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Council to Adopt new 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

At last week’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed the final draft of the 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan and the path forward as we transition to execution. The plan was developed using inputs from community and stakeholder focus groups, as well as community and staff surveys to identify the wants and needs expressed. The […]

Friday January 22nd, 2021 in Announcements, City Council | No Comments »

Another School Facilities Surcharge Waiver Request – This Time from the Hub Student Housing

The proposed student housing project “The Hub” at 4210-4220 Knox Road has requested the City to make a recommendation to the Prince George’s County Council that The Hub student housing project be exempted from the imposition of the school facilities surcharge. The County imposes a school facilities surcharge on new residential development. Housing for the […]

Tuesday January 19th, 2021 in City Council, Development | No Comments »

A Prosperous 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many changes and challenges to the lives of our neighbors. That said, I wish you and your families for a prosperous new year in 2021. In North College Park, we hope to see some of the ongoing projects getting completed in the new year. After many years of delays, […]

Monday January 4th, 2021 in City Council | No Comments »

City to Ask an Executive Firm to Help Search New City Manager

Our current City Manager, Scott Somers has resigned effective tomorrow, Wednesday, 12/23/20. Staff published an RFP (Request for Proposal) for executive search services and received eight proposals. Staff and the Mayor and City Council reviewed the proposals and selected four finalists. After interviewing and discussing the four finalists, Baker Tilly US, LLP of Tysons, Virginia […]

Tuesday December 22nd, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on City to Ask an Executive Firm to Help Search New City Manager

Goodbye Councilmember Brennan, Welcome Councilmember Esters

At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, Councilmember Llatetra Brown Esters will swear-in as the new District 2 Councilmember. For the past two years, Ms. Esters has represented District 2 on the College Park Advisory Planning Commission (APC). She has also served as an Election Judge in Precinct 21001 at Paint Branch Elementary School. Over the last […]

Monday December 7th, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on Goodbye Councilmember Brennan, Welcome Councilmember Esters

Council to Review City’s Sustainability Plan

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will get an update from staff about the City Operations Sustainability Plan. The City developed this plan back on October 28, 2015. The purpose of the plan is to reduce the environmental impact of City operations, create a healthier work environment, improve the community’s quality of life, and position College […]

Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Review City’s Sustainability Plan

GreenPlay Recreation Report Gets Some Revisions, but Could be Even Better. What’s Next?

The GreenPlay consultant has made some edits to City’s report in the latest version. The latest version reflects edits suggested at the last Council meeting to pages 59 and 69 of the report. Language suggesting that the City does not need a community center has been removed from the “Findings Section” on page 59 and […]

Tuesday October 27th, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on GreenPlay Recreation Report Gets Some Revisions, but Could be Even Better. What’s Next?

Council Makes it Easy for Residents to Run in City Elections

At last night’s meeting, the City Council amended Article III, “Mayor and Council”, §C3-1, “Membership; Election; Term of Office”, to delete the requirement that a candidate for City elected office to be a registered voter for at least one year prior to the election and to substitute the requirement that a candidate shall have been […]

Wednesday October 14th, 2020 in City Council, Election | Comments Off on Council Makes it Easy for Residents to Run in City Elections

Council to Make Changes to City Seal

As part of the construction of the new City Hall, the City Hall architect, Design Collective, is recommending that the City Seal be updated with cleaner lines. During project discussions on this issue, it was noted that the chapel on the City Seal has a cross, but the non-denominational chapel at the University of Maryland […]

Tuesday October 6th, 2020 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on Council to Make Changes to City Seal

Council Appoints Members to City’s Advisory Boards

Back in November 2019. The City Council decided to set consistent membership terms and appoint or reappoint all members to advisory boards at one time and appoint or reappoint all members to advisory boards at one time. The City solicited applications for board vacancies and the Mayor and Council twice extended the application period to […]

Thursday October 1st, 2020 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on Council Appoints Members to City’s Advisory Boards

In Next Five Years, What do you Want to See in College Park?

The City Council will meet tomorrow, at a special worksession to discuss “5-year objective planning”. This Strategic Plan Worksession will focus on learning a methodology called Objectives and Key Results that is shown to help organizations stay focused and aligned on their strategic plans and creating the high-level Objectives and Key Results for the five-year […]

Monday September 28th, 2020 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on In Next Five Years, What do you Want to See in College Park?

Council Mulls to Change Requirements for Running at the City Election

The Council will discuss the Charter resolution 20-CR-02, to amend Article III, “Mayor and Council”, §C3-1, “Membership; Election; Term of Office”, to delete the requirement that a candidate for City elected office to be a registered voter for at least one year prior to the election and to substitute the requirement that a candidate shall […]

Tuesday September 1st, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on Council Mulls to Change Requirements for Running at the City Election

Council to Consider Continuing to Support City’s New Newspaper

The City contracted with the College Park’s new newspaper “College Park Here and Now” for an initial five-month term for four pages of advertising space in each edition to place City announcements, Council actions, and information about upcoming City activities. As a community newspaper, the total advertising space cannot exceed 50 percent of the newspaper […]

Sunday August 9th, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Consider Continuing to Support City’s New Newspaper

Few Applied for City’s COVID Grants, Council Mulls Relaxing Rules

As of yesterday, less than 5% of City’s COVID grant money went to qualified businesses and City residents. Since the City announced the COVID-19 grant programs, $59,291.71 was awarded to 43 small businesses through the Small Business Assistance Grants program. A total of $11,051.75 was given to 23 City residents and families through the Individual […]

Saturday August 8th, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on Few Applied for City’s COVID Grants, Council Mulls Relaxing Rules

Council to Discuss Senior and Community Recreation Needs Assessment Survey Responses

Early last year, the City Council decided to do a study on the comprehensive recreational/activities and program space needs assessment. The purpose of this study was to gather community feedback on The City of College Park’s facilities, trails, amenities, programs, future planning, communication, and more. Furthermore, there was a need to assess senior program offerings […]

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Monday August 3rd, 2020 in City Council, Community | Comments Off on Council to Discuss Senior and Community Recreation Needs Assessment Survey Responses