WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 19, 2022
Classic Car Show
Sunday, August 21, 2022 | 10am-2pm | City Hall

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

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.
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.
Curbside Food Scrap Collection Coming Soon!

The City of College Park is rolling out a new curbside food scrap collection program this fall!

If your household currently receives curbside trash and recycling collection within the City of College Park, then you are eligible to participate; residential collections only.

Households can register by filling out the online form here. Public Works staff will follow up with you when the containers are ready to pick up, they will also let you know when the program will start and provide educational information.

  • 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.
  • All material must be placed in compostable bags.
  • Participants of the drop-off program can continue to use the city-supplied 5-gallon buckets; no personal containers are allowed
  • Updates will be emailed to registered participants.
  • For a full list of what is accepted, visit our Food Scraps page.
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.

For more information, call 240-487-3590 or visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/foodscraps.
Urban Tree Protection: Ordinance 21-O-09

This Ordinance requires an application to be submitted for approval to obtain a permit to remove or prune a tree on residential land.

Beginning July 1, 2022, trees on residential property within the City of College Park, greater than 36 inches in circumference measured at 4.5 feet above ground level, on which the property owner wants to remove or prune live branches or wood more than 20% will need to submit an application to the Department of Public Works for a tree removal/pruning permit and receive approval prior to beginning planned tree work. A requirement of the tree removal/pruning permit is that urban tree(s) approved for removal are replaced.

Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Is there an application fee to obtain a permit? No
  • Is there a fee to obtain a tree removal/pruning permit? No
  • Will trees less than 36 inches in circumference measured at 4.5 feet above ground level require a permit to remove? No
  • In an emergency situation, where there is imminent danger from a tree failure, do I need to obtain a permit before tree work operations begin? No, document the situation with pictures and inform DPW and Code Enforcement.
  • Is there financial assistance available for required tree replacements? Yes
  • Where can I find the permit application? www.collegeparkmd.gov/TreeRemovalApp

For more information, click here.
Rossborough Lane Closure

Please note the upcoming road closure for Rossborough Lane due to Purple Line construction:

From August 8 through September 10, 2022, Rossborough Lane will be closed to all traffic. During the closure, driving and parking will be prohibited on Rossborough Lane between Diamondback Drive and Rhode Island Avenue.

Then from September 12 to October 22nd, the westbound lane will be closed. Please follow all posted road closure and/or detour notices and signs. 
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.
Good Neighbor Day Project Applications Open

The 11th annual Good Neighbor Day will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 8:30am - 12:00pm!

Good Neighbor Day brings together residents of College Park and surrounding communities with University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, and alumni for a day of service.

Have a great idea for a service project? Nominate a project by August 26 here.
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 the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue). Hours for digging your own wood chips 8am-12pm and 1-3pm; delivery is not available. Call 240-487-3593 to schedule an appointment to have your truck or trailer loaded with wood chips.
Fall Move-In Traffic Advisory

Please be advised that on Saturday and Sunday August 20 and 21 from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, move-in will occur at The Landmark Apartments on College Avenue. University of Maryland Police will direct traffic as College Avenue between Baltimore Avenue and Yale Avenue will be dedicated for eastbound only traffic during the above move-in times.
Labor Day Collections Schedule

All City offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week.

  • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, September 6, 2022
  • Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, September 7, 2022
  • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, September 8, 2022

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2022 of this holiday week. You must call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out to the curb.
Foster College Park Animals

If you have room in your heart and home for a neglected animal, become a foster for the City of College Park’s Animal Control! You can prepare cats, dogs, or other exotic animals for adoption. For foster requirements and application, email our Animal Control Officer or apply here.
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 www.environment.mypgc.us or contact PGC 311.

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. 
City Tree Programs

Trees provide many benefits such as reduction of cooling and heating costs, interception of rainwater, increasing property values and improving air quality. The City offers a few ways to help. More information is available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/trees.

REQUESTS FOR STREET TREES: The City has a program that pays for and provides street tree planting in the right-of-way area, which includes the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk. College Park residents interested in requesting a tree can contact Brenda Alexander at 240-487-3590 or horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov. The location will be inspected to determine if it is suitable.

TREE CANOPY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (TCEP): City of College Park property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually, for approved tree(s) planted on their residential lot. The completed application should be sent to horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov for review and approval. Click here for a link to the guidelines and application.

TREE MAINTENANCE The City is responsible for tree maintenance in the rights-of-way, City maintained buildings and parks, and on public property. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
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.
Unscheduled Mosquito Spraying in College Park this Sunday, August 21, 2022
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), in cooperation with the Prince George’s County Health Department, will expand mosquito control services in areas due to a public health concern over the potential for mosquito-borne diseases. 

Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) truck-based spraying to control adult mosquitoes is planned for the evening of Sunday, August 21, 2022, in College Park. Spraying will occur within a 3/4-mile radius of the following intersections:
  • Catawba Street and 48th Place
  • 4300 block of Metzerott Road

Spraying will occur after 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, spraying will be rescheduled for the next available evening. Any existing spray exemptions in the area will be temporarily suspended. 
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
July 29- August 4
8/5 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 5200 block of Campus Drive. 24 Citations and 2 warnings were issued. 2 citations were for loud exhaust

8/7 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at 5000 block of Berwyn Road. 11 warning citations were issued

8/7 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive. 2 citations and 6 warnings were issued to the driver.

8/8 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at University Blvd and Golf Course Drive. 2 citations and 3 warnings were issued to the driver.

8/8 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at Cherry Hill Road at 47th Avenue. 2 citations and 1 SERO were issued to the driver.

8/8 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at Baltimore Avenue and Cherry Hill Road. 9 citations were issued. The driver did not have a license.

8/9 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at Baltimore Avenue and University Blvd. 7 citations and 1 SERO were issued. Driver did not have a license.

8/9 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at Baltimore Avenue and Ikea Way. 20 citations were issued. The vehicle displayed “Fake” tags.

8/9 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at Baltimore Avenue and Metzerott Road. 3 citations were issued to the driver.

8/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at Rhode Island Avenue and University Blvd. 1 citation was issued.

8/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for loud exhaust at Rhode Island Avenue and University Blvd. 1 citation was issued.
Statistical Data and Issued
MD State Citations: 81
Warnings: 74
Equipment Repair Orders: 19
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 1
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: 9
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: 49
Warnings: 9
SERO's: 2

Year to Date Statistics (starting 4/19/21):
Citations: 427
Warnings: 117
SERO's: 95
August 8 - 14
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
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.
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 please.
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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