WEEKLY BULLETIN | February 22, 2019
Did you know, this past Wednesday, the City saw about 3.2 inches of snow? Prepare yourself for the next winter storm by visiting www.collegeparkmd.gov/snow. There you'll find tons of information, tips, resources and more regarding snow and winter weather.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Early Gardener Special - 25% off SMARTLEAF® Compost!
Calling all gardeners - get the City's screened SMA RTLEAF® Compost for 25% off now thro ugh April 30, 2019!*
 
For a limited time only, the City is offering our top-grade screened compost for only $21/cubic yard – 25% off its regular price of $28/cubic yard!

You must pick-up your purchase at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue), Monday through Friday, between 7:30 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Department will be open on Saturdays in April from 7:30 a.m. until noon.

For more information about the City's SMARTLEAF® compost, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/compost or call 240.487.3590.

*Discount is for pick up only. While supplies last. City residency is not required.
City Summer UMD Youth Camp Scholarships
For Rising K-12 City Students
Summer is almost here!

CLICK HERE  for a City of College Park Scholarship Application to a University of Maryland Summer 2019 Youth Camp. 

The application deadline is March 11, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

This application also has a non-comprehensive list of available summer camps at the University of Maryland, along with instructions as to how to find more camp offerings. 

This 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 .
Bus Stop Relocations at College Park Metro
From Maryland Purple Line:

Effective March 18, 2019, the College Park Metro Bus Loop access will be closed long-term for Purple Line construction. The existing 5 bus stops within the bus loop will be relocated to the southbound right-hand lane of River Road. Additional bus stops may be added at a later date; at that time a revised notice will be provided. See illustration below for long-term bus stop locations. 

Please note that the right-hand southbound lane along River Road will have buses queue up at the temporary bus stops between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.

As work continues, we will strive to keep you informed of the progress of this exciting project. For information on construction activities, schedules and other updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction . For immediate construction concerns, please email us at outreach@pltcllc.com or call the construction hotline at 240-424-5325.

All activities are subject to change due to traffic, weather or emergency situations.
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 .
CITY DEPARTMENTS
Department of Public Works
Department worked the sixth snow event of the season this past Wednesday. We received about 3.2 inches of snow in the City during that winter storm. Our crews performed snow removal operations on City streets, sidewalks and trails.

For the Presidents Day holiday this past week, curbside refuse and recycling collection shifted forward one day. Due to the snow storm on Wednesday, refuse and recycling services had to be delayed so City crews could effectively plow and treat roads. We apologize for any inconvenience. We encourage all residents to sign up for College Park Connected emails (like this one) to get alerts for any service disruptions.

The Department reinstalled a knocked-down City of College Park gateway sign on Thursday.

This is the time of year to plant trees -would you like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home? Contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options, 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov .

Are you thinking of adding a tree to your property this Spring? 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
February 8 - 14, 2019
From the Prince George's County Police Department: When you are out and about, please remember to remove valuables from an unattended vehicle.
2/8 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. (68 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)

2/10 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4900 block of Greenbelt Road. (37 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)

2/12 Contract officer assisted District I patrol officers with a recovered stolen vehicle located in the creek bed in the 9600 block of Autoville Drive.

2/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) on Saint Andrews Place. No violations were noted.

2/14 Contract officer observed a parked suspicious vehicle in the 9000 block of Gettysburg Lane. As the officer approached, they could smell the odor of burning marijuana. The occupants were checked for outstanding warrants and sent on their way.    

Due to the ongoing complaint regarding fire lane violations in the 4300 block of Hartwick Road we conducted several checks and issued 1 parking violation this week.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 64
Warnings: 126
Equipment Repair Orders: 10
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 7
Field Observation Report: 5
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: 12
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 2/Berwyn - Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 5
Zone 2/Berwyn - Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
CITY EVENTS
Public Forum: Charter Review Commission
Monday, March 11
7:30 p.m.
Davis Hall
9217 51st Avenue

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 second Public Forum will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Davis Hall, 9217 51st Avenue.

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.
1st Thirsty Thursdays
Thursday, February 7
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Taqueria Habanero
8145 Baltimore Ave

Join the City/University Community every FIRST Thursday (of most months) for 1st Thirsty Thursday! Eat, drink and have laughs with colleagues and neighbors!

This event is appropriate for children of all ages (1 to 101).

This month's event will be held at Taqueria Habanero.

Events are held monthly, visit  www.collegeparkmd.gov/events  or our  Facebook event page  for future locations.
UPCOMING CITY MEETINGS
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-O-03

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
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