WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 21, 2020
City of College Park Launches New Online Parking Services

The City of College Park launched its new online parking services on Monday, August 17 to help customers and residents conduct their parking-related business online in the convenience of their home or via mobile devices. The new AIMS Parking/EDC Corporation system offers residents and customers the online convenience to pay or appeal parking tickets and apply for residential and visitor parking permits. To view the press release in full visit: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=164.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Purple Line Construction Updates
 
Update from WMATA: the Purple Line closed a segment of Campus Drive between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road for construction in April. The closure will be reopened on August 23, 2020. There will still be flagging from 9am-5pm and 7pm-6am. Traffic may be reduced to one lane for construction.
 
For all Purple Line updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates.
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.
Pepco Tree Line Clearance Work

Pepco electric line clearance work to be performed by Asplundh, PEPCO’s tree contractor, will continue next week in Calvert Hills, Old Town and Lakeland neighborhoods. Tree pruning and removals are planned; maps of the planned work are available on the City website in the NEWS section. 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

Summary of current COVID-19 requirements:

Click here to review a quick summary of current COVID-19 requirements from the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County. This is not a comprehensive list, but is meant to be used as a guide to help all College Park residents understand the requirements, how to report issues, and the enforcement of those requirements.
Count Me in College Park!

The Census is an easy way for you to contribute to your community. Local musicians share the importance of the census in order to secure enough funding for healthcare services, schools, businesses, and more! Watch the music video and share with your friends and neighbors: https://youtu.be/yECO4UdgY1U. Respond to the census now online 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
Small Business Assistance Grants awarded: 19 totaling $134,291.71
Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants awarded: 5 totaling $16,438.03
A WEEK IN REVIEW
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.
Mosquito Control
 
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.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
August 10 - August 16, 2020
There were no Municipal Infractions for the Noise or Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
August 7 - August 13, 2020
8/8 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of loud music coming from the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue. Several persons were advised of the violation and sent on their way. 

8/9 Contract officers assisted UMPD with a traffic stop after the driver bailed out of the vehicle at Baltimore Avenue and Knox Road.

8/10 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block Baltimore Avenue and issued (5) “Mobile” Camera citations.

8/10 Contract officer participated in the Hollywood “ZOOM” community meeting.

8/12 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of loud music coming from the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue. Several persons were advised of the violation and sent on their way. 

8/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 8900 block Baltimore Avenue and issued (63) “Mobile” Camera citations.

8/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block Baltimore Avenue and issued (13) “Mobile” Camera citations.

8/13 Contract officer assist the CEO with an open door of a vacant house located in the 8900 block of 48th Avenue.

8/13 Contract officers assist patrol units with the T/A Robbery in the 7300 block of Baltimore Avenue.

8/13 Contract officers along with patrol officer responded to a call for service to check on the welfare at 4700 Harvard Road. The suspect left their vehicle in the middle of the roadway and invited themselves into a backyard party at the residence. They became irate after they were asked to leave and ended up burning the resident with a cigarette. They were placed under arrest as they were impaired with alcohol, illicit drugs or a combination of the two.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 0
Warnings: 6
Equipment Repair Orders: 0
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 2
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: 15
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
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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