SECTION 5 OF THE VILLAGE OF CHEVY CHASE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Date: December 10, 2013
Place: Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave.
Time: 7:30 PM
Present: Peter Gray, Tim Hanlon, Frances L. Higgins, Greg White, Chris Richardson; two Section 5 residents
Agenda Item: Minutes
Greg moved that the minutes of the November 12, 2013, Council meeting be approved as amended; there was a second and the motion passed unanimously.
Agenda Item: Discussion of Ordinance to Restrict
Through Truck Traffic on Williams Lane
The manager has contacted David Nelson, a traffic engineer, about conducting a traffic survey of the truck traffic on Williams Lane. Mr. Nelson has located two companies who are interested in providing a proposal for this survey. The cost would be between $1,300 and $1,500. These firms can conduct a mechanical count of vehicles, by direction over a 72 hour period or for a week long period. In addition to the count it will also be a classification count, so it will provide the number of trucks that pass by and when they pass by. This data could be used to determine if there is a problem with truck traffic on Williams Lane. Mr. Nelson suggested that the Council wait until after the holidays to conduct such a survey because there will be large number of trucks making deliveries during the holidays. This data could skew the results.
The Council decided to wait until February 2014, to conduct such a survey.
Agenda Item: Discussion of a Survey Plan of
Section 5's Boundaries
Section 5 has received a detailed proposal for a survey of its boundaries from A. Morton Thomas; however, it has not received a detailed proposal from Barry Gleisnor or Robert MacWilliams, two other surveyors who have made presentations to the Council. Peter asked the manager to contact A. Morton Thomas and ask for the cost to survey the outside boundaries only. The Council will then be able to compare the cost from all three companies of surveying just the outside boundaries.
Agenda Item: Treasurer's Report
Tim provided the Council members with copies of the financial report from July 1, 2013, to Nov. 2013. He said there are no items on the expenditure side that are over budget. He also said Section 5 received $190,066.82 as the first large income tax payment on November 30, 2013, from the State. Last year's first income tax payment was $182,369.63.
Agenda Item: Building Inspector's Report
Permits granted: 3709 Williams Ln. - convert enclosed front porch to open porch
Agenda Item: Manager's Report
A resident on Thornapple St. contacted the manager and asked if Section 5 would reimburse her for the cost of completely removing the stump in the public strip in front of her house and the cost of a new tree which she has planted. She said that the person who ground the stump did not do it properly. The manager explained to her that Section 5 pays to have a stump from a public tree ground down to only five or six inches in depth and then waits for the stump to rot. There was some discussion.
The Council agreed to pay for the cost of the new tree; however, it decided not to pay the resident for the cost of completely removing the stump. The manager will contact the resident about the Council's decision.
The manager met with Vance Petrella, a LGIT representative, concerning Section 5's plan to alleviate risk. Mr. Petrella gave his approval to Section 5's plan to reduce risk in the town. Section 5 has never had an insurance claim.
The manager employed Alan Beal to meet with the resident at 3600 Thornapple St. concerning the storm water run-off from his property. Alan said that the resident has installed a dry well in his back yard which will contain all the water run-off from his property rather than allow it to drain onto the adjoining property. Alan checked to be certain that the dry well was installed properly. When this house was being built, a private tree on this property fell and its roots caused three squares of the Brookville Rd. sidewalk to heave. The builder has agreed to replace these blocks.
Agenda Item: Organic Waste Disposal and Single
Stream Trash Removal
A Section 5 resident contacted the manager about Section 5 paying to have a separate collection for organic waste in Section 5. There was some discussion; however, it was decided to make a decision about this request when the contract for our current trash hauler comes up for renewal. There is some interest in having Section 5's household trash and recyclables collected by a single truck and taken to one site where a machine separates the different items. Currently three separate trucks collect household trash, paper and recyclables, and yard waste. The manager has contacted Martin's Additions about the additional cost of using single stream collection. She will report at the next meeting.
Agenda Item: Adjournment
Peter adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 7:30 PM, at the Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave. The Village Hall has handicapped access. Everyone is welcome.