WEEKLY BULLETIN | June 21, 2019
We turned off our lights for #DaylightHour 2019! For one hour today, City offices turned off nonessential lights to raise awareness about energy savings.
Purple Line Long-Term Lane Closure Notice
From Maryland Purple Line:

Beginning on or about July 22, 2019, crews will initiate a long-term lane closure along River Road between Rivertech Court and Kenilworth Avenue. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.  

As work continues, we will strive to keep you informed of the progress of this exciting project. For information on construction activities, schedules and other updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction . For immediate construction concerns, please email us at outreach@pltcllc.com or call the construction hotline at 240-424-5325.

All activities are subject to change due to traffic, weather or emergency situations.
50th Place - Construction Notification 
From the City Engineer:

On or about Monday, June 24, NZI Construction Inc., working for the City, will begin replacing curbs and driveway aprons along 50th Place between Branchville Road and Blackfoot Place. Following the completion of the concrete work the road will be milled and resurfaced. We expect the entire project will be completed by the end of July.

Everybody living along 50th Place will be inconvenienced during the construction. This past Monday, door hanger notifications were hand delivered to each of the affected properties along 50th Place.

For any questions, please email engineering@collegeparkmd.gov .
PGPD Crime Maps - May 2019
The official Prince George's County Police Department May 2019 crime maps for the City of College Park have just been released. The maps show where and what crime, quality of life issues or noise complaints have happened in the City last month, as well as statistics to compare month-to-month this year.

City Offices Closed for Independence Day
All City offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observation of Independence Day. There are no changes to the regular refuse and recycling schedule that week except that special and brush collections will only occur on Friday, July 5. Always call the Department of Public Works for an appointment before putting your items to the curb.
City Tribute to Dr. King Event Survey
Have you gone (or thought of going) to the City's Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King event? Have ideas to improve it? Take this survey about the event and tell us what you think!

Free Summer Parking in Do wntown 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!
Office of the City Manager
Gary Fields, Finance Director and Scott Somers, City Manager participated in a conference call with Davenport, the City’s financial advisor, and Bond Counsel, to discuss bond totals related to the City Hall Project and the Duvall Field Project. On July 2, Davenport will present to the City Council on potential bond sale totals and associated annual debt service, debt capacity given the City’s total assessed value, and debt limits per the City Charter. 

The City Manager met with several City staff members concerning progress made by the Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees is wrapping up their recommendations and will present to City Council on July 2.  

Robert Marsili, Director of Public Works and the City Manager met with several University of Maryland (UMD) staff from the Offices of Student Housing, Community Engagement, and Sustainability to discuss how the City and UMD could partner to improve the student move-out process.  Strategies discussed include reducing what is sent to the landfill via donations, reusing, and recycling. We’re working with the UMD on a similar program for abandoned bicycles left by students that can be restored for donation.

Councilmembers Mitchell and Kujawa and the City Manager met with a small group of College Park Woods community members to review and discuss plans for the pool property. Mr. Somers provided background on the project (including a summary the two community meetings held in 2018) to discuss high level decision points including decommissioning the pool, demolishing the existing pool house facility and rebuilding a new facility on the same site with meeting space, restrooms, and a kitchen. Somers provided the January 22, 2018 staff report and minutes when City Council provided direction to City Staff on how to move forward. As such, staff moved forward by issuing an RFP for Design and Build construction services which closes next Friday, June 28. Once a contractor has been identified, the Woods community will be invited to attend and participate in at least one community meeting to discuss and decide on design elements for the new facility. 

Steve Halpern, City Engineer and the City Manager met with property owner Alvin Jenkins to discuss how the City and Mr. Jenkins can work together to finalize the Trolley Trail segment north of Berwyn Road and simultaneously increase parking opportunities for customers of local businesses. Mr. Halpern and Mr. Somers will again meet with Mr. Jenkins next week to discuss further and to work towards a final agreement.

Suellen Ferguson, City Attorney, Bill Gardiner, Assistant City Manager, the Finance Director, and the City Manager participated in a conference call with HR&A, the City’s real estate consultant to discuss and potentially finalize how the use and costs associated with the City Hall block will be divided between the City and UMD once the project is complete. Due to the upcoming Independence Day holiday, discussion and presentation of a draft development agreement between the City and the University will be delayed until the August 7 worksession.   

On Tuesday, many of the City's staff attended a half-day Customer Service Training to refine. learn new tactics, and improve staff's abliity to provide excellent customer service. A follow-up second half-day training is planned in early July.
Department of Public Works
Staff assisted the City Hall project's boring contractor by blocking parking spaces and removing soil that was left over from work.

To date, the Departmens has given out 95 Food Scrap Buckets. More are on the way - please call or stop if you want one to start diverting your food scraps!

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.

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
  • Tree Planting in the Right-of-Way: 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 (TCEP) on Private Property: The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property. 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
6/7 Contract officers assisted the UMPD with the apprehension of 4 suspects that broke into their impound lot at the 4600 block of Calvert Road. 

6/7 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop at Greenbelt Road and 62nd Avenue for a traffic violation. The driver had previous been cited 6 times for driving on a suspended license. During the stop the driver assaulted the officer and was placed under arrest.

6/8 Contract officer along with the beat officers responded to a suicidal person in the 9700 block of 53rd Avenue. Officers confronted the suspect who was armed with a handgun (in their mouth). The suspect dropped the weapon and was taken into custody. The suspect was EPS and transported to PGGH.

6/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street.  1 citation and 4 warnings were issued.

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: 59
Warnings: 71
Equipment Repair Orders: 8
Distracted Driving Citations: 2
Parking Citations: 2
Field Observation Report: 2
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 1
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 2
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 .
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!


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.
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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