WEEKLY BULLETIN | September 11, 2020
District 1 & District 4 DPS Town Hall

Join us on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. for the District 1 & District 4 DPS Town Hall. Use the link to participate: http://b.link/CPPublicservicesTownHall.

The following will be discussed:
  • Introduction to the Public Services Department
  • Current COVID-19 public health information
  • Code Enforcement Issues
  • Parking Enforcement Issues 
  • Animal Control Issues
  • Police and Crime Prevention
  • Questions & Answers
ANNOUNCEMENTS
City Special Election

Following Councilmember P.J. Brennan’s resignation from City Council effective September 30, 2020, a Special Election will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2020 to fill the vacancy on City Council for District 2. The Special Election will be held at the College Park Community Center (5051 Pierce Avenue) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, such as candidate qualifications and how to vote, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/181/City-Elections.
Pepco Energy Assistance and Payment Plans

Pepco is asking customers who may have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to contact them at 202-833-7500 to learn about customer assistance programs and payment arrangements. Energy assistance is also available for limited-income customers through the Maryland Department of Human Services. For more information call the Office of Home Energy Programs at 800-332-6347.
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: 34 totaling $265,541.71
  • Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants awarded: 10 totaling $37,131.53

Business Assistance & Facade Improvement Grant Statistics:
  • 1 application awarded, totaling $265,541.71
  • 6 applications pending, totaling $57,196.33
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.
Count Me in College Park!

Census takers are now visiting households that have not yet responded to the census. Some households that have already responded may also be visited. These visits are part of the census effort to be absolutely sure that everyone is counted. If you get a visit and you’ve already responded, please be patient and kind and answer the census taker’s questions. Why might a census taker visit if you have already responded? The most common reason is to clarify information about your address or you may have responded using your address instead of the Census ID printed on your census invitation.

You can still respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire, by responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 1-844-330-2020 for English or 1-844-468-2020 for Spanish. Can we count YOU in? Learn more at www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the City's Department of Planning and Community Development at 240-487-3541.
Plastic Straw Ban

New Prince George’s County legislation (CB-52-2019) bans straws and stirrers that are not reusable or meet the home-compostable standard.
  • Food service businesses are prohibited from selling, distributing, or otherwise providing a straw or stirrer with food or beverage unless they are reusable or compostable.
  • Retail businesses are prohibited from selling, distributing, or otherwise providing a straw or stirrer directly to consumers unless they also have for sale a straw or stirrer meeting the home-compostable standard.
To review a copy of the legislation, go to bit.ly/pgcplasticstrawban
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
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 ($28/cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12/cubic yard) are available for pick up only. Click here for more information. 
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

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

Electric power line clearance work by Asplundh, PEPCO’s contractor, will continue in Calvert Hills and Lakeland neighborhoods. The line clearance work in the Old Town neighborhood is complete, pending a final inspection. Line clearance work in Berwyn and north College Park neighborhoods is planned to begin in October.

GAT Mosquito Traps
 
Tired of being bit by mosquitoes in your yard? The City has a limited number of GAT Mosquito traps available to residents for $50.00. These traps are designed to attract and capture mosquitoes without harming birds and bees. They are used successfully throughout neighboring University Park. They work best if they are deployed two per yard. Purchase and pick up at the Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
August 31 - September 6, 2020
There were four Municipal Infractions (same property) issued for the Noise Ordinance and none issued for the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinance.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
August 28 - September 3, 2020
8/28 Contract officer issued a citation to a panhandler in the roadway at Baltimore Avenue and Route 95 (Beltway).

9/1 Contract officer was flagged down by a citizen regarding a possible DUI driver at Baltimore Avenue and Knox Road. The officer located the vehicle parked as the driver was standing next to it. Two passengers were located inside the vehicle. The driver appeared to be under the influence of CDS to wit: Marijuana. During the officer’s investigation passenger 1 was in possession of 29 grams of marijuana and passenger 2 was in possession of 21 grams of marijuana along with 6 Xanax bars. Investigation is ongoing as charges are pending.

9/2 Contract officers responded to a call for service in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue for a male “acting strangely”. The male was located and appeared to be under the influence of “PCP”. He followed the officer’s commands, no violations noted, as he was sent on his way without further incident.

Assisted with numerous loud parties calls this weekend (28th and 29th). Referrals submitted to the Office of Student Conduct by the City.

There were several premises checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 3
Warnings: 40
Equipment Repair Orders: 0
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 15
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: 12
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 10
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 June 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 Day Cancellation
 
We regret to announce the cancellation of the City’s annual College Park Day scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020 due to COVID-19 and Prince George’s County Executive Alsobrooks’ executive order prohibiting events and large gatherings of 100 people or more. The health and safety of our residents are what’s most important to us as we continue to monitor the situation.
October Cleanup Saturdays & Shredding Event
October 10 & 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:
Paper Shredding - October 10 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon
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.
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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