Category: Council

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 […]

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

Council to Discuss How to Run 2014 Farmers Markets

In tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss how to run City’s two farmers’ markets. On November 19,2013 the Farmers Market Committee and staff presented their evaluation of the 2013 downtown Farmers Market and recommendations for the 2014 season. Since the previous market management firm KSM withdrew from consideration for the 2014 season’s management role, […]

Monday January 6th, 2014 in Council, Farmer's Market | No Comments »

Council Sets its 2014 Schedule

As you know the Council is currently in recess and will be back on January 7 next year. Before it went to recess, the Council voted on the meeting schedule for the next year, to conduct worksessions on the first and third Tuesdays of every month and regular Council meetings on the second and fourth […]

Sunday December 22nd, 2013 in Council | No Comments »

Congratulations, Jerry Anzulovic!

In last night’s Council meeting, the Council awarded the newly formed Jack Perry award to Berwyn resident Jerry Anzulovic for his outstanding contribution to the community. The Mayor and Council created the Jack Perry Award on February 26, 2013, and formed the Jack Perry Award Committee which consisted of Jack’s son Sean Perry, Councilman Bob Catlin […]

Wednesday November 27th, 2013 in Community, Council | No Comments »

Council to Discuss Monument Realty Development in North College Park

Tomorrow is our election day, so we’ll be having this week’s Council worksession on Wednesday. One of the major discussion we’ll be having is about the Monument development located at 9122-9128 Baltimore Avenue. Several years after prior development efforts failed to materialize, this mixed-use project is moving ahead with a new developer, Monument Realty, and […]

Monday November 4th, 2013 in Council, Development, Monument development | 8 Comments »

Council Opposes Speed Camera Bill

In last night’s Council meeting, the City Council  approved a motion opposing State Bill that seeks changes how a municipality would operated speed cameras in its jurisdiction areas. This bill (HB 929 – MOTOR VEHICLES – SPEED MONITORING SYSTEMS – LOCAL JURISDICTIONS) , currently under consideration by the Maryland House of Delegates, originally provided only that a “duly authorized officer” […]

Wednesday March 27th, 2013 in Council, Public Safety, Traffic | No Comments »

A New Logo and Slogan for College Park

City’s marketing plan consultant idFive came to last week’s Council work session and presented four brand concept proposals and asked which, if any, of the those the City should pursue. idFive may solicit more opinions from other focus groups in the city to make a final decision. For the past several months, idfive asked more […]

Tuesday November 13th, 2012 in Council | 5 Comments »

Rent Control Public Hearing

Some 55 residents packed up the Council chamber yesterday to talk about the rent stabilization ordinances at last night’s public hearing. I tried to compile their testimonies here. The Council will vote on the ordinance tonight. Ms. Lea Callahan. Owns a business for downtown town College Park business. Se often gets disturbed by the noise caused by the students. PGPOA […]

Tuesday July 10th, 2012 in Council, Rent Control | No Comments »

City to Spend $1M on Davis Hall Improvement

At tonight’s regular meeting, the Council will introduce an ordinance to amend FY 2012 budget to fund public works modular building replacement and City Hall expansion. In FY2011, the City had an undesignated surplus of $1,405,053. We have previously identified the need for capital project funding for the Public Works Facility modular building replacement and […]

Tuesday April 24th, 2012 in Council, Davis Hall | No Comments »

Council to Amend Ethics Rules for City Officials

In tonight’s meeting, the Council will introduce an ordinance enacting a new ethics code to comply with State mandated requirements. The State Ethics Commission has recently reviewed the City’s ordinance. The City’s ethics rules allow City employees or elected officials to receive gifts of tickets or free admission to attend a charitable, cultural or political […]

Tuesday March 13th, 2012 in Council | No Comments »

Book Exchange Development – What Do You Think?

In last week’s work session, the developer of the Maryland Book Exchange development briefly presented a new drawing of a proposed development with a 4 stories step-down in the back of the building (facing Yale avenue). The planning staff is however saying that the step back changes are not sufficient, since the Route 1 sector […]

Tuesday January 10th, 2012 in Book Exchange, Council, Development | No Comments »

Book Exchange Development Scales Back – But Is This Enough?

The developer who recently purchased the Maryland Book Exchange property in downtown College Park came to the Council last fall requesting our approval of a proposed mixed-use development, with five stories of residential properties on top of one story of retail and parking.  The Council recommended disapproval of the project (by a vote of 6-1-1) […]

Tuesday January 3rd, 2012 in Book Exchange, Council, Development | No Comments »

Constituent Services

Last night a new Council took office. That means, like everyone else on the council, today is our first day  at the office. I’d like to thank the residents for giving me the opportunity to serve the residents of District 1. It really means a lot. I do value the trust that they have put into […]

Wednesday December 14th, 2011 in Council | No Comments »

I’m Humbled!

The numbers are finally in. It was probably the longest two hours in my life. Yesterday afternoon, my son and I joined the ballot counting session at the City Hall. After several counts and recounts, the Board of Election Supervisors finally made the results official: “Kabir wins District 1.” The final counts are Kabir 306 […]

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Thursday November 10th, 2011 in Council | 3 Comments »