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Rotary International COVID-19 Taskforce

Rotary International has organized a task force to assist community members who are in need of groceries and/or medication and are unable to leave their homes. Volunteer teams throughout Washington D.C, Maryland and Virginia are prepared to provide support during this difficult time. Call #240-781-6586 for more information.

Opportunity to Donate to College Park Food Bank

Our local College Park Food Pantry (College Park Food Bank) is in need of non-perishable donations for their regular distribution. If anyone is doing their regular grocery shopping and can pick up some extra items, you can drop them on the front porch of 5016 Paducah Road, and Patricia Anne Noone will deliver them to the donation center. All items should be non-perishable. Peanut butter and soup are always in demand. Many thanks to anyone who is able to donate!

Step-by-Step County Screening Site

Prince George’s County has opened a screening and testing site at FedExField. This site is primarily for Prince George’s County residents who do not have a primary care doctor. Up to 100 residents can be screened and tested per day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You MUST have an appointment to be tested at the FedExField site. If you suspect you have COVID-19 and do not have or can not reach your primary care doctor, call the Prince George’s County COVID-19 hotline at 301-883-6672.

You will then be able to speak with a telehealth medical professional. If you meet the CDC testing guidelines you will receive an appointment number. Please click on the flyer to the left for a step-by-step guide to this screening site. Special thanks to the Maryland National Guard who were instrumental in setting up this location.

City Closed all Playgrounds and Rec Facilities

As of yesterday, the City closed all playgrounds and recreational facilities. The City issued the following statement today!
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NOTICE – APRIL 1, 2020
UPDATED NOTICE ON COVID-19

On Monday March 30, Governor Hogan issued an executive order that included a Stay at Home directive effective at 8:00 p.m. The order states that residents must stay at home unless leaving for an essential job or reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes (more information can be found here). In response to and in compliance with this executive order, the City will be taking further action to protect the health and safety of its staff and residents.

Effective immediately, all non-essential City staff are directed to distance themselves at home and not report to work at City facilities. Telework and paid administrative leave will continue until further notice.

City parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed to the public effective March 30, 2020. As a reminder, all City buildings and facilities remain closed to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the safety of our staff and residents is our foremost concern.

The following events, activities and services are suspended until further notice:
Special and Bulk trash and brush collections (including electronic and white goods appliances);
All events (including the Department of Public Works’ April Cleanup Saturdays), Seniors Program activities, and community meetings;
Compost and wood mulch sales (including delivery and pickup);
Parking enforcement;
In-home and exterior Code inspections;
Animal control service or patrols (please contact County Animal Control for any issues);
Issuance of parking permits and animal licenses;
All Department of Youth, Family & Services group meetings (including the Lakeland STARs tutoring program, Hispanic Parent Support Group, therapist-led school groups);
Monthly City Board and Committee Meetings; and
Notary services.

The following services and activities will continue:
Police patrols and emergency response;
Regular trash, recycling and yard waste collections; and
Seniors Transportation Services for essential trips (medical appointments or medications which are vital or to purchase items that are essential for subsistence within the next 7-14 days only);

The following services and activities will be modified until further notice:
Mayor and Council meetings are now held virtually. Visit the City’s website at www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19 for the updated link and call-in number to watch or provide public comment during the meeting.

The following services can be conducted online, via email and/or by phone:
Meetings/consultations with City staff;
Department of Youth, Family & Senior Services case management and client meetings; and
Application and processing for City building permits, variance and departures, homeownership grants, Business Assistance grants, and chain-link fence grants.

The following services can be conducted anytime online, or on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm by phone (240-487-3509), with a credit card:

  • Parking ticket payments
  • Personal property tax payments
  • Refuse collection payments
  • Payment for speed camera citations
  • CDMA and liquor license payments
  • Occupancy permit payments (phone only)
  • Building permit payments (phone only)
  • Municipal infractions (phone only).

Only credit card transactions and checks arriving by mail can be processed at this time. No cash transactions can be processed until further notice. For any finance related questions including payment questions, please email finance@collegeparkmd.gov or call 240-487-3509.

City staff in all departments will continue to process and respond to email and phone calls remotely. For contact information for all departments, please visit the City’s website. Many of the City’s services can still be conducted online or via the phone.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland increases daily, as does the death toll. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended steps to prevent and slow community spread of the virus. The City is following this guidance and continues to help distribute this information through our various media.

Through this difficult time, we will work together and get through it. We appreciate the understanding and support of our Mayor and Council, staff and residents.

For all COVID-19 related City information, please visit the City’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19. The website has information related to which essential local businesses remain open to the public, as well as other resources and information for residents and businesses.

Please sign up for the City’s emails (www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect) and follow the City’s Facebook (www.fb.com/collegeparkmd) and Twitter (@collegepark_md) for the latest and most up-to-date City news.

Stay Home Order for All Marylanders

Yesterday, Gov. Hogan issued a stay-home order for all Marylanders because of the severity of the COVID-19 virus in the region. You can read the order here.

The order states that, ”No Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.”

Information on what is considered essential and non-essential can be found here.

Hogan said in closing, “This situation is going to get considerably worse before it gets better.”

On the positive side, you can help be a “hero” and save countless lives by staying home and practicing social distancing if you absolutely must go out, he said.

Here is some other critical info I thought you would need immediately:

NEW DRIVE THRU TESTING SITES OPEN TODAY:
These sites are ONLY available to those with REFERRALS and/or an APPOINTMENT set up through either a family doctor or local health department.
Priority for testing are:
1. Those with symptoms
2. Those over the age of 65
3. Health care providers
4. Those living in group homes
5. Those determined by health care providers to be at risk

DRIVE THRU SITES
1. Glen Burnie Motor Vehicle Administration
2. Waldorf Motor Vehicle Administration
3. Bel Air Motor Vehicle Administration
4. FEDEX Field

HEALTHCARE ASSISTANCE AND REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS
To ease access to healthcare:
The state has suspended premiums for the MD Children’s Health Program (MCHIP)
COVID testing is free; insurers are waiving any regular co-pays

COVID symptoms and what to do:
Most people experience mild enough symptoms that they can recover at home. However, if you or a loved one is experiencing COVID symptoms (fever, dry cough and respiratory issues) AND have trouble breathing or feel faint, call 911.

Request for volunteers:
Maryland needs medical and public health volunteers during this COVID emergency. Go here to register as a responder.

Hospital Beds Being Added
The state is working on several fronts:
1. With FEMA to open a field hospital at the Baltimore Convention Center;
2. Retrofitting Laurel Hospital for a 135-bed COVID unit;
3. Adding 100 advanced medical tents at various hospitals to create 1,000 COVID beds;
4. Adding 500 beds to existing acute care hospitals; and
5. Kaiser Permanente is adding 218 beds to the 500 beds it already has.

[Source: MD Delegate Mary Lehman’s office]

Comparing Tax Rates of College Park and Neighboring Towns ..

Thanks to our Finance staff, who presented us the real property tax rates of College Park and the surrounding neighborhoods, at this weekend’s budget work session. College Park has the 5th lowest cumulative tax rate among 27 local municipalities when it comes to how much our residents pay property taxes to all jurisdictions. This is mainly due to the fact that College Park’s own tax rate is the second in the list.

Please see below the tables ranking the cumulative and individual tax rates of College Park and the surrounding towns.

Real property tax rates PGC County, Locality & MNCPPC
Residential, excludes taxes that are the same for all jurisdictions (State, Stormwater, WSTC)

Real Estate Property Tax Rate

City Plans to Repave 6 Streets in FY 2021

How Can you Watch Tomorrow’s Budget Worksession

Tomorrow, the College Park City Council will discuss the proposed FY2021 budget .
To join the meeting Click Here
Meeting number: 794 246 682
Password: a2pGds9wPT8
Join by phone: 202-860-2110
Access code: 794 246 682
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Click Here to view the FY2021 City of College Park Proposed Operating Budget.
Here is the agenda:
8:00 am – Overview of the FY 2021 Proposed Budget & Revenue
8:40 am – General Government and Administration
• Mayor & Council; City Manager; City Clerk; City Attorney; Finance; Human Resources;
Communications & Public Relations; Information Technology; Non-Departmental;
Elections Board and Ethics Commission
• CIP: I-Net; New City Hall; Property Acquisition; Facilities Capital Reserve
• Debt Service Fund
10:00 am – Public Services
• Administration; Parking Management & Enforcement; Code Enforcement; Animal Control;
Speed Enforcement; Contract Police
• CIP: CCTV; Parking Enforcement Equipment Replacement
11:15 am – Planning, Community & Economic Development
• Administration, Community Development, Planning & Zoning, Economic Development
• CIP: Bikeshare; Duvall Field Renovation; Hollywood Gateway Park; Hollywood
Commercial Revitalization
– Engineering Services
• CIP: Streets & Sidewalks
• Engineering Ops (Budget in DPW – program 5021)
12:30 pm Break
12:45 pm – Youth, Family & Senior Services
• Administration, Clinical Services, Seniors Program
1:15 pm – Public Works
• Administration; Solid Waste Management (Refuse Management; Leaf & Grass Collection; Litter &
Graffiti Control; Recycling; Compost Yard Operations)
• Street Management & Parking Lot Maintenance (Street Cleaning; Signage; Street Maintenance;
Snow & Ice Control; Parking Lot Maintenance; Parking Garage)
• Buildings & Grounds (Public Works Buildings; Recreation Facilities Maintenance; Building Maintenance;
Turf & ROW Maintenance; Tree & Landscape Maintenance);
• Fleet Services
• CIP: DPW Facilities Maintenance; Old Parish House Renovations; Vehicle Replacement
Program; CP Woods Property Acquisition & Redevelopment; Dog Park
3:30 pm – City Council discussion (Move to March 31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm if necessary)
• Council requests for inclusion in budget
• Miscellaneous issues and other budget matters
• Wrap-up & direction to City staff
5:00 pm – Adjourn

Our Parks are Open, But Please:

Our City parks are open but please:

  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 or get closer than six feet from other people.
  • Do not touch any surfaces that are likely to be touched by other people.
  • Refrain from using playground equipment.
  • Do not participate in activities involving physical contact or sharing of equipment.

For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19.

[City of College Park]

Metro Closes College Park and 16 Other Stations

Starting from tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, 2020, Metro will close 17 additional stations, including College Park. Bus service is also curtailed, and they have also closed some Metro entrances. To get the full list and more info, click here.

Senior Call Check In (Maryland)

Sign up for Senior Call Check here:

The Senior Call Check program is a free resource to MD residents over 65+ and we recommend all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm.  During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register.  Registration is also available online, click here.

•         The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday – Saturday.

•         We will provide messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak where to find support if you need it.

•         Finally, regarding our emergency preparedness for handling possible disruption from COVID-19, we can provide you information at this time of need.

Please read program details here: https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx

Fundraising Drive for Sanitizing Solution/hand Sanitizer

The outbreak of COVID-19 has greatly impacted our community, changing daily life in ways no one could have predicted even a month ago. Many items we once took for granted are now scarce—chief among these simple sanitizing solution/hand sanitizer.

Brian Roan, a north College Park resident started a local distillery, called Shmidt Spirits (http://www.shmidtspirits.com/) recently, and now is attempting to help to ease this scarcity by producing hand sanitizer at their distillery in Beltsville, MD. While Brian and his team are currently in the midst of producing sanitizer for sale, they would love to be able to produce a batch that is available to residents of the College Park area regardless of their ability to pay.
The $10,000 they are asking for will cover the production of 2,000 4-ounce spray bottles of hand sanitizer, which we are producing in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) guidance. These bottles would be free to any families who need them, the cost of their products having been fully covered by this fundraiser.

The money they are asking for goes toward helping us buy the materials needed to produce the sanitizer, the packaging, and to cover our overhead in production, not to mention helping to seed production of future batches.

Please consider supporting the production of the much-needed hand sanitizers for our neighbors during this challenging time. Here is the link to make a contribution: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hand-sanitizer-from-shmidt-spirits

All Special and Bulk Trash Suspended in College Park

College Park’s Department of Public Works is suspending all bulk and special collections until further notice. DPW will continue to collect your regular household trash and recycling as well as your soft yard waste on your regular day.

The announcement is part of last week’s City announcement. Please see it below.
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During this unprecedented time, the City will continue to prepare and monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and evaluate ways to best serve our community while reducing risk of transmission for residents and staff.

For the latest updates and news, please visit collegeparkmd.gov/covid19. This dedicated webpage also features information about local resources and other governmental closures/service modifications.

Effective 5 p.m. March 18, 2020, the City has closed all City buildings–including service windows–to the public until further notice. This includes City Hall (8400 Baltimore Avenue), Davis Hall (9217 51st Avenue), and Youth & Family Services (4912 Nantucket Road). City facilities will not be available for public use or rental. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the safety of our staff and residents is our foremost concern.

The following events, activities and services are suspended until further notice:
Special/Bulk trash and brush collections after March 20;
The Department of Public Works April Cleanup Saturdays;
Issuance of parking permits and animal licenses;
Organized or reserved use of City fields or recreational facilities (in accordance with Governor Hogan’s March 19 Executive Order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people);
All events, Seniors Program activities and community meetings;
All Department of Youth, Family & Services group meetings (including the Lakeland STARs tutoring program, Hispanic Parent Support Group, therapist-led school groups);
Monthly City Board and Committee Meetings; and
Notary services.

The following services and activities will continue:
Police patrols and emergency response;
Regular trash, recycling and yard waste collections (with the exception of special/bulk trash);
Seniors Transportation Services for essential trips (medical appointments or medications which are vital or to purchase items that are essential for subsistence within the next 7-14 days only);
Compost deliveries; and
Parking enforcement.

The following services and activities will be modified until further notice:
Mayor and Council meetings are now held virtually. Visit the City’s website at www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19 for the updated link and call-in number to watch or provide public comment during the meeting;
Only external property Code compliance and inspections will be conducted; and
Only external patrols and service for City Animal Control will be conducted.

The following services can be conducted online, via email and/or by phone (contact information below):
Compost and wood mulch purchases and scheduling of delivery;
Meetings/consultations with City staff;
Department of Youth, Family & Senior Services case management and client meetings; and
Application and processing for City building permits, variance and departures, homeownership grants, Business Assistance grants, and chain-link fence grants.a

The following services can be conducted online or via the phone (240-487-3509) with a credit card:
Parking ticket payments
Personal property tax payments
Refuse collection payments
Payment for speed camera citations
CDMA and liquor license payments
Occupancy permit payments (phone only)
Building permit payments (phone only)
Municipal infractions (phone only)

Only credit card transactions and checks arriving by mail can be processed at this time. No cash transactions can be processed until further notice. For any finance related questions including payment questions, please email finance@collegeparkmd.gov or call 240-487-3509.

City staff in all departments will continue to process and respond to postal mail, email, and phone calls. ­Please see the contact information below for each department.
City Manager’s Office: 240-487-3501, citymanager@collegeparkmd.gov
City Clerk’s Office: 240-487-3501, cityclerk@collegeparkmd.gov
Department of Finance: 240-487-3509, finance@collegeparkmd.gov
Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development: 240-487-3538, planning@collegeparkmd.gov
Department of Public Services: 240-487-3570, publicservices@collegeparkmd.gov
Department of Public Works & Engineering: 240-487-3590, publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov
Department of Youth & Family Services: 240-487-3550, families@collegeparkmd.gov
Seniors Program: 301-345-8100, seniors@collegeparkmd.gov

CP Food Bank Volunteers Needed Today Sat 3/21

Want to help out your neighbors? Volunteer to help the College Park Community Food Bank TODAY, Saturday, 3/21. We need help directing traffic or handing bags of groceries to recipients via drive thru. We’re streamlining our food distribution this Saturday to keep volunteers and recipients safe from covid-19. We will probably ask volunteers to show up at 8:00am or 8:30am. Distribution lasts until 11am or sometimes a little later.

If you can help (particularly in the early part of the morning), please go to http://www.collegeparkfoodbank.com and click Contact Us to volunteer. Thanks!

Coronavirus: All Maryland Malls, Entertainment Venues to Close today at 5 p.m.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan just ordered that all Maryland malls and entertainment venues would be closed at 5 p.m. today, the latest in a series of steps area officials have taken in response to the novel coronavirus that has swept the nation in the past few months.

He said, the number of Maryland residents testing positive for the virus increased 88 percent over the last 48 hours to a total of 107 people, including a five-year-old girl.

Additionally, he said that the Maryland Department of Transportation will immediately restrict access to the terminal at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to ticketed passengers and badged airport employees only. Exceptions will be made for visitors that are visiting disabled passengers.

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