WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 2, 2019
National Night Out is this coming Tuesday, August 6! For details, see below under Events.
Purple Line Long-Term Lane Closure Notice
From Maryland Purple Line:

Beginning on or about August 14, 2019, crews will be closing the eastbound lanes of Campus Drive long-term between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road. Traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes, with one lane open in each direction. Purple Line staff informed City staff about the new tentative date.

As work continues, we will strive to keep you informed of the progress of this exciting project. For information on construction activities, schedules and other updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction . For immediate construction concerns, please email us at outreach@pltcllc.com or call the construction hotline at 240-424-5325.

All activities are subject to change due to traffic, weather or emergency situations
Parking Ticket Online Payments Down August 2 from 5 - 9pm
On Friday, August 2 between 5 to 9pm, due to system upgrades, parking ticket payments and certain code searches on our website will be down. We apologize for any inconvenience.
City Hall is Moving!
With construction of the new City Hall scheduled to begin early next year, the current City Hall at 4500 Knox Road is closing.

Beginning September 1, 2019, all Mayor and Council meetings will take place at Davis Hall (9217 51st Avenue).

On Monday, October 7, the Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development and the Parking Enforcement Division of the Department of Public Services will relocate to 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 340 (co-located with the Department of Public Services). Parking permits will still be issued at the current City Hall until October 14.

On Monday, October 14, Administration, Finance and Human Resources will relocate to 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 375.

Effective October 15, 2019, the new mailing address for City Hall will be 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 375, College Park, MD 20740. City phone numbers and office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) will remain the same.

For more information about the City Hall project, please visit  www.collegeparkmd.gov/cityhall .
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 .
Free Summer Parking in Do wntown College Park
Now through August 18, 2019, the Downtown Garage and City Hall lot will have free parking after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all-day on weekends. Be sure check out a restaurant or local business this summer!
Office of the City Manager
Youth, Family, and Senior Services Director Kiaisha Barber , City Manager Scott Somers , and other staff members participated in an initial kick off meeting with Greenplay LLC, the consultant hired to perform a community and senior recreation needs assessment. Please look for announcements and invitations concerning community and stakeholder meetings toward the end of August. 

City Manager Somers, Assistant City Manager Bill Gardiner, Planning Director Terry Schum , and City Attorney Suellen Ferguson continued discussions with the University of Maryland about how costs associated with development of the City Hall block will be fairly allocated. In general, it appears that City and University staff are in agreement in principle. Drafting of a development agreement is underway and is tentatively scheduled for a City Council discussion and possible approval in September.

Public Works Director Robert Marsili and the City Manager attended the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) meeting to discuss potential changes and improvements to the City’s bulk trash program. Staff will present updates and options for Council consideration during the August 7 Mayor and Council meeting.  

The City Manager participated in the Annual Big 10 City Managers meeting. Mr. Somers presented to other Big 10 managers on the City of College Park’s New Neighbor Homeownership Grant Program and the College Park City – University Partnership's (CPCUP) Homeownership Program as both programs promote and encourage owner-occupied homeownership in the City. Mr. Somers also presented on the City’s efforts, successes, and lessons learned regarding neighborhood quality of life improvements. 
Department of Public Works
T his week, Washington Gas replaced all gas lines to the Department's facilities.

Four deteroriated seat caps were replaced on the Lomax Fountain at Paint Branch Elemntary. The fountain has been filled with water and is operational.

Did you know that the City collects four different types of special trash on Thursdays and Fridays (by appointment)? They are bulk trash (furniture, mattresses wrapped in plastic, large bulky items, etc.), white goods and metals (washers, dryers, mowers, etc.), electronics for recycling and brush and logs. Make sure to separate each item by type! Please schedule an appointment before placing your items at the curb and have those items at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled day.

Five-gallon food scrap buckets are still available! Stop by the Department during normal business hours to get one; the buckets are useful to transport collected food scraps to the drop off location.

MDA Mosquito Control Program
  • The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. The program consists of:
  • Larviciding standing water; treatments are made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva preventing their development into adult mosquitoes. MDA does this every 4-6 weeks.
  • Spraying to control adult mosquitoes has begun and goes through early September. Spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in College Park (weather permitting) after dusk on Wednesday evenings by truck mounted ultra-low volume sprayers. MDA does not spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds.
  • Prince George’s County Health Department reminds residents to follow the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away:
  • Drain: Standing water attracts mosquitoes. Empty out any outside water containers near your home at least once per week
  • Dress: Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc), contact the City's Department of Public Works for a mosquito torpedo which releases an insect growth regulator in water that prevents adult mosquito development.
  • To report areas of heavy mosquito populations, go to the following link and provide your information http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=740Kl54#
  • Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services:
  • Any resident who wishes to have his/her property excluded from adult mosquito control pesticide applications by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers must fill out this form annually. Click here for application.
  • For more information, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/pets#mosquitoes.

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 ($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
July 12 - 18

7/12 Contract officer observed 2 individuals having sexual relations on the bench in the 7300 block of Baltimore Avenue. SOW

7/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop in the 4400 block of Lehigh Road. The driver was placed under arrest for DUI (driving impaired-CDS) and transported to District I. Marijuana was recovered from the vehicle.

7/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop in the 9600 block of Baltimore Avenue for a vehicle with loud exhaust. Investigation revealed the driver was driving without a license and was wanted on 8 outstanding warrants. The suspect was taken into custody and charged accordingly. 

7/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Hollywood Road and 47th Place.  2 citations and 3 warnings were issued.

7/15 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 61 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

7/17 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street.  2 citations and 4 warnings were issued.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 37
Warnings: 105
Equipment Repair Orders: 9
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 1
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: 1
Warrant Arrest: 8
Premise Checks: 13
Referral Student Code of Conduct:
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
July 19 - 25

7/19 Contract officers conducted multiple premise checks in the City including student housing and the bar area during bar closing. 

7/19 Contract officers responded to the College Park carwash in the 8600-block of Baltimore Avenue for the report of loud noise and street racers. This issue has been reported more frequently lately. Several drivers were sent on their way.

7/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9300 block of Baltimore Avenue. 38 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

7/22 Contract officers conducted a traffic stop and conducted a probable cause search of a motor vehicle based on the odor of CDS. No additional CDS was found but multiple citations including a must appear citation were issued 

7/22 Contract officers responded to the report of a commercial alarm in the 10200 block of Baltimore Avenue and found an unsecured door. Key holder responded.   

7/24 While on routine patrol, contract officer found a subject using CDS in parking lot in the 8100 block of 48th Avenue. Bike patrol contract officer responded as back up. Subject was stopped, identified, and sent on his way. No additional CDS was recovered. Contract officer conducted bike patrol throughout the city. Approximately 16 miles were covered including areas such as Old Town, Lake Artemisia, Berwyn, Lakeland, and Hollywood. Bike trails within the city were covered and multiple citizen contacts were made. 

7/25 During the early morning hours, contract officers responded to a reported large bar fight in the Oldtown area. Multiple subjects were sent on their way. 
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 57
Warnings: 87
Equipment Repair Orders: 13
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 6
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 1
Civil Citation: 1
Criminal Arrests: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 1
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 28
Referral Student Code of Conduct:
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 4
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 3/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 .
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

National Night Out (NNO) is a community-police partnership that provides a unique opportunity for residents to increase awareness about crime prevention and safety, get to know their neighbors, and meet local law enforcement and other public safety officers.

Please turn on your porch or lamp-post lights from dusk to midnight on August 6!

Neighborhood Events:
College Park Woods | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join community members, elected officials and law enforcement officers at the community park at 9119 St. Andrews Place for our annual observance.

Lakeland | 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Members of the Lakeland Community will come together for its annual observance at Lakeland Community Park. The event will conclude with a walk at dusk.

Berwyn | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join your neighbors at Berwyn Neighborhood Park; there will be lots of fun activities including an ice cream social at the end!

North College Park | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
An evening of fun and community engagement with neighbors and local law enforcement, plus a bounce house and food all at Duvall Field.

For additional information contact your local Neighborhood Watch representative or call the Department of Public Services at 240-487-3570.
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
  • Closed Session following the meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular 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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