WEEKLY BULLETIN | December 11, 2020
Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas

Join us on Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m. when we host a virtual Q&A with Prince George's County District 2 Board of Education representative Joshua Thomas. The discussion will include plans for the upcoming school year. To join, please visit the link: https://zoom.us/j/97952972640 or dial-in at 301-715-8592. Sponsored by the City's Education Advisory Committee. 
All City Offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday

All City offices will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2020 for the Christmas holiday. Special collections will only be scheduled for Thursday, December 24, 2020.
Deck the City Holiday Contest

The City's Deck the City Holiday Decorating Contest starts tomorrow, December 5 and runs through December 20, 2020. Due to the pandemic, this year's contest looks a bit different. To ensure safe physical distancing, all entries must have photos of the decorations in order to be entered. Nominated homes will be posted on the City's Facebook page. The photo with the most likes will be the online digital winner! More prizes and winners will be announced, including Mayor's Choice.

Click here to enter the contest. You can find previous winners and contest rules at: www.collegeparkmd.gov/deckthecity.
City of College Park Earns Perfect Score in the Municipal Equality Index

The City of College Park has a earned a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for the City’s commitment to the health, welfare, safety, equality and inclusiveness of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. “The City of College Park aims to be a welcoming community for all, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity;” said Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn, “this rating by the Human Rights Campaign recognizes our true commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity.”

The MEI analyzes and rates municipal laws, policies, and services based on their inclusiveness of the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Released on December 3, 2020, the ninth annual MEI scorecard rated a total of 506 cities on 49 different criteria in the United States. The 2020 Municipal Equality Index report and press release can be found here.
Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants

Through the Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is awarding federal Community Development Block Grant funding across local jurisdictions in Maryland to prevent evictions. DHCD had already distributed $2.2 million in Eviction Prevention Partnership grants to eight counties, part of a more than $20 million partnership with Maryland's local jurisdictions. Landlords and tenants should contact their local jurisdiction for more information. This is in addition to the Assisted Housing Relief Program. Moratoriums on evictions during State of Emergency are still in place.
Restaurant Relief Program

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced an appropriation of $6 million to assist restaurants and food service establishments that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Restaurant Resiliency Fund will provide grants up to $25,000 to Prince George’s County-based restaurants and food establishments to promote long-term sustainability and resiliency of businesses operations, support COVID-19 safety measures, and support businesses operating at reduced capacity.

Applications will be accepted between November 13, 2020 and December 18, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant will be awarded on a rolling basis. For more information, visit: https://www.pgcedc.com/restaurantfund.
Neighborhood BusinessWorks Opportunity Zone Microgrants

The State of Maryland is offering microgrants to support business investment in Maryland’s designated Opportunity Zones. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Neighborhood BusinessWorks Program will be offering "Opportunity Zone Microgrants" ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to start-up and expanding businesses located within an Opportunity Zone. Applications will be accepted beginning November 17, 2020, and funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more eligibility details and application information, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Business/Pages/OZ-Microgrant.aspx
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:

Business & Individual Grant Statistics:
  • Small Business Assistance Grants awarded: 58 totaling $894,988.71
  • Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants awarded: 28 totaling $133,666.00

Business Assistance & Facade Improvement Grant Statistics:
  • 6 application awarded, totaling $74,813.42
  • 4 applications pending, totaling $32,607.72
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.
MDOT SHA Upcoming Project Activity Notice

  • Where: US 1 (Baltimore Ave) College Park Improvement Project between College Avenue/Regents Drive and MD 193 (University Blvd)
  • Activity: Intermittent removal of sidewalks, excavation and electricity infrastructure work beginning September 2020
  • Work Hours for this Activity: Weekdays, 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. Additional work times may be needed to expedite this activity. Equipment used for construction may be disruptive.

For more information, contact Mr. Vladimir Tanchev, MDOT SHA Project Engineer, at 410-925-4596.
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 

Click for more information, or visit: www.colllegeparkmd.gov/products.
Curbside Leaf Collections:
Curbside leaf vacuuming will be in the following areas next week: SA7-North End and Sunnyside; SA5-Rhode Island Avenue West, Autoville and Cherry Hill; SA2-Old Town/West Knox; SA4-Lakeland/Berwyn.

During Curbside Leaf Collection, signs are posted in your neighborhood in advance of the scheduled collection dates. To ensure collection, put leaves out by the first day listed, calendar may show more than one day, but we only collect once per street, per collection cycle. The collection calendar will be updated as the schedule changes. Look for signs posted in your neighborhood. Click here for the City’s leaf plan and calendar. 
Public Works is staffed around the clock during snow events. Please visit the Public Works webpage, for information related to snow removal operations at www.collegeparkmd.gov/snow. For more information call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

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 Pilot Program, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Recycling and Reuse Reminders:
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative. If you have leftover gift bags from last year, reuse them, or try using newspaper, brown paper bags, or even a piece of fabric. Use natural pine cones, jute, raffia ribbon, or hemp twine to finish off a gift.
  • Wrapping paper without foil, glitter, plastic or wax coating can be recycled. Tip: If you can scrunch it up and it stays scrunched up in a ball, it’s paper-based and can be recycled.
  • Empty, flatten and recycle shipping and gift boxes. An overflow of boxes can be stacked next to your cart.
  • Bows, ribbon, packing material such as Styrofoam, straps, and plastic wrap are not accepted in the blue recycling cart.
  • Recycle your holiday lights at MOM’s Organic Market, November 27th – January 31. In addition, year-round they accept cell phones and tablets, batteries, eyeglasses, shoes, oyster shells and natural cork for recycling.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
November 30 - December 6, 2020
There were two Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise Ordinance and none for the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinance.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
November 27 - December 3, 2020
11/27 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 7100 block of Baltimore Avenue and issued 14 “Mobile” Camera violations.

11/27 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue and issued 77 “Mobile” Camera violations.

11/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 Baltimore Avenue and issued 72 “Mobile” Camera violations.

11/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4900 Greenbelt Road and issued 9 “Mobile” Camera violations.

11/30 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 1 citation and 3 warnings were issued.

12/1 Contract officer arrested an individual for vandalizing several street signs in the Cherry Hill neighborhood. The suspect was arrested in the 8700 block of Baltimore Avenue.

12/1 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue and issued 30 “Mobile” Camera violations.

12/2 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 2 citations and 2 warnings were issued.

12/2 Contract officer was conducting “Loud Exhaust Enforcement” at Rhode Island Avenue and Greenbelt Road. 4 vehicles were stopped and 3 citations, 1 warning, and 1 ERO were submitted.

12/3 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) along Saint Andrews Place at various intersections and stopped 4 vehicles for failure to stop at stop signs. 4 citations were submitted.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 41
Warnings: 63
Equipment Repair Orders: 4
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: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 10
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 20
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 October 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.
Public Hearing Notice
On the establishment of Permit Restricted Parking on Beechwood Road, east of US 1 to Rhode Island Avenue

The Mayor and Council of the City of College Park have received several complaints that non-residents are parking on Beechwood Road for extended periods of time which is negatively impacting the residents who live there. The Mayor and Council will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. on the possibility of establishing a Residential Permit Restricted Parking Zone to address these concerns.

The proposed zone would be enforced Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a 2-hour allowance for parking without a permit to allow for deliveries and short-term visitors. Each household in the Permit zone would be allowed up to 5 Resident permits and 2 Visitor permits. Residential permits are now free. The proposal is to reconsider permit parking after two years.

If you are unable to participate in the virtual meeting but would like to comment on this matter, you may submit written comment in advance. In order to be received by the Council as part of the record, the comment must include the full name and address of the person submitting the comment, and be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing to cpmc@collegeparkmd.gov.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501 and describe the assistance that is necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 240-487-3501 and we will be happy to assist you.
Notice of Outcome
Traffic Calming in the 5000 Block of Fox Street

The Mayor and Council of the City of College Park held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 to take public comment on the petition request to install a traffic calming device (speed hump) in the 5000 Block of Fox Street.

Following the Public Hearing, the Mayor and Council approved the installation of a traffic calming device on this block, to be located at the discretion of the City Engineer. The City Engineer anticipates installation will be completed next spring, dependent on the weather.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 240-487-3501 and we will be happy to assist you.
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

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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