WEEKLY BULLETIN | March 8, 2019
The City's Proposed Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 is out now! Check out it at www.collegeparkmd.gov/budget .
City Summer UMD Youth Camp Scholarships - DUE MONDAY!
For Rising K-12 City Students
Summer is almost here!

CLICK HERE   for a City of College Park Scholarship Application to a University of Maryland Summer 2019 Youth Camp. 

The application deadline is March 11, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

This application also has a non-comprehensive list of available summer camps at the University of Maryland, along with instructions as to how to find more camp offerings. 

This is not an application for a summer camp, only an application for the scholarship. 

For questions, please contact Latisha Moore at the City's Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services at (240)487-3552 or  lmoore@collegeparkmd.gov .
Bike to Work Day is Back!
On Friday, May 17, 2019, join new riders and veteran bicycle commuters in a celebration of biking as a fun, healthy way to get to work. Drop by the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes!

Be sure to register early – the first 20,000 to sign up across the region will be guaranteed a free t-shirt.

For more information and to register, please click here
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.
Bus Stop Relocations at College Park Metro - Update
Update from Maryland Purple Line:

The Purple Line is postponing the long-term closure and associated temporary relocation of the College Park Metro Bus loop. Regular bus activity will continue by the associated agencies until further notice.
Office of the City Manager
The Finance and Administration Departments have finalized the Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. The Budget document is now posted on the City’s website and hard copies will be available for review at City Hall, Department of Public Works, Youth, Family Senior Services, and Public Services. Budget worksessions are scheduled for March 23 and 30.

Administration, Department of Finance, Parking Enforcement, and IT participated in a demonstration concerning online permitting for parking. Prior to temporarily relocating City Hall to 8400 Baltimore Avenue while a new City Hall is being constructed, it’s anticipated that online residential and parking lot permitting will be available in addition to in-person permitting. 

City Manager Somers participated in a stakeholder meeting concerning Baltimore Avenue improvements, such as dedicated bike lanes, sidewalks, greens strips, a median, and improved safety and lighting. Attendees included City elected officials and staff, SHA, Prince George's County, and the Partnership (CPCUP) representatives. 

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 staff fielded several calls from the media concerning City Hall and Baltimore Avenue improvements.

Administration and the Department of Planning met with UMD and TDC to discuss and receive updates on several potential redevelop projects. 

City Manager Somers and Public Services Director Ryan met with Prince George’s County Police Department Major Keleti, the City’s Contract Police Supervisor, to discussion progress and improvements made concerning public safety and community outreach. Two City contract officers and Director Ryan attended a community meeting in north College Park discussed and fielded questions concerning public safety. Overall, crime is down on College Park and across the County. Related, the City will has developed updated and improved crimes statistics and maps that will be posted and distributed soon.

Mayor Wojahn, Councilmember Day and City Manager Somers participated in a listening and Q&A session with UMD Chancellor Caret concerning the recruitment process to fill the UMD President position once Dr. Loh retires in 2020. 

City Manager Somers and Public Works Director Marsilli met with and or spoke with several residents concerning questions they had regarding proposed changes to bulk trash. Somers and Marsilli are planning to meet next week to discuss and review concerns expressed. 

The City’s City Hall project team (the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Planning Director) participated in a biweekly meeting with the larger project team (City, UMD, TDC, the project manager, architect, engineer, and construction contractor) to receive and discuss updates and next steps concerning the project and schedule. It’s anticipated that an update will be presented to the Mayor and Council in April.

The City Manager and City Attorney discussed finalizing an RFP concerning design and build services for the College Park Woods Pool property. An RFP should be released within the next week or two. 

The City Manager, City Attorney, and Public Services Director discussed developing an RFP concerning the feasibility of bring Building Code permitting and inspection in-house. An RFP will be finalized and released within the next month. 
Department of Public Works
2,600 cubic yards of wood waste material was processed in wood mulch.

Compost and wood mulch deliveries will begin on March 21.

Repairing 24 exterior lights on the parking garage façade, work is expected to be complete in the next week.

The City’s new food scrap drop-off pilot program will begin on April 1st at the Department of Public Works, 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
February 22 - 28, 2019
From the Prince George's County Police Department: When you are out and about, please remember to remove valuables from an unattended vehicle.
2/23 Contract officer initiated a field stop on a suspect at Hartwick Road and Baltimore Avenue. The suspect was observed urinating in public and possessed a “fake identification”. A student referral was completed and sent to the university.
2/26 Contract officer responded to a call for service for a report of a breaking and entering in progress in the 9000 Block of Rhode Island Avenue. Contract officer arrived on the scene first and discovered no burglary occurred. Incident handled by the beat officer.
2/26 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9100-9200 block of Rhode Island Avenue. (No violations were noted- as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)
2/26 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 4800 block of Greenbelt Road. (17 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 74
Warnings: 121
Equipment Repair Orders: 12
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 5
Field Observation Report: 4
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 0
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 1
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 17
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
Public Forum: Charter Review Commission
Monday, March 11
7:30 p.m.
Davis Hall
9217 51st Avenue

The City of College Park has established a Charter Review Commission (CRC) to hear from our residents on the benefits and concerns associated with changing the length of the term for elected officials from two to four years, and on the benefits and concerns related to staggering those terms or having them run concurrently.

The Commission’s second Public Forum will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Davis Hall, 9217 51st Avenue.

If you prefer to submit your comments in writing, please visit  www.collegeparkmd.gov/CRCcomment .

For more information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 240-487-3501.
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Public Hearing on Charter Amendment 19-CR-02
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-O-06 amending Chapter 110 to increase certain fees.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
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