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Boards and Commissions

The City of College Park utilizes Boards and Commissions to advise the Mayor and Council on a variety of topics in the City. Members of the City’s Boards and Commissions give generously of their time and talents to make valuable contributions to the City.

Some Boards and Commissions are established in the City Charter or City Code, and some are established by Resolution of the Mayor and Council. The City Clerk’s office is responsible for maintaining records for Boards and Commissions, although most are also assigned a Department Staff Liaison.

The Mayor and City Council make appointments to Boards and Commissions when vacancies occur. Some appointments are made based on council district while other appointments are at-large. Most members who serve on the City’s Boards and Commissions are City residents, but in certain cases non-residents are eligible. Some of the City’s Boards and Commissions offer small stipends to its members, but most are strictly voluntary.

The City’s Boards and Commissions are listed below.  For detail about vacancies, please contact the City Clerk’s office.

For appointment opportunities, please complete the application and submit to the City Clerk or your district Council representative.

 

 

Advisory Planning Commission

Number of Members:  7
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation:  $60 per meeting
Meetings:  First Thursday of the month, 7:30 pm, City Hall
Staff Liaison:  Planning Director

The primary function of this board is to conduct hearings with respect to applications for variances from the strict application of the Prince George’s County Zoning Ordinance and departures from design and landscaping standards, parking and loading standards and sign design standards of the Prince George’s County Zoning Ordinance as well as appeals with respect to violations of the College Park Code for Housing Regulations, Building Construction and Property Maintenance. The Commission may also make recommendations to the Mayor & Council on development applications; land-use issues and plans; grant requests and capital improvements; and may develop a long-range comprehensive plan for the City as directed by the Mayor and Council.

Individuals interested in serving on the Advisory Planning Commission should have a City-wide perspective and interest in planning and housing issues; a track record of civic-mindedness from work on other City projects or committees and some knowledge of the planning and development process and related laws and procedures.

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Aging-In-Place Task Force
Number of Members: 8 City Residents & 4 City Council Representatives
Term Length: 2 Years

Compensation: None
Meetings: TBD
Staff Liaison: Youth, Family and Senior Services

This Task Force was created by Resolution 14-R-07, adopted April 8, 2014, to fulfill an action item in the FY 2014 Action Plan to “Create a seniors aging-in-place ad hoc committee of the Council to explore options for the creation of an aging-in-place program in College Park to help seniors remain in their homes.”

The Aging-In-Place Task Force was discharged on April 30, 2016 as the Task Force presented thier Final Report to the Mayor and Council.  

(Click here for the Aging-in-Place Task Force Minutes)

 

Animal Welfare Committee 

Number of Members:  Up to 15
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm, Davis Hall
Staff Liaison:  Animal Control Officer

This committee addresses issues related to domestic and wild animals in the City of College Park; works with the City Animal Control Officer to plan activities and initiatives to promote animal welfare; educates the community about responsible pet ownership, wildlife management and pest control; advises the Mayor and Council on animal welfare related issues; coordinates with animal welfare and rescue organizations; assist the City's Animal Control Officer in providing care for sheltered animals and in promoting and facilitating adoptions.

Individuals interested in serving on the Animal Welfare Committee should have interest and expertise in animal care, animal training, animal rescue, or wildlife management.

(Click here for Animal Welfare Committee Minutes)

 

Board of Election Supervisors 

Number of Members:  5 qualified voters of the City
Term Length:  2 Years
Compensation:  Chief Supervisor $480 annually, Members $360 annually in an election year
Meetings:  As needed
Staff Liaison:  City Clerk

Individuals interested in serving on the Board of Election Supervisors should have interest and expertise in the overall process of local elections in a City like College Park.

(Click here for the Board of Election Supervisor Minutes)

 

Cable Television Commission 

Number of Members:  4 plus voting Chair
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation:  $60 per meeting
Meetings:  Quarterly
Staff Liaison:  City Manager

The Commission reviews and makes recommendations to Mayor & Council on telecommunications services in general, reviews applications and agreements for the use of the City’s rights-of-way by providers of telecommunications services within the City, and develops procedures for approving or denying applications to provide services.  

Individuals interested in serving on the Cable Television Commission should have particular interest in the City’s cable franchises, an informed understanding of public cable service, and a willingness to represent the best interests of the community’s cable subscribers to the providers. The College Park Cable Television Commission would like to hear about your experience when calling Comcast or Verizon about your cable service. If you would like to share your experience, please send an email to cabletv@collegeparkmd.gov

(Click here for Cable Television Commission Minutes)

 

Candidates’ Debate Workgroup
Number of Members:  8 City Residents, Chief Board of Election Supervisor, and City Clerk
Term Length:  The Workgroup will be discharged once their recommendations are presented to the City Council
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Meet no less than 4 times a year
Staff Liaison:  City Clerk
Established by:  Resolution 16-R-25

The Candidates’ Debate Workgroup (the “Workgroup”) was established to develop recommendations to present to the Mayor and Council outlining the City’s and the Supervisors of Elections role, if any, in candidates’ debates for municipal elections.  These recommendations shall address issues such as the organization, format, recording, broadcast, and posting of, and use of City resources for, any candidates’ debate.

Click here for the Candidates’ Debate Workgroup Minutes

 

Citizen Corps Council 

Number of Members:  5 to 7 residents to serve as community coordinators
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Quarterly, and as needed
Staff Liaison:  Public Services Director

The College Park Citizen Corps Council (CPCCC) works closely with local public safety programs such as College Park Neighborhood Watch and the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), to provide training and education to make College Park safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all kinds. The CPCCC promotes volunteerism, and strengthens the Citizen Corps programs at the neighborhood level, such as CERT teams and Neighborhood Watch groups; identifies training opportunities for special skills and interests, develops targeted outreach for special needs groups; organizes special projects and community events; encourages cooperation and collaboration among community leaders; and captures smart practices and report accomplishments.

Individuals interested in serving on the Citizens Corps Council should have interest in emergency management, first responder training, crime prevention, emergency medical services, or emergency communications.

 

College Park Airport Authority 

Number of Members:  7 (residents and qualified voters of the City)
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Quarterly
Staff Liaison:  City Clerk

The Authority investigates, reviews and reports on the current and proposed future uses of the College Park Airport and its facilities.

Individuals interested in serving on the Airport Authority should have interest and expertise in aviation, historic preservation, and general aeronautical practices.

Click here for the Airport Authority Minutes

 

College Park Seniors Committee
Number of Members:  8
City Residents and 1 City Councilmember
Term Length:  2 years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Meet no less than 4 times a year
Staff Liaison:  Youth, Family and Senior Services
Established by:  Resolution 16-R-33

The College Park Seniors Committee was established for the purpose of encouraging and supporting successful aging in the community.  The committee’s responsibilities are to support the development of a community-based, volunteer neighborhood network, evaluate issues needing more resources, and identify legislative priorities relating to the senior community. Individuals interested in serving on the College Park Seniors Committee should have an expertise in senior issues and/or community-building/networking.

Click here for the College Park Seniors Committee Minutes



Committee for a Better Environment

Number of Members:  No more than 25 members
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Fourth Monday evening, 7:00 pm, at Davis Hall
Staff Liaison:  Planning Director

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Click here for the Committee for a Better Environment Minutes

Click here for the SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) Minutes


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Committee
Number of Members:  5 to 9
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation: None
Meetings:  On an as-needed basis
Staff Liaison: Public Services Department

Click here for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Minutes


Education Advisory Commission

Number of Members:  At least 9 members, residency not required
Term Length:  2 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Third Monday evening, 7:30 pm, at City Hall
Staff Liaison:  Director of Youth, Family & Senior Services
The purpose of the Education Advisory Committee is to support, strengthen and promote the schools that College Park students attend by pursuing the following goals:

  1.  Informing the community and the City on education issues and opportunities.
  2. Improving the image of our schools and other educational opportunities in College Park.    
  3. Promoting parental and community involvement.
  4. Facilitating University of Maryland involvement.
  5. Building partnerships with other College Park entities (i.e. College Park City-University Partnership, local school PTAS, etc.).
  6. Implementing the Pilot EAC report.

Individuals interested in serving on the Education Advisory Commission should have interest and/or expertise in the education through high school of College Park’s youth. 

(Click here for Education Advisory Committee Minutes)

 

Ethics Commission

Number of Members:  7
Term Length:  2 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  As needed
Staff Liaison:  City Clerk

The Commission encourages high ethical standards of conduct by City officials and employees. This is accomplished by disclosure requirements as set forth in the City Code for elected officials, certain employees, and candidates for elective City office. The City Code establishes the role and authority of the Ethics Commission.

Individuals interested in serving on the Ethics Commission should have interest and expertise in ethical standards and local government.

(Click here for Ethics Commission Minutes)

(Click here for Advisory Opinions) 

 

Neighborhood Quality Of Life Committee

Number of Members:  24 + Mayor and City Council
Term Length:  2 years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Four times per year and one public forum per year at City Hall
Staff Liaison:  City Manager's Office

Established by Resolution 13-R-20 adopted September 24, 2013 to replace the Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Workgroup. Amended October 8, 2013 (13-R-20.Amended) and February 11, 2014 (14-R-03). Amended July 2014 to change the name of the Committee to the Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee. This committee will support implementation of approved strategies, continue to develop new strategies, and evaluate progress that is made.

 Click here for resources and information

 Click here for the Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee Minutes

 Click here for the Neighborhood Quality of Life Annual Report April 30, 2016 

Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee

Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee dissolved by Resolution 16-R-27.

Number of Members: 3 Term Length:  Two Years Compensation:  None Meetings:  Quarterly Staff Liaison:  Public Services Director

The committee provides a network to exchange information about crime occurring in our neighborhoods. It disseminates pertinent, police reviewed, crime-related information (i.e., actual incidents, police lookouts, crime trends) City-wide. It works closely with Prince George’s County Police Department Community Oriented Policing (COPS) officers and College Park Public Services Director to identify and resolve neighborhood problems.

The committee promotes and supports the Neighborhood Watch concept, strengthens existing Neighborhood Watch groups, and helps begin new groups in areas where they do not exist.

Individuals interested in serving on the Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee should have interest and expertise in crime prevention, public safety communications, and organizational or training skills.


  

Noise Control Board 

Number of Members:  5 plus 2 alternates
Term Length:  4 Years
Compensation:  $60 per meeting
Meetings:  As needed at City Hall
Staff Liaison:  Public Services Director

The Board advises the City in noise control efforts and holds noise board hearings as required by the City Code, Chapter 138.    Individuals interested in serving on the Noise Control Board should have interest or expertise in mediation, noise measurement and control, code interpretation, administrative law, and fair adjudication.

(Click here for Noise Control Board Minutes) 


Recreation Board

Number of Members:  10
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  First Monday of the month, 6:30 pm, College Park Community Center
Staff Liaison:  Public Services Director

The Board oversees and coordinates recreational activities and special events, such as the Fourth of July celebration and fireworks, concerts in the park, and other planned events provided by the City for the residents of College Park. The Board also coordinates recreational facilities and events with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the University of Maryland. Individuals interested in serving on the Recreation Board should have interest and expertise in entertainment, recreation, sports, social activities, organizational skills, media relations, and consensus building.

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(Click here for Recreation Board Minutes)

 

Tree and Landscape Board

Number of Members:  9 Voting Members consisting of 5 Citizens, plus the Chairperson of the Committee for a Better Environment, the City Forester, the Planning Director, and the Public Works Director
Term Length:  2 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  Third Wednesday of the month at City Hall, 7:00 pm
Staff Liaison:  City Horticulturist

The Board educates and encourages citizens to use safe and desirable installation, removal and maintenance practices in order to promote healthy trees, shrubs and ground cover on private and public lands within City limits.

Individuals interested in serving on the Tree and Landscape Board should have interest and expertise in gardening, landscaping, surrounding environment, trees, and wildlife habitat.

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(Click here for Tree and Landscape Board Minutes)

 

Veterans Memorial Committee

Number of Members:  9-13 members
Term Length:  3 Years
Compensation:  None
Meetings:  As needed, especially prior to Memorial Day and Veterans Day
Staff Liaison:  Public Works Director

May 30, 2016 Memorial Day Program

Click here to view the 2014 Veterans Day Memorial Program.

Group picture before start of ceremonyThe Committee advises and assists the City to ensure that the Veterans Memorial is used and maintained in a manner befitting the service and memory of those who served.   

The annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies are planned and executed by this Committee. To see photo's from past events, please click here.

Individuals interested in serving on the Veterans Memorial Committee should have interest in honoring current and former veterans at the annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.

Click here for Veterans Memorial Committee Minutes

Boy Scout Troop