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Sep
23
2020

Tonight: Virtual Town Hall on Stone Industrial Property

County Councilman Tom Dernoga is going to hold a virtual public meeting tonight about the proposed townhouse development at the Stone Industrial property on 51st Avenue. Please see the details below and share the information with your north College Park neighbors who may be potentially affected by the potential development at the property.
In order to attend the meeting, you’ll need to register at http://bit.ly/StoneStrawPropertyMTG

Sep
22
2020

City will Ask Not to Delay Purple Line Construction

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider sending a letter to Governor Hogan expressing the City’s concerns that additional delays in completing the Purple Line will negatively impact the City. The State and the Purple Line concessionaire have been in a major cost dispute for many years.

The concessionaire gave notice that it will quit the project if an agreement is not reached. A court recently ruled that the concessionaire can, in fact, terminate the contract if it chooses. The State has indicated if an agreement cannot be reached with the concessionaire, the State will complete the project.

However, the project would likely be delayed another one to two years. It is not clear if the parties are still engaged in negotiations to reach an agreement that would have the concessionaire complete the project.

Sep
21
2020

City to Slash $1 million in Spending to Cover COVID Loasses

At this week’s meeting, the City Council will hold a Public Hearing to get residents’ input about the proposed $1 million budget cut due to COVID-19 related loss of revenues.

When the FY2021 Budget was prepared, the initial revenue projections were reduced by almost $1 million to provide for lost/reduced revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those reductions were made in the early stages of the pandemic, with minimal information to assist with reliable estimates. In recent budget presentations and Council meetings, staff warned that, if additional reductions became necessary, staff would return to Council with a recommended budget amendment.

With the close of FY2020 and additional information/experience with revenue sources affected by COVID-19, the Finance Department has re-evaluated revenue projections and unfortunately has identified another approximate $1 million in revenue reductions that should be made along with recommended reductions in expenditures to rebalance the FY2021 Budget.

The most significant revenue reduction is in Admissions and Amusement Tax, primarily due to the canceling of UMD athletic events for the fall. The Hotel/Motel Tax, although already significantly reduced in the Proposed FY2021 Budget due to ongoing closures, is being further reduced. Similarly, parking fines and speed camera enforcement revenue is being reduced due to continued reduced traffic. Most of the necessary expenditure reductions are proposed from ongoing capital projects and can be deferred to future years with minimal impact on the ongoing operations of the City.

The following capital projects will be impacted by the proposed changes: (a) Pavement Management Plan – $392,000 – 50% reduction/defer (b) Vehicle Replacement – $300,000 – 60% reduction/defer (c) Facilities Capital Reserve $25,000 Cut (d) Public Works Facilities Improvements – $100,000 – Defer.

However, other operating expenditure reductions are available due to COVID-19 effects, such as reduced or eliminated travel related to conferences that have become virtual and canceled special events.

The budget amendment will also provide for the estimated costs ($13,000) of a special election for the District 2 City Council seat which will be vacated due to the resignation of Councilmember Brennan.

Sep
19
2020

Rain Barrel Event – October 3, 2020

Join the College Park Committee for a Better Environment for a virtual workshop on Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. The workshop will feature a representative from Prince George’s County who will speak about the County’s Rain Check Rebate program, the College Park Sustainability Coordinator who will speak about the related City environmental programs and others. The event is free and open to all.
Join the Committee for a Better Environment for a virtual workshop on Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m.
The workshop will feature a representative from Prince George’s County who will speak about the County’s Rain Check Rebate program, the College Park Sustainability Coordinator who will speak about related City environmental programs and others.
The event is free and open to all.  Please click here to register for the event.
Sep
18
2020

Report Flood Damage

If you experienced any flood damage to your property, from the torrential downpour of rain last week, please use the assessment tool at bit.ly/PGCFloodDamage or call the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management at 301-324-4350

County’s Office of Emergency Management has developed this online damage assessment tool for residents to submit their information.

For more information on:

Sep
17
2020

Family & Individual COVID-19 Assistance

Sep
16
2020

What Should be College Park’s Mission and Vision for Next 5 Years?

College Park 2021 - 2025 Strategic Plan Mission and Vision Statements

The City is in the process of developing its 5-year strategic plan for the year 2021-2025. As part of this exercise, the City needs your input about your choices of Strategic Plan's Mission and Vision Statements. The options were prepared by Staff & consultant based on (a) the current 2015-2020 Mission & Vision statements (b) residents' feedback on the new strategic plan (c) Mayor & Council members' feedback at last weekend's brainstorming session.

Thank you for your input

Mission Statement
Vision Statement
Sep
15
2020

College Park Public Services Town Hall

Sep
14
2020

City Staff Comments on I-495 Beltway Expansion Project

At this week’s meeting, the City COuncil will discuss the review of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study, in particular its impact on College Park. On July 10, 2020, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) released the Notice of Availability of the DEIS and announced a 90-day review period including several public hearings. This comment period has been extended 30 days to November 9, 2020. A range of 15 preliminary alternatives were initially identified and screened, and ultimately 8 alternatives were retained and analyzed in the DEIS including a no build alternative. No standalone transit alternatives are included but allowing free bus usage in managed lanes and accommodating connections to existing transit stations are proposed in each Build Alternative. The managed lanes proposed are designed to control the number of vehicles using the lane to keep them flowing at an acceptable level of service (LOS) and include, but are not limited to, HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes, HOT (high-occupancy toll) lanes, ETL’s (express toll lanes), and bus-only lanes.

Please see the full staff report below:

Sep
13
2020

New Parking Restriction on Cherokee Street near Route 1

At last week’s City Council meeting, the Council approved unrestricted parking be allowed on the south side of Cherokee Street from Baltimore Ave. to 48th Place, except in front of a single-family home that has residential parking zone 4A permits, and at the turn in the lane from Baltimore Ave.

The townhouse development South of Cherokee Street, originally ‘Metropolitan’ and later renamed ‘The Boulevard at 9091’. This development has not been completed as originally planned. It does not include structured parking facilities. Based on the results of a City-conducted survey, the Council approved a new residential permit parking zone on September 25, 2018 (18-G-124) for all streets east of Baltimore Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue, and from Blackfoot Road north to, but not including, Delaware Street. Residents of the new townhouses are excluded from obtaining residential parking permits in this zone.

The days and hours of enforcement for new permit zone 4A were set at seven (7) days a week from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. by permit only. As the Council has eliminated annual residential parking permit fees, residents of this zone will continue to receive free residential parking zone permits. Shortly after enforcement started, staff began receiving concerns over available parking for residents of the new townhouses. Original plans for a multifamily building and parking structure along Baltimore Avenue have been delayed and may be revised.

These plans included additional visitor off-street parking for the townhouse residents in the garage. The townhouses are constructed to meet the minimum of two off-street parking spaces per unit. The Declaration of Covenants between the City and the developer does not entitle properties in the development to permits for residents or visitor permits for on-street parking.

As noted, adequate resident and visitor parking was to have been provided on-site by the developer. At this time on-street parking and visitor permits are not being issued to townhouse residents.

Sep
12
2020

This Year’s National Night Out is Cancelled

At last week’s meeting, the Council decided t cancel a physical National Night Out (NNO) and approving the development of a virtual NNO experience.

National Night Out (NNO) is a community/police public safety awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August in most of the country. Due to limits on social gatherings and physical distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council determined to reschedule NNO in the City, to the first Tuesday of October 2020. As the pandemic remains a public health risk and is anticipated to continue to require limits to social gatherings, the staff is recommending that the 2020 event be redesigned as a virtual event only.

One City-wide virtual event is envisioned. Residents could participate by turning on porch lights and “tuning in” to a program of crime prevention education presentations, and other community risk reduction information.

Some entertainment might be included. Some at-home activities such as testing smoke alarms, or ringing in the night by a communal noise making event at a certain, limited, time might be considered.

Sep
11
2020

College Park Group Joins National “Get Out the Vote” Drive

As the national election is nearing, a College Park group has joined a national “Get Out the Vote” drive.

The College Park-based “Neighbors Connect” will join the national campaign by MomsRising to get registered women voters to go to polls this November.

As part of the campaign, the non-partisan MomsRising is planning to send a million postcards to randomly selected women registered voters across the country. According to MomsRising, “women and moms that don’t always vote and need a friendly (and powerful!) nudge toward the mailbox or ballot box this year”.

College Park NeighborsConnect will collect 300 signed postcards from College Park and the surrounding area residents. Volunteers are requested to contact Carol Nezzo (email: carolnezzo@gmail.com, phone: 301-864-5267) if they are interested to sign postcards. Volunteers will be asked to sign their first names and write an encouraging sentence on postcards. Ms. Nezzo lives at 4600 Amherst Rd., College Park (near Whole Foods), where postcards can be signed.

Here are Labor Day photos of NeighborsConnect postcard writing campaign in front of Ms. Nezzo’s residence.

Sep
10
2020

Community Police Meeting, Monday, September 14

Please come meet with our police officers who patrol our streets and help keep our neighborhoods safe in College Park.
This is also a great opportunity to meet with other neighbors. All College Park residents are welcome.
When, 7:30pm, next Monday, Sept 14
Join by Zoom – http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice
Join by phone: 3017158592, Meeting ID: 863 9609 7322 Password: 464259

Sep
9
2020

Tomorrow’s NCPCA Meeting, It’s Election Time!

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

The North College Park Community Association will meet virtually tomorrow, Thursday, at 7 pm. Below is the tentative agenda. To participate in the meeting, email: district4vision@yahoo.com to receive the necessary Zoom information which will be sent out tomorrow.

Mary Cook
President

NCPCA – North College Park Community Association

DRAFT Agenda of Regular Virtual Meeting

September 10, 2020

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.
7:30 Welcome & Introduction of procedures
7:35 NCPCA officers’ reports & approval of June minutes
7:45 Elections
Candidates
President: Mary Cook Secretary: Ellen Caswell
Vice President: Carol Macknis Treasurer: Jordan Shackner

8:00 Beltway Expansion update
8:10 McMansions in our neighborhoods update
8:20 Recreation Survey – brief summary and outcomes
8:30 Children’s Guild at the United Methodist Church update
8:40 New Website – suggestions for design, content, service
8:50 Guests & Officials Announcements (limited to 2 announcements each)
9:05 New Business & Future Agenda Items

Please visit our website at www.myncpca.org for previous agendas, meeting minutes, bylaws and more!

Membership in NCPCA is open to all adult residents of North College Park, and only members may vote in decisions of the Association. Please complete the membership on the website, and mail it with your dues payment to the address listed on the website.

Sep
8
2020

Milling and Resurfacing Work on Edgewood Road & Rhode Island Ave

Please be advised that on or about tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9th NZI Construction Inc., working for the City, will begin milling and resurfacing Edgewood Road at US 1, Edgewood Road (between 52nd Pl and 53rd Ave), and Rhode Island Ave -west- (Between Lackawanna St and Hollywood Rd).

We expect the milling and paving and re-striping to be completed by the end of next week.

Door hanger notifications were hand-delivered to each of the affected properties on September 1st.

Traffic will be affected on Edgewood Road. Maintenance of traffic will be provided to keep traffic moving.

If you have any questions please contact City engineer Steve Halpern at shalpern@collegeparkmd.gov

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