WEEKLY BULLETIN | October 23, 2020
Hallo-Boo Drive-Thru Event
October 30, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Duvall Field, 9100 Rhode Island Ave., College Park, MD

Join the City of College Park for a Halloween Drive-Thru event on Friday, October 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Duvall Field (9100 Rhode Island Avenue).

Collect Halloween treats while you drive through a spooky Duvall Field! Celebrate with us in your scariest or sparkliest costumes. Decorate your car in the Halloween spirit and you can win a $50 gift card to a College Park business of your choosing!

Registration is required. More tickets added! To register and for more event information, visit: https://cphalloboo.eventbrite.com. The rain date for this event is Saturday, October 31.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
For the City Election

A District 2 Special Election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Councilmember P. J. Brennan will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue. Information about the three candidates is posted on the City website. Qualified District 2 voters may apply for a ballot by mail until Friday, October 30. Please visit the City website or call 240-487-3503 for more information.
Notice of Public Hearing on Ordinance 20-O-11

The Mayor and Council of the City of College Park will hold a virtual Public Hearing on Ordinance 20-O-11 on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/notices.
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: 53 totaling $608,788.71
  • Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants awarded: 22 totaling $80,409.36

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.
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.

Department of Public Services will be closed on Friday, October 30 for in-service training.

Deliveries for compost and wood mulch are done for the season; both products are available year-round for pick up Monday through Friday,
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Curbside leaf vacuuming begins on November 2, starting in the following areas: SA7-the North End/Sunnyside, SA1- Calvert Hills, SA2-Old Town/West Knox, SA8-College Park Woods, Crystal Springs Acredale & Patricia Ct.

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.
Pepco Tree Line Clearance Work

PEPCO electric line clearance performed by Asplundh, PEPCO’s contractor, will continue in the College Park Estates and Yarrow neighborhoods into November.
College Park Tree Programs

Trees provide many benefits including reduced cooling and heating costs, interception of rainwater, increased property values and improved air quality. Requests for street trees provides planting in the City's right-of-way areas. City property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually for approved tree(s) planted on their residential lot. For more information and the application, visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/trees, call 240-487-3590 or email horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
October 12 - October 18, 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 9 - October 15, 2020
10/9 Contract officers responded to a call for service at 51st Avenue and Blackfoot Road for a report of “shots fired”. Officers located 7 spent shell castings in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue as no victim was located.

10/13 Contract officer stopped a vehicle for loud exhaust at Baltimore Avenue and Cherry Hill Road. 2 citations and 2 ERO’s were submitted. 

10/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 Baltimore Avenue and issued 103 “Mobile” Camera violations.

10/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at 51st Avenue and Mangum Road. 1 citation and 2 warnings were issued.

10/14 Contract officer identified a large group of vehicles in the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue. Photos of the activity were submitted to the City.

10/15 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 Baltimore Avenue and issued 46 “Mobile” Camera violations.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 32
Warnings: 41
Equipment Repair Orders: 4
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 4
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: 15
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 16
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.
CITY EVENTS AND RECREATION
College Park Event Cancellations
 
We regret to announce the cancellation of several of the City’s annual events -- Halloween Thing and Blues Festival -- due to COVID-19 and Prince George’s County Executive Alsobrooks’ executive order prohibiting events and large gatherings of 50 people or more. The health and safety of our residents are what’s most important to us as we continue to monitor the situation.
Halloween Guidance
 
The CDC has published guidance on low, medium and high risk Halloween related activities including Trick or Treating. Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Traditional trick or treating and trunk or treating are considered higher risk activities. The CDC provides lower risk alternative suggestions. For more information, visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19.
DEA Take Back Day

This Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Pocomoke Building at 7569 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. For more information, visit DEATakeBack.com.
October Cleanup Saturday
October 24 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD. 20740

The City of College Park Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, white goods, electronics recycling, 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, although anyone can buy compost or wood mulch during this event. We will collect gently used items for donation to GreenDrop and Community Forklift.

Special events include:
Paint Recycling - October 24 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Yuck Old Paint will be on hand to collect latex and oil-based paint. Paint needs to be in the original container

New This Year! The following will be collected:
Household batteries for recycling. 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. Includes U-shaped or circular fluorescent lamps, High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, Ultra Violet (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.
Multigenerational Center Feasibility Study: Service Area 2

Join MNCPP-C, Department of Parks and Recreation and Prince George's County on October 26 at 6:30 p.m. for a meeting on the project process, present early findings about Service Area 2 and seek community input on the preliminary building program and criteria for site selection. To register and participate, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7343545113561982478.
Town Hall with Comptroller Peter Franchot

Join us on October 28 at 7:00 p.m. for a Town Hall with Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot via Zoom. Registration is required. To register, visit: http://www.franchotcptownhall.eventbrite.com/.
Continuing the Conversation: Town Halls on Community and Race Relations in College Park
November 5, 2020
7:00 p.m.
 
Join us on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. for another Town Hall on community and race relations in College Park. This forum will focus on where we've been, current issues, and where we're going.
More details and featured panelists will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the City’s website at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/blacklivesmatter. Use the link to participate online: https://zoom.us/j/99141911702 or dial in at 301-715-8592.
Save the Date for Good Neighbor Day

Save the date for Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, November 7, 2020. 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.  
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 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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