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September Newsletter

Happy Fall!

Matters Before the Council

At our September Town Hall the council had our first reading for the Cheverly Climate Change Resolution(link).  In order for a resolution or ordinance to pass it goes through three readings and a vote.  So as it stands the vote for this ordinance will be at the November Town Meeting on November 9th at 8pm.  Feel free to come to either town hall to participate in Citizen Input to let your council know what you think about this.

Another  issue that we are currently working on is the Cheverly Non-Intervention Ordinance.  This ordinance would clarify the unwritten practice of the Cheverly Police Department that they are not to participate in civil immigration law. The council will be discussing this again at the October 26th Work Session so if you are interested and able, please come to listen and share your perspectives on this issue.

Ongoing Work


I am still working on the feral cats of Cheverly.  If you are interested in participating in the formation…
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August Newsletter

Hello all!  I hope you don't mind that I saved the town meeting updates until after the work session. Below are some of the updates.

1.  A Coffee Shop for Cheverly? As many of you know there is a 175,000 square foot building behind the Cheverly Pool that has recently been sold to a development company that is looking to turn it into a maker & market space with community spaces to meet, shop and work on our own businesses.  If you would like to learn more email me at bethpmackenzie@gmail.com Please stay tuned here and on my facebook page for future events (food truck night!) at this location as well!

2. Curbside Composting In order to get town wide curbside composting, we need 100 families to sign up.  So far we have fewer than 25.  So, if you are interested please fill out this form and you can email it to me or deliver it directly to Public Works.  No need to pay for the bin until we've collected all 100 families!

3.  Trust Town Designation.  Council Member Ivey has introduc…

July Work Session

We had an incredibly long and productive meeting this evening.  I will be at the farmers market on Saturday at the Community Market table from 8-10 if you would like to talk to me about any of these issues, specifically the feral cat conversation, climate proclamation and trust town designation.  My notes are short because I want to be able to use these to start a conversation so please come find me at the market and/or email me at bethpmackenzie@gmail.com if you'd like to talk about anything you read here.


1. Gladys Noon Spellman Grant Lowri DeJager came to ask for  a $2,000 grant to help cover the cost for ipad charging stations.  The school is incorporating technology in the classrooms.  The total cost for the two stations they need is $5,200.  They have gotten funds from the PTA budget and other donations. GNS is facing a budget shortfall because this year's budget does not include the refugee and other families that enrolled mid year last year.
2. Dog Park Discussion The Mayo…

July Town Meeting

Happy July!  I am so excited to announce that we will be having an Ice Cream Social at Cheverly Station Apartments on August 19 from 1-3 pm.  We invite all Cheverly residents and community groups to come, especially those of us in the 5th & 6th Wards! More information to come!

We had a short Town Meeting last week, but much of it is teeing us up for an extremely busy work session on July 27.

The meeting started promptly at 8pm

Town Administrator Update

The paving of Lake Ave is happening next week (the week of July 16).The town is ordering cameras for the hazardous waste collection unit.  It is important that all residents understand that paint can not be deposited here.  If you have good paint left please bring to community fork lift.  If it is latex, dry it out to replace.  All oil based paint needs to be taken to Brown Station.  Cheverly cannot collect this and transport because we do not have a hazardous waste transport permit.  David Warrington will look into if there are thir…

June Work Session

Hello everyone!  We had a long but productive meeting last night and I'd like some input on: 
Sanctuary City Resolution First of all, Council Member Ivey asked us to consider implementing a Sanctuary City policy in Cheverly.  We just started the conversation has started the conversation about Sanctuary Cities and whether we would like to consider a policy related to it.  We are just starting the discussion and would like your input!  
Feral Cats Secondly, I have been hearing from a lot of neighbors with concerns about the feral cats on their streets.  I would like to look into adopting a policy that would put more clarity around care and responsibility for these animals especially regarding Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR).
US Mayor's Climate Initiative Finally, Council Member Riazi and I are proposing that Mayor Callahan sign onto the US Climate Mayors and will be talking about it at the July Work Session.  We would like some input from all of you about what types of actions/policies you …

Bladensburg Concrete Batching Plant

The Mayor and Town Council held a special meeting, Monday, June 19 at 7:30 pm to learn more about the application for a special exception for a concrete batching plant being developed on the current concrete block plant owned and operated by Ernest Maier.  Presenting were, Brendan Quinn, owner of Ernest Maier, Debbie Scanlon the Town Administrator for the city of Bladensburg, and Chris Melendez, the Vice President for the Port Town Community Development Corporation.  (Please note that all comments herein are written down to the best of my memory and I apologize for any errors or incomplete information)

The meeting was scheduled in order to decide whether or not the Town of Cheverly should send a letter to  Parks & Planning prior to the scheduled June 23 hearing.  However, the impression is that the meeting may be cancelled and the issue sent directly onto the Zoning Board.

Brendan Quin presented his proposal that his company which currently owns 16 acres of land around Bladensburg…

June Town Meeting Notes

The June town meeting started a little early with SHA coming to take comments about improving Rt. 202 between Rt. 50 and Rt. 450.  They took our questions and comments and then gave us post it notes to make comments about what we would like to have improved.  These comments will probably not turn into action in the near term but it is good for us to stay on their radar.  Please let me know if you have any questions/comments here(link) MAYOR AND JACK WHEAT AWARD PRESENTATIONS The awards presentations came up first and we were really lucky to have kids there cheering on their moms for the incredible work they're doing.  Please see below for the summaries about both of the awards and their recipients. Volunteer of the Year: Cheverly Refugee Assistance Effort     This year the Town of Cheverly welcomed 16 Syrian and Afghanistan families and 28 students to our community and schools.  The support for this effort was simply overwhelming.   While the entire Town of Cheverly could be given t…