WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 30, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS
City Offices Closed for Labor Day
All City offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 for the Labor Day holiday.
The refuse and recycling schedule will adjust as follows for the holiday week:

  • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, September 3
  • Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, September 4
  • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, September 5

Special and brush collections will only occur on Friday, September 6. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Department of Public Works at  publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov .
VeoRide Launches in the City
On Wednesday, August 28, VeoRide bicycles, e-bikes and e-scooters arrived to College Park. For details about the new mobility service, please click here.
End of Season Compost Sale
SMARTLEAF Compost is 25% off now through October 31 for pickup orders only!*

For a limited time only, get your screened SMARTLEAF compost for only $21/cubic yard when you pick up at our facility. This 25% savings won't last long - promotion ends on October 31, 2019 or while supplies last. Residency is not required.

Pick up your compost at:
City of College Park
Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue
College Park, MD 20740

For more information, visit  www.collegeparkmd.gov/compost  or call 240.487.3590.
*While supplies last. For pickup orders only. Promotion ends 10/31/2019.
Purple Line Construction Updates
On 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.
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 .
Downtown Farmers Market Closed this Sunday, September 1
The Downtown College Park Farmers Market will be closed this Sunday (September 1) but will be open again next Sunday, September 8. Sorry for the inconvenience, and see you next week at the market!
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
A new Sunnyside neighborhood sign was installed to replace the old faded sign at the intersection of 51st Ave and Odessa Rd.

The work at Rhode Island Ave and Ontario Rd is the beginning phase of a project to repair a collapsed storm water inlet in the right shoulder lane of the 495/95 beltway. The outfall for this inlet drains onto the hillside on the of Ontario Rd and has created a significant channel of erosion over the years. MDOT is currently clearing the vegetation below the outfall to prepare for the installation of piping that will transport the stormwater from the beltway to an existing stormwater inlet on Ontario Rd. The area where the vegetation has been removed will be stabilized to prevent erosion until the second phase of the project during which the piping system will be installed. This project is being supervised by Maryland Environmental Services.  

Crews performed an abatement at the 4600 block of College Ave in conjunction with a court order to remove wooden plywood erected as fencing and properly secure material to board up windows.

New window treatments at the Old Parish House have been installed in the entry parlor room and the main meeting room to replace the wooden shutters. Seven cornices covered with fabric were installed at the top of the windows in a manner to display the ornate medallions in the window trim corners. Adjustable screen shades were installed under the cornices to provide light filtering in these rooms. The wooden shutters in the restrooms were also removed and adjustable screen shades were installed to provide needed privacy in these rooms. 

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 16 - 22, 2019
8/16 Contract officer conducted a requested premise check at the car wash located in the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue. Officer observed 3 occupied vehicles in which the occupants were loitering. Sent on way.

8/20 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 78 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

8/20 Contract officer conducted a DOT truck inspection on a dump truck in the 8700 block of Baltimore Avenue. The truck was taken out of service due to having only 50% of the brakes working.

8/21 Contract officer responded to a call for service for the activation of a burglary alarm. The house was checked secure.

8/21 Contract officer observed an individual begging for money in the 8900 block of Rhode Island Avenue. The subject was sent on their way.

8/21 Contract officers and Code Enforcement Officer worked together regarding the unregistered vehicles in the Hollywood Community. 2 vehicles were located with tags issued to another vehicle. 2 parking citations were issued. Additional vehicle was stopped by the contract officer in which the tags were suspended. Citation was issued and the vehicle was impounded.

8/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 81 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

8/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Rhode Island Avenue and Rossborough Lane.  5 warnings were issued.

8/22 Contract officer conducted a DOT truck inspection on a dump truck at Rhode Island Avenue and Edgewood Road. The truck was taken out of service and 3 citations were issued.

Multiple premise checks were conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 16
Warnings: 67
Equipment Repair Orders: 6
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
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: 2
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 .
CITY EVENTS
College Park Day
Saturday, October 5
College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Cpl Frank Scott Drive

Join your friends, neighbors and the entire The City of College Park, MD community at the 10th Annual College Park Day Festival on Saturday, October 5 at the College Park Aviation Museum and the Field of Firsts Foundation

This FREE event is fun for the whole family with live music, awesome kids zones, delicious food and drink, live performances, exhibitors and so much more! Plus free museum entry during the event!

Event website: www.collegeparkday.org
UPCOMING MEETINGS
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

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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