WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 24, 2018
Congratulations to our District Four Councilmember Denise Mitchell, City Manager Scott Somers, and Code Enforcement Officer Derek Daves for being appointed to the MML's 2018-2019 Legislative Committee! The Legislative Committee helps the new Maryland General Assembly legislators understand the role and responsibilities that fall to local governments.
Fall Semester Move-Ins
Please be aware of pedestrians along City roads and expect heavier traffic throughout the day and evening during the on-campus move-in. During these move-in events, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) will be on-site providing traffic assistance.

  • August 23 - 26 - Main Campus Move-In. Expect higher traffic than normal during this time, however two-way traffic will be permitted between Baltimore Avenue and Guilford Drive/Mowatt Lane.
Rain Barrels Available Now!
The City's Department of Public Works now offers 50-gallon rain barrels for $72, while supplies last. Once installed, Prince George's County residents can apply for a Rain Check Rebate off-setting most of the cost! You can purchase and pick them up at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue). For more information, please call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@ collegeparkmd.gov.

A rain barrel is a great way to keep runoff from leaving your home. In the spring and summer, watering the plants or lawn accounts for a large percentage of water consumption. By having a rain barrel and storing rainfall, you’ll have water that's both more sustainable and cost effective for outdoor irrigation.

Rain barrels come with lid, overflow cap, pre-installed screen and ring, flex overflow hose, ball valve – spigot, re-usable zip ties, hose clamp and rubber washer. A di verter kit is not included.
Office of the City Manager

The City Manager reached out to Finmarc, the Stone Industrial site's owner, to discuss plans for the site. The City has expressed interest in partially utilizing the site for future community or public uses.

The City is finalizing an agreement with Prince George's County Public Schools for use of property north of the City's Department of Public Works and adjacent to 51st Avenue for a dog park. The City is working with M-NCPPC and Prince George's County on the approval process.

Several Councilmembers and the City Manager attended a University of Maryland meeting concerning the University's potential plans to use the University golf course for recreation fields. Discussions continue to be on-going.

The City is receiving architectural recommendations on how to proceed with the College Park Woods Pool property which the City recently acquired. A community meeting is anticipated this fall to discuss the community's interest in improvements to this neighborhood amenity.

City staff and University of Maryland representatives are participating in biweekly meetings with the City Hall project manager, architectural firm, and civil engineer to discuss and develop plans for a new city hall. Community outreach meetings are tentatively scheduled for September 27 and November 14; residents will be asked to provide input and comment on public spaces (like a public plaza, design features, parking, accessibility, etc.) during those meetings.
Office of the City Clerk

The City Clerk’s office has taken advantage of the Council-meeting-hiatus weeks this summer by cleaning out and reorganizing our file room. Thanks to our on-going digitization program, and following our state-approved Records Retention and Disposition Schedule, we have disposed of dumpsters-full of decades old video cassette and audio tapes and boxes of files that have been scanned.  
Department of Public Services

The Department's Administrative, Animal Control and Code Enforcement offices have moved to the Artemesia building located at 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 340. Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same, including the 24/7 Code hotline, however the new mailing address is City Hall, located at 4500 Knox Road.

Building permit applications are received and issued at the City's Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development located at the lower level of City Hall.

Applications for fall residential parking permits for Old Town are currently being accepted at City Hall lobby windows.

Patrols by Prince George's County Police, University of Maryland Police, and Code Enforcement have been increased in off-campus student housing areas for the beginning of the fall semester.
Department of Public Works
Old Parish House work continues on the window repairs and exterior repair. The contractor is approximately 70% complete and work is expected to continue into mid-September.

An RFP is expected to be advertised today for the replacement of the HVAC system at Youth and Family Services. The capital project will provide energy savings and improved climate control for the building. We expect the project to start late September and complete by the end of November.

Department crew power washed the Downtown Parking Garage stairwell this week.

Department crews continue to pick up large amounts of brush and debris from the August 13 storm on top of receiving large amounts of move-out bulk trash requests with the students returning.

The City will not have a shredding event this fall, however there is a community shredding event held tomorrow, Saturday, August 25 from 8-11am at the Prince George's County Community College, Largo Campus. Cars must be in line by 11am in order to receive service and no walk-ups are allowed. There is a four-box maximum per each personal car and no business vehicles are permitted.

Please contact the Department to schedule an appointment prior to placing bulk trash, appliances, brush or electronic recycling to the curb. Call early to schedule as slots fill quickly.

Yard Waste carts are currently available for City residents. The beige yard waste carts are offered to City residents for $25.00. Contact the Department for more information.

Requests for replacement street trees are now being accepted for fall planting. Call 240-487-3590 or email Brenda Alexander at balexander@collegeparkmd.gov for further information.

City of College Park property owners can utilize the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) for reimbursement of the cost of an approved tree up to $150.00 annually for tree(s) planted on their residential lot. Plan now for fall tree planting. See our website or call Brenda Alexander for more information.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at:
240-487-3590 or publicworks@

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave.
Did You Know?
SMARTLEAF® compost and wood mulch are available!

Delivery is available Monday-Friday for an additional fee. Compost is $28.00 per cubic yard and wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard. Material may be picked up at Public Works, during business hours.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
August 10 - 16, 2018
8/10 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Lakeland Road and 48th Avenue. 2 citations along with 14 warning citations were issued

8/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 5200 block of Campus Drive. 28 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

8/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue.  26 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

8/11 Contract officer responded to a call for service at the Home Depot located at 4700 Cherry Hill Road for a report of a robbery. The suspect entered the T/A and stole tools. As he was approached by an employee, the suspect showed a handgun and fled with the merchandise. Investigation is ongoing.

8/13 Contract officers provided additional patrols in the Hollywood and Sunnyside neighborhoods after the storm. 

8/14 Contract officer conducted an investigation at Kenesaw Street and 52nd Avenue after a report of a parked “dump” truck. The vehicle was removed by the owner.

8/15 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and De Pauw Place.  3 citations and 1 warning citation were issued

8/15 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 2 citations and 3 warning citations were issued.

8/15 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street. 1 citation and 4 warning citations were issued

8/16 Contract officer assisted the Code Enforcement Officer with a court order abatement in the 8300 block of Potomac Ave.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 30
Warnings: 80
Equipment Repair Orders: 17
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: 1
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 1
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
Back to School Backpack Bash CANCELLED
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 18-O-08, amending Chapter 38, Code of Ethics
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 18-O-09, amending Chapter 34, Elections
  • Closed Session to discuss a personnel matter: City Manager's Performance Evaluation
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