Thursday, May 24, 2012
Council members voted to eliminate funds for a one-day council and senior staff retreat.
Council adopted the $14.5 million fiscal year 2013 operating and capital budgets Tuesday evening, after eliminating $4,100 for a one-day council and senior staff retreat from the expenditures. The reserve held $5.6 million as of mid-April, but the 2013 budget will draw out $146,211 from that reserve, City Manager Joe Nagro said. Council also approved plans earlier this month to use $1.4 million from the unassigned reserve to fund a new public works modular building and an expansion of City Hall. The city charter suggests that this unassigned reserve equal 25 percent of the fiscal year operating budget, Nagro said. Even after funds for the public works building, city hall expansion and 2013 budget are drawn out, the reserve will still be …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
College Park fourth-graders will also be recognized for performance in "If I Were Mayor" essay contest.
Council could adopt the fiscal year 2013 operating and capital budgets at Tuesday night's College Park Mayor and Council meeting, but the highlight of the night might be the recognition of College Park fourth-graders who placed in the Maryland Municipal League's "If I Were Mayor Contest." Ella Lannon, who goes to Holy Redeemer School, was one of 10 regional winners. Other school and semi-finalist winners will also be present, representing Paint Branch Elementary, Hollywood Elementary, Dar-us-Salaam AI-Huda and Berwyn Christian School. Last year, the winners read their essays at the council meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Pick up a free parking pass on the first floor. If you can't be there, watch it live on …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The College Park Mayor and Council will begin its regular voting meeting at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Tuesday night, the College Park City Council will vote on two resolutions that could block a pair of charter amendments proposed by the Prince George’s Property Owners’ Association from reaching a citywide ballot. One of the petitions would limit the amount of real property tax that the city can collect to the amount collected in 2011. The other would prevent the city from distinguishing between different types of housing. Because the voters who signed the petitions did not list their voting districts along with their names and addresses, the petitions include “no qualified petition signers,” according to the Board of Election Supervisors (BOES), Patch reported last month. BOES measured the petitions against the city charter requirements …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Tonight's College Park Mayor and Council worksession begins at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Public transportation and economic development are among the agenda items for tonight’s College Park Mayor and Council meeting. The council will convene for its public worksession at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, following a 7 p.m. executive worksession. Those who wish to attend the meeting can pick up a free parking pass from the first floor of City Hall. The following is a summary of agenda items for Tuesday. The complete agenda accompanies this post. Can't make it to the meeting? Watch it live on the city's website.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tonight's mayor and council worksession will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The agenda for tonight’s College Park Mayor and Council worksession includes discussions about rent stabilization in the city and funding for a new public works building. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. The worksession is open to the public, but a 7 p.m. executive session to discuss a “legal matter” is not. Anyone who wishes to attend the worksession can pick up a free parking pass on the first floor of city hall. Those who can't attend can watch the meeting online here. A summary of agenda items is below. The complete agenda accompanies this post. Consent Agenda Council will consider a proclamation to be read at next week’s meeting, encouraging residents of College Park to participate in the …
Friday, April 13, 2012
The College Park City Council will begin mulling the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 this Saturday.
Can't be at the budget work session? Watch it on the city's website here. The College Park Mayor and Council will soon begin mulling a $14.5 million budget for next year, but with a $97,000 surplus, a deep reserve and no proposed increase for property tax rates, the negotiations could be less contentious than those just completed by the Maryland General Assembly. Even if the steep cuts currently in the state budget aren't reversed during a special session, the impact shouldn't trickle to College Park, City Manager Joe Nagro said. “Our budget isn’t that dependent upon the state,” Nagro said. Property taxes from city residents and fines and fees make up 66 percent of the budget alone, he noted. The city's predicted expenditure for fiscal …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Patch has a summary of votes from Tuesday’s Mayor and Council meeting.
Couldn’t make it to Tuesday’s College Park Mayor and Council meeting? Here’s a summary of the votes. Also, check here on the city’s website, where video footage from the meeting will be archived. Petitions for Charter Amendments Councilman Marcus Afzali (Dist. 4) led a motion to acknowledge the presentation of two petitions, submitted by the Prince George’s Property Owners Association, to include two proposed charter amendments on a ballot for referendum by city voters. Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich (Dist. 3) provided a second on the motion, which was approved 8-0. The petitions will be referred to the Supervisor of Elections, as per the city code. The city attorney will also submit a legal opinion on whether or not the petitions are …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Patch has a summary of agenda items for tonight's College Park Mayor and Council meeting.
The College Park Mayor and Council will convene for its regular voting meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. Those who wish to attend can pick up a free parking pass from the first floor of city hall. Residents can also watch the meeting live on the city website. Before the regular meeting, residents will have the opportunity to discuss the city’s Fiscal Year 2013 Action Plan at a public hearing beginning at 7:15 p.m. Every year, the city adopts an action plan of specific tasks and goals as part of the 2010-2015 strategic plan. Copies of the 2013 action plan are available at the city clerk’s office. Call 240-487-3501. A summary of agenda items follows, and the complete agenda accompanies this post. Petitions for …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Patch has a summary of College Park City Council agenda items.
College Park Mayor Andrew Fellows and the City Council are scheduled to convene at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of City Hall for the biweekly work session. Those who wish to attend can pick up a free parking pass on the first floor of the building. A summary of some of the agenda items are below. The complete agenda accompanies this post. Sustainable Communities The city has until next Tuesday to submit a sustainable communities application and action plan to maintain its Community Legacy designation after June 1. Staff is requesting that council approve an application seeking to expand the city's sustainable community area from portions of the city to include all of College Park, with emphasis on some parts. Farmers' Market …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Mayor and Council work session, typically held Tuesdays, will be held Wednesday evening because of primary voting.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Due to presidential primary voting Tuesday in Maryland, the College Park mayor and council work session is postponed until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of City Hall. The agenda is available on the city's website. In addition, all city offices are closed on Friday, which is Good Friday. There is no bulk trash pick up that day.