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Weekly Town Updates -- October 30, 2020

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Concrete Repairs Scheduled 

The Town’s concrete contractor continues to repair damaged or substandard curbs, sidewalks, and driveway aprons on Town streets where gas mains were recently replaced.  Next week, the contractor is scheduled to work on Aspen Street between Maple Avenue and Chatham Road and on Blackthorn Street between Maple Avenue and Chatham Road.  
 
The contractor will try to keep streets open to local traffic; however, it may be necessary for streets to be closed for short periods of time.  Residents are asked to honor all parking restriction signs as posted and follow all traffic controls as the repair work proceeds.



Leaf Collection Continues Until Mid-December

Leaf collection will continue through mid-December.  Please rake leaves to the edge of the curb -- not into the street -- for collection.  Leaves must be free of debris such as sticks, bottles, and rocks.  The leaf collection schedule is available here.

During the leaf collection season, the Town’s contractor will use battery-powered blowers whenever feasible.  However, if the weight and volume of leaves becomes too great, the contractor will need to use one or more gas-powered blowers in order to maintain the collection schedule.  Currently, the contractor is using one battery-powered blower and one gas-powered blower.



No Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Before 9 a.m. or After 7 p.m.

Residents are reminded that the use of gas-powered leaf blowers is prohibited before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on all days.  This applies to residents and businesses, so if you hire a landscaping company to collect your leaves,  please remind them of Town regulations.   



Subdivision Staging Policy

As the County Council holds work sessions on the Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP) update, the Town Council continues its outreach to the County Council.  In conjunction with County Master Plans, the SSP is used to determine whether public facilities, such as public schools and transportation systems, are sufficient to support new development.  The SSP imposes taxes to fund infrastructure needed to support new development and outlines remedial actions where public facilities are found to be insufficient.  The County must enact an updated SSP every four years.

The Town has provided correspondence and testimony to the County Council outlining the Town’s key positions on the current SSP update.  Residents are encouraged to review the documents and submit comments to the County Council at county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov.  The County Council is tentatively scheduled to adopt a new policy on November 15. 



Thrive Montgomery 2050


Thrive Montgomery 2050 is a proposed plan to guide the County’s growth and development for the next 30 years. The draft plan includes goals, policies, and actions for land use, housing, transportation, environment, equity, design, arts and culture, parks and open spaces, and the economy.  

The County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the draft plan on November 19, after which it will have work sessions before submitting the final draft to the County Council around March 2021.  The Town intends to submit written comments and provide oral testimony.  Residents are encouraged to review the Thrive Montgomery draft and send comments to the Planning Board at MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org



Town Submits Letter on the I-495 and I-270
Managed Lanes Study's Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Town recently submitted a letter to the State Highway Administration (SHA) regarding the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS).  The SHA will accept public comments on the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study’s DEIS through November 9. 

The DEIS includes traffic, environmental, engineering and financial analyses of the Build Alternatives and the No Build Alternative.  The DEIS process provides an opportunity for residents, interest groups and other agencies to review and provide comment on the proposed federal action and the adverse and beneficial environmental impacts and proposed mitigation for unavoidable impacts.

The SHA held public hearings in August and September and continues to accept comments by voicemail, email or hard copy until November 9.  The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Elrich jointly are seeking public input on the DEIS.  The Council and County Executive ask County residents who testified at the SHA public hearings, or who send correspondence to the SHA, to also send copies of their comments and any attachments to County representatives (for use in developing the County's position).  County residents can submit feedback and testimony to the County by email at managed.lanes@montgomerycountymd.gov.  Residents without access to the internet can mail their testimony or comments to the attention of Glenn Orlin at the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., 4th floor, Rockville, Md., 20850).  

More information about the DEIS hearings can be found
 here.  Past hearings materials and the recorded hearing sessions can be viewed here.

  


 
2020 General Election Voter Information
November 3, 2020

In the 2020 general election, Town residents may vote at the Jane Lawton Community Recreation Center in the following ways.  

Ballot Drop Off:
For those who have filled out a mail-in ballot, you may return your ballot by using a drop box that is located at the Lawton Center. This box will remain open until 8 p.m. on November 3.

In-Person Voting:
Early Voting: The Lawton Center will serve as an early voting center, which will be open from Monday, October 26 through Monday, November 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Day VotingThe Lawton Center will serve as an election day vote center, which will be open November 3, 2020 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Voters in line at 8 p.m. will be able to vote. Please note that the usual precinct voting station, at Chevy Chase Elementary School, will not be used on election day, November 3. 

Click here for more information on the 2020 election.
 



 Halloween in the Town of Chevy Chase

The Town has received numerous inquiries regarding Halloween events this year.  Montgomery County has issued guidance that does not recommend traditional trick-or-treating, and County reopening guidelines prohibit gatherings of 50 people or more.  In addition, the Center for Disease Control has provided the following guidance for those wishing to celebrate Halloween.   
For those families who wish to celebrate Halloween in a manner that minimizes risk, please consider conferring with your neighbors and sharing ideas through the private Town Neighbors listserv.  For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io.  And have a happy Halloween!



12th Annual Town Thanksgiving Dinner Effort
Last Call

Put your creative talents to work to bring holiday kindness and food this Thanksgiving to 100 Montgomery County families especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Stop by the porches of Katie Vita (6905 Maple Avenue) or Georgia Guhin (4006 Rosemary Street) to pick up small carryout boxes and googly eyes to decorate as containers for $75 grocery cards for each of the MCPS families. 

It’s also not too late to donate toward the purchase of the food cards.  Georgia’s mail slot is open 24/7 for contactless drop-off of checks made payable to YMCA-YFS.

Can’t get to Georgia’s or Katie’s?  For pick-up or drop-off, email the Town Office (townoffice@townofchevychase.org)  or  Bridget Hartman (bridget@hartmanjr.net).

Gift card holder decorated with leaves

Gift card holder decorated with a turkey




Winter Clothing Drive Begins November 1
 
This winter, more than ever before, our neighbors need warm winter clothing.  Every year our Town donates clothing to Interfaith Works, which distributes it to 13,000 income-qualified residents, including nearly 6,000 children.  Please donate clean, gently used or never worn items: coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants and socks.  Donations will be accepted through February 28.

Since the Lawton Center is closed, the clothing box will be located on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush, at 6917 Maple Avenue (between Stanford Street and Pine Place).  Feel free to drop off your donations any time!  This drive is coordinated by the Community Relations Committee.



Bring Us Your Ideas -- and Help -- For Virtual Events

As we continue following strict protocols in our efforts to contain the coronavirus, the Town Council and the Community Relations Committee are eager to find new ways to build community in our Town.  To that end, we welcome help from residents in proposing and planning interesting and fun virtual events.

Some ideas have already surfaced, including online “Discussion and Desserts,” with speakers from the Town or invited by Town residents; wine-tasting, where participants have the bottle in hand for a sommelier’s talk; presentations of art, music, or dance from students seeking an audience; a virtual Yappy Hour, perhaps with dogs dressed for a holiday occasion; a Town-themed bingo and trivia night; a cooking class; and a children’s puppet show. 

We seek volunteers who are interested in helping to organize virtual events like these, as well as general and specific suggestions for speakers, performers, and instructors who you believe would be good candidates to participate.  If you are willing to assist with organizing and/or have ideas to share, please contact the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  We look forward to hearing from you!



Montgomery Parks Virtual Community Meeting 
Norwood Local Park Dog Park Project
Tuesday, November 10, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Montgomery Parks is hosting a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss plans for a new dog park at Norwood Local Park. 
 
Montgomery Parks staff will review the dog park feasibility study and the concept plan which includes a dedicated, fenced area for dog exercise; separated small and large dog areas; and amenities such as a shade structure, seating, and water source.
 
To join the online meeting, visit http://mcp-events.org/norwooddogparkmeeting or listen live via phone by calling: +1 443-961-1463. 
Conference ID: 436 630 638#
 
Please visit the project web page for information.  For additional information, contact Montgomery Parks.



Town Dog Resources & Directory

We'd like to remind residents of a wonderful website for Town dogs and owners developed by Bren Lizzio -- Town-DOG.org.  The website is a one-stop-shop that has lots of helpful information, including local dog parks, dog regulations, dog waste stations, and what to do if your dog goes missing or you come across a lost dog.  It also has a great directory of Town dogs where your four-footed friends can be added, if you like.  It is fun scrolling through to meet some of the Town dogs, all from a socially safe distance, of course.



Signs in the Public Right-of-Way
 

Residents are reminded that the Town Code prohibits the placement of certain signs, including political signs, in the public right-of-way.  Signs for temporary events such as yard sales and open houses are allowed.  The public right-of-way is the area of land generally located between the street and a sidewalk or extending approximately six feet behind the curb if there is no sidewalk.  

If you have placed a sign in the right-of-way, as described above, please move it onto your private property.  Please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144 if you have any questions.
 


Please Clean Up After Your Pet 

The Town office has received complaints about dog waste being left on public areas in Town. The Town has installed numerous dog waste stations in Town.  A map can be found here.  We appreciate your cooperation in addressing this issue.



Purple Line Construction Updates

Please click here to find the most recent Purple Line construction updates.  Make sure to select "Bethesda/Chevy Chase" to find updates pertaining to our area. 



Town Office Schedule and Updates Related to COVID-19

Town staff continues 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 are being monitored and answered 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 through the Town Crier email alert system and with fellow residents through 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.  

The Town website provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response. 



Important Phone Numbers

Click here for a list of important phone numbers.  In case of emergencies, always call 911.



Upcoming Meetings & Events


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Concrete Repairs Scheduled

The Town’s concrete contractor continues to repair damaged or substandard curbs, sidewalks, and driveway aprons on Town streets where gas mains were recently replaced. Next week, the contractor is scheduled to work on Aspen Street between Maple Avenue and Chatham Road and on Blackthorn Street between Maple Avenue and Chatham Road.

The contractor will try to keep streets open to local traffic; however, it may be necessary for streets to be closed for short periods of time. Residents are asked to honor all parking restriction signs as posted and follow all traffic controls as the repair work proceeds.

Leaf Collection Continues Until Mid-December

Leaf collection will continue through mid-December. Please rake leaves to the edge of the curb -- not into the street -- for collection. Leaves must be free of debris such as sticks, bottles, and rocks. The leaf collection schedule is available here.

During the leaf collection season, the Town’s contractor will use battery-powered blowers whenever feasible. However, if the weight and volume of leaves becomes too great, the contractor will need to use one or more gas-powered blowers in order to maintain the collection schedule. Currently, the contractor is using one battery-powered blower and one gas-powered blower.

No Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Before 9 a.m. or After 7 p.m.

Residents are reminded that the use of gas-powered leaf blowers is prohibited before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on all days. This applies to residents and businesses, so if you hire a landscaping company to collect your leaves, please remind them of Town regulations.

Subdivision Staging Policy

As the County Council holds work sessions on the Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP) update, the Town Council continues its outreach to the County Council. In conjunction with County Master Plans, the SSP is used to determine whether public facilities, such as public schools and transportation systems, are sufficient to support new development. The SSP imposes taxes to fund infrastructure needed to support new development and outlines remedial actions where public facilities are found to be insufficient. The County must enact an updated SSP every four years.

The Town has provided correspondence and testimony to the County Council outlining the Town’s key positions on the current SSP update. Residents are encouraged to review the documents and submit comments to the County Council at county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov. The County Council is tentatively scheduled to adopt a new policy on November 15.

Thrive Montgomery 2050

Thrive Montgomery 2050 is a proposed plan to guide the County’s growth and development for the next 30 years. The draft plan includes goals, policies, and actions for land use, housing, transportation, environment, equity, design, arts and culture, parks and open spaces, and the economy.

The County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the draft plan on November 19, after which it will have work sessions before submitting the final draft to the County Council around March 2021. The Town intends to submit written comments and provide oral testimony. Residents are encouraged to review the Thrive Montgomery draft and send comments to the Planning Board at MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org.


Town Submits Letter on the I-495 and I-270
Managed Lanes Study's Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Town recently submitted a letter to the State Highway Administration (SHA) regarding the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Draft Environmental Impact Study DEIS. The SHA will accept public comments on the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study’s DEIS through November 9.

The DEIS includes traffic, environmental, engineering and financial analyses of the Build Alternatives and the No Build Alternative. The DEIS process provides an opportunity for residents, interest groups and other agencies to review and provide comment on the proposed federal action and the adverse and beneficial environmental impacts and proposed mitigation for unavoidable impacts.

The SHA held public hearings in August and September and continues to accept comments by voicemail, email or hard copy until November 9. The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Elrich jointly are seeking public input on the DEIS. The Council and County Executive ask County residents who testified at the SHA public hearings, or who send correspondence to the SHA, to also send copies of their comments and any attachments to County representatives (for use in developing the County's position). County residents can submit feedback and testimony to the County by email at managed.lanes@montgomerycountymd.gov. Residents without access to the internet can mail their testimony or comments to the attention of Glenn Orlin at the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., 4th floor, Rockville, Md., 20850).

More information about the DEIS hearings can be found here. Past hearings materials and the recorded hearing sessions can be viewed here.


2020 General Election Voter Information
November 3, 2020

In the 2020 general election, Town residents may vote at the Jane Lawton Community Recreation Center in the following ways.

Ballot Drop Off:
For those who have filled out a mail-in ballot, you may return your ballot by using a drop box that is located at the Lawton Center. This box will remain open until 8 p.m. on November 3.

In-Person Voting:
Early Voting: The Lawton Center will serve as an early voting center, which will be open from Monday, October 26 through Monday, November 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Day Voting: The Lawton Center will serve as an election day vote center, which will be open November 3, 2020 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters in line at 8 p.m. will be able to vote. Please note that the usual precinct voting station, at Chevy Chase Elementary School, will not be used on election day, November 3.

Click here for more information on the 2020 election.


Halloween in the Town of Chevy Chase

The Town has received numerous inquiries regarding Halloween events this year. Montgomery County has issued guidance that does not recommend traditional trick-or-treating, and County reopening guidelines prohibit gatherings of 50 people or more. In addition, the Center for Disease Control has provided the following guidance for those wishing to celebrate Halloween.
For those families who wish to celebrate Halloween in a manner that minimizes risk, please consider conferring with your neighbors and sharing ideas through the private Town Neighbors listserv. For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io. And have a happy Halloween!


12th Annual Town Thanksgiving Dinner Effort
Last Call

Put your creative talents to work to bring holiday kindness and food this Thanksgiving to 100 Montgomery County families especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stop by the porches of Katie Vita (6905 Maple Avenue) or Georgia Guhin (4006 Rosemary Street) to pick up small carryout boxes and googly eyes to decorate as containers for $75 grocery cards for each of the MCPS families.

It’s also not too late to donate toward the purchase of the food cards. Georgia’s mail slot is open 24/7 for contactless drop-off of checks made payable to YMCA-YFS.

Can’t get to Georgia’s or Katie’s? For pick-up or drop-off, email the Town Office (townoffice@townofchevychase.org) or Bridget Hartman (bridget@hartmanjr.net).

Gift card holder decorated with leaves

Gift card holder decorated with a turkey

Winter Clothing Drive Begins November 1

This winter, more than ever before, our neighbors need warm winter clothing. Every year our Town donates clothing to Interfaith Works, which distributes it to 13,000 income-qualified residents, including nearly 6,000 children. Please donate clean, gently used or never worn items: coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants and socks. Donations will be accepted through February 28.

Since the Lawton Center is closed, the clothing box will be located on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush, at 6917 Maple Avenue (between Stanford Street and Pine Place). Feel free to drop off your donations any time! This drive is coordinated by the Community Relations Committee.


Bring Us Your Ideas -- and Help -- For Virtual Events

As we continue following strict protocols in our efforts to contain the coronavirus, the Town Council and the Community Relations Committee are eager to find new ways to build community in our Town. To that end, we welcome help from residents in proposing and planning interesting and fun virtual events.

Some ideas have already surfaced, including online “Discussion and Desserts,” with speakers from the Town or invited by Town residents; wine-tasting, where participants have the bottle in hand for a sommelier’s talk; presentations of art, music, or dance from students seeking an audience; a virtual Yappy Hour, perhaps with dogs dressed for a holiday occasion; a Town-themed bingo and trivia night; a cooking class; and a children’s puppet show.

We seek volunteers who are interested in helping to organize virtual events like these, as well as general and specific suggestions for speakers, performers, and instructors who you believe would be good candidates to participate. If you are willing to assist with organizing and/or have ideas to share, please contact the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org. We look forward to hearing from you!


Montgomery Parks Virtual Community Meeting
Norwood Local Park Dog Park Project
Tuesday, November 10, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Montgomery Parks is hosting a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss plans for a new dog park at Norwood Local Park.

Montgomery Parks staff will review the dog park feasibility study and the concept plan which includes a dedicated, fenced area for dog exercise; separated small and large dog areas; and amenities such as a shade structure, seating, and water source.

To join the online meeting, visit http://mcp-events.org/norwooddogparkmeeting or listen live via phone by calling: +1 443-961-1463.
Conference ID: 436 630 638#

Please visit the project web page for information. For additional information, contact Montgomery Parks.


Town Dog Resources & Directory

We'd like to remind residents of a wonderful website for Town dogs and owners developed by Bren Lizzio -- Town-DOG.org. The website is a one-stop-shop that has lots of helpful information, including local dog parks, dog regulations, dog waste stations, and what to do if your dog goes missing or you come across a lost dog. It also has a great directory of Town dogs where your four-footed friends can be added, if you like. It is fun scrolling through to meet some of the Town dogs, all from a socially safe distance, of course.


Signs in the Public Right-of-Way

Residents are reminded that the Town Code prohibits the placement of certain signs, including political signs, in the public right-of-way. Signs for temporary events such as yard sales and open houses are allowed. The public right-of-way is the area of land generally located between the street and a sidewalk or extending approximately six feet behind the curb if there is no sidewalk.

If you have placed a sign in the right-of-way, as described above, please move it onto your private property. Please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144 if you have any questions.

Please Clean Up After Your Pet

The Town office has received complaints about dog waste being left on public areas in Town. The Town has installed numerous dog waste stations in Town. A map can be found here. We appreciate your cooperation in addressing this issue.


Purple Line Construction Updates

Please click here to find the most recent Purple Line construction updates. Make sure to select "Bethesda/Chevy Chase" to find updates pertaining to our area.


Town Office Schedule and Updates Related to COVID-19

Town staff continues 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 are being monitored and answered 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 through the Town Crier email alert system and with fellow residents through 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.

The Town website provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response.


Important Phone Numbers

Click here for a list of important phone numbers. In case of emergencies, always call 911.


Upcoming Meetings & Events

Click here 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.