WEEKLY BULLETIN | June 14, 2019
Want fresh produce, yummy food, and some sweet treats? Visit the Hollywood and Downtown Farmers Markets - happening every weekend now through the fall. For more information, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/farmersmarkets .
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Free Summer Parking in Downtown College Park
Now through August 18, 2019, the Downtown Garage and City Hall lot will have free parking after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all-day on weekends. Be sure check out a restaurant or local business this summer!
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Office of the City Manager
Terry Schum, Planning Director, Bill Gardiner, Assistant City Manager, Suellen Ferguson, City Attorney, and Scott Somers, City Manager continue discussions on how best to allocate payments, costs and ownership of the City Hall project once it is complete. A draft development agreement between the City and the University will be presented and discussed with City Council during the July 2nd Worksession. 
 
The City Hall Project Team, which includes representatives from the City, University, TDC, the City’s Project Manager, and Contractor met to review and discuss updated project schematics and design development plans. Council will receive a presentation on the refined design development plans, updated cost estimates, and the project timeline prior to a public hearing and consideration to adopt a bond ordinance.   

The Mayor, Assistant City Manager, and Economic Development Coordinator attended the “State of the County” event at The Hotel in College Park. The County Executive highlighted the Bozzuto project and the City and County's support for it.

The Assistant City Manager attended the Smart Cities Roundtable organized by the UMD National Center for Smart Growth. One presentation is seeking federal funding for a project that could reduce electricity costs in buildings by shifting usage during expensive time periods.

The City unveiled it's new digital format Municipal Scene. With this new format comes numerous enhancements, including the ability to auto-translate by web browsers, enhanced text-to-speech and resize capability, and better mobile/tablet responsiveness. Check out the June edition here .
Department of Public Works
The Design Build & Demo Services at College Park Woods Pool Pre-Proposal Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 11; eight contractors attended.

The landscape crew is pruning back vegetation in four alleyways in Calvert Hills as well as other locations to improve clearance for vehicle passage and maintain clear line-of-sight views at intersections.

Dog waste stations were installed at three locations; Sweetbriar Drive in College Park Estates; Davidson Street at the dead-end in College Park Woods, and at Park Drive and Kiernan Road in the Cherry Hill neighborhood.

Last week, 655 lbs. of food scraps were diverted from the landfill.

The City is joining the “Daylight Hour” campaign on Friday, June 21 from noon – 1:00 pm to raise awareness about energy and climate change. The campaign asks offices and residences to turn off non-critical lights in day-lit spaces for one hour. For more information and to take the pledge, visit www.daylighthour.org .

This Saturday, June 15, at the Hollywood Farmers Market, a representative from the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) will host an information table to answer questions about food waste diversion. Learn about the benefits of food scrap composting and get a free 5-gallon bucket to start diverting household food scraps (residents only; while supplies last). In addition, CBE is encouraging residents to stop using plastic produce bags; take the pledge to use less plastic bags and receive a free organic cotton produce bag (while supplies last)!

Three single unit trash receptacles at bus stops on the west side of Rhode Island between Kenesaw and Muskogee Street have been replaced with combo unit receptacles to separate trash from recyclable material.

Cashier hours will be extended the last week in June (June 24 through 28) and the first week in July (July 1, 2, 3 and 5) to facilitate Parking Permits and Visitor Passes that are expiring. During these two weeks, hours at Davis Hall will be 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. In addition to parking related items, residents can also stop by to pick up a food scrap bucket or purchase compost bins, yard waste bins and rain barrels.

Please plan ahead; there are no special collections on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. Special collections may fill up quickly for Friday, July 5. Always call for an appointment 240-487-3590 before putting your items to the curb.

MDA Mosquito Control Control Program
  • The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. The program consists of:
  • Larviciding standing water; treatments are made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva preventing their development into adult mosquitoes. MDA does this every 4-6 weeks.
  • Spraying to control adult mosquitoes has begun and goes through early September. Spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in College Park (weather permitting) after dusk on Wednesday evenings by truck mounted ultra-low volume sprayers. MDA does not spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds.
  • Prince George’s County Health Department reminds residents to follow the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away:
  • Drain: Standing water attracts mosquitoes. Empty out any outside water containers near your home at least once per week
  • Dress: Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc), contact the City's Department of Public Works for a mosquito torpedo which releases an insect growth regulator in water that prevents adult mosquito development.
  • To report areas of heavy mosquito populations, go to the following link and provide your information http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=740Kl54#
  • Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services:
  • Any resident who wishes to have his/her property excluded from adult mosquito control pesticide applications by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers must fill out this form annually. Click here for application.
  • For more information, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/pets#mosquitoes.

Tree programs offered by the City
  • Right-of-Way Tree Planting: If you would like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home, please contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options at 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.
  • Tree Canopy Enhancement Program: The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property, called the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP). Click here for more information and application.
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.
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 and delivery. Click here for more information.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
May 31 - June 6, 2019
6/2 Contract officer conducting a premise check at the City parking garage located a homeless individual in the early morning hours. A field interview was conducted, and the individual was sent on his way and asked not to return. 
6/4 Contract officer monitored traffic at Hollywood Elementary School. No issues were reported.
6/5 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 8400 block of Baltimore Avenue. 23 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”
6/6 Contract officers attended the Hollywood Community Meeting. Police issues discussed involved a neighbor dispute on Wichita Avenue and a speeding complaint on 49th Avenue. Both issues have been addressed as we will continue to monitor 49th Avenue.

Contract Officers conducted numerous checks at the parking garage regarding the complaint of a homeless individual sleeping in the stairwell.

Contract Officers conducted numerous checks in the 7500 block of Dartmouth Avenue.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 46
Warnings: 51
Equipment Repair Orders: 1
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 1
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: 0
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
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 .
CITY EVENTS
Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019
7:00 p.m.
University of Maryland Lot 1

The City of College Park and the University of Maryland are once again breaking out the red, white and blue for a fabulous Independence Day celebration!

A FREE concert and fireworks spectacular are on tap for Thursday, July 4, 2019 at the University of Maryland Campus in Parking Lot 1 adjacent to Campus Drive.

NightLife will entertain from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. followed by a 30 minute Fireworks Extravaganza at dusk! Fun for all ages!

Please follow and like the City's Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date event information!

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Concessions open at 5:00 p.m. offering hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water. Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed, but alcohol is not permitted. If you're thinking of bringing your pets to this event...Think again! Loud noises, flashing lights and large crowds can have traumatic effects on your pets. Let's do our best to keep them safe by leaving them at home.

In case of storm or the sounding of the weather warning siren, guests should seek shelter as directed by the University of Maryland Police Department. Rain date (fireworks only): Friday, July 5, 2019. For more information, please contact the City's Department of Public Services at (240)487-3570.
All You Ever Wanted to Know about Asian Tiger Mosquitoes
Monday, July 15, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Davis Hall (9217 51st Ave)

Mosquito Control staff from MDA will be presenting a workshop in College Park about the Asian tiger mosquito, our imported container-breeding mosquito. It is our #1 pest species in much of the State, and is very difficult to control due to its habits & habitats.

You will learn about: general mosquito life cycle, mosquito habitat & habits, an in-depth exploration of containers used by Asian tiger mosquitoes, & more. There will be time at the end for questions.

RSVP by July 8, 2019 to Stormy Keyes at stormy.keyes@maryland.gov . Please provide your name and affiliation.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Jason's Deli

Community Police Meeting
  • August 1, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., MOM's Organic Market Cafe
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Correction from the June 7, 2019 bulletin: the Pride Flag was on display for National Pride Week.