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Weekly Town Updates -- May 7, 2021

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COVID-19 Information Resources

Find COVID-19 information from the Maryland Department of Health and read the proclamations and orders issued by Governor Larry Hogan related to COVID-19 here

Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides the latest news and updates on the number of COVID cases reported in Maryland communities, COVID-19 testing, vaccine distribution, and executive orders and guidance to address the pandemic.


 
Mayor Baskir's State of the Town Address

A copy of Mayor Baskir's State of the Town Address that she delivered at the Town's May 4 Annual Meeting can be viewed here.



 4-H Center Sale Information and Documents

The Town of Chevy Chase is closely following the impending sale of the 4-H Conference Center located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue.  This unique 12.28-acre parcel is located within the Town of Chevy Chase.  The Town has had a long standing and cordial relationship with the 4-H Center, as evidenced by the following documents: (i) a Memorandum of Understanding that governs various matters regarding the use of the site; and (ii) a Ground Lease and Development Agreement that gives the Town the right to maintain a garage on the site until 2028.  The Town’s Special Committee on the 4-H property sale and our external advisors are also reviewing other documents that pertain to the site and the rights of the Town.  The Town has certain regulatory authorities over all development within the municipal Town limits.

The Town would welcome the opportunity to meet with any parties who are interested in purchasing the site, to discuss intentions and proposed development.  The Town Council recently approved a policy statement that establishes opportunities to be sought and issues to be addressed to guide the Town’s engagement with prospective bidders and the seller.  Please contact the Town Manager, Todd Hoffman, at thoffman@townofchevychase.org.  Also, the Town continues to welcome feedback about interests or concerns Town residents may have regarding the future use of the site.  Please send your comments to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.



Town Council Seeks Feedback on "Missing Middle Housing"

The Town Council wants to better understand residents' viewpoints about the prospect of the County Council changing zoning that would allow, by right, the construction of duplexes and triplexes on single lots and possible construction of townhouses and small apartment buildings on combined lots throughout the Town.  To contribute your views, please email your comments to TownOffice@TownofChevyChase.org

"Missing Middle Housing" describes a range of multi-family or clustered housing types that are compatible in scale with single-family or transitional neighborhoods.  It is intended to meet the demand for more housing and more housing types in walkable neighborhoods, respond to changing demographics and provide housing at different price points.  Rather than focusing on the number of units in a structure, "Missing Middle Housing" emphasizes scale and heights that are appropriate for single-family neighborhoods or transitional neighborhoods.  Learn more by listening to the April 8 Town Forum recording (Access Passcode: SQJP!E4Y) or viewing the PowerPoint presentation

As this is a very important issue, residents are also encouraged to send comments directly to our County Councilmembers:




Town Council Approves New Traffic Policies

At its April 14 meeting, the Town Council approved a new radar speed sign policy, a revised speed hump policy, and the reduction of the Town-wide speed limit to 20 mph.  Together these changes reflect the first set of remedial measures resulting from the recently completed Town-wide traffic study.  The Council intends to discuss additional traffic study recommendations and associated remedial measures in the coming months.

The speed hump and radar speed sign policies are intended to expand options for traffic-calming devices and to simplify the process for requesting them.  We have seen a substantial reduction in speeds on East Avenue since the Town installed its first radar speed sign there, so the Council has adopted a new radar speed sign policy to permit residents to request their installation.  A radar sign can be approved following a petition and public hearing, with no traffic analysis required.  The revised speed hump policy simplifies the petition process for new speed hump requests, reduces the speed threshold to support installation of new speed humps, and streamlines the engineering standards to be reviewed in evaluating requests for new speed humps.  



Increased Permit Parking Enforcement Throughout the Town

Now that traffic is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels, and in response to increased parking-related complaints, the Town has asked police to step up enforcement and issue citations to vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit.  All vehicles within a permit parking area must display a purple permit parking decal or guest pass with an expiration date of September 30, 2020.  Any resident who lives in a permit parking area and acquires a new vehicle should contact the Town office to request a permit parking sticker and guest pass.  For more information, please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144.



New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations

The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers.  The regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment.  Specifically, they 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.



Battery-Powered Blower Rebate Program
 
The Town Council has approved a rebate program for battery-powered blowers and related equipment that is intended to reduce the noise from landscaping activities.  Residents may request a rebate for half the cost of the purchase of a battery-powered blower, batteries, and chargers, up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.  The equipment may be purchased by a resident or by a contractor for use in landscaping activities on the resident’s property.  The Council approved $30,000 to fund the program.  More information about the program and an application form can be found here.



Host a Block Party
 
The Town has resumed support for community block parties that comply with all applicable public health regulations.  If residents wish to organize a party with their neighbors, the Town offers a subsidy to cover non-alcohol expenses.  More information and the block party application are available here.



Spring Tree Plantings
 
In May, the Town will complete its spring tree planting.  In addition to planting 24 public trees in the Town rights-of-way, the Town will plant 15 canopy trees on private property.  The Town Council recently approved changes to the private tree planting program, and these changes will be implemented for the fall tree planting.  More details will be provided in a subsequent edition of the Forecast newsletter and on the Town website.



Climate & Environment Tip of the Month
What's the Buzz on Mosquitoes?
 
Nobody likes being bitten, and we fear mosquito-borne disease.  But mosquitos feed wildlife and even “natural” methods of killing them (yard sprays, bug zappers) also kill beneficial pollinators.  Try thinking LARGE (yard), MEDIUM (patio/deck) & SMALL (personal) scale.   

LARGE: Limit breeding opportunities and welcome natural predators
  • Remove standing water -- event small amounts.
  • Treat a pond, bird bath or rain garden with a form of bacterial insecticide that kills larvae without harming other creatures. (A popular brand is Mosquito Dunks or Bits.)
  • Add movement to water: a fountain or “wiggler” attracts birds but keeps mosquitoes from breeding.  Some are solar or battery operated!
  • Invite mosquito predators with native plants and welcoming habitat: birds (especially swallows), bats, & dragonflies.  Add fish and frogs to your pond. 
MEDIUM: Make your porch or patio less attractive to mosquitoes 
  • Scented plants like Citronella, Marigold, Catnip, and Lemongrass deter mosquitoes.
  • Burn citronella in the form of lamp oil, incense, or candles and add atmosphere, too! 
  • Blow them away!  Air movement not only cools you, and makes it difficult for mosquitoes to fly, but disperses CO2, body fragrances & heat that attract them. 
SMALL: Protect your body
  • Time your outside activity, avoiding dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Treat your skin.  If you are concerned about DEET, try botanicals.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants and spray clothing with a repellent.



Book Club
Sunday, May 23, 7 p.m., via Zoom
 
Tolbert Feather, PhD is the Town’s arborist who has been studying these charming, noisy insects and will share his knowledge with us, followed by a Question & Answer period.  There is still time to prepare for what should be a remarkable, spectacular month of Cicada activity.  Learn what to do and what you don’t need to do.  Mid-May is when the cicadas of brood X will emerge from their 17-year dormant hibernation.

This event is brought to you by the Community Relations Committee.  RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org for the Zoom Link. 
 



  The Cicadas are Coming, The Cicadas are Coming

 
The periodical cicada in this area, Brood X, will emerge this year and is one of many broods that reappear every 17 years.  Town Arborist Dr. Tolbert Feather has complied information for residents on the return of these cicadas and how you can protect small trees on your property.  The document is available here.



  Please Clean Up After Your Pet

 
The Town office has received complaints about the improper disposal of dog waste.  The Town has installed numerous dog waste stations in Town.  A map can be found here.  We appreciate your cooperation in addressing this issue.



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 being held by a person 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. 

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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COVID-19 Information Resources

Find COVID-19 information from the Maryland Department of Health and read the proclamations and orders issued by Governor Larry Hogan related to COVID-19 here.

Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides the latest news and updates on the number of COVID cases reported in Maryland communities, COVID-19 testing, vaccine distribution, and executive orders and guidance to address the pandemic.


Mayor Baskir's State of the Town Address

A copy of Mayor Baskir's State of the Town Address that she delivered at the Town's May 4 Annual Meeting can be viewed here.


4-H Center Sale Information and Documents

The Town of Chevy Chase is closely following the impending sale of the 4-H Conference Center located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue. This unique 12.28-acre parcel is located within the Town of Chevy Chase. The Town has had a long standing and cordial relationship with the 4-H Center, as evidenced by the following documents: (i) a Memorandum of Understanding that governs various matters regarding the use of the site; and (ii) a Ground Lease and Development Agreement that gives the Town the right to maintain a garage on the site until 2028. The Town’s Special Committee on the 4-H property sale and our external advisors are also reviewing other documents that pertain to the site and the rights of the Town. The Town has certain regulatory authorities over all development within the municipal Town limits.

The Town would welcome the opportunity to meet with any parties who are interested in purchasing the site, to discuss intentions and proposed development. The Town Council recently approved a policy statement that establishes opportunities to be sought and issues to be addressed to guide the Town’s engagement with prospective bidders and the seller. Please contact the Town Manager, Todd Hoffman, at thoffman@townofchevychase.org. Also, the Town continues to welcome feedback about interests or concerns Town residents may have regarding the future use of the site. Please send your comments to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.


Town Council Seeks Feedback on "Missing Middle Housing"


The Town Council wants to better understand residents' viewpoints about the prospect of the County Council changing zoning that would allow, by right, the construction of duplexes and triplexes on single lots and possible construction of townhouses and small apartment buildings on combined lots throughout the Town. To contribute your views, please email your comments to TownOffice@TownofChevyChase.org.

"Missing Middle Housing" describes a range of multi-family or clustered housing types that are compatible in scale with single-family or transitional neighborhoods. It is intended to meet the demand for more housing and more housing types in walkable neighborhoods, respond to changing demographics and provide housing at different price points. Rather than focusing on the number of units in a structure, "Missing Middle Housing" emphasizes scale and heights that are appropriate for single-family neighborhoods or transitional neighborhoods. Learn more by listening to the April 8 Town Forum recording (Access Passcode: SQJP!E4Y) or viewing the PowerPoint presentation.

As this is a very important issue, residents are also encouraged to send comments directly to our County Councilmembers:

Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Friedson@ montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Reimer@montgomerycountymd.gov


Town Council Approves New Traffic Policies

At its April 14 meeting, the Town Council approved a new radar speed sign policy, a revised speed hump policy, and the reduction of the Town-wide speed limit to 20 mph. Together these changes reflect the first set of remedial measures resulting from the recently completed Town-wide traffic study. The Council intends to discuss additional traffic study recommendations and associated remedial measures in the coming months.

The speed hump and radar speed sign policies are intended to expand options for traffic-calming devices and to simplify the process for requesting them. We have seen a substantial reduction in speeds on East Avenue since the Town installed its first radar speed sign there, so the Council has adopted a new radar speed sign policy to permit residents to request their installation. A radar sign can be approved following a petition and public hearing, with no traffic analysis required. The revised speed hump policy simplifies the petition process for new speed hump requests, reduces the speed threshold to support installation of new speed humps, and streamlines the engineering standards to be reviewed in evaluating requests for new speed humps.

Increased Permit Parking Enforcement Throughout the Town

Now that traffic is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels, and in response to increased parking-related complaints, the Town has asked police to step up enforcement and issue citations to vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit. All vehicles within a permit parking area must display a purple permit parking decal or guest pass with an expiration date of September 30, 2020. Any resident who lives in a permit parking area and acquires a new vehicle should contact the Town office to request a permit parking sticker and guest pass. For more information, please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144.


New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations

The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers. The regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment. Specifically, they 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.


Battery-Powered Blower Rebate Program

The Town Council has approved a rebate program for battery-powered blowers and related equipment that is intended to reduce the noise from landscaping activities. Residents may request a rebate for half the cost of the purchase of a battery-powered blower, batteries, and chargers, up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household. The equipment may be purchased by a resident or by a contractor for use in landscaping activities on the resident’s property. The Council approved $30,000 to fund the program. More information about the program and an application form can be found here.


Host a Block Party

The Town has resumed support for community block parties that comply with all applicable public health regulations. If residents wish to organize a party with their neighbors, the Town offers a subsidy to cover non-alcohol expenses. More information and the block party application are available here.


Spring Tree Plantings

In May, the Town will complete its spring tree planting. In addition to planting 24 public trees in the Town rights-of-way, the Town will plant 15 canopy trees on private property. The Town Council recently approved changes to the private tree planting program, and these changes will be implemented for the fall tree planting. More details will be provided in a subsequent edition of the Forecast newsletter and on the Town website.


Climate & Environment Tip of the Month
What's the Buzz on Mosquitoes?

Nobody likes being bitten, and we fear mosquito-borne disease. But mosquitos feed wildlife and even “natural” methods of killing them (yard sprays, bug zappers) also kill beneficial pollinators. Try thinking LARGE (yard), MEDIUM (patio/deck) & SMALL (personal) scale.

LARGE: Limit breeding opportunities and welcome natural predators
Remove standing water -- event small amounts.
Treat a pond, bird bath or rain garden with a form of bacterial insecticide that kills larvae without harming other creatures. (A popular brand is Mosquito Dunks or Bits.)
Add movement to water: a fountain or “wiggler” attracts birds but keeps mosquitoes from breeding. Some are solar or battery operated!
Invite mosquito predators with native plants and welcoming habitat: birds (especially swallows), bats, & dragonflies. Add fish and frogs to your pond.
MEDIUM: Make your porch or patio less attractive to mosquitoes
Scented plants like Citronella, Marigold, Catnip, and Lemongrass deter mosquitoes.
Burn citronella in the form of lamp oil, incense, or candles and add atmosphere, too!
Blow them away! Air movement not only cools you, and makes it difficult for mosquitoes to fly, but disperses CO2, body fragrances & heat that attract them.
SMALL: Protect your body
Time your outside activity, avoiding dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Treat your skin. If you are concerned about DEET, try botanicals.
Wear long sleeves and pants and spray clothing with a repellent.


Book Club
Sunday, May 23, 7 p.m., via Zoom

Tolbert Feather, PhD is the Town’s arborist who has been studying these charming, noisy insects and will share his knowledge with us, followed by a Question & Answer period. There is still time to prepare for what should be a remarkable, spectacular month of Cicada activity. Learn what to do and what you don’t need to do. Mid-May is when the cicadas of brood X will emerge from their 17-year dormant hibernation.

This event is brought to you by the Community Relations Committee. RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org for the Zoom Link.


The Cicadas are Coming, The Cicadas are Coming

The periodical cicada in this area, Brood X, will emerge this year and is one of many broods that reappear every 17 years. Town Arborist Dr. Tolbert Feather has complied information for residents on the return of these cicadas and how you can protect small trees on your property. The document is available here.


Please Clean Up After Your Pet

The Town office has received complaints about the improper disposal of dog waste. The Town has installed numerous dog waste stations in Town. A map can be found here. We appreciate your cooperation in addressing this issue.


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 being held by a person 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.

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.