WEEKLY BULLETIN | December 3, 2021
New City Hall Opens December 6, 2021

The City of College Park is very excited to announce the opening of our brand new City Hall on Monday, December 6, 2021. City Departments of Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Planning & Community Development, and Public Services will be moving to the new building. Please note our new address 7401 Baltimore Avenue (between Knox Road and Lehigh Road), but office hours and phone numbers remain the same. 

For more details click here.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
2021 ARPA Assistance Grants

The City has established two programs to assist businesses, non-profits, and residents address negative financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Program Act (ARPA) has provided funds that the City is using for these and many other projects. Each program is summarized below. The goal of these programs is to help our residents, businesses and non-profits get back on their feet and better prepared to be financially successful in the future. For additional information, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/arpa.

Have questions? Email arpa@collegeparkmd.gov with questions for any of the City's ARPA programs.
City Earns Perfect Score on Municipal Equality Index

We are very proud to announce that the City of College Park is a welcoming and inclusive home for everyone. The City earned perfect marks on the Human Right Campaign’s 2021 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for the City’s laws, policies, and services for our LGBTQ+ community. The MEI rates 506 cities across the nation on 49 different criteria, of which College Park scored 100 out of 100 points. This recognition showcases the City’s commitment to celebrate diversity and work towards equity, part of a key objective of our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.
 
Thank you to our residents, Mayor and Council, and staff for making the City of College Park a community for all! To read the full report or learn more, please visit hrc.org/mei. To learn more about the City’s Strategic Plan, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/strategicplan.
The City is Hiring!

The City has several positions open! To apply, visit https://collegeparkmd.applicantpool.com/jobs/.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 


Click for more information, or visit: www.colllegeparkmd.gov/products.
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 Changes, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wood mulch is back in stock. All deliveries are finished for the season, but material is available year-round for pick up, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Bring a shovel and containers and be prepared to dig.
Pepco Clearance Line Work

Ongoing PEPCO line clearance work in the College Park Woods neighborhood. Asplundh, PEPCO’s contracted tree company, will be pruning trees to achieve required clearance from the overhead power lines. Notification letters have been sent to residents, by PEPCO, to alert them of the planned work. Please contact Public Works 240-487-3590 with any questions related to the planned line clearance tree work. 
Curbside Leaf Collection

Curbside leaf collection is scheduled for the following areas next week, December 6-10, 2021:
  • Monday, SA6-Rhode Island Avenue East
  • Tuesday, finish SA6-Rhode Island Avenue East, start SA3-Estates and Yarrow
  • Wednesday, finish SA3 Estates & Yarrow
  • Thursday, SA1-Calvert Hills
  • Friday, finish SA1-Calvert Hills
*Note: If we have already been down your street, we will not return until the next scheduled collection, so put your leaves out by the first day advertised. Click here for the leaf calendar for December.

Curbside Leaf Collection Tips
  • Bagging is not necessary during leaf collection with vacuums. Grass can be included in your leaf piles, but no sticks, branches, vines, or woody materials (these items require a special collection, call to schedule). 
  • Rake leaves to the curb but do not put them in the street. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains as the leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars.
  • Remove tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. These items damage the equipment and cause delays.
  • Noise and dust may be noticeable as dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Weekly yard waste collections on regular trash collection days are ongoing, if yours is inadvertently missed, please call for a special collection 240-487-3590.
Updates During Winter Emergencies

The Department of Public Works plows and treats City maintained streets and City parking lots to clear snow and ice during winter storms. Public Works crews are staffed around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the 51 road miles of City streets. For questions, or to report a City road that hasn't been plowed, please contact the Department at 240-487-3590. 

Updates will be posted on the City’s website, all City social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and emailed (sign up here). 

Click here for helpful information on how the Department of Public Works handles snow plowing and road treatments throughout the City.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
 
Information will be provided in next Weekly Bulletin.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity

Information will be provided in next Weekly Bulletin.
Monthly Public Safety Maps

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
City Hall Ribbon-Cutting & Dedication Ceremony
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.
7401 Baltimore Avenue

The event will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Free parking will be available at the Downtown College Park Parking Garage during the event.

The ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony will take place outdoors. Please dress appropriately. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and maintain physical distance. 

In accordance with current COVID-19 health and safety protocols, masks must be worn indoors by all guests, regardless of vaccination status. By participating in this event, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19.
Deck the City Holiday Decorating Contest

It’s that time of year again to get into the festive spirit with some twinkling lights, inflatable characters, and tons of garland! The City’s annual Deck the City Holiday Decorating Contest is back! 

Nominate your own home, your neighbor's home, or as many awesomely decorated homes you see in College Park! The nomination period is between December 1 through 19, 2021


For contest details, rules, and more, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/deckthecity. Come on, College Park, let's see your holiday spirit SHIINE!
Please note that by participating in City events, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
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 Public Safety Discussion:
Zoom Meeting (every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.)
Join by phone: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 961 6899 4626
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