Council Delays Public Hearing on Bulk Trash Collection

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the Mayor and Council decided to delay the Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-O-05 (Bulky Trash) in order to allow additional time to consider the legislation.

A new Public Hearing date has not been scheduled at this time. A notice will be posted once the date has been determined.

The Council will most likely discuss the ordinance one more time in another future worksession, before it schedules the new public hearing and vote.

Recently, I asked staff how jurisdictions around College Park address the issue of bulk trash abuse . They all do it somewhat differently.

For example, Montgomery County does not have a limit on item amount per collection , but has a limit on number of collections per year. Montgomery County also has a transfer station which accepts items and will charge residents for drop off materials that weigh over 500 pounds. The DC DPW currently has a 7-item limit. For more than 7 items, customers need to make additional appointments. Another advantage factor for DC is that they have a transfer stations that customers can drop off bulk items daily. The City of Laurel have a base minimum fee of $10.00 and a fee chart below for every item. https://www.cityoflaurel.org/dpw/collections/bulky-items Berwyn Heights charges for special trash that is more than 3 cubic yards and charges for appliances containing freon and tires. Additional information is listed in the SCS Bulk Trash report.

The SCS report and recommendations (http://bit.ly/2UAUkxn) are based on data provided by City’s Public Works Department (DPW). The data include the number of requested collections and their tonnage throughout the year. Unfortunately, the data does not include the number of items per each collection from residences, as the DPW does not keep track of the item counts per collection now.

Electric Line Relocation May Cause Traffic Congestion on Route 1

From Maryland State Highway Administration:

US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from College Avenue to MD 193 (University Boulevard)


Beginning this March, utility crews will be working along US 1 within the project limits specified above performing electricity infrastructure work and will intermittently close traffic lanes during the following weekday hours:

• Northbound: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Southbound 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Drivers should add extra commute time and use alternate routes during this work. The work may require temporary work zone sidewalk closures. Pedestrians will be directed via signage to the safest crossing in the work zone—including those on the opposite side of the road. Additional work hours and lane closures may be necessary to complete all phases of work and keep the project on schedule.

Progress permitting, this electricity infrastructure relocation work should be complete by early fall. Equipment used for this work may be disruptive. For more information about this US 1 electricity infrastructure relocation work, please contact Mr. John Gover, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) District 3 Area Construction Engineer at 301-513-7336 or wgover@sha.state.md.us.

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.  Draft minutes of the February 14, 2019 NCPCA meeting will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at www.myncpca.org
7:30  Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.
7:35  Recognition of Arthur Eaton.  Arthur was a long-time resident of our community, and previously served as President and Vice President of NCPCA.  He passed away on February 17.
7:45  NCPCA Letter – Community Center in North College Park.  A letter developed by Mary Cook (NCPCA Community Center Committee) from NCPCA to Sen. Rosapepe with many cc’s will be read for approval.
8:00  NCPCA Letter – Hollywood Streetscape, Exercise Path and Narragansett Run.  A letter developed by Mary Cook (from NCPCA to Prince George’s Councilmember Tom Dernoga) will be read for approval.
8:10 NCPCA Bylaws & Membership Dues.  The four items below were discussed on Jan. 10, and formal motions were introduced on Feb. 14.  NCPCA Bylaws are at https://myncpca.org/legal .  Today, we will vote on all four of the following:
1.  Bylaws Change to Article 1 Name.  The following text is proposed for addition to the Bylaws, after the current text:  NCPCA is incorporated in the State of Maryland as North College Park Citizens Association, and uses that name for all tax and legal purposes.
2.  Bylaws Change to Article IV Membership Section 3.  The following text is proposed for deletion:  The Association may, in addition to dues, assess an annual mailing fee to cover the cost of sending the newsletter and other communications by postal mail.
3.  Bylaws Change to Article V Meeting Section 5 Quorum.  A quorum at a meeting shall be at least seven NCPCA members.
4.  Dues Increase.  Dues of NCPCA shall be $10 per year, starting on June 1 and ending on May 31, 2020.  Note:  Dues must be paid before the NCPCA officer elections on June 9, 2019.
8:25  NCPCA City Budget Priorities.  The list of priorities was developed with input of members on February 14, but due to very low attendance on that date the priorities were notsent to City Council.  The priorities will be quickly reviewed, and a motion to allow members who were not present on February 14 to add their priorities will be considered.
8:30  Break & Refreshments.  Members are always welcome to bring something to share while all of us enjoy a quick break and complete the budget priorities exercise.
 8:35  Tax Update.  Larry Bleau will present some highlights of recent tax changes.
8:45  NCPCA Picnic Update.  News about planning for the Hollywood Heritage Picnic event in Spring will be presented. 
8:55  Approval of Minutes, Officers Reports.  Minutes of our February 14 meeting will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports. 
9:00  NCPCA Officer Election Nominating Committee.  Elections will be June 13, and all offices will be selected by vote on that date.  Members are needed to develop a list of candidates for each office and to create ballots.

Bike to Work Day is Back!

On Friday, May 17, 2019, join new riders and veteran bicycle commuters in a celebration of biking as a fun, healthy way to get to work. Drop by the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes!

Be sure to register early – the first 20,000 to sign up across the region will be guaranteed a free t-shirt.

For more information and to register, please click here


Save the Date: Spring Cleanup Events

April is spring cleanup month. The Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, will be open each Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – noon for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, electronics for recycling, brush, and yard trim. You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate.
Document shredding. Onsite document shredding services will be available on Saturday, April 20, during the Cleanup event from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your paperwork to be shredded while you wait. Residency is required.

For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave.

City Releases FY 2020 Draft Budget

The FY2020 City of College Park Proposed Operating Budget with 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is available here: http://bit.ly/2ENB1KR

Copies will be available for inspection in the City Hall lobby; Davis Hall reception; and Youth, Family & Senior Services building lobby beginning Monday, March 11. Copies are also available by contacting the Department of Finance. FY2020 Proposed Budget Summary brochures are also available at those locations.

To view the FY2020 budget schedule, the current proposed budget or past budgets, please visit collegeparkmd.gov/budget.

Public City Council budget worksession meetings are scheduled for March 23 and 30, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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College Park February 2019 PGPD Crime Map

The College Park February 2019 PGPD crime map was generated from the PGPD crime data for the period of February 2- March 2, 2019 (Beat 7) and January 31 – March 4, 2019 (Beat 6). The interactive map can be seen here: https://www.easymapmaker.com/map/283e94560160f0db68ad2d24a6746b3e.

Here is the summary of crime incidents by major neighborhoods:

North College Park – 12

Mid-town (Berwyn/Lakeland) – 8

Old town / Calvert Hill- 3

West College Park – 0

Yarrow and Estates – 2

Additional crime incidents inside the UMD campus and the surrounding areas can be found here on the UMPD website: https://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/incident_logs.cfm?year=2019&month=2

Feedback Needed! College Park Preschool Parents Survey and Focus Groups

Please see below an exciting opportunity for the parents looking for quality daycare in College Park. For the community parents, there will be a focus group meeting, next Tuesday, at 6:30 pm, at Davis Hall. Please see below for more details about the event and the survey you can take to give your feedback. Thank you! ======================= Dear friends, The Children’s Guild, in response to an identified need for more opportunities for quality preschool education in the College Park community, will be opening a preschool in 2020 off Rhode Island Ave. for children ages 3-5. The Children’s Guild has been running schools in Maryland for more than 65 years. They would very much appreciate you being a part of a focus group and/or filling out a survey so that they can ensure that we will be providing an academic preschool education that meets the needs of parents in the community. Focus group dates and times: (1) For College Park Community Parents When: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.(light dinner will be served) Where: Davis Hall 9317 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 (2) For University of Maryland College Park Parents When: Tuesday, March 12 at noon (lunch will be served) Where: WeWork 7761 Diamondback Drive, Suite 1A College Park, MD 20740 If you have a child in preschool or who will be starting preschool in the future, please complete this short survey and, if available, sign-up for a focus group session! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZSPQWZB Thank you, Valerie Woodall, Senior Program Associate College Park City-University Partnership vwoodall@collegeparkpartnership.org, 845-649-2477 =====================

Gateway Park Construction Begins

In case you’re wondering what is going on at the corner of Route 1 and Edgewood Rd, it’s the construction of the Gateway Park, that just started this week (Finally!!!) As you’ve noticed, the area on 47th Place along the site’s frontage is cordoned off and no parking will be allowed here during the construction phase. Construction is slated to be completed by September 1. Staff will meet with the contractor (McDonnell Landscaping) on a regular basis and relevant news and information will be shared going forward.

Council May Change Certain Noise Code

At the Council Worksession on December 4, 2018, the Mayor and Council discussed legislation in other jurisdictions, such as Baltimore County, Maryland, Arlington County Virginia, and Prince George’s County that is used to control noise in their communities.

In response to the Council discussions, Staff is proposing the following changes to our noise code:

(i) Define “DAY” as a period between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday; and, 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Define “NIGHT” as the period between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Monday through Friday; and, 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

(ii) Certain construction activities producing noise which exceeds the noise limits shall be permitted only during the “Day”. Continuous noise originating from construction sites should not exceed ninety (90) dBA at the construction site property line.

(iii) Allow some noise from certain special Events, as long as Short-term or seasonal activities may not exceed ninety (90) dBA at the event property line

(iv) The following activities or sources of noise shall be exempt from the noise Code, and shall not require a permit: (a) Certain athletic contests and activities (b) Religious facility bells or carillons; (c) Religious or political gatherings and other activities protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; (d) Activities for which the regulation of noise has been preempted by Maryland or federal law; ( e ) Audible signal devices which are employed as warning or alarm signals in case of fire, emergency, collision, theft, or burglary, or imminent danger, etc (f) Noise that is emitted in conjunction with a duly-authorized parade; (g) Electricity-generating systems used to provide emergency backup electric power. (h) Certain athletic contests and other scheduled events if held between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (i) A sound resulting from the operation of an aircraft. (j) Certain outdoor event on a private property 

Community Police Meeting – This Thursday, March 7, 7 pm, at MoM’s Cafe

Please come meet with the police officers who work hard to keep our neighborhoods safe in College Park. This is an excellent opportunity to bring your crime-related concerns directly to the police officers. We’ll share crime maps and discuss incidents and how to make our homes and neighborhoods safer.

My Organic Market (MoMs) has graciously offered to host the meeting. MoMs is located in the Hollywood Shopping Center near the intersection of Rhode Island Ave. and Edgewood Rd. Feel free to grab a snack or a meal and sit, relax, and enjoy the meeting.

The month’s meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7, 7-8 pm. Hope to see many of you. Everyone is invited. Bring a friend! Please contact Carol Macknis (macknis@verizon.net) or me (fkabir@collegeparkmd.gov)

My Organic Market (MoMs) has graciously offered to host the meeting. MoMs is located in the Hollywood Shopping Center near the intersection of Rhode Island Ave. and Edgewood Rd. Feel free to grab a snack or a meal and sit, relax, and enjoy the meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7, 7-8 pm. Hope to see many of you.

Everyone is invited. Bring a friend! Please contact Carol Macknis (macknis@verizon.net) or me (fkabir@collegeparkmd.gov)

City’s Youth and Family Services Program

The mission of the City of the College Park Youth and Family Services program is to serve College Park children and families through quality culturally-responsive clinical services and community-based programs with Streams of Wholeness life coaches that strengthen children’s well-being and family relationships.

As one of Maryland’s 15 Youth Services Bureaus, the City of College Park Youth and Family Services, through its mental health services, provides effective juvenile delinquency diversion treatment and family disruption services and promotes positive youth development aimed at developing competent youth who can become responsible and productive members of society. Whole plant supplements like a full spectrum hemp oil from Synchronicity Hemp Oil can bring balance you didn’t know existed.

The counseling staff partners with each family to tailor a course of treatment that fits their individual needs and fosters positive change for their youth and family. The philosophical underpinning of the counseling program is to respect each family members’ perspective, strengthen the positive aspects of family member and peer relationships, decrease parent-child relationship stress, and support healthy behaviors and emotional growth. In addition to its core counseling program, College Park Youth and Family Services provides a number of

additional programs to promote positive youth development. They are

(a) Graduate Internship Program

(b) Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy Program

(c) Hispanic Parent Support Group

(d) Lakeland STARs

(e) Hungry Intervention Program

( f )If I Were Mayor/MML Program

(g) Halloween Thing

(h) Spring Egg Hunt

(i) M-NCPPC Expressions Camp partner

(j) Holiday Initiatives, are the collection and distribution of: Thanksgiving baskets/Friends Community School, One Warm Coat Drive, UMD Terp Toy Drive, Adopt-a-Family, Christmas food boxes/Prince George’s Sheriff Dept • Bicycles/College Park Vol Fire Dept.