WEEKLY BULLETIN | September 9, 2022

Friday Night Live

Friday, September 9 | 6:30-8:30pm | City Hall Plaza


PROST! The City of College Park is hosting its last in a series of 5 summer concerts and you are invited! Join us on the plaza at the new City Hall building for Friday Night LIVE! OKTOBERFEST on September 9th.

 

This last event will feature the Edelweiss Band, specialists in traditional Bavarian and Oktoberfest music for Washington, Baltimore and the N. Virginia area since 1969.There will also be the Schuhplattler und Gebirgstrachten Verein Washingtonia dance group, a traditional bell ringing, knee slapping, yodeling German Schuhplattler dance group!


There will be something for everyone­-- music, food, beer, and entertainment. There will be children’s performers, activities and arts and crafts available for kids as well.




We will also be giving out some City of College Park logo’d beer steins to the first 300 adults attending. (while supplies, last of course) Some come and celebrate Oktoberfest with us on Sept. 9th here at City Hall. 

 

Parking will be offered for free at the Downtown College Park parking garage at the corner of Yale and Knox. Local food and beer will be available for purchase during the event!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Redistricting Commission Meetings


The City’s Redistricting Commission will hold two meetings for residents to review and provide feedback on the Commission’s draft City District maps prior to the Commission presenting its report to the City Council on September 27th. Residents can review the draft maps at www.CollegeParkMDRedistricting2022.com.

 

A public hearing will be held at City Hall (7401 Baltimore Avenue) at 7:00 pm Monday, September 12, 2022. Residents can join the meeting via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/91603412440

 

The Commission has been meeting since May to review the 2020 Census data, data from the University regarding its residential population, and projections for residential projects under construction. An analysis of the population data confirms that the City must adjust the current district boundaries in order to have equal districts. The Commission meeting agendas and minutes, the Council charge to the Commission, and other information are available at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/186/Boards-Commissions#RDC.


To view the draft maps and provide comments, visit collegeparkmdredistricting2022.com

Fall Tree Giveaway


The City is planning a free tree giveaway this fall to provide residents with native trees to help begin the restoration of the tree canopy damaged by the July 12th storm.


Request up to two trees to plant on your property! City residents only. The deadline to register is next Friday, September 16, 2022. 


To register, fill out this online form


Pick up trees on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740


Have questions? Call 240-487-3595 or email horticulturist@colegeparkmd.gov. 

September is Suicide Prevention Month


Suicide is a significant public health issue, and September is dedicated to Suicide Prevention. The City of College Park joins the call to promote awareness and resources around the issue of suicide prevention to eliminate feelings of shame that can prevent individuals from seeking help.  


The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has resources to help diminish suicidal thoughts, or support those who are struggling with suicidal ideation, on their website. You can also call or text 988 to connect to a free and confidential session with a trained emotional support counselor. 

Juvenile Curfew in Prince George's County


Prince George’s County is enforcing a 30-day curfew for youth ages 16 and under beginning today, September 9, at 11:59 PM. This measure is being put in place to protect our children and engage parents and family members in their safety and wellbeing as we continue to see a rise in violent crime, especially among juveniles.


Youth need to be at home on weeknights (Sunday-Thursday) from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM and on weekends (Friday and Saturday) from 11:59 PM to 5:00 AM. Our police officers are focused on education first. If youth are in public spaces during curfew hours, police will educate them on the curfew and tell them to go home, and notify a parent/guardian.

Curbside Food Scrap Collection Coming Soon!


The City of College Park is rolling out a new curbside food scrap collection program this fall!


If your household currently receives curbside trash and recycling collection within the City of College Park, then you are eligible to participate; residential collections only.


Households can register by filling out the online form here. Public Works staff will follow up with you when the containers are ready to pick up, they will also let you know when the program will start and provide educational information. For a full list of what is accepted, visit our Food Scraps page.

 

How Do I Sign Up?

Residents can sign up online and choose container(s). Participants are required to select either a 12-gallon wheeled cart ($13.00), or a 5-gallon bucket ($9.00). Participants can also choose to purchase a small kitchen pail ($5.00) to store food scraps inside their homes. Sign up for the service online here or visit collegeparkmd.gov/CurbsideCollectionApp.


For more information, call 240-487-3590 or visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/foodscraps.

Rossborough Lane Closure


Please note the upcoming road closure for Rossborough Lane due to Purple Line construction:


From September 12 to October 22nd, the westbound lane of Rossborough Lane will be closed. Please follow all posted road closure and/or detour notices and signs. 

Baltimore Ave. Paving


The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin paving US-1 (Baltimore Avenue) as part of the project to improve safety and operations along US-1.


Starting at 8pm Tuesday, September 6, crews will begin paving US-1 from College Avenue / Regents Drive to the Campus Drive intersection. Single-lane closures will take place evenings, Monday nights through Friday mornings, for about three weeks. Crews will close one northbound lane between 8pm and noon the next day, and one southbound lane from 7pm to 6am the next day. 


Flaggers will guide motorists through the work zone. 


Visit the MDOT SHA homepage at roads.maryland.gov for more information. 

Route 1 / Metzerott Road Project


The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is moving forward with improvements to US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from College Avenue to MD 193 (University Boulevard).  This project will support current and future development and improve traffic operations and safety for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians along US 1.


Access to Metzerott Road from US 1 closes permanently on September 15, 2022.


Message signs (VMS) will alert motorists to the road closure. Pedestrians and motorists should travel through all work zones undistracted, be aware of changing traffic pattern changes and observe all work zone speed limits.


For more information about this work, please contact Mr. Mario Minoglio, MDOT SHA Project Engineer, at (443) 996-4033 and Mr. Jonathan Brown, MDOT SHA Area Engineer, at (817) 808-4569.

Street Repairs Notice


This month, NZI Construction, contractor for the City of College Park, will be working on miscellaneous repairs throughout the City. Please stay alert and slow down in work zones.


The following areas will be affected:

  1. Edmonston Road between Old Calvert Road and Radcliffe Drive
  2. Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail between Tecumseh Street and Greenbelt Road
  3. 5200-Block of Lackawanna Street
  4. 4800-Block of College Avenue


Please contact engineering@collegeparkmd.gov with any questions.

Foster College Park Animals

If you have room in your heart and home for a neglected animal, become a foster for the City of College Park’s Animal Control! You can prepare cats, dogs, or other exotic animals for adoption. For foster requirements and application, email our Animal Control Officer or apply here.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 


Call 240-487-3590 for more information, or visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/products.
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 Changes, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

City Tree Programs


Trees provide many benefits such as reduction of cooling and heating costs, interception of rainwater, increasing property values and improving air quality. The City offers a few ways to help. More information is available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/treesFall street tree planning is happening now, send in your requests! 


REQUESTS FOR STREET TREES: The City has a program that pays for and provides street tree planting in the right-of-way area, which includes the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk. College Park residents interested in requesting a tree can contact Brenda Alexander at 240-487-3590 or horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov. The location will be inspected to determine if it is suitable.


TREE CANOPY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (TCEP): City of College Park property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually, for approved tree(s) planted on their residential lot. The completed application should be sent to horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov for review and approval. Click here for a link to the guidelines and application.


TREE MAINTENANCE The City is responsible for tree maintenance in the rights-of-way, City maintained buildings and parks, and on public property. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.

Urban Tree Protection: Ordinance 21-O-09


This Ordinance requires an application to be submitted for approval to obtain a permit to remove or prune a tree on residential land.


Beginning July 1, 2022, trees on residential property within the City of College Park, greater than 36 inches in circumference measured at 4.5 feet above ground level, on which the property owner wants to remove or prune live branches or wood more than 20% will need to submit an application to the Department of Public Works for a tree removal/pruning permit and receive approval prior to beginning planned tree work. A requirement of the tree removal/pruning permit is that urban tree(s) approved for removal are replaced.


You can find the permit application at www.collegeparkmd.gov/TreeRemovalApp


For more information, click here.

Yard Waste Collection


The storm-related waiver for the preparation of yard debris has expired. All yard waste and brush must be prepared correctly, and large collections needing the use of specialized equipment will incur a fee.

Soft yard waste and woody brush are processed independently into two different end products; therefore, these materials should be prepared separately for collection and further processing.

To learn more about soft and woody yard waste collection, visit the City's website.

Maryland Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Control Program

The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations by larviciding and spraying. MDA has designated Wednesday nights for adult mosquito spraying in the city (when thresholds are met). Spraying will only begin after dark and may continue until midnight or later. Spray applications are made by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers. If you see a truck in your community spraying during the day, please note that it is not from the State of Maryland. Please be aware that MDA does not spray individual properties, and the City is on a 2 or 3-week rotation based on mosquito thresholds.

For more information, visit the MDA’s Mosquito Control website (https://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/pages/mosquito_control.aspx) which includes details about the program, including their policy, insecticides used, product labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS), and more.

REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM ADULT MOSQUITO CONTROL SERVICES
Residents can request exclusion from the adult spray program by completing an exemption form annually.

Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity

August 12 - August 18

The weekly highlights of police activity will be available next week. 

Statistical Data will be available next week

Monthly Public Safety Maps

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

Public Safety Meeting


Our monthly Public Safety Meetings are back from summer hiatus! 


Join City Elected Officials, Police, Department of Public Services staff, and your neighbors from all around the City on Monday, September 12 at 7:30pm. September is National Preparedness Month; the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management will present and take questions. Join the Zoom to participate. 


This meeting takes place every second Monday of the month via Zoom to discuss City-wide crime statistics, recent incidents of public interest, neighborhood watch tips, and special public safety related topics. 


To facilitate City-wide participation, these will be recorded virtual meetings that you may join in from your home. Please invite your neighbors so that this useful information may be shared throughout the City.

Cleanup Saturdays & Shredding


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 residency to participate. 


Residents can get up to 5-cubic yards of wood mulch per cleanup day for FREE! We can load open bed trucks or trailers, or you can dig your own smaller amount (bring a shovel, containers, and wear sturdy footwear).


Free wood mulch is only available during the two cleanup Saturday events, and you must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency to get the material for free. All visitors can buy compost or wood mulch during this event.  


Onsite document shredding services will be available to residents on Saturday, October 8 from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Bring your old tax records, medical paperwork, and any other confidential information to be shredded. All paper will be recycled. 

College Park Day

Saturday, October 15 | 12:00-6:00pm | College Park Aviation Museum


Save the date for College Park Day on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport (1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive)! The event is open to the public and free to attend.  


Get ready for College Park’s signature event! This fun-filled day includes unique activities, exhibitors, vendors, food, drinks and sweets. Beer will be provided by Denizen’s Brewing Company. 


We will have a musical stage featuring performances by the Wild Anacostia’s and the East River Band- with more to come.


For entertainment of all ages, our family stage will present a Sense of Wonder and The Great Zucchini.


The event is open to the public and free to attend.




We are looking for Food & Drink Vendors to cover a variety of offerings- click here to apply.


Community vendors are also welcome- click here to apply


Completed registration materials for Food & Drink Vendors are due by Friday, September 9, 2022.

Please note that by participating in City events, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Meetings

CLICK HERE to join the meeting 
Zoom ID Number: 923 9857 4069

Dial in Phone Number: 301-715-8592
  • After dialing the phone number, enter the meeting ID when prompted, press #.
  • There is no participant ID, press #.
  • Enter the meeting password 419048, press #.

CLICK HERE for detailed instructions on how to use Zoom.

Please note: participants will be muted during the meeting, except during public comment.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Mayor and Council Meeting


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Mayor and Council Worksession


Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Mayor and Council Meeting



CLICK HERE for the City's calendar

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
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