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City Plans Bike Boulevard for Safe and Convenient Biking

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The City is working on a “Bike Boulevard” plan that includes a prioritized list of streets for retrofitting as Bike Boulevards, an itemized list and location for the infrastructure required for each, as well as an identification of funding sources, establishment of phasing for the planning-design process, and construction cost estimates for each candidate street.

Bike Boulevards are streets configured to promote safe and convenient cycling, while still permitting vehicle traffic. They are typically constructed along roadways that are too narrow to safely install dedicated bike lanes, meaning the travel lanes are shared space for both vehicle and cyclists. Bike Boulevards are signed and marked for cyclist safety, convenience and wayfinding.

Accordingly, they require streets that are low vehicle volume and are engineered to have low speeds, if needed. In addition, bike boulevards prioritize and emphasize safe and convenient cycling through roadway and intersection treatments that reduce cycling delay, and incorporate bike-specific pavement markings and wayfinding signage. Benefits to cyclists from Bike Boulevards include:

 Providing low-volume and low speed routes that are welcoming to a broad range of cycling abilities.
 Reducing travel time and increasing safety for cyclists by providing cyclists with the right-of-way at intersections.
 Designating routes that direct cyclists to cross major arterials at controlled intersections.
 Increasing visibility and branding of cycling as an alternative to driving

A well-designed network of Bike Boulevards will generally have:
 Efficient and safe low-volume cycling facilities for all user abilities.
 Engineering to discourage non-local traffic
 Traffic control that allows for safe crossing of major roads
 Minimal impact on surrounding traffic patterns
 Traffic calming measures to maintain low residential vehicle speeds
 Wayfinding signs for destinations and attractions
 Unique aesthetics that inform cyclists of desired routes and inform drivers that the roadway is a cycling priority route.

Here ia a map of all of the proposed bike boulevards and how they connect with existing trails and bike lanes, as well as key destinations.
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Council to Approve Funds for Park and Wellness Track in North College Park

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving  the FY2017 Program Open Space (POS) allocation using $20,000 for land acquisition to expand the Hollywood Gateway Park and using $94, 712 for the wellness trail around Hollywood Shopping Center as proposed by staff.

Prince George’s County’s allocation of POS funds in FY2017 is $3,258,859; College Park will receive $114,711.84 (3.52%) of this allocation. In most years the City is required to spend equally between acquisition of land and development projects. This year the City has the ability to spend the entire amount on development projects. Development projects require a 25% match of local funds.

The Hollywood Gateway Expansion project is set up to buy additional land for the Hollywood Gateway Park, specifically land behind 4705 Edgewood, the house next to the park property so that access to the park can occur from 47th Avenue and to acquire an easement for property adjacent to the 4703 Edgewood, near Route 1.

So far the City has spent a total of $475,480 on the Gateway Park ($352K for land and $123K for design). This does not include many hours that staff has spent in working with the design firm and doing other administrative work. I totally agree that the house has become an eyesore with the doors and windows recently boarded up. We’ll make a final decision about this house very soon, whether or not we’ll build the park (as planned) there or not.

In FY2014, $82,988 in POS funds were allocated towards the Hollywood Gateway Park Expansion; the FY2017 recommendation by staff is to add another $20,000. For design and construction of the Hollywood Gateway Park $437,675 of POS funding has been allocated: $328,257 state funding and $109,418 local funding.

Pollinator Workshop Cancelled

The Pollinator workshop that the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) planned on this Thursday at 6:30pm (at the City Hall) has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Community Cleanup Roundup – Thank you

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to last weekend’s community cleanup. We had a great turnout, and we covered several of our neighborhood streets.

They include Edgewood rd, Rhode Island Ave, Niagara Rd, Nantucket Rd, 47th Place, Muskogee St, Hollywood Rd, Narragansett Pkwy, Mineola Rd, Laguna Rd and Mangum Rd. We also took care of the commercial areas behind the MoM, REI and the auto shop. Thanks to City staff for providing the supplies and Pizza Roma for the lunch.

We plan to do a few more events in the coming months, so please stay tuned.

Niorth College Park Crime Map, June 6-11, 2016

 

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6/10/201612:57 PM9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RDBREAKING & ENTERING
6/7/20166:59 AM9100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE    BREAKING & ENTERING
6/10/201612:56 PM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RDTHEFT FROM AUTO
6/10/201612:00 PM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RDTHEFT FROM AUTO

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below today’s Hollywood Farmers’ Market newsletter.

Vol. 2 Issue 8 –   Coupon Weekend!

This weekend we will be giving $5.00 coupons to those who are 65+ in age (born 1951 or before) to use at the market this weekend only.  Please stop by the information table for your coupons.

Ask the City
Last weekends introductory “Ask the City” went very well.  Human Resources Director, Jill Clements, came away with many good questions and concerns from local residents.  This week the City Manager, Scott Somers, will be at the table to answer any questions or help with any concerns you may have regarding our city.  Stop by his table and introduce yourself.

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden:
Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Terp Care Center: Information regarding all things chiropractic
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce

 

MEET THE VENDOR: Unique Eats and Scents
  
Monique Scott, owner of Unique Eats and Scents, writes on her Facebook page “I have taken my passion for food to the masses. I am combining my love of food (fresh, natural/organic) and canning it so that other’s may enjoy it!!!”
This week, Monique will begin to sell pickles at the market.
Besides selling amazing preserves and pickles, Monique also sells body lotions and and scrubs.  Check out her Etsy page at www.uniqueeatsandscents.com

Residents Overwhelmingly Support Community Garden and Dog Park in North College Park

Thanks to everyone who took part in our survey about creating a community garden and a dog park in north College Park. Here are the results from both survey. The support for both projects is overwhelmingly positive. We’ll work on the results and see what we can do to make them happen. Thank you!
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Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting: Hollywood Parent Group, Community Garden, Dog Park Election and More..

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Today is the second Thursday of the month and hence, the day when the north College Park has it’s monthly meeting.

The meeting will start with a presentation from a parents group associated with Hollywood Elementary School. The group will come and discuss ways we can be involved in supporting the school.

Members will then discuss potential expenditures on new member outreach. See details below.

Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir and Christine Nagle will discuss the results of their survey, which gauged community interest in a dog park and a community garden.

Councilmember Christine Nagle will lead a follow up to our fall discussion of priorities for neighborhood beautification.

Members will also elect a new NCPCA board. Please remember to pay your dues before voting in this year’s election.

Meeting will start at 7:30pm. Please note that meetings are temporarily relocated to Youth and Family Services, 4912 Nantucket Road. Hope to see you all at the meeting.

College Park Students Win Big in “If I were a Mayor, I would..” Essay Contest

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Fourth grade students across the City participated in this year’s Maryland Municipal League’s If I Were Mayor, I Would… essay contest. The City is very proud to announce that it had four MML Outstanding Essayists and six School Outstanding Essayists.

The distribution of participation certificates to all participating fourth graders from Hollywood, Paint Branch, Al Huda, Holy Redeemer and Friends School is almost completed.

North College Park crime Map: May 28 – June 6, 2016

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6/5/201612:46 PM10100 Blk BALTIMORE AVETheft
6/3/20162:50 PM9600 Blk MILESTONE WAYTheft
6/2/20169:43 AM 4700 Blk CHEROKEE STBreaking & Entering
6/4/201611:49 AM9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RDTheft from auto
6/1/20165:32 PM4900 Blk BLACKFOOT RDTheft from auto
6/1/20164:50 AM9090 Blk DELAWARE STTheft from auto
5/30/201611:43 AM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RDTheft from auto

Council Mulls Changing 48 hr Parking Rules

According to the current City Code, it’s unlawful for any person to park any automobile or other vehicle on city streets for a continuous period of more than 48 hours at any one time, unless an oral or written permit is obtained. Such permit can be issued only for good cause and for a period not exceeding 14 days, unless a written permit for a longer period shall have been granted by action of the Mayor and Council, and such permit shall be granted only for good cause.

In order to adhere to the City Code, the “48 Hour Limit” ordinance is enforced upon either, receipt of a formal resident complaint, which is specific to one or more vehicles, and with as detailed a description of the subject vehicle(s) as possible; or under the following circumstances in which a parking officer upon observation (a) which has been illegally parked in some manner, consecutive days, and remains unmoved and in violation (b) that is displaying either no tags, expired tags, or expired temporary tags; or (c) that has one or more flat tires and/or major body damage that deems it inoperable, to consider as possible abandonment.

Staff believes the current “48-hour” rule is generally working to provide for removal of abandoned vehicles from City streets, and usually to accommodate resident complaints. Some residents have expressed concern that a vehicle may end up being towed as the result of a complaint reporting their vehicle in violation of the 48-hour restriction either while they are away from home, or merely have not used their vehicle in over 48 hours. Staff believes this is unlikely given the warnings posted on vehicles and length of time before towing, and Code allowances for long term Council permission.

The Council may consider amending the code allowing unlimited parking of a legally parked, properly registered, and fully operable vehicle, without special permission, in front of the address to which the vehicle is registered. This proposal would simplify the enforcement process and better accommodate residents who minimize the use of their vehicles.

Staff has expressed concern that allowing vehicles to remain unmoved indefinitely could impact effective street sweeping.

City May Stop Publishing Notices to Newspapers

Back in January, the Council discussed the self-imposed rules in §C8 of the City Charter that require us to advertise public hearings and fair summary notices of ordinances in a newspaper having general circulation in the City.

In the past, the Gazette was used for these notices, but since the Gazette folded, the City is using the Washington Post, at considerable expense.

At the January Worksession, Council agreed that instead of requiring newspaper publication for ordinances, the following methods were adequate for providing public notice: City website, Cable channel, Bulletin board, and Constant Contact email listserv in addition to the City newsletter. This form of notice has already been adopted for notice of the fiscal year budget by the Mayor and Council.

In preparing this amendment, staff found two other instances in the Charter where there is a self-imposed requirement to give notice in a newspaper having general circulation in the City: advertising a vacancy in the office of Mayor or Council, and, advertising the need for election judges.

At this week’s worksession, the Council will review and discuss the Charter Amendment prior to introduction next week.

City Set to Launch Council Internship Program

Last year, the City Council approved $5000 for a Council Internship program in its FY16 budget. The idea was to help one or more City Council members in doing project(s) of their choice. Council members may have ideas about running small projects, however they often do not have the necessary time to devote to those projects.

The City Council internship program would recruit paid interns among residents and students and help Council members implement these projects. The announcement about internship opportunities will be made to local schools, the University of Maryland and local civic associations with a brief description of the project, application form, application deadline and selection criteria. A subcommittee has put together a draft report outlining the policies and process of the internship program.

At this week’s worksession, the Council will review the report and discuss when the program could be launched.

City Seniors to Attend Open House – Wednesday June 22nd

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Compost and Wood Mulch for all Your Gardening Projects.

Because of our cool, wet spring, we still have SMARTLEAF® Compost and *Wood Mulch to beautify your gardens. It is available for pickup or delivery.

Products may be picked up at Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Deliveries of compost can be scheduled for any weekday depending on availability. Delivery cost is based on your location ($20 – $55). If you would like to schedule a delivery, please respond to this email with the following information:

1st delivery date preference (required):
2nd delivery date preference (required):
Quantity (in cubic yards – if you are unsure how much you need, please use this link):
Shipping Address:
Billing Address (if different than Shipping Address):
Phone number:
Alternate Phone Number (if available):
Delivery Instructions (please be specific about where you want our drivers to offload:

The City take 3 forms of payment: cash, check, or credit card. Payment needs to be made at the time you place your order. If you want to pay by cash or check, you must bring payment to our offices (or mail a check). If you want to pay by credit card, call me at the number below with the information. If I am not able to take your call, you can leave the information on my voicemail (it is pass-coded and only I have access to it). I will need the type of credit card you are using, the card #, and expiration date, and billing zip code. Note: please do not send credit card information by email.

There is a minimum of 1 cubic yard for delivery, and our dump trucks hold a maximum of 6 cubic yards. You may order more than 6 cubic yards at one time, but it will increase the delivery cost. Sorry, but the City cannot unload one delivery in more than one location and the City cannot combine compost and wood mulch in the same truck.

*DISCLAIMER: Since all of our products are municipally collected there is the potential for foreign material in them, such as pieces of plastic, sticks, wire or glass. Our products are not chemically treated.

Requirements for deliveries:
No low hanging wires or tree limbs: our trucks are 13 feet tall and the truck bed will rise 20 feet to unload the material. The truck also needs to be able to move forward 5-10 feet with the truck body raised for the material to fully unload.
Delivery areas need to be at least 11 feet wide to accommodate our delivery trucks.
Material cannot be unloaded in the street or public right-of-way (e.g. sidewalk, area between the sidewalk and curb)
You must have a paved/concrete/gravel/compacted surface the driver can access to unload the material (usually a driveway)
Drivers cannot drive over curbs
Trucks cannot drive across grass
If you need to reschedule, we need 1 business day notice
The City deliver in inclement weather

If you have a preferred location for materials to be unloaded and you will not be home for the delivery, it would be helpful for us if you clearly mark the area where you want the delivery to be made (e.g. tarp, chalk mark, bucket, etc.). Otherwise, the driver will attempt to unload materials as far back in your driveway as possible.

Our drivers make the best attempt to meet your delivery request, but overhead utility lines, tree limbs, or other obstructions may make it difficult for the driver to unload materials in an exact location. Your flexibility is appreciated.

The City is not able to offer you a time-frame for delivery. Deliveries are generally made between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The City does offer a courtesy call before our drivers leave the yard with the product. If you need the material in a certain place, please use a tarp or other marker.

You will receive a response by email with a confirmation of the details of your order.

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