Category: City Council

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 | No Comments »

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 […]

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

2014 in Review and What to Expect in 2015

As another year passes and we embark upon a new one, I thought I would drop a note to share some important events in our neighborhood and my activities as your Councilmember that occurred in 2014. I also want to take this opportunity to ask you how I can be of service to you in […]

Tuesday January 6th, 2015 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Working on 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

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 […]

Monday December 22nd, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »

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 […]

Wednesday December 17th, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »

Power of Listening and How to Empower Residents

After last week’s Council’s City Hall decision against the wishes of residents at the Public hearing, a resident shared this article. I truly believe listening is a much needed virtue, especially for elected folks. I am copying the article below for you to read. Put Down Your Phone (And Become More Powerful) Listening is often […]

Sunday November 30th, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »

Winter Coat Drive – Nov 26 – Dec 14, 2014

The City is collecting reusable winter coats to give out to the less fortunate ones in the community. The drive will run until December 14. You can drop your donations to one of three drop off locations (please see the addresses below). Your donations qualify for tax deductions. Please ask staff at the drop-off site […]

Friday November 28th, 2014 in City Council, Winter Clothing Drive | No Comments »

Council Selects Knox Rd Site to Build a New City Hall

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council selected the current Knox Road site to build a new City Hall there. Before the vote, a number of residents testified and asked the Council to consider delaying the vote so that it can explore all other City Hall site options. One of those sites is the […]

Thursday November 27th, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »

CSX Plans to Build Access Path Across Davis Field Park

At tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss a CSX proposal to build a patch across Davis Field at the end of Kennesaw Street. CSX is saying they want to “reestablish” the access path, which they had years ago through the field. CSX wants to build this access path in the form of a deeded […]

Monday September 1st, 2014 in City Council | 1 Comment »

City Plans to Make Permit Application Forms Online

City’s website has many permit application forms like the one. http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/government/public_services/applications_and_forms.php, Unfortunately it’s not very user friendly to use these forms, as our residents need to download, print, fill out, scan and attach these forms via email. Then they will need to make a separate phone call to make the payment for the application fee. The good […]

Tuesday August 19th, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »

City to install 3rd Flashing Crossing Signal on Rhode Island Avenue

At this week’s Council’s worksesion, the City Council will discuss a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the County about the installation of a 3rd flashing pedestrian crossing signal (RRFB signal) on Rhode Island Avenue near Hollywood Road. Last year, in May, the City entered into an MOU with Prince George’s County for the installation oftwo […]

Monday August 4th, 2014 in City Council, Public Safety | 2 Comments »

Council Introduces Micro-Grant Program to Promote Community Events

In FY 2015 budget, the City Council has established a Community Events Micro Grant Program. The Program will provide financial awards to residents or groups who wish to hold community events such as block parties, picnics, etc. The City Council approved the grant in the last Council worksession. These events are open to communities within […]

Monday July 28th, 2014 in City Council, Community | No Comments »

City, UMD Team Up for a New Live/Work Program

In the last Council meeting, the City Council approved a letter in support of a Community Legacy Grant program at the Department of Housing and Community Development. The program will support the College Park City-University’s proposal to initiate a new Live/Work College Park program. In order for this program to be successful, the College Park […]

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Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 in City Council, University of Maryland | No Comments »