SECTION 5 OF THE VILLAGE OF CHEVY CHASE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Date: October 4, 2016
Place: Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue
Time: 7:30 PM
Chris Richardson, Greg Chernack, Scott Livingston, Nancy Pines, Pat Xeller, Ashley Kavanaugh, and one Section 5 residentAgenda Item: Greetings and Introductions
Chair Chris Richardson called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance.Agenda Item: Approval of September Council Meeting Minutes
Chris moved that the minutes from the September meeting be approved; there was a second, and the motion passed unanimously.Agenda Item: Resident Comments
One resident inquired about a tree that had recently been removed by a neighbor near his home. The tree removal was done without a Section permit. The Council asked the Town Manager to phone the resident and ask for more information. It is possible that the tree was not of a size limit requiring a permit. In the event that it was of size, the Manager will reiterate the need for a permit to remove any tree either public or private. The Council also asked that the Town Manager include a notice in the Section newsletter and stress the importance of knowing and following the Town ordinances.Agenda Item: RCN Negotiation Status
The County has approved a renewal for RCN (Starpower Communications, LLC). Thus, the Village is also required to formally approve and accept the renewal. In compliance with the Village Charter, an ordinance was introduced at the September 2016 Council meeting that would allow Section 5 to formally adopt the RCN renewal. Chris moved that the agreement be approved; there was a second, and the motion passed.Agenda Item: Manager’s Report
The Town Manager said the Block Party appeared to be a success. We had at least 350 people attend, and the ice cream in particular seemed to be a hit with the bill totaling close to $900. The Manager indicated a second truck might be necessary for the future.
-The Manager indicated she is currently working with Lindsey & Associates on the FY 2015-16 audit. She recently received a draft and expects the final report in November.
-The Manager is also in the process of updating the Section 5 Directory. She hopes to verify all the information, print, and distribute it in the next few weeks.
-Sidewalk work is set to begin next week on 10/11.
-A speed hump was installed on Leland Court on 9/27.
-Fall flowers and spring bulbs were planted at the four Town flower boxes and the circle at Leland Court.
-We have had a great response for the Section’s Free Tree program. As of now, we have 20 requests for trees, plus an additional six Town tree replacements.
-As was noted in the newsletter, there was a second incident where a Section 5 child was struck in a crosswalk. Both occurred at Section streets intersecting with Connecticut Avenue. The Town Manager has again contacted State Highway and asked for them to put hatchings in the crosswalks. Since Connecticut is a state road, the Section must gain approval before we can make changes to a crosswalk. There was a lengthy discussion regarding ways to try and improve the sight lines and visibility at intersections. Scott Livingston suggested contacting the State Highway Administration safety expert for further guidance. The Town Manager will do so and report back.Adjournment
Chris advised that at the November Council meeting he hopes to begin a discussion about the Council’s long term goals for the Section, and ways the Town and Council can adjust and improve. Chris adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held November 1, 2016, at 7:30 PM at the Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue. The Village Hall has handicapped access. Everyone is welcome.