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Dear Ward 3 residents,

The Takoma Park City Council has a regular public meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30pm. Please see the agenda below.


City Manager
City Manager Suzanne Ludlow is retiring at the end of June. Over the past several months, the Mayor and City Council have worked with a firm to conduct a search for the next City Manager. Part of this process involved a community survey and focus groups.

I'm excited to announce Jamal T. Fox as the next City Manager! I believe his experience and leadership will serve us well in Takoma Park and look forward to working with him. He will begin work on August 2.

Please see this press release announcing his hiring and this message to the community from Mr. Fox.


Budget
During the month of May, the City Council made important decisions about and adopted the Fiscal Year 2022 City Budget. The budget we adopted will maintain the same tax rate as this year, 53.97 cents per $100 assessed valuation. Throughout this process, it has been important to me to maintain this tax rate while ensuring services and projects that emphasize the values and needs of our community.

Thank you to many of you for filling out the Ward 3 Budget Questionnaire to provide me with feedback about your perspectives on the budget. A total of 75 people filled out the questionnaire. While this was of course not a random sample of the Ward and was not distributed outside of email channels, the perspectives and feedback were useful and interesting as I considered the budget and City programming.

Please see my summary overview of the questionnaire results and my votes on related aspects of the budget. Click here for the full summary:




Sincerely,

City Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting held virtually on Zoom - Wed, June 2, 2021, 7:30pm
Watch the meetings live or recorded here
See full agenda here
For the Record:
Council Comments
City Manager Comments:
  • Update on COVID-19 Response
  • Notice Reinstating the Legal Time Requirements for Requests Received Under the Maryland Public Information Act

Voting Session:
Work Session:
Other News & Information

COVID-19 Data Dashboard Updates
The COVID-19 Data Dashboard for Takoma Park has been updated with data for May 27, 2021.
  • Since the previous Thursday, 381 new residents received a first-dose vaccination and 481 became fully vaccinated, bringing the city's population receiving at least a first-dose to 12,419 (70.3%) and the fully-vaccinated population to 9,955 (56.3%).
  • There were 8 newly reported cases of COVID-19 in the city as the 7-day rolling average of new cases continued to decline, and one newly reported death due to COVID-19 in the 20912 zip code. This brings the total deaths due to COVID in the zip code to 39 since the start of the pandemic.
  • Most residents have received the Pfizer vaccine (7,993), followed by Moderna (3,778) and Johnson & Johnson (648).
City of Takoma Park Receives Grant Funds
The City of Takoma Park has received significant grant funds recently, including a $500,000 Revitalization Award for the revitalization of 6530 and 6600 New Hampshire Ave -- located in Ward 3 -- and a $500,000 Affordable Homeownership Opportunities Fund for acquisition of properties to develop affordable home ownership opportunities and preserve a continuum of housing affordability in the city. See here for some additional information.

I have gotten several questions about the New Hampshire Ave plans and have asked City staff for additional information that I can share with you soon about this project, which is still in the early stages. Please note that this is not a public project but a private project receiving pass-through grant funds from the State. I will share more when it is available.

 
Public Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day
Public Works will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day on June 5 from 10am-2pm. This is free for residents ($10 for non-residents). Please see here for details.

National Night Out
The Takoma Park Police Department is hosting its annual National Night Out event at Piney Branch Elementary School from 6-9pm on Tuesday, August 3. There will be games, prizes, food, basketball, child ID kits, music, police vehicles on display, and more. See here for details.

Eastern Ave Rehabilitation
For the past several years, DDOT has been working on plans for significant improvements to Eastern Ave from New Hampshire to Whittier Ave. A big thank-you to DC Councilmember Janeese Lewis-George and her staff for organizing a meeting with DDOT to learn more about the status of the project. In addition to the Councilmember and staff members from her office, Mayor Stewart, Takoma Park Public Works Director Daryl Braithwaite, and I attended the meeting.

We learned the following:
  • Information on the project to-date is available here.
  • The DDOT Eastern Ave project design process continues to move forward. As we all know, there have been several delays. As this point, they anticipate having the final designs ready by fall of this year. We asked for a public meeting at that time.
  • Although the DESIGN is moving forward, there is no funding secured for CONSTRUCTION at the moment. They will need to get budget funding from DC to move the construction forward. At this point, they seem to be estimating 2027 for actual construction.
  • Because of the planned DDOT project, Pepco will not do final resurfacing of the street from New Hampshire Ave to Whittier. The location where Pepco did work after the initial re-pave a few years ago (located mostly around the Kansas Ave intersection) has temporary patching. If you notice issues with degradation of that, please let DDOT and me know.
  • There is a planned addition of a traffic signal and intersection changes at Eastern Ave and Sligo Mill Road. At this point, DDOT seems to plan to move forward sooner on this than the larger-scale project and may be ready with those changes in 2022. I anticipate we will get more information about this in the public outreach meeting this fall. You can see some information on the linked website above, and I will continue to request further details on this.
  • Public Works Director Daryl Braithwaite (Takoma Park) noted that the City included Eastern Ave storm drains in a recent analysis and found many to be blocked. DDOT said that DC Water is responsible for maintaining those. Daryl and Councilmember Lewis-George's office plan to follow up with DC Water about ensuring ongoing maintenance for those storm drains.
  • Residents along Eastern Ave from Sligo Mill to Whittier who do not currently have a sidewalk in the right-of-way in front of their property should expect that the DDOT project will install one. DDOT said they had completed outreach on this, but I asked them to do so again because it has been several years since this started. If you have any questions about this, please let me know so I can pass them on.
I will continue to follow up with DDOT on a regular basis and pass along details as they become available.
Around the Community

Help Protect Trees - Volunteer with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Looking for a way to help the climate and shared urban forest in Takoma Park? The Chesapeake Climate Action Network organizes volunteers to remove invasive vines every Saturday morning in Takoma Park. Students can earn SSL hours for volunteering.

You can sign up here or email vines@chesapeakeclimate.org if you are interested in adopting a neighborhood and helping your neighbors address this problem, or if you know you have threatened trees on your property and would like help addressing the issue.


Video about Spring Park
The Friends of Sligo Creek have put together a video about Ward 3's Spring Park, including its history and information about local speices of plants and trees. See here to watch the video.

The Annual TKPK5K will be Virtual!
The annual TKPK5K race will be virtual this year. Find out more and register here.

Montgomery Parks Bilingual meeting on Extension of Long Branch
Montgomery Parks will hold a live, bilingual online informational meeting on the extension of the Long Branch Trail on June 16 from 7-8:30pm. Staff will present preliminary concept plans to extend Long Branch Trail from the current terminus at Long Branch Parkway to Carroll Avenue. Join the meeting online or by phone: http://mcp-events.org/longbranchtrail  +1-301-715-8592 Webinar ID: 990 8453 9537

For more information, visit http://mcp-events.org/longbranchtrailproject or contact: parksoutreach@montgomeryparks.org, (301) 495-2595.

Montgomery Parks invita al público a una reunión virtual informative en línea bilingüe sobre la extensión del Sendero Long Branch
Nuestro personal presentará los planes conceptuales preliminares para ampliar Long Branch Trail desde su límite actual en Long Branch Parkway hasta la avenida Carroll.
 
el 16 de junio , 7:00 a 8:30 p.m.
Inicie la sesión en línea o por teléfono
http://mcp-events.org/longbranchtrail +1-301-715-8592   Webinar ID: 990 8453 9537
Para más información, visite http://mcp-events.org/longbranchtrailproject
contacte a: parksoutreach@montgomeryparks.org (301) 495-2595


 
Kacy Kostiuk  -  kacyk@takomaparkmd.gov  -  202-617-9295
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