WEEKLY BULLETIN | July 31, 2020
Continuing the Conversation: Town Halls on Community and Race Relations in College Park

Join us on Thursday, August 20 for another Town Hall on community and race relations in College Park. This forum will focus on policing and the Black Lives Matter movement. More details and featured panelists will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the City’s website at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/blacklivesmatter .
ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Jack Perry Award

In February 2013, the College Park City Council established an award in recognition of Councilman John Edward “Jack” Perry. Nominations are now being accepted at cityclerkoffice@collegeparkmd.gov or by mail to City Clerk, City of College Park, 8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 375, College Park, MD 20740, no later than September 30, 2020. For the criteria and eligibility requirements, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=161. This non-monetary award will be presented by the City Council in the fall.
The Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

At the July 14th Mayor and Council Meeting, Resolution 20-R-18 was adopted. It is a friendly water use and pollution reduction competition between U.S. cities and is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National League of Cities. The City of College Park encourages its residents to take the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation by making a series of online pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com to reduce their impact on the environment during the month of August. To view the Resolution, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2288/Mayors-Challenge-for-Water-Conservation.
Purple Line Construction Updates
 
Update from WMATA: the Purple Line closed a segment of Campus Drive between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road for construction in April. The closure has been extended until August 23, 2020. The detour can be viewed here:  https://plmdnews.com/v03
 
For all Purple Line updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates
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!

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census before Census workers start knocking on the doors of households that have not responded. City of College Park only has a self-response rate of 44% vs 66% for the state of Maryland. Take a few minutes now to respond to the Census online at my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020 for English or 1-844-468-2020 for Spanish. The Census Bureau may also e-mail households that are located in Lakeland, Berwyn, Branchville, Daniels Park, Autoville, Acredale and Old Town as those neighborhoods have a response rate lower than 50%. This will include households that may have already responded. The email messages will come from 2020census@subscriptions.census.gov and will give recipients the option to opt out of receiving future messages.

Can we count YOU in? Learn more at  www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the City's Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development at 240-487-3541.
BUSINESS & INDIVIDUAL GRANT STATISTICS
Total Applications Received :
Small Business Assistance Grants = 28
Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants = 18

Total Approved :
Small Business Assistance Grants = $47,465
Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants = $6,240
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works has mosquito torpedoes available for our residents at no charge; mosquito torpedoes are used for standing water or in rain barrels, they kill the mosquito larva but do not cause harm to other species.

Demolition and debris removal of the College Park Woods Community (old) Pools and Clubhouse been completed. The site has been cleared awaiting approved permitting to build a new Community meeting space.
From the Committee for a Better Environment:
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov .

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Items available to purchase from the Department:
 
55-gallon rain barrels for $72 (don't forget about the County's rain check rebate to offset the cost!). Click here for more information.
 
Yard Waste Carts for City residents for $25. Click here for more information.
 
Backyard Composting Bins for $20 (City residents) and $40 (non-residents). Click here for more information.

SMARTLEAF® Compost ($28/cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12/cubic yard) are available for pick up only. Click here for more information. 
Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 20-O-01: Special Trash Collection
 
In January 2020, the Mayor and Council adopted Ordinance 20-O-01 which made changes to the collection of Special Trash. It prohibits placement of materials at properties that did not generate the materials; sets fees for collection and fees for Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste receptacles; and sets penalties for violations. For more information, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/203/Special-Collections.
Temporary Electronics Drop Off Location

City of College Park residents can bring electronics for recycling to a temporary drop off box near the entrance of the front doors to Davis Hall. Must have a valid College Park ID. No more than 3 items to be disposed of. To find what is acceptable and unacceptable, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/refuse.
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.  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. The line clearance maps are posted on the City website in the News section under tree line clearance work: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=157.
 
Residents are encouraged to respond to the PEPCO planners that have left door hangers related to planned private tree work for power line clearance. Questions about planned power line clearance work can be directed to horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov .
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
July 20 - July 26, 2020
There were no Municipal Infractions for the Noise or Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
July 17 - July 23, 2020
7/19 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 81 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

7/21 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 40 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

7/21 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4900 block of Greenbelt Road. 19 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

7/23 Contract officer received a call from the answering service to respond to the 7300 block of Columbia Avenue for a snake in the master bedroom. Contract officer arrived and removed the snake.

7/3 Contract officers responded to the area of Davidson Road and Marlbrough Way for the sounds of gun shots in the area. Contract officers canvassed the area with negative results.

7/23 Contract officers responded to the 10100 block of Baltimore Avenue for a stolen vehicle that just occurred. Once on scene officers began to canvas the area and located the vehicle at Baltimore Avenue and Ikea Center Way. A traffic stop was conducted and after a brief investigation it was determined to be a domestic dispute. Both parties were separated and sent on their way.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 2
Warnings: 6
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 June 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
Continuing the Conversation: Town Halls on Community and Race Relations in College Park
 
Join us on Thursday, August 20 for another Town Hall on community and race relations in College Park. This forum will focus on policing and the Black Lives Matter movement. More details and featured panelists will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the City’s website at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/blacklivesmatter .
College Park Day Cancellation
 
We regret to announce the cancellation of the City’s annual College Park Day scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020 due to COVID-19 and Prince George’s County Executive Alsobrooks’ executive order prohibiting events and large gatherings of 100 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:
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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