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Council to Discuss Campaign Signs in City Elections

The Council will discuss ways to reducing ca

Election signs in Hollywood (District 1)

mpaign yard signs during City elections. College Park allows signs on private or commercial property with owner permission, and on City rights-of-way with notification to the Public Services Department, restricted to 45 days before and 48 hours after an election. Despite theft complaints, City staff won’t remove signs based on legal advice. Planning Director Bader stated adherence to County zoning ordinances for signs.

Greenbelt has a voluntary sign program on public property since 1991, expanded in 2005, managed by a lottery system, charging candidates $75 for participation. Bowie prohibits signs on public property and removes those violating regulations. Hyattsville bans signs in public right-of-way except on election day, with no regulation on private property. Takoma Park allows signs in the City right-of-way with size limitations, mandating removal after 14 days, expecting re-dating for prolonged placement.

These regulations reflect efforts to manage campaign signage clutter, balancing candidates’ visibility with community aesthetics and safety concerns.

Public Safety Virtual Meeting – Monday May 13, 7:30 pm

Date: May 13, 2024
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30
The Public Services Department will host virtual meetings on a quarterly basis to share helpful safety tips, hear from Public Safety officials serving the City.

Please use and share this link to join us: https://zoom.us/j/93740649925?pwd=NGI4MXpvSkdJOTZLTEIzamx0WXhHdz09

Rabies & Microchip Clinic – This Sunday

When: Sunday, May 12, 2024
The City’s Animal Control is hosting a Rabies and Microchip Clinic for City pets on Sunday, May 12, 2024 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Rain date: May 19th.

Appointments are required – slots are individual, you can only register one animal per spot. Appointments are in 10 minute slots, and space is limited. All animals MUST be leashed or properly confined to a carrier. No walk-ins.

City residents must be able to provide proof of residence to obtain free services.

Services will be discounted for non-residents as follows (exact cash or check only):

Rabies vaccine, $10.00 For 1 year or 3-year Rabies vaccines, the pet owner must have a current signed rabies certificate (1- or 3-year), and vaccines will be given at the discretion of the veterinarian.
Microchipping, $20.00
Please come no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Please remain in the vehicle with your pets, and wait to be called for your appointment.

By participating in this event, 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.

Register here.

Business of the Year Award 2024

Nominate an outstanding City of College Park business that goes above and beyond to positively contribute to the community and serves as an example to others. Nominate by August 31! Visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/businessaward24 to nominate or for more information.
(City of College Park)

Public Hearing on New Budget Tonight

The Council will host a public hearing on proposed property tax rate increases and Ordinance 24-O-2 for FY2025 budgets and CIP. Introduced on April 23, 2024, Ordinance 24-O-02 integrates FY2025 budgets for various funds, reflecting changes from budget worksessions.

Proposed tax rate increases, advertised on April 25, 2024, include raising residential rates from 30.18 cents to 34.18 cents per $100 of assessment and commercial rates from 33.18 cents to 40 cents.

Following the public hearing, there will be a discussion about the proposed real estate property tax rates and how any proposed budget amendments will be handled to prepare for budget adoption scheduled for May 21, 2024, when the Council will formally approve the FY25 budget.

To view the proposed FY25 budget and previously adopted budgets, visit https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/172/City-Budget.

If you cannot speak at the public hearing, please send your comments on the budget to cpmc@collegeparkmd.gov by 5 pm today. You can also join the public hearing virtually at https://zoom.us/j/92398574069 at 7:30 pm this evening.

Friday Night LIVE! May 10 | 6:30-8:30PM | City Hall Plaza

The City hosts a series of concerts over the summer and you are invited! Join us on the plaza at the City Hall building on select Fridays for Friday Night LIVE! The events will feature a variety of musical genres and performers and will include something for everyone, music, food, and entertainment. There will be children’s performers, a bounce house, kids activities and arts and crafts.

All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza (7401 Baltimore Avenue) between May -September from 6:30 to 8:30PM. Parking will be offered for free at the Downtown College Park parking garage at the corner of Yale and Knox. Local food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event!

Restorative & Reparative Justice Series May 18 | 4PM | Embry AME Church (5101 Lakeland Rd.)

Residents of College Park and the wider community are invited to join the City of College Park’s Restorative Justice Commission for our spring series of events which will explore the past harms caused by public action and avenues for reparative action.

Join the Commission on May 18th at 4PM for a Restorative Justice Town Hall to discuss what repair looks like.

Learn more at here.

Memorial Day Observance May 27 | 11AM | Veterans Memorial

The City will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the College Park Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Rt. 1 and Greenbelt Rd. The program will include music, speakers, and wreath laying in fitting tribute to the men and women who have served our country.

Please bring pictures of your loved ones, veterans alive or passed to share on our Honors Table. Parking is available near Bowlero at 9021 Baltimore Ave. This event is sponsored by the City’s Veterans Memorial Committee.

Bike to Work Day May 17 | 6:30AM-9AM | City Hall Plaza

Bike to Work Day Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17, 2024. Join us at more than 100 pit stops in DC, MD, and VA for this FREE event for a fun and healthy way to start your day. The first 16,000 who register and attend at a pit stop receive a FREE T-shirt. Free giveaways, food, and beverages at participating locations, while supplies last.

Rabid Raccoon Alert in College Park

Prince George’s County Health Department is alerting community members that a rabid raccoon was recently found at the 9500 block of 50th Place in College Park. On April 23, 2024, between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m., the raccoon was seen appearing very ill and weak and captured alive by the College Park Animal Service Division. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) confirmed that the raccoon tested positive for rabies on April 25, 2024.

The Health Department seeks the public’s help in finding individuals who may have had contact with the raccoon in the identified area. If you know of any persons or animals that may have had contact with a raccoon in this area between April 13 and April 23, 2024, please get in touch with the Health Department immediately at 301-583-3751 or 240-508-5774 after 4:30 p.m. on holidays or weekends.

“We take this issue seriously and are working with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and College Park Animal Services to assess the area’s raccoon population. Rabies is a life-threatening disease that is prevented by starting post-exposure treatment as soon as possible”, says Dr. Matthew D. Levy, Prince George’s County Health Officer. “Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite or scratch. The best way to prevent exposure to rabies is to avoid contact with unfamiliar animals and ensure household pets are vaccinated for rabies. Community members should report unusual animal behavior and avoid handling or feeding unknown animals in their community.”

When a person is bitten or exposed to the saliva of a rabid animal, the disease is prevented by administering four doses of rabies vaccine over a 14-day period, with a dose of rabies immunoglobulin given at the beginning of treatment. Each year, approximately 900 Marylanders receive preventive treatment after exposure to a rabid or potentially rabid animal.

To prevent exposure to rabies:
Do not approach, handle, or feed stray dogs and cats, and enforce and follow leash laws.
Teach your children to stay away from wild animals and animals they do not know.
Vaccinate dogs, cats, and ferrets against rabies and keep the vaccinations up to date.
Do not leave pets outside unattended or allow them to roam free.
Cover garbage cans tightly and do not leave pet food outside; this may attract wild and stray animals.
Wear gloves when handling an animal that has been in a fight with another animal. Keep it away from people and other animals and call your veterinarian or local health department to report the animal exposure.
Use window screens and chimney caps and close any openings greater than ¼ inch by ½ inch to prevent bats from entering your home. Bats found in the home should be safely collected, if possible, and tested for rabies.
  If you are bitten by or exposed to an animal, you should take the following steps:
If it is a wild animal, try to trap it if you can do so safely. If the animal must be killed, try not to damage the head.
If it is an owned animal, get the animal owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
Report exposures to your local animal control agency, health department, or police.
Immediately wash the wound well with soap and water; if available, use a disinfectant to flush the wound.
Get prompt medical attention.
Consider treatment if a bat was present and exposure cannot be reasonably ruled out (e.g.: a sleeping person awakens to find a bat in the room, or an adult sees a bat in the room with an unattended child, person with an intellectual disability, or intoxicated person).
To learn more about rabies in Maryland, including rabies surveillance statistics and efforts to prevent and control the disease, please visit the MDH website
https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/CZVBD/Pages/rabies.aspx .

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