WEEKLY BULLETIN | April 27, 2018
Happy Arbor Day! The City of College Park celebrated Arbor Day this year at Paint Branch Elementary School. As part of the celebration, the City's 2018 Arbor Day proclamation was read by Mayor Pro Tem Monroe Dennis, Forest Ranger Horace Henry of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources presented the City with the 2017 Tree City USA Award, and Paint Branch Elementary School students performed a Tree Planting song in Chinese and read a poem. Students then planted three European Hornbeam trees with guidance from the City's Assistant Director of Public Services Brenda Alexander and City Forester Dr. John Lea-Cox.

To see more, click here for the video of the day's festivities!
Maryland Day is Tomorrow!
Maryland Day is tomorrow, rain or shine! Throughout the day there'll be kids activities, performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities and so much more. Don't forget to stop by the City's tent on McKeldin Mall! For more information including parking and maps, visit www.marylandday.umd.edu .
Mayor's Water Challenge
Help us raise our ranking - we are currently #93 (gasp)! Pledging ends on Monday!

The Mayor's Water Challenge is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most "water-wise." Pledge to conserve water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of the City. Pledging ends April 30.

Click here   to pledge to conserve water!
53rd Avenue - Construction Notification 
On or about Monday, April 30, NZI Construction Inc., working for the City, will begin replacing curbs, sidewalk sections, and driveway aprons along 53rd Avenue between Edgewood Road and Lackawanna Street. Following the completion the concrete work the road will be milled and resurfaced. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of August. Door hangers were distributed to each of the affected properties on 53rd Avenue on April 26.
Happy Birthday mBike!
mBike is celebrating it's second birthday on May 4 and we're celebrating all month long with a " mBikeSpringFling " two hour free ride code! Enjoy the beautiful weather by bicycling to where you need or want to go with mBike.
UMPD Drug Take Back - April 28
Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department and the DEA will a drug take back. Bring your unused, unwanted or expired pills to UMPD at 7569 Baltimore Ave for disposal. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches. Make sure to remove personal information from containers. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
5th Annual College Park 5k
On Saturday, May 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., runners will make their way around a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) course around downtown College Park, Calvert Hills, and Old Town, starting and ending at City Hall. This race welcomes participants of all ages and abilities and will feature a special start for runners with strollers, walkers, and families. Free parking is available at the Downtown College Park Garage.

For more information or to register, please  click here .
Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development
On May 9 at 7:00 pm at Davis Hall, there will be a follow-on meeting to discuss the Rhode Island Avenue Protected Bike Lane Project. Comments and concerns from the first meeting will be reviewed and a preferred option will be presented for 30% design.

If you’re interested in Greenbelt Road Corridor Improvements between Baltimore Avenue and Kenilworth Avenue, save the dates of June 4 and 5 for participation in a ULI Washington Technical Assistance Panel focused on enhancing access, land uses and streetscapes. Stakeholder roundtable discussions will be held with an expert panel between 4:00 – 5:30 pm on June 4 and a presentation of panel findings will be made between 4:30 -6:00 pm on June 5. All events will take place at the Springhill Lake Recreation Center, 6101 Cherrywood Lane. This is a joint project of the Cities of Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights and College Park.
Rhode Island Avenue Protect Bike Lane Project Follow-Up Meeting
May 9, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Davis Hall, Department of Public Works
9217 51st Ave
Department of Public Works
The Department will be open for its last spring clean-up day this Saturday, April 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Drop off bulk trash, brush, electronics or block Styrofoam. Donations will also be accepted for Green Drop and Community Forklift.

The Department's Crews Power washed the Baltimore Avenue downtown sidewalks from Hartwick to Lehigh and the Parking Garage stairwells.

Spring is a great time of year for tree planting. 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. See our website or call Brenda Alexander for more information.

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

The Solar Panel Project for the Department's Fleet Garage has started. The project is funded mainly by a grant from MEA and will help reduce the electrical energy consumption at the Department of Public Works.

Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services. Any resident who wishes to have his/her property excluded from adult mosquito control pesticide applications by truck-mounted ultra low volume (ULV) sprayers must fill out this form annually. Click here for the application
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Department 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 or on April Cleanup Saturdays.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
April 6 - 19, 2018
4/10 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a fight in the 4300 block of Hartwick Road. The subject was bipolar and was not taking his medication. He was transported away by his mother and brother.

4/10 Contract officer discovered several vehicles in the of 9100 block of 48 th Place with fraudulent license plates. 

4/11 Contract officers conducted high visibility patrols in the Calvert Hills neighborhood due to recent package theft.    

4/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop at Saint Andrews Place and Metzerott Road. Citation issued plus a criminal citation for possession of an open alcoholic beverage.

4/12 Contract officer received a complaint of a drone flying above the College Park Woods neighborhood. A premise check was conducted throughout the night.

4/13 Contract officer (Old Town Patrol) observed a disorderly person in the 4400 block of Knox Road. The individual was arrested without incident.  

4/14 Contract officers conducted high visibility patrols in Old Town due to the heavy foot traffic for “Family Day”.

4/14 Contract officers assisted patrol units with the pedestrian hit and run accident on Baltimore Avenue near Berwyn Road.    

4/16 Contract officers responded to several calls for service in the city as patrol units were tied up with a fatal train incident in Cheverly.  

4/17 Contract officer conducted high visibility patrols in the of Calvert Hills neighborhood due to the recent package thefts.

4/17 Contract officer on routine patrol observed a male urinating in public at Hartwick Road and Yale Avenue. Criminal Citation was issued.

4/18 Public Works reported a homeless male was sleeping in the parking garage at Yale Avenue and Knox Road. The individual was located and sent on his way.

4/18 Contract officer assisted the patrol officer with a heroin overdose in the 9000 block of 51 st Avenue. EMS dispensed Narcan on the victim and transported them to the hospital.

4/19 Contract officer discovered a homeless male was sleeping in the parking garage at Yale Avenue and Knox Road. The individual was located and sent on his way.

4/19 Contract officer conducted pedestrian enforcement at Baltimore Avenue and Berwyn House Road after receiving a complaint. 24 warning citations were issued.

4/19 Contract officer on routine patrol observed a male urinating in public in the 4600 block of Hartwick Road. Criminal citation was issued.

 4/19 Contract officer on routine patrol observed an individual with an open alcoholic beverage at Knox Road at Dickenson Avenue. A student referral was submitted.  
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 86
Warnings: 285
Equipment Repair Orders: 39
Distracted Driving Citations: 3
Parking Citations: 1
Field Observation Report: 10
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 3
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 1
Premise Checks: 15
Referral-Student Code of Conduct: 1
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 25
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Bike to Work Day
May 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 a.m.
City Hall

Get out your bicycles, because on Friday, May 18, the City of College Park invites you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work!

Take a break at the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes. Register now, it’s free! Be one of the first 20,000 to register region-wide and receive a free T-shirt.

For more information or to register, please visit  www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/

For the Facebook event page,  click here
Department of Public Works' Spring Cleanup Saturdays
Saturday, April 28
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue

 The City of College Park's Department of Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, block Styrofoam, electronics recycling, brush, and yard trim. Residents can also purchase compost, wood mulch, a yard waste cart, or a backyard compost bin.

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.

Electronics that may be recycled include, but are not limited to: TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, computer mice, speakers, VCRs, CD, DVD & MP3 players, cell phones & PDAs, printers, scanners, fax machines, telephones, radios, stereos, electric tools, game systems, handheld games, microwaves, and cords/cables. Hazardous materials will not be accepted (shingles, propane tanks, paint, etc.). Residents may dispose of (for free) one of each of the following items per year: air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators. Tires will incur a disposal fee of $4.00 each.

Wood mulch and Smartleaf® screened compost will also be available and you don't need to be a resident in order to purchase. Wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard and Smartleaf® is $28.00 per cubic yard. (Prices include tax).

Once again we are working with Community Forklift and GreenDrop to divert items from the landfill that are still in good condition. Clean out your homes, garages, and sheds, and bring the items you no longer use or need and donate them for reuse.

For more information, please  click here
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting 
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 18-O-03, the FY2019 Budget Ordinance
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