WEEKLY BULLETIN | May 8, 2020
June Public Focus Groups for the City of College Park FY21 – 25 Strategic Plan

The City is updating the strategic plan and will hold a series of meetings with residents to obtain input on the development of this important road map for the City. These meetings will be held on Saturday June 6, June 20, and June 27. Due to COVID-19, the meetings will likely be held virtually. There will be nine sessions with up to eight participants in each one-hour session. For residents unable to participate in the meetings, there will also be an opportunity to complete a brief survey. Please check the City website, Weekly Bulletin, College Park Connected, and the City’s social media pages for details on how to participate.  
ANNOUNCEMENTS
City Updates During COVID-19

Please visit the City's dedicated COVID-19 website for all the latest information about the City's response and local resources during the pandemic.

The website is updated frequently, so please check often.
Count Me in College Park!

What do Medicaid, Medicare, Children’s Health Program, Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Highway Planning and Construction, Pell Grants, School Lunches, and Section 8 Housing Vouchers have in common? These programs are all forms of federal assistance that are distributed based on Census Bureau data. Census data is collected every 10 years and you can respond, if you haven’t already, using your address at  https://my2020census.gov/ . You do not need the code from the Census Bureau letter in the mail. You can also call 1-844-330-2020 to respond by phone.  
 
The City of College Park urges all households to fill out the form online, over the phone, or by mail. For more information, visit  https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020  or contact the Planning Department at 240-487-3541. 
Upper Midtown Land Use Study Input Requested

The City of College Park initiated the Upper Midtown Land Use Study project to understand constraints and leverage opportunities for redevelopment of the study area along Baltimore Avenue (US 1) (Route 1) between University Boulevard (MD 193) and Cherokee Street. The effort is part of a larger goal to promote Route 1 as more livable and safer for all travelers, especially pedestrians.
 
This project is not a development proposal and the project team is not working with any developers to redevelop the study area. This is a planning study to explore development alternatives and identify multi-modal transportation improvements to enhance the access and connectivity of the study area.
 
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the state-wide stay-at-home order, the project team was unable to host an in-person public meeting to share and discuss possible futures of the area. The project team created the on-line presentation and survey to share information and gather feedback in place of an in-person public meeting.

Please visit https://bit.ly/uppermidtown to learn more and provide your input. The website and survey will remain open until May 31 st, 2020. Please use the browsers Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft Internet Explorer is not supported. 
Join Bike Anywhere Week May 11 through 15
 
 
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is celebrating Bike Anywhere Week May 11 through 15! Since we would normally be doling out high fives with WABA at Bike to Work Day, we’re joining them in a digital celebration of bicycling. We hope Bike Anywhere Week will capture some of the magic of bicycling in our region and remind us of the incredible community we have in our fellow bicyclists. You can sign up here .

When you register, you’ll get a BINGO card to fill out at home, opportunities to enter into a giveaway with great items from some of your favorite pit stops, and a rad new t-shirt if you join or renew your WABA membership.
Limited Community Garden Plots Available
 
Calling all gardeners! A few plots are available at the Old Town Community Garden and Hollywood Garden. Please email Katie at khart@collegeparkmd.gov for availability and an application form. Garden plots are $15 and are on a first-come first-serve basis. Social distancing guidelines must be followed including no more than ten people allowed in the garden at a time, stay six feet away from others, and avoid the garden if you are exhibiting symptoms of any illness.
Resource Directory of Essential Businesses Open

To see which College Park businesses are open, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19#openbusinesses . The list is continually updated.

If you are a business that needs to update their information, please email planner@collegeparkmd.gov .
Bee City USA Committee

Are you interested in, or have a background in ecology, native plants, garden communities and nature? Is protecting pollinator populations important to you? Would you like to volunteer to serve your community?

A new committee is being formed to enhance community awareness of urban pollinators in the City of College Park. The Committee will follow the guidelines established by Bee City USA to maintain the City’s affiliation with this organization. The Committee will:

  • Celebrate National Pollinator Week in June by holding educational events or installing or restoring pollinator habitats.
  • Develop material about pollinator preservation for the City website. 
  • Create reports of pollinator-friendly activities and accomplishments, native plant species list and recommended suppliers, and development of an integrated pest management plan.
  • Install and maintain at least one authorized Bee City USA street sign in a prominent location.
  • Develop and implement a pollinator-friendly habitat program and recommend improvements to City policies and practices as they relate to pollinator conservation.
  • Renew Bee City USA certification annually by providing a report of the previous year’s activities and accomplishments.
  • Create an annual work plan and submit a year end report of activities and accomplishments to the Mayor and Council.

The Committee will consist of no more than 9 members who either live or work in the City of College Park. A staff liaison from the Department of Public Works will support the Committee to accomplish the requirements of Bee City USA.

If you are interested in joining this new committee, please complete and submit an application to jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov. You can get the application by visiting our website at www.collegeparkmd.gov/186/Boards-Commissions.
TERPX

Moving can be stressful, expensive and time consuming! TERPX can give you peace of mind when it comes to buying, selling or exchanging furniture, household goods, school materials, electronics and more. Looking to sublet your room? This platform will enable you to connect with other University of Maryland students looking for housing. Whether it is furniture or your room, this is where you “exchange” things.

Benefits of Terp Exchange :

  • Join a trusted community of UMD Students
  • Save money on buying used items
  • Save time finding what you are looking for
  • Provides a platform for your subleasing needs
  • Get all the above benefits completely free of charge!

For more information, visit www.terpx.us .

TERPX is sponsored by the Prince George's Property Owners Association (PGPOA)
Pepco and Energy Assistance Programs

From Pepco:

Pepco is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1 and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. Customers wishing to contact Pepco a nd enter into an installment plan can call them at 202-833-7500 and follow the prompts below on their automated system, or visit their website at www.pepco.com .

More information on Pepco's services during the pandemic as well as Energy Assistance Programs for Maryland/Prince George's County residents can be found here: https://www.pepco.com/SafetyCommunity/Safety/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Washington Gas Project

Washington Gas Maryland STRIDE Accelerated Replacement Program Project at Paducah Road and St. Andrews Place to start this April. Click the image for details.
Purple Line Construction Updates

Beginning on or about April 20, 2020, the Purple Line will close a segment of Campus Drive between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road for construction. The closure will be in effect for approximately 15 weeks. The detour can be viewed here:  https://plmdnews.com/v03 .

Beginning on April 20, 2020, the Purple Line will implement a traffic shift on Baltimore Avenue at the intersection of Rossborough Lane for construction. One lane will remain open in each direction. The shift will be in effect for approximately one month. The detour can be viewed here: https://plmdnews.com/zne .

For all Purple Line updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
Maryland Department of Transportation / Maryland Transit Administration Purple Line Construction Project

Buses will be temporarily relocated due to Maryland Department of Transportation / Maryland Transit Administration Purple Line construction on Campus Drive effective Monday, April 20, 2020. This will effect buses on River Road and on the Westside of the College Park-U of MD station. Click the image for details.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works staff assisted the Parking Enforcement Division with the changeover of parking meters from ‘Pay By Space’ to ‘Pay By Plate’ on College Avenue and in the City’s Municipal Parking Garage. This work consisted of removing single-space parking meters and space number signs and installing new signage guiding motorists to pay stations and to remember their license plate number.

The Bozzuto Group will be closing the sidewalk along southbound Baltimore Avenue in front of their new development between Hartwick Road and Guilford Drive on Monday, May 11. Pedestrian detour signs will be in place prior to the sidewalk closing.  

Civil Construction, LLC, SHA’s construction contractor, has begun constructing pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Greenbelt Road and Rhode Island Avenue. 

The landscape crew completed installation of 38 replacement street trees throughout the City. 55 perennials were installed in the Route 1 median north of IKEA Way to replace plants that had died.

127 flats of summer annuals are scheduled to be delivered on Monday, May 11.

PEPCO planners are working throughout the City inspecting trees for required line clearance around the overhead power lines. The City has received notification that tree pruning will occur in June/July on Albion Road, on part of a feeder line running from University Park. No City trees will be pruned or removed on Albion Road. Tree pruning is scheduled for trees on private property; the property owners have been notified of the planned tree work.

The irrigation system at Duvall Field has been tested for seasonal operation. Two irrigation heads were found to be defective and were replaced. The system will remain turned off until it is needed later in the drier summer months.

City of College Park residents can bring electronics to be recycled to a temporary drop-off box near the entrance of the front doors to Davis Hall. Must have a valid College Park ID. No more than 3 items to be disposed of.

Bulk and special trash collections resume on Thursdays and Fridays, by appointment. Each source separated collection is performed by a different crew and truck.

  • Bulk trash (furniture, mattresses wrapped in plastic, large bulky items, etc.)
  • White goods & metals (washers, dryers, mowers, bikes, metal file cabinets, etc.)*
  • Electronics for recycling (TVs, computers, printers, etc.)*
  • Brush and Logs

*Starting May 1 there is a $20 charge for all appliances, televisions, and monitors.

Do not place items at the curb until you have scheduled an appointment. Please provide a detailed list of what you want to dispose of. Contact the Department of Public Works at publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov or 240-487-3590 to schedule a collection. Have your items at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled day.

Smartleaf ® compost and wood mulch program has resumed; customers can once again pick up product and we can load product on trucks and trailers. The days we are available to load customers may vary, so call before coming. Deliveries can be arranged for an additional fee. Compost is $28.00 per cubic yard, and wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard.

All buildings are still closed to visitors; therefore, customers should call 240-487-3590 from the parking lot to pay by credit card for their product prior to entering the yard. All customers must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Hours are 8:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Deliveries are being scheduled on a limited schedule. To request a delivery please click here . For more information call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov .
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 3:00 p.m.
Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 20-O-01

In January 2020, the Mayor and Council adopted Ordinance 20-O-01 which made changes to the collection of Special Trash. It prohibits placement of materials at properties that did not generate the materials; sets fees for collection and fees for Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste receptacles; and sets penalties for violations.

Effective May 1, 2020, the following bulk trash collection changes will take effect:

1.    No Contractor-generated construction materials will be collected; however, small home-improvement material that is generated by the resident and properly set out will be collected.
2.    Soft and Woody Yard Waste that is properly set out will be collected; however, Soft and Woody Yard Waste that is oversized and requires the use of a crane will be charged at a cost of $100 per collection, per hour
3.    Certain materials set out for collection will require a fee. These include:
  • a.    Appliances - stoves, air conditioners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, furnaces, water heaters, grills, etc. - $20 per item
  • b.    Televisions and monitors - $20 per item
  • c.    Tires - $4 per tire
4.    Mattresses must be wrapped in plastic, or placed in a plastic mattress bag, in order to be collected.
5.    Oversized, overweight, improperly sorted material, or collections requiring use of a crane, will be assessed a fee of $100 per collection, per hour. 
6.    Refuse Carts: The City will provide up to two refuse carts free of charge per household. There will be an annual cost of $50 for a third refuse cart. A maximum of three refuse carts are allowed per household.  
Help Protect our Department of Public Works Crew from COVID-19

Follow these steps when putting out your trash and recycling:
  • Maintain social distance
  • Carefully bag all waste
  • Keep recyclables loose
  • Put all bags and recycling into carts
  • No plastic bags or tissues in recycling
  • No medical sharps or syringes in recycling
  • If needed, rinse containers. Make sure all containers are empty and dry
  • Wipe down your carts, especially handles and lids, once you placed them on the curb
  • Put carts out on time and retrieve carts quickly
(Graphic by the National Waste & Recycling Association)
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
April 27 - May 3, 2020
There were no Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise or Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinances.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
April 24 - April 30, 2020
4/24 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 135 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

4/24 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4800 block of Greenbelt Road. 15 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

4/25 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 63 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

4/26 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 37 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

4/28 Contract officers responded to a call for service regarding a tent at Hollywood Park. Officers investigated and observed no one or items inside the tent. Park police were notified.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations:0
Warnings:0
Equipment Repair Orders: 0
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: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 20
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
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 .
CITY EVENTS AND RECREATION
Reversing Global Warming
Introduction to Drawdown
Saturday, May 30, 2020
10:00 am - 12 noon
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Join the City of College Park's Committee for a Better Environment for this virtual two-hour workshop. The workshop material is provided by the Pachamama Alliance and includes video clips of Paul Hawken.

Register at https://projectdrawdowndmv.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Todd Larsen at toddlarsen_99@yahoo.com.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club: TBD
Community Police Meeting: TBD
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