|Title||Crier, February 2014|
|Creator||Chevy Chase Village|
The five main articles on the front page of the February 2014 issue of Crier are:
Board of Managers Election
Three Board seats will be up for election this spring. The current board members whose terms are expiring in May are Michael Denger, Robert Goodwin and Elissa Leonard; the latter two were elected last spring, but were assigned one-year terms in a random drawing, owing to the two one-year vacancies that needed to be filled.
Any Village resident may run for a seat on the Board provided he/she is a registered qualified voter in the State of Maryland, has lived in Chevy Chase Village for thirty days prior to the election and files the required Financial Disclosure Statement. Board members serve two-year, staggered terms. If the number of qualified candidates equals the number of available seats, the candidates will be declared elected at the Annual Meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of available seats, a contested election will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
The Village Elections Committee oversees Village elections, including receiving nominations to the Board of Managers. Residents interested in running for a seat may contact Elections Committee Chair Charlotte Jones-Carroll by email at email@example.com, preferably no later than March 21. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting (April 21, 2014).
To qualify as a candidate, an individual, including sitting Board members, must file a Financial Disclo-sure Statement, in proper form, with the Village Ethics Commission on or before April 7, 2014. Forms are available in the Village office or by email at ccv@montgomervcounrvmd. ROV.
Proposed Amendment to Village Noise Ordinance.
Proposed Amendment to Village Noise Ordinance
On Advice of Counsel, the Village Board is considering several technical amendments to the Village Noise Ordinance in order to provide clarity and consistency with the County Noise Ordinance.
The County Noise Ordinance applies in the Village and is incorporated in the Village Noise Ordinance found in Chapter 20 of the Village Code. In addition, the Village has previously enacted a number of more restrictive laws relating to specific types of noise such as that generated by lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and automobile horns.
The County noise rules control most noise events by defining what constitutes a "noise disturbance" and speci-fying certain decibel levels for daytime and nighttime noise. These rules apply to all noise sources including, but not limited to, air conditioners, generators, animals, amplified music and machinery.
In order to insure that our noise law is clear, enforceable, internally consistent, and that it protects the expectations of our residents, Village Counsel has drafted amendments to the Village Noise Ordinance to:
-- Make it easier to apply the "noise disturbance" standard from the County's Noise Ordinance;
-- Delete redundant provisions that are adequately addressed in County law;
-- Conform the restrictions on construction noise with those that already apply to the operation of power landscaping equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, etc., which will simplify the process for contractors and residents with respect to when noise-generating activity is allowed.
The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers will convene on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. to hold a public hearing and possible action on:
Resolution No. 01-01-14: An Ordinance to amend Chapter 20, "Noise Control" and Chapter 6 "Penalties,Fees and Fines", to clarify when noise generating activity is prohibited, to correlate the Village Code and the Montgomery County Code and to raise the fine for special noise limit violations.
This draft ordinance can be viewed on the Village website at www.chevychasevillagemd.gov, may be obtained at the Chevy Chase Village Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or you may submit a request for the draft ordinance to be mailed or emailed to you.
Long-time resident and active community volunteer Alice Kinter (Hesketh Street) passed away in late December after a long illness. Alice served as Chair of the Village Parks & Greenspaces Committee for several years and was known to be vocal and active in local matters. She was a long-time member of the Garden Club of Chevy Chase and, along with other Village residents, she provided floral arrangements and decorations for various Village events.
Alice was also a member and secretary for the Chevy Chase Historical Society and took great pride in preserving the history of the Village and surrounding communities.
Alice was known as a passionate, feisty person who loved life, her family and friends and the Chevy Chase Village community. She will be greatly missed. She leaves behind her husband of 55 years, George, who served many years on the Village Board including a term as Board Chairman from 2005-2006; and her daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren.
The Village sends our collective sympathy and condolences to Alice Kinter's family and friends.
It's Simple: Lock Your Car!!
In 2012, we (unfortunately) recorded an all-time high number of thefts/attempted thefts: 97. The vast majority of these crimes involved unlocked cars that were entered at night. These crimes occur sporadically; we may go for several weeks without a problem only to have a dozen or more thefts occur in a single night.
Due to their sporadic nature, it is extremely hard to predict when these offenses will happen, and thieves can be in and out of a dozen unlocked cars in very little time.
In an effort to drive the number of thefts downward, Village officers went door to door on weekends in January and February of last year, and they handed out flyers containing prevention tips. The 2013 theft tally was far lower than that of 2012-we had 60, which is a 38% decrease.
While I'm hopeful that we can continue last year's success into 2014,1 am worried already. In a single night recently-January 21/22-Village residents reported that 11 unlocked cars were entered by thieves. Folks, when we fail to lock our cars, we make this crime way too easy for the thieves. Far too many of us are simply parking our cars without locking them. That is unwise, and we can do better than that.
Please do your part to reduce crime in the Village by incorporating the below 4 easy tips into your daily routine:
1. Lock your car every time you park.
2. Remove all valuables from your car.
3. Leave your front and back porch lights on all night long.
4. Call the police whenever you see or hear anything suspicious.
Introduction of New Tech Classes for Older Adults
Chevy Chase@Home, in partnership with the Chevy Chase Village Senior Committee, is pleased to announce a new program of technology and internet classes for seniors with a curriculum designed to build confidence and independence.
Classes will be taught by TechMoxie, a company specializing in offering low-cost technology instruction in a personal classroom setting, teaching basic and intermediate technology skills one step at a time. Class offerings will include Getting to Know Your iPad, Social Media, Starting Online Genealogy Research, and Digital Photos.
All classes will be held at the Chevy Chase Village Hall on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will begin February 27th. Fees are $15 per class hour for Chevy Chase Village Residents and for Chevy Chase@Home Members & Friends and $ 17 per class hour for all other guests. Digital Photo and iPad classes will be offered as two-part sessions, requiring registration for both days. Registration for Chevy Chase Village Residents and Chevy Chase@Home members is now open; registration for the general public will open after February 9th.
Space is limited so be sure to register early. To learn more and to register, please see the flyer in this edition of the Village Crier.
Other articles in this issue:
2013 Resident Directory
Board of Managers' Meeting
Budget Work Session
Manna Food Drive a Huge Success
Recycle Old Cell Phones
Safe Walking Habits
Weekly Police Beat and Email Blast
Home Security Surveys
The Senior Corner: Chevy Chase @ Home's Meet & Mingles
MVA on Wheels
Tax Credit Increase for Improvements on Historic Properties
When the Power Goes Out...
Public Works Department/Trash Collection
Building Permits Issued in January 2014
Snow Removal from Sidewalks