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Weekly Town Updates -- May 8, 2020

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Town Events, Staff Telework Schedule, and Updates Related to COVID-19 

Due to the ongoing public health crisis and Governor Hogan's stay-at-home order, the Town will not host any events, including Trash and Treasures, through the end of May.  Town staff is currently on a telework schedule.  Residents who need to drop off materials to the Town office may use the mailbox located outside the front door to the Town Hall.  We will try to process all permits and other applications in a timely manner.  Phone calls and email will be monitored as usual.  In addition, the Jane Lawton Recreation Center remains closed until further notice.  For current Montgomery County closures, please check here

Residents are encouraged to connect with the Town and fellow residents by signing up for the Town Crier email alert system and the private Town Neighbors listserv.  For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io.  Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch, especially during times like these.  The Town website also provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response. 



Updated Maryland Executive Orders and Guidance Related to COVID-19

In the past few days, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued several revised and updated orders and guidance documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The revised Executive Order extends the stay-at-home order, but now allows for expanded exercise and recreation activities.  Gov. Hogan also has extended and renewed the current state of emergency.  Additionally, the Secretary of Health has issued revised guidance permitting licensed healthcare facilities and providers to resume elective and non-urgent medical procedures and appointments. 



Please Use "Lotsa Helping Hands" -- Let's Be Safe Seniors


Wicca Davidson has set up two systems to assist with shopping for those who are sheltering in place.  There is a website that connects those who need a few items from a grocery or other store, with a neighbor who is going shopping. 

In addition, there is a system where neighborly volunteers shop weekly/biweekly for one or two households.  If you do not have internet access, or need assistance with either shopping system, please call Wicca directly at 301-980-5596.  If you would like to volunteer, send an email to wicca@wiccadavidson.com. 



2020 Annual Meeting & Election Review

On May 5, the Town held its annual meeting by videoconference.  Mayor Barney Rush reviewed the Town’s accomplishments over the past year, and Town Treasurer Kirk Renaud  presented the proposed budget and tax rates for the 2021 fiscal year.  Following a public hearing, the Council adopted the FY21 budget and tax rates.

Results of the 2020 Town Council election will be announced on May 12.  Thanks to all who voted in the Town's first-ever universal vote-by-mail election.



Road Repair Schedule for May 11

On Monday, the Washington Gas paving contractor will be making pavement repairs on Leland Street between Maple Avenue and Meadow Lane weather permitting. 

If the scheduled work cannot be completed because of inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for the following weekday.  Please contact the Town at townoffice@townofchevychase.org or 301-654-7144. 



Town Creates List of Quiet and Clean Landscape Services

Several "Quiet and Clean" lawn maintenance companies are now offering services without use of gas-powered leaf blowers -- the noisiest and most polluting landscape maintenance equipment.  Please consider giving them your business.  Residents can view the complete list here.  



Visit the Lee Dennison Garden in Zimmerman Park

Fancy a walk in a garden? Come out to Zimmerman Park and enjoy the 70 species of plantings that are a part of the new Lee Dennison Garden, which spotlights sustainable landscaping design and maintenance methods while providing a Zen space for reflection. 

For your visit, the Dennison Garden committee has prepared some informative garden notes.  You can also explore the new website www.dennisongarden.org to learn more about Lee Dennison and the garden her bequest has created for the Town (photos for each plant will be added over the course of the spring and summer).

As spring emerges, you can observe new growth daily.  For example, the common serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) is in bloom in the DC area right now.  This native shrub/tree has flowers for pollinators and juicy berries for birds and humans (the berries taste a lot like blueberries). 
 
There are lots of good reasons to plant a Serviceberry in your garden: 
  • tolerates clay soil and air pollution,  
  • has great ornamental value,
  • pretty flowers and beautiful fall color,
  • produces berries, and 
  • good food source for birds.
One caution, this plant can get Cedar apple rust if you plant it close to Junipers which are alternate hosts for the disease.  Rust doesn’t usually kill a Serviceberry, but it tends to appear once the berries are set and makes them inedible.  Learn more about the plant here.  

Please maintain social distancing and please do not let dogs run free in the garden.



CCHS Invites Residents to Document History in the Making

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is documenting the history Chevy Chase residents are making as we manage life during the coronavirus pandemic.  You’re invited to add your story to CCHS’ Corona Chronicles.
 
CCHS welcomes photos, videos, journal entries, voice and audio recordings and other digital evidence of community life in this historic time.  How are you coping and what has been most challenging?  How are social distancing and attending school remotely working for your family?  What are you thankful for, and what “silver linings” have you discovered?  
 
A form for sharing your story via your Google account is available.  Those who do not use Google can email contributions to CoronaChronicles@chevychasehistory.org.
 
These stories will be treasured by future historians.  More immediately, select submissions will be featured on Facebook and in occasional emails to CCHS’ email list.  Questions may be directed to info@chevychasehistory.org or 301-656-6141.



Please Prune Overgrown Vegetation

As a reminder, residents are asked to keep all streets and sidewalks clear of overgrown vegetation.  Please prune vegetation to ensure unobstructed sight lines for pedestrians and motorists.  The Town's vegetation maintenance standards are available for review here.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep Town streets and sidewalks safe. 



Please Be Considerate Neighbors

During these unique circumstances when neighbors are home and many are working or participating in distance learning, residents are urged to consult with their construction and landscape contractors to be sensitive to the noise their work produces, which can be highly disruptive to these new routines.

Contractors should be asked to look for ways to minimize the severity and duration of noise-producing activities.  It would be particularly appreciated if the use of leaf blowers could be avoided.



Consulting Water Management Program Suspended

The Town has suspended the consulting water management program due to the personal interaction associated with this service.  This program offers residents the opportunity to obtain professional recommendations on improving water management on their property.  The Town will notify residents when this service resumes.



Recycling Update

As announced, residents may place clean glass back into their recycling carts.  The Town’s contractor recently established a glass recycling system at its processing facility, thereby enabling customers to once again include glass along with other recycled materials such as paper, plastic and cardboard.  We ask that residents ensure that all materials are clean and remain dry to prevent cross-contamination.  The Town discontinued glass collection at the Lawton Center effective April 17.   A complete single stream recycling guide is available on the Town website. 



May Purple Line Construction Updates

Night Work/Lane Closure on Connecticut Avenue:  Crews will be relocating utilities on Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway.  Work will occur in two shifts, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.  Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur. 

Night Work/Lane Closure on Wisconsin Avenue:  Crews will be pouring concrete for the walls of the Bethesda Shaft.  Southbound lanes along Wisconsin Avenue between Montgomery Lane and Bethesda Avenue will experience temporary closures.  Work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. 
 
Pile Driving at Rock Creek Bridge:  Crews will be pile driving at the Georgetown Branch Trail between Jones Mill Road and the Rock Creek Bridge.  Pile driving will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays for approximately eight weeks.  The work zone can be viewed here.
 
Traffic Shift on Jones Mill Road:  Traffic has shifted onto the southbound side of Jones Mill Road for phase one of this traffic change.  Crews will be excavating and installing the arch for the future underpass.  Work will take places from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.
 
Weekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street):  Crews will be working at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm Street.  Work will take place in two shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.
 
Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club:  Crews will continue work at the Columbia Country Club 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.  

Weekend Work and Lane Closures on East-West Highway:  Temporary lane closures will occur on East-West Highway between Connecticut Avenue and Montgomery Avenue between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.  
 
Weekend Work on the Georgetown Branch Trail:  Crews will be working along the Georgetown Branch Trail from the Wisconsin Avenue to Connecticut Avenue, as well as from Wisconsin Avenue to Jones Mill Road.  Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.
 
Weekend Work and Several Lane Closures on Jones Mill Road and Jones Bridge Road:  Temporary lane closures will occur on Jones Bridge Road between Altimont Lane and Jones Mill Road, as well as on Jones Mill Road between Flushing Meadow Terrace and Coquelin Terrace between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. 
 
Weekend Work on the Rock Creek Trail:  Crews will be working near Rock Creek Park bridge from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.  Temporary trail closures will occur.



Important Phone Numbers

Below is a list of phone numbers that may be helpful while the Town Office is closed.  In case of emergencies, always call 911. 


Montgomery County Police 
Non Emergency/24hrs - 301-279-8000

Bethesda - Chevy Chase Rescue Squad - 301-652-0077

Chevy Chase Fire Department
(Opposite Columbia Country Club) - 240-773-4707

Bethesda Fire Dept
(Wisconsin Ave and Bradley Blvd) - 240-773-4706

National Capital Poison Center
(George Washington University Hospital) - 800-222-1222

Utilities

Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)


Emergency-Live wires down, power failure - 877-737-2662

Customer Service - 202-833-7500

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

 
Emergency - 301-206-4002

Complaints, Leaks, Information - 301-206-4001

Washington Gas
 
Emergency - 703-750-1400

Information & Customer Service - 703-750-1000

Comcast -
800-934-6489

Verizon -
800-837-4966




Upcoming Meetings & Events:

Plain text message

Town Events, Staff Telework Schedule, and Updates Related to COVID-19

Due to the ongoing public health crisis and Governor Hogan's stay-at-home order, the Town will not host any events, including Trash and Treasures, through the end of May. Town staff is currently on a telework schedule. Residents who need to drop off materials to the Town office may use the mailbox located outside the front door to the Town Hall. We will try to process all permits and other applications in a timely manner. Phone calls and email will be monitored as usual. In addition, the Jane Lawton Recreation Center remains closed until further notice. For current Montgomery County closures, please check here.

Residents are encouraged to connect with the Town and fellow residents by signing up for the Town Crier email alert system at https://www.townofchevychase.org/admin/www.townofchevychase.org/list.aspx and the private Town Neighbors listserv. For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io. Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch, especially during times like these. The Town website (https://www.townofchevychase.org/admin/www.townofchevychase.org) also provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response.


Updated Maryland Executive Orders and Guidance Related to COVID-19

In the past few days, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued several revised and updated orders and guidance documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The revised Executive Order extends the stay-at-home order, but now allows for expanded exercise and recreation activities . Gov. Hogan also has extended and renewed the current state of emergency . Additionally, the Secretary of Health has issued revised guidance permitting licensed healthcare facilities and providers to resume elective and non-urgent medical procedures and appointments.


Please Use "Lotsa Helping Hands" -- Let's Be Safe Seniors

Wicca Davidson has set up two systems to assist with shopping for those who are sheltering in place. There is a website that connects those who need a few items from a grocery or other store, with a neighbor who is going shopping.

In addition, there is a system where neighborly volunteers shop weekly/biweekly for one or two households. If you do not have internet access, or need assistance with either shopping system, please call Wicca directly at 301-980-5596. If you would like to volunteer, send an email to wicca@wiccadavidson.com.

2020 Annual Meeting & Election Review

On May 5, the Town held its annual meeting by videoconference. Mayor Barney Rush reviewed the Town’s accomplishments over the past year [http://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3072/Rush-2020-Annual-Meeting-Statement?bidId=] , and Town Treasurer Kirk Renaud presented the proposed budget and tax rates for the 2021 fiscal year [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3071/FY21-Budget-Presentation?bidId=] . Following a public hearing, the Council adopted the FY21 budget and tax rates [https://www.townofchevychase.org/188/Financial-Information] .

Results of the 2020 Town Council election will be announced on May 12. Thanks to all who voted in the Town's first-ever universal vote-by-mail election.

Road Repair Schedule for May 11

On Monday, the Washington Gas paving contractor will be making pavement repairs on Leland Street between Maple Avenue and Meadow Lane weather permitting.

If the scheduled work cannot be completed because of inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for the following weekday. Please contact the Town at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] or 301-654-7144.

Town Creates List of Quiet and Clean Landscape Services

Several "Quiet and Clean" lawn maintenance companies are now offering services without use of gas-powered leaf blowers -- the noisiest and most polluting landscape maintenance equipment. Please consider giving them your business. Residents can view the complete list here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/431/Quiet-and-Clean-Landscapers] .

Visit the Lee Dennison Garden in Zimmerman Park

Fancy a walk in a garden? Come out to Zimmerman Park and enjoy the 70 species of plantings that are a part of the new Lee Dennison Garden, which spotlights sustainable landscaping design and maintenance methods while providing a Zen space for reflection.

For your visit, the Dennison Garden committee has prepared some informative garden notes [https://f3e76506-5f3b-4a80-97cd-8bcc870f816c.filesusr.com/ugd/a26757_613daa9bde8544e08928208ae0bd230c.pdf] . You can also explore the new website www.dennisongarden.org [https://www.dennisongarden.org/] to learn more about Lee Dennison and the garden her bequest has created for the Town (photos for each plant will be added over the course of the spring and summer).

As spring emerges, you can observe new growth daily. For example, the common serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) is in bloom in the DC area right now. This native shrub/tree has flowers for pollinators and juicy berries for birds and humans (the berries taste a lot like blueberries).

There are lots of good reasons to plant a Serviceberry in your garden:

tolerates clay soil and air pollution,

has great ornamental value,

pretty flowers and beautiful fall color,

produces berries, and

good food source for birds.

One caution, this plant can get Cedar apple rust if you plant it close to Junipers which are alternate hosts for the disease. Rust doesn’t usually kill a Serviceberry, but it tends to appear once the berries are set and makes them inedible. Learn more about the plant here [https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=amar3] .

Please maintain social distancing and please do not let dogs run free in the garden.


CCHS Invites Residents to Document History in the Making

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is documenting the history Chevy Chase residents are making as we manage life during the coronavirus pandemic. You’re invited to add your story to CCHS’ Corona Chronicles.

CCHS welcomes photos, videos, journal entries, voice and audio recordings and other digital evidence of community life in this historic time. How are you coping and what has been most challenging? How are social distancing and attending school remotely working for your family? What are you thankful for, and what “silver linings” have you discovered?

A form [http://www.chevychasehistory.org/chevychase/corona-chronicles] for sharing your story via your Google account is available. Those who do not use Google can email contributions to CoronaChronicles@chevychasehistory.org [mailto:CoronaChronicles@chevychasehistory.org] .

These stories will be treasured by future historians. More immediately, select submissions will be featured on Facebook and in occasional emails to CCHS’ email list. Questions may be directed to info@chevychasehistory.org [mailto:info@chevychasehistory.org] or 301-656-6141.

Please Prune Overgrown Vegetation

As a reminder, residents are asked to keep all streets and sidewalks clear of overgrown vegetation. Please prune vegetation to ensure unobstructed sight lines for pedestrians and motorists. The Town's vegetation maintenance standards are available for review here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/1090/Overgrown-Vegetation-Management-SOPs?bidId=] . Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep Town streets and sidewalks safe.


Please Be Considerate Neighbors

During these unique circumstances when neighbors are home and many are working or participating in distance learning, residents are urged to consult with their construction and landscape contractors to be sensitive to the noise their work produces, which can be highly disruptive to these new routines.

Contractors should be asked to look for ways to minimize the severity and duration of noise-producing activities. It would be particularly appreciated if the use of leaf blowers could be avoided.


Consulting Water Management Program Suspended

The Town has suspended the consulting water management program due to the personal interaction associated with this service. This program offers residents the opportunity to obtain professional recommendations on improving water management on their property. The Town will notify residents when this service resumes.

Recycling Update

As announced, residents may place clean glass back into their recycling carts. The Town’s contractor recently established a glass recycling system at its processing facility, thereby enabling customers to once again include glass along with other recycled materials such as paper, plastic and cardboard. We ask that residents ensure that all materials are clean and remain dry to prevent cross-contamination. The Town discontinued glass collection at the Lawton Center effective April 17. A complete single stream recycling guide [https://goodecompanies.com/wp-content/uploads/single-stream-recycling-guidelines.jpg] is available on the Town website.


May Purple Line Construction Updates

Night Work/Lane Closure on Connecticut Avenue: Crews will be relocating utilities on Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway. Work will occur in two shifts, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur.

Night Work/Lane Closure on Wisconsin Avenue: Crews will be pouring concrete for the walls of the Bethesda Shaft. Southbound lanes along Wisconsin Avenue between Montgomery Lane and Bethesda Avenue will experience temporary closures. Work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Pile Driving at Rock Creek Bridge: Crews will be pile driving at the Georgetown Branch Trail between Jones Mill Road and the Rock Creek Bridge. Pile driving will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays for approximately eight weeks. The work zone can be viewed here [https://www.purplelinemd.com/images/notification_graphics/Notice_-_Pile_Driving_Rock_Creek_West_EngSpan_Proof3_03-03-20.pdf] .

Traffic Shift on Jones Mill Road: Traffic has shifted onto the southbound side of Jones Mill Road for phase one of this traffic change. Crews will be excavating and installing the arch for the future underpass. Work will take places from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street): Crews will be working at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm Street. Work will take place in two shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club: Crews will continue work at the Columbia Country Club 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work and Lane Closures on East-West Highway: Temporary lane closures will occur on East-West Highway between Connecticut Avenue and Montgomery Avenue between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work on the Georgetown Branch Trail: Crews will be working along the Georgetown Branch Trail from the Wisconsin Avenue to Connecticut Avenue, as well as from Wisconsin Avenue to Jones Mill Road. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work and Several Lane Closures on Jones Mill Road and Jones Bridge Road: Temporary lane closures will occur on Jones Bridge Road between Altimont Lane and Jones Mill Road, as well as on Jones Mill Road between Flushing Meadow Terrace and Coquelin Terrace between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work on the Rock Creek Trail: Crews will be working near Rock Creek Park bridge from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary trail closures will occur.

Important Phone Numbers
Below is a list of phone numbers that may be helpful while the Town Office is closed. In case of emergencies, always call 911.
Montgomery County Police
Non Emergency/24hrs - 301-279-8000
Bethesda - Chevy Chase Rescue Squad - 301-652-0077
Chevy Chase Fire Department
(Opposite Columbia Country Club) - 240-773-4707
Bethesda Fire Dept
(Wisconsin Ave and Bradley Blvd) - 240-773-4706
National Capital Poison Center
(George Washington University Hospital) - 800-222-1222
Utilities
Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
Emergency-Live wires down, power failure - 877-737-2662
Customer Service - 202-833-7500
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Emergency - 301-206-4002
Complaints, Leaks, Information - 301-206-4001
Washington Gas
Emergency - 703-750-1400
Information & Customer Service - 703-750-100
Comcast - 800-934-6489
Verizon - 800-837-496

Upcoming Meetings & Events:
Click here [http://www.townofchevychase.org/calendar.aspx?CID=14,] to view the Town calendar

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Weekly Town Updates are now available. Contact the Town Office at 301 -654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org for more information.