WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 3, 2018
This past week, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited the City to tour the new Duvall Field plaza and concession stand, and went to three College Park businesses to issue proclamations and promote Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. For the full article, check out the August Municipal Scene here.
Last week, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes collected in the Riverdale Park area. In response, MDA will utilize Ultra-Low Volume truck-based mosquito spraying within a three-quarter mile radius of the positive sample in Riverdale Park, Hyattsville, Edmonston and Rogers Heights. West Nile virus is spread to people from mosquito bites; for more information about West Nile virus, including signs and symptoms, please visit the CDC's website here.

In an effort to reduce mosquitoes in our area, MDA conducts weekly mosquito activity surveillance and mosquito spraying and larvaciding throughout the City and the County. Larviciding is a treatment made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva preventing the development into adult mosquitoes and is done every 4-6 weeks. Spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in the City (weather permitting) after dusk on Wednesday evenings. MDA does not spray individual properties, rather they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds. For more information about mosquito spraying in the City, please click here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notifications when spraying will occur.

You can help protect yourself from mosquito bites by using insect repellents and wearing long, loose-fitting and light colored clothing particularly at dusk and after when the primary vector is most active. You can also reduce the amount of mosquitoes in your yard or area by removing stagnant water sources (mosquitoes breeding sources) by tipping over or emptying all water-holding containers (tarps, bowls, pots, toys, bird baths, etc). For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc), contact the City's Department of Public Works for mosquito torpedoes that target and kill mosquito larvae.

To report areas of heavy mosquito populations, go to the following link and provide your information http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=740Kl54#.
System Outage
The finance windows at City Hall will close at 4:30pm today, Friday August 3, 2018 and website payments (online parking ticket payments, rental listings, etc.) will be down today beginning at 5pm for necessary system maintenance. The maintenance will last for approximately five hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will be doing more outreach activities for the community to engage and comment on the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study over the next few months. They will be attending various community events including the El Sa lvadoran Festival in Rockville, the Prince George's County Fair, Hispanic Festival in Adelphi, and Rocktobierfest in Rockville.

Questions or comments on the study may be provided anytime via 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us . Updated information on the study and public involvement opportunities can be found on www.495-270-P3.com .
Free Summer Parking
From May 26 through August 19, 2018, the Downtown College Park Garage and the City Hall Lot will offer free parking Monday through Friday after 5:00 pm and all-day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Try a new restaurant for dinner or visit a new store during these free parking summer weekends and nights in Downtown College Park!
Department of Planning
On Tuesday, July 31, The Hotel at the University of Maryland hosted the Maryland Opportunity Zones Conference. The Conference shed light on an exciting new initiative meant to spur meaningful development, promote entrepreneurship and create jobs across the state. A large amount of the City is designated as an Opportunity Zone and City staff was on hand to learn more about how the City can benefit. Experts were brought from both the private and public sector to discuss the initiative including Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Secretary of the Department of Commerce Mike Gill, Co-Founder and President of the Economic Innovation Group John Lettieri, and Managing Principal of CohnReznick Baltimore Ira Weinstein. There are still criteria and requirements being fleshed out for the program but it will certainly add another exciting tool to the College Park Economic Development Toolkit.
Department of Public Works
The City is offering 50-gallon rain barrels for $72 while supplies last. Once installed, Prince George’s County residents can apply for a Rain Check Rebate, off-setting most of the cost! Residents can purchase and pick up their rain barrels from the Department of Public Works during work hours. Contact the Department for further information. Rain barrels come with a cover, body and hose. A diverter kit is not included.

Historic Window Repair Work at Old Parish House will continue through September. The window restoration work will use traditional Dutchman repairs wherever possible to preserve the integrity of the original wood. Any new paint will be carefully matched. Restoration work on exterior wood doors, wood trim and wood siding will utilize, as much as possible, the existing structures and materials.

For all special or bulk trash collections, appointments are required. Before placing bulk trash, appliances, brush, or electronic recycling on the curb, call the Department to schedule an appointment.

Yard Waste carts are currently available for City residents. The beige yard waste carts are offered to City residents for $25.00. Contact the Department for more information.

Requests for replacement street trees are now being accepted for fall planting. Call 240-487-3590 or email Brenda Alexander at balexander@collegeparkmd.gov for further information.

City of College Park property owners can utilize the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) for reimbursement of the cost of an approved tree up to $150.00 annually for tree(s) planted on their residential lot. Plan now for fall tree planting. See our website or call Brenda Alexander 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@

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave.
Did You Know?
SMARTLEAF® compost and wood mulch are available!

Delivery is available Monday-Friday for an additional fee. Compost is $28.00 per cubic yard and wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard. Material may be picked up at Public Works, during business hours.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
July 20 - 26, 2018
7/20 Contract officers conducted multiple premise checks in the City including student housing and the bar area during bar closing. 

7/21 Contract officers stopped a vehicle and during the traffic stop Marijuana was located. A citation in lieu of arrest was issued for one occupant. The remaining occupants were documented on a field observation report.

7/22 Contract officers responded to the Holiday Inn for a report of a theft with patrol officers. Contract officers were first on scene and determined that the theft was the result of a paid female escort service and no crime occurred. 

7/23 Contract officers were the first on the scene of a disorderly call in the 9600 block of 52nd Avenue. Officers cleared the call without incident. 

7/24 While on routine patrol, contract officers located a suspicious male in the parking lot of the Sakura Seafood Buffet. Contact was made with the individual who was later determined to be homeless. He was advised and sent on his way. 

7/25 Contact officers responded to the 7000-block of Dartmouth Avenue for a suicidal subject. Contract officers assisted patrol officers with a canvass of the area for the subject. 

7/26 Contract Officer conducted a long-term traffic enforcement operation at Berwyn Road and 49th Avenue. 23 vehicles were stopped resulting in 21 warnings and two citations being issued for failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to obey a traffic control device 
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 29
Warnings: 97
Equipment Repair Orders: 11
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 2
Field Observation Report: 4
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 1
Civil Citation: 1
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 2
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 20
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 2/Berwyn - Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 4
Zone 2/Berwyn - Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 2
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

National Night Out (NNO) is a community-police partnership that provides a unique opportunity for residents to increase awareness about crime prevention and safety, get to know their neighbors, and meet local law enforcement and other public safety officers with the goal of preventing crime and drug activities in their neighborhoods.

Join your neighbors, elected officials and law enforcement officers at one of these three locations for food, fun, activities, community engagement and neighborhood walks.
  • College Park Woods Community Park: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 9119 St. Andrews Place 
  • Lakeland Park: 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
  • The event begins at Lakeland Park (4901 Lakeland Rd) and ends with a lighted walk at 8:30 p.m. via the Trolley Trail to James Adams Park
  • Duvall Field: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 9119 Rhode Island Ave 

We also ask residents to turn on their porch or lamppost lights from dusk to midnight on August 7.

For additional information contact your local Neighborhood Watch representative or call the Department of Public Services at 240-487-3570.
Airmail Centennial Celebration
Saturday, August 11
10am to 4pm
College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive

Celebrate with the College Park Aviation Museum as they mark the 100th anniversary of the first airmail delivery by the US Postal Service. There will be engaging hands-on activities for all ages. Get an up and close and personal look at the Curtiss Jenny and other historic planes flying in for the day. Entertainment and food trucks will be onsite.

For more information, visit www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com.
Back to School Backpack Bash
August 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Ave

Mark your calendars for the the Fifth Annual Greivis Vasquez Foundation's Back to School Backpack Bash!

Saturday, August 25th from 10am to 2pm at the College Park Community Center (5051 Pierce Ave).

Get free school supplies, backpacks and have a blast with all the games, activities, bounce houses, hair cuts, food and more!!. 

For more information call 240-487-3570 or click here for the Facebook event page .
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
  • Wednesday August 8, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
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