WEEKLY BULLETIN | December 18, 2020
All City Offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday and New Years Day

All City offices will be closed at 12 noon on Thursday, December 24 and all day on Friday, December 25, 2020 for the Christmas holiday. Special collections will only be scheduled for Thursday, December 24, 2020. In addition, all City offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021 for New Years Day. Special collections will only be scheduled for Thursday, December 31, 2020.
Deck the City Holiday Contest

The City's Deck the City holiday decorating contest wraps up this Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Be sure to get your nominations in!

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.
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.
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:

The City’s COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grants and Individual/Family Emergency Assistance programs ended on December 10th. Finance staff was able to process a number of applications over the weekend and pay by the County’s December 15 payment deadline. In total, since the inception of these two programs in June 2020, the City provided $1,156,583 to 65 College Park Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations; and $194,405 to 43 College Park residents.
Also, during this time the City provided $174,000 to support local food assistance programs – College Park Meals on Wheels, College Park Community Food Bank and Route 1 Communities Care. With that funding those organizations provided thousands of meals to College Park and surrounding area families and individuals, as well as supporting College Park restaurants.

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: SA6-Rhode Island Avenue East; SA3-Estates & Yarrow; SA8-College Park Woods, Crystal Springs, Acredale and Patricia Court.

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.
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.
Wednesday’s snow event went smoothly. Public Works is staffed around the clock during snow events, if you have a question or concern, call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov. For more information related to snow removal operations visit: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/snow. To view the City Code regarding sidewalk snow removal, visit: § 141-5 Maintenance of public sidewalks. To view a live map showing snow removal progress during active snow alerts, visit: https://511portal.com/collegeparkmd.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
December 7 - December 13, 2020
There were no Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise or the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
December 4 - December 10, 2020
12/5 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 90100 Baltimore Avenue and issued 60 “Mobile” Camera violations.

12/8 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4900 Greenbelt Road and issued 9 “Mobile” Camera violations.

12/9 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 2 citations and 3 warnings were issued.

12/10 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9100 Block of Baltimore Ave and issued 38 “Mobile” Camera violations.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 36
Warnings: 41
Equipment Repair Orders: 0
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 1
Field Observation Report: 4
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: 11
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.
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.
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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