WEEKLY BULLETIN | NOVEMBER 15, 2019
Happy  #AmericaRecyclesDay ! O ur Sustainability Coordinator Janet recently presented to several Hollywood Elementary School classes about the importance and benefits of recycling!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
November City Holidays
During Thanksgiving week, the City will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29; no special collections will occur during the holiday week.
Join the 2020 Census Team
Join the 2020 Census team and be a Census Taker in our community. Census jobs offer weekly pay, flexible hours and a competitive rate of $21 an hour. The US Census is committed to hiring Census takers right here in College Park. By becoming a Census Taker, you can support our community while getting paid to do it. You can apply on line at www.2020census.gov/jobs .
One Warm Coat Drive
November 4 - December 3
The City of College Park, with One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization, will once again hold our annual One Warm Coat Drive from November 4 through December 3. Help fellow College Park residents in need by donating your clean, gently-used coats, hats and gloves during the City's annual warm coat drive. All donated coats will be distributed by the Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services throughout the College Park area to local children and adults in need.

All donations are appreciated, however this year we are seeking children's coats and cold weather items in particular.

Donations can placed into designated collection boxes during business hours at the following locations:

City Hall
8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 375
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Youth and Family Services
4912 Nantucket Road
Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2019 Community Survey
An online version of our 2019 Community Survey is now available until November 22! If you have not taken it, click here to fill it out:  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5282739/The-City-of-College-Park-Community-Survey-2019

Important Note: If you did receive a paper copy - be sure to complete that one instead of the online one. We still need your responses!! The survey results will help City officials better serve the College Park community and shape the future of College Park.

For questions about the 2019 City of College Park Community Survey, please call 240-487-3501 or email
cpcommunications@collegeparkmd.gov . Stay tuned to the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date news and information.
Good Neighbor Day Project Nominations
Got ideas to help beautify College Park? Nominate a project for Good Neighbor Day 2020! The annual event brings together the College Park community to beautify shared spaces, educate and engage in sustainable practices, and take pride in College Park. 
 
Submit by November 22 at goodneighborday.umd.edu.
Purple Line Construction Updates
Beginning on or about November 15, 2019, The Northeast Branch Trail will be closed between the University Research Court and Haig Drive access points. This section of the trail will be closed until approximately January 2020. 

For all Purple Line Construction Updates including lane closures, road work and more, please visit: www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Repairs on the broken sewer line at the Parking garage entrance are being expedited. The repair work is expected to start next week.

A community meeting was held on November 14 with the City Manager, DPW and Contractor for community input on visioning and design of a new building at the old College Park Woods pool site.

Installed a safety grate at the sewer drain in Davis Park.

A new electrical service has been started for the island at Amherst and Dartmouth.

Holiday decorations, including garland and bows, to wrap pedestrian light poles in the downtown business district are being installed.

Curbside leaf collection is on schedule.

Curbside leaf collection has begun: Click here for details. Curbside Leaf Collection has started and runs through early January depending on weather conditions. During Curbside Leaf Collection weekly yard waste collections on regular trash collection days are suspended. Look for signs posted in your neighborhood in advance of the scheduled collection dates. The collection calendar posted online will be updated as the collection schedule changes, so check the website for the latest schedule.

TIPS – THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF LEAF COLLECTION!
  • Bagging is not necessary during leaf collection with vacuums. Grass can be included in your leaf piles, but no sticks, branches, vines, or woody materials (as these items require a special collection). 
  • Rake leaves to the curb but do not put them in the street. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains as the leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars.
  • Remove tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. These items damage the equipment and cause delays.
  • Noise and dust may be noticeable as dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • If you put your soft yard waste (grass, leaves and weeds) in bags or containers they will only be collected when the leaf vacuum is scheduled to be in your neighborhood. Weekly yard waste collections on regular trash collection days are suspended during curbside leaf collection period.

Regular weekly collection of soft yard waste is suspended for the season during curbside leaf collection.

Did you know you can compost pumpkins? Pumpkins compost best when they are cut or smashed, you can then put them in your backyard compost bin, or bring them to the Food Scrap drop off location at Public Works. Look for the yellow carts. 

If you would like to start diverting your food scraps, we have 5-gallon food scrap buckets available at the Department during regular business hours. The buckets are useful to transport collected food scraps to the drop off location.

Tree programs offered by the City
  • Tree planting in the right-of-way. If you would like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home please contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options, 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.
  • Tree Canopy Enhancement Program on private property. 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. 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.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
November 1 - 7, 2019
11/1 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edmonston Road and Knoxville Road.  2 citations and 3 warnings were issued.

11/2 Contract officer stopped a student for possession on an open alcoholic beverage at College Avenue and Hopkins Road. Student referral was submitted.

11/4 Contract officer responded to a call for service in the 9100 block of Rhode Island Avenue for a suicidal person under the influence of CDS. The victim’s parent responded and transported the victim to the hospital.

11/4 Contract officer responded to a call for service in the 9000 block of 48th Avenue for an overdose. The incident was handled by the patrol officer.

11/5 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 52 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

11/7 Contract officer attended to community meeting in Hollywood at MOM’s.

Several premise checks were conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 43
Warnings: 423
Equipment Repair Orders: 9
Distracted Driving Citations: 4
Parking Citations: 5
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: 0
Premise Checks: 6
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 257
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 3
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 September 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
Free Rabies & Microchip Clinic
Sunday, November 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Davis Hall

The City's Animal Control and Animal Welfare Committee are having a free rabies and microchip clinic for City pets! Come on Sunday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Davis Hall to have your pets vaccinated against rabies and microchipped (to help return lost pets to their families).

City residents must be able to provide proof of residence in order to obtain free services.

Services will be discounted for non-residents as follows (exact cash only):
  • Rabies vaccine, $10.00
  • Microchipping, $20.00

All animals must be leashed or properly confined to a carrier. For 3-year Rabies vaccines, the pet owner must have a current signed rabies certificate (1- or 3-year), and vaccines will be given at the discretion of the veterinarian.
Community Meeting: Hollywood Commercial District
Monday, November 18, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Youth, Family and Senior Services

View updated designs for the Rhode Island Avenue Streetscape, Muskogee Street Trail and the conversion of service roads to parklets.

Your feedback is needed before these plans are finalized!

Consultants Wallace Montgomery and Floura Teeter will be in attendance.

Sponsored by the City of College Park’s Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dcember 14
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue

The City's annual Breakfast with Santa is on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the College Park Community Center (5051 Pierce Avenue).

Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa!

Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast.

Bring your camera to capture photos with Santa.

Magical Entertainment and Arts & Crafts!

Sponsored by the City of College Park’s Recreation Board and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Reservations not required. For more information, please call 240-487-3570.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
at Davis Hall 9217 51st Ave
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession and/or Regular Meeting as needed

Tuesday, December 3, 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
  • December 5, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., MOM's Organic Market Cafe
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