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What is CERT?

A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a ready group of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operates at the neighborhood level.

CERT volunteers check on neighbors and provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to their neighbors. CERT members may also be called upon to help in other areas during emergencies even when their own neighborhood is not impacted.

The CERT Program prepares these volunteers with 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. The training is provided by subject matter experts such as firefighters, emergency medical technicians and building safety personnel.

A CERT class is being planned to begin in January 2015. Registration will be on a first come basis. If you are interested please send an email to publicservices@collegeparkmd.gov with CERT in the subject line, or call 240.487.3570 and leave your contact information. You will be contacted to schedule your participation.

North College Park Crime Map – December 16-29, 2014

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Breaking and Entering Residential

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[12/17/14] BREAKR 09:11 10:15 9700 Blk 51ST PL,
[12/17/14] BREAKR 20:13 21:14 4800 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,
[12/24/14] BREAKR 15:07 16:33 5200 Blk MINEOLA RD,
[12/24/14] BREAKR 19:58 21:35 4700 Blk CHEROKEE ST

 

Theft

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Location

[12/25/14] THEFT 15:14 15:44 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

 

Theft from Auto

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[12/23/14] THEFTA 07:26 08:06 5200 Blk PALCO PL,
[12/23/14] THEFTA 08:21 09:17 10100 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE
[12/23/14] THEFTA 09:01 09:43 5000 Blk ODESSA RD,
[12/23/14] THEFTA 12:13 12:53 4700 Blk CHEROKEE ST
[12/23/14] THEFTA 12:14 13:52 9800 Blk 47TH PL
[12/23/14] THEFTA 16:02 17:16 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY
[12/27/14] THEFA1 16:59 17:36 AMF FAIRLANES  ,  9021 Baltimore Avenue
[12/27/14] THEFTA 18:01 18:44 9000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

 

City Offices Closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015

All City offices are closed Thursday, January 1, to observe the New Year holiday. Refuse and recycling will be collected on your regular collection day; however, special collections for electronics, brush, and bulky trash will only be scheduled for Friday, January 2.

You must call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items to the curb. Please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov for the tentative curbside leaf collection schedule.

Position Available: Part-time contract Secretary

Requires reliable person with strong grammar and secretarial skills to attend and record evening Board and Committee meetings, prepare meeting minutes to summarize the proceedings, make approved revisions and provide a final set of minutes in a timely manner.

This assignment does not require word-for-word reporting.

All meetings are conducted at public facilities in College Park; most are scheduled for weekday evenings.

Contract rate is $22.00 per hour, guaranteed two hours per meeting, plus preparation of minutes at $11.00 per half-hour. We estimate twelve to sixteen hours per month, depending upon Committee assignments.

Please submit resume to: College Park City Clerk’s Office, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740, or fax to 301-699-8029.

Traffic Alert – UMD Sporting Events

Please be aware of pedestrians along city roads and expect heavier traffic throughout the day and evening for the following UMD event:
• Saturday, 12/27: UM men’s basketball vs. Oakland (5:00 p.m.)
• Monday, 12/29: UM women’s basketball vs. Ohio State (7:00 p.m.)
• Saturday, 1/3: UM men’s basketball vs. Minnesota (12:00 p.m.)
• Thursday, 1/8: UM women’s basketball vs. Purdue (6:30 p.m.)

2015 College Park Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

College Park will host an event for the 2015 tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2015, 2:00pm to 4:00 pm, at Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center of the University of Maryland.

This year’s theme is “Our Diversity as a People, is our Strength as a Nation.”

This 24th annual tribute features entertainment reflections on Dr. King’s dream of peace and unity. This grassroots, community-based event highlights the extraordinary talent in our collective community.

The event will be sponsored by the City of College Park, the University of Maryland, and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

For further information, please call 240-487-3570.

City Offices Closed Today and Tomorrow, Last Leaf Leaf Pickups Next Week

All City offices will be closed on Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26, to observe the holiday, and will reopen on Monday, December 29, 2014. I hope you will all have a good time with your family friends during this holiday break.

Also, City’s last pickups will be next week. The area east of Rode Island Avenue will be covered next Monday and Tuesday. If crews come next Monday to a street, they will not come on Tuesday.

Zero Waste Workshop and Discussion

The Zero Waste Prince George’s, College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment, and Community Research invite you to a presentation on an effective strategy to reduce waste, increase recycling, save money, and protect public health.

Kristen Brown, a national expert and the Vice President of Municipal Partnerships for WasteZero (a Certified B Corporation), will present on Save Money and Recycle Tons (SMART), a unit pricing scheme used by 7000 communities across the United States to charge for waste collection and disposal according to the amount of waste discarded. Also known as Pay As You Throw, SMART has been found to immediately and significantly increase recycling and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, with no increase in illegal dumping.

Join the workshop and discussion for an interesting discussion about this common-sense strategy and how it could be implemented in our communities. The meeting will also include an update on the Zero Waste Strategic Plans of Prince George’s County and of the State of Maryland.

The event will take place on JANUARY 7, 2015, 7:00-9:00 P.M. at teh City Hall, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740 . Please spread the word.

UMD Taps Ulman to Transform College Park into the ‘Next Silicone Valley’

Ken Ulman

Yesterday, the University of Maryland has recruited former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman to transform College Park into a hub of high tech start-ups and business incubators, the Washington Post reports.

Mr. Ulman is also a 1997 University of Maryland alumnus.

Mr. Ulman has recently formed a consulting firm Margrave Strategies LLC, and the new initiatives will be supported through its contract with the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, this university’s fundraising organization. He ran unsuccessfully for Howard County lieutenant governor recently. Ulman found himself essentially unemployed after Kittleman’s swearing-in this month.

Ulman’s role will be to find businesses and entrepreneurs who want to form partnerships with the university or bring new energy to College Park by locating their offices there.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Ulman’s hourly contract with the University of Maryland Foundation will pay his firm up to $247,000 a year, according to university officials.

Council Working on 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

Strategic plan envisions to improve Route 1 and businesses on Route 1

Strategic plan envisions to improve Route 1 and businesses on Route 1

In 2008, the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park decided to develop a strategic plan to identify key needs and formulate strategies for addressing them for a five year period.

It’s time now to think ahead of our strategic plan for the next five year – 2016 to 2020

Our FY 15 budget includes funds for a strategic consultant to assist in developing a new 5-year strategic plan, as the city’s current strategic plan expires at the end of this year. Last month, the city issued a Request for Proposals and received a number of bids, and then narrowed the bids down to three top candidates. These candidates have been interviewed, checking references, their submitted documentation are reviewed, and  Catherine Tuck Parrish from Novak Consulting was selected as the plan consultant.

This strategic plan is intended to build on previous and ongoing city planning efforts including the Comprehensive Plan, Economic Development Plan, Housing Plan, Transportation Master Plan, and Route 1 Sector Plan and other relevant plans. At the same time, the City Council needs a more up-to-date plan that takes into account changes that have occurred over time, integrates elements of various different plans, and focuses on providing a concrete action plan for strategies that we can hope to accomplish during the next five years.

To obtain early citizen input prior to the drafting of this plan, the consultant will conduct focus groups with city residents and other stakeholders to obtain their ideas on priorities for the strategic plan.

In addition, the committee will use the survey results to get input for the plan. The City Council will also hear public input at Public Hearings to obtain feedback on the draft strategic plan.

Strategic Direction and Results FY 2010-2015
In this strategic plan the City of College Park City Council is challenging itself to:
 Enhance the quality of life throughout the City with emphasis on maintaining quality core services, making strategic and sustainable decisions that improve public safety, revitalizing blighted and deteriorated areas in the City including Route 1 and the Hollywood Commercial District, supporting prosperous economic development and job creation, addressing neighborhood improvements while preserving a high quality of life in our neighborhoods , and protecting and preserving the natural environment;
 Strengthen the City’s working relationship with the University of Maryland, Prince George’s County, local schools, state government, and neighboring municipalities t develop a more cooperative and unified community; and
 Keep residents and business and property owners well informed, through a variety of communication vehicles , about City activity and engage them to the fullest extent possible in City activity. Key attributes that will define the next five years in the City’s history include, tackling tough issues, responding to the needs of residents, open communication, leadership, and collaboration and cooperation with key stakeholders. The City Council will know it has succeeded because it will be a resource that the University and community point to as a valued partner in creating a thriving local economy and continuing to transform College Park into great place to live, work, and spend leisure time.

Goals
The City of College Park will pursue this strategic direction through the following goals that have equal priority:
Goal I Consistent high-quality and cost-effective public services that contribute to a safe and welcoming community for all.
Goal II Convenient transportation options that improve local travel and manage congestion.
Goal III Lead the community in environmental conservation, protection, restoration, and energy efficiency.
Goal IV Neighborhoods that are safe, peaceful, attractive and retain their community character.
Goal V Expand the local economy and tax base

Citing Safety Concerns, PG Parks Closes Hollywood Park’s South Gate

Hollywood Park's South Gate was closed last week due to safety concerns

Hollywood Park’s South Gate was closed last week due to safety concerns

Recently we found that the PG Parks locked the south gate of the Hollywood Park (the Birch Field) in response to a complaint about a metro pedestrian being assaulted by someone lurking in the park.

The path to the park is now blocked and the PG Parks wants metro users use the safe route (on 53rd Avenue).

We recognize that it’s inconvenient for residents, especially who use the south gate to enter the park for recreational purposes. We have asked them to open the gate and improve the park safety by other means such as by improving lighting.

The PG Parks staff has also made inquiry to Park Police to see if they had record of any incidents at this park. They found that they had a vehicle arson and some late night suspicious activity last year but nothing lately.

I have also asked PG Parks to improve lighting at the entrance of the park. PG Parks has found that there is currently a street light across the street from the park entrance but no lighting in the park parking lot. With that said, the Park representative has made a request to the Maintenance & Development Division to look at the possibility of placing at least one parking lot light (possibly solar lighting) in the ball field parking lot. Not only will this illuminate the parking lot without being too overbearing on the neighbors, it will also assist the patrons who use and shut off the ball field lights after games have ended.

Previously, I also asked the Park to install a vehicle gate at the main entrance and close that after dark. Generally, the Park does not favor installing a vehicle gate at park entrances because of the logistical difficulties of opening and closing the gate. The Park is saying that they don’t have the staff to lock and unlock the gate on a daily basis. Additionally, they think a vehicle gate will not stop pedestrians from entering the park, especially in a neighborhood setting as this park.

We’ll keep you posted as we have more update.

2014 Winter Coat Drive: Thank You for Donations

City’s first Winter Coat Drive ended this past weekend and we collected more than 90 coats from three drop off locations. Currently, staff at the Youth and Family Services are sorting the donated coats (please see below) , which they will give out to the needy and less fortunate ones in the community soon,

Thank you all for your kind donations. It means a lot to our residents who need them.
2014coats

This Saturday: 2014 Annual Holiday Farmers Market

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Can Residents Phone-In and Speak During Council Meetings?

In our listserv, residents are asking to explore the possibility of a call-in phone option during Council meetings and public hearing. This is to benefit residents who cannot attend our Council meetings due to many reasons, such as their busy schedule, distance to travel and disability.

I spoke about this option with our staff in a little more details. Right now, there is no mechanism to take phone-in comments, either before or during a meeting. Residents can only submit their comments via emails or regular mails before the meetings start. In order to make the phone-in comments possible, it appears that we will need to make changes to Council’s Rules and Procedures.

The bigger question will be how we can do it. In the past, Council did take phone-in comments from Council members and other invited guests during Council work sessions using conference calls. Staff would typically call-in the outside participants to get the conversation started. If we allow residents to call in, we will need a separate call-in system to make that possible, because it’s possible that many residents may call-in at the same time. We could allow residents to call in via our existing teleconference system and speak, but that might disrupt the meetings procedure, if too many residents try to speak at the same time with Mayor having little control over them.

In addition to the new call-in system, we may also need a full time call taker during the Council meetings, so that the incoming calls can be placed in a queue and dispatched one after another. We can think of this person similar to a call-taker during a radio talk-show session. Here are some examples of systems used in radio talk show sessions: https://proaudio.com/catalog/talk-show-systems.asp . Our IT will probably need to do more research and determine a suitable system for our needs.

Among our neighboring cities, It looks like new Carroltton has City Council has a phone-in option. I spoke with a Council member of the new Carroltton City Council about their call-in option. They only take calls after their worksessions. They don’t take any testimonies during their regular meeting, even though he thinks it’s a good idea to have that option as well.

If the item is added to the worksession agenda, here are a couple of items we want to discuss:
1. Should we allow residents to call-in, or limit public input via emails and in-person testimonies only
2. If we allow phone-in, who should we allow to call-in? Only residents with disability? How about residents with illness and other needs? How do we define them?
3. Method of phone-in. Should residents call-in or staff call-out to residents ? If staff call-out, how and when the residents can provide their numbers?
4. What changes we need to make to our website and other City materials to let residents know about the call-in option?

North College Park Crime Map – December 4 – 15, 2014

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Recovered Stolen Vehicle

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[12/09/14] FOUND 13:58 14:55 5000 Blk NANTUCKET RD

Stolen Vehicle

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[12/08/14] STLVEH 23:14 00:22 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Breaking and Entering Residential

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Location

[12/15/14] BREAKR 16:38 17:53 4800 Blk EDGEWOOD RD
[12/06/14] BREAKR 11:15 13:12 4900 Blk NIAGARA RD

Theft

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#L14338 SHOPL 15:40 16:28 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

 

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