WEEKLY BULLETIN | July 8, 2022
Protecting our Tree Canopy

Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem. A majority of the City’s tree canopy is in residential neighborhoods -- this means our residents can make a big difference in helping to maintain our tree canopy!

On May 10, 2022, the City Council approved Ordinance 21-O-09, which will require a permit to remove trees on residential land. Starting July 1, 2022, those who wish to remove or prune a tree must submit an application for a permit. There is no application fee to obtain a permit.

For details, FAQs and application, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/315/Trees.
New Resident Reporting System

Effective July 1st, the City will begin use of a new reporting system for general concerns and/or complaints. Links to and registrations for reporting through Comcate will be deactivated. Please share your concerns about a property in the City, such as tall grass or other issues at www.collegeparkmd.gov/tellus.

As always, if there is a noise related concern, please call our 24/7 hotline at 240-487-3588. Call 9-1-1 to report a crime in progress.

Effective July 1st, the City will also begin use of a new product that will allow our property owners, business owners, and contractors to initiate the City's required occupancy permit and building permit process online. Users can search available permit applications, and apply for new permits as needed.

To create a new application, you must register for an account. Details available here.
Permit Parking

Received a residential parking permit renewal letter? Or need a parking permit, but you're just not sure how to apply for one? 

Since permit parking first began in the City back in the late 1990’s, permits and visitor passes in residential areas renew on an annual basis. While the City has started virtual permitting, the renewal process remains the same. Residents must apply each year to register/renew their virtual parking permit(s) for their vehicle(s) and/or obtain new visitor passes for the upcoming year period, as permits and visitor passes do not automatically renew. Please keep in mind that all residential permits are now virtual; the City no longer offers hang-tags to residents.

Homeowners can apply for residential parking permits and visitor parking passes online at https://collegepark.aimsparking.com. You will need to create an account in order to get your passes online. Residents can also apply via mail or in-person at City Hall. 

Visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/payandapply#residentialpermits for full details (including printable application forms) or for more information on parking permits for tenants or monthly pre-paid permits. 
Free Summer Parking
Free Summer parking is in effect between May 28 to August 13, 2022 in the Downtown College Park Parking Garage!

Park there for free while you visit local shops and restaurants on weekdays after 5:00 pm and all-day on weekends.
Curbside Food Scrap Compost Collection Coming Soon!

Help us divert compostable materials from the landfill ­-- join the City of College Park's Food Scrap Compost Collection Program!

Soon, City residents can opt-in to receive curbside composting pick-up services. By participating, you help reduce excessive methane greenhouse gas emissions, protect our environment, and support the City in reaching its sustainability goals!

More information to come on how to sign up – stay tuned to the City’s website and media for updates.
Project Restore
Project Restore grants from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development can help new and growing businesses with rent payments and operating costs in their first year.

Businesses opening or expanding into vacant retail and commercial properties may be eligible for a grant. Applications opened on July 7, 2022.

For more information on how to apply, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/projectrestore
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 

Call 240-487-3590 for more information, or visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/products.
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 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. 

As you celebrate this summer, remember to recycle bottles, cans, plastic containers, paper, and cardboard.
City Tree Programs
Trees provide many benefits such as reduction of cooling and heating costs, interception of rainwater, increasing property values and improving air quality. The City offers a few ways to help. More information is available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/trees.

REQUESTS FOR STREET TREES: The City has a program that pays for and provides street tree planting in the right-of-way area, which includes the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk. College Park residents interested in requesting a tree can contact Brenda Alexander at 240-487-3590 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov. The location will be inspected to determine if it is suitable.

TREE CANOPY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (TCEP): City of College Park property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually, for approved tree(s) planted on their residential lot. The completed application should be sent to horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov for review and approval. Click here for a link to the guidelines and application.

TREE MAINTENANCE The City is responsible for tree maintenance in the rights-of-way, City maintained buildings and parks, and on public property. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
Are you interested in having a tree planted on your residential property?
The City is gauging interest in a potentially new tree planting program for residents. Planting is planned for the fall.

If you are interested in having a tree planted on your property by a contractor, please complete the interest form on the City website in the trees section or click here. When filling out the form, select "Tree Planting on residential property" or contact horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov.
Maryland Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Control Program

The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations by larviciding and spraying. MDA has designated Wednesday nights for adult mosquito spraying in the city (when thresholds are met). Spraying will only begin after dark and may continue until midnight or later. Spray applications are made by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers. If you see a truck in your community spraying during the day, please note that it is not from the State of Maryland. Please be aware that MDA does not spray individual properties, and the City is on a 2 or 3-week rotation based on mosquito thresholds.

For more information, visit the MDA’s Mosquito Control website (https://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/pages/mosquito_control.aspx) which includes details about the program, including their policy, insecticides used, product labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS), and more.

Residents can request exclusion from the adult spray program by completing an exemption form annually.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
June 24 - June 30
6/24 Contract officer assisted patrol units with a Robbery at a T/A in the 7200 block of Baltimore Avenue.

6/25 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust in the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue. The driver was issued 1 citation and 2 warning.

6/26 Contract officers conducted bike patrol in multiple communities.

6/28 Contract officer responded to Baltimore Avenue and Knox Road for a disorderly/ assault. Once on scene officers contacted the disorderly person and wrote a referral to the student code of conduct.

6/29 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 7 warning citations were issued

6/29 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue. The driver was issued 2 citations and 3 warnings.

6/30 Contract officer responded to a welfare check at Cherry Hill Road and 47th Avenue. Once on scene the officer encountered a person acting erratic. The person was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for an emergency evaluation.

6/30 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Berwyn Road and Potomac Avenue, 2 citations and 6 warning were issued.

Note: Crime incidents are reported in PGPD COPS reports and include incidents responded to by City Contract police.

June 27 - July 3
There were no municipal infraction issued for the violation of the Noise Ordinance, Article I, 141-1 Danger to public Safety/ Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 41
Warnings: 92
Equipment Repair Orders: 6
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
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: 9
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 2/ Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0

Loud Exhaust Enforcement Stats:
Citations: 2
Warnings: 1
SERO's: 0

Year to Date Statistics:
Warnings: 98
SERO's: 92
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.
Friday Night Live!
Friday, July 15, 2022 | 6:30-8:30pm | City Hall

The City of College Park is hosting a series of concerts this summer and you're invited! Join us on the plaza at the new City Hall building on select Fridays for Friday Night LIVE! The events will feature a variety of musical genres and performers and will include something for everyone-- music, food, beer, and entertainment. There will be children's performers, activities, and arts and crafts available for kids as well.

The theme this month is salsa and fiesta! Sign up to take salsa lessons by emailing events@collegeparkmd.gov

All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza (7401 Baltimore Ave) until September from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Parking will be offered for free at the Downtown College Park parking garage at the corner of Yale and Knox. Local food and beer will be available for purchase during the event!

Mark these dates in your calendar:
  • August 12th: Sing me the Blues
  • September 9th: Oktoberfest!
Night at the Movies
Saturday, July 30, 2022 | 7:00-10:00pm | Duvall Field

The City of College Park will host a Family Night at the Movies on Saturday, July 30th at Duvall Field.

Activities start around 7:00 PM with games for kids and adults. The movie will be shown around 8:00 PM.

Popcorn will be available. Admission and parking are free. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit outside on the grass.
No pets, tents, or umbrellas.
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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