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Date: November 7, 2023

Place: Chevy Chase Village Hall

Time: 7:30 PM

Present: Greg Chernack, Josh Galper, Sean Downey, Ashley Kavanaugh, and Jason Cokinos.

Agenda Item: Greetings and Introductions

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

Agenda Item: Review and Approval of October Council Meeting Minutes

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

Agenda Item: Residents Comments

Captain Jason Cokinos mentioned that the Montgomery County Police Department may soon begin using the former 4-H site as a police training area in the interim before construction begins on the new Corso Chevy Chase development. Vice-Chair Josh Galper noted he had attended an active shooter seminar in his capacity as part of another community board. There was discussion about trying to do something similar for Section 5 and the broader Chevy Chase community next spring with Captain Cokinos and the MCPD.

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

-There was one application approved for tree removal.

-There were three building applications approved.

-Concrete shaving work will occur in the Section on November 8 and 9. The work will address trip hazards on Connecticut, Brookville, Thornapple Place, Thornapple Street, and Woodbine.

-All audit work was completed and turned into the State on October 31.

-The Manager recommended the Council make two small changes to the Section’s Records Inventory and Retention Schedule. These amendments were suggested by Ron Bolt in aneffort to clarify the parts of the schedule that deal with building permit information and meeting minutes. The Council voted unanimously to approve the amendments. The Manager will file the new schedule with the State Archives.

-WSSC repaving work is finished on Underwood Street, Windsor Place, Thornapple Place, and Thornapple Street. Dalkeith Street is partially finished. A portion of the storm drain grate at the corner of Underwood and Dalkeith collapsed during construction. The Section is working with the County to get a new steel grate made. A steel plate was installed in the meantime.

-The Manager provided an update on the proposed Leland Street access restriction. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will host a virtual hearing on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. Public testimony will be allowed. Attendees must sign up for the meeting in advance. The Manager will make certain all residents are aware. It was decided that Greg Chernack will testify in his capacity as Section 5 Chair, as well as Sean Downey.

-The Manager met with the Pepco Streetlight specialist on October 20 to discuss the proposed streetlight tariff options. The discussion was helpful, but no real details were shared as to the agreement. More information will be provided as soon as it is available.

-Leaf vacuuming work will get back to normal schedule on Monday, November 13. The WSSC repaving work caused some delays.

-The Manager spoke with Section 3 Manager, Andy Harney, regarding her experience with DNF, one of the County’s main construction contractors. She said she has worked with them for many years on paving, storm drain, curb, and gutter projects. She highly recommended their work. The Manager will reach out to them to check their availability for potential work on Leland Court.


Chairman Chernack adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held December 12, 2023, at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.