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City to Form Group Serving Seniors

At the next week’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving a resolution establishing a Seniors Committee. The proposed Seniors Committee will be tasked with the development of a community-based volunteer neighborhood network, evaluation of needed resources for seniors, and identifying legislative priorities relating to the senior community. It’s a great opportunity to serve our […]

Friday December 9th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

City’s Financial Health ‘Sound’ – Auditors Report

At last night’s Council meeting, the SB & Company, the City’s auditors, presented the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY 16, a review of the City’s financial practices. The purpose of the CAFR is to ensure that there is minimal risk of or opportunity for fraud or material misstatement. The auditor found that the […]

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

Youth and Family Services to Get a New Fire Sprinkler System

At the last week’s Council meeting, the City Council approve the purchase of a new fire sprinkler system for the Youth, Family, and Senior services building located at 4912 Nantucket Road. Cost for the system is estimated at $66,840. The previous sprinkler system was more than 15 years old and failed in October 2016. When […]

Sunday November 27th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Revisit Cruz Fence Request

At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, the City Council will consider revisiting a request by the Cruz development in Branchville to erect a fence around their property with the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department. The Council denied the request based on the community’s feedback about a year ago. Here is a bit of history. Back in August 13, […]

Sunday November 13th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

Irregularities t the Hollywood Post Office – How to Respond

Many residents recently have complained again about the irregularities at the College Park / Hollywood Post Office. I brought the issue at last week’s Council worksession. The Council agreed to send a letter to our Congressman about the issues at the post office. We’ll hopefully approve the letter at the next meeting (on Nov 15, 2016) when […]

Thursday November 3rd, 2016 in City Council, Post Office | No Comments »

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 […]

Saturday October 29th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

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 […]

Wednesday October 26th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

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 […]

Wednesday October 19th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

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 […]

Tuesday October 18th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

City to Support College Park Tennis Center

At last night’s Council meeting, the Council decided to approve a $10,000 grant to the Junior Tennis Center (JTCC) in exchange for services in JTCC’s partnership proposal. The proposal states that in exchange for the $10,000 funding JTCC will provide College park residents with: 1) Six free group lessons 2) 25% off membership dues 3) […]

Wednesday October 12th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Agrees to Remove Problematic Trees on Wichita Avenue

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the city Council agreed to remove four trees on Wichita avenue. The original motion was to replace the Zelkov trees on 9700 block of Wichita avenue. The motion was modified later to replace them. The City may plan native trees there or elsewhere after consulting with the residents. Several residents on the block have […]

Thursday September 15th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Mulls Changing ‘Noise Time’ During Weekends and Holidays

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will decide whether to adopt an Ordinance to change to the City Code which would change the hours defined as night time to between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Currently night time is defined as the hours between 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM. […]

Tuesday July 12th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

City to Ask MD Governor Not to Stop Funding for Youth Programs

The Governor’s Office for Children has recently announced that it is not funding the five Youth Services Bureaus in Prince George’s County, two Youth Services Bureaus in Baltimore County and one in Anne Arundel County. The City’s Youth and Family Services program is one of the 20 Youth Service Bureaus in the State; one of […]

Sunday July 3rd, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Mulls Changing 48 hr Parking Rules

According to the current City Code, it’s unlawful for any person to park any automobile or other vehicle on city streets for a continuous period of more than 48 hours at any one time, unless an oral or written permit is obtained. Such permit can be issued only for good cause and for a period […]

Monday June 6th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »

City May Stop Publishing Notices to Newspapers

Back in January, the Council discussed the self-imposed rules in §C8 of the City Charter that require us to advertise public hearings and fair summary notices of ordinances in a newspaper having general circulation in the City. In the past, the Gazette was used for these notices, but since the Gazette folded, the City is […]

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Sunday June 5th, 2016 in City Council | No Comments »