KMCA General Meeting – June 27, 2024 at Odessa Shannon Middle School

Dear Kemp Mill Neighbor,

You are invited to the Kemp Mill Civic Association’s quarterly meeting which will be held Thursday June 27 at Odessa Shannon Middle School from 7:30pm-8:50pm. An agenda for the meeting is below.

We will be hearing from a prosecutor with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office (specific speaker to be named later). The State’s Attorney’s Office will discuss crime trends in our neighborhood, and their office’s efforts to prosecute and deter crime.

We’ll also hold elections for several Board positions, recognize some of the people who made this month’s Kemp Mill Community Day such a success, and hear updates on the Kersey-Auth Bridge, the Arcola Avenue road segment we’ve adopted, and the latest from our Landscaping, Sidewalks, and Transportation committees.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Thanks,
Jules

Jules Szanton
President, KMCA
President@KempMillCivic.org

Kemp Mill Civic Association Quarterly Meeting Agenda

June 27, 2024; 7:30 pm
Odessa Shannon Middle School

• 7:30 pm: Administrative Matters
o Call to order

o Adoption of agenda/previous minutes: https://www.kempmillcivic.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/KMCA-Q1-Mtg-Minutes-2024mar25.pdf

o Treasurer’s report: Balance of funds and membership numbers

• 7:35 pm: Invited Guest – Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office
o KMCA has invited the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office to discuss public safety issues in our neighborhood, and the SAO’s efforts to prosecute and deter crime.
o There will be an opportunity for questions from members of the community.

• 8:05pm: 2024 Community Day Recognitions
o We will express our appreciation for volunteers and sponsors who helped make the 2024 Community Day such a successful event.

• 8:15pm: Elections
o The following candidates have been nominated for KMCA board positions:
▪ Vice President: Jonathan Aghion
▪ Treasurer: Anna Waller
▪ Director: Alan Felsen
▪ Director: Maria Lopez
▪ Director: Gil Chlewicki
o Other candidacies may be proposed from the floor.

• 8:25pm: Kersey-Auth Bridge update from VP Jonathan Aghion

o The County has officially responded to public comments on the Kersey-Auth bridge. At our last meeting, the membership voted to support the proposed project, with the request that the County plant three new trees for each mature tree to be removed. The project is continuing to move forward, with construction projected to begin this fall.
o Jonathan will discuss a proposal to include a commemorative plaque on the new bridge.

• 8:40pm: Committee Updates
o Cleanup
o Landscaping
o Sidewalks
o Transportation

• 8:50pm: Adjourn

Join KMCA or Renew Your Membership at Community Day This Sunday!

KMCA will be accepting new membership applications and renewals at Community Day on Sunday June 2, 2024 between noon and 4 PM at Kemp Mill Shopping Center. 

Anyone signing up for a new membership or renewing/extending their existing membership at Community Day will receive a free beverage, snack size bag of chips or cotton candy in addition to a free KMCA tote! 

Make sure to visit the KMCA tent near the MVA office to sign up or renew.  We look forward to seeing you there.

You can check your current membership status at https://www.kempmillcivic.org/membership/

 

Sunday June 9th: Community Cleanup – Arcola Avenue

Kemp Mill Civic Association has adopted the stretch of Arcola Avenue from University Blvd. to Kemp Mill Road and organizes cleanups of the road every other month.

We’ll meet up at the park on the corner of Lamberton and Arcola at 10:30 am, hand out supplies, and then break up into 4 groups (2 groups will head towards University, and 2 will head towards Kemp Mill) and then we’ll meet back at the starting point to drop off the trash and recyclables we’ve collected.

If you have questions, please reach out to Melanie at cleanupcommittee@kempmillcivic.org, or by by phone or text at 646-421-0328.

This is a great opportunity to socialize with neighbors and help us keep our community clean!

Community Cleanup

Kemp Mill Neighbors,
 

For those who haven’t already seen the signs, the Kemp Mill Civic Association has adopted the stretch of Arcola Avenue from University Blvd. to Kemp Mill Road, and the Cleanup Committee is organizing our first community cleanup this Sunday at 1pm!

We’ll meet up at the park on the corner of Lamberton on Arcola at 1pm, hand out supplies, and then break up into 4 groups (2 groups will head towards University, and 2 will head towards Kemp Mill) and then we’ll meet back at the starting point to drop off the trash and recyclables we’ve collected.  This should be a great opportunity to meet neighbors and help us keep our community clean!

A huge thank you to Melanie Goodrich, the chair of our Cleanup Committe, for leading this effort!  If you have questions, please reach out to Melanie at cleanupcommittee@kempmillcivic.org, or by by phone or text at 646-421-0328.

Kemp Mill Community Day

Community Day 2024

Kemp Mill Community Day will be on Sunday, June 2, 2024, Noon to 4:00 p.m., in the Kemp Mill Shopping Center located at Arcola Avenue and Lamberton Drive, Silver Spring. This free event will feature activities, entertainment, food and fun for all ages.

More information can be found here: https://www.kempmillcivic.org/community-day/

Next Kemp Mill Civic Association General Meeting: Tuesday December 19th @ 7:30 PM

Dear Kemp Mill Neighbor,

You are invited to the Kemp Mill Civic Association’s quarterly meeting which will be held Tuesday December 19 at Kemp Mill Elementary School from 7:30pm-8:55pm. An agenda for the meeting is attached.

Councilmember Natali Fani-González, our District 6 representative on the Montgomery County Council, will be our guest speaker. She’ll discuss her work to fix up Kemp Mill Urban Park, and will be available to answer questions generally about her work as our representative in county government.

Folks who were at the September meeting will remember that KMCA discussed and adopted a list of eight priorities for fixing/improving Kemp Mill Urban Park. Since then, we’ve been hard at work trying to make our beloved park better serve the community’s needs. The KMCA Board sent the County Council a letter summarizing KMCA’s priorities for the park. Councilmember Fani-González has been using that letter as a basis for discussions with Montgomery Parks. Additionally, the newly-created KMCA Cleanup Committee, led by Melanie Goodrich, had a successful park cleanup on November 5 where we removed several trash bags worth of litter from Kemp Mill Urban Park.

As you can see from the agenda, we have other important areas to discuss as well. I look forward to seeing you at next week’s meeting!

Thanks,
Jules

Jules Szanton
President, KMCA


 

Kemp Mill Civic Association Quarterly Meeting Agenda

December 19, 2023; 7:30 pm
Kemp Mill Elementary School

  • 7:30 pm: Administrative Matters
    • Call to order
    • Adoption of agenda/previous minutes
    • Treasurer’s report: Balance of funds and membership numbers
  • 7:35 pm: Guest Speaker: Councilmember Natali Fani-González, Montgomery
    County Council

    • Councilmember Fani-González represents District 6 on the Montgomery
      County Council. District 6 includes all of Kemp Mill, as well as Forest
      Glen, Wheaton, Glenmont, Aspen Hill, and Rock Creek.
    • At KMCA’s last meeting, the KMCA membership directed KMCA’s Board
      to work with our elected officials to make eight specific improvements to
      Kemp Mill Urban Park. Councilmember Fani- González is working with
      Montgomery Parks to make these changes, and will discuss the timeline
      for improving the Park.
    • Councilmember Fani-González will also be available to take questions
      generally about her work representing our neighborhood on the Council.
  • 8:05pm: Community Updates
    • Jeff Lunsford, director of the Kemp Mill Chills 5k/10K, will discuss this fun community event scheduled for Sunday February 11.
    • Anyone else seeking to be recognized to share a community update at this or another upcoming meeting should email Jules at president@kempmillcivic.org.
  • 8:10 pm: KMCA’s 2024 Budget
    • Treasurer Anna Waller will discuss how actual revenue and expenses
      from 2023 compared with the approved 2023 budget.
    • Anna will share the Board’s proposed 2024 budget, which will be open for
      questions, comments, and amendment.
    • Vote.
  • 8:30pm: Committee Updates
    • Sidewalks Committee
    • Cleanup Committee
    • Transportation Committee
    • Community Day Committee
  • 8:50pm: New Business
  •  8:55pm: Adjourn

Next KMCA General Meeting – Thursday 9/14/23 @ 7:30 PM

Dear Kemp Mill Neighbor,
 
You are invited to the Kemp Mill Civic Association’s quarterly meeting which will be held Thursday September 14 at Kemp Mill Elementary School from 7:30pm-9:00pm.  An agenda for the meeting is below.  I look forward to seeing you there!
 
Thanks,
Jules
 

Jules Szanton 
President, KMCA 
President@KempMillCivic.org 

 


Kemp Mill Civic Association Quarterly Meeting Agenda

September 14, 2023; 7:30 pm
Kemp Mill Elementary School

  • 7:30 pm: Administrative Matters
    • Call to order
    • Adoption of agenda/previous minutes
    • Treasurer’s report: Balance of funds and membership numbers
  • 7:35 pm: Election for Board Vacancy
    • The KMCA Board nominates past president Alan Felsen for a Board vacancy
    • Request for additional nominations from the floor
    • Statements from candidates (if needed)
    • Vote
  • 7:40 pm: Public Safety Update
    • Invited Speaker: Lt. Douglas Cobb, Montgomery County Police Department
      to discuss MCPD’s efforts to combat property crime in our neighborhood and across Montgomery County. Kemp Mill and the surrounding area has faced a surge of car break-ins, car thefts/joyriding, porch piracy, and shoplifting from businesses at the Kemp Mill Shopping Center. We will discuss steps MCPD is taking to combat this. In particular, we will discuss the new County program to offer rebates for private security cameras in select neighborhoods.
    • Q&A with KMCA members.
  • 8:15 pm: Proposal from Landscaping Committee
    • Landscaping Committee Chair Pete Lublin will propose changes to the Kemp Mill Urban Park to reduce litter, fix pond water levels, and make other needed changes.
    • If adopted by the membership, these proposed changes will reflect KMCA’s
      official position and will be a basis for discussions with County officials.
  • 8:30 pm: Proposal from President
    • KMCA President Jules Szanton will discuss a proposal to sponsor recurring Volunteer Cleanup Days at Kemp Mill Urban Park and other neighborhood parks and playgrounds. Will discuss a plan for:
      • Insurance.
      • Supplies needed
      • Food/giveaways as an incentive for volunteer
      • If adopted by the membership, funding will be authorized for this project.
      • Additionally, KMCA will apply for a grant from the Clean Water Montgomery Grant Program administered by the Montgomery County DEP.
  • 8:40pm: Committee Updates
  • 8:50pm: Announcements/New Business
  • 9:00pm: Adjourn

KMCA General Meeting – Monday June 26th, 2023

The next KMCA General Meeting will be next Monday, June 26th at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held in the All Purpose room at Kemp Mill Elementary School.

 
We have a very full agenda and will be starting promptly at 7:30 PM. If you need to join or renew your membership, please either do so in advance at https://www.kempmillcivic.org/membership/ or plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to take care of that before the meeting starts. Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting, but only current members can vote in the election.
 
Our first guest speaker will be Mr. Gary Erenrich from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation who will be speaking and taking questions about the University Boulevard Bus Lane Pilot. There is more information about the project including recordings of the two previous virtual public meetings that were held on the county’s website at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT/Projects/buspriority/university.html. Please take some time to review the information on that page before the meeting.
 
After the MCDOT presentation we will have a few minutes to talk with our District 6 County Council Member, Natali Fani-Gonzalez.
 
We will then have a short presentation about the effects that mosquito spraying has on other insects and the environment before conducting our election for Board of Directors.
 
This year we are electing the President, Secretary, and two at-large board members. The nominating committee has submitted a slate of candidates for the election as listed below in the agenda.
 
I hope to see you at Community Day on the 25th and also at the meeting on the 26th.
 
 
Alan Felsen
 
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Kemp Mill Civic Association General Meeting

June 26th 2023 – 7:30 PM

Kemp Mill Elementary School – All Purpose Room

411 Sisson Street, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Agenda

7:30

7:35 

8:00

    • Guest speaker – County Council Member Natali Fani-Gonzalez

8:20

    • Guest speaker – Linda Barrett – Topic: Mosquito spraying and pollinators

8:30

    • KMCA Elections

      • The nominating committee has submitted the following slate of candidates for the KMCA board positions expiring this year:

        • President: Jules Szanton

        • Secretary: Chris Farrell

        • At-Large: Pete Lublin

        • At-Large: Marion Felsen

8:40

    • Committee reports

8:50

    • Election results

    • New Business/Announcements

9:00 

    • Adjourn