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Weekly Town Updates -- December 11, 2020

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Utility Work Update

Next week, Washington Gas will continue 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.



Executive Orders and Guidance to Address COVID-19 Surge

On November 20, Governor Larry Hogan announced immediate actions to combat the surging COVID-19 pandemic.  You can find updated executive orders and guidance here.

On November 24, 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.  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.

On December 9, County Executive Marc Elrich announced new measures, including closing indoor dining at restaurants, to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Outdoor dining, carryout and delivery would continue to be allowed.  If approved by the County Council, the Executive Order will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15.   The County Council will hold a public hearing and vote on the Executive Order at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The deadline to sign up to testify is December 14 at 5 p.m.



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.



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.   



Council Approves New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations

At its December 9 meeting, the Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance to amend Town regulations of gas-powered blowers.  The new regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment.  Specifically, the regulations 1) expand quiet hours during which the use of gas-powered blowers is prohibited and 2) implement a ban on the use of gas-powered blowers from January 1 through October 14, effective in 2022.  The regulations exempt gas-powered snow blowers and sprayers and do not include a total ban of gas-powered blowers.  Montgomery County noise regulations also remain in effect in the Town.

The Council also approved a Battery-Powered Blower & Equipment Rebate Program at its December meeting.  The program is intended to reduce the noise and other impacts of gas-powered equipment by assisting with the cost of acquiring battery-powered equipment.  In addition to the terms of the program, the Council approved a supplemental appropriation of $30,000 to fund the program.



Council Approves New Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

On December 9, the Town Council adopted an ordinance to amend the Town's regulations of accessory dwelling units (ADUs).  An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a second dwelling unit located on a lot with a single-family house.  The County adopted new rules for ADUs that went into effect on December 31, 2019.  Under the County’s new rules, one ADU may be located on every lot, either within the house (attached) or in the rear yard (detached).  The Town's ordinance imposes stricter setback rules than those of the County for detached ADUs by requiring that they have the same side setbacks as the main house and rear setbacks of at least 15% of the lot depth.  No changes were made to the regulation of attached ADUs or for parking for ADUs. The ordinance also requires exterior lighting to be directed away from neighbors’ windows.



Thrive Montgomery 2050

 
On December 8, the Town hosted a listening session with Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson and Planning Director Gwen Wright during which they responded to a set of questions about Thrive Montgomery.  The questions were compiled from those submitted by the Town and the other communities who signed onto a letter about Thrive Montgomery sent to the Planning Board last month.  The Planning Board will hold its first work session on Thrive Montgomery on December 17.  The Town's Subcommittee on Regional Growth and Development continues to follow Thrive Montgomery as it moves through the review and approval process.



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).



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! 



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



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.



Please Obey County Leash Laws

The Town office has received calls from residents complaining that dog owners do not observe the County's leash law.  Please remember that your dog should always be on a leash when not in a fenced portion of your yard.  Even generally well-behaved dogs off leash can be threatening to pedestrians and other dogs on leash.  Please observe this law so that everyone can enjoy walks through the Town with or without their dogs.



 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 continue 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.
Executive Orders and Guidance to Address COVID-19 Surge

On November 20, Governor Larry Hogan announced immediate actions to combat the surging COVID-19 pandemic. You can find updated executive orders and guidance here.

On November 24, 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. 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.

On December 9, County Executive Marc Elrich announced new measures, including closing indoor dining at restaurants, to combat the spread of COVID-19. Outdoor dining, carryout and delivery would continue to be allowed. If approved by the County Council, the Executive Order will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15. The County Council will hold a public hearing and vote on the Executive Order at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The deadline to sign up to testify is December 14 at 5 p.m.


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.


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.


Council Approves New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations

At its December 9 meeting, the Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance to amend Town regulations of gas-powered blowers. The new regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment. Specifically, the regulations 1) expand quiet hours during which the use of gas-powered blowers is prohibited and 2) implement a ban on the use of gas-powered blowers from January 1 through October 14, effective in 2022. The regulations exempt gas-powered snow blowers and sprayers and do not include a total ban of gas-powered blowers. Montgomery County noise regulations also remain in effect in the Town.

The Council also approved a Battery-Powered Blower & Equipment Rebate Program at its December meeting. The program is intended to reduce the noise and other impacts of gas-powered equipment by assisting with the cost of acquiring battery-powered equipment. In addition to the terms of the program, the Council approved a supplemental appropriation of $30,000 to fund the program.

Council Approves New Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

On December 9, the Town Council adopted an ordinance to amend the Town's regulations of accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a second dwelling unit located on a lot with a single-family house. The County adopted new rules for ADUs that went into effect on December 31, 2019. Under the County’s new rules, one ADU may be located on every lot, either within the house (attached) or in the rear yard (detached). The Town's ordinance imposes stricter setback rules than those of the County for detached ADUs by requiring that they have the same side setbacks as the main house and rear setbacks of at least 15% of the lot depth. No changes were made to the regulation of attached ADUs or for parking for ADUs. The ordinance also requires exterior lighting to be directed away from neighbors’ windows.


Thrive Montgomery 2050

On December 8, the Town hosted a listening session with Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson and Planning Director Gwen Wright during which they responded to a set of questions about Thrive Montgomery. The questions were compiled from those submitted by the Town and the other communities who signed onto a letter about Thrive Montgomery sent to the Planning Board last month. The Planning Board will hold its first work session on Thrive Montgomery on December 17. The Town's Subcommittee on Regional Growth and Development continues to follow Thrive Montgomery as it moves through the review and approval process.


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).


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!


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.


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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