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J&J COVID Vaccination Starts Tomorrow at Greenbelt Station

Beginning tomorrow, May 12, Greenbelt Community Vaccination Center (CVC) will provide Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccinations and continue to provide Pfizer second doses for the remaining weeks the center is open.

Maryland residents have until today, May 11 to get their first dose of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine at the Greenbelt  CVC. Second doses are also currently offered at the center. Staff will assist individuals to register for both first and second vaccinations.

Reasonable accommodation for people with access and functional needs is available as well as onsite interpretation in eight spoken languages, and American Sign Language, Certified Deaf Interpretation, and Sensory Interpretation.

The Community Vaccination Center opened in parking lot 1A of the Greenbelt Metro station on April 7. This facility has the capacity to administer 3,000 doses of COVID vaccine every day. In the time since the center opened medical staff have provided more than 75,000 vaccinations to residents.

The Greenbelt, Maryland Community Vaccination Center is open seven days a week and walk-ins are welcome. The hours of operation are

  • Monday-Tuesday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.;
  • Wednesday-Thursday from noon – 8 p.m.; and
  • Friday- Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please register for an appointment by visiting covidvax.maryland.gov, and share this important information with your friends and neighbors.

College Park Crime Stats – April 2021

NORTH COLLEGE PARK

March 29 thru April 4, 2021.
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Vandalism
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
9500 Blk 48TH Ave Theft from auto.

April 5 thru April 11, 2021.
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RD Stolen Veh
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Shoplifting
9800 Blk Rhode Island Ave Theft from auto

April 12 thru April 18, 2021.
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Veh
8400 Blk Baltimore Ave Breaking & Entering.

April 19 thru April 25, 2021
9600 Blk 51ST PL Breaking & Entering
9100 Blk Autoville DR Theft from auto
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Veh
3600 Blk Marlbrough Way Theft from auto
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft
8900 Blk Rhode Island AVE Theft

SOUTH of COLLEGE PARK
4/6/21-4/12/21
Theft from auto at the 5700 blk of Branchville Rd
Vandalism at the 7400 blk of Baltimore Ave
Vandalism to auto at the 4300 blk of Hartwick Rd4/13/21-4/19/21
Theft from auto at the 4600 blk of Norwich Rd
Breaking & Entering (Tow Lot) at the 5100 blk of College Ave
Vandalism at the 7400 blk of Baltimore Ave
Assault at the 4400 blk of Lehigh Rd4/20/21-4/26/21
Residential robbery at the 4800 blk of Berwyn House Rd
Recovered stolen auto at the 5100 blk College Ave

4/27/21-5/3/21
Vandalism at the 4600 blk of Calvert Rd
Vandalism at Hartwick Rd/ Baltimore Ave

Council to Vote on New Budget, and Constant Yield Tax Rate

For the tax year beginning July 1, 2021, the estimated real property assessable base will increase by 3.8%, from $3,086,366,980 to $3,203,730,429. This means, the C City is going to have $381,431 in additional property tax revenues in the upcoming fiscal year FY 2022. The City intends to keep the tax rate at the current 0.325 cents for $100 of property value, and does not plan to increase the tax rate in FY 22. According to State’s requirement, the City must post a notice stating that to keep the same level of property tax revenue as the current FY21, the tax rate is $0.3131 in FY 22. This rate is called the Constant Yield Property tax rate.

Vaccine Outreach Team to Go Door to Door

A Prince George’s vaccine outreach team is going door to door in several communities, while also calling and texting residents across the County. If they knock on your door or reach out, please answer. Canvassers will be knocking doors every day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are helping residents schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations and providing information on government resources like rental assistance.

Greenbelt and College Park Stations will be Closed for Repairs During this Summer

WMATA’S SUMMER 2021 PLATFORM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

Starting Saturday, May 29, Metro’s Greenbelt, College Park-U of MD, Prince George’s Plaza and West Hyattsville stations will be closed for the Platform Improvement Project.

Along with rebuilt platforms, the stations are receiving:

-Slip resistant tiles
-Improved lighting
– More and larger next train signs (PIDS)
-New platform shelters

Learn more at
https://www.wmata.com/service/rail/PlatformProject/Customer-experience-improvements-overview.cfm

Free shuttle bus service will be available.
Learn more at wmata.com/platforms.

2021 Youth Summer Camp Scholarships

The City is moving forward with offering our annual summer camp scholarships. Youth (rising K-12) who reside in the City of College Park are eligible to apply. Scholarships are granted up to a maximum of $400 per student. Applications are due by Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Notifications will be sent on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Scholarships may be used for both in person and virtual camp opportunities. For more information and details on camps offered by each organization, visit: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=246.

Community Meeting on How to Protect Your Home and Vehicles

Though most of our residents generally feel safe in College Park’s neighborhoods, crimes like theft, house break-ins, car thefts, car vandalism are continuing to happen. Please join this community meeting to learn how we can secure our homes, vehicles, and other properties and make our neighborhoods even safer. You’ll get an opportunity to share your experience and hear expert advice from our police officers and City officials.

Additionally, we’ll also discuss the latest crime map and the Neighborhood Watch program. Please see below how to join the conversation and share with your neighbors! Thank you!

When: 7:30 pm, Monday, May 10, 2021
Join by Zoom: http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice

Join by phone: (301) 715 – 8592, Meeting ID: 863 9609 7322, Password: 464259

Restaurant Assistance Grants

The Economic Development Corporation is now accepting applications for the Restaurant Assistance Grant program. This program provides $12,000 grants to support Prince George’s County-based restaurants and food establishments. Learn more and apply: https://www.pgcedc.com/restaurantassistance

College Park Announces a New City Manager

The City Council approved the new City Manager’s contract at tonight’s Council meeting

The City of College Park’s Mayor and Council announced during tonight’s Council Meeting that Natasha S. Hampton has been selected as College Park’s new City Manager.
Ms. Hampton’s tenure with the City starts on June 1, 2021.
She will be the first woman and first person of color to serve as the City’s chief executive.
Ms. Hampton comes to College Park with more than 23 years of management experience in municipal government. In her previous position as Assistant City Manager of the City of Rocky Mount, NC, Ms. Hampton guided several departments with more than 600 employees in total and managed a budget exceeding $45 million. During her tenure, she acquired additional funding for downtown revitalization, oversaw post-construction and development of a $58 million sports and entertainment venue, and established a community wealth-building program.
Prior to her arrival at Rocky Mount, Ms. Hampton was an Assistant City Manager and Acting City Manager for the City of Miramar, FL. “Ms. Hampton’s excellent references and prominent voice on significant leadership issues were important factors in her selection by the Council. The Council looks forward to her applying this knowledge to advance the City of College Park” said Mayor Pro Tem Monroe Dennis.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hampton has held a wide range of positions in every sector of municipal government. Ms. Hampton is a credentialed City Manager by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a member of the National League of Cities (NLC), Women in Municipal Government (WIMG), and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).
Ms. Hampton also serves on the board of the United Way Tar River, March of Dimes North Carolina, and Kiwanis Club of Rocky Mount. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida and is a graduate of South Florida’s sole HBCU, Florida Memorial University. As a published author, Ms. Hampton uses her experience in government to encourage and empower women and men in the workplace, particularly in leadership positions.
Ms. Hampton fills the position left vacant by previous City Manager Scott Somers who resigned in December 2020 to pursue a position in Arizona. Assistant City Manager Gardiner has served as Interim City Manager during this transition period.
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City may Lease of Certain Fleet Vehicles instead of Purchase

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will discuss a proposal to lease the City’s mid-size vehicles as a cost-effective way to improve the City’s aging fleet of these vehicles. Currently, the City’s vehicle procurement process requires funding from the CIP Vehicle Replacement Plan for vehicle purchases. Funds are available in the CIP – Vehicle Replacement Program.

Leasing will allow the City to better leverage financial resources. For 5 vehicles (4 light trucks plus an electric sedan), the five-year lease cost is $153,720 ($30,744/year x five years) vs. an up-front capital outlay of $158,000 to purchase the 5 vehicles.

This lease program provides a $76,000 residual value that will come back to the City (or be applied to the subsequent lease) at the end of the five years. That equates to a 5-year net cost of $78,000 ($154K total lease payments less $76K Residual Value) for 4 trucks and an electric sedan.

Council Looks to Change Rules Requiring Notice Before Allowing Prohibited Vehicles to Park on City Streets

Recently, based on residents’ input, I’ve requested the Council to consider changing City’s Parking code requiring the City to give notice to neighbors on a residential block, when a request is made to park a prohibited vehicle. Currently, the City Code prohibits certain types of vehicles from parking on residential streets between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

These include recreational vehicles, boats, boat trailers, any type of trailer, and any special mobile equipment. Special City permits are required to allow such parking. Often time, the size of these prohibited vehicles causes issues with parking of the vehicles owned by residents living on that block.

The City Manager may approve a 24-hour permit based on good cause provided by an applicant. The Mayor and Council must approve any period longer than 24 hours after discussing the application at a worksession.

This process has not included any formal notification of neighbors or public hearing when approval is considered.

Staff proposes a process similar to that used to consider residential permit parking zones. This would include mailing notices to residents of the block where the request has been made and scheduling a public hearing for the Council to consider residents’ feedback. The applicant and residents of that block would then receive written notice of the Council’s decision to approve, approve with a time limit, or disapprove the request for permission to park a prohibited vehicle.

At this week’s meeting, the Council will discuss the proposed changes to City’s parking rules on prohibited vehicles on City streets.

College Park Receives State’s Assisstance for Several Projects

At the last week’s City Council meeting, City’s lobbyist told us that, City received a range of funding from the 90-day MD State’s legislative session

These investments include:
$8.9 million for the continued reconstruction of U.S. Route One and $6.1 million for modernization and expansion of MD Route 175 in Odenton.
$800,000 to improve the Trolley Trail and the bike paths under Route One and the CSX Tracks in College Park.
$48.8 million more for local schools in Prince George’s and $11.4 million for Anne Arundel.
$2 million to renovate the Attick Towers senior apartments in College Park.
$250,000 for Meals on Wheels, which delivers prepared food to seniors in Beltsville, Adelphi, College Park and other communities in Northern Prince George’s County.
$2.5 million for the City of Laurel to build transitional housing for homeless people in the Prince George’s, Anne Arundel and Howard County areas of Laurel.