WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 9, 2019
Thank you to everyone (including all the local public safety agencies) who came out to this year's National Night Out! We had a blast (despite the rain) and hope you all did too.
Purple Line Long-Term Lane Closure Update
From Maryland Purple Line:

The Purple Line is postponing the closure of the eastbound lanes on Campus Drive between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road. Public notification will be provided prior to the traffic shift. 
Business of the Year Recognition Program
College Park’s growing and vibrant business community is full of unsung heroes who provide well-paying jobs for our residents, develop creative solutions to everyday problems, and take care of the community that they call home.

To show our appreciation for these outstanding businesses and their positive impacts on our community, the City has recently developed a Business of the Year recognition program. The program is designed to highlight the contributions of one particularly outstanding business each year.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to nominate their favorite businesses for the reward. The winning business will be announced in October and will receive a plaque to place in their establishment.

Nominations are accepted via the online web form on our website now through August 31, 2019. For details or to nominate a business, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/econdev .
Free Summer Parking in Do wntown College Park
Now through August 18, 2019, the Downtown Garage and City Hall lot will have free parking after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all-day on weekends. Be sure check out a restaurant or local business this summer!
Office of the City Manager
Communications Coordinator Ryna Quinones, Assistant City Manager Bill Gardiner, and City Manager Scott Somers attended the Recreation Board's meeting to review and discuss marketing, branding, and events policies; to brainstorm and discuss options for future events; and to share that a new events coordinator had been hired.

Staff from the City Manager’s Office attended all four National Night Out events in College Park. All were a great success, albeit a bit cut short due to weather.

City staff continue to plan for the City Hall move in October.

City staff and the City Attorney continued discussions with the City’s real estate consultant on how best to move forward with an agreement with the University of Maryland concerning development and ownership of the City Hall project block. Discussions have been productive; City Council should anticipate an update on a draft agreement in September.

The City Manager and members of the Committee on Committees met to review and discuss the potential adoption of a board and committee code of conduct. Members in general were supportive of adopting a code of conduct. This item will likely be discussed in September when final recommendations are made to the City Council concerning changes to City boards and committees.

The City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and the Director of Planning Terry Schum met with the City Hall Project Team, which includes representatives from the University, the Terrapin Development Company, and consultants (including the project manager, architect, engineer, and builder). Design and construction plans continue to be developed; City Council should expect an update in September.

The City Manager, Director of Public Services Bob Ryan, Mayor Wojahn, and Councilmembers Rigg and Day met to discuss several issues and concerns related to quality of life they are experiencing in their neighborhoods.
Office of the City Clerk
Over the last few weeks, the City Clerk's office prepared boxes to go to the shredding truck.
Department of Public Works
As part of the stipulations to build the College Park Dog Park from Prince George’s County Board of Education, a fence is required on the north end and east side of the leased compost yard. A survey was held and now fence installation may begin.

There were more than 200 special and bulk collection work orders for August 7-8. Currently, the Department is experiencing higher than normal move-out collections.

In coordination with the City's Safety and Risk Specialist, the Department installed AEDs in all City buildings.

We received 648 lbs of food scraps just this week; since April we have diverted over 4 tons of food scraps! If you would like to start diverting your food scraps, the Department has 5-gallon food scrap buckets available. The buckets are useful to transport collected food scraps to the drop off location.

MDA Mosquito Control Program
  • The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. The program consists of:
  • Larviciding standing water; treatments are made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva preventing their development into adult mosquitoes. MDA does this every 4-6 weeks.
  • Spraying to control adult mosquitoes has begun and goes through early September. Spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in College Park (weather permitting) after dusk on Wednesday evenings by truck mounted ultra-low volume sprayers. MDA does not spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds.
  • Prince George’s County Health Department reminds residents to follow the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away:
  • Drain: Standing water attracts mosquitoes. Empty out any outside water containers near your home at least once per week
  • Dress: Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc), contact the City's Department of Public Works for a mosquito torpedo which releases an insect growth regulator in water that prevents adult mosquito development.
  • 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#
  • 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 application.
  • For more information, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/pets#mosquitoes.

Tree programs offered by the City
  • Tree Planting in the Right-of-Way: If you would like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home, please contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options at 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.
  • Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) on Private Property: The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property. Click here for more information and application.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 and delivery. Click here for more information.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
July 26 - August 2, 2019
7/29 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 76 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

7/30 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a strong-arm robbery. The victim was assaulted by 4 suspects that punched them and stole U.S. Currency. The suspects fled as this is an ongoing investigation.

7/30 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street.  2 citations and 6 warnings were issued.

8/1 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street.  3 citations and 7 warnings were issued.

8/1 Contract officers attended the Hollywood Community meeting held at MOM’s grocery store. 

8/1 Contract officer was conducting a foot patrol in the 8900 block of Rhode Island Avenue when they observed a shoplifting in progress. The suspect was detained, and a criminal arrest was made.

8/1 Contract officers responded to a call for service for an attempt suicide in the 9700 block of 49th Place. The victim was transported to Laurel Hospital for evaluation. 

8/2 Contract officer conducted an investigation into the vehicle sales on Mineola Road. The officer impounded 1 vehicle and issued several citations. Several vehicles on 52nd Place received parking violations from the Parking Enforcement Officer. Investigation is ongoing.

Several premise checks were conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 58
Warnings: 118
Equipment Repair Orders: 8
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 3
Field Observation Report: 2
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 1
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 1
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 30
Referral Student Code of Conduct:
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 3/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 .
Movie at the Museum
Friday, August 23, 2019
6:00 p.m.
College Park Aviation Museum

Come and join us for a fun and free Movie at the Museum on August 23! Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie with the whole family under the stars.

The feature film will be 2015's "The Peanuts Movie" (rated G) for enjoyment by all! Watch the epic battle between Snoopy and the Red Baron and then learn all about the real Red Baron and the battle in the skies at the Museum!

Event starts at 6:00 p.m. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. The event will also feature fun activities like face painting, games and more!

Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Public Hearing: Ordinance 19-O-11
  • Closed Session following the Meeting

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - at Davis Hall
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Jason's Deli

Community Police Meeting
  • September 5, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., MOM's Organic Market Cafe
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