WEEKLY BULLETIN | January 28, 2022
City of College Park Announces New Racial Equity Officer

The City of College Park is proud to announce the appointment of Raven Rodriguez as the City’s new Racial Equity Officer. Ms. Rodriguez comes to the City with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in intersectional anti-oppression, race, racism, and racial history. The City is excited to welcome Ms. Rodriguez to the College Park team. She will begin working for the City on January 31, 2022. For the full Press Release, visit: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=329.
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 [email protected] by February 14, 2022.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Miller at [email protected] or call 240-487-3501. For more information, visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/boards.
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 [email protected] with questions for any of the City's ARPA programs.
County Budget Listening Session

FY 2023 Budget Listening Session – February 1: On Tuesday, February 1, County Executive Alsobrooks will host the FY 2023 Budget Listening Session, to give Prince Georgians an opportunity to provide their input for the FY 2023 budget. Please help us share this information far and wide so residents can participate and tune in. Residents must sign up by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 31 if they wish to speak live during the listening session. Residents can also submit written comments via email to [email protected] by Friday, February 4 at 5:00 p.m. Residents can sign up to speak at the following link: https://bit.ly/FY23pgcbudgetsession.
Countrywide Master Plan of Transportation

The County is in the process of updating the 2009 Countywide Master Plan of Transportation. The new plan will be called the Countywide Master Plan of Transportation 2035. Its purpose is to provide an overall vision or guideline for prioritization and implementation of future transportation projects. It will not list specific projects. County staff has prepared an online transportation needs survey. The online survey link is https://bit.ly/MPOT2035. This link is open from January 25-February 25. There is also a link for office hours to discuss the project: www.mncppcapps.org/Planning/MPOT2. A community meeting was held on January 27 and more are scheduled for the future.  
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 [email protected]. 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.

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: [email protected] 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:
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 [email protected].

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

Want to see where our crews are plowing? Check out our new City snowplow status link here: https://citizeninsights.geotab.com/#/collegeparkmd  

Public Works is staffed around the clock during snow events, if you have a question or concern, call 240-487-3590 or email [email protected]. For more information related to snow removal operations visit our website https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/snow.
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. 

Updates will be posted on the City’s website, all City social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and emailed (sign up here).  
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: College Park Estates and Yarrow. Work will continue through the winter, weather permitting. Please contact the horticulturist at DPW with questions.
Curbside Leaf Collection is Over for the Season

All leaves must be prepared correctly for collection. Use paper yard waste bags, the beige yard waste cart, or a personal reusable container with a yellow city yard waste sticker on it; stickers are available for free in the lobby of Davis Hall.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
January 17, 2022 to January 23, 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 14, 2022 to January 20, 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.
Public Safety Committee Meetings
Monday, February 14, 2022 | Virtual | 7:30 p.m.

Please join City Elected Officials, Police, Department of Public Services staff, and your neighbors from all around the City, for an informative monthly community meeting. This meeting takes place every second Monday of the month via zoom. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96168994626.

This month, Prince George's County Police Detective Flax will discuss the latest auto theft trends and prevention tips.

This community meeting will discuss City-wide crime statistics, recent incidents of public interest, neighborhood watch tips, and special public safety related topics.

To facilitate City-wide participation, these will be virtual meetings that you may join in from your home. Please invite your neighbors so that this useful information may be shared throughout the City.
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.
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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