Category: City Council

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 […]

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

Toothless and Unnecessary – City Council Nixes Controversial Rights Bill

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to postpone indefinitely the proposed Human Rights bill. This means the bill was put to rest unless someone in the Council strongly desires to bring it back. The City Council  discussed the proposed bill in three Council worksessions. While we added quite a few provisions […]

Wednesday July 16th, 2014 in City Council | 6 Comments »

Council to Vote on Contractor Non-Discrimination Ordinance

At next Tuesday’s regular meeting, the City Council will vote on a bill requiring City contractors comply with a set of policies on benefits they offer to their company employees. These policies mainly cover non-discrimination based on various identities, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or […]

Sunday July 13th, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Ask SHA to Improve Pedestrian and Biker Safety on Greenbelt Road

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will send a letter to the State Highway Administrator (SHA) to ensure safety of pedestrians and bikers during their reconstruction work on Greenbelt Road (MD 430). Please click here to see a map of the proposed design here. Last week, a representative from the Maryland State Highway Administration […]

Tuesday February 25th, 2014 in City Council, Development | 1 Comment »

Council to Review Feedback from City’s Senior Citizens

For the third year in a row, the Youth, Family and Seniors staff has run surveys among both in Attick Towers and Spellman House residents. These surveys were run during May / June of 2013. Survey Distribution: The survey form is first provided to Attick Towers and Spellman House management and then delivered to the […]

Sunday February 16th, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Discuss College Park’s IT Infrastructure

At next Tuesday’s worksession, the Council will discuss the IT services and infrastructures, primarily used by the City government at the City Hall and elsewhere. The IT staff will be present at the meeting to address some concerns expressed during Council comments by explaining some of the procedures they follow in IT. Green Initiatives Staff […]

Saturday February 15th, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Votes to Lower Minimum Age Eligibility for City Election Candidates

In last night’s meeting, the City Council voted to lower the minimum age to run as Council member and Mayor to 18. Previously, the minimum ages were 21 and 25 respectively. Several residents came to last night to speak at the hearing on this matter before the Council took a vote on it. I want […]

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Wednesday February 12th, 2014 in City Council | No Comments »