WEEKLY BULLETIN | July 2, 2020
Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, College Park! All City offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.

As a reminder, the City's Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks were canceled due to COVID-19 and will not be occurring this year.
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. Wednesday, July 8th. 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 will commence door to door follow up operations on August 11, 2020. The Census Bureau staff will only knock on doors of households that have not completed their Census forms. To minimize door to door contact, we are asking community members to call 5 family members or friends and encourage them to complete the Census online, by phone or via mail!  The next Census will not take place again until 2030, so let’s make sure the City of College Park gets the federal funding and resources it needs over the next 10 years! 

The City of College Park urges all households to fill out the form online at my2020census.gov , over the phone, or by mail. For more information, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the Planning Department at 240-487-3538.
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. 

A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Playgrounds have been reopened. All visitors must adhere to physical distancing guidelines. The City has installed hand sanitizing stations at all City playgrounds. For playground safety guidelines from the CDC, please click here . City parks remain open for personal fitness, fitness classes, and low contact sports. Ball courts remain closed.
 
Rain barrels are back in stock at the Department of Public Works.
 
As a reminder to residents, all appliances, TV’s and monitors cost $20.00 for the Department of Public Works to collect.
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.
Electric Power Line Inspection

PEPCO planners continue to work in various neighborhoods inspecting only overhead power lines for vegetative growth that is encroaching the space near the lines. Maryland Public Service Commission requires specific clearance distance around the power lines based on their voltage. The line clearance requirements were instituted as a mechanism to maintain reliability standards to consumers. The line inspection occurs cyclically on a 4-5 year schedule to maintain the required clearance distance surrounding the power lines. 

Due to Covid-19 conditions, the review process has been altered from the previous ride-along process, only requested or planned tree removals are being reviewed and discussed via an emailed list from the planner and independently conducted inspection by City staff. Specific tree pruning locations have not been identified to the City staff. The PEPCO planners indicated that detailed maps will be shared with the City, which include all planned line clearance work, (brush cutting, pruning and removals) prior to work beginning.   

Areas that have been planned or are in the planning stage are College Park Estates, Yarrow, North College Park, Calvert Hills, and Old Town neighborhood. City staff has reviewed the list of requested tree removals in College Park Estates and Yarrow neighborhoods; however, work in this area has yet to be scheduled. Line clearance planning is continuing in North College Park and is nearly complete in Calvert Hills and Old Town neighborhoods.

Residents are encouraged to respond to the PEPCO planners that have left door hangers related to planned private tree work for power line clearance.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
June 22 - June 28, 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 19 - June 25, 2020
6/20 Contract officers and patrol officers responded to a call for service for a Breaking and Entering in progress in the 4800 block of Blackfoot Road. The victim observed the suspect removing his mail, vandalized his mailbox, and attempted to break into his residence. The incident was captured by the victim’s Ring Doorbell. The suspect was located on 48 th Place and placed under arrest.  

6/20 C ontract officers participated in providing traffic management for the College Park Church of the Nazarene food bank distributions.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 0
Warnings: 0
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: 15
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
Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Canceled
 
We regret to announce the cancelation of the City’s annual Independence Day Celebration due to COVID-19 and Governor Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of ten people or more. The health and safety of our residents are what’s most important to us as we continue to monitor the situation.
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: TBD
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