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City Publishes Draft FY19 Budget

The proposed FY2019 City budget has been posted on City’s website today. Here is the link.

The budget does not propose any hike in our property taxes.

Based on the latest projections, it is anticipated that revenues will exceed expenditures by almost $1.1
million by the end of FY2018. This is primarily a result of conservative budgetary methods and careful
spending. This $1.1 million surplus will increase total fund balance in the General Fund to $11.3 million as of
June 30, 2018.

Please see the breakdowns of sources of revenues and expenditure in this fiscal year. Also, please see the major ongoing and future capital projects.

Do Not Block the Intersection Bill moves to Senate Committee

The “Do Not Block the Intersection bill (HB672) has passed the full Maryland State House.

The bill will now be heard by the Judicial Proceeding Committee next Tuesday, 4/3.

It is not sure if the bill will pass. The bill failed at the Senate Committee last year.

The City Council sent a letter of support to Senate JPR tomorrow. There is no companion Senate bill this year. The JPR will be hearing the same HB672.

Del. Carr, the bill’s advocate, told me that residents can email it to his office by the day before the hearing. He will make the copies and deliver it to the committee. His email is: . He also told me that residents can send emails to individual members of the JPR committee. Here are their contacts:

Security Cameras in College Park: Where Can You Find Them?

To date, the City has installed a total of 54 fixed security cameras, using both City and grant funds. Of the 54 cameras, 20 PTZs ( pan, tilt, and zoom) are installed throughout the neighborhoods of Old Town, Calvert Hills, and Lakeland, and are monitored by UMPD. Additionally, one CCTV and six PTZs have been installed in the neighborhoods of College Park Woods, Hollywood, and Berwyn. The municipal garage infrastructure has the highest quantity of security systems, with 25 CCTVs and two PTZs. North College Park, has only one LPR (license plate reader) and one PTZ.

Budget Town Hall Meeting: April 5, 2018

Council to Select Acela for Code Reporting Issues

At tomorrow’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving a contract with Accela, for CRM and land management software.

The City has been evaluating new software options for reporting and tracking issues and processing permits to greatly enhance ease of use by residents and staff.

Based on staff recommendation, the Council will consider authorizing the City to contract with Accela and zedIT for the new land management and CRM software.

The City has budgeted $55,978 in the FY18 CIP for software related to this project. The City may need to complete a budget adjustment for FY18. The first-year software cost will be approximately $49,000, and the first implementation payment will be about $55,000. The remaining implementation costs will be about $110,000 and will be billed in FY19.

City Considers Relocating Surveillance Camera Equipment from Quality Inn Building

Since the Quality Inn building is scheduled for demolition this summer, the City must relocate its equipment in order to maintain the existing system. Staff have received a proposal from our security camera contractor, Hitachi Vantara, to replace and relocate this equipment and develop a new signal path to the UMPD security operations center (SOC). This proposal is estimated to cost $73,931.83.

In the Old Town, Calvert Hills and Baltimore Avenue there are 20 Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras and 7 license plate readers that are monitored by UMPD at an annual cost to the City of approximately $136,000. These specific cameras transmit video data to UMPD through a network of radio signal transmitters and fiber connections which transmit to and relay from equipment mounted on the roof top of the former Quality Inn building at Baltimore Avenue and Calvert Road.

City Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Congratulations to City’s Department of Finance for winning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current budget from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

In order to qualify for the budget award, the City had to rate highly in several nationally recognized guidelines and criteria. This award was presented to our Finance Director, Gary Fields.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual(s) or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award.

Brunch with Bunny: Tomorrow, Saturday, March 24

Registration is Now Open for Bike to Work Day!

Get out your bicycles, because on Friday, May 18, the City of College Park invites you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work with Bike to Work Day!

Take a break at the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes. Register now, it’s free! Be one of the first 20,000 to register region-wide and receive a free T-shirt.

For more information or to register, please visit For the City’s Facebook event page, please click here.

Weather Update: March 21, 2018

The City is still tracking this winter weather that will continue into today and push through tonight. Today’s trash collection is still on schedule.

It has been advised to avoid or even delay travel today, in order to let the plowing teams safely clear/treat your roads. If you must travel, please keep in mind that wet roads can quickly freeze so treat wet surfaces like they are frozen.

Residents should consider taking the following actions:

• Let friends and family know when you are traveling. Tell them your route and expected arrival time. Contact them once you make it to your destination.

• Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.

• Avoid or delay travel during the storm. If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction.

• Never run generators indoors or in closed areas.

• Closely monitor updated weather forecasts and keep electronic communications devices charged.

• Heavy snow and gusty winds can cause power outages. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found here:

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