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GreenPlay Report Adopted, without Comments from Council

At last night’s City Council meeting, the Council adopted the GreenPlay report “as-is”. An amendment motion (by Kabir, Mackie) was made to accept the report with 3 comments was defeated by 2-4. Kabir, Mackie supported the amendment, whereas Kennedy, Rigg, Day, and Dennis opposed it. Then the Council voted to support the main motion (by […]

Wednesday October 28th, 2020 in Council | No Comments »

Council to Weigh in on Supreme Court Case Fulton vs. Philadelphia

At next Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the College Park City Council will consider taking a position on the Supreme Court case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case, which will be heard by the Court in the fall, concerns whether Philadelphia is required to continue to contract with a private, faith-based foster care agency, […]

Friday August 7th, 2020 in Council | 3 Comments »

City Mulls Declaring Juneteenth a City Holiday

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the US. Activities on such a holiday could be planned to engage the entire community in learning and celebrating the strength and resilience of the African American people and to promote the well-being of the African-American community in College Park. Recently, the City […]

Sunday August 2nd, 2020 in Council | Comments Off on City Mulls Declaring Juneteenth a City Holiday

College Park Recognizes Juneteenth National Freedom Day

Recently, I’ve asked the City Council to adopt a resolution in support of the Junetheenth celebration. At this evening’s City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council made a proclamation expressing support for the celebration of Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Because of the summer schedule, the Mayor and Council didn’t have Council meetings for the past […]

Tuesday July 7th, 2020 in Announcements, Council | Comments Off on College Park Recognizes Juneteenth National Freedom Day

City to Support Bill Asking for Federal Support for Local Municipalities

At this week’s City Council meeting, the Council will consider adopting a resolution in support of the bill H.R. 6175, The REHAB Act – for a fair, direct, federal emergency support to reopen and rebuild local emergency support to reopen and rebuild local American economies. The REhab act would provide federal tax incentives for affordable […]

Sunday May 24th, 2020 in Announcements, Council | Comments Off on City to Support Bill Asking for Federal Support for Local Municipalities

District 1 Council Bulletin: Time to Give Your Input about the New City Budget

Dear neighbors, At tomorrow’s Council meeting, you’ll get an opportunity, to speak before the Council about the new fiscal year’s (FY2021) budget. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic effect, many of you have concerns about City’s financial situation. Please read below more about the proposed budget. Also, please review this past weekend’s budget town hall […]

Monday May 11th, 2020 in Council | Comments Off on District 1 Council Bulletin: Time to Give Your Input about the New City Budget

Council to Discuss Artificial Turf Option in Duvall Field

During the visioning process to determine future Duvall Field improvements, there was a lot of discussion about whether natural grass or synthetic turf should be used as a playing surface. There were proponents and opponents of both types of surfaces. The City’s consultant, GreenPlay, LLC recommended synthetic turf as the best type of athletic field […]

Saturday November 30th, 2019 in Council, Development, Duvall Field | Comments Off on Council to Discuss Artificial Turf Option in Duvall Field

The Municipal Scene Goes Completely Digital

Starting this month, City’s Municipal Scene will go completely digital. This means that the new Municipal Scene is now an HTML based digital magazine. At a recent worksession, I brought up the idea of converting the Scene from the pdf format to the HTML based web page format, in order to make it significantly more […]

Sunday June 9th, 2019 in Council, News | Comments Off on The Municipal Scene Goes Completely Digital

Illegal Dumping May Cost More in College Park

At this week’s Council meeting, the City Council will vote on a proposal to increase the fine for the initial and each subsequent violation of illegal dumping to $1,000. The Council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance 19-O-07 enabling the proposed change, earlier on the meeting night. Currently, the fines for the initial violation is $50, […]

Sunday March 24th, 2019 in Council | Comments Off on Illegal Dumping May Cost More in College Park

Council May Change Certain Noise Code

At the Council Worksession on December 4, 2018, the Mayor and Council discussed legislation in other jurisdictions, such as Baltimore County, Maryland, Arlington County Virginia, and Prince George’s County that is used to control noise in their communities. In response to the Council discussions, Staff is proposing the following changes to our noise code: (i) […]

Monday March 4th, 2019 in Council | Comments Off on Council May Change Certain Noise Code

Some City Committees May be Disbanded, Merged

At next week’s meeting, the City Council will review recommendations submitted by the Committee on Committees (COC). The City Council created the ad hoc committee, the Committee on Committees (COC) to review each of the City’s boards and committees. The COC is recommending the following changes to some of the committees: (a) Advisory Planning Commission […]

Sunday September 30th, 2018 in Council | Comments Off on Some City Committees May be Disbanded, Merged

Council Duscusses Improving Quality of Life Issues with Public Safety Group

The Council reviewed and discussed the Public Safety Operations Group (PSOG) project status report and consider additional initiatives. The PSOG includes the College Park City University Partnership (CPCUP) Public Safety Sub-Committee, City Multi-Agency Service Team (CMAST), Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Work Group (NSQoLWG), Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee (NQoL), One College Park Coalition, […]

Wednesday September 19th, 2018 in Council | Comments Off on Council Duscusses Improving Quality of Life Issues with Public Safety Group

City Plans to Partner with Non-Profit to Bring More Amenities to Seniors

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will receive a presentation from City’s Seniors; Committee, which has been charged to make the seniors feel welcome in the City by providing more services to them. Since it was formed, the committee worked on ideas of how to provide these services. The committee also collected demographic data about where […]

Monday March 5th, 2018 in Announcements, Council | Comments Off on City Plans to Partner with Non-Profit to Bring More Amenities to Seniors

Tonight’s Proposed Charter Amendment – Summary of Voting Requirements

The City has recently published the summary of voting requirements if the proposed Charter amendments pass tonight.  Under the proposed Charter amendments, the following votes are required to take various actions. The general rule is that, unless specifically provided otherwise by law, the Mayor votes only in the case of a tie The general rule is […]

Tuesday February 27th, 2018 in Council | Comments Off on Tonight’s Proposed Charter Amendment – Summary of Voting Requirements

New Charter Amendment May Give Mayor Additional Voting Power

According to the latest Council packet, Council may consider introducing one of the two draft amendments at this week’s meeting. One version will allow the mayor to vote in specific circumstances (assessments, moving money, and charter amendments), regardless if there is a tie vote. The other option does not extend the mayor’s right to vote […]

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Sunday January 21st, 2018 in Council | Comments Off on New Charter Amendment May Give Mayor Additional Voting Power