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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 work on Blackthorn Street between Meadow Lane and Connecticut Avenue and on Meadow Lane north of 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.
New Executive Orders and Guidance to Fight COVID-19 Surge
Governor Hogan announced immediate actions to combat the surging COVID-19 pandemic. These new actions are effective Friday, November 20 at 5 p.m. You can find updated executive orders and guidance here.
Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closure & Household Trash Collection Schedule
The Town Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. Household trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day but will be collected on your next regularly scheduled trash day.
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 or 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.
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.
Public Hearings Scheduled for December 9 Council Meeting
On December 9, the Town Council will hold two public hearings, one on proposed regulations of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and the other on proposed regulations of gas-powered blowers. The Council discussed and introduced ordinances to implement these regulations at its November 11 meeting.If you are unable to attend the December Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. on Zoom, you may submit comments on the proposed ordinances to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Session on Battery-Powered Blower Subsidy Program
On December 1 at 4 p.m. via videoconference, the Council will hold a work session to discuss a subsidy program for battery-powered blowers and related equipment that is intended to reduce the noise and other impacts of gas-powered equipment. At the work session, the Council will discuss options for and terms of a potential program as well as additional steps for consideration. Residents may observe the work session but may not participate in the discussion.
2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy
The County Council recently approved the 2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy (formerly known as the Subdivision Staging Policy). Significant changes in the updated policy are the elimination of residential building moratoria if schools become overcrowded (instead, developers who want to build new housing in an area with overcrowded schools will be charged an additional fee) and the elimination of the motor vehicle adequacy test in urban areas like Bethesda. Under the new policy, the County will lose revenue because developer taxes and fees were reduced; the County Council intends to raise recordation taxes to recoup this lost revenue. The Town provided correspondence and testimony outlining the Town’s key positions on the policy update.
Thrive Montgomery 2050
On November 19, the County Planning Board held a public hearing on Thrive Montgomery 2050, a proposed plan to guide the County’s growth and development for the next 30 years. The Town submitted written comments, prepared in collaboration with 26 other communities, and provided oral testimony. Starting in December, the Planning Board will hold work sessions before submitting the final draft to the County Council around March 2021.
Brighten the Holidays for Domestic Violence Victims It’s time for the 8th annual Holiday Gift Drive when we collect donations for families of domestic violence, who are clients of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center (FJC) and Chesapeake Counseling. We ask you to be generous this year and extend a helping hand to these needy families who are struggling even more in the midst of a pandemic. This drive is coordinated by the Community Relations Committee. Gift cards in denominations of $10 to $50 for Amazon, Target, Marshalls, Kohl's, Safeway, or Giant would be greatly appreciated. You may also write a check to the FJC Foundation. Please drop off your donations to Cathy’s Wolf’s house at 7624 Lynn Drive (please use basket in carport) or Quynh Tran’s house at 7203 Ridgewood Avenue, or mail your donation to the Town office at 4301 Willow Lane (to receive a tax deductible receipt, please include your name and e-mail). The deadline for collecting gift cards and checks is Monday, December 11, but they are accepted gratefully at any time of the year. Questions? Email Cathy (email@example.com) or Quynh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Small Group Audubon Tours in December Did you know the Audubon Naturalist Society is just a 10-minute drive from our Town? Join Town resident Frank Sanford for a small-group tour of this local gem. Enjoy the fresh air, spot some wildlife and learn about the site's history and vision for a sustainable habitat, right in our backyard. Tickets cost $10. Tour dates are December 13 at 1 p.m.; December 14 at 3 p.m.; and December 19 at 1 p.m. To register for one of these tours, click here or please email Frank Sanford at email@example.com.
Winter Clothing Drive Continues Until February 28 Can you help? Many of our neighbors can’t afford to buy the warm clothes they need, and each year our Town donates winter 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 clothing, such as coats, gloves, hats, and socks, as well as waterproof winter wear. The donation box is on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush at 6917 Maple Avenue. Please drop off items any time!
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.