WEEKLY BULLETIN | October 30, 2020
All City Offices Closed for Election Day

All City offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for Election Day. Regularly scheduled collections on Tuesday and Wednesday will shift forward one day. Special collections will only occur on Friday, November 6.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Urban Tree Canopy Forum

Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. and the College Park’s Tree and Landscape Board 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 participate online: https://zoom.us/j/94845172421.
City of College Park Essay Contest

The Education Advisory Committee (EAC) would like to announce an essay contest, open to all students who are residents of the City of College Park in Kindergarten through 12th grade, who attend schools receiving public education grant assistance from the City, to honor the memory of Doris Ellis. The essay question is: "How have you kept your mind and body active during the pandemic?". The deadline has been extended to Friday, November 6. To submit your essay online, visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/ellisessaycontest2020. Disclaimer: Prince George’s County Public Schools is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending the activities announced in this material/flyer.
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.
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 $662,488.71
  • Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants awarded: 23 totaling $81,595.50

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.

Compost your pumpkins. Did you know that pumpkins are more than 90 percent water and have an array of nutrients helpful to the soil when they’re composted? Pumpkins compost best when they are cut or smashed, then you can put them in your backyard compost bin or bring them to the Food Scrap drop off location at Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, or the Old Town Tot Lot and Community Garden location on Columbia Avenue between College Ave and Norwich.

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.
Curbside Leaf Collections:
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.
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 19 - October 25, 2020
There were eight Municipal Infractions issued for four violations of the Noise Ordinance, and none issued for the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinance.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
October 16 - October 22, 2020
10/16 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 3 citations and 5 warnings were issued.

10/16 Contract officer responded to a call for service for an 11-year-old locked out of the house by their mother in the 8300 block of Potomac Ave. Family dispute, father responded and picked up the child.

10/17 Contract officer submitted a student referral (4X) for a loud party and possible COVID violations in the 4300 block of Hartwick Road. 

10/19 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop (truck inspection) in the 5200 block of Campus Drive. 3 citations were issued as the truck only had 50% of his brakes working.

10/20 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 3 citations, 1 ERO, and 3 warnings were issued.

10/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street. 2 citations were issued.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 40
Warnings: 33
Equipment Repair Orders: 5
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 1
Field Observation Report: 7
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: 10
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 4
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.
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.
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.
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.  
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.
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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