SECTION 5 OF THE VILLAGE OF CHEVY CHASE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Date: May 8, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: 5906 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase Village Hall
Present: Peter Gray; Tim Hanlon; Frances L. Higgins; Nancy Pines; Chris Richardson; Greg White; 2 Section 5 residents
Agenda Item: Minutes
Peter moved that the April 3, 2012 Annual Meeting minutes be accepted as amended; Nancy seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Update on Middle School Site Selection
Greg said that the site for the new middle school has been selected and money has already been appropriated for the project. The school is slated to be completed in time for the fall of 2017. Greg said that there continues to be opposition from residents in the neighborhood where the site is located to the school being built.
Election of Council Officers
Peter asked the Council members if they would like to serve in their present capacity for the next year
Each Council member agreed that he/she would like to continue to serve in his/her present office. Peter will continue to serve as Chairman, Chris as Vice-chairman, Tim as Treasurer, Greg as secretary, and Nancy as Building Inspector for this fiscal year 2012-13.
Oath of Office
Peter and Chris took the oath of office. A picture was taken of the Council and it will be posted on Section 5's web site.
Chevy Chase Land Company Project
Peter said that he attended a meeting at which Lisa Fadden, Vice-president Chevy Chase Land Company, gave a description of the land company's development at Chevy Chase Lake. There was some discussion about the degree to which Section 5 should become involved in the process of this development.
The Council asked the manager to invite Lisa Fadden to attend Section 5's June Council meeting and provide an update on the Chevy Chase Land Company's plans for development at Chevy Chase Lake.
Tim provided copies of a report which provided the revenues and expenses for FY 2011-12 to date. There was some discussion about the income tax revenues to date which are $342,024. There will be one additional State income tax check for approximately $94,000 at the end of June. The Council decided that it would provide a reduction of Section 5's residents' real estate taxes for FY 2011-12 if there is a surplus of revenues at the end of FY 2011-12. The Council said that it would determine the amount of this reduction at the June Council meeting. This decision will be predicated on the amount of the surplus. Peter asked the manager to contact Section 5's accountant so that the accountant may explain an item in a Quick Books report listed as a refund of building permit deposit to reverse a year end journal entry.
The manager will contact MML to obtain guidelines for municipalities concerning the amount of money that they should have in reserve.
Police Contract Report
Section 5 has signed the contract with the County which provides 34 hours per month of additional police patrols in Section 5. The police services include patrols and strategic positioning at key locations during rush hours.
The Council asked the manager to contact Lt. Burnett, Section 5's police contact officer, and ask him to provide the statistics concerning the number of tickets issued in each month and also the locations where the patrols are stationed.
Building Inspector's Report
3611 Underwood St. - back yard fence
3610 Underwood St. - back yard fence
3711 Williams Ln. - back yard fence
LGIT, Section 5's insurance company, sent a report to the manager which stated that Section 5 has not had a claim this fiscal year and as a result Section 5 will receive a reduction in its premiums.
The manager purchased 2 $100,000 certificates of deposit at Sandy Spring Bank and M & T Bank.
The manager will plan a block party for early in September.
A Martin's Additions resident contacted the manager and asked if Section 5 would support the installation of a stop sign on Brookville Rd. at Thornapple St. There was some discussion.
The manager will contact the State Highway Administration about installing a stop sign on Brookville Rd. at Thornapple St.
Nancy said that the condition of the median strip on Connecticut Ave. is unacceptable; it is overgrown with weeds.
The manager will contact the SHA about refurbishing the Connecticut Ave. median strip which is within Section 5's boundaries.
A resident contacted the manager and asked if Section 5 would install doggie bag dispensers in Section 5. There was some discussion concerning this matter. The Council decided not to install doggie bag dispensers at this time.
Peter adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 7:30 PM in the Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave. The Village Hall has handicap access. Everyone is welcome.