WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 12, 2022
Woody Yard Waste Requirements Waived Through August 15, 2022

The City's Department of Public Works' crews are continuing cleanup work to pick up debris from the severe weather event that occurred on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

The revised requirement for collection of woody material will be effective until Monday, August 15

Due to the excessive amount of woody debris created in the aftermath of the storm, the requirements to prepare debris for curbside collection are being expanded for large diameter branches & limbs, which should be cut into lengths 8 feet or less. Place material at the curb, not in the street, and set away from poles, wires, trees, fire hydrants and vehicles for easier collection. Contact DPW or call 240-487-3590 to request a pick-up and let us know what size material needs to be collected, as this will dictate the equipment sent to perform the collection.

Residents may wonder why yard waste collection has been delayed; please understand that the amount of debris we are picking up is overwhelming our capacity to collect from all homes in the usual time frame. Thank you for your patience as we continue to clean up from this epic storm.

According to Maryland Law, in the aftermath of a weather-related event, which results in fallen trees and debris, or similar incidents that may be qualified as an "act of God," the affected property owners are responsible for damage to their property, including debris cleanup and removal or other related expenses. These weather event related expenses may be covered under the homeowner's insurance policy. Property owners are encouraged to contact their homeowners’ insurance company to determine policy coverage. 
New Tree Permitting Requirements + Waiver for 7/12/22 Storm-Related Damage

If you have a fallen or damaged tree on your property because of the weather emergency on 7-12-2022, you can remove the tree or fallen branches without a permit. Document or photograph the damage/emergency and send to DPW at arborist@collegeparkmd.gov.

Those who wish to remove or prune a surviving tree must submit an application for a permit.


Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem. A majority of the City’s tree canopy is in residential neighborhoods -- this means our residents can make a big difference in helping to maintain our tree canopy!

On May 10, 2022, the City Council approved Ordinance 21-O-09, which will require a permit to remove trees on residential land. Starting July 1, 2022, those who wish to remove or prune a tree must submit an application for a permit. Applications are available online, and in-person at the Department of Public Works. There is no application fee to obtain a permit.

The ordinance was enacted to limit the removal of healthy, mature trees as a measure to maintain the City’s tree canopy. The Tree and Landscape Board and City Council held numerous public meetings and incorporated changes to address many concerns and suggestions from residents.

Residents, property owners, and tree and landscape companies may have many questions about this new permitting process. For details, FAQs and tree permit application, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/315/Trees.
Redistricting Commission Meetings

The City’s Redistricting Commission will hold two meetings for residents to review and provide feedback on the Commission’s preliminary City District maps prior to the Commission presenting its report to the City Council on September 27th.

The Commission has been meeting since May to review the 2020 Census data, data from the University regarding its residential population, and projections for the residential projects under construction. An analysis of the population data confirms that the City must adjust the current district boundaries in order to have equal districts. The Commission meeting minutes, the Council charge to the Commission, and other information are available at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/186/Boards-Commissions#RDC .

The first Redistricting Commission presentation of the data and preliminary districts will be held at Davis Hall on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Residents will also be able to participate remotely via https://zoom.us/j/91603412440, but please note that the hybrid meeting capability at Davis Hall is less robust than at City Hall. The preliminary maps will be provided on the City website at the link above by 5 pm on Thursday, August 25th.

The second Redistricting Commission presentation of the data and preliminary districts will be held at Monday, September 12th at 7:00pm in City Hall. This meeting will also be hybrid and participants can access the meeting via https://zoom.us/j/91603412440.
Major Wojahn joins the Climate Mayors Steering Committee

The City of College Park is pleased to announce that Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn was named to the Steering Committee of Climate Mayors, a network of about 500 mayors across the nation committed to climate leadership and progress in their cities. 

The Climate Mayors purpose is to drive city-led climate action to create more sustainable, equitable, and healthy cities for all. “It is critical that mayors use our voices to highlight the urgency of climate change and continue to lead by reducing the negative impacts our cities have on the planet” said Mayor Patrick Wojahn.

Mayor Wojahn joins seven other new members of the Steering Committee. As a new member, Mayor Wojahn will work to catalyze membership and showcase the impactful work of Climate Mayors cities addressing and preparing for climate impacts.

Following former President Donald Trump’s announcement of his plans to withdraw the U.S. from the landmark Paris Agreement in 2017, more than 300 mayors joined the Climate Mayors coalition and pledged to continue working toward meeting the goals of the Agreement within their cities. The bipartisan network has since grown to nearly 500 mayors, demonstrating support for climate action in a wide range of cities throughout the U.S. Learn more here.
Curbside Food Scrap Collection Coming Soon!

The City is preparing to roll out a new curbside food scrap collection this fall!

This optional program will help divert food scraps from the trash, and reduce harmful greenhouse gases emitted from organic decomposition in landfills, which contributes to climate change.

  • Voluntary program – residents must opt-in.
  • Food scrap collection will become a component of weekly curbside service for those that sign up.
  • Program start date and collection day is to be determined, but it will be weekly.
  • No fee for collection, but residents must contribute 50% of collection container cost - all material must be placed in a cost-share container. Choose from a 12-gallon wheeled cart ($13.00), or a 5-gallon bucket ($9.00). Participants can also choose to purchase a small kitchen pail ($5.00) to store food scraps inside their homes.
  • Residents who currently take part in the drop-off program can choose to purchase a new container from the city or continue to use their 5-gallon bucket. If you choose to continue using the drop-off bucket, just check off the 5-gallon bucket, and ignore the shopping cart. Make sure to submit the form by checking off the agreement box, sign, and date.
  • Updates will be emailed to those who sign up.
How Do I Sign Up?
Residents can sign up online and choose container(s). Participants are required to select either a 12-gallon wheeled cart ($13.00), or a 5-gallon bucket ($9.00). Participants can also choose to purchase a small kitchen pail ($5.00) to store food scraps inside their homes. Sign up for the service online here or visit collegeparkmd.gov/CurbsideCollectionApp.
Scheduled PEG Channel Outage

Please be aware that the City's Comcast and Verizon PEG channels will be unavailable from Friday, August 12 to Monday, August 29th.

During this period, the IT Team will relocate Verizon and Comcast encoders from the Department of Public Works to the new City Hall to integrate with the City's AV infrastructure.

For more information, please contact the IT service desk by emailing support@collegeparkmd.gov.
Free Fresh Wood Chips Are Available

Due to the recent storm, we have fresh wood chips (not mulch) available for free to use on trails and pathways and well-established planting areas. You do not need to be a resident. Fresh wood chips can deplete nitrogen from the soil, so don’t use them on new plantings. Available at Public Works 9217 51st Avenue. Hours for digging your own wood chips 8am-12pm and 1-3pm. The availability of crew to load material is limited, call 240-487-3593 to schedule an appointment to have your truck or trailer loaded with wood chips.
Scrap Tire Amnesty Day

Get rid of your old scrap tires on September 17, 2022 between 8am - 1pm! This event welcomes the collection of car, bike, trick, and agricultural tires from Prince George's County residents.

County residents in the northern area can bring tires to North County Public Works Salt Dome at 11900 Montgomery Rd. Beltsville, MD 20705

There is a 10 tire limit per vehicle, and multiple trips are not allowed for individuals or vehicles. No commercial vehicles allowed. 

For more information, visit environment.mypgc.us or contact PGC 311.


Fourth of July Parade Winners

Thank you to all the groups and organizations that participated in our Fourth of July parade! Below are the winners of this year's competition:

  • Best Appearing Cultural Organization: College Park Arts Exchange
  • Best Float Design: Boy Scout Troop 740
  • Best Equestrian Entry: Endless Possibilities Equestrian Riding Center
  • Best Boy Scout/Girl Scout Entry: Boy Scout Troup 298
  • Best Community/Civic Association: College Park Moose Lodge
  • Best Dancing/Performance Group: UMD STEPP
  • Best Classic Car: College Park Moose Lodge 
Free Summer Parking
Free Summer parking is in effect between May 28 to August 13, 2022 in the Downtown College Park Parking Garage!

Park there for free while you visit local shops and restaurants on weekdays after 5:00 pm and all-day on weekends.
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 

Call 240-487-3590 for more information, or visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/products.
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 Changes, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Maryland Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Control Program

The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations by larviciding and spraying. MDA has designated Wednesday nights for adult mosquito spraying in the city (when thresholds are met). Spraying will only begin after dark and may continue until midnight or later. Spray applications are made by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers. If you see a truck in your community spraying during the day, please note that it is not from the State of Maryland. Please be aware that MDA does not spray individual properties, and the City is on a 2 or 3-week rotation based on mosquito thresholds.

For more information, visit the MDA’s Mosquito Control website (https://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/pages/mosquito_control.aspx) which includes details about the program, including their policy, insecticides used, product labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS), and more.

Residents can request exclusion from the adult spray program by completing an exemption form annually.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
July 29- August 4
7/29 Officers responded to the 10200 block of Baltimore Avenue for a report of a Commercial Robbery. The suspect pushed the cashier away from the cash register and stole U.S. Currency. Investigators determined the identity of the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. The suspect lives in Montgomery County.
8/2 Officers responded to the 8100 block of Baltimore Avenue for a report of a theft. The suspect stole the victim’s credit card and used it at a nearby restaurant. The suspect tried stealing a vehicle in the 8400 block of Baltimore Avenue and was apprehended. Patrol managed the arrest.

Officers participated in National Night Out events throughout the city.

8/3 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at 7777 Baltimore Avenue. 1 citation was issued to the driver.

8/4 Officers responded to 50000 block of Niagara Road for a report of a Breaking and Entering in progress. Contract officers assisted in clearing the house as patrol officers submitted the initial report.

8/8 Contract officer conducted speed enforcement in the 9000 block Baltimore Avenue (“Mobile Camera”) 29 citations were issued.

August 1 - 7
There were no municipal infraction issued for the violation of the Noise Ordinance, Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings
Statistical Data and Issued
MD State Citations: 20
Warnings: 47
Equipment Repair Orders: 19
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: 7
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 2/ Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0

Loud Exhaust Enforcement Stats:
Citations: 1
Warnings: 0
SERO's: 0

Year to Date Statistics (starting 4/19/21):
Citations: 378
Warnings: 108
SERO's: 93
Monthly Public Safety Maps

For monthly Prince George's County Police public safety maps and statistical data for the City of College Park, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety.
Friday Night Live!
Friday, August 12, 2022 | 6:30 pm | City Hall

The City of College Park is hosting a series of concerts this summer and you are invited! Join us on the plaza at the new City Hall tonight for Friday Night LIVE!

The event will feature blues music with a funk edge from Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark and will include something for everyone­-- music, food, beer, and entertainment. There will be children’s performers, activities and arts and crafts available for kids as well.

All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza (7401 Baltimore Avenue) until September from 6:30 to 8:30PM.

Parking will be offered for free at the Downtown College Park parking garage at the corner of Yale and Knox. Local food and beer will be available for purchase during the event!

Don't miss the final Friday Night LIVE event for 2022 on September 9th! The theme will be Oktoberfest.
Classic Car Show
Sunday, August 21, 2022 | 10am-2pm | City Hall

Join the City of College Park for a Classic Car Show on Sunday, August 21 from 10am - 2pm! There will be cars, BBQ, beer, and a rocking live band.

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided for those showing cars. Car plaques will be awarded, along with some car awards. The first 100 kids to attend will win a free gift!

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Limited space is available for those wanting to participate and show a car. To register, complete this form, and you will be notified if you are accepted.

For more information or questions, email events@collegeparkmd.gov.
Night at the Movies
Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 7-10pm | College Park Woods Park

The City of College Park will host another Family Night at the Movies on Saturday, August 27!

Activities start around 7:00pm with games for kids and adults. The movie, Sing 2, will be shown around 8pm.

Popcorn will be available. Admission and parking are free. Bring Your lawn chairs and blankets to sit outside on the grass.

No pets, tents, or umbrellas.
College Park Day
Saturday, October 15 | 12:00-6:00pm | College Park Aviation Museum

Save the date for College Park Day on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport (1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive)!

This is the City of College Park’s signature event and features a wide array of activities, entertainment, and fun to celebrate the community.

The event is open to the public and free to attend.
We are looking for Food & Drink Vendors to cover a variety of offerings- click here to apply.

Community vendors are also welcome- click here to apply

Completed registration materials for Food & Drink Vendors are due by Friday, August 26, 2022.
Please note that by participating in City events, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.
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
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