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Council to Discuss Residents Shuttle Bus Service

At tonight’s Council worksession, we will discuss a proposal from Mayor Pro Tem Mitchell and me for a commuter bus shuttle for residents of College Park Woods and north College Park. Two requests for shuttle bus service were included in the FY16 Mayor & Council Wish List. Both of these requests were tabled during the […]

Tuesday July 14th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Weigh in UMD’s Proposal for Alcohol Sales at Sporting Events

At tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss and possibly take a position on the University of Maryland’s proposal to sell alcohol sales at sporting events. The plan calls for university dining services to begin beer and wine sales at athletic venues, including 54,000-seat Byrd Stadium and the 17,950-seat Xfinity Center. The SGA, the Graduate […]

City to Express Disappointment about Undergrounding on Route 1

Here is the letter on the Rt. 1 undergrounding we’ll consider approving at tomorrow’s meeting. We’re truly disappointed that the undergrounding is not going to happen after spending $150,000 of our residents’ tax dollars ————————————– Douglas H.Simmons Acting Administrator State Highway Administrator 707 North Calvert Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Re: Reconstruction of US 1 Dear […]

Monday June 8th, 2015 in City Council, Route 1 | 2 Comments »

City to Award Grants to College Park’s Community Groups

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider awarding grants to a number of community organizations serving College Park’s residents. The FY2015 adopted operating budget provides $20,000 in funding for community services grants, limited to $2,500 per organization.  Grant applications were e-mailed to previous recipient organizations on April 21 and were advertised on the City’s […]

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Discuss City’s Network Software Sysems

At next Tuesday’s worksession, the City Council will review City’s network software systems that is used by the Finance, Human Resources, Public Services and Public Works departments. Our network software is provided by SunGard Public Sector (formerly known as HTE) and was installed and implemented in early 1999, following a 1998 RFP process. Most applications […]

Sunday May 17th, 2015 in City Council | 4 Comments »

University Proposes to Build Child Care Center at Calvert Rd Site

Carlo Colella, Vice President of Administrative Affairs at the University of Maryland, came to last Tuesday’s City Council meeting to make a presentation about possible use of the city’s Calvert Road facility as a site for day care available to UMD staff and College Park residents. The city has owned this property for about 20 […]

Thursday May 14th, 2015 in City Council, University of Maryland | No Comments »

Council Asks Camden Management to Discuss Residents’ Concerns

Recently, we met with a group of residents from the Camden apartment to discuss a number of issues the residents have been facing over several months. At last night’s meeting, the City Council sent a letter to the Camden management inviting them to a future Council worksession. Please see below that letter. Mr. Richard Key […]

Wednesday March 11th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

City Seeks Comments On 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

The City Council and staff have been working with The Novak Consulting Group to develop a new five-year strategic plan.  Some of you may have participated in the focus groups or survey for the environmental scan , which identifies College Park’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities. The City Council has approved a draft 2020 Strategic Plan Framework, and would […]

Thursday March 5th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Support Ethics Bill on Financial Disclosure

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will consider approving a letter of support for HB 584, Ethics Law- Financial Disclosure Statement by Elected Local Officials of a Municipal Corporation – Confidential Information. Legislation enacted by the Maryland General Assembly in 2010 requires local ethics ordinances to be at least as stringent as state law. […]

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Weigh In Referendum Requirements for Charter Amendments

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will consider approving a letter of support for HB 682, Municipalities- Charter Amendments -Referendum and Signatures Required for Petitions. HB 682 would allow the City Council to submit to the voters a proposed charter amendment for a binding vote; and would allow the Council to lower from 20% […]

Monday February 23rd, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

City to Start Searching for a New City Manager

Our current City Manager Joe Nagro will be retiring at the end of June, 2015. The City has published and distributed a Request for Bids to hire an Executive Search Consultant. All bids are due to the Director of Finance by 2:00p.m. this Friday. The Mayor and Council must decide on a process to select […]

Tuesday February 17th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

City May Spend $1 million More to Join State Pension Plan

At last Tuesday’s work session, the Council discussed and approved the spending of upto $1 million more to join the State pension plan. If you can remember, back in July 1 last year, the City joined the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (MSRP) as participants in the Reformed Contributory Pension Plan. Some of my […]

Friday January 23rd, 2015 in City Council | 1 Comment »

Hyattsville Lowers Voting Age to 16. Should College Park Do the Same?

Recently, Hyattsville voted to lower their voting age to 16, in order to “help young people develop habits of civic engagement that can last a lifetime”. I recently received a request from one of my residents with a request to lower the voting age in College Park as well. Here are his talking points. Please […]

Friday January 16th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

City Manager Announces Retirement

At last night’s Council meeting, our City Manager Joe Nagro announced his retirement after 25 years of service in the City. The City will soon start an executive search to find a new City manager. Mr.Nagro’s last day in office will be June 30, this year. Here is Joe’s bio on our website: Mr. Nagro […]

Wednesday January 14th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Poised to Extend Bond Bill for City Hall Construction

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will vote to extend the bond bill for the City Hall construction by at least one year. Last week, our staff told us that the City cannot meet the deadline to obligate the $400,000 bond money because the City wanted to explore the possibility of a City Hall […]

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Tuesday January 13th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »