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North College Park Crime Map – February 25 – Mar 4, 2017

Address Type
9700 Blk 52ND AVE Theft
5000 Blk Fox ST Stolen Vehicle
4800 Blk Laguna Rd Breaking & Entering
4800 Blk Fox St Breaking & Entering
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
4700 Blk Blackfoot  Rd Breaking & Entering
10100 Blk Baltimore AVE Theft from auto
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft from auto



Pepco to Give Away 1,150 Free Trees to Residential Customers

Pepco is providing 1,150 free trees to its residential customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting. Starting today, customers can reserve one free tree per household by calling 1-855.670.2771 or visiting www.arborday.org/pepco. Customers should have their Pepco account number handy when ordering the free tree.

The one-gallon, four-foot potted tree will be delivered directly to customers while supplies last. Available tree species include: eastern redbud, northern red oak, crape myrtle, river birch and red maple.

Shade trees can reduce residential cooling costs by as much as 20 percent, while in the winter months trees reduce wind speeds and infiltration of cold air into homes, thereby reducing heating costs. The Arbor Day Foundation calculates that the 1,150 trees are estimated to produce nearly $250,000 in energy savings within 20 years.

Customers should call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. One free call to 811 connects you to Washington D.C.’s One Call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811.

The Energy-Saving Trees online tool assists Pepco customers in finding the most strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings. Customers using the on-line tool can call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help at 1-855-670-2771.

The online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree Software to calculate estimated benefits.
Find additional information about Pepco by visiting www.pepco.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pepcoconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.


Part of Rt 1 will Become One Lane Next Week

Please find below a planned lane closure notice for US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) for next week in College Park. All work is performed weather permitting:

· US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from Campus Drive to Lakeland Road. Roadway joint repair. Single northbound and southbound left lane closures, Weds. 3/8 and Thurs. 3/9 between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Those with questions regarding this work and its associated lane closures should contact Ms. Donna Seiler with our Office of Structures at 410.545.8374 or dseiler@sha.state.md.us .

Please spread the word!


City to Host Public Forum about Leasing the Calvert Road School Site to the University of Maryland


Proposal to Lease the Calvert Road School Site
to the University of Maryland
for a Child Day Care Program and Community Meeting Space

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
2nd Floor Council Chambers
4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740
7:30 p.m.

The College Park City Council will hold a Public Forum on March 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to present the proposed terms for a long-term lease agreement between the City and the University of Maryland for a Child Day Care program at the Calvert Road school building. The lease will also make provision for community meeting space.

On July 5, 2016, University of Maryland representatives Carlo Colella (Vice President for Administration and Finance) and Anne Martens (Assistant Vice President for Administration and Finance) formally presented a concept plan to the College Park City Council for a City-University sponsored Child Day Care Program at the Calvert Road School site, which is owned by the City. The building has been vacant since the Friends Community School ended its lease in 2007.

At a subsequent Worksession on September 6, 2016, representatives from Bright Horizons, which is the child care provider selected by the University of Maryland, met with the Council to discuss their proposal for an employer-sponsored child care program at the Calvert Road site.

On September 20, 2016, the City Council formally authorized staff to begin negotiations with the University of Maryland on the proposal. City staff and University of Maryland representatives have been engaged in these negotiations since last fall. A Public Forum will be held on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. to present the proposed terms reached with the University of Maryland and to answer any questions from the public. In addition, representatives of the University of Maryland and Bright Horizons have been invited to attend and answer questions. The City Council will not be voting on the proposed terms at this meeting.

For more information please contact Janeen S. Miller, City Clerk, at 240-487-3501.


Group Announces 2017 5K Race

The College Park Community Foundation (CPCF) is pleased to announce that registration for the Fourth Annual College Park 5K is open! Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!
This year, the race will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting and ending at College Park’s City Hall and traversing through the beautiful Old Town and Calvert Hills neighborhoods, Frat Row, and Baltimore Avenue. Proceeds of the race will benefit CPCF’s grant making programs.

Early bird prices are $20 for a single registration or $50 for a family of three, and available through March 11. Regular prices are $25 for a single registration or $65 for a family of three. Children under 8 are welcome to race for free with a parent or guardian.

If you are interested in training for the College Park 5K, the CPCF encourages you to check out over at parkrun College Park. Parkrun holds free, timed 5k runs every week on the Paint Branch Trail in College Park.
Register Now

Service Aide – Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program

$9.15 – $11.00 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 02/27/17

CLOSING DATE: 03/24/17



Salary: 15-17 age group – $9.15/hr.
Salary: 18-19 age group – $11.00/hr.
The Prince George’s County Government in collaboration with Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), The Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, Prince George’s County Public Schools, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a host of non-profits, faith-based organizations and the business partners are currently seeking enthusiastic and dedicated students to participate in the County’s 2017 Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (Youth@Work/SYEP).
Prince George’s County Government offers a six-week, entry-level experience providing an opportunity for young people across the County to participate in career development, life-skills training and summer employment opportunities.



Work will vary depending upon the organization’s goals and objectives. Occupational fields may include: Accounting/Budget Aide, Clerical Aide, Animal Services Aide, Custodial Assistant, Engineering Aide, Government/Political Aide, Healthcare Aide, Hospitality, Human Resources Aide, Information Technology Assistant, Laborer, Summer Camp Aide, Warehouse Worker, etc.


Youth must be a resident of Prince George’s County and between the ages of fifteen through nineteen (15-19) by July 1, 2017.



All notifications regarding employment status will be sent to applicants electronically via the email account on file. Therefore, it is important that applicants have an active email address on file, and that applicants check their email account regularly. Candidates who are offered employment, will receive an email notification of your selection.

Applicants that are hired, who are between the ages of fifteen through seventeen (15-17), MUST present an official MINOR WORK PERMIT at REGISTRATION.  Additional instructions will be outlined in the offer letter, if selected for a position.
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, an employer is required to hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Applicants who are selected for employment will be required to show and verify authorization to work in the United States.

CLOSING DATE: Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on March 24, 2017.

Prince George’s County Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Committed to Diversity in the Workplace

Office of Human Resources Management
1400 McCormick Drive, Suite 159
Largo, MD 20774
(301) 883-6330


Service Aide – Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (Youth@Work/SYEP) 17-026-MULTI-NM

Maryland Bill Seeks to Oppose Restrictions on Backyard Gardening

Backyard garden

The Maryland legislature is considering a bill (SB 62) to help prevent local jurisdictions from prohibiting or limiting the installation or cultivation of backyard gardens on single-family property.

The bill also prohibits property instruments, including contracts, deeds, or covenants, from prohibiting a homeowner or tenant from installing or cultivating a backyard garden on single-family property, and it specifies that the installation or use of a backyard garden is not prohibited by existing laws or property instruments.

Currently, State law does not limit the authority of local jurisdictions to prohibit the installation or cultivation of backyard gardens. Property instruments, such as contracts, deeds, and covenants, are generally permitted to limit the right of a homeowner or a tenant to engage in certain activity on the subject property, including the ability to install or cultivate a backyard garden.

When a person purchases a single-family home, a condominium, or an interest in a cooperative housing corporation, he or she may also be required to join an association of owners, which is intended to act in the common interests of all the homeowners, condominium unit owners, or cooperative owners in the community. Collectively, these associations are often referred to as common ownership communities (COCs).

Bill was heard on January 24, 2017, in the Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee. This bill would not have a direct, material impact on local government finances or operations.

Whether the bill passes or not, gardens will be allowed in College Park.

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) is opposing the bill, thus reducing the chance of its passing. The reason the MML is opposing the bill is not because they want the garden restrictions, but they don’t want the State telling the members cities and towns how those cities should manage those regulations.


Council to Raise City Employees Salary

At next week’s Council meeting, the Council will consider approving a Unified pay Plan for City Employees, provide a 2% across the board increase and continue step and merit increases as proposed in the new pay plan.

In FY17 the City Council approved a Compensation and Classification Study to determine if the salaries paid to City employees are competitive. The study recommends a new pay plan which cost approximately $100,000 in FY2017.

Additionally, all employees will receive a 2% increase effective July 1, 2017, as a result of the collective bargaining agreement. Employees will also receive merit increases on their anniversary dates; these are expected to average 2.2%.


North College Park Crime Map: February 18 – 24, 2017

Address Type
9200 Blk 51ST AVE Theft from auto
10200 BLK Baltimore Ave Stolen Vehicle
4700 Blk Caddo  ST Theft from auto
9700 Blk Narragansett  PKY Theft
5301 Edgewood RD Theft
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RD Breaking & Entering

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 residents about vehicles blocking this intersection. Drivers often wait for multiple cycles to cross the intersection.

You can read more about the bill here on the WTOP.


City Adopts Resolution Supporting Maryland ‘Trust Act’

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council adopted a resolution supporting SB835, Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act. The vote was unanimous.

The bill seeks clarification of local participation in federal immigration efforts. If passed it will prohibit:
1) law enforcement personnel from stopping, arresting or searching an individual to inquire about immigration status or citizenship status.
2) use of governmental funds, facilities, property, equipment or personnel to investigate, enforce or assist in investigation of an federal program requiring the registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national or ethnic origin.
3) use of any governmental database for the purpose of immigration enforcement or investigation
4) transferring an individual to federal immigration authorities for the purpose of immigration enforcement without a judicial warrant.

College Park’s letter to the MD Senate says: “”It is important for our residents to access schools, hospitals, the courts, and other services with full confidence that local officials will not act on behalf of federal immigration authorities.”


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 related and some regulating right-of-way location, after receiving assistance from cable counsel. Beginning in, 2016, the City began receiving “applications” from Mobilitie (or companies related to it) to install small cells and distributed antenna systems (“DAS”) in City rights-of-ways.

A DAS system involves placing an antenna on an existing pole or on a pole to be installed. A number of applications have been received to date, along with plans for installation of poles up to 75 feet in height.

The following City locations, all in residential areas, have been identified: (a) On 48th Ave in front of Parkside Condominiums in Lakeland (b) On Navahoe Street Across from Spellman House in Lakeland (c) Intersection Paducah Road and Palco Place in Sunnyside.


City to Revisit Fence Ordinance

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will revisit the City’s fence ordinance.

As you may recall, there was a listening session on the fence ordinance in December 2015 and the Advisory Planning Commission made recommendations for changes to the ordinance earlier this year. Council discussed changes in October 2016, however we put off making a decision on whether to make any changes.

The proposed changes attempt to bring clarity by adding/modifying definitions, adding the ability to have a garden fence without obtaining a permit and clarifying that any hedge or natural growth creating a barrier to lot access is considered a fence.

The proposed changes would prohibit using chain link to replace front yard fences, even if there is currently chain link in place.

Additionally, there has been discussion of offering financial incentives to residents who replace chain link fence with wrought iron, split rail, or picket.

Last October we had some lively and informative online discussion about benefits and pitfalls of the ordinance and also some history of how the ordinance was first passed. It would be beneficial at this point to hear comments on whether residents favor adoption of the proposed changes, keeping the ordinance as is or doing away with the City’s fence ordinance and relying only on the County’s fence ordinance.

The County though its update of the zoning code for the County has made changes to the County fence ordinance. We will ask staff to go over the changes to the County’s fence ordinance and describe any impacts on the City ‘s fence ordinance.

It would be beneficial at this point to hear comments on whether residents favor adoption of the proposed changes, keeping the ordinance as is or doing away with the City’s fence ordinance and relying only on the County’s fence ordinance. The proposed changes can be found at page 35, http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/document_center/MayorCouncil/Agendas/2017Worksession/022117WSP.pdf


Your Community Needs You – Consider Volunteering with Fire Departments

This website (http://www.pgvolunteers.org/) and video are online now for anyone interested in volunteering with any of the volunteer Fire/EMS departments in the County. The video includes interviews with volunteers from Branchville, College Park, and Berwyn Heights stations. There is a click on feature to get contact information from your station of interest. Please consider volunteering and spread the word.


North College Park Crime Map: February 13-17, 2017

Address Type
4700 Blk Caddo ST Theft from auto
5300 Blk Edgewood RD Theft
9700 Blk Narragansett PKY Theft
4700 Blk Caddo  ST Theft from auto
9600 Blk Milestone Way Stolen Vehicle
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