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Date: February 13, 2018

Place: Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue

Time: 7:30 PM

Present: Chris Richardson, Nancy Pines, Pat Xeller, and Ashley Kavanaugh

Agenda Item: Greetings and Introductions

Chairman Chris Richardson called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance.

Agenda Item: Review and Approval of January Council Meeting Minutes

Chairman Richardson moved that the minutes from the January meeting be approved; there was a second, and the motion passed.

Agenda Item: Resident Comments

There were no resident comments.

Agenda Item: Monthly Financial Report

The Town Manager presented an overview of the Section’s current financial status, and entertained questions from the Council.

Agenda Item: Manager’s Report

-One tree removal permit was issued for 3701 Thornapple Street.

-Three building permits were issued. They include the approval of a rear addition at 3814 Williams, a permit for a bay window addition and the use of a construction dumpster at 3713 Underwood, and a permit for WSSC work on a manhole near the intersection of Glendale Road and Woodbine Street.

-The Town Manager attended the Maryland Municipal League Montgomery County chapter meeting on January 11. The meeting focused on the issue of tax duplication. Montgomery County law states that the County is to give a rebate to municipalities when both the municipality and the County collect taxes for a service, but the municipality provides the service. Determining how this rebate is calculated and processed has been a continuing area of disagreement. Note: Section 5 does not currently receive any money due to tax duplication because we do not have a separate municipal property tax.

Several municipalities have been working with the County as part of a MML task force to establish a process for receiving reimbursements. The MML task force believes the time to engage the County is now and asked the chapter to support sending a letter to County Councilman Sid Katz that included a proposal for a plan of action this year. The letter was drafted by MML and each municipality was asked to approve the letter.

After a discussion, the Section 5 Council decided to support the letter as drafted and include the following statement with our approval: “The Section 5 Council agrees that it is important for the County to follow the law as it is written, and appropriate and timely rebates should be given when residents are taxed by both the County and municipality, but only the municipality provides the service.  Additionally, the Council would like to reiterate that tax duplication is a wholly separate issue from other sources of municipal funding including residents' income tax revenue.”

-Section 5 sent a letter to the Montgomery County Planning Board objecting to the inclusion of two Section roads (Woodbine Street and Glendale Road) in a proposed update to the County’s Bicycle Master Plan. Section 5 is objecting due to significant safety concerns.

-The Town Manager noted that Ron Bolt had reviewed and approved a draft records retention plan for Section 5. The next step will be for the Council to formally vote on the plan at an upcoming meeting.

-The Town Manager asked about purchasing several metal traffic signs that will read “Section 5 of the Village of Chevy Chase.” The signs will be placed on Section streets where they intersect with Brookville Road and Connecticut Avenue. The purpose of the signs is to help utility companies and construction contractors identify the correct municipality for permitting purposes.

-The Town Manager and Building Administrator, Joe Toomey, met with WSSC regarding two sewer projects scheduled for Section 5. Section 5 is working to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the restoration of streets following the work.


Chairman Richardson adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held March 13, 2018, at 7:30 PM at the Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue. The Village Hall has handicapped access. Everyone is welcome.