Congratulations, POSH Cycling and Fitness!

Congratulations to Posh Cycling & Fitness in north College Park for getting College Park’s 2019 Business of the year award!

The award was announced at last night’s City Council meeting

On September 23rd, the subcommittee met to score the nominations using the criteria described in the program guidelines. After determining the three businesses with the highest score (Proteus Bicycles, Open Barre, and Posh Cycling and Fitness), subcommittee members recommended altering the program guidelines to allow for a popular vote among those three businesses.

The program guidelines were amended during a regular meeting on September 24th to allow for a public vote to determine the Business of the Year. Online voting began on October 4th and was promoted on the City’s social media platforms. College Park Day attendees also had the opportunity to vote in person at the City’s Planning table. Online polls closed
on October 11th at 11:59 pm and votes from College Park Day will be added to determine the College Park Business of the Year 2019.

Your Input is Needed on Proposed Changes to Bulk Trash Program

Tonight, the Mayor and Council will have a discussion on the amendments to the Bulk Trash Program. Below, is an explanation of what will be brought forward for our consideration. I would like to hear your thoughts on the matter.

SCS Engineers, a solid waste management consultant, made the following recommendations and possible new collection fees.

The consultant surveyed the Big 10 communities and area local jurisdictions to learn about their bulk trash collection program guidelines. Most jurisdictions require an appointment for collection of bulky refuse items and about half of the jurisdictions charge a fee for their collection. Some local jurisdictions charge for each bulk item collected, while others charge per cubic yard.

For Special/Bulk Refuse Collection, SCS is recommending to charge $20 per item over limit beyond a 20-item limit annually; up to four (4) free collections per the calendar year. Alternatively, this fee for items could be charged beyond a 2-3 cubic yard limit per quarter. SCS Report also recommends prohibiting the collection of Contractor-Generated Materials. Home improvement material generated by the resident will be picked up within the proposed bulk trash rule (20 items /year). Collection fees for bulky refuse items exceeding identified quantities or incurring a charge must be paid in advance. The material must be placed in an organized manner separated into like materials. Materials improperly set out will not be collected. Residents may continue to drop off bulky refuse items at Public Works during clean-up events. These drop-off events will not be counted toward annual collection limits.

To encourage compliance with new or existing bulk trash collection policies, SCS Engineers recommends that the City, not pickup material or items that are unscheduled and just left out in the curb or are placed in an incorrect or unsafe manner. Rather, the City, through the Departments of Public Works and Public Services (Code Enforcement) should use such opportunities to educate residents on proper collection policies and practices through use of door hangers that: 1) inform and clarify proper procedures for the efficient and safe removal of bulk trash material including scheduling and placement; and 2) that the material must set out properly or be removed by other means within 24 hours; if not, the City will remove the material and bill the property owner via a lien on the property for the cost of removing the material, in the same manner, the City currently abates nuisances – City abates nuisance, then invoices and/or liens property for cost of abatement.

The Council will also discuss presentations to the City Council and the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) that sought to address a few issues with the current method of bulk trash collection in the city.

Council to Discuss Greystar Development on Knox Road

At tomorrow’s meeting, the City Council will discuss the proposed development located north of Knox Road, approximately 180 feet west of the intersection of Knox Rd and US-1/Baltimore Avenue. The Applicant (Greystar) is requesting the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision (PPS) review for the property.

The purpose of the subdivision is to consolidate two parcels into one parcel for the development of a mixed-use building containing 341 multifamily units/796 beds for student housing and 32,000 square feet of retail space. The subject site currently contains approximately 14,796 square feet of retail space and surface parking. The proposed parcel will contain 1.65 acres.

Staff is recommending approval with a few conditions.

Police Walk and Talk in Hollywood

A big THANK YOU to our police officers and the neighbors who attended last Thursday’s Walk and Talk with Police event. We covered quite a few homes in the Hollywood neighborhood and discussed the public safety concerns the neighbors brought to us. We hope to have similar Walks in the future. Please let me know if you want to have one on your block and be part of it.

FREE Compost – October 26

During the remaining fall clean-up event on October 26. Residents of College Park can pick-up FREE Smartleaf® screened compost from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Works (DPW), 9217 51st Avenue, College Park.

Limit 2 cubic yards per resident, per trip. You must bring proof of City of College Park residency to participate.

We will load open bed trucks. If you don’t have a truck and want to get some compost, bring your own containers or bags as well as a shovel and be prepared to dig and get dirty.

Non-residents can purchase compost at the sale price of $21 per cubic yard, and wood mulch for $12 per cubic yard. We also sell in smaller increments (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 cubic yards)

Business Recognition Award Voting Ends Today

If you haven’t already, voting ends today!

College Park’s growing and vibrant business community is full of unsung heroes who provide well-paying jobs for our residents, develop creative solutions to everyday problems, and take care of the community that they call home.

The City has been collecting nominations for Business of the Year all summer and three finalists have been selected for College Park’s Business of the Year!

Vote for your favorite before polls close on Friday Oct 11th!

Candidate Forum ,Tonight

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

This evening, at 7:30 p.m., I’ll have the opportunity to join other candidates running in next month’s City Council election at a live forum.

Thanks to the North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) for hosting the forum. 

District 1, District 4 and Mayoral candidates will join the forum.

The event will be broadcast live on the City’s cable channels (FiOS channel 25; Xfinity channel 71) and streamed over the City’s website at www.collegeparkmd.gov/councilmeetings#stream.

I hope to see many of you at the forum.

City Announces 2019 Community Survey

The City has once again partnered with the National Research Center (NRC) to conduct a comprehensive community survey. This upcoming City of College Park Community Survey will again measure residents’ attitudes and opinions on City services like refuse and recycling collection, City facilities and parks, City events, and economic development. This will be the second scientifically representative survey conducted in the City of College Park. “This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to give input on City services. The community survey will help guide the City to make decisions that best serve College Park residents” said Scott Somers, City Manager.

A randomly selected sample of College Park residents will receive postcards from the City in early October notifying them of their selection in the survey process. Mailed paper surveys will arrive later in October, with a City cover letter and instructions to complete and return the survey. Responses are anonymous. The mailed paper survey will be in English, but a Spanish version of the survey will be available online for the selected respondents.

Participation in the survey is very important. The results will help City officials better serve the College Park community, so please complete the survey if your household is selected. Help us shape the future of College Park!

For any questions about the 2019 City of College Park Community Survey, call 240-487-3501 or email cpcommunications@collegeparkmd.gov. Stay tuned to the City’s website, facebook and twitter pages for up-to-date news and information.

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City to Ask Continue Funding for North College Park Community Center Feasibility Study

This year’s (FY2020) M-NCPPC budget has allocated $250,000 towards the feasibility study to build a community center in north College Park. The Cty Council will ask the M-NCPPC to continue funding the study in the next year’s budget.

The Prince George’s County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) annually schedules fall public forums to solicit comments on the Commission’s upcoming budget for planning, parks, and recreation in Prince George’s County. Public comments may be submitted until October 21, 2019.

The M-NCPPC budget is funded in part by a property tax ($0.294 per $100 of assessed value) on the property in the City.

Based on the Council Worksession discussion on October 1, 2019, the City’s letter requests M-NCPPC to consider the following projects in the upcoming budget:

  1. A new bike/pedestrian bridge and trail connection from the Paint Branch Park to the trail system on the west side of the river
  2. $250,000 (from FY20 budget) Feasibility Study for a community facility in north College Park
  3. Funding for trail lighting in high traffic areas of the trail system in College Park, particularly the Paint Branch Trail north of MD 193
  4. Continued funding ($50,000) for senior services by the City’s Department of Youth, Family, and Senior Services
  5. Improvements to Hollywood Park.

Additionally, staff will meet with M-NCPPC staff to discuss the following issues that can be addressed without creating a new project line item in the M-NCPPC budget:

  1. Removal of unneeded and extraneous barbed-wire and chain link fencing in the Lake Artemesia area.
  2. Improved maintenance of trail signage.
  3. Request information regarding recent growth in demand for park and recreation services in the College Park area, and M-NCPPC investments to meet the demand.
  4. Request M-NCPPC staff to review the traffic levels, road conditions, and pedestrian safety on Old Calvert Road in the Paint Branch Community Park. Consider sidewalk from Edmonston Road along Old Calvert Road to Campus Drive.

Public Works Fall Cleanup Days are Here

The Department of Public Works Fall Cleanup Days is upon us. On October 12, and 26 from 7:30 am to noon, the Department will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, electronics for recycling, brush, and yard trim.

FREE Smartleaf® Compost. City residents may pick up free Smartleaf® screened compost during the two clean-up day events. Limit 2 cubic yards per resident, per trip. You must bring proof of City of College Park residency to participate. We will load open bed trucks. If you don’t have a truck and want to get some compost, bring your own containers or bags as well as a shovel and be prepared to dig and get dirty.

The following will be available for purchase and pick-up: Rain barrels ($72), yard waste carts ($25), and backyard compost bins ($20).

You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency to participate, although anyone can buy compost or wood mulch during this event.

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 to purchase.

Hazardous materials will not be accepted (light bulbs or tubes, batteries, shingles, propane tanks, paint, etc.)

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 deductible. The following types of materials will be collected separately so they may be reused:

Community Forklift: Items must be in good condition! Building, remodeling, and gardening materials – any surplus or salvaged items from your latest home or garden improvement job, including but not limited to bricks and pavers, tiles and flooring material, cabinets, solid wood doors, gardening supplies, and tools. For more information: http://communityforklift.org/donate/donate-materials/donation-guidelines/

GreenDrop: Clothing and household items – cookware, dishes, books, linens, games, toys, clothes, shoes, and intact furniture items (NO upholstered furniture or mattresses/box springs). For more information: https://www.gogreendrop.com/what-we-accept

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In Pictures – College Park Day 2019

Some pictures I took at teh 10th annivarsary of the College Park Day. Thanks everyone for joining.

Woman Shot Last Night in Park near UMD Campus

According to the University of Maryland Police, yesterday, October 3, 2019, at approximately 9 p.m., the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division, was notified of shots fired in the 4300 block of Metzerott Road (off-campus), near a park, adjacent to the UMD campus.

It was discovered that a female sought help from a nearby residence after suffering from trauma to her upper body. The female (no affiliation) was taken to a local area hospital for further evaluation.

According to a source, the incident appears to have happened at the Acredale Park.

It is believed that a light-colored sedan was involved. The direction of travel of the vehicle is not known. Officers from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division and the University of Maryland Police Department remained in the area, patrolling. Helicopters were seen hovering over the site after the incident.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of the suspect are encouraged to contact the police (911 or 301-459-3232).

Additional information, when made available by the Maryland-National Capital Park Police may be found by accessing the “UMD Safety Notice” portion of our website at http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm 

Please also check this WUSA9 article about this incident.

October 2019 PGPD Crime Stats

North College Park

8/31/19 – 9/6/19
4900 Blk Edgewood RD                    Theft from auto
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave                    Theft
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RD                     Stolen Veh
9200 Blk Saint Andrews Pl               Breaking & Entering
8200 Blk Baltimore Ave                    Theft
5000 Blk Kennesaw ST                      Theft from auto
4800 Blk Fox St                                   Theft from auto
9900 Blk Baltimore Ave                    Breaking & Entering

9/7/19 – 9/15/19
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave                   Breaking & Entering
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD                   Theft
9800 Blk 49TH Ave                          Theft from auto
10000 Blk Baltimore Ave                Stolen Veh
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RD                   Stolen  Veh
9200 Blk 48TH PL                             Theft from auto
4800 Blk Delaware ST                     Theft from auto
5000 Blk Paducah RD                      Breaking & Entering
5000 Blk Fox ST                                Stolen Veh

9/16/2019 – 9/21/2019
9400 Blk Cherry Hill RD                    Theft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD                    Theft
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave                   Theft from auto
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave                   Breaking & Entering
9000 Blk 51ST Ave                            Theft
9/22/19 – 9/28/19
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD                    Theft from auto
5000 Blk Odessa RD                         Theft from auto
9500 Blk 48TH PL                              Theft from auto
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave                    Theft

South College Park

8/31/19 – 9/9/19
8700 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
8700 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft.
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto.

7300 blk of Hopkins Ave                Stolen Auto
4400 blk of Knox Rd                        Assault
5000 blk of College Ave                 Theft from Auto
Campus Dr & River Rd                    Assault (Arrest)
4300 blk of Baltimore Ave             Assault

7400 blk of Columbia Ave               Assault
8100 blk of 48th Ave                         Theft from Auto
6900 blk of Carleton Ter                  Vandalism
4400 blk of Knox Rd                          Assault (Arrest)
4600 blk of Norwich Rd                    Theft from Auto
4600 blk of College Ave                    Vandalism to Auto
4800 blk of College Ave                    Theft from Auto
4500 blk of Knox Rd                           Stolen Auto
4300 blk of Hartwick Rd                    Stolen Scooter
4700 blk of Berwyn House Rd          Theft from Auto
8700 blk of Baltimore Ave                 Vandalism

9/22/19 – 9/28/19
8700 Baltimore Ave                           Theft from auto

4700 blk of Harvard Rd                       Citizen Robbery
7500 blk of Rhode Island Ave            Stolen Auto
8100 blk of Baltimore Ave                 Breaking & Entering
6700 blk of Baltimore Ave                 Breaking & Entering
7300 blk of Baltimore Ave                 Assault
6000 blk of Greenbelt Rd                   Assault
Knox Rd & Baltimore Ave                   Assault (Arrest)

Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad‎Open House

Police Community Meeting, This Thursday, @MoM’s, @7pm

Have questions about a crime that you or someone you know experienced recently? Want to learn some helpful tips about protecting you and your family from crimes in the future? Bring your questions to the police officers who work hard to protect us every day in the neighborhood. Please join them and meet other neighbors at 7 pm this Thursday, at MoM’s Cafe.