This Week’s NCPCA Meeting

This Thursday is the second Thursday of the month, and thus the day when the NCPCA holds its monthly public meeting. Please see below this week’s meeting agenda.

7:30pm: Ray Ranker, candidate for Md. House of Delegates will be vising NCPCA. In conformance with past practice, candidates for elected office in the NCPCA area are allowed ~ 5 minutes.

7:40 Featured Guest – College Park Community Library. As part of our ongoing effort to recognize and learn more about local groups that serve our community, we will be hosting a presentation and engaging with Ms. Jackie Kelly and other representatives of the Library. A new featured guest will be invited next month, and nominees will be discussed in New Business.

8:10 Community Center Update. Members of the NCPCA Community Center Committee and our City Councilmembers will present the latest information about funding and programming for a new community center in North College Park.

8:30 Break & Refreshments. Members are always welcome to bring something to share while all of us enjoy a quick break.

8:40 P.G. Zoning Code Rewrite. NCPCA continues to work with legal counsel and others to understand the implications of the County Zoning Code Rewrite on residents of North College Park. An update of current status and discussion of concerns will be presented.

As always, the meeting will take place at the Davis Hall at 7:30 pm.

Council to Form Complete Census Count Committee

The next decennial census will occur in the spring of 2020. Obtaining an accurate count is critical to informed decision-making and securing sufficient funding to meet residents’ needs. Census data collected in 2020 will be used to reapportion congressional representation, redistrict legislative boundaries, and determine the annual distribution of federal funds for the next ten years.

To improve census participation and help ensure an accurate count, the Census Bureau has asked tribal, state, and local governments to organize Complete Count Committees (CCCs). At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider the formation of a Complete Count Committee by early next year. The CCC will consist of elected and community leaders of various groups working in the city.

According to the the proposal, the Committee shall be composed of up to ten (10) members who shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council. The Mayor and Council may consider representation from target groups in making their appointments, including:
 Council members, to serve as liaisons to the full Council (2);
 University of Maryland staff, possibly represented by the Department of Resident
Life and the Office of Community Engagement (2);
 University of Maryland students, possibly represented by the Student Government
Association and Interfraternity Council (2);
 The senior community, possibly represented by a Seniors Committee or Neighbors
Helping Neighbors member (1);
 The Hispanic Parent Support Group (1);
 A community association, possibly represented by the College Park Arts Exchange
(1); and
 The Prince George’s County Property Owners’ Association (PGPOA) (1).

College Park Day 2018 – In Pictures

Today: College Park Day, Spring Cleanup

College Park Day is today!! Between lots of food options, a gigantic kids zone, live performances, and so much more you are bound to have an awesome time! For details, see below under Events or visit www.collegeparkday.org.

Also, Today (and also on October 20), from 7:30 a.m. to noon, the Department of Public Works is open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, appliances, electronics for recycling, brush, and yard trim .
You can also buy rain barrels, yard waste carts and backyard composting bins. During the two clean-up days, City residents can pick up FREE Smartleaf® compost (up to two cubic yards per resident, must show proof of city residency.) We will accept donations of surplus gently-used, and salvaged home improvement supplies for Community Forklift and gently used articles of clothing, shoes, blankets, collectibles, kitchenware, toys and sporting goods for GreenDrop.


Pepco’s Appliance Recycling Program

In case you do not know, Pepco has an Appliance Recycling Program. Here is how to Participate..
Schedule a recycling pick-up today!
Use the Online Scheduler.  OR   Call us at 877.743.3117.
  • You must be a Pepco customer with an active residential account in Maryland.
  • You must own the appliance, and refrigerators and freezers must be 10 to 30 cubic feet.
  • Room air conditioners and dehumidifiers are only eligible for pick-up at the same time as a scheduled refrigerator or freezer pick-up.
  • The refrigerator, freezer, room air conditioner and/or dehumidifier must be emptied, plugged in and in working (cooling) condition at the time of pick up. Room air conditioners must also be removed from the window prior to pick up.
  • The appliance must be picked up from the address listed on your Pepco account.
  • Limit of two large appliances (refrigerators and/or freezers) and two small appliances (room air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers) per residential account per year.
  • An adult, 18 years or older, must be present at the time of collection.

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month

During the month of October, any dog adopted from the Prince George’s County Animal Shelter will have a reduced spay or neuter fee of $125 from the original price of $225. Dogs that are already spayed or neutered are free!

Rhode Island Ave Protected Bike lane Gets 120K MDOT Grants

Good news. Very recently, the MDOT awarded the City with a $120,000 grant, which will hopefully help to complete the design phase of the Rhode Island Ave protected bike lane project. http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/Bike_Walk/Documents/FY19_GrantAwards.pdf

The City initiated a project in order to make bike lanes on both sides of Rhode Island Ave from MD 193 to the Hollywood Shopping Center safer.

The City engaged the community at two community meetings to seek feedback early this year. A number of options were presented. You can see those options here in this presentation. https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/government/planning/docs/RIAvePublicSlides05092018.pdf

One option that appears to have attracted more support includes the following features:
▪ 5’ bike lane with 2’ buffers, continuous vertical separation
▪ 10’ travel lanes
▪ Conventional bike lanes with shared use path south of Blackfoot Rd

Once the design is completed, the City will seek funds for construction.

Senior Program Expands in Hollywood

Good news! Starting from yesterday (October 1st), City expanded its senior program in Hollywood. On every weekday, College Park senior activities will be hosted at the Fellowship Hall of the College Park United Methodist Church of 9601 Rhode Island Avenue.

The social drop-in will occur on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30-12:00, whereas on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:30-1:00 senior social activities will take place. Light refreshments will be served on these days.

For more information, please call (301) 345 – 8100.

Do Not Block the Box Signs Will be Installed this Month

Good news! The SHA is telling now that the “Do Not Block the intersection” boxes will be installed at both Edgewood Rd and Cherry Hill Rd intersections on Route 1 this month (in October 2018). Also, a crosswalk will be installed for the west leg of the US 1 and Cherry Hill Road Intersection (by Spring 2019). Thank you for your patience and advocacy.

Representatives from the State Highway Administration (SHA) will talk more about this project at tomorrow’s City Council meeting when they will come and give an annual update of the existing SHA projects in the city. The representatives will also provide an update on the following projects as well.

(a) Rhode Island Ave and Greenbelt Rd (MD 430) Intersection:
The City requested SHA evaluate the installation of medians at the Greenbelt Rd (MD 430) / Rhode Island Ave intersection to further calm traffic and provide refuge areas for those crossing Greenbelt Rd. This would eliminate the pedestrian and bicyclist crash pattern at the access for the College Park Trolley Trail.

The project proposes to install medians along MD 430 from west of Rhode Island Avenue to west of MD 193 (University Boulevard). Additionally, small sidewalk improvements are needed to address the permanent closure of the south leg of Rhode Island Avenue.

Currently, the project is in design with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2019. Construction will be completed under an Areawide Geometric Construction during Summer 2019.

(b) Rhode Island Ave and University Blvd (MD 193):
A traffic study was completed and the current configuration does not have the capacity to support the vehicles traveling thru the intersection.

The proposed improvements will extend the left turn lane of eastbound MD 193 by 200’, provide an additional thru lane on westbound MD 193, and extend the southbound right turn lane on Rhode Island Avenue by 300’.

The project is currently in design and is anticipated to be complete Summer 2019. The project is funded for design only.

(c) Beltway Widening Project: The project will include improvements for over 70 miles of interstate in Maryland including: I-495 (Capital Beltway) from south of the American Legion Bridge over the Potomac River to east of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and I-270 (Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Highway) from I-495 to I-70, including the east and west I-270 spurs.