WEEKLY BULLETIN | July 27, 2018
Our community gardeners certainly have a green thumb! We caught some very pretty flowers over at the Old Town Community Garden.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mosquitoes
A few days ago, 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. Between July 2 and 9, MDA larvacided the entire City and will treat the area again soon. MDA also recently sprayed sections of the City that met the required thresholds and will continue to test and treat City neighborhoods as needed. For more information about mosquito spraying in the City, please click here. If thresholds are met, Wednesday night is the designated time when mosquito spraying will occur in the City. 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.
Street Repairs Notice - Old Town
M.T. Laney Company, Washington Gas' resurfacing contractor, has begun milling and resurfacing work on various streets in Old Town this week. Blue and white Washington Gas "No Parking" signs (with the dates of work) were posted on the affected streets earlier this week.
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!
CITY DEPARTMENTS
Department of Public Works
For all Special and Bulk Trash collections, appointments are required. Prior to placing bulk trash, appliances, brush or electronic recycling at the curb, please contact the Department for an appointment.

Utility work along the Trolley Trail in the Berwyn and Lakeland neighborhoods is tentatively planned for next week. Work will include the installation of a new overhead cable above the trail. This work will require the closure of the trail due to the quantity of equipment needed to install the new cable. The new cable will run from Greenbelt Rd to Berwyn House Rd. Additional information regarding this project will be released when details become available.

Backyard Composting Bins are available to purchase from the Department for $20.00 (City residents) and $40.00 (non-residents).

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.

Mosquito Control
  • The City of College Park cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. Larviciding treatments are made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva that will prevent development into adult mosquitoes. Spraying to control adult mosquitoes will continue through September. Wednesday night is the designated day when spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in College Park. MDA doesn’t spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds.
  • MDA has initiated a new mosquito complaint procedure; click here to provide your 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.

Yard Waste Carts
Yard Wast Carts are back in stock and they have been rolling out the door! The beige yard waste carts are offered to City residents for $25.00. Purchase and pick up carts at Public Works - 9217 51st Avenue, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can also call 301-487-3590 to make other arrangements.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
July 13 - 19, 2018
7/15 Contract officer responded to a call for service for a report of a Citizen Robbery in the 9100 block of Baltimore Ave. Contract officer arrived on the scene first and determine no robbery occurred.

7/17 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 1 citation and 4 warning were issued.

7/17 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and DePauw Place. 1 citation and 2 warnings were issued.

7/17 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street. 4 citations and 5 warnings were issued.

7/18 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 5100 block of Campus Drive. (58 citations were issued by an officer operating the portable speed camera.

7/18 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street. 4 citations and 3 warnings were issued.

7/19 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop on a tow truck at Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive. Investigation revealed the driver unlawfully removed a vehicle and was placed under arrest. The suspect was transported to District I for processing.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 36
Warnings: 106
Equipment Repair Orders: 16
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 1
Field Observation Report: 0
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 2
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 12
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: 2
Zone 2/Berwyn - Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 3
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
CITY EVENTS
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 .
UPCOMING CITY MEETINGS
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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