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Recent Pepco Tree Work in Oaks Spring

Recently, I was asked about Pepco’s tree work in our area, especially around the 49th ave and Erie street intersection. Several trees were removed and the question was if some of the trees could be trimmed instead of removed.

According to our staff, here is the removal breakdown:

  • 6 dead trees were removed
  • 4 – 12”+ diameter breast high (dbh) trees were approved for removal since they had been previously topped for line clearance & would have been severely pruned again.
  • 2 larger size trees were refused for removal, one 18” dbh Willow Oak & one 30” dbh Sweet Gum
  • 24 trees were small size, under 6” dbh that included 15 Sweet Gum, 1 Maple, 5 Oak, 1 Nyssa, 1 Bradford Pear, 1 Elm Sweet Gum, Maple & Bradford Pear are tree species that line clearance work targets since they cause significant problems for the utility.

All right-of-way trees were growing under the overhead power line contributing to potential reliability issues. Several trees on private property were approved for removal by the property owner.

Replacement trees are being provided for these removed trees. If you’ve further questions, please let me know.


City Mulls to Raise Employee Salaries

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council heard a presentation on the employee compensation and classification study.

City recruited a management consultant firm called Management Advisory Group International to conduct a study of city employee compensation and classification.

As part of the study information about the job duties of every employee’s job duties was collected and comparative salary data was obtained. They have prepared a draft report.

Council discussed the report and its findings. This was just a discussion of the report. Council will decide later whether to adopt the suggestions in the plan. There will be a fiscal impact if Council adopts the recommendation in the report. For FY2018, the impact would be $143,000 to implement the recommendations the consultant feels are most important. The Council may decide to raise the salaries before the the FY18 budget goes into efefct.


Residents May See a Lower Property Tax in FY2018

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council had the first meeting about the budget for FY2018.

For Real Estate Property Taxes, City’s goal is to maintain a constant yield in order to maintain revenue neutrality for FY 2018. This would effectively provide a decrease in the Real Property tax rate for
many of our residents. The full impact of this budget measure is not known at this time.

Please see the draft schedule below. Some dates may change. For example, the Council may get to see the draft budget one week earlier than that proposed below.


North College Park Crime Map – January 9-14, 2017

Please see below last week’s crime map and let me know if you’ve any questions. Thank you!


Date Time Address Type
1/13/2017 8:53 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT
1/7/2017 9:55 AM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT
1/14/2017 3:58 AM 9100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT FROM AUTO

Group Considering to Open Pre-K Childcare Facility in North College Park

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will hear a presentation from members of the Children’s Guild and College Park residents about plans to open a tuition-based pre-K early learning center in north College Park.

The Children’s Guild is a non-profit organization with notable members from Colege Park and the UMD community.

The center is expected to serve College Park area kids aged 3-5.

The group is considering a couple of sites in College Park, many in north College Park:
Hollywood Shopping Center
Moose Lodge Property
Methodist Church
Stone Industrial
Berwyn Industrial Park
8807 Rhode Island Ave
Land near Attick Towers
Land Near Branchville FireHouse
College Park Woods Pool site


City Exploring Small Cells Wireless Infrastructure

The Council will discuss City’s participation in filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to respond to the Mobilitie, LLC Petition for Declaratory Ruling and the FCC request for comment on streamlining deployment of small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS) infrastructure, including installation of poles and antennas on public land, to support continued local government control of the rights-of-way.

A DAS system involves placing an antenna on an existing pole or on a pole to be installed.

A number of cities, including the City of Bowie have adopted an ordinance supporting DAS infrastructures. Staff is also engaging with Mobilitie to attempt to negotiate placement, attachment and height of the DAS to minimize the effect on neighboring properties.

A number of applications have been received to date, along with plans for installation of poles up to 75 feet in height. Three City locations, all in residential areas, have been identified, including one at the intersection Paducah Road and Palco Place in Sunnyside. This network can support a variety of technologies and services that require connectivity to the internet, including, but not limited to, driverless and connected vehicles (commercial, personal and agricultural), remote weather stations and mobile service providers.

These transport utility poles and facilities are not dedicated to any particular customer, and, to the extent capacity on the structures is available, are available to be used by other entities within College Park.

The cost of legal fees to prepare and develop the filing is up to $5,000.


City Projects $1.6 million More Revenue in FY 2017

College Park is are currently projecting approximately $1.6 million more in revenue than originally budgeted.

According to City’s Finance Director, the primary drivers for the additional revenue are:
– $250,000 and $150,000 more from Real Estate Property Tax and Personal Property Tax, respectively;
– $600,000 more from State Income Tax ($432,000 of this due to a State error in the remittance of income tax from 2010 to 2014);
– $400,000 more in Hotel & Motel Tax; and – $200,000 more from net Speed Enforcement Camera revenue.

The City does not have a projection of FY 2017 expenditures at this time although it does not anticipate any significant over expenditures, notwithstanding the $149,856 budget amendment approved in November 2016.


MOM’s Organic Market to Move to Larger Space as REI Leaves Next Month

MOM’s Organic Market will take the REI’s vacant spot, as REI moves out to DC next month. The good news is that the new expanded MOM’s will have a restaurant inside it.

I came to know the news a few week’s ago after talking to a representative of the New Carrolton Enterprises, teh owner of teh shopping complex. The Washington Business Journal has broken the story today.

The current MOM’s location is just 8,000 square feet, and MOM’s is close to a deal to take the 27,000-square-foot REI space. MOM’s likes to open a 15,000- to 17,000-square-foot grocery store and find “a symbiotic co-tenant” to take the other square footage it doesn’t need.

The expanded MOM’s will include the Naked Lunch counter available in some of the grocer’s newer locations, as well as possibly another new offering. MOM’s Baltimore store has a coffee roastery and espresso bar, according to the story.

The Carrolton is also looking for another tenant for the current MOM’s store.


Hollywood Park to Get New Amenities

The Hollywood Park near the Greenbelt Metro station is going to get two new picnic tables. The Maryland Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) staff told us recently.

The picnic tables were discussed in the October 7th community meeting that was held at the Youth Center. These tables were extremely old (over 40 years old) and out-dated. They looked terrible and it’s time to have these outdated amenities removed.

PG Parks will place (2) tables once the weather breaks and then monitor over the spring/summer/fall to see if there is a need to purchase any more in the future.

Here are reasons why the PG Parks is moving to web-coated picnic tables:

· All of the Area Operations Maintenance (Southern, Central, and Northern) are working towards consistency with certain equipment/supplies/products
· The web-coated tables are the ones selected for all (3) areas
· This table is lighter so maintenance can move easier when necessary especially during mowing season
· This table is more durable
· This table has more lifespan
· Weather resistance


Civic Group to Discuss Recent Pepco Tree Removals in North College Park

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Tomorrow is the second Thursday of the month, and hence the day when the North College Park Civic Association holds it’s monthly meeting. The members will have a good discussion about the recent tree removal and trimming project by the Pepco, with a few additional items. The meeting will take place at the Youth and Family Services building at 4912 Nantucket Road, at 7:30pm.

Please see the full agenda below.

  • Tree Canopy in North College Park. Representatives from Pepco, City of College Park Staff, and the Tree and Lanscape Board will discuss recent projects to remove or trim trees in North College Park.
  • Stormwater Management Projects in North College Park. County contractors previously attended an NCPCA meeting in September to discuss possible locations for stormwater management projects. Members requested city support in conducting a survey to gather resident feedback. Prior to that survey taking place, the city was planning to meet with the contractors to get updates about proposed locations.
  • Hollywood Park Update. Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment issued responses to letters sent by Mayor Wojahn regarding the proposed stormwater management project at Hollywood Park. There will also be an update about benches recently removed from the park grounds.
  • Community Yard Sale. Mark Hoffman will update us on plans for the community yard sale in 2017.

Barrier Panels Removed to Make Trolley Trail More Accessible

Ten barrier panels were removed along Campus Drive at the Trolley Trail last week. Removing these ten panels will help enhance Trolley Trail access for pedestrians and bicyclists.



North College Park Crime Map: January 1- 8, 2017

Please see below last week’s crime map.

Please take extra caution when walking/jogging after dark. This past Sunday, 1/8/17, officers responded to 9200 block of 51St for a report of a Citizen Armed Robbery. Once on scene, they spoke to the Victim, who stated she was walking into her house when she observed the suspect vehicle drive past her slowly. The vehicle then stopped, and both suspects exited. Suspect 1 then brandished a handgun and demanded the Victim’s purse. The Victim complied, and then Suspects re-entered their vehicle, and fled towards Indian Lane.

Here are the description of the suspects: 1) B/M 18-25 6’0 thin build dark clothing small caliber semi-automatic handgun. 2) B/M 18-25 5’9 thin build dark clothing. Suspect Vehicle: dark 4 door with no tag light

Police is investigation the incident. I’ve asked to increase patrol in the area.

Date Time Address Type
1/8/2017 7:44 PM 9200 Blk 51ST AVE CITIZEN ROBBERY
1/8/2017 11:37 AM 10000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
1/4/2017 7:04 PM 9300 Blk DAVIDSON ST THEFT FROM AUTO
1/4/2017 6:44 AM 3500 Blk DE PAUW PL THEFT FROM AUTO
1/5/2017 8:48 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT
1/5/2017 8:12 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT
1/2/2017 3:19 PM 9800 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE THEFT
1/4/2017 9:48 AM 9700 Blk 49TH PLACE STOLEN VEHICLE

Students to Demonstrate Robotics Projects

This Tuesday, representatives from Hollywood Elementary, Paint Branch Elementary and Parkdale High School will be attending the City Council meeting at City Hall to receive ceremonial checks for their grant award at 7:30 pm.
Parkdale’s representation at the Council Meeting will include members of their robotics club to whom the Council has awarded grants for the last several years.
The students are making the effort to bring some of their robots with them. They will come a little after 7 pm, so they can demonstrate their work to Council members and others interested before the meeting.
Please come and see the demonstration in support these young people who are very grateful for the City’s support and grant awards and are justifiably very proud of their work.

Three Kings Day Celebration / Fiesta del Día de los Tres Reyes Magos

WhenL Today, 10 am-1 pm,

Where: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave.

What: Celebrate the Hispanic tradition of the Three Kings Day Celebration. Enjoy music, refreshments, and more. Children 10 and under will receive a gift from the Three Kings.

Note: In order for your child to receive a gift, please register by January 4 by calling 301-345-4918. Only two adults with child(ren) per family will be allowed. Free!


Fire Chief Bashoor Announces Retirement

Fire Chief Bashoor

The PGFD/EMS Chief Bashoor has recently announced his retirement as of March 1, 2017. Here is what he said about his “interim” replacement Chief Ben Barksdale.

Chief Ben Barksdale will serve as the interim Chief of Department, and prospective permanent appointee. I have served with Chief Barksdale on life safety conference planning committees, and expect that he will be a dedicated and effective leader of PGFD/EMS.

Please see more about Chief Bashoor’s accomplishments here on the PGPD blog

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