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Reflections on Starting my Sixth Term

Last night, I took the oath of office to serve the residents of College Park for my 6th council term. As the oath reads – “I will, to the best of my skills and judgment, diligently and faithfully without partiality or prejudice, execute the office”. These are heavy words and put a lot of weight […]

Wednesday December 15th, 2021 in City Council | Comments Off on Reflections on Starting my Sixth Term

City to Form Lakeland Restorative Justice Commission

At this week’s meeting, the City Council discussed a proposal to form a restorative justice commission to study what happened in College Park’s Lakeland community back in 1960′ as part of the “Urban Renewal” project and find possible restorative justice to address those issues. Back on February 9, 2021, the City Council approved creating the […]

Friday November 5th, 2021 in City Council | Comments Off on City to Form Lakeland Restorative Justice Commission

Residents May Continue to Participate Council Meetings Virtually, Once the Council Starts to Meet In-Person

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Council will continue its discussion whether to meet online and/or in a hybrid format (attending in person and online), and for the public to attend in the same manner. Major changes from the current practices can be summarized as follows: (a) For Mayor and Council meetings: Elected officials can participate […]

Monday October 18th, 2021 in City Council | Comments Off on Residents May Continue to Participate Council Meetings Virtually, Once the Council Starts to Meet In-Person

City Council Approves Takeover Agreement of Rhode Island Avenue from the County

At last night’s meeting, the City Council voted on an Ordinance, authorizing the acquisition, ownership, jurisdiction, control and maintenance of Rhode Island Avenue from Paducah Road to Greenbelt Road from Prince George’s County. Thank you all for your important input on the proposal. There are many benefits of the City’s ownership of this segment of […]

Wednesday October 13th, 2021 in City Council | Comments Off on City Council Approves Takeover Agreement of Rhode Island Avenue from the County

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. […]

Saturday September 25th, 2021 in Announcements, City Council, Election | Comments Off on 2021 November City Election Information

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 […]

Tuesday September 21st, 2021 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on City Announces Kenneth Young as the New City Manager

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 […]

Wednesday September 8th, 2021 in City Council | 2 Comments »

Time to Speak about Proposed Changes to the Neighborhood

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 […]

Tuesday September 7th, 2021 in City Council, Hollywood | Comments Off on Time to Speak about Proposed Changes to the Neighborhood

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 […]

Sunday September 5th, 2021 in City Council | Comments Off on City to Assist Local Non Profits for Food Services

Council Discusses Decennial Redistricting

At last night’s worksession, the College Park City Council kicked off a discussion about the decennial redistricting of College Park. This year, the census redistricting data will be released in August and then in September, with different formats. In general, the redistricting process could involve the following steps, and could take 9 months: (a) Discuss […]

Thursday August 5th, 2021 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on Council Discusses Decennial Redistricting

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 | Comments Off on City Council Approves 1-Year Objectives of the new Strategic Plan

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 | Comments Off on City Council to Meet Tomorrow to Confirm the Termination of Natasha Hampton as City Manager

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