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Several groups are organizing three candidate open house and debate events about the upcoming November 3rd Mayor and Council election. Please see them below.
Monday October 5th : from 7pm-9pm
Candidate Open House
at City Hall , 4500 Knox Road
By the College Park Democratic Party / Club
Thursday, October 8th, at 7:30 pm
District 1 Candidate Debate,
at Davis Hall, 9217 – 51st Avenue
by the North College Park Citizens Association.
Saturday, October 10th from 3pm – 4pm
at the Branchville Fire Department, 4905 Branchville Rd.
by, the city-wide Civic Leaders Association
Looks like a funding dispute will be delaying the next step in the development of the new FBI building, according to this NY Times article.
The GSA has been looking into three possible sites, Greenbelt Metro site is one of them.
In august, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) notified the FBI that there was no money in the budget to cover costs for the project, including what the government might pay up front to acquire the chosen site or to rent back the facility once it is built.
A congressional appropriation is an option, but unlikely. The developer could also be asked to include the cost of acquisition as as add-on, which will be charged to the government.
The report says that the final award is still on the schedule for next May, even the next step is going to be delayed.
Yesterday, the City published the list of candidates that will be on ballot in the upcoming November election.
There will be a Mayoral race and every Council seat in every district will be contested.
Municipal elections will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Please see the complete candidate list below .
|Mayor||Denise C. Mitchell|
|Patrick L. Wojahn|
|District 1||S. M. Fazlul Kabir|
|Cory C. Fitzgerald Sanders|
|District 2||Daniel C. Blasberg, Jr.|
|Patrick J. Brennan|
|Vivian M. Conway|
|Monroe S. Dennis|
|District 3||Ryan T. Belcher|
|Robert W. Day|
|Robert J. McCeney|
|John B. Rigg|
|Stephanie E. Stullich|
|District 4||Mary C. Cook|
|Oscar E. Gregory|
|Alan Y. Hew|
|Dustyn Burkart Kujawa|
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At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City council will consider a proposal to rent electronic voting machines at the November 3rd City elections.
The proposal will be about about one-time rental of equipment, sale of services and license of software, for electronic voting machines from the Election Systems & Software, LLC of Omaha,Nebraska.
The rental fee will be of an amount not to exceed $15,000.
Staff thinks that for the first time in many years, every district and the Mayoral race will be contested. Because of the number of names that will appear on the ballot, and the highly likely increase in voter turnout due to the number of candidates, the Board of Election Supervisors has recommended that we use electronic voting machines for this election.
The paper ballot/hand count method that has been used in previous elections is time- consuming and subject to human error on election night, at the end of a long day at the polls. Each name that appears on the ballot increases the time that it takes to count the votes. The Board of Elections has not been faced with this situation in many years, thus their request to use electronic machines for this election.
The system that we will use involves a paper ballot that is scanned into an optical reader. This is the same company that the state of Maryland will use for the 2016 elections. The Board of Election Supervisors will receive training on the equipment prior to the election, and a technician from ES&S will be available on Election Day for any needed support.
The City has recently published our annual 2015-2016 residents guide. Our staff has hand delivered the guide to all of City’s 5000 single family houses. In this handy booklet, our staff has captured the most pertinent information about City Services and how you can play a role in making our community even healthier and happier.
In case you you missed it, or want to access it online, here is the link:
Beginning with some basic information about how our local democratic process works, and concluding with helpful City contact information, the pages that follow will give you a virtual tour of City services. Hopefully, you will find answers to all of your questions concerning things like trash/recycling pickup, pothole repairs, parking enforcement, and much, much more.
Further information is available on the City’s web site at www.collegeparkmd.gov. Check there often for updates and current event information.
You can now conveniently park using pay-by-phone.
Back in 2012, City started researching the possibility of providing pay-by-phone service as part of the new pay by space/pay station system. There are multiple vendors who can provide this service.
Staff has researched the available services (including the one used by UM). Factors considered included compatibility with our system, and cost, both to the City and to our customers.
A vendor, ParkNOW/MobileNOW, was invited to present their product to the Council for consideration. Their system is compatible with the hardware and software currently in use by the City.
They have partnered with our pay station vendor Metric Parking. This system will also allow pay-by-phone for single space, mechanical meters as we still have in some areas. This service is offered at no cost to the City.
Cost to customers will vary from $0.35 per transaction for occasional users, or $1.50-$2.50 per month for a regular user subscription.
Representatives from the local law enforcement agencies came to the City Council at last night’s worksession to talk about the annual crime data in College Park. The departments include: College Park Contract Police, Prince George’s Police department, University of Maryland Police Department, Maryland Transit (Metro) Police, Maryland State Police and Maryland Park Police.
Here is the most important data: The crime in College Park over the past year went down by 14.5 percent. The reporting period covers from September 2014 to August 2015.
I’ll post the detailed report once it’s posted on City’s website, however, among the other important data, the violent crime went down by 18.1% and the property crime decreased by 14.4%.
At tonight’s Council worksession, the City Council will review the draft sustainability plan.
The plan is aims to achieve the followings:
- Reduce carbon emissions and other environmental and unhealthy impacts created by City operations
- Coordinate sustainable practices across all City operations
- Position the City as an organization receptive to innovation and leading practices in sustainability
- Improve the quality of life for residents
- Conserve financial and capital resources using a long-term perspective on investment.
It includes goals and recommended strategies for each of the following areas:
a. Solid Waste and Recycling
b. Buildings and Public Areas
c. City-wide Policies and Events
d. Fleet and Transportation
An Implementation Plan identifies the responsible departments and estimated timeframe and resources required to carry out the actions.
- Measure total consumption and include goal to reduce consumption, particularly of paper products.
- Consider developing a telework policy.
- Consider a “paperless” Council packet and a document archiving plan.
- Review how the City plan fits with regional environmental commitments and goals.
- Identify the short-term, low-cost steps in the plan.
- Establish a LEED silver or gold standard for new City buildings.
Reducing the impact of City operations on the environment will be challenging and require changes in City functions, services and financial resources. With support from Council, commitment by staff, and excellent communications with residents, College Park can reduce its impact on the environment and become a regional leader in sustainability.
You’ve probably heard it. The Laurel Regional Hospital is about to shut down. Their will be Briefing on Tuesday, September 15 at 11:30 AM at the County Administration Building. You’re always welcome to attend meetings of the County Council.
The following was sent to the community by District 1 Council member Mary Lehman.
As you may know, the Dimensions Healthcare System Executive Board decided on July 30 to transition and scale down Laurel Regional Hospital. This planned “step-down” would allow current employees to transfer to vacancies elsewhere in the Dimensions system and create an ambulatory care center and 24-hour observation unit, however northern Prince George’s County will be left without a full-service hospital.
Based on a consultant’s report, the board made its decision following closed-door deliberations. The vote was taken without input from the public, the City of Laurel, most state representatives, other hospital stakeholders such as the Service Employees International Union Local #1199 or my office.
Since the vote by the board, I have expressed my deep concern about the lack of procedural transparency that led to the proposed hospital closure. I have had many conversations with County Executive Baker’s staff, our state legislators who represent the Laurel area, and City of Laurel officials, and I attended a meeting between hospital employees and Dimensions where I criticized the closed-door process.
I have worked with my staff and the county’s Office of Audits and Investigations to assemble county and state financial data on the hospital’s annual losses. Its Fiscal Year 2014 report indicated the hospital lost $3.5 million, yet Dimensions is claiming the facility is actually losing $12-15 million, a figure about which other elected officials and I are extremely skeptical.
I will continue to ask hard questions, get real answers and work for a different outcome for Laurel Regional Hospital.
Please see below last week’s crime map and let me know if you have any questions