At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council decided to reduce the Homestead Tax Credit rate from 4% to 2%.
The Homestead Tax Credit rate is a percentage limiting the increase of real property assessment from one fiscal year to the next; it is only applicable to owner occupied properties. The Homestead Tax is meant to help owner occupied property owners when market value assessments increase by limiting the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage. Currently the City’s Homestead Tax Rate is 4%, if passed this Ordinance will lower the rate to 2%.
The estimated fiscal impact to the City for FY2018 would be a reduction in tax revenue of $29,882.
Council also held a public hearing earlier in the evening to take comments from residents. It also received a few emails in support of the proposal.
The City must notify the State Department of Assessments and Taxation buy November 25th if it wants to may any changes for the taxable year beginning July 1.
At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will send a letter to Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor expressing the City’s concerns about level of service at Branchville Volunteer Fire Department and requesting restoration of career fire staff to the Branchville Fire station.
Last week Volunteer Chief Richard Leizar met with Council and advised Council that the number of volunteers at Branchville has dropped from 80 members 3 years ago to 15 members now. Only 5 or 6 of the current members live in the College Park area; some travel from Pennsylvania and southern Maryland.
As a result, Branchville is frequently not able to respond to calls. Other units are then called to respond to Branchville’s primary duty area, residents in north and west College Park which may result in delays in fire and EMS service.
The GSA has announced this afternoon that the announcement about the potential location of the FBI headquarters has been postponed. The GSA earlier told that the decision could be announced by the end of the year.
According to the Washington Business Journal, postponing the decision is probably a bad news for the Prince George’s County and Maryland. The Maryland senator Barbara Mikulski is scheduled to leave the Senate by this year and the Virginia Senator may become country’s next vice president, depending on the election results. More on the news here on the Washington Business Journal.
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City’s Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue) will be open for City residents the last two Saturdays in October from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Cleanup days are available for City of College Park residents only; you must show proof of residency in the City of College Park to participate.
Residents may drop-off bulky trash, yard waste, and electronics for recycling. Electronics that may be recycled include, but are not limited to: TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, VCRs, CD, DVD & MP3 players, cell phones & PDAs, printers, scanners, fax machines, telephones, radios, stereos, electric tools, game systems, handheld games, microwaves, and cords/cables.
Hazardous materials will not be accepted (shingles, propane tanks, paint, etc.).
Residents may dispose of one of each of the following items per year (for free): air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators. Tires will incur a disposal fee of $4.00 each.
Wood mulch and SMARTLEAF® screened compost will also be available;
you don’t need to be a resident in order to purchase. Wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard and compost is $28.00 per cubic yard (prices include tax).
On-site document shredding will be on
October 29th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Donation tax receipts will be provided upon request.
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Donation receipts will be provided upon request.
At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed the possibility of designating certain individuals who are no longer able to attend meetings as “honorary” members of the Board, Committee or Commission (Committee) on which the person has served.
The suggested criteria includes: a founding members of a Committee, a long serving member who has a unique connection to the Committee, or a member with significant institutional memory that remains beneficial to the Committee.
Honorary members would not be part of the official roster and would not have a vote in Committee matters. They would not be required to complete annual financial disclosure statements.
The Council will vote on the proposal at the next week’s Council meeting.
At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss a number of changes to City Code related to fences in College Park.
City’s Advisory Planning Commission (APC) held a Fence Ordinance Listening Session for the general community on December 3, 2015 which resulted in the APC issuing a letter to Mayor and Council with several recommendations for simplifying and streamlining Section 87-23 Fences in Chapter 87 Building Construction of the City Code.
A major part of the recommendations talks about the clarifications of some of the existing code, and not necessarily adding more restrictions. There are however some additions to the code introduced in the recommendations.
Subsequently, a Worksession between City Council and APC was held to discuss the recommendations, and APC was advised to work with the City Attorney on appropriate revisions to the Fence Ordinance. Among the recommended changes, only front yard replacement fences must be reconstructed of similar materials. The structural support, such as the vertical posts and horizontal rails must face the interior of the subject lot.
Also, the reasons to approve a variance to build a fence may now include a specific parcel of land having exceptional narrowness, shallowness, or shape or other topographic conditions.
APC also recommends that a permit is not required in certain cases, such as decorative rocks and boulders and garden fences with certain conditions.
One of the recommendations is to consider offering financial incentives to discourage the reconstruction or construction of chain link fences. This is not an Ordinance issue and the APC is still exploring ways in which this might be accomplished. The council will discuss and finalize the proposed changes to ordinance at this week’s worksession. Once finalized, the proposed changes will be introduced at the following Council meeting.
At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss the FY 2018 M-NCPPC budget and send a letter with College Park’s requests to preserve and enhance park amenities at City’s park facilities, in particular in Hollywood Park.
The M-NCPPC has scheduled two public forums this fall to solicit comments on the Commission’s budget for planning, parks, and recreation in Prince George’s County for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2017. The next forum will be held this Tuesday, at 7-9 pm, at Department of Parks and Recreation Administration Building, Auditorium, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale. Written comments will be accepted until close of business, Friday, October 28, 2016.
Representatives from the M-NCPPC attended a community meeting in College Park to discuss the options to improve the Hollywood Park, and a number of residents and Councilmembers attended. The NCPCA has sent their subcommittee report about the park.
The report asks to preserve existing amenities, such as the picnic pavilion and dozens of large trees add more amenities such as a soccer and cricket field, improved access from Lackawanna street and better entrance signage. The report also opposes the building of the proposed storm water management pond, which will destroy important park amenities, such as dozens of trees and the picnic pavilion and will limit the additions of requested amenities.
Council will take this opportunity to request funding to improve, rehabilitate, and/or expand specific parks in the City, or to fund other projects that would benefit College Park.
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Today, Friday, October 14
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave
City of College Park Seniors Program presents: Senior Awareness Day 2016!
Join your fellow seniors for Flu Shots and Legal and Wellness information.
Flu shots are free for individuals who have Medicare Part B. Please bring your ID and Medicare Card.
Registration is REQUIRED. Please RSVP at 301-345-8100.
Visit the Facebook event page for more event information!
Please spread the word. Thank you!
Today is the second Thursday of the month and hence the day when the NCPCA will have their monthly meeting.
The most important part of the meeting will be about a presentation from the NCPCA’s committee on proposed stormwater management projects and other improvements proposed for Hollywood Park (adjacent to Greenbelt metro).
Also, staff from the recently-opened Elaine Ellis Health Center will be their business to present their business to the members.
Ryan Chelton, the city’s new Economic Development Coordinator will also be present at the meeting to Discuss economic development in North College Park
At last night’s Council meeting, the Council decided to approve a $10,000 grant to the Junior Tennis Center (JTCC) in exchange for services in JTCC’s partnership proposal.
The proposal states that in exchange for the $10,000 funding JTCC will provide College park residents with:
1) Six free group lessons
2) 25% off membership dues
3) 25% pf paid lesions following six free group lessons
4) free instruction to students in elementary schools in College Park
5) free instruction to PE teachers in College Park
6) two hour tennis festivals six times a year for only College Park residents
The Council took out a condition about yearly corporate club membership for City Council and City Management.
The term of the agreement would be January 1, 2017- December 31, 2017.
JTCC is located at 5200 Campus Drive. It shares the facility with the for-profit Tennis Center of College Park.
There are 32 courts and the facility includes indoor and outdoor courts, hard, red and green clay courts.