Some City Committees May be Disbanded, Merged

At next week’s meeting, the City Council will review recommendations submitted by the Committee on Committees (COC). The City Council created the ad hoc committee, the Committee on Committees (COC) to review each of the City’s boards and committees. The COC is recommending the following changes to some of the committees:

(a) Advisory Planning Commission (APC): COC recommends including more discussions and review concerning development. Consider renaming to Advisory Planning and Variance Committee.

(b) Animal Welfare Committee (AWC): The COC recommends transitioning from a formal committee to light duty volunteer opportunities, such as dog walking, to be administered by City staff. Staff would ensure animals have cared properly and shelter is clean and up to Code.

(c) Cable TV Commission: COC recommends disbandment pending legal review of contractual ability.

(d) Citizens Corp Council: COC recommends disbandment.

(e) Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) and Tree and Landscape (TLB): COC noted some overlap with Tree and Landscape Board. Both include beautification in their mission or list of potential activities. The CBE serves as the City’s designated “Green Team,” a required component of the City’s Sustainable Maryland Certification. The TLB serves as the Tree Board, a requirement of the Tree City USA designation. COC recommends continued utilization of TLB for policy advisory purposes and commercial landscape review.

(f) Veterans Memorial Committee and Dr. MLK Tribute Committee: Consider placing both as subcommittees to the Recreation Board since one of the purposes of the Recreation Board is to create and oversee events.

North College Park Community Center Survey Responses

Thank you all who responded to the recent city-wide survey about the idea of establishing a community center in north College Park. You can see the results attached in this post, or here online: https://goo.gl/eMDG4y.

The survey asks important questions, such as (1) support/opposition for the center (2) What kind of programs residents want to see at the center (3) Demographics of the respondents, such as age and the neighborhood they live (4) Current use of the existing community centers.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the community members who have been working hard in exploring the idea. If you’re interested in joining them to volunteer, please let me know. Thank you!

Council Supports a New Tax Incentive Program

I came across a good amount of discussion about last Tuesday’s vote about the new tax incentive program that the Council supported at last Tuesday’s meeting.

The Council had two votes on this matter. The first vote was about creating an enabling legislation to support tax breaks to future developments. The ordinance was about giving up to 0 – 60% tax breaks over a 15 year period.  An amendment by Kabir-Mitchell failed by 2-6. The final vote motion passed 8-0.

The second vote was about how much the Council will be giving to Bozzutto. The motion was to give 60% over a 15 year period. This motion also passed by 7-0-1. Kabir abstained. While I liked the proposed Bozzutto development a lot, I thought the amount of break was too high. Please see the chart in my previous post comparing the amount of tax break we gave to Bozzutto and other developments.

The new tax credit is contingent upon a development getting a similar tax credit through County’s PILOT tax credit program. The Varsity and other developers did not get a PILOT tax credit when they developed their properties and thus are not eligible for receiving a tax credit from the City under the new program.

The new and the old programs allow the Council to give a credits upto a certain limit. For example, in the new program, the Council can decide to give a new elligible developer an amount between 0% to 60%. It is and will be completely upto the Council to set the amount, thus the other developers cannot go after the City because they did not get the same amount the City gave to another developer. The same applies to the credits the Council gave to developers as part of the previous program.

Here are the resolutions that we believe approved PILOTs issued by the County Council pursuant to §7-516 of the Tax Property Article. We did not see any for 2018. None of these are in College Park. The tax credit law was adopted in 2012.

CR-110-2013 approves the terms and conditions of a negotiated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreement for Laurel II LLLP.

CR-132-2013 approves the terms and conditions of a negotiated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreement for ECHO-UTC, LLC.

CR-87-2014 approves the terms and conditions of a negotiated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreement for BE NC Station Holdings, LLC for the Carrollton Station Project.

CR-36-2017 approves the terms and conditions of a negotiated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) for New Carrollton Station Project.

CR-94-2017 approves the terms and conditions of a negotiated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) for One Town Center, LLC for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Project.

Mosquito Spraying Tonight

According to staff, unless it rains, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will spray for mosquitoes in the Hollywood area east of Rhode Island Ave from Lackawanna Rd. south to Branchville Rd., the Hollywood area west of Rhode Island Ave from Lackawanna Rd to Niagara and then in Cherryhill.

If time allows they may spray in Old Town north of Calvert Rd and in College Park Estates.

This is MDA’s final spraying of the season. Wednesday evening is the designated day and time for spraying of adult mosquitoes in College Park. MDA trucks have flashing lights to alert residents that spraying is taking place. If you see this vehicle, avoid exposure to yourself or your pet by staying indoors.

If you have any questions, please call MDA 301-422-5080. For more information about mosquito spraying in the City, visit http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/government/public_works/mosquito_and_gypsy_moth_programs.php

Night at the Movie

Night at the Movies
September, September 29
Showtime is at Dusk
Hollywood Neighborhood Park
9699 53rd Ave
Come and join us for a fun and FREE Night at the Movies. 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, “Coco.”
Sponsored by the City of College Park Recreation Board and the College Park Arts Exchange.
For more information call 240-487-3570 or click here for the Facebook event page .
[ Source: City of College Park]

Tax Credits to Bozzuto and Other City Developments

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider approving a Revitalization Tax Credit (RTC) of 60% for a 15-year term and approve the associated Term Sheet to the Bozzuto development. The proposed tax credit will be possible if the Council approves the enabling ordinance 18-O-01.

The approved Bozzuto project includes 393 residential units and between 60,000 and 70,000 square feet of retail space at the former Quality Inn and Plato’s Diner site on Route 1. Bozzuto has indicated that a 60% abatement would help to facilitate this project.

Even with the 60% abatement, the City would continue to receive 100% of the City property taxes on the current or base value and will see a 227 percent increase in property tax revenue compared with what it would have made if Quality Inn and Plato’s Diner were still in business.

You can find more about this tax incentive program here on Diamondback paper: https://goo.gl/cNxR5y.

Please see below a chart showing the total amount of total amount of tax credits the City has provided to the previous, existing developments and plans to provide to Bozzuto.

A public hearing will take place about the proposed (upto) 60% tax abatement (ordinance 18-O-01) at the start of the meeting at 7:30pm, Tuesday at the Council chamber, 2nd floor of the City Hall (4500 Knox Road). Please get a free visitor parking pass from the window on the first floor. If you cannot attend the hearing, please send your comments to the Mayor and Council before 5pm tomorrow at cpmc@collegeparkmd.gov

Community Meeting-Sunday, TODAY- College Park Woods

The West College Park Civic Association, D-4 Councilmembers, and Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk invite you to a community meeting:

ON Sunday, September 23rd, at 7pm (meeting to start at 7:30pm)
AT The College Park Woods Swim Club (3545 Marlborough Way)

to discuss two items:
the purchase of the swim club property by the City of College Park – what are plans for the future?
the University’s proposed plan to break up the UMd Golf Course and its implications
Swim Club: It has been a few years now while the Swim facility has not operated and the Club’s Board and the City have negotiated for the purchase of the property. The property is now in the hands of the City. It is time now for the rest of the community to engage in a discussion of what we want at this site that would meet the needs and interests of the community, within reason. Our plan should be to set up committee or committees of interested residents to discuss and come up with a proposal for the City. Sunday’s conversation will be the start of this effort. The City Manager, Scott Somers, will attend this meeting to supply information and the City’s current perspective.

Golf Course Development: We expect this discussion to take up most of the time.

The University has once again launched an initiative to disrupt the golf course. You may recall that about 5 years ago, the University proposed to build townhouses and one (or more) “Big Box Stores” on the golf course, citing those as urgent and critical needs (it was not clear for whom – the developer?). This proposal was halted with united and strong opposition from elected county and state officials, push back from the community and the active engagement of the “Friends of the Golf Course” .

It appears that the Golf Course is once again on the chopping block. This time a hodge podge of the Purple Line, overall lack of recreational and parking space at UMd are cited as the culprit. The proposal is to take 4-5 holes of the Golf Course and turn them into recreational fields for intramural sports, and a parking lot for 600 cars. Given the swing from town houses to recreational fields, it is unclear to us exactly how the University plans for land use. Leaving an nonviable golf course is clearly the first step towards taking all of the land the golf course currently stands on. The official presentation given by UMd to the community can be found here:

Please go through the slides in this presentation before Sunday’s meeting as we don’t have the facility to project them at the meeting.

Comments from the community are accepted by the University at communityfeedback@und.edu

We will start with a social half hour from 7-7:30pm. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm.

Please attend and participate.
[Source: Suchitra Balachandran]

Community Meeting: City Hall

Community Meeting: City Hall

Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
4500 Knox Road

This meeting will explore what the new City Hall could be – including its design, uses, functions and activities. For over 20 years the City has discussed a need for a new City Hall. In 2014, City Council selected and approved the 4500 Knox Road site for the new City Hall.

• Learn about the project and its background
• Discuss what the new City Hall could look like and its potential uses and functions for the future
• Participate in a visioning exercise
• Opportunity for feedback

Fall Cleanup Days SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 & 20, 2018

Fall Cleanup Days
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 & 20, 2018
7:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

The City of College Park Department of Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, electronics for recycling, brush, and yard trim. Rain barrels ($72), yard waste carts ($25), and backyard compost bins ($20) are available for purchase and pick-up.
• You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate, although anyone can buy compost or wood mulch during this event.
• Hazardous materials will not be accepted (light bulbs or tubes, batteries, shingles, propane tanks, paint, etc.)
• Residents may dispose of one of each of the following items per year for free: air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators. Tires will incur a disposal fee of $4.00 each.
• Wood mulch and Smartleaf® screened compost will also be available, you don’t need to be a resident in order to purchase.

Two participating organizations Community Forklift and GreenDrop are accepting donations that are still in good condition. Clean out your homes, garages, and sheds, and bring the items you no longer use or need and donate them for reuse. Donations are tax deductable. The following types of materials will be collected separately so they may be reused:
• Community Forklift accepts donations of surplus, gently-used, and salvaged home improvement supplies. Click here for full list of acceptable items.
• GreenDrop accepts all articles of clothing, shoes, blankets and bedding, as well as tools, collectibles, kitchenware, toys, small appliances, electronics and sporting goods. Click here for full list of acceptable items.

[Source: City of College Park]

Washington Gas – Mill and Resurfacing in Sunnyside Neighborhood

From City’s engineering department. Beginning today M. T. Laney Company, Washington Gas’ street restoration contractor, will begin milling and resurfacing at various locations in the Sunnyside Neighborhood. See the map below. The affected locations are posted with notice. Weather permitting the work should be completed on or before Friday, Sept 28th.

Council Duscusses Improving Quality of Life Issues with Public Safety Group

The Council reviewed and discussed the Public Safety Operations Group (PSOG) project status report and consider additional initiatives.

The PSOG includes the College Park City University Partnership (CPCUP) Public Safety Sub-Committee, City Multi-Agency Service Team (CMAST), Neighborhood Stabilization
and Quality of Life Work Group (NSQoLWG), Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee (NQoL), One College Park Coalition, and various issue related sub-group meetings.

City staff, per the group’s goals, have implemented the followings (a) Deploy 2 additional CEOs and 1 additional contract police [officer] during times of anticipated high activity such as games; (b) Document all incidents and make student referrals as appropriate; (c) Continue referrals of cases meeting criteria to County Nuisance Board (d) Review Fire code re: large gatherings in single-family homes; ( e) Investigate use of video [recorders] by CEOs from car, body cam, and/or public areas; and (f) Investigate the use of video [recorders] by police of disruptive activity.

Staff plan to work on the followings
in future (a) Review effective legislation in other jurisdictions and use to develop ordinances related to Social Hosts, Gathering and Assembly, and Wailing; (b) Discuss the pros and cons of increasing fines for failure to provide names, from $75.00 to $1,000.00
and first noise offense from $500.00 to $1,000.00; (c) Discuss the value of requiring property owner/manager contact information be posted at or near the front of rental properties; (d) Review rental property insurance requirement for large gatherings, and
consider the requirement of proof of insurance prior to issuance of the City’s Residential Occupancy Permit; ( e)Pursue and obtain injunctions against property owners for continued offenses;

City of CP Seniors Wellness Fair TODAY

12:00 P.M. TO 2:30 P.M.

The City of College Park’s Seniors Program is hosting its annual Seniors Program Health and Wellness Fair on September 18 at the Old Parish House. This free event features flu shots and exercise classes, and will have vendors that include Community Legal, Doctors Hospital, Department of Aging Living Well program and more.

For more information, please contact the City Seniors Program at 301-345-8100 / Youth,Family,
Senior Services 240-487-3550.

Please contact the Seniors Program to receive mailings about other Seniors Program events in the City.

Location Information: City Facilities – Old Parish House (View Map) 4711 Knox Road College Park, MD 20740

A Fitness Business Coming to Hollywood

POSH will move to the old video store (Google image)

Great news! A fitness business is coming to the Hollywood commercial district very soon.

The north College Park resident and owner, Melissa Blain will open her new “POSH Cycling and Fitness” store at the old video store at the northeast corner of the Hollywood commercial district (9925 Rhode Island Avenue).

At frmation.com is a fitness and health experience based in Los Angeles that cultivates power and confidence in an authentic and supportive community.

Posh will be the first boutique, indoor cycling/spinning and fitness studio in College Park, and Prince George’s County. Melissa’s team will offer new and exciting classes like Spinning, Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, TRX, Kickboxing, and much more!

Let’s hope that this exciting business will be supporting a healthy lifestyle to residents of all ages and will help revitalize the commercial district.

POSH is looking for a few certified instructors and front desk professionals. If you’re interested to join, please contact at 740-785-POSH or email info@posh.fit.

Please look out for more details about the ribbon cutting ceremony and the grand opening celebration.

You can find out more information on their website www.Posh.fit.

College Park Day- October 6th, 2018

Please mark your calendar. College Park Day 2018 is on Saturday, October 6th from 12-6pm at the College Park Aviation Museum.

The event will feature

  • Engaging Community Exhibitors & Unique Vendors
  • Learn important information from community non-profits, businesses, and government agencies.
  • Find out how to get involved. Many exhibitors offer free items and informative brochures.
  • Also, unique items to purchase from community craft makers and businesses.
  • Over 20 University of Maryland departments, clubs, performers, and entities … and over 50 additional participating exhibitors and vendors.
  • Fantastic Food & Drink! Bring your appetite and enjoy fantastic festival food to include pizza, BBQ, hot dogs, ice cream, and shaved ice … all for purchase.
  • Enjoy creating different arts and crafts.

Free Admission for All! Fun for Kids and Adults!

Join your neighbors for an afternoon of fun and laughter! Activities include obstacle courses, climb wall, bounce house, face painting, live bands and performers … and more!

Come to say hello to the folks who keep you safe and check out their fire trucks and squad cars!

The College Park Aviation Museum also will offer free admission and you can see their new exhibit “Delivering America: Airmail to Email.” As a special bonus, you can go to the airfield and check out several helicopters and say hello to their pilots and crews.

See you all on October 6th!

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

The market will be open this Saturday!
We may have a little rain but will still have a great day. Make sure you stop by to get everything you need for the week.Please help us welcome our newest vendors: Dearheart wood and Designs and Skyi Unlimited Beauty & Events.
Dearheart wood and Designs creates beautiful cheese boards, cutting boards and serving trays from many different types of wood.
Skyi Unlimited Beauty & Events makes natural hair and body butters.Upcoming Events:

On September 22nd Vivian Cooper, College Park’s Animal Control Officer, will be in attendance at the market to microchip College Park resident’s pets. Non residents will pay $20.00 for this great way to help our pets return to our homes if they ever seem to get out.
From the Lions Club:

Mark your calendar for the College Park Lions Club Stuff-A-Truck Donation Drive on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 am – 1 pm at the Hollywood Farmers Market, Hollywood Shopping Center, 9801 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD.
By donating gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens, and small household items (no furniture), you can help us raise funds for the Lions Community Outreach Foundation which sponsors a mobile health unit and screening equipment, allowing thousands of people to receive free vision, hearing and eye pressure screenings in our communities annually. Start gathering up your donations today!
Feel free to email (cplionsclub@aol.com) with any questions or if you want to help but can’t drop off on the 29th.
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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
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Bears, Books and Things: Homemade stuffed animals
Blessed Creations: Soaps and oils
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dearheart Wood and Designs: Unique cutting boards
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Mel’s Munchies: Sweets and ice cream
Skyi Unlimited Beauty & Events: Natural Hair and Body Butters
Stone Hearth Bakery: Fresh baked bread from Fredrick, MD.
Valencia’s Produce: Produce and flowers
Victory Chapel Family Farms: Local Honey
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheesesThese vendors will be returning at a later date:
Cove Point Winery: 30+ variety of wines and a hard cider
Elated Harmony: Massage
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts
Moonstruck Oyster Company: Shelled Oysters, Shucked Oysters, Cookbooks, etc. will return in September
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
VizingaWoodworks: Handcrafted jewelry and accessories

This week Calvert Farm will have:
Apples – 3 variety
Potatoes red & white
Variety bags
Peppers – many colors – sweet and hot
Chicken eggs
Honey if honey man not there
Acorn squash
Fresh cut flowers

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