WEEKLY BULLETIN | February 28, 2020
Earlier February 26, demolition began on the old City Hall for the City Hall project. For more information about the project, click here . (📷 by Dave C.)
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Speed Hump Removal - Calvert Road

Please be advised that in conjunction with the closing of Campus Drive for the construction of the Purple Line Light Rail Project beginning this coming summer, the four (4) existing speed humps along Calvert Road will be removed to facilitate the temporary routing of METRO and DOTS buses to the College Park Metro Station Kiss & Ride located at the end of Calvert Road. The speed hump removal will begin on Monday March 2, 2020 and extend into next week. 
Senior Needs Assessment Survey

The Community and Senior Recreation Needs Assessment survey asks about recreational facilities, programs, transportation and services, and will assist in determining the current and future level of services for the community based on public input. 

The survey was mailed to randomly selected City households earlier this month, but is now open to every resident. Take the online survey here: www.collegeparksurvey.org/open .
Compost & Wood Mulch Deliveries Begin March 2!
Delivery services are resuming for College Park’s SMARTLEAF® Compost and Wood Mulch products! 
Our first day for delivery will be Monday, March 2, 2020. We will only be running one truck to start, so spots will fill up quickly until more trucks become available (likely the end of this month).

Request a Compost or Wood Mulch Delivery by clicking here .

You can also pickup material year-round at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740). Pickups Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In April, the Department will be open all four Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

For more information about  SMARTLEAF Compost  or  Wood Mulch , please click here .
Strategic Plan 2020-2025
What is your vision for College Park? What should the City do to achieve that vision by 2025? 

The City is developing a new Strategic Plan to help guide us over the next five years, and we need to hear from you! The City is working with Performance Breakthroughs, Inc. and they will facilitate four community meetings starting in March to hear from residents. Additionally, they will meet with other stakeholders, the City Council, and staff to help us create the best plan possible. We will have updates along the way, but expect a new plan to be presented to the City Council for final discussion and approval this summer. 

Please stay tuned to the City’s Weekly Bulletin, social media, and website for additional updates and notices in March regarding the public community meetings. You can see the City’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan here
Participate in the City’s 75th Anniversary Parade and Event!

The City’s 75th Anniversary celebration planning is underway! The event will feature a parade on Rhode Island Avenue followed by a festival at Duvall Field on June 6, 2020 beginning at 12 p.m. 

We are looking for College Park organizations to walk in the parade! Interested in having your group, club, school or organization participate? Please email events@collegeparkmd.gov with your organization/group’s name, brief description, and contact 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 are also available 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 .

(Photo courtesy of Terp Quest Camp)
Count Me in College Park!
Did you know that accurate Census information is important to businesses? Census data including trends in the population, projections of growth, and information on demographics are valuable to businesses. Businesses use the Census data for better decision-making regarding expansions, hiring strategies, and other business practices to decrease perceived risks and increase return on investments.

The City of College Park urges all households to fill out the form online, over the phone, or by mail. For more information, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development at 240-487-3538.
Good Neighbor Day
Good Neighbor Day 2020 volunteer registration is now open! This community-wide day of service will be held on Saturday, April 4 this year.

You can register to volunteer at  goodneighborday.umd.edu .
Purple Line Construction Updates
Beginning on or about March 2, 2020, crews will be reducing Campus Drive, between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road, to one lane for construction. The lane closure will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Flagging operations will occur to allow for two-way traffic. The road will re-open to one lane in each direction, daily after 3 p.m.

For more information or for further updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Deliveries for compost and wood mulch resume next week. Click here to submit a request for materials and delivery.

Replaced two single trash cans with two combo cans (trash and recycling) at the south side and north side of Rhode Island Avenue at the intersection with Greenbelt Road.

Met Community Forklift at the College Park Woods Pool to donate and repurpose/recycle old picnic tables, cabinets, and other reusable items.
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 17 - February 23, 2020
There was one Municipal Infraction issued for the Noise and zero issued for the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinance.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
February 14 - February 20, 2020
2/16 Contract officer responded to a call for service in the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue for a report of loud music. Officer noted the usual “car club” crowd was present, and a criminal citation was issued for loud music.

2/17 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign & Speed Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street.  2 warnings were issued.

2/18 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 34 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

2/18 Contract officer responded to a call for service for a loud music complaint in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue. While handling the complaint, one person was placed under arrest for possession of CDS.
 
2/18 Contract officer was flagged down regarding a woman shouting profanities inside the M & T Bank located at 4511 Knox Road. Investigation revealed that the female suspect attempted to cash a counterfeit check but was denied as she became disorderly. The suspect’s male accomplice cashed a counterfeit at the same location on 2/12/2020. Both suspects were arrested and transported to DOC for processing. One suspect lived in College Park as the second suspect was from Baltimore MD.

2/19 Contract officer observed a “panhandler” at Baltimore Avenue and Route 495 and issued a citation to the individual.

2/20 Contract officer observed 2 unoccupied suspicious vehicles in the 5000 block of Edgewood Road. Investigation revealed one of the vehicles displayed a stolen tag from California. The tag was recovered.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations:57
Warnings:189
Equipment Repair Orders: 9
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 11
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest:1
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 3
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 11
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 58
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 January 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 .
CITY EVENTS
Census Palooza
Saturday, March 21
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Duvall Field

Come out for a fun event with lots of local food, entertainment, kids activities and more as we celebrate all things Census! At the event you will learn more about the census, how to be counted and ask questions about it.
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 .
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings at Davis Hall 9217 51st Ave
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
  • Possible Closed Session during the meeting
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 20-O-03

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
  • Public Hearing on Charter Resolution 20-CR-01

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 9, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Youth and Family Services Building (4912 Nantucket Rd.)
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