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City Council Meetings are Going Online

Due to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future City Council meetings are moving online. Residents will be able to call in and provide comments before the COuncil votes. Please read more about this and other updates in the following update the City issued yesterday.

The City of College Park continues to prepare for and monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The City is following Centers for Disease Control and state and county health departments guidance. As a reminder, the CDC recommends that the general public continue to practice everyday actions (like washing hands often and staying home if sick) to prevent illness. For a full list of those actions, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Many City services like ticket payments, permits, applications, scheduling of special trash collections, ordering of compost, and more can be done via our website
(www.collegeparkmd.gov) or via phone (240-487-3500). We encourage our residents to utilize those resources prior to visiting any City facility.

To reduce the risk of transmission to our residents and staff, the City has directed eligible employees to telework, if reasonable, and has consolidated or suspended services that require direct interactions including in-home consultations, inspections, and in-person meetings. City Mayor and Council meetings will be held virtually starting March 17, 2020 until further notice (noted below).

Due to this continually evolving and unprecedented situation, and to adhere to the latest executive orders from Governor Larry Hogan, the City is announcing further changes to its services and activities. The safety of our residents and staff are our foremost concern.

We regret to announce the cancellation or suspension of the following events, activities and services until further notice:
All events, Seniors Program activities and community meetings;
All Department of Youth, Family & Services group meetings (including the Lakeland STARs tutoring program, Hispanic Parent Support Group, therapist-led school groups);
Public use of City facilities (including rentals);
Monthly City Board and Committee Meetings;
Notary services; and
Department of Youth, Family & Senior Services client meetings/sessions.

The following services and activities will be modified until further notice:
Mayor and Council meetings will now be held virtually. Residents can watch or participate in the meetings via WebEx by downloading the app. The City will provide the link, meeting number and password to participate via the City’s website and social media. A call-in number will also be provided and made available.
All City buildings will be closed to the public with the exception of the windows at City Hall (8400 Baltimore Avenue Suites #375 and #340) and at Davis Hall during normal business hours only;
All in-person meetings/consultations will be decided on a case by case basis, done via telephone or postponed;
City fields and recreational facilities are open, however all gatherings, games, and sporting events must be kept to under 50 people per the Governor’s executive order;
Only external property Code compliance and inspections will be conducted; and
Only external patrols and service for City Animal Control will be conducted.

As of now, the following services and activities will continue and not be disrupted:
Police patrols and emergency response;
Regular trash, recycling, bulk trash, and yard waste collections;
Compost pickup and deliveries;
Seniors Transportation Services for essential trips (medical appointments or medication which are vital or to purchase items that are essential for subsistence within the next 7-14 days grocery or medical trips only);
Application submission and processing for City building permits, variance and departures, homeownership grants, Business Assistance grants, and chain-link fence grants;
Parking enforcement; and
Department of Public Works April Cleanup Saturdays.

The state and county have initiated measures to help school-aged children and seniors in need access food during this difficult time. For information and locations for food distribution to children while schools are closed, please visit www.pgcps.org/Inside-PGCPS/2019-2020/Student-Meals-Available-During-COVID-19-Closures or mdsummermeals.org.

For food delivery information for seniors who typically receive meals at DFS Nutrition sites, please visit the Prince George’s County Nutrition Services website at www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1723/Nutrition-Services or call 301-265-8475. Seniors can also contact the College Park Meals on Wheels (301-474-1002 or mowcp.yolasite.com) or Neighbors Helping Neighbors (301-222-3434 or www.nhn-cp.org) to request services or volunteer. The College Park Community Food Bank will be open for food distribution on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. until noon; for more information visit www.collegeparkfoodbank.com.

As the situation continues to evolve, the City will continue to update the public as necessary. Please visit the City’s website (www.collegeparkmd.gov), sign up for the City’s emails (www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect) and follow the City’s Facebook (www.fb.com/collegeparkmd) and Twitter (@collegepark_md) for the latest and most up-to-date City news and information.

The City would like to remind residents to only share accurate information from the CDC, state or county health departments to reduce misinformation. For the latest and most accurate information about this evolving situation, visit the CDC, state and county health department websites:
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Maryland Department of Health: health.maryland.gov/coronavirus
Prince George’s County Department of Health: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus

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