WEEKLY BULLETIN | March 25, 2022
Celebrating Women's History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, the City honors those women who served or are currently serving on the City’s Mayor and Council. We thank them for their contributions to our City and look forward to the many years of continued female leadership! Read more here.
State of the City

Missed the State of the City presentation? Check it out here.
MDOT SHA Upcoming Project Activity Notice

• Where: Campus Drive at Alumni Drive/Mowatt Lane
• Activity: Sidewalk ramp construction work beginning March 21. Weather and progress permitting, all work should be complete by late spring 2022.
• Work/Flagging Operation Hours: Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional work times may be needed to expedite this work. Equipment used for construction may be disruptive.
• Motorists and pedestrians should travel undistracted through the work zone and be aware of changing vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns.
• For more information about this work, please contact Mr. Godwin Archibong, MDOT SHA Project Engineer, 443-845-1498.
Odessa Park Construction

Construction of the Odessa Park project will be getting underway soon, as early as next week. The contractor will begin removing bamboo, trees and vegetation to prepare the site for grading and construction of the park. Construction vehicles will be accessing the Park project via Odessa Road. 

More information about the Odessa Park project can be found at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/310/Odessa-Park.
Age-Friendly Action Plan Visioning Workshop Recap and Mural Board

Thank you to all who attended the March 14, 2022 Visioning Workshop. If you were not able to attend, please watch the meeting recording video here and be sure to leave your feedback on our Vision Board to make sure your voice is heard. To access the Vision Board, go to: https://bit.ly/CPMural.
Metro SmarTrip cards purchased before 2012 no longer work

From WMATA Metro:
Customers are being reminded that Metro’s oldest SmarTrip cards are no longer accepted at faregates and fareboxes as of March 1. Those currently riding Metro or who plan to soon will need to replace their cards to travel on Metrorail or Metrobus.

Metro is installing new, faster and more reliable faregates at rail stations and will be upgrading fareboxes on Metrobuses this year. This technology investment means that older SmarTrip® cards, purchased before 2012, no longer work. More details here.
Pepco Appliance Recycling Offer for March

Pepco is offering customers $75 for a limited time for recycling their old working refrigerators and freezers. Customers must schedule their pick-up by March 31 and have their appliance picked up by April 14 to qualify. Customers can also recycle a dehumidifier or room A/C at the same time to receive an additional $25. Pepco’s Appliance Recycling program typically offers customers $50 for recycling their old appliances.

The Appliance Recycling program aims to save customers energy and money by offering a convenient, environmentally friendly option for getting rid of old appliances. Customers can also select the pick-up option most comfortable for them. Pepco offers in-home no-contact pick-ups, in which contractors pick up the appliance while maintaining a safe distance of six feet from the homeowners, or outside no-contact pick-ups, in which contractors pick up an appliance from a designated garage or outbuilding.

To schedule a pick-up or find out more, visit: www.pepco.com/ApplianceRecycling or call 877-743-3117.
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 will begin distributing more than 1,000 at-home COVID-19 test kits to City residents in early February. 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.
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. 
Get your Garden Ready with Smartleaf® Compost & Wood Mulch!

Click here to schedule a delivery (for an additional fee).

Material is available year-round for pick up, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Bring a shovel and containers and be prepared to dig.

More information available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/compost.
Spring is a Good Time to Plant Trees

If you are interested in having a street tree planted near the curb, reach out to horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov.

Trees provide many benefits such as reduction of cooling and heating costs, interception of rainwater, increasing property values and improving air quality. The City offers a few ways to help.

The City has a program that provides for street tree planting in the right-of-way area, which includes the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk. College Park residents interested in requesting a tree can contact the horticulturist at 240-487-3595 or horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov The location will be inspected to determine if it is suitable.

City of College Park property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually, for approved tree(s) planted on their residential lot. The completed application should be sent to horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov review and approval. Click here for a link to the guidelines and application.

The City is responsible for tree maintenance of street trees in the rights-of-way, City maintained buildings and parks, and on public property. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
March 14, 2022 to March 20, 2022
There was 1 municipal infraction issued for the violation of the Noise Ordinance, and none for Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
March 11, 2022 to March 17, 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.
Clean-Up Saturdays & Shredding Event*
April 2*, 9, 30, and May 21, 2022
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue

*Shredding event is on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 8:00 – 12:00 p.m.
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 to participate, although anyone can buy compost or wood mulch during this event. Residents may also bring Styrofoam, small quantities of LED light bulbs and tubes, and batteries for recycling. 

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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