close a segment of Campus Drive between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road for construction. The closure will be in effect for approximately 15 weeks. The detour can be viewed here:  https://plmdnews.com/v03.

For all Purple Line updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
Department of Public Works
Special/Bulk trash and brush collections have been suspended until further notice.

The Department's April Cleanup Saturdays have been postponed, including document shredding.

Delivery and pick-up services have been suspended for the City’s SMARTLEAF® Compost and Wood Mulch products.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Temporary Drop Off Location for College Park Residents Only

While bulk/special trash collections are suspended, the Department of Public Works will have a roll-off container next to the Food Scrap Drop-Off area at Davis Hall (9217 51st Avenue) for residents to bring their bulk trash during business hours: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Proof of residency is required and there is a limit of three items. There will also be a drop off box for electronic recycling at the entrance to Davis Hall. 
Yard Waste

During April only, soft yard waste and woody yard waste will be collected on your regularly scheduled trash collection day.

All material must be properly prepared for collection. No large pick-ups at this time.

  • How to properly prepare your material for collection:
  • Separate soft material from woody material.
  • Use paper yard waste bags, the beige yard waste cart, or personal reusable containers* for either type of material. *Personal containers must have a yellow City yard waste sticker.
  • Bundle and tie woody yard waste with string or biodegradable strapping (if not placed in a container). Bundles should be less than 5 feet long and weight less than 75 pounds.
  • Place at the curb by 7:00 am on your scheduled day.
  • Do not use plastic bags, or City issued refuse or recycling carts, or it will not be collected.
Help Protect our Department of Public Works Crew from COVID-19

Follow these steps when putting out your trash and recycling:
  • Maintain social distance
  • Carefully bag all waste
  • Keep recyclables loose
  • Put all bags and recycling into carts
  • No plastic bags or tissues in recycling
  • No medical sharps or syringes in recycling
  • If needed, rinse containers. Make sure all containers are empty and dry
  • Wipe down your carts, especially handles and lids, once you placed them on the curb
  • Put carts out on time and retrieve carts quickly
(Graphic by the National Waste & Recycling Association)
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
March 30 - April 5, 2020
There were no Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise or Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
March 27 - April 2, 2020
3/27 Contract officers responded to a call for service in the 4700 block of Harvard Road for a Breaking and Entering in progress. Officers arrived on the scene and determined no crime was committed.

3/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 10 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

3/30 Contract officer responded to a call for service in the 4300 block of Hartwick Road for a Breaking and Entering in progress. Contract officers arrived on the scene first and located the suspect in the 4300 block of Knox Road. The suspect was placed under arrest and turned over to District I patrol officer.

3/31 Contract officer on routine patrol observed a male loitering in the parking garage at Knox Road and Yale Avenue. Male was not our “regular homeless male” but he was sent on his way.

4/1 Contract officers responded to a call for service in the 4800 block of Calvert Road for persons violating the Governor’s order requiring gathering of over 10 persons. Since only 8 persons were observed gathering, they were advised regarding social distance etc.

4/1 Contract officer on routine patrol stopped a homeless person in the garage and sent him on his way.

4/2 Contract officers responded to a call for service at in the 5100 block of Pierce Avenue for the activation of the alarm. Building was checked with negative results.

4/2 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 53 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations:0
Equipment Repair Orders: 0
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 3
Field Observation Report: 0
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest:0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 11
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
Monthly Public Safety Maps
The January maps are now available. For monthly Prince George's County Police public safety maps and statistical data for the City of College Park, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety .
Parks and Playgrounds

All City playgrounds, tot lots and fit lots are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. When using trails or other outdoor spaces, please make sure to follow social distancing guidelines.
Arbor Day Celebration

The City’s Arbor Day celebration scheduled for April 30th has been postponed until fall. A new date will be selected and advertised at a future time.

Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club: TBD
Community Police Meeting: TBD
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