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WSSC Responds to Residents’ Complaints about Water Main Replacement Project

Many of our neighbors have asked about WSSC’s ongoing water replacement project in the Daniels Park area. The WSSC has released a letter about the project’s background, project status and the future timeline about the project. Please see the letter below.

The flier was also distributed to the area residents impacted by the project. If you continue to have issues or questions, please feel free to send them the following contacts at the WSSC.

Larry Johnson, Construction Inspector, 301-206-4328, Larry.Johnson@wsscwater.com
Earnest Pigatt, Technical Contract Manager, 301-206-4350, Earnest.Pigatt@wsscwater.com
Jason Flory, Construction Manager, 301-206-4308, Jason.Flory@wsscwater.com

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City’s Senior Program to Make a Presentation on Medicare

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City to Use Professional Service to Run Community Survey

At this week’s Council workseession, the City Council will consider approving a contract to do a more scientific community survey.

The FY ’17 City budget includes funds ($30,000) for a representative survey of City resident views on City services and other issues. The goal of the survey is to obtain valid baseline data of resident assessments of City services. This information will assist the Council and staff to develop policies, processes, and budgets that will lead to higher levels of service. On August 16, 2016, the City issued a Request for Proposals and received nine responses. The costs ranged from $24,000 to $51,000. The City Clerk, Communications Coordinator, City Manager, and Assistant City Manager evaluated all proposals based on the firm’s experience,

On August 16, 2016, the City issued a Request for Proposals and received nine responses. The costs ranged from $24,000 to $51,000. The City Clerk, Communications Coordinator, City Manager, and Assistant City Manager evaluated all proposals based on the firm’s experience, approach in conducting the survey, cost, and quality of the application. Staff interviewed the top two firms and after checking evaluations recommend that the City award a contract to the National Research Center, Inc (NRC). NRC has completed about 600 community surveys in the past five years, including numerous surveys in Takoma Park and the City of Rockville. They have a strong benchmarking database that will enable the responses to be compared to other communities. NRC proposes a mailed five-page survey to 1,900 randomly-selected households with a target response of 300 to 450. This response rate provides a margin of error of plus or minus 5-6%. A margin of error of plus or minus 4 -5% (750 responses) would cost an additional $6,467. The survey will be available online as well. NRC will develop the survey with the

NRC proposes a mailed five-page survey to 1,900 randomly-selected households with a target response of 300 to 450. This response rate provides a margin of error of plus or minus 5-6%. A margin of error of plus or minus 4 -5% (750 responses) would cost an additional $6,467. The survey will be available online as well. NRC will develop the survey with the

NRC will develop the survey with the City, and will manage all parts of the survey administration (prenotification, printing, mailings, translation into Spanish, data collection, reporting, etc.). Council will receive two presentations from the firm—one tentatively scheduled for December 13, and one in April. The tentative schedule has the development of the survey in November and December and the mailing of the materials and follow-up notices in January and February. The data collection, analysis, and presentation will occur in March and April. The Council will consider approving the CRC contract.

The data collection, analysis, and presentation will occur in March and April. The Council will consider approving the CRC contract.

Early Voting Starts in College Park

Early voting for the upcoming presidential election started yesterday. According to an election staff, several hundred voters voted on the first day.

In College Park, you can vote at College Park Community Center, located at 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

The early voting will continue for one week, until next Thursday,  November 3, 2016

You can vote anytime between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during these days.

Council Approves EZ-Storage Plan

At this week’s Council meeting, the City Council approved the Detailed Site Plan of EZ-Storage to construct a 3-story, consolidated self-storage warehouse with surface parking on a 1.82 acre site at 5151 Branchville Road.

Also, the Applicant is requesting a 10-foot front yard setback variance. Currently, the property is improved with a 21,378 square foot, hydraulic truck repair facility (Hydra Lift Industrial Truck) with associated surface parking, which will be razed. The Planning Board is scheduled to hear this case on Thursday, November 3rd.

The Council discussed the application with the representatives from EZ Storage at last week’s meeting will consider approve it at next week’s meeting.

The approval comes with a condition of a variance for the building setback and an agreement for 2 – 10 feet of additional right-of-way dedication on Branchville Road.

Council Decides to Lower City’s Homestead Tax Credit Rate from 4% to 2%.

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.

City to Ask Fire Chief with Staffing Concerns at Branchville Fire Department

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.

FBI Relocation Announcement Delayed

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.

 

North College Park Crime Map: October 16-23, 2016

Date Time Address Type
10/19/2016 9:29 PM 9100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
10/19/2016 3:26 PM 10100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
10/18/2016 8:20 AM 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT FROM AUTO
10/18/2016 5:09 AM 5010 Blk NANTUCKET RD THEFT FROM AUTO
10/21/2016 1:57 PM 9000 Blk ACREDALE CT THEFT

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 25- Hang on to your hat….It’s going to be a windy Saturday!  Our vendors are prepping for some large gusts but hopefully we won’t blow away.  :)

We appreciate that many of you walk your dogs to the market.  It is perfect for our community and great exercise for the pets.  With that in mind, we now ask that when you do have your dog with you that your LEASHED dog be kept by your side at all times.  Thank you so much for understanding and if you have any questions please speak with Julie or one of the Board members.

Looking ahead:
The Lion’s Club will be at the market on November 5th to collect clothing and household goods.

Also, on November 5th, Vivian Cooper and the Animal Welfare Committee will return to the market one last time to Microchip your pets for free (if you live in College Park).The AWC will also be collecting for the animal shelter.  More info about what they need when we get closer to the 5th.

Vendors absent this week:

  • Baker Charley
  • The Baked Apple
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Christiane’s Designs
This week’s vendors include:
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers, produce and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dicot Farm: Produce
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Unique Eats and Scents: pickles, honey, preserves and soaps
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Papered Perfection: Handmade notecards, photo albums and more
A Little Pottery: Handmade clay bowls, platters, mugs and much more
Vendor of the week: Unique Eats and Scents

Monique Scott, owner of Unique Eats and Scents, writes on her Facebook page “I have taken my passion for food to the masses. I am combining my love of food (fresh, natural/organic) and canning it so that other’s may enjoy it!!!”This week, Monique will begin to sell pickles at the market.
Besides selling amazing preserves and pickles, Monique also sells body lotions and and scrubs.
Check out her Etsy page at www.uniqueeatsandscents.com

Copyright © 2016 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

Fall Clean-up Events Start Tomorrow

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.

Reduce…Recycle…Reuse!

Once again we will be working with Community Forklift and GreenDrop to divert items from the landfill that are still in good condition. All donations are tax deductible, so be sure to clean out your homes, garages, and sheds!

Community Forklift!
There will be a collection area set up for donations.
Community Forklift accepts donations of most new and salvaged building & landscaping materials, appliances, and tools, as well as antique and vintage housewares.  Please review the Donation Guidelines for more information.

Donation tax receipts will be provided upon request.

GreenDrop
Storefront: 8900 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
Help Make A Difference Today
Not only do you make a charitable donation, but you make a difference for the environment – by extending the life of unwanted items to individuals in need.

GreenDrop is an organization selected by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia, to raise funds through the generation and collection of donated clothing and household items. They accept clothing, household items, kitchenware, games/toys, small appliances, electronics, sporting goods, books, CDs/DVDs, and baby items. GreenDrop does NOT accept tube TVs and tube computer monitors, upholstered furniture, mattresses, or large appliances. Please click on the following for the full lists of acceptable and unacceptable items.

Donation receipts will be provided upon request.

Drug Take Back. This Saturday!

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City to Add Honorary Members to City’s Boards and Commissions

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.

Council to Discuss Changes to City’s Fence Ordinances

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.

Council to Ask PG Parks to Preserve, Add Amenities to Hollywood Park

parkAt 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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