End of Season Compost Sale
SMARTLEAF Compost is 25% off now through October 31 for pickup orders only!*

For a limited time only, get your screened SMARTLEAF compost for only $21/cubic yard when you pick up at our facility. This 25% savings won't last long - promotion ends on October 31, 2019 or while supplies last. Residency is not required.

Pick up your compost at:
City of College Park
Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue
College Park, MD 20740

For more information, visit  www.collegeparkmd.gov/compost  or call 240.487.3590.
*While supplies last. For pickup orders only. Promotion ends 10/31/2019.
Purple Line Construction Updates
On August 21, 2019, crews closed the eastbound lanes of Campus Drive long-term between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road. Traffic will shift to the westbound lanes, with one lane open in each direction.

Beginning on or about September 1, 2019, the College Park Metro Bus Loop will be closed long-term for Purple Line construction. The bus stops within the bus loop will be relocated to temporary bus shelters along River Road. Please note that buses will queue up at the temporary bus stops from 5 a.m. from 11 p.m.

For all Purple Line Construction Updates including lane closures, road work and much more, please visit: www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
Office of the City Manager
Councilmember Mitchell, City Manager Somers, and Code Enforcement Officer Daves attended the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Legislative Committee meeting. City Council will discuss MML legislative priorities during the September 10th Council meeting.

Mayor Wojahn, City Manager Somers, and Finance Director Fields along with the City’s financial advisory, continued preparing for upcoming meetings with two credit rating agencies, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s (S&P). The City, with the help of its financial advisory, will present financial and economic information and statistics in order to obtain a favorable credit rating which will allow the City to sell bonds for the City Hall and Duvall Field projects at a favorable interest rate.

City Manager Somers, Assistant City Manager Gardiner, and Planning Director Schum participated in a City Hall Project team meeting to discuss and review updates to the project including options for value engineer in order to reduce costs. 

City staff continue to plan for the City Hall move in October. Phase 1 of 3 began this week by moving files and IT equipment to the Davis Hall building at Public Works. 
Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development
In July 2019, the Prince George’s County Council approved legislation to initiate the Countywide Map Amendment process that will rezone all county properties following adoption of the new Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations in October 2018. In the next few weeks, every county resident and property owner will be mailed a written notification of this process and how to participate. An interactive digital map will also be made available to help the public see the proposed zoning changes and regional education sessions will be held by M-NCPPC staff. At least one public hearing will be held in the spring of 2020 and final District Council approval is expected late fall 2020. For more information go to zoningpgc.pgplanning.com .

VeoRide mobility sharing had a soft launch on August 28 with about 160 vehicles in operation (only half of the full fleet). There have been over 2,000 rides taken with scooters being the most popular followed by electric bikes then pedal bikes. Over the coming weeks, more vehicles will be put into operation and more parking areas will be provided.  
Department of Public Works
The Department prepared for the residual effects of Hurricane Dorian by cleaning and checking storm drains in the City, and prepping tools and supplies that may be needed

A new asphalt shingle roof was installed on Davis Hall last week

The Department installed a Reed Whittemore sign (an Anacostia Trail Heritage Sign) at Albion & Rhode Island Ave

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

We continue to receive calls about trees maintenance on private property. Please note, the property owner is responsible for any tree issues on their property.

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 at 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.
  • Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) on Private Property: The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property. 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 is on sale for pick-up orders only for $21/cubic yard (delivery is $28/cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12/cubic yard) are available for pick up and delivery. Click here for more information.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
August 16 - 22, 2019
8/24 Contract officer stopped a student for possession on an open alcoholic beverage at Rhode Island Avenue and College Avenue. Criminal citation was issued.

8/25 Contract officer stopped a student for possession on an open alcoholic beverage at Baltimore Avenue and College Avenue. The student was uncooperative as a student referral was submitted.

8/26 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 84 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

8/26 Contract officer responded to a call for service for a report of shots fired near Keirnan Road and 47th Avenue. No illicit activity was located.

8/27 Contract officer responded to a call for service for loud music at the car wash located in the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue. No loud music was heard.

8/27 Contract officer responded to a call for service for a loud party in the 7500 block of Columbia Avenue. The officer heard loud music and yelling from the residence as observed 50 persons exit as the party was terminated.  We responded to a loud party complaint several days prior. Student referral was submitted.  

8/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street.  1 citation and 5 warnings were issued.

8/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 77 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

8/29 Contract officer stopped a student for possession on an open alcoholic beverage at Norwich Avenue and Girard Avenue. Student referral was submitted.

8/29 Contract officer responded to a call for service for a loud party in the 7300 block of Rhode Island Avenue. The officer heard a loud party from the residence as observed 100 persons exit as the party was terminated. Many party goers were intoxicated and attempted to leave the residence with open containers. Officers were at this location 2 days prior for a loud party.   Student referral was submitted.  

8/29 Assisted public works with an abatement incident.
Several premise checks were conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 52
Warnings: 139
Equipment Repair Orders: 14
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 4
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 1
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 13
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 4
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 41
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 5
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 July 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 .
College Park Day
Saturday, October 5
College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Cpl Frank Scott Drive

Join your friends, neighbors and the entire The City of College Park, MD community at the 10th Annual College Park Day Festival on Saturday, October 5 at the College Park Aviation Museum and the Field of Firsts Foundation

This FREE event is fun for the whole family with live music, awesome kids zones, delicious food and drink, live performances, exhibitors and so much more! Plus free museum entry during the event!

Event website: www.collegeparkday.org
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - at Davis Hall
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Closed Session following the Meeting

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - at Davis Hall
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
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
  • October 3, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., MOM's Organic Market Cafe
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