The City of College Park has established a Charter Review Commission (CRC) to hear from our residents on the benefits and concerns associated with changing the length of the term for elected officials from two to four years, and on the benefits and concerns related to staggering those terms or having them run concurrently. The Commission’s first Public Forum will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 4500 Knox Road. If you prefer to submit your comments in writing, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/CRCcomment For more information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 240-487-3501
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1/4 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. (61 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)
1/4 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of a Breaking and Entering Report in the 4700 block of Pontiac Street. Residence check and no crime committed.
1/4 Contract officer on routine patrol observed an occupied suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn located at 9137 Baltimore Avenue. Field interview conducted after the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Field Observation Report completed.1/6 Contract officers responded to the area of Baltimore Avenue and Cherry Hill Road for the report of the sound of gunshots. Area check with negative results.1/7 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. (94 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)1/7 Contract officer observed a vehicle displaying stolen tags in the 8100 block of Baltimore Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody for theft.1/9 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop in the 7500 block of Yale Avenue. The driver was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant.1/10 Contract officer responded to a report of an assault in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, trespassing, and failure to obey a lawful order
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police ActivityJanuary 4 – 10, 2018
1/4 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000
1/4 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of a Breaking and Entering Report in the 4700
1/4 Contract officer on routine patrol observed an occupied suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn located at 9137 Baltimore Avenue. Field interview conducted after the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Field Observation Report completed.1/6 Contract officers responded to the area of Baltimore Avenue and Cherry Hill Road for the report of the sound of gunshots. Area check with negative results.1/7 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000
I have been told that a number of our residents got assessments for their properties.
In case you don’t agree with assessment, you may want to appeal the assessment.
The deadline for filing an appeal regarding the recent notice is February 11.
Assessment Appeal Process: https://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Assessment-Appeal-Process.aspx
Direct Link to on-line appeal request: http://assessmentappeals.dat.maryland.gov/start.aspx
Real Property Search: http://sdat.dat.maryland.gov/RealProperty/Pages/default.aspx
With the continuing federal government shutdown putting undue financial pressure on the families of furloughed employees, Congressman Jamie Raskin and the transit workers union are offering free meals to furloughed federal employees and their families every day this week, from 12-6 pm at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center at 10000 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring.
Workers only need to bring their federal employee identification card. The Center has free parking and is accessible by bus.
More details are below
[Source: Senator Jim Rosapepe]
At last night’s meeting an ordinance was introduced to make some changes to
The Changes are as follows:
(a) §4-2, A. 2: Remove reference to the Assistant City Manager and the Police Commissioner. The Assistant City Manager role is addressed elsewhere, and we do not have a Police Commissioner.
(b) §4-2, A. 3: The City Manager would like to have full authority to select the Assistant City Manager without the approval of the Mayor and Council; to eliminate the requirement of giving the Assistant City Manager a contract
(c) §4-3 The Department of Human Resources will be added to the list of departments and job titles to reflect changes that were made under City Manager Finz in 2003.
(d) §62-1 describing the Service Recognition Program for employees is eliminated. This function is described fully in the approved Personnel Regulations and does not need to be duplicated in the Code.
(e) §62.-2 becomes §62.-1 and language has been added to clarify that elected and appointed officials are not entitled to employee benefits other than those required by law, such as workers compensation and the option to participate in the Maryland State Pension Plan.
f) §62-4 becomes §62-3 and the City Manager’s job description has been updated to reflect current duties. In the next section the Assistant City Manager’s job duties are eliminated and will be outlined,
(g) §62-5 becomes §62-4 and in §62-4A language has been added to clarify what changes to personnel and employee benefits must be approved by the Mayor and Council.
(h) §62-6 Conduct of Employees is eliminated because this topic is fully covered in the approved Personnel Regulations.
(i) ARTICLE III Pension Plan is renamed, renumbered and rewritten to reflect what has been done.
(j) ARTICLE IV Local Government Health Benefits Trust is, renumbered and rewritten to reflect changes that have taken place over many years and leaves the only language required for us to have participated in the Health Benefits Trust.
A public hearing will be scheduled for January 29,
Furlough Discounts / Assistance etcprince georges county Federal-Government-Shutdown-Assistance
Over the past two days, the City received about 13 inches of snow. Let’s take a moment to thank the Public works crew for keeping our streets clean.
Also, let’s thank a dedicated group of volunteers who came together yesterday and today and helped their neighbors in needs of snow shoveling. In particular, my sincere thanks go to the members of the snow shoveling brigade that took care of a number of houses in north College Park. They include Ryan, Tiffany, Darren, Patrick, Todd, Samir, Imran, Ann, Zakaria, Hena, and their families. I am sure there are many more neighbors who went out on their own and helped their neighbors. It’s the togetherness that makes us a strong community.
Due to the winter weather, refuse and recycling collections will be shifted forward one day for this week. Monday collections will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday’s collections on Wednesday, and Wednesday’s collections on Thursday.
Department of Public Works crews continue to clear routes. Crews are plowing/ salting routes. We have about 6 inch accumulation and could get 3 more inches. As soon as we clear down to asphalt, the heavier snow covers the route up again and we need to retreat and re-plow. DPW will continue to monitor conditions and work to keep roads clear in College Park. Residents can help us by parking off streets and in driveways and park close to curbs.
Please be aware that shoveling snow can pose a health hazard, so only shovel if your physical condition allows.
And please remember that wet snow is heavy and can be hazardous. Do not shovel snow if you have a heart condition or any other medical conditions and, always, no matter your situation, never over exert yourself. Please be safe in these weather conditions, and make sure to stay warm at home. Now would be a great time to make sure you don’t need heater maintenance or take care of any heater repair you may have been putting off so that it will run as effectively and efficiently as possible, if you have not done so ahead of time.
Thank you all who have volunteered so far. We still need a couple of volunteers based on the requests we have from our elderly neighbors and neighbors with a disability. As you’ve seen we’re having more accumulations (up to 6 inches) than what was forecasted before. Thank you!
• After walking your pets, be sure to rinse off and dry your pets paws, legs and stomach to remove any ice and snow, ice melt or chemicals that are used to melt snow. Pay particular attention to between the toes. If you notice that your cat’s teeth are starting to come out, go to catlicking.com to read some tips on how to survive kitten teething.
• If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang loudly on your car hood before starting the engine to give them a chance to escape.
• Bring your pets in when the temperature drops below freezing. Cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should not be outside for long periods of time. Very young and older dogs are more susceptible to the cold, so limit their time outside when the temperature is below freezing. If your pet has a heavy coat of fur and prefers the outdoors, County law requires a house of proper size that is dry, draft free and at least two inches off the ground. Make sure the pet has access to clean, fresh and not frozen water.
• Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to clean up any spills so your pet will not be tempted to taste.
• Don’t leave your pets alone in cars in winter. Cars are just as dangerous in cold weather as in hot weather for your pet. Cars act as refrigerators and hold the cold and can cause animals to freeze to death.
Showcase your City pride with one (or three) of our awesome new t-shirts, hoodies, polos, youth clothes or bags.
First debuted at College Park Day, the full collection is now available online. Sizes and quantities are limited. Purchases can be made online or at City Hall – most major credit cards and cash are accepted.
All purchased items must be picked up at City Hall only – we currently do not ship any orders.