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Date: May 3, 2022

Place: Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue

Time: 7:30 PM

Present: Vice-Chair Pat Xeller, Josh Galper, Maryann Luongo, and Ashley Kavanaugh along with several Section residents. Chairman Greg Chernack joined by phone.

Agenda Item: Greetings and Introductions

Chairman Greg Chernack called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance.

Agenda Item: Introduction of Council Members

After a round of introductions, Josh Galper and Maryann Luongo were sworn in as council members for two-year terms.

Agenda Item: Approval of April Council Meeting Minutes

Chairman Chernack moved that the minutes from the April meeting be approved; there was a second, and the motion passed.

Agenda Item: Chairman's Report

Chairman Chernack gave a brief report on the events of this past year in Section 5.

Agenda Item: Presentation of Proposed FY 2023 Section 5 Budget

The Town Manager presented the proposed FY 2023 budget to the Council and residents present. After a detailed discussion of all the line items, income, and expenditures, the budget was up for a vote.

Agenda Item: Council Votes on FY 2023 Section 5 Budget

Chairman Chernack moved that the budget be passed as submitted, there was a second, and the motion passed unanimously.

Agenda Item: Residents Vote on Tax Rate

Chairman Chernack noted that as in past years, the Council recommends the tax rate be set at zero. The residents in attendance voted unanimously in favor of the recommendation of the Council, and the tax rate will be set at zero.

Agenda Item: Citizen Concerns and Suggestions

There were no citizen's concerns.

Agenda Item: Manager’s Report

-The Town Manager noted there were five building permits issued this month, as well as one tree removal permit.

-The next Bulk Trash Collection will be Saturday, June 11.

-The Manager is working with Section 3 and the Village of Martin’s Additions to set up a community shred event in June as well.

- As part of the budget discussion, the Town Manager noted that the FY 2022 budget calls for the Council to set aside $30,000 for capital improvement projects. The Council voted unanimously to have the Town Manager transfer the funds from the bank account to the capital improvements account.

-The Manager and Chairman Chernack provided an update on the Connecticut Avenue Needs Analysis report. The State Highway Administration and District 18 delegates held an initial community meeting regarding the report in mid-April. All Section residents were notified about the meeting through an email by the Town Manager in addition to a direct postal mailing from the District 18 Delegation. The public comments were overwhelmingly negative regarding any proposed changes to the number of lanes on Connecticut Avenue especially in the area near Section 5. In a follow-up meeting for municipal managers and area Council leaders with SHA and the District 18 delegation, SHA was quick to point out that the feedback from residents was clear and seemed to suggest certain aspects of the report will likely never come to pass. They will instead focus on improving the crosswalk signals on Connecticut Avenue in our particular area.

-The Manager provided an update on the possible Chevy Chase Library renovation project. County Executive Mark Elrich recently sent a letter to the community regarding the project. In short, he is still looking at options, but did not rule out a multi-unit housing/library complex. The Section will share the letter with residents by email and encourage them to provide feedback to the County through the County’s Office of Planning and Development Library Project website.

-The Brookville Water Main Replacement work is underway. The current work is minimal and on Brookville Road. As of now, we have not had any issues.


Chairman Chernack adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held June 14, 2022, at 7:30 PM via conference call. Everyone is welcome.