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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.

City Considering to Acquire Rhode Island Ave in North College Park

In north College Park, the City has invested in two major projects along Rhode Island Avenue, namely the Hollywood Streetscape Project and Rhode Island Avenue Buffered Bike Lane Project.

These two projects prompted a discussion with Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation about the transfer of the road from the County to the City, as the ownership will facilitate the implementation of current and future projects. Negotiations have resulted in a proposed Road Transfer Agreement. The salient terms are:

(a) The County will prepare a quitclaim deed that conveys Rhode Island Avenue between Paducah Road and Greenbelt Road (MD 430).

(b) The City will accept ownership, to the extent transferable by the County, jurisdiction and regulatory authority over, and maintenance of, the road including all streetlights, traffic signs, bus shelters, the traffic signal, and related equipment at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Edgewood Road, and the stormwater management quality facility at the southwest corner of Rhode Island Avenue and Edgewood Road.

(c) The County will resurface the road between University Boulevard (MD 193) and Muskogee Street and Niagara Road and Paducah Road on or before November 30, 2021 and restripe the road between MD 193 and Muskogee Street in accordance with plans provided by the City.

(d) The County will continue to be responsible for the repair, maintenance, and replacement of any existing storm drain system in the road, with the exception of the referenced stormwater management water quality facility. (e )The County will provide a copy of all maintenance and warranty records for the appurtenances within the road and technical assistance, as needed, for one year following the transfer.

(f) Maryland State Highway Administration user funds for the road will be allocated to the City beginning July 1 of the year following the date of transfer.

(g) The effective date of transfer of the road to the City will be upon conveyance and City acceptance of a quitclaim deed. Because the transfer includes certain ownership rights, the deed should be approved by an Ordinance. The Public Works Director and City Engineer have reviewed the proposed Agreement and indicated that traffic signal maintenance is estimated to be $20,000/year, resurfacing will be needed every 20 years, restriping will be needed every 3-4 years, and snow removal funding will need to be budgeted.

Time to Speak about Proposed Changes to the Neighborhood

http://zoningpgc.pgplanning.com/zoning-swipe-tool/After many months of work on “Zoning Rewrite”, the County has proposed a streamlined zoning map for the entire county. 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 are concerning. For those living near the Edgewood and Rhode Island Avenue area, the new zoning could mean considerable density in the form of retail and residential combined properties. This could greatly impact our small-town feel. This includes:

  • CGO (Edgewood and RI Ave.) — 20 townhouses/48 multifamily units per acre; 4-5 stories
  • IH (Stone Property) — heavy industrial uses or 12 multifamily/live-work residences per acre; no height requirement but there are conditions
  • RMF 20( North Autoville) — up to 40 townhouses/20 multifamily buildings per acre; 4 stories
  • NAC (Cherry Hill/South Autoville) — 30 units/acre; 3-4 stories
  • LTOe (East & West side of Rt. 1) — 40 units/acre; 6 stories

The City Council sent a letter sharing its concerns a few months ago. The letter has been accepted as part of the record.

Please sign up to pre-register by 3 p.m., Thursday, September 9, 2021 to speak at the Public Hearings on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at 5 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at 5 p,m. Click on the following link to do so.

Written testimony will also be accepted in lieu of or in addition to oral testimony. It must be done through Council’s eComment portal not US mail. Comments can be emailed: clerkofthecouncil@co.pg.md.us or faxed to 301-952-5178.

All written comments may be submitted through Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 4 p.m.

View the Public Hearings via live stream here.

To learn more about the Zoning Rewrite process, its purpose, and the opportunity to participate in a Public Hearing, visit: https://pgccouncil.us/589/Zoning-Ordinance-Rewrite-Portal

For a guide to easily compare all the new zones and what they entail, check the following link: https://pgccouncil.us/DocumentCenter/View/4056/Guide-to-Zoning-Categories-

If you do not know what your neighborhood/area is currently zoned, use the first link below to use an interactive map to determine your zone.  Then, for further explanation of how that zone was determined, see this link.

The NCPCA will be having a special session at this Thursday’s meeting with a  guest from County’s planning board to answer your questions.

Greenbelt and College Park Metro Stations to Reopen Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Greenbelt, College Park, and two Hyattsville Metro stations will reopen.

These stations were closed for repairs at the end of May. Commuters had the option of taking a shuttle bus to Fort Totten.

The closures were part of extensive renovations of 20 of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s 45 outdoor station platforms, which have fallen into disrepair from routine wear and tear and exposure to the weather.

The renovations included new slip-resistant tiles, stainless-steel platform shelters with windscreens and USB charging ports, LED-illuminated handrails, more electrical outlets, renovated bathrooms and LED lighting, among other things.

Home Handrails offers a range of handrails for outdoor steps that are designed to help the aged and people in need of assistance when using entrance steps to a home.

The stations will have twice as many digital screens showing upcoming trains and service alerts, which will now scroll along the bottom.

WMATA is also upgrading faregates across the system. You can check here to see if your SmarTrip card needs to be replaced.

[WMATA.com and HyattsvilleWire.com]

City to Assist Local Non Profits for Food Services

The enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and specifically the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (LFRF), has provided the City with significant funding to be used to help the City, its local businesses, families, and individuals recover from the major negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City’s total ARPA funding is $21.97 million. The first tranche of $10.98 million was received August 13, 2021. The remaining 50% is supposed to be paid 12 months later, August 2022.

The FY2022 Adopted Budget includes uses of the funds as follows (excluding recovery of lost revenue):
– Contractual for administration and compliance & related FICA $ 107,650
– Grants and assistance:
Food service organizations 350,000
Business/non-profits 2,000,000
Families/individuals 250,000
– COVID specific costs (PPE, cleaning, public outreach, etc.) 320,000
– Equipment 50,000
Total proposed uses $ 3,077,650

Although staff is still in the process of developing programs for the business grants and family/individual assistance, immediate contributions can be made to local food service organizations. These organizations continue to see significant increase in demand for food assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and additional funding is much needed.

Based on the community needs and the work by these organizations, staff is recommending contributions of up to $50,000 be made to Meals on Wheels of College Park, College Park Community Food Bank, Community Meals Program at College Park United Methodist, and Route 1 Communities Care.

Staff will evaluate the organization’s capacity and proposed uses to determine if the full $50,000 should be provided initially for operating or small capital expenditures. Further recommendation of an additional $50,000 each to the same organizations may be considered in January or February 2022. If an organization would like for the City to consider supporting a larger capital expenditure, staff recommends that the request be considered separately.

The City provided grants in FY2021 and FY2020 to three of these organizations totaling of $174,000 which were reimbursed from the Coronavirus Relief Fund spending plan with Prince George’s County.

[City of College Park]

Tornado Watch Issued Until 7pm Today

A Tornado Watch has been issued for our area until 7 p.m. this evening (Wednesday). Stay tuned to your local news channels for more info. A tornado watch means weather conditions could lead to the formation of severe storms and possible tornadoes. Be prepared. Know your safe location if you are told to take shelter. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching.

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number –  301-405-3333 / #3333 from a mobile phone / 911
Non-Emergency Number – 301-405-3555

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)
umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian

Prince George’s County Police
911 from mobile phone
Non-Emergency Number – 301-352-1200

UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555

NITE Ride
301-314-6483
http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)
301-314-4357
http://helpcenterumd.org

Counseling Center
301-314-7651
http://counseling.umd.edu/

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)
301-741-3442
http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center
301-314-8180
http://www.health.umd.edu/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)
301-405-1142

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
ocrsm.umd.edu