Nathan McElroy presented the council with an update on his 2003 study of the Cheverly Tree Canopy. He and Mayor Mike road up and down every street in Cheverly and counted the street trees and paired that count with a survey through the free online program itree. You may have noticed that a lot of street trees have been coming down lately because they have run into power lines or just run out of space. The town is now working on planting the right trees in the right spaces (height wise and other considerations).
There are about 400 street tree openings around town and Public works is proposing that we work to fill those openings at the rate of about 50 trees a year. That way they won't all be the exact same age. The council will review this proposal at the September Town Meeting.
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The town is still looking into bringing compost cab into town as an option for residents but in the meantime, I've decided to give a new method of 'composting' a shot. Composting is in quotes because it's actually fermenting and not traditional composting. Please click here for an illustrated journey through Bokashi. The summary is that so far it is incredibly easy. We've just started but it's great to see how much less trash we have. Ward 6 residents know that fall and winter means that we miss out on Monday trash pickup quite a lot so it's helpful to not have an overflowing trash can!
Building Use Requirements
One of the requests we hear most often for the building use is the desire for an open gym time to play basketball. Town Administrator Warrington is looking into options to have PCAB and/or one of our other community groups host an open basketball gym time on Saturday nights. If you or someone you know is interested in helping out with this please let me know!
Proposed Transfer of BW Parkway
There isn't much to report as of now. The work you may have noticed along the parkway is simply clearing out invasives and cleaning up the green areas.
The Mayors are still meeting on this. There was a recent meeting with Minority Leader Hoyer and that will be reported back when I get the information.
The Town is hoping to host the company that conducted the traffic study at the September 13th Town Meeting. We will be able to ask questions and hear about the recommendations. I recommend that all Ward 6 residents come if they can since many of the recommendations impact our streets.
Police Chief's Advisory Board
The Police Chief's Advisory Board (PCAB) requested $2,000 for anticipated promotional expenses for the Board members to distribute and use at the Cheverly Community Market and other events they are looking to put together. The PCAB is currently in talks with Cheverly Station Apartments to host a skate night over there similar to what was hosted at Cheverly United Methodist Church this summer.
This is just a reminder that there will be some representatives of the historic district will be walking around town this fall and looking at the older homes. So if you see a small group of people photographing your house, this is probably them! We will see if they will wear lanyards or carry a letter on them to let residents know what they are doing there.
Green Infrastructure Committee Grant Request
The Green Infrastructure Committee requested $250 to hire the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a Forest Stewardship Plan for the Woodworth Park and trails. This request was approved unanimously.
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