WEEKLY BULLETIN | June 24, 2022
City of College Park 4th of July Parade
Monday, July 4, 2022 | 11:00am | Rhode Island Ave.

Join the City of College Park in celebrating Independence Day at our Fourth of July parade! Spectators can line up along Rhode Island Avenue to see local groups, organizations, entertainers, and performers.

If you're driving to the parade, park in residential areas near the parade route and Duvall Field. Parking enforcement will be relaxed.

Rhode Island Avenue will be temporarily closed to traffic for the parade. Details on the road closure and detour information is available here.
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
Independence Day Holiday

All City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of he Independence Day holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week.

  • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, July 5, 2022
  • Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, July 6, 2022
  • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, July 7, 2022

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2022 of this holiday week. You must call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out to the curb.
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.
Purple Line Construction Update

From Purple Line: Update: On June 28-30, 2022 Purple Line crews will perform utility relocations between 3am-7am at the Intersection of Baltimore Ave at Rossborough Lane and Baltimore Ave at Fraternity Row. Traffic signals will be disabled; please follow the direction of police officers on site.

On June 30-July 2, 2022, Diamondback Drive will be closed between Rossborough Lane and Hotel Drive from 7am-5pm, weather permitting. Access to the local businesses and parking lots will be maintained.

All construction notices and updates are available here: www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates.
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.
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.
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. 

As you celebrate this summer, remember to recycle bottles, cans, plastic containers, paper, and cardboard.
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
Jun 10 - June 16
6/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at University Blvd. and Metzerott Road. The driver was issued 2 citations.

6/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at University Blvd. and Rhode Island Avenue. The driver was issued 2 citations and 1 warning.

6/13 Contract officer responded to a cutting in progress in the 9200 block of Baltimore Avenue. Contract officer arrived on the scene first, confirmed the incident and detained the suspect. The suspect was charged by the on-duty patrol officer with 2nd degree assault.

6/14 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 Block of Baltimore Avenue and issued 15 “Mobile” Camera violations.

6/15 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue. 2 citations and 4 warnings were issued

6/16 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Berwyn Road at 49th Avenue. 6 warning citations were issued

6/16 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 2 citations and 5 warning citations were issued

6/16 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) in the 5000 block of Berwyn Road. 2 citations and 7 warning citations were issued.
Note: Crime incidents are reported in PGPD COPS reports and include incidents responded to by City Contract police.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 12
Warnings: 25
Equipment Repair Orders: 2
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: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 8
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 2
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: 0
Warnings: 0
SERO's: 1
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.
Celebrating Pollinator Week
Bee Hotel workshop on Saturday June 25, 2022, 1 - 4pm

Pollinator week celebrates the importance of native pollinators for our food security and environment.

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 members of our community are invited to participate. A Bee hotel is a small structure that provides nesting sites for solitary bees such as mason bees and leaf cutter bees. These bees 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. 

The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 25th from 1-4pm at Davis Hall (9217 51st Ave., College Park, MD, 20740). You must pre-register and a small fee of $10 per bee house will be used to offset the cost of materials.  
Other Pollinator Week Events in the Area

  • PBS Film Screening of My Garden of a Thousand Bees at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Rinzler Stage on the National Mall on Friday June 24 at 6:00pm

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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