WEEKLY BULLETIN | September 4, 2020
All City Offices Closed for Labor Day

All City offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day. Refuse, recycling, and yard waste will be collected one day later than usual, and special collections will only occur on Friday. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
City Special Election

Councilmember P.J. Brennan announced his resignation from City Council, effective September 30, 2020. His resignation creates a vacancy on City Council for District 2 which requires a Special Election to be held on Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the College Park Community Center (5051 Pierce Avenue). 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.
Purple Line Construction Updates

Update from WMATA regarding the Purple Line: the segment of Campus Drive between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road has reopened. There will still be flagging from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.- 6 a.m. Traffic may be reduced to one lane for construction.

For all Purple Line updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates.
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: 25 totaling $198,041.71
  • Individual & Family Financial Assistance Grants awarded: 9 totaling $32,131.53

Business Assistance & Facade Improvement Grant Statistics:
  • 1 application awarded, totaling $14,620.56
  • 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!

The Census is still here and University students that live off-campus in College Park should respond based on their local residence last spring, even if they were temporarily living with parents due to COVID-19. Students should respond using their College Park address even if their parents responded to the Census including the student. The Census Bureau will remove duplicates.

The Census is an easy way for you to contribute to your community. Local musicians share the importance of the census in order to secure enough funding for healthcare services, schools, businesses, and more! Watch the music video and share with your friends and neighbors: https://youtu.be/yECO4UdgY1U.

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.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
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.
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. 
Pepco Tree Line Clearance Work
 
Pepco line clearance tree work is nearly complete in the Calvert Hills and Old Town neighborhoods. The line clearance work will continue in the Lakeland neighborhood. For details, including a map of planned work locations, please visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=157
Tree Programs
 
Fall is a great time to plant trees, follow this link to learn more about City tree planting programs at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/315/Trees.
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 24 - August 30, 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
August 21 - August 27, 2020
8/24 Contract officers responded to a call for service from the City regarding vehicles (students) blocking the driveway in the 3700 block of Marlbrough Way. Area check with no driveways blocked.

8/24 Contract officers responded to a call for service from the City regarding vehicles (students) blocking the roadway in the 6900 block of Carleton Terrace while playing soccer. Area check with no vehicles stopped/parked in the roadway.

8/24 Contract officer assisted the Parking Enforcement Officer at Limestone Place and Marlbrough Way.

8/25 Contract officers along with City officials conducted a safety walk at the Terrapin Row Apartments. 

8/27 Contract officers responded to a call for service in the 4300 block of Hartwick Road regarding 6 persons on the roof. Advised of safety issue as a Field Observation report was submitted.

Assisted with numerous loud party calls on the 23rd and 34th. Referrals submitted to the Office of Student Conduct by the City.

There were numerous premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 9
Warnings: 8
Equipment Repair Orders: 0
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 13
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: 22
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 2
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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