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Fees and Fines in College Park

At the next week’s meeting, the City Council will review a comprehensive listing of all fees that the City currently has in place.

We estimated a total of about $2.8 million of revenue in the current FY 2017 budget.

While the majority of these fees are covered by Chapter 110 of the City Code, there are some fees not included there. The Department Directors have provided listings of those fees to the Finance Director for inclusion in the listing.

The listing below summarizes the fees and penalties covered by Chapter 110, the monthly parking permit fees and separate schedules for rental of City Buildings; Compost Charges; Youth & Family Services Charges; and Maryland Public Information Act fees.

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Recent Pepco’s Tree Work

Many residents asked questions about the recent tree work by the Pepco contractors in north College Park.

City staff met last Tuesday to discuss the work Pepco has been performing. According to staff, approximately 50 trees have been removed. The City and Pepco agreed on the removal of many trees for various reasons including line clearance, hollow trunks, disease, and trimming challenges that warranted removal of the entire tree. Many of the trees removed were on private property in addition to the City right of way.

In north College Park, Pepco worked on two feeders. Pepco provided us the maps for the tree work here for feeder 14821 and here for feeder 14822.

Tree removals are shown on the plan as yellow triangles. The green line indicates planned trimming with no branch overhang due to the high voltage of the line. The yellow line indicates planned trimming where branch overhang can remain due to the lower voltage line. Green checked-hash identifies brush undergrowth clearance.

Pepco received signed approval from property owners to remove trees from private property. Pepco said they’ve finished removal and/or trimming now. Cleanup crews and stump removal will follow shortly.

We’ve been told that going forward, the City will work more closely with Pepco in order to communicate to our residents what type of work is being performed in neighborhoods. The City utilized various communication tools such as the City’s website and social media, the Municipal Scene and the Weekly Bulletin to inform residents that Pepco would be performing work in City neighborhoods, but neither Pepco nor the City clarified the timeline or type of work being performed. In fact, the City was not informed by Pepco that Pepco would be performing work last week.

The City has requested that Pepco provide at least two weeks notice prior to work commencing so that the City may provide an improved timeline and detailed information to our residents through current and expanded communication tools direct mailings, door hangers, Nextdoor, and civic association listservs.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you’ve further questions. Thank you!

Another 7-11 Store Hit by Armed Robbery. Police Seeks Help in Finding Suspect

Another 7-11 store in College Park has been hit by an attempted armed robbery. Police has released this reward poster to help locate teh suspect.7-11-crime-rt1

No Coffee Club Today

Coffee Club will be cancelled on today , December 28th due to New Year’s holiday. The next meeting will be held on Jan 4th.
 
Location: Jason’s Deli, 7356 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740
 
Purpose of the PGPD District I Coffee Club: To meet with residents of the community to discuss public safety matters, crime statistics and other concerns.
 
District 1 Coffee Club is a place where citizens and police can work together to enhance our community and develop solutions to any neighborhood challenges that might be present in our city
 
Why participate?
 
* The Coffee Club is a public forum for ALL citizens, business owners, organizations, and public officials. Everyone is given the opportunity to share their views on any topic of discussion. (It is understood that the Coffee Club does not endorse any political or religious organizations.)
 
* This is an excellent opportunity for community members and the police to engage in informal discussions of topics related to public safety.

Last Scheduled Leaf Collections in North College Park

In case you haven’t had a chance to make use of City’s free curbside leaf collection service, here are the dates of the last scheduled leaf collection in our area.
WEST of Rhode Island Ave: January 3rd and 4th
EAST  of Rhode Island Ave: January 9th and 10th
Please see below the latest City-wide leaf collection calendar.
Residents have been asked to consider the following information and adhere to the rules of leaf collection season:
  • Rake leaves to the curb. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains. The leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars. DO NOT pile leaves in the street.
  • Remove tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. They can damage the equipment and cause delays.
  • Noise and dust may be noticeable. Dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • If you bag leaves or yard trimmings, please put them out when the leaf vacuum is scheduled. Yard waste trucks will not be collecting bagged yard trim during your regular trash and recycling day during this time.
    • Use paper yard waste bags or approved reusable containers.
    • Do not put them out with regular trash.
    • No bagging is necessary in the fall. Soft vegetative yard trim can be included in your leaf piles (e.g. grass, flowers, weeds – no vines or woody trimmings).
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North College Park Crime Map: December 17-24, 2016

Date Time Address Type
12/24/2016 3:01 PM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY THEFT FROM AUTO
12/24/2016 6:39 AM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY THEFT FROM AUTO
12/20/2016 8:20 AM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY THEFT FROM AUTO
12/22/2016 11:01 PM 4900 Blk EDGEWOOD RD COMMERICAL ROBBERY
12/20/2016 7:17 PM 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD BREAKING & ENTERING
12/20/2016 3:29 PM 10200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE BREAKING & ENTERING
12/20/2016 2:38 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT

Crime Solvers Reward Poster

Police is asking our help in reference to a recent commercial armed robbery at the 7-Eleven located at 4921 Edgewood Road. Please see below a crime solver poster. Thank you!
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Nathaniel Safford: 1927 – 2016

The long-time city resident Nathaniel Safford passed away on November 7 from complications from a stroke he suffered in July. He was in the Manor Care Nursing Home in Silver Spring receiving respite care at the time of his death.

He was 89.

Mr. Safford was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Germany from 1950-1953 during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S. in Political Science), and was a longtime employee of the D.C. Public Library system.

Mr. Safford started his postretirement career as the City of College Park’s building caretaker on September 1, 1991. For 25 years, anyone who attended a City Council meeting or an event at the Old Parish House knew him as the nattily dressed gentleman who patiently waited for events to end so he could lock the building.

He always had time for a conversation on just about any topic of interest.

Mr. Safford and his wife Pamela were well-known fixtures around College Park by face if not by name – they walked and took public transit to events throughout the City and the Washington metropolitan region – and were both known for their brightly colored attire.

A memorial service was held at City Hall on November 22. In addition to Pamela, his wife of 61 years, Mr. Safford leaves behind three children, Charles Safford, Loring Safford and Bethiah Shuemaker, and a grandson, Donald Shuemaker.
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Mayor Andrew Fellows stands with Leslie Montroll, founder of the College Park Needle Arts Society, as she presents a small quilt to Mr. and Mrs. Safford in 2013. The quilt is a miniature version of a much
larger one that hangs in the Old Parish House. Both were made from remnants of fabrics the Saffords
purchased for Mrs. Safford’s custom-made dresses.

[Source: College Park News Bulletin]

Holiday Schedule: Office Closure, Trash Pickup

All City offices will be closed Saturday December 24 through Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

Refuse and recycling schedule will be as follows for these holiday weeks:

Monday collections will occur on Tuesday
Tuesday collections will occur: Wednesday
Wednesday collections will occur: Thursday

Brush and bulk trash will be collected on Fridays by appointment only.

Help Community Groups That Help Our Neighbors in Need

Another year is nearly over and most of us have a lot to be thankful for; however, we have many neighbors in need. The holidays are a great time for giving back, and there are countless opportunities to do so in our area.
If you are in a position to support these community groups, remember, people need help year ’round. The holidays are particularly hard for hungry children because they are out of school and so many are fed through free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs. For the same reason, they are more likely to be hungry over spring break and during summer vacation.
Below are charitable organizations that feed and provide other support for needy families in College Park , Adelphi, Beltsville, and Laurel.

If you know neighbors or friends who are in need of help, please share this information

College Park Meals on Wheels: This program is run out of College Park United Methodist Church, 9601 Rhode Island Ave., 301-345-1010; and delivers meals to seniors in and around the College Park, Beltsville and Greenbelt areas.

College Park Community Food Bank: This pantry is based at Church of the Nazarene, 9704 Rhode Island Ave., 301-345-4616. Food distribution is monthly on the third Saturday, 10 AM to 12 noon.

Episcopal Church of Our Savior:1700 Powder Mill Road (near Adelphi), Silver Spring, 301-439-5900; Soup 2 Go and Food Pantry provides sandwiches in the summer and soup the remainder of the year to needy people every Thursday. In addition, the congregation partners with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington to provide help with housing and job searches. A satellite office of this ministry is open at Our Saviour every Tuesday.

St. Camillus Church: This parish located at 1600 St. Camillus Dr., Silver Spring, 301-434-8400; it is in Montgomery County but just over the line from the Adelphi part of District 1. The church asks its parishioners to bring at least one food item each Sunday to replenish its food pantries. The St. Camillus Pantry is open Fridays 3-5 PM and Saturdays 10 AM to noon. For more information, email Stcamillusfoodpantry@gmail.com. The parish also has a St. Francis Emergency Assistance Fund and can help families on a case-by-case basis with rent, utilities and medical bills. Contact the parish office for more information.

Beltsville Adventist Church: 4200 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, 301-937-8118; has a full service social services center open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 AM to noon. No appointment is necessary. Trained social workers from the county’s Dept. of Social Services can help Prince George’s County residents apply for Food Stamps, Medical Assistance for Families and Children, Medical Assistance for Blind and Disabled, the MD Children’s Health Program and other DSS assistance. In addition, center volunteers can help with job counseling assistance and resume writing and the center offers free computer use, free bread when available, and a food pantry.

Beltsville Women’s Club: This all volunteer organization has been helping Beltsville families for almost 100 years, WCCBeltsville@gmail.com. It provides food baskets at Thanksgiving and clothes, toys and food to needy families at Christmas. Most families are referred by guidance counselors and other staff of area schools. In addition, it partners with other local groups including the District VI Police Explorers to help families in crisis with furniture, household items, winter coats and other necessities.

Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services (LARS): a fully staffed, nonprofit social services agency, 311 Laurel Ave., 301-776-0442; that provides support to individuals and families residing in the 20707 and 20708 zip codes in Prince George’s County. Walk in hours are Monday 9 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 7:30 PM; and Wednesday and Friday 9 AM to 2 PM. LARS provides emergency financial assistance to prevent evictions and avoid utility cutoff; provides security deposits and first month’s rent; and vouchers for eyeglasses, hearing aids, and clothing and furniture. It also makes referrals for shelter and operates a food pantry that can be used by clients every 30 days. Bread deliveries are made to LARS weekly and clients can get bread as often as necessary. It also offers limited funds to assist homeless clients in obtaining state-issued ID cards and birth certificates, prescriptions and other minor health-related expenses, drug treatment, and mental health support. A bilingual case manager is available to help Spanish speaking clients and a representative from the county’s Department of Social Services assists clients with submitting applications for SNAP benefits (food stamps).
St. Mary of the Mills Pantry: 114 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel, gives out canned and other non-perishable food plus bagged lunches Thursdays, 9 AM to 4 PM.
[Thanks to County Councilwoman Mary Lehman’s Office for providing this information]

Davis Hall May Re-open Early Next Year

Davis Hall has been closed to public for several months now due to the reconstruction of the modular building, used by the Public Works staff. Staff has been using the Davis Hall space while the construction is completed.

In case you’re thinking what’s going on with the Modular building work, here is an update.

On Friday, December 9, Modular Genie received from Prince George’s County DPIE the building permit. The County is scheduling the pre-construction meeting, which is now mandatory with third party inspections, for last week.

The electrical contractor is finishing preliminary work for installation of the new emergency generator and electrical tie-in. On December 13, Washington Gas contractor installed the new gas meter to accommodate the new building, the emergency generator, and Davis Hall.

Weather permitting, the foundation contractor will excavate the foundation the early in December and pour the concrete the first week in January.

With this schedule, we’re expecting to see Davis Hall to open by early next year.

Holiday Trains and Plains at College Park Aviation Museum!

The College Park Aviation Museum and Airport welcomes you with a special Admission deal through January 2: Buy 1 Adult Admission at $5 and get the second Adult in FREE! Children ages 2 – 17 are $2/each and Seniors are $4/each. Simply tell the person at the Front Desk that you are a City of College Park staff member to receive the deal!
 
Holiday Trains & Planes – Saturday, December 17 thru Friday, December 23!
Museum and Gift Shop – 10 am – 5 pm Daily
 
The National Capital Trackers will display a mesmerizing assortment of model trains to the delight of all ages. Trains will travel through a variety of miniature snow villages, depots, tunnels, Christmas scenes, lighted aquarium cars and gondola cars with ornaments and sparkling lights, early tin plate trains, Fallen Flag freight and passenger trains and more!  The public may even be able to take the controls at certain points! The museum and gift shop are open daily 10 am – 5 pm and regular admission applies for Holiday Trains & Planes: $5/Adults; $4/Seniors (60+); $2/children (2 – 17) and under 2 are free. Please note the train display will be closing at 4 pm on Friday, December 23.  There is ample free parking and the museum is a short walk from the College Park Metro Station. Questions? Call 301-864-6029 or visitwww.CollegeParkAviationMuseum.com

2016 Clothing Drive Collects Over 200 Coats and Other Items

Thanks to the great generosity of our College Park residents, our One Warm Coat Drive collected over 200 coats and cold weather items!! Great job and thank you College Park!!! Also, thank you to ZIPS Dry Cleaners for cleaning all the used coats!
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[Source: College Park Facebook page]

North College Park Crime Map: December 13-17, 2016

Date Time Address Type
12/15/2016 8:02 PM 4900 Blk EDGEWOOD RD THEFT
12/15/2016 7:20 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT
12/17/2016 7:25 PM 9500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
12/15/2016 8:58 AM 9600 Blk 51ST AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
12/14/2016 8:31 AM 48TH PL / BLACKFOOT RD THEFT FROM AUTO
12/14/2016 6:34 AM 4700 Blk EDGEWOOD RD THEFT FROM AUTO
12/16/2016 5:19 PM 9400 Blk 51ST AVE STOLEN VEHICLE

Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze!

The weather is going to be very brutal today and in the coming days.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the winter, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association!

  • Have your furnace inspected and serviced by a qualified professional every year
  • Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.
  • Make sure your portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off and are plugged directly into an outlet at least three feet away from any flammable materials
  • Don’t forget to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms!
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