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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…
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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…

May Work session Notes

The first work session of the 43rd Cheverly Town Council was packed with some really great information! A few of our neighbors have been asking me about attending work sessions or town meetings and so here is the basic information.

The second Thursday of each month is the Town Meeting that starts at 8pm in the gym at Town Hall. Each meeting has a dedicated time for public input.  This is a great time to bring your concerns to the council to start the conversation.  The work sessions are the fourth Thursday of each month and start at 7:30 in the conference room at Town Hall and the agenda is set ahead of time but there are opportunities for the audience to comment on the items.  Please come to both and let us know how you feel about the issues at hand!

This most recent meeting was Thursday May 25 and started with the approval of $800 for The Woman's Club Peace camp.  The new council was briefed on the duties and responsibilities of the office.

Laila Riazi was unanimously voted …

May Town Meeting Notes

Our first town meeting was really great!  The highlight (for my kids, at least) was the cake from Sweet Bobbi's.  It was an honor to be sworn in as your new Council Member and I look forward to working with each of you going forward.  In order to facilitate communication I have created a virtual comment box, unless you would like a response from me, all comments are confidential.  Please feel free to fill it out here

After the swearing in and cake break we all had the opportunity to recognize the great work of our police force, the first presentation was to recognize a few officers and Mayor Mike for their quick work when a local child had a medical crisis in January.  Additionally, the entire force received a citation for their great work at reducing the crime rate in Cheverly.

The Recreation Council has a $500 scholarship to a Cheverly resident who is enrolled full time in an academic or vocational program in the 2016-2017 academic year.  For applications call Judy De…

Thank You

Thank you all for your support throughout the election season!  I am so excited to say that I won!  It was a close race and I am really excited that I will be your next councilmember!  I'm really excited to get to work and feel like it's only appropriate to start my time with the great line from the West Wing.

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