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Community Meeting on Sustainability

Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

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Join the Committee for a Better Environment to discuss the results of the College Park Sustainability Survey and share your ideas for being more sustainable!

Want to know what sustainability issues matter most to City residents and what actions residents are already taking to make our City greener and cleaner?

Join this Zoom webinar to find out how residents are making their lives greener and to discuss potential steps the City could take to make College Park greener.

There will be a discussion about what other local communities are doing and ways that the City could adopt those measures. Plus a question and answer segment at the end. Presented by the City’s Committee for a Better Environment

FREE Pfizer Booster / COVID Vaccine at Duvall Field, Thursday, Oct 7, 11 am-2 pm

The mobile vaccination van for Prince George’s County will be offering the Pfizer booster vaccine as well as COVID vaccines on October 7th – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. You must have received the Pfizer COVID shots to receive the Pfizer booster.

COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago:

How do they know if you fit in one of these categories?  They take your word for it.
You must register at the link below.  The address will state that they will be located in the Public Works Department, however, the mobile van will be at Duvall Field.  They need to update the address.

Not too late to send your comments on proposed zoning changes to our neighborhood

In case you didn’t get a  chance to write about your thoughts on the proposed County zoning to our neighborhood, please do so by emailing clerkofthecouncil@co.pg.md.us or fax to 301-952-5178 before this Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 4 p.m.

You can see an interactive new zoning map and compare that against the old one here: http://zoningpgc.pgplanning.com/zoning-swipe-tool/  .

As you’ll see, for a few areas of north College Park, especially in the Hollywood Commercial district and the areas along Route 1, some of the proposed changes may allow higher density development and thus are concerning as the proposed changes may not fit the residential character of our neighborhood.

The City Council expressed its concerns in its letter in the past, however, we need your help to share those comments and concerns before the County Council adopts the final map in a few weeks. You can read more about how the proposed changes may affect our north College Park neighborhood here:

Board and Committee Vacancies

Serve your community, lend your talents, and meet your neighbors…

The following advisory boards have vacancies:

  • Advisory Planning Commission – Volunteer from District 2 or 3
  • Animal Welfare Committee – Volunteer from District 4
  • Committee for a Better Environment – Volunteer from District 2
  • Ethics Commission – Volunteer from District 3
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Tribute Committee – Volunteers from any district
  • Noise Control Board – Volunteer from District 2
  • Recreation Board – Volunteers from District 2 and 3
  • Seniors Committee – Volunteers from District 1 and 2
  • Veterans Memorial Committee – Volunteers from any District

Interested in volunteering? Please complete and submit an application to jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov or to your City Council representative by October 1, 2021.

The Mayor and Council will make appointments in late October 2021. For additional information on City advisory boards, please visit our website at www.collegeparkmd.gov.

The City is currently seeking volunteers for:

  • Advisory Planning Commission Individuals interested in serving on the Advisory Planning Commission should have a City-wide perspective and interest in planning and housing issues; a track record of civic-mindedness from work on other City projects or committees and some knowledge of the planning and development process and related laws and procedures.
  • Animal Welfare Committee Individuals interested in serving on the Animal Welfare Committee should have interest and expertise in animal care and animal rescue. This committee addresses issues related to domestic and wild animals in the City of College Park and works with the City Animal Control Officer to promote and educate the public about animal welfare.
  • Ethics Commission Individuals interested in serving on the Ethics Commission should have interest and expertise in ethical standards and local government.
  • Committee for a Better Environment Individuals interested in serving on the Community for a Better Environment should have an interest in sustainability and the environment.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Tribute Committee The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Committee plans and hosts the annual City event in honor of Dr. King.
  • Noise Control Board Individuals interested in serving on the Noise Control Board should have interest or expertise in mediation, noise measurement and control, code interpretation, administrative law, and fair adjudication.
  • Recreation Board Individuals interested in serving on the Recreation Board should have interest and expertise in entertainment, recreation, sports, social activities, organizational skills, media relations, and consensus-building.
  • Seniors Committee Individuals interested in serving on the College Park Seniors Committee should have expertise in senior issues and/or community-building/networking.
  • Veterans Memorial Committee Individuals interested in serving on the Veterans Memorial Committee will be involved in planning the City’s Veterans Day and Memorial Day events to honor our veterans.

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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.

Mr. Young’s tenure starts with the City begins on September 27, 2021 and they will be also implementing the ndis assistive tech to simplify the tasks.

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. If you want to give your home a complete cleaning, consider the help from carpet cleaning chattanooga.
PUBLIC WORKS DOES NOT ACCEPT: Brick, concrete, rock, propane tanks, hazardous materials such as automotive batteries, ammunition, automotive fluids/fuels, green 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.