WEEKLY BULLETIN | January 21, 2022
Serve on the Restorative Justice Commission

The Mayor and Council of the City of College Park are seeking applicants for the newly formed Restorative Justice Commission (RJC). Building on the report of the Restorative Justice Steering Committee, the RJC will recommend concrete restorative actions to the Mayor and Council to redress the harms impacting current and past African American residents and their descendants. Elements of the restorative justice process may include discovering and memorializing the truth of governmental actions impacting the City’s African American community, understanding the harm done, and providing opportunities for healing.

The RJC will have specific areas of focus as described in Resolution 21-R-25. The Commission will meet monthly and may form subcommittees that may meet more often. To apply for a position on the RJC, please complete an application (click here) and submit it to Janeen S. Miller at jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov by February 14, 2022.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Miller at jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov or call 240-487-3501. For more information, visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/boards.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
COVID-19 Updates

Additional COVID-19 Testing Site Opening in College Park - Starting Saturday, January 15
Thanks to M-NCPPC, Express Healthcare will be able to expand its services to provide additional rapid and PCR testing in the community at:

Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740.

Testing will operate Monday through Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 -7:00 pm. No appointment needed. Drive-Up Only. The opening of this site will assist in reducing traffic congestion on Baltimore Avenue and in the Lakeland community and provide additional testing in the community.

COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit Distribution
County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that the Prince George’s County Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management will begin handing out 25,000 at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits at designated locations each week, in partnership with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).

For more information about the distribution schedule, COVID-19 testing, or to use the County’s testing site locator, visit health.mypgc.us/COVIDTesting.

Other COVID-19 Related Information



2021 ARPA Assistance Grants

The City has established two programs to assist businesses, non-profits, and residents address negative financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Program Act (ARPA) has provided funds that the City is using for these and many other projects. The goal of these programs is to help our residents, businesses and non-profits get back on their feet and better prepared to be financially successful in the future. For program information, including requirements and applications, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/arpa.

Have questions? Email arpa@collegeparkmd.gov with questions for any of the City's ARPA programs.
New Playground at the College Park Community Center/Paint Branch Elementary School

Join us for a virtual community meeting on Microsoft Teams: New playground at the College Park Community Center/Paint Branch Elementary School at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27. To RSVP visit: pgparks.com/rsvp.
Old Town Historic District Local Advisory Committee

The Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission is seeking interested residents and property owners who live in the Old Town College Park Historic District and/or in the City of College Park to volunteer to serve on the Old Town College Park Historic District Local Advisory Committee (LAC). The Local Advisory Committee reviews Historic Area Work Permits (HAWPs) and development applications that impact the Old Town College Park Historic District and provides comments and recommendations to the Historic Preservation Commission on those applications.
If you are interested in volunteering on the LAC, please send an expression of interest as a letter or email to HistoricPreservation@ppd.mncppc.org. The deadline for submittals is Friday, January 28, 2022. For more details, visit: https://www.mncppc.org/496/Whats-New.
Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund

The State announced the $248 million Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund. It will be administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to support mortgage relief, home repairs, housing counseling, and legal services. For program details, visit: http://homeownerassistance.maryland.gov.

US 1 at Hotel Drive Pedestrian Detour Notice

A crosswalk detour on Baltimore Avenue/US 1 at Hotel Drive is planned to begin on or about January 10, 2022, and reopen on or about Monday, January 24, 2022 weather permitting. For more information, visit: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=319.
2022 Annual Paper Competition

Topic: Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Issues
Reward: Winning submission receives $500

High school, college, and graduate students:
  • Now is the time to prepare your spring proposals!
  • Students should send an email expressing interest to: hbonnaffon@mwcog.org by February 28.

For more details, visit: mwcog.org/cbpcpaper.
Prince George's Home Ownership Preservation Program

The Prince George's Home Ownership Preservation Program (PGHOPP), launched last November, can provide up to $30,000 to homeowners for health, safety, energy efficiency, and accessibility repairs in qualified, owner-occupied homes. Households under 50% of the area median income (AMI) can receive up to $50,000 in services. There are income, location, and eligibility requirements. DHCD has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Maryland to implement this program in the County’s qualified census tract areas with special emphasis on homes within one mile of a future Purple Line transit stop. For more information, visit:
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 


Call 240-487-3590 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 Changes, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wood mulch is back in stock. All deliveries are finished for the season, but material is available year-round for pick up, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Bring a shovel and containers and be prepared to dig.
Updates During Winter Emergencies

The Department of Public Works plows and treats City maintained streets and City parking lots to clear snow and ice during winter storms. Public Works crews are staffed around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the 51 road miles of City streets. For questions, or to report a City road that hasn't been plowed, please contact the Department at 240-487-3590. 

Updates will be posted on the City’s website, all City social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and emailed (sign up here). 

Click here for helpful information on how the Department of Public Works handles snow plowing and road treatments throughout the City.
Right-of-Way Pruning

City crews are working to prune vegetation, tree and/or shrub branches, that are overhanging into the public right-of-way to improve clearance for pedestrians on the sidewalk and vehicular clearance on the street. Pruning may include City trees & shrubs as well as vegetation growing from private property. The crew will be working in the following neighborhoods: Old Town, Calvert Hills, and the west side of Rhode Island Ave between Baltimore Ave. and Rhode Island Ave., from Blackfoot Rd. to Edgewood Rd. Work will continue through the winter, weather permitting. Please contact the horticulturist at DPW with questions.
Final Curbside Leaf Collection
Tentative due to impending inclement weather forecast.

Please note, this is the final curbside leaf collection of the season. The leaf vacuum will service each street in the collection area noted one last time. Please make sure leaves are placed out for collection before the first day listed on the collection schedule as the truck will be continuing final collections in other areas.
The forecasted winter weather for the upcoming weekend may cause further collection delays. Click here for the most recent leaf calendar.

  • Monday, January 24: SA7-North End/Sunnyside
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, January 25 & 26: SA3 Estates and Yarrow

After the final collection day, all leaves need to be in paper lawn waste bags or personal containers.
Styrofoam Recycling

A temporary drop-off container will be at the entrance to Public Works for Styrofoam recycling through the end of January. Bring in your holiday Styrofoam packaging to keep it out of the landfill.
Holiday Light Recycling

Holiday string lights, working or non-working, are accepted for recycling at MOM’s Organic Market, 9801 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park. The string lights are collected for recycling in December and January.

Please remove lights from bags/packaging and place in designated holiday lights recycling bin located in the lobby when you enter MOM’s Organic Market.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
January 10, 2022 to January 16, 2022
 
There were no violations of the Noise Ordinance, Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
January 7, 2022 to January 13, 2022
Monthly Public Safety Maps

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 AND RECREATION
District 4 Town Hall
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. | Virtual

Come and share your questions and concerns at the District 4 Town Hall on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. RSVP to mmackie@collegeparkmd.gov, to receive the zoom link to participate.
Please note that by participating in City events, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
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
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