College Park Community Foundation 2018 Grantees and Annual Gala

The College Park Community Foundation board of directors has recently announced its sixth cohort of grantees. This year, the Foundation awarded $16,380 to 14 nonprofits doing meaningful work in the College Park community. They increased our total giving over last year and, since their founding in 2012, they have given $52,800 in six grant-making cycles. Click here to read about our 2018 grantees and the projects we’re supporting.

The Foundation plans to celebrate its grantees at the 6th Annual Awards Gala on January 26th at The Hotel at the University of Maryland. They’ll also be presenting the 4th Annual CPCF Chair’s Award to College Park parkrun for the incredible work this outstanding group of volunteers has done in the short two years since launching in College Park.

Tickets are now on sale.

Council Mulls Changing City’s Noise Ordinance

Back in September, the Council efforts being made in other jurisdictions, such as Baltimore County and Arlington County, to control noise from large social gatherings and from groups on public streets and sidewalks, especially in the following areas (a) Adopt an amendment allowing exemptions to City Code for special public events and establishing criteria for an exemption.

Some events, including those which the City promotes, by their nature, violate the noise ordinance. Recent revisions to the County noise regulations accommodate special events. Staff recommends that
(a) Chapter 138 of the City Code be amended to allow for certain special events.
(b) Adopt an amendment to more clearly define noise and time limits for construction and commercial property maintenance, including private trash service and parking lot sweepers. Consider changes to daytime (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) noise limits for private property maintenance such as lawn mowing and leaf blowing. Discuss and consider different weekend noise limits such as 9-5 for lawn maintenance
(c) Consider adopting an amendment to prohibit noise above the night time (8 p.m. to 7 a.m.) limits caused by loud talking, shouting, or wailing on public property. Currently, this behavior can be addressed by code enforcement through the noise code if it occurs on private property, by citations and municipal infractions to the property owner and tenants of rental properties. To enforce such a regulation on public property such as streets or sidewalks would require police to enforce.

Staff is researching the future possibility of City contract police officers being authorized to enforce the City noise code. Contract officers can currently enforce the County noise code and can abate loud, noisy behavior. They cannot at this time issue City municipal infractions.

Updated Leaf Collection Calendar

 Please Click here for the most up-to-date collection schedule.

City’s DPW wants to remind all residents that we are in Leaf Season which means that we do not collect soft yard waste (leaves/grass) weekly; instead, we collect it when we are in your neighborhood with the leaf vacs.

Please look for signs posed on telephone poles in your neighborhood. Remember to always call or email to schedule your Woody Yard Waste (brush, branches, vines). Rake leaves to the curb, keep all branches and brush out of your pile or it will not be collected. https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=35