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4 Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

County Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

This week, the County has announced its COVID-19 phased vaccine distribution plan. Further details are on the County’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage, This plan was developed based on guidance from the CDC and coordination with the State Health Department and is subject to change.

Helpful Resources on COVID-19 Testing

➤ The CDC’s online assessment tool can help you decide when to seek testing.
➤ Three rapid at-home tests have received approval and should be available early next year.
➤ To find a testing location near you, visit your state health department’s website.

What’s the local wait for a COVID-19 test? The time it takes to get tested and receive results can vary widely. If you’ve been recently tested for the coronavirus, let your neighbors know the length of your wait and any tips or resources that might ease the process.

Register Now for the Wizards Winter Reading Challenge

This winter, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System is teaming up with the Washington Wizards! We invite you to join the fun by participating in challenges for a chance to win prizes, and to explore the book, film, TV, and other resources that we have compiled for you and your family to enjoy.

Preregistration is now going. The challenge will run January 1-March 31, 2021. Complete and log activities including reading, watching Wizards games, attending virtual library programs, staying active, and engaging with the library and Washington Wizards.

Readers who complete the challenge will be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes such as a Wizards jersey, a Jr. Wizards Camp voucher, a Wizards bobblehead and so much more!

More here:

Metrobus Resumes Fare Collection & Front-Door Boarding on Jan. 3

In case you missed it, starting Sunday, January 3, Metrobus will resume fare collection and front-door boarding as part of Metro’s pandemic recovery plan that aims to preserve service and transit jobs.

With nearly everyone wearing masks, shields for operators on every bus, and enhanced daily cleanings, front-door boarding is safe, expands our capacity for more riders, and helps us resume some normalcy.

According to Metro, the return of front-door boarding and fare collection is consistent with recovery efforts by major transit agencies across the country including Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Houston, Portland, Oakland, and San Francisco.

As always, customers can use their SmarTrip card or exact change. For a faster, safer, contactless way to pay, you can also add SmarTrip passes to your Apple Wallet and pay using your iPhone or Apple Watch. (Payment support for Google Wallet on Android devices is coming soon.)

For more information, please visit here.

Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas

Please mark your calendar,
On Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m., please join for a virtual Q&A with Prince George’s County District 2 Board of Education representative Joshua Thomas.
The discussion will include plans for the upcoming school year.
To join, please visit the link: or dial-in at 301-715-8592.
Sponsored by the City‘s Education Advisory Committee.

Council Approves Permit Parking on Beechwood Road

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the Council held a public hearing to get residents’ input about a proposed parking restriction on Beechwood Road in Oldtown College Park.

The City has received several complaints that non-residents are parking on the 4500 and 4600 blocks of Beechwood Road for extended periods of time which is negatively impacting the residents who live there.

It appears that additional parking is coming from construction workers at the Bozzuto project.

At the Public Hearing, residents spoke in support of establishing a Residential Permit Restricted Parking Zone to address these concerns.

The proposed zone would be enforced Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, with a 2-hour allowance for parking without a permit to allow for deliveries and short-term visitors. The proposal is to also allow the Council to reconsider permit parking after two years.

All City Offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday and New Years Day

All City offices closed at 12 noon on today, Thursday, December 24 and will be closed all day on Friday, December 25, 2020 for the Christmas holiday.
Special collections will only be scheduled for Thursday, December 24, 2020.
In addition, all City offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021 for New Years Day. Special collections will only be scheduled for Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Foreclosure Moratorium Extended

Vacant / foreclosed house – a source of concerns

Governor Hogan recently announced that the moratorium on foreclosures and repossessions will be extended until January 31, 2021.

Also, evictions remain suspended during the state of emergency for the State of Maryland. More information is available online here.

The Prince George’s County Council passed CB-16-2020 in June which prohibits landlords from increasing rent and prohibits charging late fees or penalties during the State of Emergency, which is still in effect, and for 90 days after the State of Emergency ends.

City to Ask an Executive Firm to Help Search New City Manager

Scott Somers

Our current City Manager, Scott Somers has resigned effective tomorrow, Wednesday, 12/23/20.

Staff published an RFP (Request for Proposal) for executive search services and received eight proposals. Staff and the Mayor and City Council reviewed the proposals and selected four finalists.

After interviewing and discussing the four finalists, Baker Tilly US, LLP of Tysons, Virginia was selected to conduct the recruitment for the next City Manager. Baker Tilly is a nationally recognized firm with a long history of service to clients located throughout the country.

The terms of the Agreement are continuing to be discussed with the Consultant.

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider awarding a contract to Baker Tilley US as Executive Search Consultant, in an amount not to exceed $24,500. The funds will be allocated from the General Fund, Professional Services account.

[City of College Park]

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