WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 23, 2019
Due to weather, tonight's Movie at the Museum has been canceled.
UMD Fall Semester Move-Ins
The University of Maryland's fall semester is almost here! Scheduled mass student move-ins have already begun resulting in changes to traffic flow.

Please be aware of pedestrians along City road and expect heavier traffic throughout the day and evening during the campus and off-campus move-in. The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) will be on-site providing traffic assistance.

Today through Sunday is the main campus mo ve-in. Expect higher traffic than normal during this time; Knox Road will have one-way traffic heading west, however two-way traffic will be permitted between Baltimore Avenue and Guilford Drive/Mowatt Lane.
Purple Line Construction Updates
Beginning on or about August 21, 2019, crews will close the eastbound lanes of Campus Drive long-term between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road. Traffic will shift to the westbound lanes, with one lane open in each direction.

Beginning on or about September 1, 2019, the College Park Metro Bus Loop will be closed long-term for Purple Line construction. The bus stops within the bus loop will be relocated to temporary bus shelters along River Road. Please note that buses will queue up at the temporary bus stops from 5 a.m. from 11 p.m.

For all Purple Line Construction Updates including lane closures, road work and much more, please visit: www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
City Council Meeting Rebroadcasts
Due to the start of the new City Hall project, City Council meetings will be held in Davis Hall beginning September 3. 
City staff and a contractor are relocating audio-visual equipment from City Hall to Davis Hall and therefore the scheduled re-broadcast of Council meetings will not be possible between August 16 and September 3. The slides on the cable channels will continue to be broadcast.
We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
Pepco Tree Pruning
PEPCO’s tree contractor, Asplundh, has begun tree pruning for line clearance work on a sub-transmission electrical feeder line that runs through the north part of College Park. This high voltage line carries electricity from one sub-station to another. This work starts in the 5100 block of Branchville Road at the dead end and moves west to Locust Spring Road. There will be brush cutting of wild trees, under 6” in diameter, at the dead end of Branchville Rd as well as private tree pruning along Branchville Rd to Locust Spring Rd. The remainder of the work includes tree pruning along the east side of Rhode Island Avenue from Branchville Rd to Edgewood Road.  
Business of the Year Recognition Program
College Park’s growing and vibrant business community is full of unsung heroes who provide well-paying jobs for our residents, develop creative solutions to everyday problems, and take care of the community that they call home.

To show our appreciation for these outstanding businesses and their positive impacts on our community, the City has recently developed a Business of the Year recognition program. The program is designed to highlight the contributions of one particularly outstanding business each year.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to nominate their favorite businesses for the reward. The winning business will be announced in October and will receive a plaque to place in their establishment.

Nominations are accepted via the online web form on our website now through August 31, 2019. For details or to nominate a business, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/econdev .
Office of the City Manager
Councilmember Mitchell, City Manager Somers, and Code Enforcement Officer Daves were once again appointed to the Maryland Municipal League's (MML) Legislative Committee. 

City Manager Somers finalized the required International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager report to maintain proper credentialing.

City Manager Somers and City Attorney Ferguson continued discussions with representatives from the University of Maryland (UMD) concerning the City Hall Project Development Agreement. The City and UMD are in general agreement with the proposed terms; they will be presented to the City Council for consideration at a near future Council meeting.

City Manager Somers, Public Services Director Ryan, Code Enforcement Officer Daves, and PGPD/City Contract Police Officer Coordinator Major Keleti , attended the CMAST (Combined Multi-Agency Service Team) meeting to discuss and review public safety and quality of life data. Some items discussed included preparations for the upcoming Knock and Talk events (scheduled for August 26 and 27), the beginning of the new UMD school year, and proactive enforcement of the Noise and Nuisance Code.

Mayor Wojahn, City Manager Somers, Finance Director Fields, and representatives from Davenport and Co. (the City’s financial advisor) prepared for upcoming meetings with two credit rating agencies, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s (S&P). The City, with the help of its financial advisor, will present financial and economic information and statistics to obtain a favorable credit rating from the agencies. This will allow the City to sell bonds for the City Hall and Duvall Field projects at a favorable interest rate.

City Manager Somers, Public Services Director Ryan, and Director of the College Park City University Partnership Eric Olsen met to review future camera placements per state grant requirements to limit camera deployment between College Park and Riverdale Park. Note that additional planned cameras, which are funded through the City’s General Fund, will be deployed north of Campus Drive all the way up to the Beltway.

Youth, Family, and Senior Services (YFSS) Director Barber and City Manager Somers met with the North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) board members to discuss how YFSS services may be improved and/or expanded. 

Public Works Director Marsili, City Attorney Ferguson, and City Manager Somers reviewed and discussed potential changes to a bulk trash ordinance. The City Council will receive updates to the ordinance during the October 1 worksession.

City Manager Somers and Planning Director Schum participated in the biweekly City Hall Project Team meeting to review and discuss project updates. The City Council is scheduled to receive updates in September. 

City Manager Somers attended a monthly luncheon with area city managers to exchange information and knowledge and to discuss potential collaborative opportunities.

City staff continue to plan for the City Hall move in October. Phase one of three began this week by moving files and IT equipment to Davis Hall. 
Department of Public Works
Landscape crews cleaned up some major tree damage this week after a powerful storm came through.

Interior painting of the main meeting and parlor rooms at the Old Parish House has been completed. New window treatments will be installed next week in those two rooms and and new shades will be installed in the restrooms.

Five-gallon buckets are still available for food scrap composting. Contact the Department for details. Click here for more information about the program.
The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. The program will be ending for the season in early September.

Please note that tree maintenance or tree issues on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.

Tree programs offered by the City
  • Tree Planting in the Right-of-Way: If you would like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home, please contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options at 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.
  • Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) on Private Property: The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property. Click here for more information and application.
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.
Items available to purchase from the Department:

55-gallon rain barrels for $72 (don't forget about the County's rain check rebate to offset the cost!). Click here for more information.

Yard Waste Carts for City residents for $25. Click here for more information.

Backyard Composting Bins for $20 (City residents) and $40 (non-residents). Click here for more information.

SMARTLEAF® compost is on sale for pick-up orders only for $21/cubic yard (delivery is $28/cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12/cubic yard) are available for pick up and delivery. Click here for more information.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
August 9 - 15, 2019
8/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop at Saint Andrews Place at Bridgewater Street for a traffic violation. The vehicle registration was suspended, and the driver was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant. The driver was arrested without incident.

8/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 42 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

8/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) at Greenbelt Road and 49th Avenue.  7citations and 5 warnings were issued.

8/14 Contract officer submitted an incident report for City signs that were damaged (vandalized) in the 4800 block Blackfoot Place.

8/14 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street.  1 citation and 3 warnings were issued.

8/15 Contract officers and Parking Enforcement Officer worked together regarding the unregistered vehicles in the Hollywood Community. 13 parking citations were issued, and 2 vehicles were impounded.

Several premise checks were conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 33
Warnings: 78
Equipment Repair Orders: 6
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 3
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: 1
Premise Checks: 5
Referral Student Code of Conduct:
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 June 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 .
Movie at the Museum - CANCELED
Public Forum: Community & Senior Recreation Needs Assessment Study
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Youth & Family Services
4912 Nantucket Road

The City of College Park has retained the services GreenPlay, LLC, to assist us with a Community and Senior Recreation Needs Assessment Study. This study will look at the recreational facilities, programs, transportation and services and determine the current and future level of services for the community based on public input.

Residents are invited to partipate in the study’s Public Forum. Your input is very important as we try to plan for the future recreational needs for the community and seniors of College Park

There are several spaces available in invitation only focus groups on Monday and Tuesday, August 26 and 27. Please contact the Department for more information.
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - at Davis Hall
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
  • Closed Session following the Meeting

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - at Davis Hall
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Closed Session following the Meeting
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Jason's Deli

Community Police Meeting
  • September 5, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., MOM's Organic Market Cafe
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