WEEKLY BULLETIN | March 15, 2019
Today was Career Day at Hollywood Elementary School! Mayor Patrick Wojahn and City Animal Control Officer Cooper (with kitty ambassador Ghost) spoke to several classes and answered lots of really good questions from the students. For more pictures, click here .
Good Neighbor Day Food Drive
March 11 - April 8
The University of Maryland's Office of Community Engagement is hosting a Good Neighbor Day food drive now through April 8th, benefiting the College Park Community Food Bank and the UMD Campus Pantry.

They are collecting clear, canned and boxed food and drink items including dried pasta, rice, grains or beans, low sodium canned or dried soups, pasta sauce, baby food, canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, low sodium/no salt added canned vegetables or beans, low sugar cereal and canned fish or poultry.

For more information or to register to participate in Good Neighbor Day (April 13), visit goodneighborday.umd.edu .
US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from College Avenue to MD 193 (University Boulevard) Work Notice
From Maryland State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA):

US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from College Avenue to MD 193 (University Boulevard)

Beginning this March, utility crews will be working along US 1 within the project limits specified above performing electricity infrastructure work and will intermittently close traffic lanes during the following weekday hours:
  • Northbound: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Southbound 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Drivers should add extra commute time and use alternate routes during this work. The work may require temporary work zone sidewalk closures. Pedestrians will be directed via signage to the safest crossing in the work zone—including those on the opposite side of the road. Additional work hours and lane closures may be necessary to complete all phases of work and keep the project on schedule. Progress permitting, this electricity infrastructure relocation work should be complete by early fall. Equipment used for this work may be disruptive.

For more information about this US 1 electricity infrastructure relocation work, please contact Mr. John Gover, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) District 3 Area Construction Engineer at 301-513-7336 or wgover@sha.state.md.us .
Early Gardener Special - 25% off SMARTLEAF® Compost!
Calling all gardeners - get the City's screened SMA RTLEAF® Compost for 25% off now thro ugh April 30, 2019!*

Sale is for Pickup Only.
For a limited time only, the City is offering our top-grade screened compost for only $21/cubic yard – 25% off its regular price of $28/cubic yard!

You must pick-up your purchase at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue), Monday through Friday, between 7:30 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Department will be open on Saturdays in April from 7:30 a.m. until noon.

For more information about the City's SMARTLEAF® compost, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/compost or call 240.487.3590.

*Discount is for pick up only. While supplies last. City residency is not required.
Ordinance 19-O-05 Hearing Date Delayed
On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the Mayor and Council decided to delay the Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-O-05 (Bulky Trash) in order to allow additional time to consider the legislation.  

A new Public Hearing date has not been scheduled at this time. A notice will be posted once the date has been determined. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office. 
Office of the City Manager
City Manager Scott Somers and Public Services Director Bob Ryan participated in the monthly CMAST meeting. CMAST or Combined Multi-Agency Service Team, is organized by the UM Police Department (UMPD), and Co-Chaired by UMPD’s Chief Mitchell and Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) District 1’s Commander Major Guixens. Attendees include representatives from the Prince George’s Property Owners Association (PGPOA); the State’s Attorney’s Office; the Fire Marshal; the College Park Volunteer Fire Department (CPVFD); the Prince George’s Co. Liquor Board; UMD’s Resident Life, Student Conduct and Health Center, and the City’s Code Enforcement Division and Office of the City Manager. Attendees reviewed and discussed monthly crime statistics, noise and public disturbance complaints, and referrals to the Office of Student Conduct. 

City Manager Somers, Assistant City Manager Bill Gardiner, Planning Director Terry Schum, and City Attorney Suellen Ferguson met with an appraiser hired by the City to appraise the City property within the City Hall block. An appraisal of the property is needed as the City and University have entered into an agreement to collaboratively redevelop the block by creating a multi-use facility that includes the new City Hall, public plaza, UMD office space, and first floor retail space.  

City staff have organized an internal “move committee” to prepare for the temporary relocation of City Hall to 8400 Baltimore Ave. The move is anticipated to occur towards the end of September 2019. During construction, Mayor and Council meetings will be held at the Department of Public Works/Davis Hall beginning in September for approximately 18–24 months until the new City Hall is complete.  

City Manager Somers and Councilmember Rigg met with a resident of the Calvert Hills neighborhood to discuss several neighborhood quality of life concerns, mostly associated with parking challenges and noise, and discussed several possible solutions such as increased education, enforcement, and patrol. 

The City’s management team participated in their weekly staff meeting to discuss and summarize the previous night’s Council meeting and to prepare for next week’s Council meeting.

City Manager Somers, HR Director Jill Clements, and HR Generalist Teresa W. continued bargaining negotiations with the AFSCME labor union who represent a number of employees in the City’s Public Works Department. Once a draft agreement has been finalized, City staff will present and discuss the agreement with the Mayor and City Council in a Closed Session meeting currently scheduled for April 2, 2019. Final approval of the Agreement will occur in Open Session at a subsequent meeting.

City Manager Somers participated in a conference call with the Maryland Municipal League’s (MML) Legislative Committee to review and discuss several State bills.

City Manager Somers and Public Works Director Robert Marsili met with representatives of PGPOA to hear and discuss concerns with the proposed changes to bulk trash collections and the costs associated with bulk trash removal. Somers and Marsili plan to attend the next Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) meeting to discuss and hear concerns, and to develop solutions committee members have. 

City Manager Somers and Public Service Director Ryan attended a College Park Woods community meeting where Somers presented on the City’s trash, recycling, special bulk trash, and organic material programs and Ryan presented on the City’s contract police and code enforcement programs. Several residents commented that it was the best community event they had attended in years. 

City Manager Somers attended the College Park Seniors Art Show and Reception.
Office of the City Clerk
The Charter Review Commission held their second Public Forum on Monday, March 11 at Davis Hall. This was an opportunity for residents to voice their opinions on 2-year v. 4-year terms for elected officials. To learn more, and to provide written comment, please visit the CRC webpage on the City’s website: www.collegeparkmd.gov/boards#CRC  . The public comment period is open until April 30. 
Department of Public Works
Planned renovation of the Crystal Springs playground will begin the week of March 18th. The old play structure will be removed and replaced with outdoor fitness equipment. The renovation project will be completed by the end of March.

Compost and wood mulch deliveries will begin on March 21.

The City’s new food scrap drop-off pilot program will begin on April 1st at Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, and will be accessible 24/7.

Sp ring is a great time to plant trees. If you would like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home please contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options, 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov .

Are you thinking of adding a tree to your property this Spring? The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property, it’s called the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP). Click here for more information and application.

Save the Date: Spring Cleanup Events
April is spring cleanup month. The Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, will be open each Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – noon for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, electronics for recycling, brush, and yard trim. You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate.

  • Document shredding. Onsite document shredding services will be available on Saturday, April 20, during the Cleanup event from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your paperwork to be shredded while you wait. Residency is required.
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.
Items available to purchase from the Department:

50-gallon rain barrels for $72. 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. Click here for more information.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
March 1 - 7, 2019
From the Prince George's County Police Department: When you are out and about, please remember to remove valuables from an unattended vehicle.
3/2 Contract officer initiated a traffic stop in the 7200 block of Baltimore Avenue. The driver was in possession of a “fake identification”. A student referral was completed and sent to the University.
3/2 Contract officer responded to a call for service for a report of a breaking and entering in progress in the 4600 block of Harvard Road. Contract officer arrived on the scene first and discovered that the suspect entered the wrong home and the victim didn’t want to press charges.
3/2 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop after clearing a loud noise complaint in the 3600 block of Marlbrough Way. The driver was placed under arrest for possession of 24 grams of marijuana.
3/5 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Pedestrian Enforcement) at Baltimore Avenue and College Avenue. 18 warnings were issued.
3/5 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. (2 citations and 4 warnings were issued)
3/6 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4800 block of Greenbelt Road. (67 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 74
Warnings: 101
Equipment Repair Orders: 22
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 2
Field Observation Report: 5
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 2
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 1
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 34
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 2
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
Brunch with Bunny
Saturday, April 6, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Ave

Save the Date! Details coming soon!
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Budget Worksession #1

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting, followed by a Budget Worksession
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-O-05 amending Chapters 110, 119 and 161 of the City Code regarding Bulky Trash THIS PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN DELAYED
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-O-07, Amending Chapter 132, Litter and Graffiti, to increase illegal dumping fines
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-O-08, Amending Chapter 172, Streets and Sidewalks, to regulate installation and maintenance of wireless telecommunications facilities in the rights-of-way
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