WEEKLY BULLETIN | June 10, 2022
Friday Night LIVE!
June 10, 2022 | 6:30-8:30pm | City Hall

The City of College Park is hosting a series of concerts this summer and you are invited! Join us on the plaza at the new City Hall building on select Fridays for Friday Night LIVE!

This month's theme is Pride!

This event will feature music from Bad Mitten and Towsley, and includes something for everyone- music, food, beer, and entertainment. There will be children’s performers, activities and arts and crafts available for kids as well.

All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza (7401 Baltimore Avenue) 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!

Celebrating Pollinator Week
Bee Hotel workshop on Saturday June 25, 2022, 1 - 4pm at Davis Hall, 9217 51st Ave

This year, the City of College Park's Bee City USA Committee and College Park Art Exchange will be teaming up to host a Bee Hotel Building Workshop, and all member for our community are invited to participate. A Bee hotel is a small structure that provides nesting sites for some solitary bees that do not sting, are docile, non-aggressive, and pollinate most of our favorite flowers. Bee Hotels are easy to build and maintain, are a great way for kids and adults to learn about the life of pollinators, and can help the local population of some bees thrive in our area.

You must pre-register for the workshop and a small fee of $10 per bee house will be used to offset the cost of materials. To register, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=368.
Summer Reading Program

The UMD Summer Reading Program is an instructional intervention program designed to help children strengthen their reading and writing skills. Trained reading teachers provide instruction in the areas of writing, spelling, phonics, vocabulary, reading fluency, and comprehension. Students in grades 1 - 6 have multiple opportunities to read a variety of children’s literature and to participate in engaging, small-group activities. 

The program is open to City Residents only and the deadline to apply is June 30, 2022. For details or to apply, please visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=369
Two New Bus Shelters

Two new bus shelters were installed this week on Metzerott Road (on either side of St. Andrews Place). They are for stops on the Shuttle-UM bus.

Are you a City resident looking to get a Shuttle-UM pass? Visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/transportation#buses for details.
Public Preparedness Survey

The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management wants to hear from you. Take their Public Preparedness Survey (available in English and Spanish) about how prepared you and your family are for various disasters including flooding, hurricanes, tornados, and more.

Take the survey at https://bit.ly/PGPublicPrep.
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 5pm and all-day on weekends.
Juneteenth Holiday
All City of College Park offices will be closed on Monday, June 20 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week.

  • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, June 21
  • Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, June 22
  • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, June 23

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, June 24. You must call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out to the curb.
COMING SOON: Urban Tree Protection Ordinance goes into effect July 1, 2022

The Urban Tree Protection Ordinance (21-O-09) will require an application to be submitted for approval to obtain a permit to remove or prune a tree. Beginning July 1, 2022, trees on residential property within the City of College Park, greater than 36” in circumference measured at 4.5’ above ground level, on which the property owner wants to remove or prune live branches or wood more than 20% will need to submit an application to Dept. of Public Works for a tree removal/pruning permit and receive approval prior to beginning planned tree work. A requirement of the tree removal/pruning permit is that urban tree(s) approved for removal are replaced.

More information is available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/trees.
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 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. 
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. 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.
MDA's Mosquito Control Program

From late May/early June through September, the City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations with spraying and larviciding.

The program consists of:
  • LARVICIDING STANDING WATER: Treatments are made monthly by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva that will prevent development into adult mosquitoes.
  • SPRAYING TO CONTROL ADULT MOSQUITOES: MDA has designated Wednesday night for adult mosquito spraying the city (when thresholds are met). Spraying will only begin after dark and may continue until midnight or later. If you see a truck in your community spraying during the day, please note that it is not from the State of Maryland. As a precaution, MDA advises residents to bring in pets, stay inside their homes and close their windows while the spray truck is in the vicinity. Please remain in your home for at least 30 minutes after the truck has left. If there are people outside when the truck passes by, MDA will not spray and will not return that night. Spray applications are made by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers. The spray schedule shifts, and the frequency will be determined by surveillance data collected and complaints received. This means that your neighborhood may or may not be sprayed. 

In order for MDA personnel to spray, they will first survey the area of concern using traps and landing rate counts, (they may also request access to your property to place a trap for their survey). If mosquito count thresholds are met, they may make a control spray application in the neighborhood, but please be aware that they do not spray individual properties.
Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services
Residents can request exclusion from the adult spray program by completing an exemption form annually and return it to:

Program Supervisor, Mosquito Control Section
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

If you don't have a printer, the local office for MDA Mosquito Control in College Park has offered to send residents a form via DocuSign. To request the form be sent to you via email, please send an email to skeetermd1.mda@maryland.gov.

Visit the MDA’s Mosquito Control website (https://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/pages/mosquito_control.aspx) for more details about the program, including their policy, insecticides used, product labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS), and more.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity & Municipal Infractions

This week's highlights and noise/nuisance infractions will be included in next week's bulletin.
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.
Small Cell Antenna (5G) Informational Meeting
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 7:00-8:00pm | City Hall or Virtual

Residents may have seen small cell wireless antennas being installed on top of wooden or metal PEPCO poles along roads in the area. Carriers such as Verizon and AT&T have or will soon be applying to install this same type of antenna in City rights-of-way. Installation of antenna on public land is governed by federal and City law. The Mayor and Council adopted a law and application process to regulate these installations and require a License Agreement to place the antennas, and have hired a consultant to evaluate small cell antenna applications.

City staff and representatives from the consultant, Columbia Telecommunications Corporation, will be present at the meeting to provide information about the City’s process and to answer questions.

Residents can attend in-person at the City Hall Council Chambers or via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92398574069.
City of College Park 4th of July Parade
Monday, July 4, 2022 | 11:00am | Rhode Island Ave.

We are also looking for marching bands, military units, classic/custom vehicles, dogs/animals, equestrian groups, majorettes, fire/police vehicles, cheerleading squads, groups, performers, motorized floats, clown/humorist entries, girl and boy scouts, and many others to join the parade!

Prizes will be awarded for the best entries in each category.

Entries must be received by 4 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2022. Apply here.

Rhode Island Avenue will be temporarily closed to traffic on Monday, July 4, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm for the City of College Park's Fourth of July Parade.

Police will be in attendance to assist drivers; we apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Have questions? Email events@collegeparkmd.gov.
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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