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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 start work on Maple Avenue between Aspen and Blackthorn and on Meadow Lane north of Aspen Street. The contractor also will continue work on 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.
The County Council will vote to adopt the 2020-2024 County Growth and Infrastructure Policy (formerly called the Subdivision Staging Policy) on Monday, November 16. The Policy is used in conjunction with County Master Plans to determine whether public facilities (e.g. public schools and transportation systems), are sufficient to support new development. The Policy imposes taxes to fund infrastructure needed to support new development and outlines remedial actions where public facilities are found to be insufficient.
Significant changes included in the updated policy are:Elimination of residential building moratoria if schools become overcrowded. Instead, developers will be charged an additional fee to build new housing in an area with overcrowded schools.Elimination of the motor vehicle adequacy test in urban areas like Bethesda.
The Town provided correspondence and testimony to the County Council outlining the Town’s key positions on the proposed Policy update.
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 Town is preparing written comments in collaboration with about 20 other towns and neighborhood associations. The Town also will provide oral testimony at the November 19 Planning Board public hearing. Residents are encouraged to review the Thrive Montgomery draft and send comments to the Planning Board at MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org. Starting in December, the Planning Board will have work sessions before submitting the final draft to the County Council around March 2021.
Winter Clothing Drive Continues until February 21 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 is 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.