WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 14, 2020
Continuing the Conversation: Town Hall on Community and Race Relations Virtual Forum
August 20, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. for another Town Hall on community and race relations in College Park. This forum will focus on policing and the Black Lives Matter movement. Councilmember Robert Day will moderate and featured panelists will be released soon. For more information, please visit the City’s website at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/blacklivesmatter. Use the link to participate online: https://zoom.us/j/94655550522 or dial in at 301-715-8592.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Jack Perry Award

In February 2013, the College Park City Council established an award in recognition of Councilman John Edward “Jack” Perry. Nominations are now being accepted at cityclerkoffice@collegeparkmd.gov or by mail to City Clerk, City of College Park, 8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 375, College Park, MD 20740, no later than September 30, 2020. For the criteria and eligibility requirements, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=161. This non-monetary award will be presented by the City Council in the fall.
The Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

At the July 14th Mayor and Council Meeting, Resolution 20-R-18 was adopted. It is a friendly water use and pollution reduction competition between U.S. cities and is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National League of Cities. The City of College Park encourages its residents to take the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation by making a series of online pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com to reduce their impact on the environment during the month of August. To view the Resolution, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2288/Mayors-Challenge-for-Water-Conservation.
Pepco Tree Line Clearance Work

Pepco tree line clearance work has begun in the City. For details, including a map of planned work locations, please visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=157
COVID-19 Assistance Programs

In response to the crisis, the City has created programs to address resident, business, and non-profit organization needs. For more information visit the following:

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 City’s Complete Count Committee hired local artists to create a Census music video that encourages residents to respond to the Census. The video is meant to be shared widely to reach undercounted populations. Please view and share the video here: https://youtu.be/yECO4UdgY1U. The local community loses out on $18,250 in federal funds over ten years for each person that does not respond. It is not too late to respond to the census at my2020census.gov, or call 1-844-330-2020 for English or 1-844-468-2020 for Spanish.
 
Can we count YOU in? Learn more at www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the City's Department of Planning and Community Development at 240-487-3541.
BUSINESS & INDIVIDUAL GRANT STATISTICS
Total Applications Received and Total Approved:

Small Business Assistance Grants awarded: 50 totaling $111,791.71
Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants awarded: 2 totaling $6,240.00
26 Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants are pending.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Mosquito torpedoes are available for residents at no charge; mosquito torpedoes are used for standing water or in rain barrels, they kill the mosquito larva but do no harm to other species. For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 ($28/cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12/cubic yard) are available for pick up only. Click here for more information. 
Bulk Trash Pilot Program - March 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021
 
In January 2020, the Mayor and Council adopted Ordinance 20-O-01 which made changes to the collection of Special Trash. It prohibits placement of materials at properties that did not generate the materials; sets fees for collection and fees for Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste receptacles; and sets penalties for violations.
 
During the pilot program, The Department of Public Works is tracking all bulk trash items collected. Residents may receive correspondence from the City regarding this, it is not a bill, but instead should be used to help inform you of how many items we have picked up and how many collections you have had. During this time you may have many questions, please reach out to publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov. This is a learning process and your feedback is welcome.

In its final form, this Ordinance includes the following provisions:

  • For a single-family, owner-occupied residence: Up to four bulky refuse collections per calendar year, with a maximum total of 20 bulky refuse items, will be free of charge to the resident.
  • For a single-family rental property that pays for City trash services: Up to four bulky refuse collections per calendar year, with a maximum total of 29 bulky refuse items, will be free of charge.
  • For quantities and/or frequency more than stated above, a $20 collection fee per item over the allowable number of items will be imposed.
Temporary Electronics Drop Off Location
 
City of College Park residents can bring electronics for recycling to a temporary drop off box near the entrance of the front doors to Davis Hall. Must have a valid College Park ID. No more than 3 items to be disposed of.
 
Acceptable: TVs, monitors, mouse pointers, keyboards, microwaves, gaming systems, computers, hard drives, cell phones, printers, laptops, surge protectors, copiers, fax machines, telephone systems, cable, circuit boards, and toner cartridges.

Unacceptable: Light bulbs (CFL or Tubes) or batteries of any kind. 
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
August 3 - August 9, 2020
There was one Municipal Infraction issued for the Noise Ordinance and zero for the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
July 31 - August 6, 2020
8/1 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of a theft (shoplifters) in the 8300 block of Baltimore Avenue. The Reporting Person provided the police a description of 2 suspects. Officers canvassing the area located the suspects and conducted a field interview. During the investigation, officers were unable to determine if a crime was committed and the suspects were released without formal charges. 

8/1 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Pedestrian Crossing Enforcement) in the 9400 block of Rhode Island Avenue. No violations were observed.

8/2 Contract officers responded to the 5000 block of Lackawanna Street for a report of an individual looking into vehicles. The Contract Officer was the first unit on the scene and was unable to locate a suspect.

8/3 Contract officers responded to a call for service for the activation of a burglary alarm in the 5300 block of Edgewood Road. The alarm was accidentally activated by the maintenance crew.

8/5 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of loud music coming from the car wash at 8616 Baltimore Ave. Several persons were advised of the violation and sent on their way. 

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 1
Warnings: 0
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: 12
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 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 AND RECREATION
Continuing the Conversation: Town Halls on Community and Race Relations in College Park
August 20, 2020
7:00 p.m.
 
Join us on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. for another Town Hall on community and race relations in College Park. This forum will focus on policing and the Black Lives Matter movement. Councilmember Robert Day will moderate and featured panelists will be released soon. For more information, please visit the City’s website at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/blacklivesmatter. Use the link to participate online: https://zoom.us/j/94655550522 or dial in at 301-715-8592.
College Park Day Cancellation
 
We regret to announce the cancellation of the City’s annual College Park Day scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020 due to COVID-19 and Prince George’s County Executive Alsobrooks’ executive order prohibiting events and large gatherings of 100 people or more. The health and safety of our residents are what’s most important to us as we continue to monitor the situation.
October Cleanup Saturdays & Shredding Event
October 10 & 24 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD. 20740

The City of College Park Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, white goods, electronics recycling, brush, and yard trim.

You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate, although anyone can buy compost or wood mulch during this event. We will collect gently used items for donation to GreenDrop and Community Forklift.

Special events include:
Paper Shredding - October 10 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Paint Recycling - October 24 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Yuck Old Paint will be on hand to collect latex and oil-based paint. Paint needs to be in the original container

New This Year! The following will be collected:
Household batteries for recycling. This includes rechargeable batteries such as Li-Ion, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Ni-Zn; Single-use alkaline batteries such as AA, AAA, 9V, C, D button cell, and lithium primary. No damaged batteries; no automotive batteries.
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes must be intact. Includes U-shaped or circular fluorescent lamps, High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, Ultra Violet (UV) lamps, Incandescent Bulbs, Halogen or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s).
Block Styrofoam for recycling (coolers and large blocks of packing material). No packing peanuts, cups or plates.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club:
Conference Call (every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.)
Dial-in number: 978- 990-5399
Access code: 8911108

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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