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2021 November City Election Information

City Election
Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Although the City election is still several weeks away, you should decide soon how you plan to vote. You have two options: by Absentee Ballot, or in person at the Poll. The City will not offer Early Voting this year.
By this time, you should have received applications for absentee ballots. The City mailed the applications to all registered voters on September 20. If you wish to vote by mail, return your application promptly, and you will receive your ballot in the mail. Ballots will be mailed beginning in early October.
If you prefer to vote in person on Election Day, do not return the application. In-person voting takes place on Sunday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue in Lakeland.
Don’t Receive Your Application? If you don’t receive an absentee ballot application in the mail, you may download it from the City website or pick it up from any City building. Make sure we receive your completed application by October 26, so we can mail out your ballot.
Is Your Voter Registration Current? Have you moved or changed your name since the last time you voted? If so, you must update your voter registration no later than October 10. Please contact Prince George’s County at 301-341-7300, or visit http://www.elections.state.md.us. For more information about the upcoming City Election, please contact Janeen S. Miller, City Clerk, at 240-487-3501.
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Ordinance will allow speed cameras in residential neighborhoods

At last week’s meeting, the City Council introduced an ordinance allowing speed cameras in residential neighborhoods.
In 2010, the Mayor and Council adopted a speed monitoring system for use in school zones and within ½ mile of the University of Maryland as authorized by §21-809 of the Transportation Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
In the 2021 legislative session, §21-809 was amended to allow Prince George’s County municipalities the ability to locate speed cameras on highways in residential districts with a maximum posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. Ordinance 21-O-11 would include this option in the City Code.
You can see more about the ordinance here on City’s website.
The Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance at next Tuesday’s City Council regular meeting.

Want to help support our Monarch butterflies? 🦋🦋🦋

Join the City’s #BeeCityUSA committee and support our monarch butterfly populations by planting swamp milkweed seeds! Get your free swamp milkweed seed packet at your College Park neighborhood Little Library. You can plant the seeds now or refrigerate to plant in the spring! #MonarchPledge

¡Únete al comité #BeeCityUSA de College Park y ayuda a las mariposas monarcas! Obtiene tu paquete de semillas de algodoncillo de los pantanos en las Little Libraries de tu barrio. #MonarchPledge

[Photo credit: Brian H. / City of College Park]

City Announces Kenneth Young as the New City Manager

At tonight’s City Council meeting, the City announced the appointment of Kenneth “Kenny” Young as its new City Manager. Announced during the September 21 City Council meeting.

Mr. Young’s tenure starts with the City begins on September 27, 2021.

Mr. Young brings to the City more than 25 years of progressive local government and private sector experience. Mr. Young has a wealth of experience leading counties, municipalities, and departments across the country. Mr. Young most recently served as County Administrator for Goochland County, VA where he oversaw a budget in excess of $141 million and 175 employees. During his time at Goochland, he directed and supervised operations of all County departments and guided the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic with one of the highest vaccination rates for residents within the State of Virginia.

Prior to serving in Goochland, Mr. Young was the Assistant County Administrator for Loudoun County, VA, an organization with more than 4,100 employees and budget of $3.2 billion. There he oversaw several departments including Building and Development, Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, as well as major projects like the county-wide Comprehensive Plan. Under his leadership, the county was recognized for the most business investment for counties of its size in America.

Previously, Mr. Young served as Assistant Town Administrator for the Town of Capitol Heights, MD and as an acting assistant City Manager for the City of North Las Vegas, NV. He has also held positions in economic and community development, neighborhood services, and planning.

Mr. Young is a Credentialed Manager from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, having previously served on their Executive Board. He received his master’s degree in Public Administration and bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University.

Mr. Young fills the position left vacant by previous City Manager Scott Somers who resigned to pursue a position in Arizona. Assistant City Manager Bill Gardiner has served as Interim City Manager since December 2020.

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October Cleanup Saturdays are back

On October 2*, 16 & 23, 2021, at Public Works, 9217 51st Ave. from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., City’s Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop off bulky trash, white goods, electronics, 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. Bulk trash brought on cleanup days does not count toward bulk trash limits, nor are any fees applied for appliances, televisions, or monitors. There is a $4 fee for all tires.
PUBLIC WORKS DOES NOT ACCEPT: Brick, concrete, rock, propane tanks, hazardous materials such as automotive batteries, ammunition, automotive fluids/fuels, cleaning agents, cooking oil, mercury, insecticide/herbicide, fertilizer, oil-based paints, pool chemicals, photographic chemicals, roof shingles, smoke detectors, solvents, sealants, varnishes and stains.
Items for purchase: You don’t need to be a resident to purchase any of the products except yard waste carts. Check the website for latest information regarding availability.
• Rain Barrels $72, limited number available
• Compost Bins $20 resident, $40 nonresident
• Yard Waste Carts $25, residency required
• GAT traps $50, limited number available
• Smartleaf Compost $28 a cubic yard (check website for availability)
• Wood Mulch $12 a cubic yard
DURING CLEAN-UP DAYS, THE FOLLOWING WILL BE COLLECTED:
• Household batteries for recycling – limit 6. This includes rechargeable batteries such as Li-Ion, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Ni-Zn; Single-use alkaline batteries such as AA, AAA, 9V, C, D button cell, and lithium primary. No damaged batteries; no automotive batteries.
• Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (must be intact) – limit 4. Includes U-shaped or circular fluorescent lamps, High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, Ultraviolet (UV) lamps, Incandescent Bulbs, Halogen or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s).
• Block Styrofoam for recycling (coolers and large blocks of packing material). No packing peanuts, cups or plates.
Shredding Event
October 2*, 2021 | Public Works, 9217 51st Ave. | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Onsite document shredding services will be available to City of College Park residents on Saturday, October 2, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your old tax records, medical paperwork, and any other confidential information to be shredded while you wait. All paper will be recycled. You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of residency to participate.

 

The City will also hold a Shredding Event on October 2*, 2021, at Public Works, 9217 51st Ave. from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Preserving Neighborhood and Exploring Affordable Housing

At this week’s Council meeting, we’ll discuss two important topics on the housing situation in College Park. In the two parts discussion, the City Council will look into the data on the single-family and rental homes and explore ways to preserve the neighborhood against the conversion of single-family homes into rental homes. Additionally, the Council will discuss how to increase the supply of affordable housing in the College Park

  • Preserving Neighborhood – Single Family Vs Rental Homes

Many single-family neighborhoods in College Park have had comparatively high percentages of

detached rental houses, particularly for local university students. Single-family houses are attractive for student rentals due to the affordability and less restrictive environment compared to apartment buildings and on-campus dorms. Property owners of detached housing can generally obtain more total rent from four or five renters than they could obtain from a typical family.

Despite the addition of new apartment units off-campus and new dorms on-campus, the number of for-rent detached single-family homes has generally remained constant. In some neighborhoods, anecdotal evidence indicates that previously owner-occupied housing is being purchased by investors to offer for rent and that investors are out-bidding potential owner-occupants. The City Council and staff often receive complaints about noise and other disruptive issues with rental houses that code enforcement, contract police, and University police deal with on a regular basis.

  • Exploring Affordable Housing:

The City Council has often asked about affordable housing units when evaluating residential development proposals, and the Council hears from students and other groups about the cost of

rental housing in the City. This discussion will provide an opportunity for the Council to review general definitions of affordable housing, some data regarding housing and affordability in College Park and the region, and various strategies that could be used by the City, County, State, the Partnership, and the University to support housing affordability and also preserve homeownership. The Council will discuss various policy options for increasing the housing supply.

 

College Park Day 2021 – Canceled

The City has recently made an announcement telling that the 2021 College Park Day event has been canceled.

The statement says the City hopes to see everyone next year in 2022.

Please note that by participating in City events, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

Unscheduled Spraying for West Nile Virus Moves to This Sunday

The unscheduled Mosquito Spraying due to West Nile has been rescheduled due to rain and will occur on Sunday, September 19, weather permitting.

Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) truck-based spraying to control adult mosquitoes is planned for parts of College Park. Spraying will occur within a one-mile radius of the following intersections:
Drexel Street and Rhode Island Avenue
St. Andrews Place and Metzerott Road
53rd Street and Lackawanna Street

Spraying will occur after 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, spraying will be rescheduled for the next available evening. Any existing spray exemptions in the area will be temporarily suspended. Mosquito Control personnel will use a permethrin-based solution that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved for use in public health mosquito control programs without posing unreasonable risks to human health. However, out of an abundance of caution, the department recommends avoiding outdoor activities during spraying.

While not all mosquitoes carry diseases, MDA suggests that residents take precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquito bites. These measures include:
Wear long, loose fitting, light colored clothing
Wear insect repellents according to product labels
Avoid mosquito infested areas during prime periods of activity (between dusk and dawn)
Install, inspect, and repair window and door screens in homes and stables
Regularly clean bird baths and bowls for pet food and water
Remove or empty all water-holding containers

All Marylanders are encouraged to follow the MDA’s Twitter feed @MdAgMosquito that will post unscheduled spray events and other timely information about mosquito control in Maryland. Routine spray program schedules are available by county on the program’s website. For more information, please call MDA’s Mosquito Control Program at 410-841-5870.

City Announces November Election Candidates

Yesterday, the City announced the certified candidates for the upcoming November 7 2021 municipal election.

District 2 and 3 positions are contested. Councilmember Monroe Dennis (District 2) is not running. Former Councilmember Bob Catlin will run in District 2.

Please see below the full list of candidates.

Mayor (Vote for 1)
Patrick L. Wojahn

District 1 (Vote for 2)
S.M. Fazlul Kabir
Catherine H. Kennedy

District 2 (Vote for 2)
Robert T. Catlin
Llatetra Brown Esters
Susan L. Whitney

District 3 (Vote for 2)
Stuart M. Adams
Robert W. Day, Sr.
John B. Rigg, III

District 4 (Vote for 2)
Maria E. Mackie
Denise C. Mitchell

When: The City of College Park will hold its municipal election for the office of Mayor and all eight district Councilmembers on Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the College Park Community Center. The Mayor and Council decided to hold the City’s General Election on Sunday this year in an effort to increase voter turnout. Voters who typically work Monday through Friday often find it hard to get to the polls on a weekday and may find a Sunday election more convenient.

Where: Rather than having multiple polling locations on Election Day, voters from all districts will vote at the College Park Community Center this year. The City is mindful of health concerns about group gatherings due to COVID, so for everyone’s safety, there will be only one polling location. The Community Center is large enough to keep voters and poll workers safe and is centrally located in the City.

How: You may vote at the poll on Election Day or vote by absentee ballot. Many voters prefer the convenience of absentee voting, so we plan to mail applications for absentee ballots to all registered voters in September. Applications will also be available from any City office. The applications and ballots may be returned to a secure ballot drop box or through the US Mail.

More on the City elections can be found here on City’s website

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Tree & Landscape Board Meeting with PG County Master Planner.

Trees in a College Park neighborhood park

Today, Wednesday, September 15 at 7pm, the Tree and Landscape Board will be joined by Prince George’s County Planning Department’s Master Planner Kim Finch to discuss woodland conservation regulations as they relate to development projects in the City.

This meeting is open to the public and details can be found here: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=335&month=9&year=2021&day=15&calType=0

Tonight at 6pm: Community Night @ Hollywood Elementary School

Please join your neighbors tonight at 6 pm at the Community night at the Hollywood Elementary School. There will be free school supplies, free burgers, and more. Details below.

Mosquito Spraying this Thursday

Due to mosquito(s) testing positive for West Nile virus in College Park, or a nearby municipality/HOA, the MDA will be conducting an unscheduled spray this week (as long as conditions permit).
The College Park areas in red will be sprayed the night of this THURSDAY, 9/16/2021. A part of the Hollywood neighborhood has been identified as one of the 3 areas to be sprayed by the MDA.

More information on mosquito spraying can be found here: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/mosquitoes

Pedestrian Crossing Light on Rhode Island Ave at Muskogee Street

Some of you have asked about what happened to the RRFB pedestrian flashing crossing light on Rhode Island Avenue at Muskogee street. The northbound RRFB was knocked down by a motor vehicle recently. The City Engineer told me they are expecting to have it replaced and installed within the next two weeks if not sooner. Please take extra cautions to cross Rhode Island Ave at this intersection until the crossing light is fixed. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

September 2021 Public Safety Meeting – Emergency Preparedness

Monday, September 13, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Please join City Elected Officials, Police, Department of Public Services staff, and your neighbors from all around the City, for an informative monthly community meeting. This meeting takes place every second Monday of the month via zoom. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96168994626, or http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice
This community meeting will discuss City-wide crime statistics, recent incidents of public interest, neighborhood watch tips, and special public safety related topics. The next meeting will discuss Emergency Preparedness – presented by the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Preparedness. Participate in the preparedness quiz and win a personal preparedness kit.
To facilitate City-wide participation, these will be virtual meetings that you may join in from your home. Please invite your neighbors so that this useful information may be shared throughout the City.

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting, Election, New Zoning, and MOre..

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Below are the Draft Agenda & Zoom Information for the September 9, 2021 NCPCA Meeting. (Also posted on the NCPCA website (https://myncpca.org.)

The Draft July 2021 Meeting Minutes will be sent out later this evening.

For those NCPCA Members who have not yet renewed their membership for the 2021-2022 Membership Year, please send your dues ($10 per individual) to the NCPCA mailing address found on the NCPCA website (https://myncpca.org/). If you have any questions, please contact Carol Macknis (macknis@verizon.net).

NCPCA – North College Park Community Association
Draft Agenda of Regular In-person/Virtual Meeting
In-person Location: VFW, 5051 Branchville Rd, College Park
Thursday, September 9, 2021 — 7:00-9:00 pm.

Zoom Information Link: Zoom Information

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.

7:00 Welcome & Review of procedures.

7:05 NCPCA officers’ reports & approval of July Minutes.

7:15 Elections – all candidates will be given two minutes to who they are and why they are running for office. (Elections will be held via Election Buddy, an online tool).

7:30 County-wide Map Amendment review (Part of the Zoning Rewrite process) by a M-NCPPC representative.

8:00 Presentation of County-wide Map Amendment process by Greg Smith

8:20 Discussion of NCPCA letter regarding map amendment to be sent to County, City & State officials and other next steps.

8:30 College Park Here & Now.

8:45 New Business & Future Agenda Items.