WEEKLY BULLETIN | April 2, 2021
Former Stone Straw Industrial Property Meeting
April 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The City of College Park will host a Zoom meeting open to all residents on Monday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the status of the Stone Straw property (9207 51st Avenue). The meeting will cover land use and zoning, recent development proposals, the impacts of industrial versus residential use, and options for the future. A panel of elected officials, City and M-NCPPC staff, and a traffic consultant will provide information and respond to your questions. Use this link to participate in the Q&A: https://zoom.us/j/97672476078. Or, dial in at 301-715-8592.
UMD Policing and Safety Survey

The Community Attitudes and Relations subcommittee is asking for your input to help better understand the community’s expectations and experiences with campus safety. Your participation will be used to help the University of Maryland College Park consider how best to create a physically and emotionally safe environment for all.

This survey involves a series of questions about campus safety, some of which are specifically about policing, and others of which ask you to think about safety more broadly. This survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. It is for members of the Greater College Park community. As area residents, your input is important to ensure a safe environment for everyone who visits the campus.

Please submit responses to the survey by April 12, 2021, at 5:00 pm. If you have questions about this survey, please contact Perla Guerrero (guerrero@umd.edu) or Tony Randall (jrandall@umd.edu), subcommittee chairs.
Mayor's Water Challenge

Join Mayor Wojahn in reducing water consumption and energy usage in the month of April and help win the title of the “Most Water Wise” in the nation. You not only help our planet, but if the City of College Park wins, you are entered to win great prizes. Learn more at Mywaterpledge.com.
Off-Leash Pets

A friendly reminder to all pet owners to use nearby dog parks for off-leash fun with your pets. Having a pet off-leash in any public area, or any private area (without specific permission), is a violation of City Code 102-3. Any animal found at-large may be picked up by the City’s Animal Control Officer, and owners may receive a written citation for the offense. We thank you for your cooperation in keeping your pets safe.
Restorative Justice Steering Committee

On June 9, 2020, the Mayor and Council passed Resolution 20-R-16 Renouncing Systemic Racism and Declaring Support for Black Lives. The Resolution called for a restorative justice process to address the harms caused to the Lakeland community, particularly during the urban renewal process.

To this end, the Mayor and Council plan to establish a Restorative Justice Commission. As a first step toward this goal, the City is establishing a Steering Committee to help guide the process. The Steering Committee will be asked to complete its work within a short period of time, and its work will be done upon the presentation of its recommendations to the City Council.

Are you interested in serving on the Steering Committee? If so, please complete the application at: www.collegeparkmd.gov/boardapp and submit it to Janeen S. Miller, City Clerk, at jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov. The application deadline has been extended to April 5, 2021. Members will be drawn from the Lakeland community (including former Lakeland residents) and the community at large. We are particularly interested in identifying people who have experience with restorative justice processes. For more information, visit our website, contact citymanager@collegeparkmd.gov or call 240-487-3501.
SCMAGLEV High-Speed Rail Project

The comment period for the Draft Programmatic Agreement (PA) for the Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMAGLEV) High-Speed Rail Project has been extended to Monday, May 24, 2021.  

Earlier this month, FRA and MDOT MTA announced the schedule for the public hearings for the SCMAGLEV DEIS. The hearings will be held virtually in consideration of COVID-19 protocols, as follows:

•           Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
•           Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
•           Saturday, April 10, 2021 – 10 a.m. to Noon, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

More information on the virtual public hearings can be found here. A press release from MDOT detailing the comment period extension has been posted to the project website, here.  
Cherry Hill Road Water Main Replacement

Crews working for WSSC Water will be in your neighborhood soon to replace our aging pipes as part of our comprehensive water main replacement program. Construction to replace approximately 7,653 feet/1.42 miles of WSSC water mains is expected to begin on or about Wednesday, March 10, 2021 and be completed by January 2022, weather permitting. Final restoration of sidewalks, roadways and landscaping will take place within 90 days of construction completion. Projects completed during the winter months will be restored the following spring.
Please see the project map to view the streets where work will be taking place. A WSSC Water inspector will supervise the work, which is being performed by BA Construction, Inc. For more information, visit: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=229.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will offer relief to landlords on behalf of renters and tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic through its third round of funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The program opened Thursday, March 4, 2021. For more information visit: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3703/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program.
Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund

With the passage of the RELIEF Act of 2021 by the Maryland General Assembly, new COVID-19 relief will soon be made available for certain Maryland businesses through the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Applications are not being accepted yet, however, businesses should be ready to apply once the time comes. The website will be updated as details about these Commerce programs become available.
City Updates During COVID-19

Summary of current COVID-19 requirements:

Click here to review a quick summary of current COVID-19 requirements from the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County. This is not a comprehensive list, but is meant to be used as a guide to help all College Park residents understand the requirements, how to report issues, and the enforcement of those requirements.
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 

Click for more information, or visit: www.colllegeparkmd.gov/products.
SMARTLEAF® Compost & Wood Mulch:

Compost is $28.00 per cubic yard, and wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard. Material may be picked up Mon.-Fri. between 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Deliveries have resumed for an additional fee. For more information on compost click here, or wood mulch click here. For further questions, or to place an order, please call 240-487-3590.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

For a list of changes to Special Collection Pickups, including Yard Waste and for information about the Bulk Trash Pilot Program, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Plastic Easter Eggs are Non-Recyclable

A friendly reminder from the Department of Public Works: please do not place plastic easter eggs in your recycling cart. Reuse or donate. For more information on recycling visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/recycling.
Trees, Water, Animals, and People & Introduction to Forest Bathing 

The Prince George's County Forestry Board is offering a free class on "Trees, Water, Animals and People" & "Introduction to Forest Bathing" on Tuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Use this link to register: https://tinyurl.com/PGCTrees.
Free Tree Giveaway

The Prince George's County Forestry Board is giving away free willow oak trees (1-2' whips) on Saturday, April 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Riverdale Park, 6602 Rhode Island Avenue and on Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Prince George's County Soil Conservation Office, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro. The limit is two trees per family. Supplies are limited, so use this link to register: https://tinyurl.com/TreeGiveaway2.
Mosquito Control

From late May/early June through September, the City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations with spraying and larvaciding. More information can be found on our website at www.collegeparkmd.gov/pets#mosquito.
Residents can request exclusion from the adult spray program by completing this exemption form and returning it to: Program Supervisor, Mosquito Control Section, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
March 22 - March 28, 2021
There were two municipal infractions issued for the Noise Ordinance and none issued for the Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity

This report will be updated next week.
Monthly Public Safety Maps

The February 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.
Planning Your Food Garden
April 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The College Park Arts Exchange is partnering with the City's Committee for a Better Environment Committee on a Virtual Presentation: “Planning Your Food Garden” on Monday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. More information will be forthcoming.
April Cleanup Saturdays 
April 10 & 24 from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park
*Yuck Old Paint Event is on Saturday, April 10th

The City of College Park's Department of Public Works (DPW) will be collecting household goods for GreenDrop and recycling for household batteries (limit 10 batteries, no automotive); light bulbs (limit 4); and fluorescent tubes (limit 2). Residents can bring bulk trash, appliances, metals, electronics for recycling, brush and yard waste, and block Styrofoam. All appliance, TV and monitor fees will be waived during this event. Proof of residency is required.

Free Compost to City residents during the cleanup event. DPW will load trucks and trailers, or bring a shovel and bags or containers and be prepared to shovel your own compost. Yuck old paint will be collected at $5 per can on Saturday, April 10. See below for details.

Yuck Paint Details:
  • Latex and oil paint only in any condition (no spray paint)
  • Paint must be in original containers. In order for the paint to be properly used, the contents on the inside must match the label on the outside.
Payment Terms:
  • Payment will be collected on-site in the form of cash, credit card, or check.
  • Residents pay $5/per can (quart, 1-gallon, 5-gallon bucket)
  • There is no limit on the number of households who want to participate, nor a limit on the number of cans per household. 
Bike to Work Day

The 20th Anniversary of the Washington, DC region’s Bike to Work Day is coming up on Friday, May 21, 2021. Take a break from work and bike to the pit stop at Duvall Field to pick up your free t-shirt. The first 15,000 people to register and arrive at a pit stop by bike will receive a free t-shirt. To register, please visit https://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/register.
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
PGPD District 1 Coffee Club:
Webinar (every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.)
Join by phone: 978- 990-5399, Meeting ID: 833 9609 4990, Password: 720306

Community Police Meeting:
Webinar (every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.)
Join by phone: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 828 5917 0824, Password: 241758
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