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Public Hearing on Regulating Small Cell FacilitiesAt its February 13 meeting, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance to regulate small wireless telecommunications facilities (“small cells”) within Town rights-of-way. The ordinance is available for review on the Town website. The Council discussed and introduced this ordinance at its January meeting.
Small cells are wireless antennas that can be placed on existing or new structures, such as utility poles. These deployments, which will soon be faced by local governments, are aimed at providing 5G coverage for wireless devices and smart phones. 5G service will require more equipment to be placed in the public rights-of-way than previously required for earlier technology.
Among other restrictions, the proposed ordinance would require that all small cells be installed at a height of at least 15 feet above the ground and be limited to 5 per pole. New towers could be located no closer than 1,000 feet to another tower. Under federal law, a small cell can compose up to 3 cubic feet, and related equipment boxes can compose up to 28 cubic feet. Currently, County law requires small cells to located at least 60 feet away from any single family home, and this setback applies in the Town. However, the County Council is in the process of reviewing whether the setback should be reduced. The proposed Town ordinance would require setbacks of 2 feet from public improvements and 5 feet from driveway aprons to avoid interference with vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
If you are unable to attend the February Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, you may submit comments to email@example.com.
Council to Hold Work Session on February 13On February 13 at 5:30 p.m., prior to the regular Council meeting, the Town Council will hold a work session to discuss a report by the Town’s Land Use Committee on possible locations for a dog exercise area in or near Town. The Council also will review the latest plans for a sustainable garden and a pathway and staircase in Zimmerman Park. Residents are welcome to attend the work session but will not be able to participate in the discussions. Any proposal related to a dog exercise area will be subject to a future public hearing.
25th Annual Chili DinnerSunday, February 10, 5:30-7 p.m., Chevy Chase Elementary SchoolBeat the winter blues with chili, hot dogs and ice cream sundaes, as well as vegetarian options. The evening features music by Leroy Hyson and old-fashioned, buttercream-frosted cupcakes to celebrate the 25th year of the Chili Dinner and the 100th anniversary of the Town. We will continue our support of Manna Food Center, which feeds those in need. While we cannot collect food items, a collection basket for cash and checks will be provided.
Help Us Build a Centennial Time Capsule!If you are coming to the Chili Dinner this Sunday, don’t forget to bring a contribution to the Centennial Time Capsule: a photo, a story, a newspaper article, etc. that reflects the spirit of the present day. Make sure to include your name, phone number or email address.
Winter Outerwear Clothing Drive - Continues Until February 28The Town's Community Relations Committee, working with the Lawton Community Center, is collecting clean, gently-used or never used warm coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks to donate to a local charity serving those in need. Clothing boxes for your donations are in the Town Hall and the Lawton Community Center.
Purple Line Construction UpdatesWeekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street): The project will be working on Saturdays in February at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm St., continuing excavation efforts between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Blasting at Bethesda/Elm Street Work Zone: Due to varying rock conditions, blasting will occur in the Bethesda Shaft location during the month of February between the hours of 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday. Blasting is not planned on weekends or holidays. Prior to each blast, a siren will be used as a safety precaution for workers within the work zone.
Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club: Crews will continue excavation at the Columbia Country Club on Saturdays in February between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Sidewalk and Lane Closure -- 7750 Wisconsin AvenueStarting February 1, 2019, Hensel Phelps will close the sidewalk and curb lane in front of the 7750 Wisconsin Avenue Project. This closure will facilitate excavation and earthwork activities for the construction of the referenced project. Pedestrian access will be maintained during all non-work hours and weekends.
Starting in February 2019, there will be an increased usage of the curb lane due to the hauling operations. Pedestrians will be detoured to the east sidewalk of Wisconsin Avenue during work hours. Please pay close attention to signage as conditions may change from time to time.
The closures are anticipated to remain for an extended period of time through project completion.
Upcoming Meetings Events:Visit the Town website to view the Town calendar.