WEEKLY BULLETIN | February 5, 2021
College Park Dinosaur Hunt

Looking for a free, fun, and socially distant activity to do with the family? Look no further than the College Park Dinosaur Hunt happening next weekend, February 13 and 14. Pictures of dinosaurs will be popping up in locations across College Park for your family to find for the chance to win a gift card to a College Park business of your choosing.

Bingo cards will be posted on the event’s website (collegeparkdinos.com) on February 13, as well as a map featuring the locations across the City where dinosaurs can be found. Submit a picture of your bingo card to the City’s social media pages (Facebook: City of College Park, MD; Twitter: @collegepark_md; Instagram: @collegeparkmd) or email your picture to events@collegeparkmd.gov for a chance to win a gift card to a local College Park business of your choosing.

Participants are encouraged to hunt for dinosaurs during daylight hours and can search from a vehicle or on foot. All participants not in a vehicle are required to wear face coverings and maintain safe social distancing. For more information on the College Park Dinosaur Hunt, visit: collegeparkdinos.com.
All City Offices Are Closed For Presidents' Day

All City offices are closed on Monday, February 15, 2021 for Presidents' Day. Refuse and recycling will be collected one day later than usual and special collections will only occur on Friday, February 19.
Closure and Detour at Navahoe Street

Maryland State Highway Administration is planning to close Navahoe Street between US 1 and the Campus Village Shopping Center entrance on Navahoe Street on or about Wednesday, February 3. The street closure will last about 3 weeks, weather permitting. The reason for the street closure is to replace an existing sewer main along this portion of Navahoe Street. Attached is a picture of the detour plan.

For any concerns, visit: https://www.roads.maryland.gov/OC/D3_LANE_CLOSURES.pdf or contact Mr. Vladimir Tanchev, MDOT SHA Project Engineer, at 410-925-4596. 
University of Maryland Child Development Center
The University of Maryland’s Child Development Center, operated by Bright Horizons, is scheduled to open February 1, 2021.
The Center is located on the City’s property at 4601 Calvert Road. In return for leasing the property at no cost to the University, City residents not affiliated with the University have priority for 14 slots at the Center. City residents who are affiliated with the University are also given a priority. For more information, visit www.brighthorizons.com/umd.
Hotel Resiliency Relief Fund

The County has launched the $11 million Hotel Resiliency Relief Fund. Applications are open until February 24. Hotels and similar establishments that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply. Applications are being accepted until February 24. To learn more and apply, visit: https://hotelresiliency.princegeorgescountymd.gov/.
MD Governor Hogan Proposes $1Billion COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced plans to ask lawmakers to approve a state coronavirus relief package of individual payments for lower-income Marylanders, help for small businesses and a slew of tax cuts that would cost about $1 billion. For more information, visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/reliefact/.
MD Comptroller Announces Tax Delay for Small Businesses

Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot, announced a forbearance for business tax returns and payments. For more information, visit: https://www.marylandtaxes.gov/media/index.php or view the press release at https://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/MDCOMP-2b44a69?wgt_ref=MDCOMP_WIDGET_C7.
Purple Line Station Sector Plan

On December 9, 2020, the Prince George's County Planning Department held a virtual kickoff meeting for the Adelphi Road-UMGC/UMD Purple Line Station Area Sector Plan. For more information, please visit the project website: https://bit.ly/ARPLSSP and/or access the links below (includes both English and Spanish language material):
City Updates During COVID-19

Summary of current COVID-19 requirements:

Click here to review a quick summary of current COVID-19 requirements from the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County. This is not a comprehensive list, but is meant to be used as a guide to help all College Park residents understand the requirements, how to report issues, and the enforcement of those requirements.
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 Pilot Program, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information related to snow removal operations visit: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/snow.

To view the City Code regarding sidewalk snow removal, visit: § 141-5 Maintenance of public sidewalks. 

To view a live map showing snow removal progress during active snow alerts, visit: https://511portal.com/collegeparkmd.
Pepco Electric Power Line Clearance Work

PEPCO will be continuing their electric power line tree clearance work in 2021. The planned work is scheduled to occur along Metzerott Road and in the College Park Woods neighborhood, as well as along Route 193 between Rhode Island Ave and US Route 1, and will continue north on Route 1 into Beltsville. There are tree removals planned along Metzerott Road near the PEPCO sub-station across from the Archives entrance, which have been approved by Prince George’s County as Metzerott Road is a County maintained road. Replacement trees will be planted when the line clearance work is complete. An uprooting/leaning black cherry tree is also planned for removal along Route 193 adjacent to the Attick Towers garden. A small size maturing tree has been requested to replace this tree.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
January 24 - January 31, 2021
There were 2 Municipal Infractions issued for one violation of the Noise Ordinance. There were none issued for Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
January 22 - January 28, 2021
1/23 Contract officers responded to a call for service for vehicles revving their engines in the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue. The crowd dispersed as the officers arrived.

1/23 Contract officers responded to a loud party complaint in the 4700 block of Berwyn House Road. 15 persons were attending the party as 3 student referrals were submitted. 

1/25 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue. 1 citation and 4 warnings were issued.

1/25 Contract Officer conducted a traffic stop in the 5000 block of Berwyn Road. The driver bailed out of the vehicle and made good on his escape. The vehicle was reported stolen as the investigation is ongoing.

1/26 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue. 2 citations and 2 warnings were issued.

1/26 Contract officer responded to a call for service for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 9200 block of Narragansett Parkway. Officer seized marijuana and completed a Field Observation Report

1/26 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a speeding vehicle at Narragansett Parkway and Mineola Road. Driver received citations, vehicle impounded, and marijuana was seized from the vehicle.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 29
Warnings: 51
Equipment Repair Orders: 6
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 2
Field Observation Report: 13
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: 13
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 3
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
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 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.
Bike Lane Design Meeting

Please join College Park staff and consultants RK&K at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021 to learn more about the design of protected bike lanes on Rhode Island Avenue between Greenbelt Road and Muskogee Street. The City has been coordinating with Prince George’s County DPW&T and WMATA to improve safety for all road users along this stretch of Rhode Island Avenue. The City will present updated plans and will accept public comments and feedback before finalizing the design.

To join the virtual meeting, click on the Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/98547898779?pwd=WWVFTmxzVllZcWtYcnFPSlN3OEdsUT09 or dial in at 301-715-8592.
The President's Task Force on Community Policing Listening Session

The University of Maryland’s President’s Task Force on Community is hosting a virtual listening session on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. where the community can share their experiences about campus safety.

This listening session will be facilitated by staff and faculty from UMD, and is a separate endeavor from the ongoing efforts around policing organized by the City of College Park. Registration is required at https://umd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I04QjZ--Skuk6y9YhdJM4Q. For more information, visit: go.umd.edu/TFCP.
Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas

The City of College Park’s Educational Advisory Committee invite you to join us for a Town Hall with Joshua Thomas, District 2 Board of Education representative on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The focus of this virtual meeting is to have a dialogue about virtual learning, share collective experiences and address concerns about the remainder of the school year. Use this link to participate: zoom.us/j/97952972640.

1. Updates from PGCPS on 2020-2021 school year
2. Q&A session with community members

Questions may be sent ahead of the town hall to families@collegeparkmd.gov.
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 Police Meeting: Wednesday, February 10 - One Time Schedule Change
Webinar (every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.)
Join by phone: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 828 5917 0824, Password: 241758
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