WEEKLY BULLETIN | July 10, 2020
Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas
 
Join us on July 15th at 7:30 p.m. when we host a virtual Q&A with Prince George's County District 2 Board of Education representative Joshua Thomas. The discussion will include an assessment of the 2019/2020 school year along with plans for the upcoming school year. To join, please visit the link: https://zoom.us/j/97952972640 or dial-in at 301-715-8592. Sponsored by the City's Education Advisory Committee.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
The City Announces New Economic Development Manager

City Manager Scott Somers announced today that Bridgette L. Johnson has been selected as the next Economic Development Manager for the City of College Park. This position has been upgraded from Coordinator to Manager for Fiscal Year 2021. Somers stated that “the City is excited about the expanded role the new Economic Development Manager will have. We welcome Bridgette to the team.” With a total of 17 years in economic development for local governments, Johnson will bring an extensive knowledge to this position.

Johnson is currently the President & CEO of Bridgeline Solutions, LLC where she serves as an Economic Development Consultant to the City of Havre de Grace, Maryland. She previously served as Senior Economic Development Associate for Harford County’s Office of Economic Development and as the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Havre de Grace, Maryland. Johnson also served in the United States Army as an Equipment Records and Parts Specialist. Johnson received her Masters of Community Planning from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Relations from the University of South Carolina. Johnson is expected to start on August 10, 2020.
Community Dreaming Survey for the 2021 - 2025 City Strategic Plan

Residents and others who work and/or play in the City of College Park are invited to provide input in the City’s new strategic plan by completing a brief survey at the link below. 
The City has held or scheduled a number of virtual focus groups to listen to residents’ views on the City and priorities for the future. The online survey is another tool we are using to obtain broad input for the strategic plan. 

Click here to access the Community Dreaming Survey. The survey will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12th. If you have any questions, please email the City at strategicplan@collegeparkmd.gov . Thanks for your participation!
Code Enforcement Field Supervisor Position Available

The City is hiring! For details about our full-time Code Enforcement Field Supervisor position or to see other open positions, visit our website at https://collegeparkmd.applicantpool.com/jobs/ . Questions about this position may be directed to the City’s Human Resources Department at 240-487-3533.
COVID-19 Assistance Programs

In response to the crisis, the City has created programs to address resident, business, and non-profit organization needs. For more information visit the following:

City Updates During COVID-19

Please visit the City's dedicated COVID-19 website for all the latest information about the City's response and local resources during the pandemic.

The website is updated frequently, so please check often.
Count Me in College Park!

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will send an additional reminder postcard to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard is scheduled to arrive between July 22 and July 28, a few weeks before census takers are set to begin visiting most households that haven’t responded. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of census taker visits from mid-May to mid-August, giving the Census Bureau the opportunity to send one more reminder to households encouraging them to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

The City of College Park urges all households to fill out the form online, over the phone, or by mail. For more information, visit  https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020  or contact the Planning Department at 240-487-3541. 
College Park - UMD Metro Reopened

The College Park-University of Maryland Metro stop is one of 15 stations that reopened on Sunday following a three-month shutdown to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced Monday. 

BUSINESS & INDIVIDUAL GRANT STATISTICS
Total Applications Received :
Small Business Assistance Grants = 27
Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants = 14

Total Approved :
Small Business Assistance Grants = $30,000
Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants = $5,000

A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
As a result of the intense storm on the evening of Monday, July 6th, the Department of Public Works suffered a power outage and damage to the main generator, phone, security and IT systems from lightning. Most repairs have been completed to restore system functionality.

Power line clearance tree work along Albion Road should be occurring this month. The tree pruning will be performed by Asplundh, PEPCO’s contracted tree company.
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 3:00 p.m.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
June 29 - July 5, 2020
There was one Municipal Infraction issued for the Noise Ordinance and zero issued for the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinance.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
June 26 - July 2, 2020
6/27 Contract officers and patrol officers responded to a call for service for a Commercial Armed Robbery in the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue. Contract officer arrived on the scene first and gave out a lookout for the suspect. A short time later the suspect was apprehended in the 10400 block of Baltimore Avenue. Good work by all responding units.  

6/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 33 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

6/30 Contract officers responded to a call for service for “racers” doing “burnouts” in the parking lot in the 10100 block of Baltimore Avenue. The violators fled as units arrived on the scene.

6/30 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 36 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

6/30 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue. 30 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

7/1 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4800 block of Greenbelt Road. 48 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 1
Warnings: 4
Equipment Repair Orders: 0
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 0
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: 18
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 April 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 AND RECREATION
Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas
 
Join us on July 15th at 7:30 p.m. when we host a virtual Q&A with Prince George's County District 2 Board of Education representative Joshua Thomas. The discussion will include an assessment of the 2019/2020 school year along with plans for the upcoming school year. To join, please visit the link: https://zoom.us/j/97952972640 or dial-in at 301-715-8592. Sponsored by the City's Education Advisory Committee.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club:
Conference Call (every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.)
Dial-in number: (978) 990-5399
Access code: 8911108

Community Police Meeting:
Monday, July 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Prince George's County Police Officers and the City’s Contract Police Officers are expected to join the meeting. To participate, use this link to attend the virtual meeting: http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice.
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