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Council Discusses Bills Replacing County’s 50-year old Zoning Laws

The County Council is currently considering three bills to replace the county’s 50-year old Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations.

  • CB-013-2018 repeals and replaces Subtitle 27 with a new Zoning Ordinance
  • CB-014-2018 establishes a process to reclassify all real property through a Countywide Map Amendment;
  • CB-015- 2018 repeals and replaces Subtitle 24 with new Subdivision Regulations.

At present, the County Council is accepting written comments.

At this week’s Council meeting, the City Council reviewed these bills and may consider approving City’s submission of comments on the Zoning Rewrite legislative package to the District Council. These bills are mostly related to process and procedure about notification to the municipalities and the affected neighborhoods when a DSP is presented. Unfortunately, the new amended map is not ready yet, and will be very unlikely will be available during the time of the current County Council. The City and the residents will get another round of comments period once the draft amended map is available (most likely after the new County Council takes power).

Council Discusses $1.5 million City Hall Development Team Contract

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed a $1.5 million contract to recruit an architect, a civil engineer, an environmental engineer and a traffic engineer for the proposed City Hall development team.

This last spring Redgate, the City’s and University’s consultant, issued requests for proposals for professional services associated with this project. City and University staff have looked into the responses and have recommended the following candidates

(a) Architect: Design Collective, with a fee of $1,241,960 (plus reimbursables of $38,699). Design Collective is an award-winning architectural firm based in Baltimore with a wide range of experience designing successful and innovative multi-functional projects.

(b) Civil Engineer: A. Morton Thomas & Assoc., with a fee of $198,200.

(c) Environmental Engineer: Arc Environmental, with a fee of $39,670

(d) Traffic Engineer: Sabra & Associates, with a fee of $23,500. At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will discuss these selections and will consider directing staff to finalize the professional services contracts as recommended and bring back to the City Council for award on July 17, 2018.

Since the City Hall development is a joint work between the City and the University, the cost will be proportionally shared by the City and the Unversity based on the square foot area of each development. According to the term sheet, the City is expected to take up 35% of the expenses.

This Week’s NCPCA Meeting: Gateway Park, Community Center, Picnic and More..

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Here is the agenda for this Thursday’s NCPCA community meeting agenda. As always, the meeting will take place at 7:30pm, at Davis Hall.

7:30 Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting; followed by motion to approve the agenda for tonight with any motions of amendment.

7:35 Construction Plans for Hollywood Gateway Park. Rescheduled from last month, when City Councilmembers Kabir and Kennedy were asked to provide a summary of info about construction of this new park at US 1 and Edgewood Road.

7:50 Community Center Committee Planning Update. The NCPCA Community Center Committee led by Mary Cook and Christine Nagle will provide news of their recent work to develop a community center with funded activities, meeting space and other amenities in North College Park. A major outreach effort is being planned, which may include expenditure of NCPCA funds for publicity and materials with approval of membership. Volunteers are needed.

8:10 NCPCA Community Picnic. A committee led by Marcia Booth was established at the June meeting to explore a community picnic event later in the summer or fall. Volunteers are needed, and this would be great opportunity to meet neighbors and strengthen our community and build goodwill for our Association. NCPCA funds and approval of membership may be necessary for publicity and materials for the event.

8:30 Break & Refreshments. Members are invited to bring something to share.

8:40 Approval of Minutes & Announcements. Minutes of June 12 meeting will be approved; NCPCA Officers will provide reports; elected officials and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events.

8:55 Approval of Letter to Angela Alsobrooks. At the June meeting, candidate for County Executive Ms. Angela Alsobrooks expressed interest in the history of community concerns related to development near Greenbelt Metro. This letter will provide a response to her request.

9:05 Updates – US 1 Storage Facility at Hollywood Rd & US 1 Chick-fil-A at Branchville Rd. The latest planning and zoning news will be presented. Possible NCPCA resolution in new business.

College Park Crime Map, June 2018

The June 2018 crime map is based on 4-week PGPD crime data for Beat 6 (south College Park 5/29 – 7/2) and Beat 7 (north College Park 5/29 – 6/30)


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District 1 (15 incidents)
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May 29 thru June 8, 2018
5000 Blk Kenesaw ST Theft
4800 Blk Indian LN Theft
5000 Blk Stewart CT Theft from Auto
5000 Blk Paducah RD Theft from Auto
9300 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
9700 Blk 47th PL Theft from Auto

June 9 thru June 15, 2018
9700 Blk 48TH PL Theft from Auto
9700 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from Auto
10200 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from Auto
4800 Blk Niagara RD Citizen Robbery

June 16 thru June 25, 2018
9600 Blk 51ST AVE Theft
9700 Blk 53RD Ave Theft
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from Auto
10200 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Veh
10200 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from Auto

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District 2 (8 incidents)
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May 29 thru June 8, 2018
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Veh
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
9000 Blk Baltimore AVE Theft from Auto

6/5/18-6/11/18
8100 blk of 48th Ave Stolen Vehicle

June 9 thru June 15, 2018
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft

June 16 thru June 25, 2018
Berwyn Rd / Baltimore AVE Theft from Auto
8600 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Veh

June 26 thru June 30, 2018
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from Auto

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District 3 (8 incidents)
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5/29/18-6/4/18
6900 blk of Carleton Terrace Theft from Auto
4300 blk of Knox Rd Sexual Assault

6/12/18-6/18/18
Guilford Dr/Hartwick Rd Vandalism to Vehicle
7200 blk of Princeton Ave Theft from Auto
4500 blk of Guilford Rd Citizen Robbery

6/19/18-6/25/18
4500 blk of Knox Rd Vandalism to Vehicle

6/26/18-7/2/18
5000 blk of Lehigh Ave Citizen Robbery
4400 blk of Lehigh Rd Vandalism

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District 4 (5 incidents)
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May 29 thru June 8, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry Hill Rd Theft

June 9 thru June 15, 2018
9200 Blk Limestone PL Theft from Auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill Theft

June 16 thru June 25, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft

June 26 thru June 30, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft

Marsili Announced as City’s New Director of Public Works

City has announced Robert L. Marsili, Jr. as Director of Public Works effective July 1, 2018.

Marsili replaces Robert “Bob” T. Stumpff, who retired in June after 13 years with the City.

“Marsili has demonstrated the leadership skills, know-how and drive necessary to be the Director of the City’s largest department. We are excited to have him in this new role and know he will do great things for the City and the Department” said City manager Mr. Scott Somers.

Marsili was hired by the City two years ago as the Assistant Director of Public Works overseeing operations. As Assistant Director, he led many of the City’s large Public Works projects and initiatives including snow and ice removal, curbside leaf removal, repairs to the Old Parish House, as well as day-to-day operations.

Prior to his employment with the City, Marsili served as the Deputy Associate Director for the Department of Transportation and the City-wide Program Support Manager for snow removal in Washington, D.C. He also worked in the City of Baltimore as the Executive Director of Operations and Maintenance and Superintendent of Street Lighting.

With more than 25 years of supervisory experience, Marsili has an extensive background overseeing large municipal public works and transportation departments.

“While Robert is a familiar face in the City, we hope our residents will join us in welcoming him as the City’s new Director of Public Works” said Somers.

[ Source: City of College Park]

MoM’s Grand Opening – In Pictures

MoM’s new store in the old REI opened yesterday. Here are a few photos I took when I checked out in the afternoon.

Tomorrow, at the Hollywood Farmers Market

We hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July! This weekend MOM’s Organic Market is having their Grand Opening event. The Hollywood Farmer’s Market will still be open but the parking lot may be a little more crowded. 🙂 Please be aware of parking restrictions.

Waltz Family Farm has a new supply of beef and pork. Make sure you stop by and see what Jay and Laurie have.

Yoga Heights DC will return this week and are at the market around 10:30 am. It’s a perfect way to start the day!
If you would like to contact our group of instructors please email yoga.hollywoodmarket@gmail.com or visit their website http://yogaheightsdc.com/

Upcoming weeks:

The Buy Local Challenge starts July 21! Are you ready to take the challenge? Find out more here: https://www.buylocalchallenge.com/

Why is it important to buy/eat locally grown foods?

Buying local is good for you, good for the local economy, and good for the planet! Buying from local farms helps you get products that are fresher, and have traveled much shorter distances overall from farm to fork. Plus, you’re supporting independent family farms which helps strengthen the economy.
The Animal Welfare Committee will return the week of July 28th for free microchipping for all College Park resident’s pets. A $20.00 fee for non College Park residents. If you have not had your pet microchipped, please consider doing so. This system has helped reunite animals to their owners.

Also on the 28th, Jazz Harpist, Patrice Fisher and her student Karla Williams will preform at noon. Check out Patrice’s YouTube page: www.youtube.com/ecoslatinos

Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
A Little Pottery: Handmade pottery
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Blessed Creations: Soaps and oils
College Park Hypnosis Center: Making positive changes easier
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Mel’s Munchies: Sweets
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses

These vendors will be returning at a later date:
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Elated Harmony: Massage
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Moonstruck Oyster Company: Shelled Oysters, Shucked Oysters, Cookbooks, etc. will return in September
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items
Victory Chapel Family Farms: Local Honey
VizingaWoodworks: Handcrafted jewelry and accessories

Other News:
Bakery Charley will be off for a few weeks but will return after a few family events.
Inge’s Crochet will not be back to the market for a while. Inge had a loss in her family and had to return to Germany. Please keep Inge in your thoughts and prayers.
Stone Hearth Bakery is looking for someone to sell their product at our market. If you know someone who lives in or near Fredrick and wants to help Stone Hearth please let Julie know.
Calvert Farm is looking for someone in the local area to help sell their produce. Farmer Pam has someone to drive the truck from Rising Sun but needs an additional hand to meet the staff member around 8am to help set up, sell and then take down at the end of the day. If you or someone you know who is trustworthy and a hard worker would like to fill that spot please contact farmer@calvertfarm.com.

Elated Harmony Massage Bus Update:
The bus has been masked, primed and painted- all in the heatwave. Shanice reports they will have a video up on their website soon and more details to follow.
Looking forward to the end result!

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Road Resurfacing Notice for 53rd Ave and Blackfoot Place

[The following message came from City Engineer Steve Halpern. Even if you do not live on the affected streets, you could experience some traffic issues around these streets, especially near the Metro entrance at 53rd Ave / Lackawanna Street]
On or about  MONDAY JULY 9th  NZI Construction Inc., working for the City, will  begin milling and resurfacing the following streets:
Davis Hall Driveway
 
53rd Avenue between Edgewood Road and Lackawanna Street

Blackfoot Place – between Rhode Island Avenue and 51st Avenue

 
Emergency No Parking Signs will be posted by the contractor 48 hours prior to construction beginning.
 
In Permitted Parking Areas, Parking restrictions will be eased for the duration of the construction activities.
 
We expect the entire project will be completed by the end of August if not sooner.
 
Everybody residing along all of these streets will be inconvenienced during the construction.
 
Green door hanger notifications are hand delivered to the affected properties along Blackfoot Place.  Door hangers will not be distributed on 53rd Avenue.
 
Please see the map of the streets that will be milled and resurfaced for your use.
 
If you have any questions please contact:  
 
Steven E. Halpern, P.E.
City Engineer
City of College Park
9217 51st Avenue
College Park, Md 20740
 
(w) 240-487-3597
(F)  301-474-0825
Cell 240-508-7958

4th of July Independence Day Celebration Schedule

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 5:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.
WHERE: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND PARKING LOT 1

The City of College Park and the University of Maryland are once again breaking out the red, white and blue for a fabulous Independence Day celebration!

A free concert and fireworks spectacular are on tap for Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at the University of Maryland Campus in Parking Lot 1 adjacent to Campus Drive.

The NightLife Band will entertain from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. followed by a 30-40 minute Fireworks Extravaganza at dusk! Fun for all ages! Please follow and like the City’s Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date event information!

Concessions open at 5:00 p.m. offering hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water. Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed, but alcohol is not permitted. If you’re thinking of bringing your pets to this event…Think
again! Loud noises, flashing lights and large crowds can have traumatic effects on your pets. Let’s do our best to keep them safe by leaving them at home.

In case of storm or the sounding of the weather warning siren, guests should seek shelter as directed by the University of Maryland Police Department.

Rain date (fireworks only): Thursday, July 5, 2018.

For more information, please contact the City’s Department of Public Services at (240)487-3570.

Night at the Movies: Friday, Jul 20, 7pm, Hollywood Park

Come and join us for a fun and FREE Night at the Movies on Friday, July 20! Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie with the whole family under the stars.

The film will be the animated feature, “Ferdinand the Bull” starring John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez and Daveed Diggs for enjoyment by all! Show-time is at sunset.

There will also be a moon-bounce and a fun summer treat like sno-cones! Sponsored by the City of College Park Recreation Board. For more information call 240-487-3570 or visit our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1754517234630935/

Heat Advisories and Cooling Center Locations

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from noon to 8 PM Sunday.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Around 105 degrees due to temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and dewpoints near 70.

* IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Homeowners are advised to read this post from Landmark Air on conditioner error fault codes to find out if their AC units need repairs. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.
Residents are reminded that M-NCPPC Cooling Center locations open when temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.

City Recognizes Three Long-time Staff

Last week the City recognized three City employees on their retirements: Director of Public Works, Robert “Bob” T. Stumpff (13 years with the City); Code Enforcement Manager, Jeannie Ripley (almost 49 years with the City!); and Engineering Technician, Rizmy Mahmooth (11 years with the City).

During his time at the City as the Director of Public Works, Robert (pictured left) oversaw the entire Department of Public Works including refuse and recycling collection, curbside leaf removal, snow and ice removal and so much more. He also is credited with designing the first automated side-loader trash truck with a tag axle in North America (it allows the large truck a tighter turning radius) during his time with the City. This year, he was also a winner of the 2017-2018 Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jeannie (pictured top right) began working for the City in 1969 and has held numerous titles over the years including Clerk Stenographer, Code Enforcement Supervisor, Acting Director of the Department of Public Services, and finally Code Enforcement Manager. She has commendation letters from other agencies, nominations and awards including from former Mayor, Alvin Kushner for her service as Acting Director from September 1986 to February 1987.

Rizmy (pictured bottom right with City Engineer Steve Halpern) began his career with the City in 2007 as a part-time Engineer Technician after greatly impressing City Engineer Steve Halpern during his interview (even outperforming younger candidates when he had to pound nails into the pavement to secure traffic tubes for a traffic counter). In 2009, Rizmy became full-time and you may have seen him around the City investigating residents’ complaints or performing construction inspections.

All three employees exhibited exemplary service to the City and have been recognized on numerous occasions. We will miss them, but wish them all a very happy retirement and thank them for their hard work, dedication and service to the City of College Park.

[Source: City of College Park]