WEEKLY BULLETIN | April 24, 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 U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States once a decade. Have you been counted yet? The data collected by the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to distribute billions of dollars of federal funds to local communities. Please take a few minutes to respond now if you haven’t already. Go to My2020census.gov , call 1-844-330-2020 for English or 1-844-468-2020 for Spanish, or mail in your paper form. 
For more information, visit collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the Planning Department at 240-487-3541.
Bike and Walk Survey Open for Feedback
The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation has developed a Bike and Walk Survey to obtain feedback from County residents concerning their experiences as it relates to walking and biking in the County pre-Covid 19. Your response will be used to shape the County's pedestrian and bicycle network plan. Please share and complete the survey by April 30 th by going to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BXDNBQR.
Limited Community Garden Plots Available
Calling all gardeners! A few plots are available at the Old Town Community Garden and Hollywood Garden. Please email Katie at [email protected] for availability and an application form. Garden plots are $15 and are on a first-come first-serve basis. Social distancing guidelines must be followed including no more than ten people allowed in the garden at a time, stay six feet away from others, and avoid the garden if you are exhibiting symptoms of any illness.
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 [email protected] .
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
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 20, 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 .

Beginning on April 20, 2020, the Purple Line will implement a traffic shift on Baltimore Avenue at the intersection of Rossborough Lane for construction. One lane will remain open in each direction. The shift will be in effect for approximately one month. The detour can be viewed here: https://plmdnews.com/zne .

For all Purple Line updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
Maryland Department of Transportation / Maryland Transit Administration Purple Line Construction Project

Buses will be temporarily relocated due to Maryland Department of Transportation / Maryland Transit Administration Purple Line construction on Campus Drive effective Monday, April 20, 2020. This will effect buses on River Road and on the Westside of the College Park-U of MD station. Click the image for details.
Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works will resume limited brush and bulk trash collections next week, Thursday April 30 and Friday, May 1. Schedule an appointment at 240-487-3590 or email [email protected] . Please do not put anything out prior to scheduling an appointment.

Electronics Recycling and Metal Hardware and Appliances are still suspended until further notice.

The Department of Public Works has temporarily set up a location (either a packer truck or roll off for bulk) for City of College Park residents to bring up to three items of bulk trash to Davis Hall during the hours of 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday. In addition, there is an electronics drop off box near the entrance of the front door to Davis Hall. No more than three items to be disposed of. Must have a valid College Park ID. 
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 3:00 p.m.
Compost Program

Next week the Department of Public Works compost and wood mulch program will resume on a limited schedule. The Department of Public Works will load trucks or trailers Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 - 11:45 am and 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Customers should call 240-487-3590 from the parking lot to pay by credit card for one cubic yard or more of compost or wood mulch. Please note: there will be no self-service (customers shoveling their own product) until further notice.

Deliveries restart next Thursday and Friday on a limited basis. Please email [email protected] with the following information and someone will call you for payment information and delivery date.

  • Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, Quantity of Cubic Yards of Compost and/or Wood Mulch
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
April 13 - April 19, 2020
There were no Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise or Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
April 10 - April 16, 2020
4/10 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 90 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

4/10 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4900 block of Greenbelt Road. 8 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

4/11 Contract officer on routine patrol observed several suspicious vehicles parked at Campus Drive and College Avenue. A stolen check revealed 2 vehicles were reported stolen. The vehicles were impounded for safekeeping.

4/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 18 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

4/12 Contract officers responded to a call for service for the report of shots fired at Baltimore Avenue and Guilford Road. Area check with negative results.

4/13 Contract officer was flagged down by a citizen regarding a male acting strangely at Muskogee Street and 49th Avenue. The male had the odor of PCP upon his body as a family member responded to the scene and took custody of him.

4/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4900 block of Greenbelt Road. 60 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

4/13 Contract officer received a parking complaint from the City at Saint Andrews Place and Marlbrough Way. Warning citation was issued.

4/14 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a shooting in the 4800 block of Delaware Street. Contract officers arrived on the scene first and discovered several shell castings. One vehicle and door to a hotel room were damaged. Investigation is ongoing and will be handled by RID.

4/15 Contract officer issued a citation to a “panhandler” at Route 95 and Baltimore Avenue. The “panhandler” was warned the day before but failed to take corrective action.
There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations:1
Equipment Repair Orders: 0
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 0
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest:0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 5
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.
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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