WEEKLY BULLETIN | March 13, 2020
City Statement - March 12, 2020
City Update - Coronavirus Disease 2019

The City of College Park continues to prepare for and monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The City is following Centers for Disease Control and state and county health departments guidance to ensure we are aware of the latest information and recommended action for our area. 

As of March 12, 2020 there are 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, including four in Prince George’s County. The CDC recommends that the general public continue to practice everyday actions (like washing hands often and staying home if sick) to prevent illness. For a full list of those actions, please visit  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Many City services like ticket payments, permits, applications, scheduling of special trash collections, ordering of compost, and more can be done via our website ( www.collegeparkmd.gov ) or via phone (240-487-3500). We encourage our residents to utilize those resources prior to visiting any City facility.

To help reduce the risk of transmission, the CDC has recommended social distancing measures including reducing activities particularly for those with increased risk of several illness. On March 12, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order prohibiting all events of more than 250 people.   The safety of our residents and staff are our foremost concern. We regret to announce the cancellation of the following events, activities and services: 
  • Census Palooza (March 21);
  • Brunch with Bunny (March 28);
  • Spring Egg Hunt (April 4); 
  • Lakeland STARs tutoring program until further notice; 
  • Hispanic Parent Support Group Meetings until further notice; 
  • Youth & Family Services therapist-led school groups until further notice; 
  • Strategic Plan Community Meetings postponed to a later date;
  • Rental of City facilities and use of City facilities for community meetings until further notice;
  • Monthly City Board and Committee Meetings for the next 30 days or until further notice;
  • Notary services until further notice;
  • Department of Youth, Family & Senior Services client meetings/sessions until further notice; and
  • Seniors Program Weekly Social Activities, Events and Trips until further notice. 

As of now, the following services and activities will continue and not be disrupted:
  •  Mayor and Council meetings;
  • Police patrols and emergency response;
  • Regular refuse, recycling and special trash collections;
  • Seniors Transportation Services for essential trips;
  • Code compliance and inspections;
  • Parking enforcement; and
  • Department of Public Works April Cleanup Saturdays.

As the situation continues to evolve, the City will continue to update the public as necessary. Please visit the City’s website ( www.collegeparkmd.gov ), sign up for the City’s emails ( www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect ) and follow the City’s Facebook ( www.fb.com/collegeparkmd ) and Twitter ( @collegepark_md ) for the latest and most up-to-date City news and information. 

The City would like to remind residents to only share accurate information from the CDC, state or county health departments to reduce misinformation. For the latest and most accurate information about this evolving situation, visit the CDC, state and county health department websites:
·      CDC www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
·      Maryland Department of Health health.maryland.gov/coronavirus
·      Prince George’s County Department of Health:   health.mypgc.us/coronavirus
Weblink: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=137
New Hires

Welcome New Hire:
Julio Cruz – Facilities Maintenance Worker, Department of Public Works
University of Maryland Child Development Center

The University of Maryland’s Child Development Center, operated by Bright Horizons, is scheduled to open this summer! 

The Center is located on the City’s property at 4601 Calvert Road. In return for leasing the property at no cost to the University, City residents not affiliated with the University have priority for 14 slots at the Center. City residents who are affiliated with the University are also given a priority. 

Family Information Sessions are scheduled for March 10, 11, 31, and April 1—please go to www.brighthorizons.com/umd  for the location and times for each session. Enrollment interest starts March 10.  
Community and Senior Recreation Needs Assessment Survey

The Community and Senior Recreation Needs Assessment survey asks about recreational facilities, programs, transportation and services, and will assist in determining the current and future level of services for the community based on public input. 

The survey was mailed to randomly selected City households earlier this month, but is now open to every resident. Take the online survey here: www.collegeparksurvey.org/open .
Strategic Plan 2020-2025
What is your vision for College Park? What should the City do to achieve that vision by 2025? 

The City is developing a new Strategic Plan to help guide us over the next five years, and we need to hear from you! The City is working with Performance Breakthroughs, Inc. and they will facilitate four community meetings starting in March to hear from residents. Additionally, they will meet with other stakeholders, the City Council, and staff to help us create the best plan possible. We will have updates along the way, but expect a new plan to be presented to the City Council for final discussion and approval this summer. 

Please stay tuned to the City’s Weekly Bulletin, social media, and website for additional updates and notices regarding the public community meetings. You can see the City’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan here
Participate in the City’s 75th Anniversary Parade and Event!

The City’s 75th Anniversary celebration planning is underway! The event will feature a parade on Rhode Island Avenue followed by a festival at Duvall Field on June 6, 2020 beginning at 12 p.m. 

We are looking for College Park organizations to walk in the parade! Interested in having your group, club, school or organization participate? Please email events@collegeparkmd.gov with your organization/group’s name, brief description, and contact information.
City Youth UMD Summer Camp Scholarships
For Rising K-12 City Students

Summer is almost here!

The City of College Park provides scholarships for rising kindergarteners through 12th graders who are College Park residents to summer camps held at the University of Maryland in the summer of 2020.

Click here to Apply!   The application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020 and applications are also available at the City’s Youth and Family Services building located at 4912 Nantucket Rd. The application will contain a non-comprehensive list of available summer camps at the University of Maryland, along with instructions as to how to find more camp offerings.

Please remember our application is not an application for a summer camp, only an application for the scholarship.

For questions, please contact Latisha Moore at the City’s Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services at (240)487-3552 or   lmoore@collegeparkmd.gov .

(Photo courtesy of Terp Quest Camp)
Count Me in College Park!
T he 2020 Census is here! You can respond to the census online now at https://my2020census.gov/ or call 1-844-330-2020 to respond by phone. Your response determines funding and representation for our community including health care resources, school funding, accurate legislative representation, enhanced city services, business development, and jobs. Everyone living in College Park on April 1 needs to be counted. It should only take about ten minutes or less and it is easy, safe, and important for our community! 

The City of College Park urges all households to fill out the form online, over the phone, or by mail. For more information, click https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development at 240-487-3538.
Good Neighbor Day - POSTPONED
Good Neighbor Day 2020 has been postponed until further notice. For future updates, visit goodneighborday.umd.edu .
Purple Line Construction Updates
Beginning on or about March 2, 2020, crews will be reducing Campus Drive, between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road, to one lane for construction. The lane closure will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Flagging operations will occur to allow for two-way traffic. The road will re-open to one lane in each direction, daily after 3 p.m.

For more information or for further updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
Department of Public Works
Delivery services have resumed for the City’s SMARTLEAF® Compost and Wood Mulch products! 

Request a Compost or Wood Mulch Delivery by clicking here .

You can also pickup material year-round at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740). Pickups Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In April, the Department will be open all four Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

For more information about  SMARTLEAF Compost  or  Wood Mulch , please click here .
Power-washed the Downtown parking garage, lobby, steps, and portico.

Staff increased the level of sanitizing in all offices and common areas utilized by City employees.
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. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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 only. Click here for more information.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
February 29 - March 8, 2020
There were no Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise or Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
February 21 - February 27, 2020
2/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) at Greenbelt Road and 49th Avenue. 1 citation and 7 warnings were issued.

2/28 Contract officer responded to a call for service for an unknown person throwing rocks at vehicles in the 4500 block of Campus Drive. Area checked with negative results. 

2/28 Contract officer was on proactive patrol and observed an individual with an open alcoholic beverage in the 4500 block of College Avenue. Student referral was submitted.

2/29 Contract officers responded to a loud party int the 4600 block of Norwich Road. Over 200 persons attended the party. 2 student referrals were submitted.

3/3 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue. 2 citations and 6 warnings were issued.

3/3 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Ave. 21 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

3/4 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop at Baltimore Avenue and Hollywood Road on a commercial vehicle. The driver was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations:93
Equipment Repair Orders: 10
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 2
Field Observation Report: 5
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: 1
Premise Checks: 7
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 3
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 93
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
Monthly Public Safety Maps
The January maps are now available. For monthly Prince George's County Police public safety maps and statistical data for the City of College Park, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety .
Census Palooza - CANCELLED
Brunch with Bunny - CANCELLED
Spring Egg Hunt - CANCELLED
April Cleanup Saturdays & Shredding Event
April 4, 11, 18*, & 25 from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park
*Shredding Event is on Saturday, April 18th from 8:00 – Noon
The City of College Park Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, white goods, electronics recycling, brush, and yard trim.

You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate, although anyone can buy compost or wood mulch during this event.

Electronics that may be recycled include, but are not limited to: TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, VCRs, CD, DVD & MP3 players, cell phones & PDAs, printers, scanners, fax machines, telephones, radios, stereos, electric tools, game systems, handheld games, microwaves, and cords/cables .

NOT ACCEPTED: Bricks, concrete, rock, hazardous materials such as shingles, propane tanks, car batteries, paint, etc.

  • FREE Smartleaf® Compost. During the four clean-up day events, City residents may pick up 1 cubic yard of Smartleaf® screened compost for free. Limit 1 cubic yard per resident. You must bring proof of City of College Park residency to participate. We will load open bed trucks. If you don’t have a truck and want to get some compost, bring your own containers or bags as well as a shovel and be prepared to dig and get dirty.

  • *Shredding Event: Onsite document shredding services will be available to City of College Park residents on Saturday, April 18, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your old tax records, medical paperwork, and any other confidential information to be shredded while you wait. All paper will be recycled. You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of residency to participate
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings at Davis Hall 9217 51st Ave
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Public Hearings on Charter Resolution 20-CR-01, Ordinances 20-O-05 & 20-O-06

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – Time TBD
  • Mayor and Council Budget Worksession

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – If Needed Time TBD
  • Mayor and Council Budget Worksession
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: TBD
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