WEEKLY BULLETIN | February 21, 2020
D id you know that in 2019 the City diverted 12 tons of food waste from the landfill, planted 82 street trees, conducted 5,861 residential inspections, provided 150 youth and their families with counseling and answered 848 calls for Animal Control?

See all this and more in our 2019 State of the City here .
Pepco Tree Work

PEPCO is beginning to plan for routine tree work to maintain required clearance from the overhead electric lines to provide for reliable electric service and reduce outages caused by trees. The PEPCO planners will be working in all City neighborhoods planning for line clearance work this year, beginning in The College Park Estates and Yarrow neighborhoods. All trees, including those on private property, growing near the electric power lines will be inspected by an arborist to determine what will need to be done, whether pruning will accomplish the required clearance or a tree removal may be needed. Pepco arborists will leave a door hanger with contact information if a tree on private property is planned for trimming or removal. Residents should respond directly to the planner with comments or questions related to the tree work planned for their privately owned tree.

The City will be working with PEPCO planners to review the tree work plan and approve or deny work planned on trees in the public right-of-way. PEPCO representatives will be making a presentation to the City Council on March 17th to discuss the 2020 scheduled line clearance work in College Park. Be sure to watch the presentation for additional information.
City Youth UMD Summer Camp Scholarships
For Rising K-12 City Students

Summer is almost here!

The City of College Park provides scholarships for rising kindergarteners through 12th graders who are College Park residents to summer camps held at the University of Maryland in the summer of 2020.

Click here to Apply!  The application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020 and applications will be available on the City’s website or at the City’s Youth and Family Services building located at 4912 Nantucket Rd. The application will contain a non-comprehensive list of available summer camps at the University of Maryland, along with instructions as to how to find more camp offerings.

Please remember our application is not an application for a summer camp, only an application for the scholarship.

For questions, please contact Latisha Moore at the City’s Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services at (240)487-3552 or  lmoore@collegeparkmd.gov .
Count Me in College Park!
Can you be counted for the 2020 Census if you are not a permanent resident of the U.S.? YES! Noncitizen U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (immigrants), temporary migrants (such as foreign students), humanitarian migrants (such as refugees and asylees), and unauthorized migrants need to be counted. The Census Bureau does not share any personally identifiable information with any other agency, including law enforcement. All data at the Census Bureau, whether obtained from surveys or records from other agencies, are protected from disclosure and kept confidential under the law.

The City of College Park urges all households to fill out the form online, over the phone, or by mail. For more information, click https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the Planning Department at 240-487-3538.
Food Scrap Drop-Off
New drop-off location open in the southern part of the City!
Instead of putting food scraps in the trash, City residents can drop them off for FREE at the following locations:
  • Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park – available 24/7
  • Old Town Playground/Community Garden (7504 Columbia Ave.) – available 24/7

The new drop-off location is in the southern part of the City on Columbia Avenue near the Old Town Playground, between Norwich Road and College Avenue.

Five-gallon food scrap buckets are still available at the Department of Public Works. Pick up during regular business hours (Mon-Fri 7:30 am to 4:00 pm). The buckets are useful to transport collected food scraps to the drop off location.

Acceptable items: fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds and tea leaves; dry goods - breads, pasta, nuts, rice and grains; dairy products, eggs and egg shells; meat, fish, poultry and bones – cooked or uncooked; food soiled paper products – napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, and tea bags.

Please DO NOT include plastic products of any kind, pet or human waste, diapers, clam or oyster shells, grease or fats, or ash from wood or charcoal. For more information about how to collect or drop-off food scraps, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/foodscraps .
Purple Line Construction Updates
For all Purple Line Construction Updates including lane closures, road work and more, please visit: www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
Department of Public Works
Compost and wood mulch deliveries resume the first week in March, weather permitting. Call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to place your order. Please provide name, address, phone, email, and directions for offloading material. Credit card information will be needed when we speak with you.
Three landscape crew members attended Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, Playground Maintenance Course, on Wednesday, February 19.
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. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Items available to purchase from the Department:

55-gallon rain barrels for $72 (don't forget about the County's rain check rebate to offset the cost!). 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 only. Click here for more information.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
February 10 - February 16, 2020
There were no Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise or Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
February 8 - February 13, 2020
2/7 Contract officers responded to a call for service in the 5000 block of Kenesaw Street in which an older male followed a college student home. The intoxicated suspect was located and charged accordingly. Investigation is ongoing.

2/12 Contract officer observed a traffic violation at Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane. Traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was arrested for possession of 51 grams of marijuana.

2/13 Contract officer observed a traffic violation at Greenbelt Road and Rhode Island Avenue and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant. 

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations:75
Equipment Repair Orders: 19
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 2
Field Observation Report: 9
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest:0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 1
Warrant Arrest: 1
Premise Checks: 11
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 75
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 1
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
Monthly Public Safety Maps
The December 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 .
Census Palooza
Saturday, March 21
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Duvall Field

Join us as we celebrate the 2020 Census with food, games, music & much more!
Brunch with Bunny
Saturday, March 28
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
College Park Community Center

You're invited to Brunch with Bunny!

Join us on Saturday, March 28 from 11am until 1pm at the College Park Community Center (5051 Pierce Ave). Children of all ages are invited to visit with the Bunny!

The first 200 guests will enjoy free refreshments. Bring your camera to capture photos with the Bunny & Friends. Arts & Crafts and a Magical Show at 11:30 a.m. will entertain!

For more information, email events@collegeparkmd.gov .
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
at Davis Hall 9217 51st Ave
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Placeholder: Closed Session after the meeting to consult with Counsel on a legal matter, and to consider the proposal for a business to locate in Prince George's County.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – Time TBD
  • Mayor and Council Budget Worksession

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – If Needed Time TBD
  • Mayor and Council Budget Worksession
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Jason's Deli

Community Police Meeting
  • March 5, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Location to be determined.
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