WEEKLY BULLETIN | February 1, 2019
Winter, snow and ice are definitely upon us. Visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/snow for tips, winter weather procedures, how to shovel, where to park and who to call about roads. Be up to date with the latest winter weather updates from the City by liking/following the City's official social media accounts - Twitter or Facebook .
Little Paint Branch Trail Closures
From Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation:

Public Notice
As of January 31, 2019

Little Paint Branch Trail Extension
  • Construction will be temporarily suspended due to weather-related issues. 
  • The 2.2 mile project (from Cherry Hill Road to Beltsville Community Center on Sellman Road) is 90% complete.
  • The contractor will return in March or April, depending on weather, to wrap up the project.
  • The trail is generally passable, but has small unfinished conditions throughout, such as unpaved sections, no signage or striping, fencing needs, power pole guy wire adjustments and other features that will be completed when construction resumes.
  • A major section of the trail adjacent to the Knights of Columbus property is not passable and will be fully posted as OFF LIMITS. Please do not try to use this section of trail and do not trespass on Knights of Columbus facility grounds to go around the construction site.

Little Paint Branch Trail Closure for Repairs
  • Just south of Cherry Hill Road, the existing Little Paint Branch Trail is being compromised by flood waters. Environmental Quality Resources (EQR) is addressing 3 trail washout and undermining locations, by conducting a 4-6 week long emergency streambank stabilization project for DPR. This work is underway as of January 28, 2019, and will continue until finished. For 2-3 weeks, the trail will be closed during the hours that the contractor is working at the site--Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM to 4 PM. 
  • Outside of these hours and on weekends the contractor will attempt to leave the trail passable. This will require trails users to use detours on unpaved areas adjacent to the pavement. Trail users should exercise caution. The portion of trail that has fallen into the stream channel will be blocked off at all hours until the base is will remain closed until fully stabilized and new paving is applied.

For further information contact the DPR Help Desk: 301-699-2255
Baltimore Avenue Road Closures
Starting on February 18, State Highway Administration will close two lanes on Baltimore Avenue from College Avenue to University Boulevard until November 30. Most of the work should be done during the night hours between 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
From State Highway Administration:

Northern Pipeline Construction Co.(NPL), under contract with Washington Gas(WG), will be relocating natural gas distribution pipeline in conflict with the roadway improvement project PG624517 proposed by Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration. Construction is anticipated to start February 18th, 2019 and conclude November 30, 2019; weather and system permitting. Most work will be performed during night hours between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am. In the event of inclement weather, NPL will cease construction until suitable conditions resume.

To facilitate the relocation, two lanes of traffic will need to be closed during construction. The lanes closed will vary from the two southbound lanes and the two northbound lanes depending on the section of pipeline being relocated. Sidewalk closures will not be necessary.

Those with questions for NPL before and while the work is taking place should contact Don Weller, NPL Construction Project Manager, at (571) 364-2048, or dweller@gonpl.com. Those with questions for Washington Gas should contact Randy Layne, Washington Gas Construction Project Supervisor, at (703) 408-0584, or rl05272@washgas.com.
Department of Public Works
Today, DPW crews have been performing snow removal operations on City streets, sidewalks and trails.

Requests for replacement street trees in right-of-ways, call 240-487-3590 or email Brenda Alexander at balexander@collegeparkmd.gov .

The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property, it’s called the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP). Click here for more information and application.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave.
Items available to purchase from the Department:

50-gallon rain barrels for $72. 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. Click here for more information.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
January 18 - 25, 2018
1/18 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of “shots fired” in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue. Area check with negative results.

1/19 Contract officers responded to a call for service for the activation of a residential burglary alarm in the 9000 block of Gettysburg Lane. The house was secured, unknown reason for alarm.
1/20 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of a 911 Hang up call from the Hampton in at 9670 Baltimore Avenue. The police assistance required.
1/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a red-light violation at Baltimore Avenue and Melbourne Place. The driver was very confrontational / hostile and was handcuffed for safety reasons. The driver was issued several citations and the vehicle was impounded. The officers use excellent communications skills and handled the incident very professionally. Handcuff and release report submitted.
1/22 Contract officers responded to the parking garage in reference to a homeless person in the stairwell. No shelters were available in the county therefore they were taken to a shelter in Washington DC. Officers spent 2 hours assisting this person as the temperature was below freezing. 
1/23 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. (73 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)
1/23 Contract officers impounded a vehicle for impeding traffic at Edgewood Road at 52 nd Place. This vehicle was displaying a Missouri Dealer tag. A second vehicle displaying a Missouri Dealer tag was located on Mangum Road. The owner was notified as the incident is still under investigation.
Due to the ongoing complaint regarding fire lane violations in the 4300 block of Hartwick Road we conducted several checks and issued 4 parking violations this week.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 48
Warnings: 96
Equipment Repair Orders: 10
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 6
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: 0
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 19
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
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
Workshop: Importance of Having a Will
Saturday, February 9
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Old Parish House
4711 Knox Road

Ms. Cereta A. Lee, the Register of Wills for Prince George’s County, with the City of College Park, presents a workshop on the Importance of Having a Will.

For more information, contact the City' s Clerk's Office at 240-487-3501. RSVP is not required.
Public Forum: Charter Review Commission
Monday, February 11
7:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
4500 Knox Road

The City of College Park has established a Charter Review Commission (CRC) to hear from our residents on the benefits and concerns associated with changing the length of the term for elected officials from two to four years, and on the benefits and concerns related to staggering those terms or having them run concurrently.

The Commission’s first Public Forum will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 4500 Knox Road.

If you prefer to submit your comments in writing, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/CRCcomment .

For more information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 240-487-3501.
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Public Hearing on Charter Amendment 19-CR-01
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