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Date: November 8, 2022

Place: Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue

Time: 7:30 PM

Present: Pat Xeller, Josh Galper, Phil Giordano, Maryann Luongo, Ashley Kavanaugh, Captain Jason Cokinos, and Greg Chernack by phone

Agenda Item: Greetings and Introductions

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

Agenda Item: Review and Approval of October Council Meeting Minutes

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

Agenda Item: Residents Comments

There were no resident questions.

Agenda Item: Monthly Financial Report

The Town Manager presented an overview of the Section’s current financial status, and entertained questions from the Council.

Agenda Item: Manager’s Report

-The Manager said that the WSSC project is finishing up on Williams Lane. Last night the leaf vacuuming truck ran over the bypass pipe, which caused an emergency water shutoff. Fortunately, this has not happened on a regular basis. The Manager reiterated that if residents reach out to Councilmembers directly regarding a water valve leaking, please tell them to call the emergency water line at WSSC. It is always the fastest way to get a response.

-As expected, the County Council unanimously voted to approve Thrive Montgomery in October. It will be important as the County Council begins to fill in the details of the plan, we stay engaged as it relates to our area and our specific concerns.

-Recently, the Chevy Chase Village Manager contacted several of the area Chevy Chase municipalities to see if they would be interested in joining the Village in appealing to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation about the adverse effects of closing traffic lanes on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase DC. While the actual changes to the roadway are in DC, (the removal of the reversible lanes during rush hour and the proposed plan to replace the curb travel lane with a dedicated bike lane in each direction of Connecticut Avenue, N.W.) the impact of the changes will be felt by residents in the surrounding area of Maryland. The Manager asked the Council if they would be interested in signing a joint letter with the Village detailing these concerns. The Council agreed.

-Municipal attorney, Ron Bolt, is scheduled to come to the December meeting to discuss two separate legal matters. The first issue deals with adopting a resolution regarding rules and regulations concerning public information requests. Our current rules do not include provisions recently added to the model rules by the Attorney General regarding the new MPIA Ombudsman and the disclosure of electronic records. The second is an ordinance that is an update to the small cell ordinance we adopted in 2019. As the Council will recall, the 2019 ordinance was in response to an FCC Order compelling jurisdictions to have “published” design standards in place before enforcement. We noted at that time that the ordinance would need to be revisited once national litigation was resolved and once we knew what regulations, if any, would be adopted by the State and County.

-The Manager provided a brief update on the Corso Chevy Chase (4-H) Redevelopment.


Chairman Chernack adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held December 13, 2022, at 7:30 PM at the Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue. The Village Hall has handicapped access. Everyone is welcome.