July Town Meeting Update

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Council Member Updates and Events

I want to have a longer conversation about the public hearing on the BW Parkway proposal and so that will come last so that the shorter updates don't get lost!
1. Cheverly Community Market is Saturday July 14th-There will be storytime at 10am!
2. CPRC is hosting a CPR training session on July 18th
3. Sign up for Peace Camp!
4.Skate Night & Mini Street Meet July 18th at CUMC
5. Ward 2 Party on July 29th at 2pm on Valley Way
Town Administrator Update
1. Lake Ave Construction has begun
2. The high heat has created a flash drought so please give your trees more water-the best times to water are early in the morning or in the evening.
3. The A/C is close to  being fixed in town hall
4. The first Electric Vehicle Charging station will be installed very soon at Public Works.  It will allow for 1 car at a time.   
Green Infrastructure Committee Update
BayWise Owl Certification is ongoing there are about 4 houses certified and Ward 1 is leading the way to getting certified.
Visit their table at the Community Market and/or check out greencheverly.org for more information
Planning Board Update
-The Planning Board is looking for more members.  If you are interested come to check out a meeting it's the second Tuesday of the Month at 7:30pm
-The Board reviewed the RFP for the Hotel proposed at The Point
-Discussed the Craftsman Building Progress-no news to report but the bike path location has been agreed upon and is being firmed up by the lawyers
Police Updates
There will be two mini street meets coming up
July 18th: CUMC Skate Night 6-8pm
July 28th: Cheverly Community Market
-Chief Robshaw provided us with an update that they now have 4 new applicants for the 6 open positions. These are all potential lateral transfers (meaning they are already police officers and don't need to go through the academy).  There are still three student officers going through the academy so hopefully we will be fully staffed before too long.
Healthy Working Families Act
We held a first reading for the Healthy Working Families Act, it will be revisited at the August Town Meeting and Voted on for final passage in September
-One item that came up while looking into this is that we do not have a formal parental leave policy and so the council will be looking into that in a future worksession.
Capital Plaza Proposal
The Nellis Corporation is proposing to build three large separate buildings on the part of the plaza next to Rt 450 and in front of the Walmart. The builder is meeting stormwater requirements and adding extra trees and so hopefully the new tenants will help with the appearance concerns.  The Town will be writing a letter in support of this development.
The Mayor shared recently about Governor Hogan's proposal to to widen BW Parkway.  Please see here for the news & announcements that goes into detail on the proposal.  The Council was lucky enough to have a pretty full house and had a number of constituent comments.  We are still looking for input from the town but as it stands the majority of the comments have been opposed and raised issues and concerns.  Please send me an email at councilmemberward6@cheverly-md.gov 

I personally strongly oppose this proposal, I have been following it since the Governor's Announcement last year and believe that it would not be good for our town, county or state.  We've all been stuck on 295 and been frustrated by the traffic but removing the parkway distinction would allow for trucks to use this road and thus increase pollution and noise issues.  I've heard from residents on Forest Rd about the problems they have been having with the noise from Rt. 50 and that they have not been able to get get help fixing the noise issues.

Mayor Mike has been reaching out to Mayors all along the BW Parkway to form a coalition to increase the impact of our actions to stop this transition from happening.

Please note that in order for this to happen
1. Federal Legislation needs to be drafted and passed

I will be creating a page on my website bethmackenzie.com where I will be posting updates and sharing the many comments we got last night.  A summary of comments are:

Public Health
-It's an environmentally sensitive area and needs to be protected
-Additional vehicles could damage public health by increasing pollution
-Air pollution increases risks for type 2 and gestational diabetes
-Cars are for people who are healthy/wealthy enough for a car, this disenfranchese many people

Traffic Issues
-Tolls will be bad-if it is a private company they will need to make a profit and that will cost a lot
- maybe should increase enforcement of using the left lane as a passing lane.
- Widening roads does not solve the problem, there is just an increase in cars (and an intro of trucks)
-We need to increase mass transit to reduce cars
-We should look into ways to incentivize mass transit
-look into feasibility of a dedicated method of transit (road? mass transit?) to get to Baltimore/BWI
-MDOT already struggles to maintain the highways they are responsible for and so 295 could be an extra added burden
-One way to reduce traffic is to increase employment opportunities in the county

Environmental Issues
-The parkway is on the national register of historic sights
-This would amount to environmental injustice
-There is a legislative mandate for this to be a park with a road running through it.
-This is a slippery slope to destroying Public Parks
-This is not a standalone park but part of a network of parkways around the area.
-National Parks Service (Under Sec. Zinke) may be required to transfer
-Clear Cutting Green space increases risk of flooding and other natural disasters

Public Meetings
 The next public workshops on the Beltway and Interstate 270 toll lanes are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.:
  • Tuesday, July 17
    Eleanor Roosevelt High School
    7601 Hanover Parkway
    Greenbelt MD 20770
  • Wednesday, July 18
    Clarksburg High School
    22500 Wims Road
    Clarksburg MD 20871
  • Tuesday, July 24
    Central High School
    200 Cabin Branch Road
    Capitol Heights MD 20743
  • Wednesday, July 25
    Thomas W. Pyle Middle School
    6311 Wilson Lane
    Bethesda MD 20817
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