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Date: December 8, 2020

Place: Video Conference via GoToMeeting Due to COVID-19

Time: 7:30 PM

Present: Greg Chernack, Pat Xeller, Maryann Luongo, Philip Giordano, Josh Galper, Ashley Kavanaugh, Julie Sparacino, and several Section 5 residents

Agenda Item: Greetings and Introductions

Chairman Greg Chernack called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance.

Agenda Item: Review and Approval of November Council Meeting Minutes

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

Agenda Item: Residents comments

A resident inquired about the progress of the effort to renovate the Chevy Chase Library on Connecticut Avenue. He mentioned that he has heard that the County plans on a three to five story building. He is concerned about the construction and possible impact on traffic. He asked the Council to consider initiating a traffic study with the other area Chevy Chase municipalities. He also mentioned the possibility of trying to locate a corporate benefactor that would be willing to keep the library a freestanding building. The Town Manager noted that the Section has been in touch with the project manager for the library, and at this time, they indicated they are still in the “listening stage” and receiving resident comments. They emphasized that no decisions are pending. Chairman Chernack said that the Council will continue to assess and monitor the project.

Agenda Item: Discussion of applicant Lacy Rice’s proposal 120210070 to the Montgomery County Planning Board that includes the possible subdivision plan for parts of Windsor Place and Brookville Road

(Note: This discussion did not occur and will now take place at the January 12 meeting.)

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

-The Town Manager noted that each December the Section traditionally gives holiday tips on behalf of the residents to our sanitation workers and police officers. The Manager asked the Council if they would like to revise the amounts this year. The Council agreed and voted unanimously to approve. The Manager will take care of the checks and informing the crew and officers.

-The Free Tree Program plantings started last Friday and will continue this week. There are 45 new trees total.

-Pepco will start work in the Section on 12/14. They will be doing some clearance pruning, and then removing a large pin oak tree at 3800 Thornapple that is dropping large limbs. They will also remove two trees at 3701 Thornapple. One is an ash tree and the other is a black cherry. I will send an email to residents in the area because some of the streets will need to be shut down. The Section will come back and remove the stumps at a later date. We plan to plant new town trees in the spots next spring.

-The Town Manager officially signed a contract with Compost Crew. An email will be sent out tomorrow to residents to let them know how to sign up. The first collection for new customers will be on 12/15. The Section will start paying for existing customers in January.

-WSSC has identified a significant number of trees for removal as part of a project that is slated to begin in November 2021. Dr. Feather said that in his past experience with WSSC, they often start with a lot, and dwindle to a few as the time for the project comes. We have no recourse to say no, but we will push them to keep the trees.


Chairman Chernack adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held January 12, 2021, at 7:30 PM via GoToMeeting video conference call. Everyone is welcome.