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Date: April 9, 2024

Place: Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue

Time: 7:30 PM

Present: Greg Chernack, Maryann Luongo, Josh Galper, Sean Downey, Ron Bolt, Sergeant Mike Pratt, and Ashley Kavanaugh.

Agenda Item: Greetings and Introductions

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

Agenda Item: Review and Approval of March Council Meeting Minutes

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

Agenda Item: Residents Comments

There were no resident comments.

Agenda Item: Discussion and Introduction of Charter Amendment 2024-1, to permit exceptions to competitive bidding requirements, and to raise the threshold from $10,000 to $15,000

Municipal Attorney Ron Bolt led the discussion and answered questions from the Council. Following the discussion, Chair Chernack formally introduced Charter Amendment 2024-1 that would permit exceptions to competitive bidding requirements, and to raise the threshold from $10,000 to $15,000. A full copy of Charter Amendment 2024-1 will be sent to residents for their review in advance of the Annual Meeting on May 7.

Agenda Item: Discussion and Introduction of Ordinance No. 4-24-2, to adopt the budget for Fiscal Year 2025 – Ashley Kavanaugh

Ron Bolt noted that the State of Maryland requires municipal budgets to be approved by ordinance. Accordingly, Chair Chernack formally introduced Ordinance No. 4-24-2, a nonemergency ordinance to allow the Section 5 Council to adopt the budget for Fiscal Year 2025. The Town Manager then presented a draft of the FY 2025 budget to the Council. After a detailed discussion of all the line items, income, and expenditures, the draft was approved with no changes. The draft and a copy of Ordinance 4-24-2 will be sent to residents for their review in advance of the Annual Meeting on May 7.

Agenda Item: Manager’s report

-The Manager noted that since there are only two open Council seats up for election this May, and only two candidates who submitted and declared their nomination for these seats, there will not be a formal election at the Annual Meeting. Josh Galper and Emily Strulson will be declared elected at the May meeting.

-In late March, the Manager went on a ride-along with the Chevy Chase Fire Department. We surveyed Section 5 streets and other surrounding municipalities. The ride-along was conducted in response to the CCFD’s concerns about street parking in Chevy Chase following the Santa runs in December. While Section 5 does have certain areas of concern, many of the worst areas are outside of Section 5. The biggest concern in Section 5 is street parking near intersections. We discussed ways to better designate no parking areas including the possibility of additional signage, and/or painting curbs, and in some areas painting cross hatches on the street. Examples can be found in Section 3. The Manager is meeting with Connor Stemple from FSM who does our traffic markings to discuss options next week and will report back to the Council.

-The Manager asked the Council if they would like to make donations once again this year to the Chevy Chase Fire Department and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. The Council voted unanimously to donate $5500 to each organization.

-The Section will hold a Community Shred event in conjunction with Section 3 and Village of Martin’s Additions on Sunday, May 5.

-Several new right-of-way trees will be planted in May to replace ones that were recently removed.

-The Manager said the repaving work on Williams Lane following the Brookville water main replacement project has not been scheduled. We are still waiting on WSSC to complete the necessary sewer work. Unfortunately, the water and sewer divisions did not coordinate as they should. WSSC sewer is in the process of getting repair bids now. The first bid was extremely high, so they are waiting for additional bids. We are pressing them to get this done soon.

-The Manager noted that Lindsey & Associates has sent us an audit engagement letter for the FY 2024 audit. There is a modest price increase from $9975 to $10,225. The Council agreed to the increase and authorized the Manager to sign the letter.


Chair Chernack adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held May 7, 2024, at 7:30 PM at the Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue. The Village Hall has handicapped access. Everyone is welcome.