SECTION 5 OF THE VILLAGE OF CHEVY CHASE
ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
Date: May 5, 2015
Time: Elections Open 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Business Meeting 7:30 PM
Place: 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase Village Hall
Present: Tim Hanlon; Nancy Pines; Greg White; 12 Section 5 residents
AGENDA ITEM: Minutes
Greg moved that the Council Meeting minutes for April 14, 2015, be approved as revised; Nancy seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
AGENDA ITEM: Chairman's Report
At the February 2014 Council meeting its members voted to employ A. Morton Thomas, a Rockville based engineering firm, to perform a complete land survey of Section 5's metes and bounds. The Council made this decision because the exact metes and bounds had never been determined by a land survey even when Section 5 was a Special Taxing District. The cost of this land survey was a budget item in the FY 2014/15 only.
The Council members decided at the December 2014 Council meeting to engage A. Morton Thomas to conduct a survey of the volume of trucks traversing Williams Lane. This data did not show that a sufficiently large number of trucks used Williams Lane and thus the Council did not take any action at that time. Also, in 2014 the Council decided to engage A. Morton Thomas to conduct a survey of the volume and speed of motorists on all the major streets in Section 5. The results of that data indicated that the volume and speed of Section 5 motorists was very similar to the data that was collected three years earlier in 2011 and thus the Council decided not to take any action at that time.
In 2013 the Council decided not to give tax money to charitable organizations as a regular practice; however, it maintained the authority to give money to organizations that benefit the entire community. Therefore, in 2015 when someone from the BCC-Rescue Squad approached the Council and asked it to contribute money to help pay for a new fire engine, the Council voted to contribute $15,000 toward the cost of this new engine.
In 2014 the Council voted to purchase new street poles to replace the present street poles. These poles will display the signs containing the names of the individual street names. The cost of these new poles and signs will be paid for by funds from the FY 2014/2015 .The Council also purchased two new outdoor trash cans; they will be the same color as the new street poles. The cost of these cans will be paid for by funds from the FY2014/1015.
AGENDA ITEM: Presentation of Proposed FY 2016
Section 5 Budget
Tim presented a copy of the FY 2016 Section 5 Budget. He said that all the expenditure items are very similar to the ones of FY 2015 with the exception of Snow Removal and Donations. The unusually cold and snowy winter is the reason for the substantial increase in snow removal. The Council approved the FY 2016 Section 5 budget at the April 2015 Council meeting.
AGENDA ITEM: Residents Vote on Section 5's Tax
It was suggested that Section 5 not have a real estate tax rate because it has a very large surplus of funds.
Greg Chernack moved that Section 5's real estate tax rate remain at $0.00; Andrew seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
AGENDA ITEM: Discussion of Williams Lane Traffic
There was some discussion. The Council did not pass an ordinance restricting cut though truck traffic on Williams Ln. because the results of the traffic survey did not support such action.
AGENDA ITEM: Citizen Concerns and Suggestions
Andrea Chernack, a new Thornapple St. resident, asked the Council if it would install a mirror on the east side of Brookville Rd. where Thornapple deadends into Brookville Rd. She said that it is very difficult for motorists to navigate that corner entering onto Brookville traveling east. There was some discussion.
Greg moved that the Council have a mirror installed at that location; there was a second and the motion passed unanimously.
This same resident asked the Council for support to persuade the County to have its School Bus 1102 Rabbit stop continue at its previous site. This present site is at the corner of Underwood St. and Thornapple Pl. There was some discussion. Andrea agreed to write a letter to the County asking it to have its Bus 1102 Rabbit stop to continue at its previous site. The Council agreed to support Andrea in her efforts.
Nancy Benner asked the manager to have someone straighten the tree in the tree box at the southeast corner of Underwood St. and Connecticut Ave.
Greg adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 7:30 PM at the Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave. There is handicapped access to the building and everyone is welcome.