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Weekly Town Updates -- December 4, 2020

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Utility Work Update

Next week, Washington Gas will work to decommission and abandon gas mains that were recently replaced.  This work will involve excavation in the roadway in spot locations.  A paving contractor for Washington Gas will be in Town making asphalt repairs in locations where the gas mains have already been abandoned.



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 went into effect on November 20.  You can find updated executive orders and guidance here.

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles issued an Amended Health Directive that limits indoor gatherings to 10 people and updates the County’s face coverings guidelines.  Based on the questions that the County has received from residents about the face covering guidance, the following is a clarification of the face coverings guidelines in the directive. 

When residents leave their homes, they are required to wear a face covering when they are likely to come in contact with others who are not members of their household.  As a precaution, residents are advised to always carry a face covering with them just in case they unexpectedly come in close contact with others.  Below is some additional guidance on face coverings from the Health Directive. 

Face Covering Guidance

Indoor Wearing of Face Coverings

  • Face coverings must be worn in businesses, office buildings, and other establishments open to the public.
Exceptions 

A face covering is not required if you are: 
  • Actively eating or drinking.
  • Receiving dental services, shaving, or facial treatments or receiving another service requiring access to your face, mouth, or head.
  • Swimming or engaged in another physical activity where the use of a face covering would pose a bona fide safety risk.
  • Under the age of 18 and are engaged in vigorous sports – as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability, or are physically unable to remove a mask.
  • Unable to wear a face covering because it impedes communication by, or with, persons who have a hearing impairment or other disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • At work and the equipment required for the job does not enable you to wear a mask or wearing a mask would endanger public safety.
  • Alone in your office or vehicle.
The new face covering guidelines outlined in the Health Directive are designed to help protect residents and reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Residents are strongly urged to wear a mask whenever they are in public places and may encounter others.

For the latest COVID-19 County updates, visit the 
County’s website



Leaf Collection Continues Through December 18

The last day of regularly-scheduled leaf collection will be December 18.  On December 21, the contractor will make a final pass on all streets to collect any remaining leaves.  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 townoffice@townofchevychase.org.



Council to Consider Battery-Powered Equipment Rebate Program

At its December 9 meeting, the Town Council will consider a rebate program for the purchase of battery-powered blowers and related equipment.  The proposed program is intended to encourage the use of quieter equipment by residents and by landscaping companies who provide services in the Town.  The Council held a work session on December 1 to discuss this program and agreed to the following proposed terms:
 
1. The program will be effective from January 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021, and subject to the Ceiling Authorization.
 
2. A resident may apply for a rebate for 50% of the cost of new battery-powered blowers and/or batteries purchased under this program, for a one-time rebate per residence of up to $200.  
 
a. To apply, a resident must complete an application and provide a copy of a receipt demonstrating proof of purchase by either the resident or by a landscape contractor.  Residents who wish their rebate to be provided to a landscape contractor shall certify on their application that the contractor will use battery-powered equipment on their property.
 
b. The same receipt of purchase by a contractor may be provided by multiple residents who use the same contractor.   A single contractor is eligible to receive the rebates of up to five (5) residents, provided that the 50% reimbursement requirement applies.
 
3. The Council authorizes a Ceiling Authorization of $30,000 for this program. 
 
4. An awareness campaign will be launched to ensure that all residents and contractors working in the Town are aware of the rebate program and the benefits of using battery-powered equipment.   
 
The Council invites residents to provide feedback on this proposed program either during the public comment period at the December 9 Council meeting or by email to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  We look forward to hearing from you.




8th Annual Holiday Gift Drive
 
The 8th annual Holiday Gift Drive is underway to 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 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 14, but they are accepted gratefully at any time of the year.  Questions?  Email Cathy (cathrynwolf2@gmail.com) or Quynh (vanstinger2205@gmail.com).



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 fsanford44@gmail.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! 



Holiday Tips for Waste Collection Crews Accepted at Town Office

Any holiday tips that residents wish to provide to the Town’s waste collection crews may be mailed to the Town office (4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815).  Town staff will distribute the tips to the specified crew members or, if not specified, to the crew supervisor.  Checks can be made out to Goode Companies.  Please indicate if the check is for a specific crew member or the entire crew.  Below is more information on the waste collection crews.  Please mail any tips by December 31.  Thank you. 

Main Crew (Monday-Friday)
Driver – Jose M.
Helper – Luis M.
Helper – Sifelani M.
 
Supplemental Crew (Monday & Wednesday)
Driver – Jorge V. 
Helper – Nicholas J.
Helper – Marvin V.



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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Utility Work Update

Next week, Washington Gas will be working to decommission and abandon gas mains that were recently replaced. This work will involve excavation in the roadway in spot locations. A paving contractor for Washington Gas will be in Town making asphalt repairs in locations where the gas mains have already been abandoned.
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 went into effect on November 20. You can find updated executive orders and guidance here.

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles issued an Amended Health Directive that limits indoor gatherings to 10 people and updates the County’s face coverings guidelines.

Leaf Collection Continues Through December 18

The last day of regularly-scheduled leaf collection will be December 18. On December 21, the contractor will make a final pass on all streets to collect any remaining leaves. 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 townoffice@townofchevychase.org.


Council to Consider Battery-Powered Equipment Rebate Program

At its December 9 meeting, the Town Council will consider a rebate program for the purchase of battery-powered blowers and related equipment. The proposed program is intended to encourage the use of quieter equipment by residents and by landscaping companies who provide services in the Town. The Council held a work session on December 1 to discuss this program and agreed to the following proposed terms:

1. The program will be effective from January 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021, and subject to the Ceiling Authorization.

2. A resident may apply for a rebate for 50% of the cost of new battery-powered blowers and/or batteries purchased under this program, for a one-time rebate per residence of up to $200.

a. To apply, a resident must complete an application and provide a copy of a receipt demonstrating proof of purchase by either the resident or by a landscape contractor. Residents who wish their rebate to be provided to a landscape contractor shall certify on their application that the contractor will use battery-powered equipment on their property.

b. The same receipt of purchase by a contractor may be provided by multiple residents who use the same contractor. A single contractor is eligible to receive the rebates of up to five (5) residents, provided that the 50% reimbursement requirement applies.

3. The Council authorizes a Ceiling Authorization of $30,000 for this program.

4. An awareness campaign will be launched to ensure that all residents and contractors working in the Town are aware of the rebate program and the benefits of using battery-powered equipment.

The Council invites residents to provide feedback on this proposed program either during the public comment period at the December 9 Council meeting or by email to townoffice@townofchevychase.org. We look forward to hearing from you.


8th Annual Holiday Gift Drive

The 8th annual Holiday Gift Drive is underway to 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 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 14, but they are accepted gratefully at any time of the year. Questions? Email Cathy (cathrynwolf2@gmail.com) or Quynh (vanstinger2205@gmail.com).


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 fsanford44@gmail.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!


Holiday Tips for Waste Collection Crews Accepted at Town Office

Any holiday tips that residents wish to provide to the Town’s waste collection crews may be mailed to the Town office (4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815). Town staff will distribute the tips to the specified crew members or, if not specified, to the crew supervisor. Below is more information on the waste collection crews. Please mail any tips by December 31. Thank you.

Main Crew (Monday-Friday)
Driver – Jose M.
Helper – Luis M.
Helper – Sifelani M.

Supplemental Crew (Monday & Wednesday)
Driver – Jorge V.
Helper – Nicholas J.
Helper – Marvin V.


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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