WEEKLY BULLETIN | October 22, 2021
October Cleanup Saturday - Last Day
October 23, 2021 | Public Works, 9217 51st Ave. | 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


The City of College Park Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, white goods, electronics, brush, and yard trim. You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate. Bulk trash brought on cleanup days does not count toward bulk trash limits, nor are any fees applied for appliances, televisions, or monitors. There is a $4 fee for all tires. See below under "City Events" for more details.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
How to Prevent Car Wheel Theft

Buy Lug Nut Locks:
This solution involves replacing one of the lug nuts on each wheel with a lock, which requires a special tool to remove. For extra protection, you can buy lock kits for all of the lug nuts on your wheels. Just don’t lose the key, which you’ll need to remove the wheel should you have to change a flat tire.

Install an Alarm with a Sensor:
Unlike standard car alarms, which alert you when your car has been broken into, alarms with sensors can detect a tilt or angle change if thieves try to jack up your vehicle.

Park in Secure, Well-Lit Areas:
Thieves almost always strike at night, staking out areas where they’re less likely to be discovered, like a dark street without lights. Stay in areas where there’s more traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, and where there are security cameras, if possible. If you’re parking somewhere overnight, make sure your car is visible.

Turn Your Wheels:
When you park your car, turn the wheels to a 45-degree angle. This will make it difficult for a thief to get the lug nuts off, because the inner fender will likely be in the way.

Park Close To the Curb:
When parallel parking on the street, park as close as you can to the curb. The closer your vehicle is, the more difficult it will be for a thief to put a jack underneath your car. While the street side of your car will still be exposed, at least the tires on the curb side of your car will be better protected.

Prevent Auto Theft:
This should seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to fall into the habit of leaving your car unlocked as you drive or park in a relatively safe area. 

Avoid Storing Valuables inside your Vehicle:
Never keep valuables in your vehicle. This is an easy way to become a target of crime. In addition to the increased risk of a stolen vehicle, many criminals may break the window and steal your valuables. Your car may be left behind in this scenario, but you’ll still need to deal with a broken window and lost valuables. Usually, storing items in the trunk is safer than leaving it in plain sight.

From the Prince George's Police Department
How to Fight Hate Crimes from the Office of the Attorney General

How Communities Can Help:
A comprehensive response to hate crimes involves the engagement of local government, law enforcement, prosecutors, schools, religious institutions, residents, and civil rights and community-based
organizations. Strategies stakeholders can implement to combat hate crime activity:

• Publicly condemn suspected hate crime activity
• Establish a network of community stakeholders to ensure prompt responses to and support of victims of
hate crimes
• Encourage victims and witnesses of hate crimes to report to law enforcement
• Employ restorative justice practices where appropriate
• Promote activities that embrace diverse populations and unite communities
• Advocate for laws and policies that enhance the State’s response to hate crimes

For additional resources and information, see OAG’s Strategies for Responding to Hate Crimes
WMATA Metrorail Update: Reduced Service Will Continue

Metro continues working to finalize plans in cooperation with safety officials to return the 7000-series railcars to passenger service and fully restore its rail system. As a result, Metrorail service will remain at the current reduced service levels through at least October 31, 2021.

During this time, trains will operate basic service every 15-20 minutes on the Red Line and every 30-40 minutes on all other lines. Silver Line service will continue to operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Federal Center SW only. Customers are encouraged, where it makes sense for them, to use Metrobus service as an alternative. For more information, visit: https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Metrorail-service-update-week-of-10-25.cfm.
I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study

Providing comments on the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study “Comments on the SDEIS will be accepted between Friday, October 1, and 11:59 PM on Monday, November 15, 2021. MDOT SHA and FHWA are holding a virtual public hearing on Monday, November 1, 2021, with two sessions scheduled for 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Click here to provide feedback. Click here to register for the Public Hearing sessions. Click here for more information.
World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo
October 23, 2021 | Samuel Riggs Alumni Center/UMD | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join Caring Communities on Saturday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center for a Disabilities Expo. Everyone within the disabilities and senior community, children with disabilities and their families, caregivers/service providers, veterans with disabilities and baby-boomers etc. should be there. There will be free parking, free wheelchair repair and much more! For free expo passes, please visit: expo.caringcommunities.org or call 410-549-5707.
Prince George's County Growing Green with Pride Clean-up Day
October 30, 2021 | Various Locations | 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Prince George’s County Growing Green with Pride Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 30 from 8 a.m. - 12 noon. Applications are available at mypgc.us/GrowingGreen. The application needs to be submitted by October 15 to Tonya Hairston at TYHairston@co.pg.md.us. For more information, call 301-499-8641.
City Election
Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Have You Submitted Your Absentee Ballot Application?

Registered Voters were mailed an application for an Absentee Ballot in late September. Applications are also available from our website and City offices. If you want to vote by mail, return your application no later than October 26 to one of the City’s Drop Boxes.
 
Late Application for Absentee Voting:
 
Beginning October 27, ballots will no longer be mailed to voters because there may not be enough time for the ballot to reach the voter through the US Mail. Instead, a qualified voter may apply in person for an absentee ballot at City Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. City Hall is currently located at 8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 375. Qualified voters may vote on-the-spot or may return their voted ballot to the Drop Box. 
 
Use A Drop Box!

The City’s Drop Boxes are located at:
 
  • Davis Hall: 9217 51st Avenue 
  • On Campus: west side of Stamp Student Union, on Union Lane, by the USPS and FedEx boxes
  • Calvert Road School: 4601 Calvert Road

For questions, please contact the City Clerk Janeen Miller at 240-487-3501 or jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov.
New Neighbors Homeownership Grant

Looking for a home in College Park? The City of College Park New Neighborhood Homeownership Grant Program offers $5,000 grants for down payment or closing cost assistance to qualified buyers or properties. Buyers must agree to live in the house for a minimum of five years. For more information, visit collegeparkmd.gov/newneighbor.
The City is Hiring!

The City has several positions open! To apply, visit https://collegeparkmd.applicantpool.com/jobs/.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 


Click 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.

  • Click here for information on new changes to Bulk Trash.
  • Thursday, October 29 is the Department of Public Works In-service Snow Training at DPW. No bulk trash collections will be scheduled, and we will not be able to load or deliver compost or wood mulch.
  • Curbside leaf collection begins on November 1. See website for details.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
October 11, 2021 to October 17, 2021
 
There were no violations of the Noise Ordinance, Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
October 8, 2021 to October 14, 2021
10/10 Contract officer observed a student that failed to obey the “up hand pedestrian signal” at Baltimore Ave and Knox Road and impeded traffic while taking pictures of herself in the intersection.  In doing so, she was almost struck by a passing by vehicle. The intoxicated student was referred to the university.

10/11 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust in the 9100 block of Baltimore Ave. The driver was issued 9 citations as his driver’s license was suspended and his tags were expired.

10/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edmonston Road and Knoxville Road. 12 warnings were issued.

10/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop at Edmonston Road and Baylor Road for excessive speed. 2 warnings were issued.

10/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at Baltimore Ave and College Ave. The driver was issued 4 citations and placed under arrest for possession of 80 grams of marijuana.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 28
Warnings: 82
Equipment Repair Orders: 8
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 1
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: 17
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 47
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
Loud Exhaust Enforcement Stats:
Citations: 13
Warnings: 0
SERO's: 0
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.
CITY EVENTS AND RECREATION
October Cleanup Saturday
October 23, 2021 | Public Works, 9217 51st Ave. | 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The City of College Park Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, white goods, electronics, brush, and yard trim. You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate. Bulk trash brought on cleanup days does not count toward bulk trash limits, nor are any fees applied for appliances, televisions, or monitors. There is a $4 fee for all tires.

PUBLIC WORKS DOES NOT ACCEPT: Brick, concrete, rock, propane tanks, hazardous materials such as automotive batteries, ammunition, automotive fluids/fuels, cleaning agents, cooking oil, mercury, insecticide/herbicide, fertilizer, oil-based paints, pool chemicals, photographic chemicals, roof shingles, smoke detectors, solvents, sealants, varnishes and stains.

Items for purchase: You don’t need to be a resident to purchase any of the products except yard waste carts. Check the website for latest information regarding availability.
• Rain Barrels $72, limited number available
• Compost Bins $20 resident, $40 nonresident
• Yard Waste Carts $25, residency required
• GAT traps $50, limited number available
• Smartleaf Compost $28 a cubic yard (check website for availability)
• Wood Mulch $12 a cubic yard

DURING CLEAN-UP DAYS, THE FOLLOWING WILL BE COLLECTED:
• Household batteries for recycling - limit 6. This includes rechargeable batteries such as Li-Ion, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Ni-Zn; Single-use alkaline batteries such as AA, AAA, 9V, C, D button cell, and lithium primary. No damaged batteries; no automotive batteries.
• Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (must be intact) - limit 4. Includes U-shaped or circular fluorescent lamps, High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, Ultraviolet (UV) lamps, Incandescent Bulbs, Halogen or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s).
• Block Styrofoam for recycling (coolers and large blocks of packing material). No packing peanuts, cups or plates.
Rabies and Microchip Clinic
Sunday, October 24, 2021 | Public Works, 9217 51st Ave. | 10:00 a.m.

The City's Animal Control and Animal Welfare Committee are hosting a Rabies and Microchip Clinic for City pets on October 24, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Appointments are required - slots are individual, you can only register one animal per spot. Appointments are in 10 minute slots, and space is limited. All animals must be leashed or properly confined to a carrier. No walk-ins.

City residents must be able to provide proof of residence to obtain free services. Services will be discounted for non-residents as follows (exact cash only):

  • Rabies vaccine, $10.00 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.
  • Microchipping, $20.00

Please come no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Please remain in the vehicle with your pets, and wait to be called for your appointment. To participate and get event details, register on Eventbrite: oct2021rabiesclinic.eventbrite.com.

By participating in this event, 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.
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.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
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 Public Safety Discussion:
Zoom Meeting (every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.)
Join by phone: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 961 6899 4626
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