WEEKLY BULLETIN | May 17, 2019
We had an absolutely bike-tastic Bike to Work Day today! The weather was beautiful making it a really wonderful day to get out those bicycles. Thank you to all who came out to our City Hall pit stop - we hoped you enjoyed all the food, yoga, games, and fun we had!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Free Summer Parking Returns!
Once again, parking in the Downtown Garage on weekday nights and weekends will be free for the summer. Beginning May 25 through August 18, 2019, the Downtown Garage 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 during this summer!
mBike to End this August
The City of College Park, the University of Maryland and Town of University Park’s bike share program, mBike, will end this summer, with the last day of operations on August 31, 2019. With our three-year contract coming to an end, we were unable to come to terms on a replacement system with Zagster and have mutually agreed to part ways.

The mBike program grew steadily over the past three years with more than 4,000 unique users and 130,000 trips. The City of College Park, University of Maryland, and the Town of University Park intend to build on the success of mBike by introducing a new shared mobility system that provides pedal bikes, pedal-assist bikes and electric scooters. We hope to make details of this new system public very soon.

We apologize for any inconvenience during this transition and have made arrangements with Zagster for refunds to current members.

Questions about mBike refunds and existing mBike memberships may be directed to Zagster at  support@zagster.com  or (202) 999-3924.
Happy Retirement Robert!
Last Friday, City Code Enforcement Officer Robert Cofske retired after almost 30 years with the City!

As a Code Enforcement Officer and special deputy fire marshal, Robert conducted housing and building inspections to help keep our residents and neighborhoods safe. Having personally witnessed the devastation and loss from preventable incidents, Robert made it his mission to help prevent as many of those tragedies from reoccurring.

He also led the initial clean-up effort at the Sentinel Swamp Sanctuary (a.k.a the Frog Pond) - a wetland that that plays an important role in stormwater runoff in our Old Town neighborhood.

Thank you Robert for all your years of service to the City and College Park community!
City Code Reminders
Here are two helpful reminders about City Code regulations for grass and solicitation. For any questions, or to contact the City's Code Enforcement Division, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/dps .

Grass
  • With spring showers comes grass... and lots of it! Make sure to keep grass and weeds trimmed no higher than 12 inches. Ornamental grasses are exempt from this regulation.

Door-to-Door Solicitation
  • Door to door solicitors in the City are required to have and display (upon request) County and City permits. They also should have photo identification.
  • Remember, you don't have to open your door to any stranger. There are both legitimate and scam solicitors.
  • Report any suspicious people or activities immediately to 9-1-1. 
Trolley Trail Day
Save the Date – June 8, 2019 – for the first ever Trolley Trail Day along the trail route connecting College Park, Riverdale Park and Hyattsville. It will be an active fun filled day of walking, biking, eating and shopping.

For a schedule of events and more information, visit collegeparkpartnership.org/trolleytrailday .
Prince George's Police District 1 Open House
Prince George's County Police District 1 will have an open house and cookout at their location at 5000 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville this Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet the Chief and other officers will having a great time!
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Crews painted with anti-skid paint several key landings and improved the appearance of the Downtown Garage.

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 begins May 29, 2019 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
  • Right-of-Way Tree Planting: 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: The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property, it’s called the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP). 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:

50-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 3 - 9, 2019
5/3 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street.  6 warning citations were issued.
5/3 Contract officer on routine patrol issued a criminal citation for possession of an open alcoholic beverage at Indian Lane and 48th Avenue.

5/4 Contract officer on routine patrol issued a student referral for possession of an open alcoholic beverage at Princeton Avenue and Norwich Road.

5/6 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street.  4 citations and 6 warnings were issued.

5/7 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and DePauw Street.  5 citations and 8 warnings were issued.

5/9 Contract Officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop at Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane. The driver was placed under arrest for DUI.

5/4 Contract officer on routine patrol issued a student referral of a loud party at the 4900 block of Erie Street.

5/4 Contract officer on routine patrol issued a student referral for possession of an open alcoholic beverage at Princeton Avenue and Norwich Road.

Contract Officers conducted numerous checks at the parking garage regarding the complaint of a homeless individual sleeping in the stairwell.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 37
Warnings: 74
Equipment Repair Orders: 4
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 4
Field Observation Report: 12
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 1
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 1
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 9
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 2
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
CITY EVENTS
Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 27. 2019
11:00 a.m.
College Park Veterans Memorial
Corner of Greenbelt Road and Baltimore Avenue

The Mayor, Council and Veterans Memorial Committee invite you to attend our annual Memorial Day Observance. All are welcome.

If you have photos (in frames) of those who served, please bring them with you to display at the event.

The event is held at the College Park Veterans Memorial located at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Greenbelt Road. Parking is available for free at Bowlero.
First Thirsty Thursday
Thursday, June 6, 2019
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Join the City/University Community every FIRST Thursday (of most months) for 1st Thirsty Thursday! Eat, drink and have laughs with colleagues and neighbors!

This event is appropriate for children of all ages (1 to 101). You may even win some College Park swag!

This month's event will be held at College Park Grill (8321 Baltimore Avenue).
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Tuesday, May 28, 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
  • June 6, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., MOM's Organic Market Cafe
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