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City Council Approves 1-Year Objectives of the new Strategic Plan

At last night’s meeting, the City Council approved the Strategic Plan One-Year Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for FY22. After the five-year OKRs were approved by Council previously, City staff prioritized and created one-year objectives for six of the 10 five-year OKRs. Each department has developed OKRs that contribute to accomplishing the one-year objectives during the […]

Wednesday July 21st, 2021 in City Council | No Comments »

City Council to Meet Tomorrow to Confirm the Termination of Natasha Hampton as City Manager

Tomorrow, the City Council will meet at a special session with a purpose to confirm and ratify the Mayor and Council’s termination of the employment of Natasha Hampton as City Manager, effective June 1, 2021. The City Council packet on this item reads the following: In January 2021 the City engaged Baker Tilly to facilitate the […]

Monday July 5th, 2021 in City Council | No Comments »

Council to Honor Jack Robson

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Mayor and Council will make a proclamation in recognition of many contributions to Jack Robson for his myriad contributions to the City for over four decades. Jack was appointed to the Supervisors of Elections for College Park in May 1994, becoming the Chief Election Supervisor in 1997. Jack was also appointed […]

Monday June 14th, 2021 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Honor Jack Robson

Council Approves Budget for City Hall Furniture

The City, on behalf of itself and the University of Maryland, issued a Request for Proposals for the furniture that will be required for use at the new City Hall/University Office Building. Eight bids were received, Price Modern was chosen as the preferred bidder. The bids did not include pricing for ancillary furniture, such as […]

Wednesday March 17th, 2021 in City Council, City Hall, Development | Comments Off on Council Approves Budget for City Hall Furniture

City Considering to Form a Commission to Address Harm Caused to Lakeland Community 50 Years Ago

In 1969, an urban renewal project was initiated for the area through a $5.7 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Older dilapidated houses on the outskirts of Lakeland were torn down and much of the land was purchased by the city of College Park. Unfortunately, many of Lakeland’s African American community […]

Saturday January 30th, 2021 in City Council | Comments Off on City Considering to Form a Commission to Address Harm Caused to Lakeland Community 50 Years Ago

Council to Adopt new 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

At last week’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed the final draft of the 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan and the path forward as we transition to execution. The plan was developed using inputs from community and stakeholder focus groups, as well as community and staff surveys to identify the wants and needs expressed. The […]

Friday January 22nd, 2021 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on Council to Adopt new 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

Another School Facilities Surcharge Waiver Request – This Time from the Hub Student Housing

The proposed student housing project “The Hub” at 4210-4220 Knox Road has requested the City to make a recommendation to the Prince George’s County Council that The Hub student housing project be exempted from the imposition of the school facilities surcharge. The County imposes a school facilities surcharge on new residential development. Housing for the […]

Tuesday January 19th, 2021 in City Council, Development | Comments Off on Another School Facilities Surcharge Waiver Request – This Time from the Hub Student Housing

A Prosperous 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many changes and challenges to the lives of our neighbors. That said, I wish you and your families for a prosperous new year in 2021. In North College Park, we hope to see some of the ongoing projects getting completed in the new year. After many years of delays, […]

Monday January 4th, 2021 in City Council | Comments Off on A Prosperous 2021

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

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 […]

Tuesday December 22nd, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on City to Ask an Executive Firm to Help Search New City Manager

Goodbye Councilmember Brennan, Welcome Councilmember Esters

At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, Councilmember Llatetra Brown Esters will swear-in as the new District 2 Councilmember. For the past two years, Ms. Esters has represented District 2 on the College Park Advisory Planning Commission (APC). She has also served as an Election Judge in Precinct 21001 at Paint Branch Elementary School. Over the last […]

Monday December 7th, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on Goodbye Councilmember Brennan, Welcome Councilmember Esters

Council to Review City’s Sustainability Plan

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will get an update from staff about the City Operations Sustainability Plan. The City developed this plan back on October 28, 2015. The purpose of the plan is to reduce the environmental impact of City operations, create a healthier work environment, improve the community’s quality of life, and position College […]

Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Review City’s Sustainability Plan

GreenPlay Recreation Report Gets Some Revisions, but Could be Even Better. What’s Next?

The GreenPlay consultant has made some edits to City’s report in the latest version. The latest version reflects edits suggested at the last Council meeting to pages 59 and 69 of the report. Language suggesting that the City does not need a community center has been removed from the “Findings Section” on page 59 and […]

Tuesday October 27th, 2020 in City Council | Comments Off on GreenPlay Recreation Report Gets Some Revisions, but Could be Even Better. What’s Next?

Council Makes it Easy for Residents to Run in City Elections

At last night’s meeting, the City Council amended Article III, “Mayor and Council”, §C3-1, “Membership; Election; Term of Office”, to delete the requirement that a candidate for City elected office to be a registered voter for at least one year prior to the election and to substitute the requirement that a candidate shall have been […]

Wednesday October 14th, 2020 in City Council, Election | Comments Off on Council Makes it Easy for Residents to Run in City Elections

Council to Make Changes to City Seal

As part of the construction of the new City Hall, the City Hall architect, Design Collective, is recommending that the City Seal be updated with cleaner lines. During project discussions on this issue, it was noted that the chapel on the City Seal has a cross, but the non-denominational chapel at the University of Maryland […]

Tuesday October 6th, 2020 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on Council to Make Changes to City Seal

Council Appoints Members to City’s Advisory Boards

Back in November 2019. The City Council decided to set consistent membership terms and appoint or reappoint all members to advisory boards at one time and appoint or reappoint all members to advisory boards at one time. The City solicited applications for board vacancies and the Mayor and Council twice extended the application period to […]

Thursday October 1st, 2020 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on Council Appoints Members to City’s Advisory Boards