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City May Support MD Bill to Prevent Intersection Blocking

College Park City Council will consider approving a resolution supporting this bill (HB 237) at next week’s Council meeting. If passed, the new law will help prevent blocking busy intersections on our streets. One place we can potentially use the law is at the Rt 1 and Edgewood Rd intersection. We have many complaints from […]

Friday February 24th, 2017 in Council | No Comments »

Council to Adopt Ordinance Regulating Communications Infrastructure in City’s Rights-of-Way

Next week, the City Council will consider a resolution about “Wireless Facilities And Support Structures” and “Fees and Penalties” to regulate deployment and installation of wireless facilities and support structures in the city rights-of-way and to require a permit and set a fee. The cities of Bowie, Gaithersburg and Baltimore have adopted ordinances, some zoning […]

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 in Council | No Comments »

City Mulls to Raise Employee Salaries

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council heard a presentation on the employee compensation and classification study. City recruited a management consultant firm called Management Advisory Group International to conduct a study of city employee compensation and classification. As part of the study information about the job duties of every employee’s job duties was […]

Thursday January 19th, 2017 in Council | No Comments »

Council to Review of the City’s Emergency Operations Plan

At next week’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss City’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), which provides guidance to City staff and elected officials for emergency incident preparation, response, and recovery / remediation. The EOP has been revised time to time since it was developed the annual snow removal plan.  The City first implemented an […]

Sunday January 1st, 2017 in Council | No Comments »

Council to Review Progress on City’s Strategic Plan

At the next Council meeting, the Council will receive a presentation on the status of the City’s strategic plan action items. The City Council adopted the 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan in August 2015. In addition to the City Vision, Mission, and Values, the plan contains six goals: One College Park, Environmental Sustainability, High Quality […]

Saturday October 8th, 2016 in Council | 1 Comment »

City Looks to Support UMD’s BitCamp Hackathon

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss whether or how to support the annual BitCamp “Hackathon” event (https://bitca.mp/). The BitCamp is an annual app development competition, at University of Maryland. The teams at Bitcamp develop apps and submit them for prizes. If the Council decides to participate, it will discuss the following: 1) […]

Tuesday March 1st, 2016 in Council, Technology | No Comments »

New Council to Swear-In Tonight

Tonight, a new City Council will swearing-in for the 2016-2017 Council session. Congratulations to our new Mayor (and my District 1 colleague) Mr. Wojahn, returning council members Christine Nagle, Mary Cook and new Council member Dustyn Kuwava. Also, my sincere thanks to outgoing Council members Denise Mitchell, Alan Hew and former Mayor Andrew Fellow. Here […]

Monday December 7th, 2015 in Council | No Comments »

Council Internship Funds for Community Projects

Often time, Council members have good ideas that they need help additional help in doing more research or carrying out those ideas. In the current 2016 budget, I asked for a small amount ($5000) put aside for internship funds. The idea was to allow Council members use this fund to recruit interns , who can […]

Saturday August 1st, 2015 in Council | No Comments »

Council to Consider Options on Future Communications with the Loss of Gazette

After the Gazette announced its decision to discontinue publication on June 12, 2015, I asked to have a worksession to discuss exploring other ways to disseminate information to its residents. The city currently has budgeted about $1,562 per issue to distribute the Municipal Scene through the Gazette, and pursuing other options will likely cost significantly […]

Tuesday July 7th, 2015 in Council | No Comments »

Council to Discuss New Community Garden in College Park

As part of the City’s participation in the Sustainable Maryland Certified Program, the Council approved a sustainability plan that included the creation of a community garden as one of our priority actions. Recent survey results have shown sufficient interest to indicate that a community garden will be successful in the City. A potential site has […]

Tuesday April 21st, 2015 in Council | No Comments »

Council to Consider Allowing 16 and 17 Yrs Olds to Vote in City Elections

At tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will consider a proposal to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in City elections. Recently Takoma Park and Hyattsville have passed laws allowing 16 and 17 years olds to vote. They are the only two cities in the entire country that have passed such laws. Some other countries, such […]

Monday March 2nd, 2015 in Council | No Comments »

Council Discusses College Park Flag

After last year’s Maryland Municipal League summer conference, Councilmember Dennis, who was the City’s flag-bearer, suggested it might be time to get new flags. At Last night’s Council meeting, the Council discussed purchasing a lighter-weight, nylon version of the existing flag (black and gold logo) however deferred the consideration of a new flag design at […]

Wednesday January 7th, 2015 in Council | No Comments »

Council Narrows Down Options on Future Home of City Hall

In last night’s worksession, the City Council discussed the location for a new City Hall and to proceed with the design of the project. Options available to the City include 1) continue “as-is” with the current City Hall expansion plan; 2) reconsider a previous plan to build an additional building on the City Hall site […]

Thursday August 7th, 2014 in Council | No Comments »

City Council Asks SHA to Improve Pedestrian Safety on Route 1

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed a number of ideas to improve the pedestrian safety on Route 1, especially in light of last weekend’s tragic accident at the Knox Road intersection. Here is the text of that letter we decided to send to the SHA. April 15, 2014 Ms. Melinda B. Peters, […]

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 in Council, Route 1 | No Comments »

Council to Expand Neighborhood Stabilization Committee

In this Tuesday’s Worksession, the City Council will discuss a proposal to expand the Neighborhood Stabilization Committee. The the Mayor and Council formed the Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Work Group by Resolution 12-R-18 in 2012 to engage with various stakeholders, including the University of Maryland, City residents, University of Maryland students, public safety […]

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Sunday February 2nd, 2014 in Council | No Comments »