WEEKLY BULLETIN | June 3, 2022
No-Mow April Feedback Survey

Did you participate in the City's No-Mow April? If not, why? We want to hear from you about the City's new No-Mow April initiative whether you participated or not!

Take this short survey to share your thoughts on it. Feedback from the survey will help guide the future development of this initiative. Survey closes on June 9, 2022!

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.

Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Is there an application fee to obtain a permit? No
  • Is there a fee to obtain a tree removal/pruning permit? No
  • Will trees less than 36” in circumference measured at 4.5’ above ground level require a permit to remove? No
  • In an emergency situation, where there is imminent danger from a tree failure, do I need to obtain a permit before tree work operations begin? No, document the situation with pictures and inform the City's Department of Public Works and Department of Public Service's Code Enforcement Division.
  • Is there financial assistance available for required tree replacements? Yes

More information will be posted soon on the City website.
COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit Distribution

Limited Number of Free COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits Available for City Residents
The City of College Park is distributing more than 1,000 at-home COVID-19 test kits to City residents. If you are a City resident and would like a FREE COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit, you must fill out the reservation request form here. More details are available at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=334.

More COVID-19 related updates are available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19.
Pepco Appliance Recycling Drop-Off Event
Do you have an old, working room A/C unit or dehumidifier taking up space? All Pepco customers are invited to participate in an Appliance Recycling Drop-Off Event on Saturday, June 4 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, MD.

Participating is easy – customers can simply drive up and a contractor will take the room A/C or dehumidifier from their car, recycle it, and Pepco will send them a check for $25. Pepco customers are limited to recycling two small appliances per year. 

Customers can learn more about the upcoming drop-off event or the Appliance Recycling program by visiting pepco.com/recycleevent
The Hollywood Farmer's Market is Back!
Saturdays, 9am - 1pm
The Hollywood Farmers Market started its 10th year on May 7th! Shop from a varied selection of vendors, including an orchard from Pennsylvania, meats from western Maryland, produce from northern Maryland, and much more! Visit them on Saturdays from 9am-1pm in the Hollywood Shopping Center.
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. 
Electronics Drop Off location
City of College Park residents can bring electronics for recycling to the drop off box near the entrance of the front doors to Davis Hall. No more than 3 items can be disposed of at no cost.

  • Acceptable: TVs, monitors, mouse pointers, keyboards, microwaves, gaming systems, computers, hard drives, cell phones, printers, laptops, surge protectors, copiers, fax machines, telephone systems, cable, circuit boards, and toner cartridges.

  • Unacceptable: Light bulbs of any kind (LED, CFL, Fluorescent light bulbs or tubes) or batteries of any kind. 
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.
Mosquito Control

Maryland Department of Agriculture’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.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
May 23 - May 29, 2022
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
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
May 20 - May 26, 2022
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!
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!

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 log on virtually.

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

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.

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.

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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