County Budget Listening Sessions

The session in the northern part of the county is Tuesday February 7th 7:00 p.m. at Laurel Senior High.

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III invites residents and businesses to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, January 31st, 7:00 p.m. at Oxon Hill High School, 6701 Leyte Drive in Oxon Hill, MD. This is the first of three sessions where participants will have an opportunity to share their views about the County’s FY 2018 proposed budget with County Executive Baker.

Your feedback could make a difference and impact how the County Executive and his staff develop the next County budget. Participants who wish to speak can sign in on-site, register online or call 301-952-4547. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Here are the dates and times for all budget:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, MD

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Prince George’s Community College
Rennie Forum
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Laurel High School
8000 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD

Participants who testify will be limited to three (3) minutes. If you are unable to attend, you can submit written testimony by using the online registration form. Each of the budget sessions will be streamed live via the County website – view live.

North College Park Crime Map: January 23-28, 2017

5000 Blk Edgewood  RDTheft from auto
10200 Blk Baltimore AVEBreaking & Entering

Helpful Mobile Apps from Your Local Governments

Explore these apps and resources from your county, state, country and utilities.

Mobile Prince George’s App
This is the official mobile app for Prince George’s County. The app provides a connection between Prince George’s County and its citizens and visitors. Stay connected to County Government news and events–this app will put calendar information, facilities and more right at your fingertips. The free app can be found on the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store.

PGC Trip App
This is a mobile traffic advisory app to assist the traveling public in Prince George’s County. Provides transit schedule information, traffic camera locations, the location of traffic incidents, and pavement sensors. Visit iTunes or Android.

An app developed by the County’s Department of the Environment to assist County residents, community organizations, and businesses report trash and debris collected during individual and group clean-up events. Please note, College Park Public Works picks up trash within the City boundary.

Data Prince George’s
View data related to County Click 311 requests in your neighborhood, the County’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, and crime data from the past 5 years.

Alert Prince George’s
Alert Prince George’s is the official Prince George’s County emergency notification system for communities. This system will send critical, real-time, emergency notifications and updates to your phone or e-mail in the event of an emergency.

Conversation About Refugee & Immigrant Resources, Programs


PG Police Announces Hiring

The Prince George’s County Police Department is currently hiring for the position of Police Officer. The starting salary is $51,000 along with a great benefits package. If you would like to be part of the team or know of someone who would, please contact a Recruiter at (301) 780-8175 or apply on-line at PGPOLICE.ORG. Please share the flyer below. Thanks.


College Park Announces 2017 Community Survey

The City has partnered with the National Research Center (NRC) to conduct a comprehensive survey to gather community input on a wide range of City services. The 2017 City of College Park Community Survey will measure residents’ attitudes and opinions on City services like refuse and recycling collection, City facilities and parks, City events, and economic development. This will be the first scientifically representative survey conducted in the City of College Park.

A randomly selected sample of College Park residents will begin receiving postcards from the City this week
notifying them of their selection in the survey process. Mailed paper surveys will arrive in February, with a City cover letter and instructions as how to complete and return they survey. Responses are completely anonymous.

The mailed paper survey will be in English, but a Spanish version of the survey will be available online for the selected respondents.

Participation in the survey is crucial to help the City make decisions that impact and benefit College Park
residents. The results will help City officials better serve the College Park community, so please complete the
survey if your household is selected. Help us shape the future of College Park!

Metro Invites Comments About Cut in Greenbelt-BWI B30 Bus Service

Metro is proposing to discontinue B30 bus service, which goes between Greenbelt station and the BWI airport.

WMATA is holding only one public hearing on its proposed FY 18 capital budget, which includes significant cuts to bus and rail service. In addition to proposing decreased frequency for the Green line, the proposed budget would eliminate the B30 route, which goes from Greenbelt Metro to BWI Airport, entirely.

The public hearing is this Monday at 4:30 (testimony starts at 5) at the Metro headquarters near Gallery Place. Full details are available here – https://www.wmata.com/about/news/012417BudgetProposal.cfm

People can also submit testimony in writing here – http://fy18budget.questionpro.com/

Tomorrow’s Four Cities Meeting: B30 Bus Route Cancellation, Greenbelt Metro Development, and More

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Four Cities Coalition will discuss a number of issues affecting the local areas. Most important ones that may affect College Park include a discussion about the cancellation of B30 bus route and the detailed site plan of the Greenbelt Metro (FBI) development.

The meeting will be held at the College Park City Hall, starting at 7:30 pm. The meetings are open to all residents. The full agenda is below:

  • Introduction of Nicole Ard, Greenbelt City Manager
  • Update from College Park on the RISE Zone
  • Possible cancellation of RTA Route G that runs through College Park and Greenbelt
  • Opposition to WMATA’s plan to cancel bus route B30 (Greenbelt Station – BWI)
  • Presentation by Chad Williams, Project Manager, M-NCPPC, on the Prince George’s County Zoning Rewrite
  • Presentation from Greenbelt Community Animal Response Team (CART)
  • Discussion on ways to encourage Pepco to take more of a regional approach to its vegetation management program in light of an issue that occurred on State property at the municipal boundary of Berwyn Heights and Greenbelt
  • FCC filing regarding deployment of small cell infrastructure in municipalities
  • Incorrect state allocations of fiscal reimbursements to municipalities.
  • Update from Greenbelt on the DSP for north core infrastructure

North College Park Crime Map: January 15-22, 2017

9000-blk 51ST Ave, MD 20740Theft
5203 Palco PL, MD 20740Theft from auto
4700 blk Cherry Hill Rd, MD 20740Theft( Adult Arrest)
9700 blk 52ND AVE, MD 20740Theft from auto
4700 blk Cherry Hill Rd, MD 20740Theft
9400 blk Baltimore Ave, MD 20740Theft from auto
10200 blk Baltimore Ave, MD 20740Commercial Armed Robbery
10200 blk Baltimore Ave, MD 20740Breaking and Entering
10200 blk Baltimore Ave, MD 20740Armed Citizen Robbery


Renovated Holiday Inn Opens in College Park


The former Comfort Inn, at Rt 1 and MD 193, has been completely renovated from the ground up to become the Holiday Inn Express & Suites College Park-University Area. The new hotel opened last week.

According to the Baywood hotels, the owner of the Holiday Inn, the new College Park hotel sports the new IHG Formula Blue design for “Smart Traveler” guests and offers a variety of amenities, such as complimentary shuttle service with a 3 mile radius, complimentary WiFi, complimentary parking, a 24-hour business center, guest laundry facility, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and more. Every guest room features a 43” adjustable mount TV, Keurig, safe, flexible seating and workspaces. The one bedroom king suites feature a sleeper sofa and one and a half baths.

Feral Cats in College Park – What You Can Do?

Recently, I’ve been asked what can be done to contain feral cats in the neighborhood. There are at least 4 feral “colonies” in North College Park.

There are a couple of options residents have with feral cat complaints:

(1) To loan a trap that the resident would be responsible for monitoring and baiting and contacting City or County Animal Control when a cat is captured. Any cats that are trapped will be immediately assessed and transported to PGAMG for euthanasia if deemed feral WITHOUT an eartip. There is a county law in place that does protect eartipped feral cats and they cannot be removed without a formal complaint filed with the County Animal Control Commission. There is nothing against feeding feral cats in either the City Code or the County Ordinance. If the caretaker takes ownership of the cats, they can be issued a municipal infraction, but there is no cause for removal based on the City Code unless the animal is creating a nuisance on public property (section 102.10). The complainant does have the right to claim that the animals are a nuisance as defined in section 102.1, but this complaint must be heard by the County Commission for Animal Control, as there is no resolution for such a nuisance complaint in the City Code. These nuisance related items were once heard by the now disbanded City Animal Control Board.

(2) Funds for a TNR project. More about TNR is here: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Trap-Neuter-Return . A TNR project would have to be initiated with the caretaker. A TNR project would also need to be manned with volunteers as a City employee (Animal Control Officer – ACO) cannot trap the cats in question for TNR.

(3) In addition to these options, humane harassment techniques are also recommended, but feral cat aversion is more difficult than wildlife aversion. There is an item on the market that Laurel Cats recommends and loans to Laurel residents called “Catscram”.

(4) Alley Cat Allies’ web site also offers a variety of nuisance solutions: https://www.alleycat.org/resources/how-to-live-with-cats-in-your-neighborhood/ .

If you have feral cats issue in your neighborhood, please let me know how you want to proceed. I’ll be happy to put you in touch with our ACO, who will help you in taking the next steps.

Recent Pepco Tree Work in Oaks Spring

Recently, I was asked about Pepco’s tree work in our area, especially around the 49th ave and Erie street intersection. Several trees were removed and the question was if some of the trees could be trimmed instead of removed.

According to our staff, here is the removal breakdown:

  • 6 dead trees were removed
  • 4 – 12”+ diameter breast high (dbh) trees were approved for removal since they had been previously topped for line clearance & would have been severely pruned again.
  • 2 larger size trees were refused for removal, one 18” dbh Willow Oak & one 30” dbh Sweet Gum
  • 24 trees were small size, under 6” dbh that included 15 Sweet Gum, 1 Maple, 5 Oak, 1 Nyssa, 1 Bradford Pear, 1 Elm Sweet Gum, Maple & Bradford Pear are tree species that line clearance work targets since they cause significant problems for the utility.

All right-of-way trees were growing under the overhead power line contributing to potential reliability issues. Several trees on private property were approved for removal by the property owner.

Replacement trees are being provided for these removed trees. If you’ve further questions, please let me know.

City Mulls to Raise Employee Salaries

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council heard a presentation on the employee compensation and classification study.

City recruited a management consultant firm called Management Advisory Group International to conduct a study of city employee compensation and classification.

As part of the study information about the job duties of every employee’s job duties was collected and comparative salary data was obtained. They have prepared a draft report.

Council discussed the report and its findings. This was just a discussion of the report. Council will decide later whether to adopt the suggestions in the plan. There will be a fiscal impact if Council adopts the recommendation in the report. For FY2018, the impact would be $143,000 to implement the recommendations the consultant feels are most important. The Council may decide to raise the salaries before the the FY18 budget goes into efefct.

Residents May See a Lower Property Tax in FY2018

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council had the first meeting about the budget for FY2018.

For Real Estate Property Taxes, City’s goal is to maintain a constant yield in order to maintain revenue neutrality for FY 2018. This would effectively provide a decrease in the Real Property tax rate for
many of our residents. The full impact of this budget measure is not known at this time.

Please see the draft schedule below. Some dates may change. For example, the Council may get to see the draft budget one week earlier than that proposed below.

North College Park Crime Map – January 9-14, 2017

Please see below last week’s crime map and let me know if you’ve any questions. Thank you!


1/13/20178:53 PM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RDTHEFT
1/7/20179:55 AM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RDTHEFT