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Date: September 8, 2015

Place: Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue

Time: 7:30 PM

Present: Tim Hanlon, Chris Richardson, Greg White, Scott Livingston, John Higgins, and 2 Section 5 residents

  1. Agenda Item: Minutes

    Chris called the meeting to order and moved that the June 10, 2015 Meeting Minutes be approved as revised; there was a second and the motion passed unanimously.

  2. Agenda Item: Resident’s Comments

    Resident Andra Chernak expressed appreciation to former Manager Frances Higgins for taking care of concerns about the traffic mirror on Brookeville Road and Thornapple Street.

    Ms. Chernak also reported that the efforts to convince the Montgomery County School Board not to change the school bus drop-off locations were unsuccessful. She noted that Section 5 residents among others, met with the school board but their appeal was unsuccessful.

    No further formal action appears to be available.

  3. Agenda Item: Request to restrict west bound traffic on Leland Street from 6:30-9:00 AM

    All Council members had read the proposal. Scott suggested hiring a traffic consultant to look at the proposal from the point of view of its effects on other Section 5 streets. John Higgins suggested that one alternative might be to lengthen the south bound left turn signal on East-West Highway at Connecticut Avenue. It was agreed to hire a consultant. The Council also decided to put the County proposal on the Section website so that the residents could read it in its entirety and to include a short article about what the Council is doing in the Newsletter.

    Scott will seek to get the names of some traffic consultants, one of whom Section 5 could hire to do the study.

  4. Agenda Item: Chris asked if any Council member had a question on the current Council negotiations between the County and Municipalities with Comcast

    A resident asked what this was about and manager explained it involved the franchise fees paid by Comcast to the County and to the municipalities for running cable wires on their streets. No Council member had any questions on the report from Attorney Ron Bolt who is representing the municipalities.

  5. Agenda Item: Manager Vacancy

    Council agreed to await the closing of the vacancy announcement to determine procedures to be followed in considering applicants. Council agreed that it would treat salary as negotiable and that any applicant who asked would be told that the former managers salary was $52,000.

  6. Agenda Item: Tim Hanlon Resignation

    Tim Hanlon announced his intention to resign from the Council when a replacement is selected. All members expressed regret that Tim is leaving the Council.

    Manager will put out an announcement of Tim’s resignation and advise residents that they can apply to serve the remainder of his term. The Council decides on the filling of mid-term vacancies.

  7. Agenda Item: Newsletter

    John Higgins advised that he expects to have a draft Newsletter for Council consideration by the end of next week. Council asked that it include articles about:

    1. The vacancy on the Council (Hanlon) and on the Chevy Chase Fire Board
    2. The Leland Street traffic proposal with reference to the fact that it will be available on the website
    3. Vacancy in manager position
  8. Agenda Item: Manager’s Report

    John reported that the announcement of the manager vacancy and the Block Party was finally delivered by the USPS today. This material had been mailed on September 1 by the printer and for some reason is postmarked September 4. The printer is following up on this with the USPS.

    Manager also reported a list of approved building permits.

    Manager reported that the Annual Audit has begun and that the auditor has obtained all of the necessary items.

    Manager reported that he is charging all the services for the Block Party on his credit card and he will then seek reimbursement from the Council. This will save cutting a number of checks.

    Manager reported that he has negotiated and signed contracts for:

    1. Trash and recycling with Montgomery County Recycling
    2. Snow removal with Rolling Acres
    3. Leaf vacuuming with Lee Peyton
    4. Sidewalk snow shoveling with Colonial Landscape

    Manager reported a resident has suggested a plaque honoring Frances Higgins