SECTION 5 OF THE VILLAGE OF CHEVY CHASE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Date: April 9, 2013
Place: Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave.
Time: 7:30 PM
Present: Peter Gray; Tim Hanlon; Nancy Pines; Chris Richardson; Greg White; 4 Section 5 residents
Agenda Item: Minutes
Peter moved that the March 12, 2013, Council meeting minutes be approved as revised. There was a second and the motion passed unanimously.
Agenda Item: Chairman's Report
Peter said that Section 5 settled its dispute with Pepco over aggressive tree trimming by Pepco's contractors. Under this agreement, prior to trimming, Pepco will propose a vegetation management plan for Section 5's approval, rejection or modification. He also said that the Council voted to installed additional street lamps on Williams Lane because of safety concerns.
Stripes were painted at certain crosswalks or street intersections. The Council agreed to continue to employ Montgomery County Police for supplemental police presence in Section 5 to deter crime and to enforce traffic laws. The Council adopted a new ordinance to comply with legal and regulatory requirements for the prudent investment of public funds. Based on a net income surplus for the fiscal year, the Council provided a $650 property tax credit to each Section 5 household for FY 2013.
Agenda Item: Discussion of Additional Street Lamps
on Leland Ct. and Windsor Pl.
Since the March meeting at which the Council voted to install additional street lamps on Williams Ln., additional residents Leland Ct. and Windsor Pl. have returned their survey forms. It was suggested that the Council install one additional lamp on Windsor Pl. and one on Leland Ct. as a safety measure. There was some discussion.
Greg moved that the Council engage Pepco to install a street lamp on a pole at the corner of Windsor Pl. and Brookville Rd. and an additional street lamp on Leland Ct.; there was a second to the motion and it passed unanimously. The manager will contact Pepco and arrange to have a street lamp installed on each of these two poles.
Agenda Item: Treasurer's Report
Tim said that there are no budget items that have exceeded the amount budgeted for that item. He said that Section 5 will receive one additional check from the State for state income tax in June. He also said that after the Council has received the June check, it will review the finances and make a decision about a tax credit.
Agenda Item: Residents vote on Tax Rate
There was some discussion concerning the property tax rate for FY 2014 for Section 5.
Peter said that the Council has proposed that Section 5's property tax rate remain at $0.00 per $100 of assessed property value. The residents voted to have the property tax rate remain at $0.00 per $100 of assessed property value.
Agenda Item: Building Inspector's Report
Permit granted: 3611 Thornapple St. - back yard fence
Citizen Concerns and Suggestions
A resident asked the Council if Section 5 has an ordinance which would address the issue of residents not taking care of their property. She said that there is a property in Section 5 where there is evidence of debris being scattered about the property and this could present a health issue. The manager said that Section 5 does not have such an ordinance; however, a person may call the County and express his/her concerns because the County does have such an ordinance.
Election of Officers
There was some discussion concerning the election of Council officers for the coming year.
Each Council member agreed to serve in his/her same office for the coming year.
The manager said that Section 5 has signed an agreement with the County to allow Section 5 to piggy-back on the County's contract to remove excessive storm debris in the event of an usually large storm.
Section 5 has participated in a survey conducted by LGIT, Section 5's insurance company, concerning safety conditions in Section 5. Participation in this survey was necessary for Section 5 to receive a substantial reduction on its FY 2014 insurance rate.
The manager has sent Pepco a check for $4,603.00 to cover the cost of installing 4 additional street lamps on Williams Lane.
The County has sent invoices totaling $17,000.00 to Section 5 to cover the cost of supplemental police patrols. There was $30,000.00 in the budget for police patrols for FY 2013.
The manager asked the Council if it would consider engaging an engineer to conduct a survey of Section 5's outside boundary lines. She asked about this because there is a tree in need of care on Leland St. and she is not certain if the tree is within Section 5's boundaries.