In last Tuesday’s meeting, the Council voted to approve the Bike Share program in College Park. The program will be jointly funded by the City and the University of Maryland. The Council also approved a memorandum of understanding between the City and the UMD.
According to the MOU, the funding received by the Parties, plus other sources of funds received by the City, will allow the University to install four (4) bikeshare stations and will allow the City to install six (6) bikeshare stations.
Additional stations may be added to the Project by the University or the City, subject to that party providing the funds for installation and operation.
The City and the University have determined that, to maximize the benefits of their respective grants and to achieve their respective bikeshare program goals and the purchase, installation and operation of bikeshare stations and bicycles, it is
appropriate to coordinate their efforts; and the Parties have reached an agreement to coordinate their efforts, as set out in the MOU.
The term of this MOU shall be five years from the effective date. The City will install the stations using the funds provided through the Bikesharing Grant Project administered by the Department and funds received from another source by the City. The bikeshare stations.
The City and the University will jointly select a contractor to install and maintain the said bikeshare stations. The City and the University of Maryland will pay the installation cost of their respective bike share stations with the exception of the Ritchie Coliseum and Lot 3 bike share station sites. The University will seek Facilities Council approval for the installation of the City bikeshare stations to be located at Ritchie Coliseum and Lot 3.
Presuming approval is granted, the City will be responsible for any and all installation, improvement, maintenance, capital and operating costs associated with the Ritchie Coliseum and Lot 3 bike share stations. The City will also pay the one-time launch costs. Operating costs incurred through the contractor shall be divided pro-rata between the City and the University on a per dock basis.
The City and University may develop a joint project name, logo, color scheme and any other branding specifications for use with the project.
The Parties anticipate that the Project will generate revenues from subscription and user fees and advertising and sponsorship proceeds. Subscription fees are those fees paid by subscribers with addresses in the City or on the campus of the University or who have memberships affiliated with the University of Maryland.
Usage fees are the fees attributable to bicycles rented in (trips initiated from stations in) the City or on the campus of the
University. The City and the University agree to share the net proceeds, after deducting all costs of the Program, on a per dock basis. The Parties recognize that operation of the Program, including but not limited to actual usage of each bikeshare station and related operating costs, may require renegotiation of division of proceeds, and agree to undertake such negotiation on a good
The City and the University agree to share information and to work jointly to file periodic reports pursuant to the requirements of their respective Bikesharing Grant Project Agreements. They will attend periodic meetings, no less than quarterly, to review performance of the goals of the Program. The Parties agree to cooperate in publicizing the Program.
The University will, subject to funding, to develop a marketing plan for the Project, which shall be provided to the City for its approval prior to implementation.
It’s that time of year to clean out your closets and pass along your gently used winter clothes to local families and seniors in need.
You can drop off your donations at the Pizza Roma store at the REI / MoM shopping center (from today to 20 December). Also, if you plan to come to this Thursday’s NCPCA meeting at Davis Hall, you can drop off your donation items in the donation bin there (Meeting starts at 7:30pm on December 12).
We’ll be accepting any winter warm clothing, such as coats, sweaters, jackets, pants, gloves / mittens, hats and scarves, etc. Please make sure the items are clean, have no stains, extreme wear, holes or tears.
Also, if you know a family or someone who is in need of winter clothes, please let me know.
Yesterday, a scaled back plan for the new East Campus Town Center at teh corner of Route 1 and Paint Branch Pkwy has been approved. See more about the news here.
The development will include a 300-room hotel, 10,000 sq ft of conference place, retails and other amenities.
The project, initially conceived as a 22-acre town center development, has been impacted by the economic downturn and market changes. The university has since decided to redevelop larger portions of its campus as part of a “systematic project-by-project development strategy”.
The City is offering more FREE training opportunities in the new year next month. The training will prepare you to be a volunteer on your block. The City Public Safety Officer will be presenting Neighborhood Watch volunteer training on the following dates:
01/09/2014 7 p.m.
02/01/2014 9 a.m.
03/06/2014 7 p.m.
All at the City Hall. Attendance of one date only required. This is also once in a lifetime requirement.
Block Captain training will be presented at a later date for those who have completed basic training and wish to serve as block captains.
Please call 240.487.3585 to reserve a place in one of these sessions. Please consider alternate dates in case your first choice is filled.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is planning to begin working on the subject water main replacement project this coming Monday. The contractor is planning to begin working on 51st Avenue in the Hollywood Subdivision. They plan to saw cut the pavement and perform test pits.
The contractor was given the Notice To Proceed on November 12, 2013 and is expected to complete the entire project by October 2014, weather permitting. The affected streets in north College Park include: 51st Ave and Edgewood Rd,
This project is necessary because the water mains are nearing the end of their useful life. Providing a reliable supply of safe drinking water at affordable rates continues to be our highest priority; but after more than 90 years of service, WSSC is facing the same problem confronting water providers across the country: decaying pipes and valves. The water mains within the project area were originally installed in the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. These mains will be replaced with new ductile iron pipe which will greatly reduce the frequency of water main breaks, while providing the same high-quality water that WSSC has always provided its customers.
The majority of work is expected to be conducted during weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. WSSC will work closely with the residents and regulatory agencies to deliver a high-quality project on time and on budget, while minimizing disruptions to traffic and the environment. Water service may be interrupted while the new main is tied in with the existing main, however this will be limited to a few hours at a time. Residents will be notified in a timely manner before any service interruption.
To receive an e-mail or text message alert when your water service is disrupted, you can register for WSSC’s Customer Notification System (CNS). Visit WSSC’s home page at www.wsscwater.com and click on the CNS logo on the left-hand side to sign up. The service is FREE but your standard text messaging rates do apply.
If you have any questions about this project (BR5432A12) or need additional information, please contact at 301-206-8818 or by e-mail at CWheade@wsscwater.com. However, if you experience a water or sewer emergency, please call our 24-hr hotline at 301-206-4002.
College Park has recently learned that it is not listed anymore on the County’s draft 2035 development priority list.
Prince George’s County is in the process of updating its General Plan, and has presented a draft of Plan Prince George’s 2035 (available here – www.planpgc2035.com).
The City and the University of Maryland participated in several of the County’s General Plan update presentations and forums. The City initially learned that the Priority Investment Districts, or the PID, Diagnostic Index process, which the County Park and Planning division conducted, found College Park to be in the highest performing category.
The City was hopeful that downtown College Park would be designated as a Priority Investment District. However, the City has recently learned that, instead of being included in PID, College Park has been folded into a larger Primary Employment Areas or PEA that does not recognize the unique potential and opportunities for partnership that College Park has to offer the county.
In last night’s worksession, The Council decided to send a letter to County’s Planning Board to designate College Park as a PID in the first five years following General Plan adoption, in addition to the other PIDs (Prince George’s Plaza, Largo Town Center, and New Carrollton).
The draft letter, which the City will consider sending jointly with the University of Maryland, asks the Planning board to consider a number of potential benefits the City has to offer. They include
(1) Five Purple Line stations are proposed in the College Park area that will join Metrorail, MARC, and several bus providers to provide unparalleled transit opportunities and connectivity.
(2) The College Park/Riverdale Park Transit District Development Plan (TDDP) is in the process of being updated using current best practices to promote a mixed-use environment near the Metro Station and M Square.
(3) A new 270-room conference hotel including ballrooms, meeting rooms and “innovation studios” is planned for the former East Campus site and will be a game changer for College Park.
(4) The city and university, through the College Park City-University Partnership, have adopted a vision for the future of College Park as a sustainable top 20 college town by 2020 that includes diverse businesses from high-tech startups to community retailers, and a range of housing options from single-family residences to high density housing that thrives near livable, walkable commercial centers.
(5) College Park, encompassing the Metro station and town center area along US Route 1, is well suited and positioned to become a regionally competitive complete “Downtown” and an economic generator for Prince George’s County 5. College Park, as a PID, could meet the county’s challenge of providing centers with a balance of jobs and housing as the short term focus in College Park would be to attract additional housing so employees can live near their work. This matches up with market studies that show a demand for multifamily housing consistent with national trends.
(6) College Park offers an unprecedented opportunity to coordinate land use planning and development with a municipality who is ready and able to marry staff and resources towards a common goal.
Please see below last week’s crime report. The Cherokee St. incident happened at the Ferris Manor apartment complex. Victim returned home and observed that unknown suspect(s) had broken into the residence by the rear sliding glass door with a hammer. Once inside suspect(s) stole a Play station game system, laptops and some cash.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Breaking and Entering Residential
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Theft from Auto
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At next week’s worksession, the Council will discuss a charter amendment to lower the minimum age to run for City Council position from 21 to 18 and Mayoral position from 25 to 18.
A similar motion was brought in October 2010, but was defeated by 6-2 votes.
Additionally, the Council will also discuss to remove the residency requirement to run for a mayor. Also the amendment will lower the age requirement to vote in the Mayor and Council election from 18 to 16.
The Charter amendment is expected to be introduced on December 10 regular meeting. The new Council will vote on the amendment on February 11, 2014 followed by a public hearing.
Please let me know what you think about the proposed changes.
At next week’s Council worksession, it will discuss and consider approving a resolution for an Energy Efficiency Policy and a Renewable Energy Policy and authorize staff to submit an Action Plan for Energy Reduction and Renewable Energy Generation Program.
The city has elected to pursue an energy efficiency policy with the goal of reducing per square foot electricity consumption of city-owned buildings 15% within 5 years of the 2013 baseline year
Additionally, the City has been looking for a renewable energy policy with the goal of reducing conventional centralized electricity generation serving city buildings by meeting 20% of electricity demand with distributed, renewable energy generation by 2022.
The city was awarded grant funding in an amount up to $70,361 for specific projects to meet these goals. Grant funds may also be used for project planning and administration. In order to help the city identify appropriate projects and prepare an action plan, the city retained the services of Suzanne H. Parmet, Esq. The draft plan is attached and lists the types of improvement projects that may be implemented in each city facility. These improvements are based on energy audits previously completed by the city and may be adjusted, if needed, during the course of the program
After months of work, College Park’s new website is finally ready for the prime time. The new website is expected to go live early next month.
IT staff has worked with all departments throughout the City and has finally developed our new and improved website. Staff has followed the suggestions provided by the Mayor and Council along with the community focus group assigned to the project.
Staff will present the current site at next week’s worksession. During the worksession, as the Council will be able to go “inside” City’s network, staffwill demonstrate the full functionality and access the linked material. Once the site is reviewed by the Council and there is an agreed upon date, staff will replace our current temporary website with the new one, giving it the same web address (collgeparkmd.gov).
To mark their tenth anniversary, the College Park Needle Arts Society presented a specially made quilted wall hanging to Mayor Andrew Fellows and the College Park City Council at last Tuesday’s Council meeting.
The quilt was designed by members of the Needle Arts Society, and was then pieced and quilted by the group’s founder, Leslie Montroll. The quilt has 160 colorful blocks framing a center medallion, uses 19 different fabrics and measures approximately 65 x 85 inches. It was made to hang in the City’s Old Parish House.
The blocks for the quilt are based on a traditional “snowball” block. However, the fabrics in the quilt are far from traditional. Nearly all the fabrics were donated from the collection of Pamela and Nathaniel Safford, residents of College Park for nearly 58 years.
While they are quite fond of international fabrics, especially African prints and Dutch wax batiks, all the fabrics were purchased at local shops. Over the years, the Saffords have generously donated much of their extra fabric to the Needle Arts group. Montroll and the Needle Arts Society members had been thinking of a special way to celebrate the group’s tenth anniversary this fall.
They wanted to not only thank the City for providing the group a weekly home, but also honor Mr. and Mrs. Safford for their long-term dedication to the City by making something for the community utilizing their fabric collection.
Since several of the group’s members are quilters, a quilted wall hanging seemed like the perfect solution. The Old Parish House is the second oldest building in the City. Located at 4711 Knox Road, it was originally constructed in 1817 as a dairy barn as part of the Calvert Estate. The structure was converted to a church around 1894 and later served as a parish house for St.
Andrews’s Episcopal Church.
In 1957, the building was purchased by the Women’s Club of College Park for use as their headquarters. In 1998, the building was donated to the City of College Park for use as a community center. The College Park Needle Arts Society meets at the Old Parish House each Friday, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The group provides an informal place for adults to gather to work on various
needle arts projects, enjoy mutual inspiration and camaraderie. New members are always welcome. There are no dues, no officers and no group projects.
In last night’s Council meeting, the Council awarded the newly formed Jack Perry award to Berwyn resident Jerry Anzulovic for his outstanding contribution to the community.
The Mayor and Council created the Jack Perry Award on February 26, 2013, and formed the Jack Perry Award Committee which consisted of Jack’s son Sean Perry, Councilman Bob Catlin and Director of Public Works Bob Stumpff.
The City received two nominations, and the Committee voted unanimously to recommend Jerry Anzulovic as the recipient of the inaugural Jack Perry Award.
Mr. Anzulovic lives in Berwyn and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Berwyn Civic Association. On behalf of the Council, Mayor Fellows presented the award to Mr. Anzulovic.
The Council vote on the Metropolitan development at Cherokee and Route 1 has been delayed by one week. The Council was originally scheduled to vote on the matter at tonight’s Council meeting.
The developer met with the members of the community last night at the City hall and discussed quite a few issues surrounding the development. Unfortunately, differences remain and we felt we didn’t have enough time to resolve those differences.
The group plans to meet again next Monday at 7:30 pm at the City hall and close the differences mitigating the remaining concerns. The Council will then vote on the agreement at next Tuesday’s Council meeting. As you know, the planning board hearing on this development will happen December 5.
Of the major concerns, parking is a major one. The residents are saying that they are already experiencing overflow parking in the neighbor and the development will only aggravate the parking situation. The developer is saying they can build more parking inside the development, but that will not solve the problem, as the tenants will most likely park in the neighborhood streets as the parking there is free, where as they will need to pay a yearly fee to pay for the parking inside the development.
One solution to this parking issue is to institute a permit parking on the neighborhood street. This is certainly an inconvenient solution for many residents, however the developer may be willing to sponsor the program by buying these permit passes for the residents and their visitors.
Another solution is to make the parking inside the development more affordable or even make it free. this way the tenants will be more encouraged to park inside the development and not in the neighborhood street.
In February of this year, Council initiated the Commercial Tenant Improvement Program, a matching grant program to attract new locally-owned businesses to the City by providing funds to prospective commercial tenants to build out the properties that they will be leasing.
To initiate the program, the City decided to pursue an agreement with the Maryland Small Business Development and Technology Center (SBDTC) that it would assist the City in reviewing and assessing applications. The SBTDC network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Maryland College Park and links private enterprise, government, higher education and local economic development organizations to provide management, training and technical assistance to Maryland’s small businesses.
At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Mayor and Council will a few changes to the original Tenant Improvement program. The SBDTC has offered to take on grantees as its clients and provide counseling services to strengthen their business model. As such, grantees must meet the SBDTC eligibility requirements, and complete three sessions with the SBDTC after initial acceptance, before completing the application.
Business applicants will still be required to submit business and financial plans to the City for review, which will be reviewed directly by City staff instead of the SBDTC.
In a separate resolution, the Council will consider approving a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the City and the SBDTC detailing the roles SBDTC will be playing in the Tenant Improvement Program.