WEEKLY BULLETIN | November 6, 2020
All City Offices Closed on Veterans Day

All City offices are closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 for Veteran's Day observance. Regularly scheduled collections on Wednesday, 11/11 will occur on Thursday, 11/12. Special collections will occur on Friday, 11/13.
For the City Election

The Special Election to fill the vacant District 2 Council seat is Sunday, November 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue. Information on the three candidates running for office is posted on our website.

COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place at the poll. Properly worn face masks are required at all times, both while waiting in line outside the building and voting inside the building. If you need a face mask, one will be provided. Social distancing rules will be in effect; each voter will use a new pen; and hand sanitizing stations will be available. Voters will enter the front doors of the Community Center and exit through the rear door from the Gym directly to the parking lot.

Election Results: The ballots cast at the poll on Sunday, November 8 will be counted that night at Davis Hall. The official canvass for this election will be conducted on Friday, November 13, also at Davis Hall. The official canvass includes all mail-in ballots received and validated provisional ballots. Due to COVID-19 capacity limitations, there is not enough room at Davis Hall for members of the public to observe the count in person, so both the election night count and the official canvass will be televised on the City’s cable channels and streamed on the City’s website. Results will be posted on our website and to social media. If you have any questions about this Special Election, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3503 during regular office hours.
Neighborhood BusinessWorks Opportunity Zone Microgrants

The State of Maryland is offering microgrants to support business investment in Maryland’s designated Opportunity Zones. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Neighborhood BusinessWorks Program will be offering "Opportunity Zone Microgrants" ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to start-up and expanding businesses located within an Opportunity Zone. Applications will be accepted beginning November 17, 2020, and funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more eligibility details and application information, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Business/Pages/OZ-Microgrant.aspx
COVID-19 Assistance Programs

In response to the crisis, the City has created programs to address resident, business, and non-profit organization needs. For more information visit the following:

Business & Individual Grant Statistics:
  • Small Business Assistance Grants awarded: 55 totaling $684,988.71
  • Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants awarded: 24 totaling $87,814.32

Business Assistance & Facade Improvement Grant Statistics:
  • 4 application awarded, totaling $44,833.42
  • 4 applications pending, totaling $27,196.33
City Updates During COVID-19

Summary of current COVID-19 requirements:

Click here to review a quick summary of current COVID-19 requirements from the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County. This is not a comprehensive list, but is meant to be used as a guide to help all College Park residents understand the requirements, how to report issues, and the enforcement of those requirements.
MDOT SHA Upcoming Project Activity Notice

  • Where: US 1 (Baltimore Ave) College Park Improvement Project between College Avenue/Regents Drive and MD 193 (University Blvd)
  • Activity: Intermittent removal of sidewalks, excavation and electricity infrastructure work beginning September 2020
  • Work Hours for this Activity: Weekdays, 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. Additional work times may be needed to expedite this activity. Equipment used for construction may be disruptive.

For more information, contact Mr. Vladimir Tanchev, MDOT SHA Project Engineer, at 410-925-4596.
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 

Click for more information, or visit: www.colllegeparkmd.gov/products.
Curbside Leaf Collections:
Curbside leaf vacuuming will be in the following areas next week: SA8-College Park Woods, Crystal Springs Acredale & Patricia Court, SA6-Rhode Island Avenue East; SA3-Estates and Yarrow; SA5-Rhode Island Avenue West, Autoville and Cherryhill.

During Curbside Leaf Collection, signs are posted in your neighborhood in advance of the scheduled collection dates. The collection calendar will be updated as the schedule changes. Look for signs posted in your neighborhood. Click here for the City’s leaf plan and calendar. Click here for leaf collection tips – do's and dont's.
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 Pilot Program, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
October 26 - November 1, 2020
There was one Municipal Infraction issued for the Noise Ordinance and none issued for the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinance.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
October 23 - October 29, 2020
10/23 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and De Pauw Place. 1 citation and 5 warnings were issued.

10/23 Contract officer on routine patrol observed 2 persons soliciting in Old Town neighborhood (Dartmouth Avenue/Calvert Road). They were asked if they had a city permit in which they did not. They were advised of the City’s ordinance and sent on their way. 

10/24 Contract officer responded on a call for service for a welfare check in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue. The involved person refused to leave and was arrested for trespassing. 

10/28 Contract officer responded to a call for service with patrol for a hit and run accident at University Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue. The contract officer located the striking vehicle, but the driver fled prior to the officer’s arrival. We assisted patrol with the investigation.

10/29 Contract officer monitored traffic at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Hollywood Road regarding a complaint. No issues observed.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 18
Warnings: 61
Equipment Repair Orders: 13
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 5
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 12
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 August 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.
Good Neighbor Day

Join the University of Maryland and MNCPP-C for the first-ever hybrid Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, November 7. The Fill-a-Bag food drive will be collecting clear, canned and boxed non-perishable food items in support of the College Park Community Food Bank and UMD Campus Pantry. For more information, visit: www.goodneighborday.umd.edu.
Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, the City of College Park will honor all Veterans who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, both in times of war and peace. 

To help avoid the transmission of COVID-19, the City of College Park will not be holding a public event at the Veterans Memorial. We are asking that you celebrate Veterans Day with us by flying the American flag on November 11 to honor and thank the brave men and women for their commitment to our nation.  
Urban Tree Canopy Forum

Join the College Park Tree and Landscape Board on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in a virtual forum to discuss the proposed Urban Tree Policy. To submit questions in advance, please email treelandscapeboard@collegeparkmd.gov. To read the Tree and Landscape Board’s Recommendations for Tree Permitting report, or for a copy of the Tree Canopy Assessment report, visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/trees. Use the link to participation online: https://zoom.us/j/94845172421.
The Lakeland Spirit: Through Digital Footprints

Join the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., for a virtual presentation of heritage and stories from the Lakeland community of College Park, Maryland, 1950–1980. To register and for more event information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lakeland-spirit-through-digital-footprint-tickets-124933221629.
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

Community Police Meeting:
Webinar (every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.)
Join by phone: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 828 5917 0824, Password: 241758
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