WEEKLY BULLETIN | January 22, 2021
Continuing the Conversation: Town Halls on Community and Race Relations in College Park Forum #4
January 25, 2021
7:00 p.m.

Join us on Monday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. for another Town Hall on community and race relations in College Park. This forum will focus on the community of Lakeland, its history and an overview of restorative justice philosophies and practices. 

For more information on this virtual town hall and the panelists, please visit the City’s website at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/blacklivesmatter. Use the link to participate online: https://zoom.us/j/99141911702 or dial in at 301-715-8592.

·    Councilmember Monroe Dennis

·    Dr. Willow Lung Amam
·    Dr. Curt Rhodes
·    Dr. Johonna Turner
·    Maxine Gross
Bike Lane Design Meeting

Please join College Park staff and consultants RK&K at 7 p.m. on February 8 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.
Design Process Begins at Duvall Field Park

The City has begun the design process for the next phase of improvements at Duvall Field Park. The City is working with KCI Technologies, Inc. on the project and will have survey crews on site starting the week of January 25. This will be a two to three week effort. Please contact Terry Schum in the Planning Department at tschum@collegeparkmd.gov should you have any questions.
New Speed Camera

Have you noticed a new utility pole on Metzerott Road between the pedestrian crosswalks that has a Maryland flag design decorated box on top? This is a new speed (automated speed enforcement) camera that replaces the green box camera that sat on the ground near St. Andrews Place. This speed camera enforces the posted speed limit in both directions on Metzerott Road.

Speed cameras have been successful in reducing speeding in the City, especially to enhance pedestrian safety. To see the areas where speed cameras are installed, visit the City’s website here. Portable speed cameras are also used by police in areas previously approved by the City Council as noted on the City’s website. Cameras within a half mile of University of Maryland property are active 24/7 as authorized by state law in institution of higher education zones. Fines for speeding 12 or more miles per hour over the posted limits are $40.

Revenue from City speed cameras is used for public safety improvements, including the City’s contract police who supplement regular Prince George’s County Police Department assignments City-wide. Please avoid a fine by obeying posted speed limits. 
Community Services Grants

For more information or to locate the FY21 Community Grant Application Package, please visit: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/payandapply#grants, under Community Services Grants.
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):
MDOT SHA Upcoming Project Activity Notice

US 1 (Baltimore Ave) College Park Improvement Project between College Avenue/Regents Drive and MD 193 (University Blvd) reconstruction project. Expect intermittent off-peak northbound and southbound lane closures on US 1 and MD 193, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and overnight, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week through year-end 2023. (PG624)

For more information, visit: https://www.roads.maryland.gov/OC/D3_LANE_CLOSURES.pdf or contact Mr. Vladimir Tanchev, MDOT SHA Project Engineer, at 410-925-4596.
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.
Curbside Leaf Collections:
Curbside Leaf Collection has ended for the season. Going forward, please bag or containerize your leaves for collection on your regular scheduled trash/recycling day. If you have more than 3 bags, call for a special collection.
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.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
January 11 - January 17, 2021
There were no Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise or Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
January 8 - January 14, 2021
1/8 Contract officer assisted DPIE with the closure of the China Buffet located at 9098 Baltimore Avenue for COVID violations.

1/9 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 3 warnings were issued.

1/10 Contract officer conducting a premise check at the Car Wash located at 8600 Baltimore Avenue observed a large group drinking beer. The group was sent on their way.

1/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 2 citations and 4 warnings were issued.

1/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue. 2 citations and 3 warnings were issued.

1/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue. 9 citations were issued.

1/14 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue. 6 citations were issued.

1/14 Contract officers responded to the area of 53rd Avenue and Lackawanna Street for the report of the sound of gunshots. Officers observed the suspect armed with a long gun (rifle-AR556) walking along Lackawanna Street as the suspect attempted to hide from the officers as he entered into a nearby residence. Officers used excellent tactics and placed the suspect under arrest without using force. Additionally, the suspect was armed with a .45 caliber handgun in which the weapon was in a holster and in his waistband. The suspect was placed under arrest and additional weapons were seized. The suspect is NOT a member of any organized criminal group. Investigation is ongoing.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 62
Warnings: 40
Equipment Repair Orders: 6
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 1
Field Observation Report: 3
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 10
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
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 November 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.
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 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:
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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