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Dear Ward 3 residents,

I wish you a happy Juneteenth tomorrow! The official recognition of Juneteenth as a public holiday is important and overdue. As we celebrate, let's also use this time to support small Black-owned businesses and remember the work needed to dismantle white supremacy and build a racially just and equitable future.

This week, the Takoma Park City Council has a regular public meeting on Wednesday, June 23. Please see the agenda below.

Please also join me tomorrow (Saturday), June 19, from 11-12:30am for a Ward 3 Virtual Meeting. The focus on the meeting is to give updates on activities and issues in the city and to hear from you. Main topics include the Takoma Junction Redevelopment Project (see below for information), ARPA funds, and reviewing and improving City committees. Register to join the meeting here (you can register to receive a link even once the meeting has started).

Sincerely,

FREE COVID-19 Vaccinations!
FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit at WAU

The FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit is OPEN in Takoma Park at Washington Adventist University now through Sunday (June 20). FEMA's trailer will be parked in the WAU lot at the intersection of Carroll and Flower Avenues.
  • Free MODERNA and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available (ages 18+) from Tuesday, June 15 to June 20
  • Return to the same location for the second dose on July 13 to July 18
  • Walk-ups accepted
  • Plan to wait for 15-30 minutes after you receive your vaccine.
  • To make an appt in advance, see here
First dose - June 15-20, Tues-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm
Second dose - July 13-18, Tues-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm
 
Please help spread the word widely by circulating flyers to others - available in English, Amharic, Spanish, and French.
City Council Meeting Agenda
Meetings held virtually on Zoom
Watch the meetings live or recorded here

 
Wednesday, June 23 - 7:30pm
See full agenda here
 
Public Comments (sign up by 5pm Wednesday to speak)
Council Comments
City Manager Comments:

 
Voting Session (I expect links to these items to be posted soon -- please check the agenda link above for when they are posted):
  • Resolution Authorizing Execution of an Employment Agreement with Jamal T. Fox as City Manager
  • Resolution Designating a Resident Agent for the City of Takoma Park
  • Resolution Recommending Approval or Disapproval of the Takoma Junction Development Site Plan by the Montgomery County Planning Board
Takoma Junction Redevelopment Project
 

The City Council discussed the Takoma Junction Redevelopment Project at a work session at the June 16 City Council meeting. Please see video of that session here (starting around 3:28:00 if you want to skip ahead).

The Council discussed a draft resolution that would either recommend approval, approval with conditions, or disapproval of the project site plan to the Montgomery County Planning Board.

At the meeting, the Council determined that we will vote at our June 23 meeting on a resolution that recommends disapproval of the project site plan.

As I expressed during the meeting, I cannot recommend approval of the project site plan for a number of reasons. The resolution outlining the recommendation of disapproval will be updated with some minor changes based on discussion at the meeting, and I expect it will be posted soon on the agenda page for the June 23 meeting.

Takoma Junction is a very important part of Takoma Park, and what happens here is very important to me as your representative. I want to thank the many of you who have shared feedback with me about your views on the project plans. I continue to welcome your comments and questions in the following ways:

Schedule Overview:

Now through June 22
 - Email me, fill out this Ward 3 Feedback Form, and/or fill out this city-wide comment form

June 19, 11am - Ward 3 Virtual Meeting
Register to attend here

June 23 - City Council Vote
Documents will be posted here soon

Other News & Information
 
COVID-19 Updates
The Takoma Park COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with data through June 17, 2021.
  • For the second consecutive week, there was just one new case of COVID-19 reported in Takoma Park. The city's total remains 1,726 cases because a previously reported case was removed in data cleaning.
  • There were 126 new first-dose vaccines administered to Takoma Park residents in the last week and 230 new residents became fully-vaccinated, bringing the city's fully vaccinated population to 11,622 (65.8%) and the at-least partially vaccinated population to 13,488 (76.3%). The slowing pace of vaccinations should be expected to some extent; as more people become vaccinated, the number of residents eligible to receive a vaccination (people 12 years and older) who have not shrinks.
  • There were no new deaths reported in the 20912 zip code due to COVID-19 in the last week, leaving the zip code's total at 39 since the start of the pandemic.

Feedback on Minor Master Plan Update
Montgomery Planning and the City of Takoma Park will be updating portions of the 2000 Takoma Park Master Plan, with a focus on the Washington Adventist campus and surrounding areas. There was a presentation about proposed outreach and potential boundaries of this minor master plan amendment at the City Council meeting last Monday (see memo here). Watch video from that meeting here.

While the anticipated boundaries are mostly outside of Ward 3, they are very close to parts of Ward 3 and include some sections, including Opal Daniels Park. I encourage you to review the materials and share any questions or comments with me to be shared with County Planning staff.



Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Community Listening Session
The Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will host their third virtual community listening session on Monday, June 28th. For this session, the Task Force will present their draft recommendations for community feedback. This is a key part of the preparation process for the final report from the Task Force that will be submitted to the City Council in July. Information on registration for this virtual event will be posted on the RPSTF website.


Join the Youth Council!
The Takoma Park Youth Council is recruiting applications for the 2021-22 year! All Takoma Park students who are a rising 7-12th grader are urged to apply. See here for more information. Apply here. Deadline is July 11.

Around the Community

The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library Book Sale is BACK! 

When: Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20th from 10am to 3pm

Where: The Library lawn, with carefully spaced and distanced tables

Volunteers Needed: FTPML members can Sign-Up to Volunteer

Who: You and your family! This year every child attending will receive a coupon good for one free book of their choosing, thanks to several generous FTPML members. Coupons will be issued upon entry (in other words, kids can show up, get their coupon, and go shopping).

How: This is an outdoor, masks-on event! About one in five people, including children under 12, is not yet eligible for a COVID vaccine, and we want everyone to feel safe and comfortable shopping the sale. Masks will be available if you forget yours.

Why: FTPML book sale proceeds help support library programs we know and love, as well as launch new initiatives when good ideas come along. Funding from FTPML has established the Spanish and French Circle Time programs, and WinterQuest and SummerQuest reading programs, and much more. Proceeds from the Spring Book Sale will help the library continue to grow with our community.

More Information: Enjoy a delicious bake sale co-sponsored by the Piney Branch PTA!
Book prices will be $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers FTPML is accepting donations of children’s books and recent (2015+) adult fiction, to complement our current book sale inventory. 

Plus! Meet the new Library Director Jessica Jones



July 4 Activities
Takoma Park Independence Day Committee shares the following information --

Takoma Park’s Fourth of July “Parade” will be different this year – it’s coming home!
 
In place of the traditional parade, the Takoma Park Independence Day Committee asks people to decorate their homes and businesses to show their Takoma Park Independence Day spirit. Any home or business can be a parade “float.”
 
Creativity is encouraged. As with traditional parade floats, a great design can be just the beginning. People might include music, like a porch concert, or include games, or anything else they can think of to engage and delight their neighbors.
 
Homes or businesses that register for the Parade of Houses at www.takomapark4th.org will be shown on a map on that website. The registration lets participants describe their entry, including times of any interactive events. Locations outside of Takoma Park can register to be shown on the map, but only entries located within Takoma Park boundaries are eligible for prizes.
 
Prizes will be awarded for:
 
·      Most Creative
·      Most Engaging
·      Most Patriotic
·      Best Capturing the Spirit of Takoma Park
·      Best Overall
·      Best Decorated Business
·      Best Decorated Street
 
So, register and decorate your house or business to be eligible for a prize! Registrations close July 1.
 
Have your decorations up by July 1 so people can visit over the Independence Day Weekend. Then check the map and spend the weekend viewing entries all over town.
 
Visit www.takomapark4th.com to learn about the variety of Independence Day activities planned for Takoma Park, and about how you and your family can participate.
Kacy Kostiuk  -  kacyk@takomaparkmd.gov  -  202-617-9295
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