KMCA General Meeting – Tuesday September 22, 2020 @ 8 PM

The KMCA will be holding a general meeting on Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 at 8:00 PM at the Chabad located at the corner of Lamberton Drive and Lovejoy Street. We will be meeting outdoors under their tent so please dress for the weather. All attendees must wear a mask or face covering.

This will be an abbreviated meeting with only a limited agenda.

8:00 – Call to order.
8:05 – Adoption of agenda, approval of minutes of previous meeting, membership and treasurer’s report.
8:10 – Election
8:20 – Vote on bylaws amendments 
8:30 – Adjourn

We will be holding an election for Vice President, Treasurer, and three directors whose terms expired this year. The election should have been held at the second quarter meeting, but the Board of Directors voted to delay that meeting due to the pandemic. Since the nominating committee had found a single candidate for each of the positions the Board voted to temporarily elect the nominees for each position. That temporary election needs to be ratified by the membership at this meeting. We will also be soliciting nominations for a director position that is vacant as the result of a resignation from the Board, with a term expiring in 2021. Nominations can be made from the floor for any of these positions. Candidates must be nominated by two members and must agree to serve if elected. 

The only other agenda item for the meeting will be to vote on amendments to the KMCA bylaws. The current bylaws do not allow for virtual general meetings and would require us to make up the 2nd quarter meeting that was skipped by having two meetings in the 3rd quarter. The amendments (see below) would allow the Board, by a 2/3 vote, to cancel a meeting rather than postpone it and would allow for virtual meetings. These amendments were suggested by the existing Board members to allow the Association to function as best as is possible while under the pandemic-related restrictions and leave us better prepared for future emergencies.

BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL:

Amend Article 5, Section 1.1 and add Sections 1.2 through 1.4 to add the text noted in bold
below:

ARTICLE 5 – SECTION 1.1 – In the event of unforeseen situations such as inclement weather and/or a public emergency, a regularly scheduled meeting may either be postponed to the subsequent quarter or canceled. A meeting can only be canceled with a 2/3 vote of the Board of Directors, which means there would not be two meetings in the following quarter. Meetings cannot be cancelled in two consecutive quarters. 
SECTION 1.2 – Should a scheduled election need to be postponed to the following quarter, the current officers up for election shall extend their term until an election can be held. 
SECTION 1.3 – In the event that no meeting is held in a quarter, The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the business of the Association from the end of that quarter until the next meeting can be held. All non-administrative votes held by the Board of Directors during this period will require 2/3 approval for passage. At the next meeting, the Board of Directors are required to discuss all votes held during this period. Members at the meeting may vote to rescind any Board of Directors vote by a simple majority.
SECTION 1.4 – In the event of a prolonged public emergency where a meeting cannot be held in person in consecutive quarters, a virtual meeting can be held. Proper communication to notify Members of the upcoming meeting shall remain the same as stated in Article 2. All regular business may be held in a virtual meeting except for elections and Amendments to the Bylaws. 

Amend Article 3, Section 1.1 to add the text noted in bold below:
Article 3, SECTION 1.1​ –A Member must be physically present at the meeting to vote.
During a virtual meeting held under Article 5, Section 1.4 a member must
participate in the virtual meeting to vote. No proxy or absentee votes are
allowed.

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County Tech Support Resources for Seniors – August 2020

NEED ONE-ON-ONE TECH HELP?

Montgomery County is offering free tech support appointments for seniors age 60 and older in August 2020. Senior Planet Covid Corps members are specially trained tech support workers who can provide help with computers, tablets, cell phones, printers, email, using the Internet, downloading and using apps, and more. Free 30-minute appointments from August 3 to August 28, 2020 are being offered in six time slots between 10am and 2:30pm. Appointments are available by phone or video call in English, Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, French, Portuguese, Farsi, Hindi, Nepali, Krio, Tigrinya, Malayalam, and Russian. Senior Planet Covid Corps is also offering help to low income families to sign up for low cost home Internet service offered by Comcast, RCN and Verizon. To request an appointment, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OBP or call 311.

If you would like to receive updates about future free Senior Planet Montgomery programs that Montgomery County provides online for older adults, please send an email to MontgomeryConnects@montgomerycountymd.gov or sign up for the weekly newsletter at https://seniorplanet.org/get-involved/newsletters/. Senior Planet Covid Corps is a collaborative program supported by the Montgomery County Department of Technology Services, Department of Recreation, Senior Planet Montgomery and MontgomeryConnects!   

Tech Flyer Double Sided
Low Cost Internet Flyer
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Sidewalk Proposal – County Letter to Residents and Hearing Examiner’s Recommendation

Letter - Recommendations Approved 2020-06-25

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RECOMMENDATIONS Approved 2020-06-23

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County Public Hearing on Kemp Mill Sidewalk Plan Postponed

Montgomery County has decided to postpone the public hearing on the Kemp Mill sidewalk plan from March 25th to April 22nd at 7 PM. The hearing will now be a virtual public hearing which will be conducted online via Adobe Connect.

Residents who wish to testify can do so during the online hearing or by submitting written comments. Written testimony is given the same weight by the hearing examiner as verbal testimony.

Affected residents should be receiving a copy of the below letter via the mail within a few days.

Links:
Adobe Connect: https://montgomerycounty.adobeconnect.com/kempmillsidewalks/

Lori Jean Main, DOT contact: lori.main@montgomerycountymd.gov

Letter - Hearing Postponed & Will be Virtual 2020-03-17
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Agenda for General Meeting, March 11, 2020

Kemp Mill Civic Association General Meeting
March 11, 2020 – 7:30 PM
Kemp Mill Elementary School

Agenda:

  • 7:30
    • Call to order
    • Adoption of agenda
    • Approval of minutes from previous meeting
    • Introductions
    • Treasurer’s report
  • 7:40
    • Montgomery County Department of Transportation
      • Mr. John Hoobler from DOT will talk about the Vision Zero program and other DOT projects in our area
  • 8:10
    • Montgomery County Police 4th District
      • Community Services Officer Katie Beard will talk about recent crime trends and crime prevention information
  • 8:35
    • Committee Reports
  • 9:00
    • Appointment of Nominating Committee for 2020 KMCA elections
  • 9:05
    • New Business / Announcements
  • 9:15
    • Adjourn
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Next KMCA Meeting – Wednesday March 11th, 2020

The next KMCA general meeting will be held on Wednesday March 11th, 2020 at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be in the all-purpose room at Kemp Mill Elementary School, 411 Sisson Street. Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in so we can start on time. I will post a detailed agenda prior to the meeting.

We will have the Community Services Officer from the Montgomery County Police 4th District speaking at the meeting about recent crime trends and crime prevention tips.

We will also have a representative from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation who will be speaking about the County’s new Vision Zero program to eliminate traffic fatalities as well as other DOT projects in our area. The project to add sidewalks to several streets in Kemp Mill will be the subject of an upcoming public hearing. The County will be notifying affected and adjacent homeowners of the date by mail and I will also send out a notice to the KMCA membership once the date is finalized.

Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting but only KMCA members may vote on any Association business. If you live in the KMCA’s area and are not a member or you are already a member and need to renew please do so here. You can also join or renew at the meeting. Dues are still only $10 a year.

Alan Felsen
President, Kemp Mill Civic Association

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Notice of Tentative Hearing Date – E Brooke Lee Middle School

Please see the below notice of a tentative date for a hearing on the plans for rebuilding E Brook Lee Middle School.

The final date will be published on the Montgomery Planning site at https://montgomeryplanningboard.org/agendas

Lee Middle School Notice
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Next KMCA Meeting – Tuesday December 3rd, 2019

The next Kemp Mill Civic Association general meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at Kemp Mill Elementary School. We will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to check in.

  • Jeff Lunsford from the Montgomery County Road Runners club will speak about the plans for the 3rd annual Kemp Mill cHills 5K/10K race which will be on February 16th, 2020 starting and finishing at KMES.
  • State Senator Ben Kramer and Delegates Bonnie Cullison and Vaughn Stewart will discuss the upcoming 2020 legislative session.
  • We will also have representatives from Montgomery Parks there to hear community concerns about Kemp Mill Urban Park.
  • Finally, we will be voting on the KMCA budget for 2020 that was prepared by our Treasurer and Budget Committee

Agenda:

7:30
Call to order
Adoption of agenda
Approval of minutes from previous meeting
Introductions
Treasurer’s report

7:40
Montgomery County Road Runners Club – Kemp Mill cHills race

7:50
Discussion of 2020 Maryland Legislative Session
      State Senator Ben Kramer, Delegates Bonnie Cullison and Vaughn Stewart

8:15
Kemp Mill Urban Park
      Discussion of community concerns with Montgomery Parks

8:45
Committee Reports

9:00
Presentation of 2020 KMCA Budget and vote on approval

9:10
New Business / Announcements

9:15
Adjourn

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Next KMCA General Meeting – Tuesday September 10th

The next KMCA general meeting will be held  on Tuesday September 10th, 2019 at Kemp Mill Elementary School. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 PM.  If you have not already checked your membership status please do so before the meeting at https://www.kempmillcivic.org/membership/.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early for the meeting to check in and receive a ballot for the vote on the motion related to the sidewalk proposal that will occur later in the meeting.

Agenda:

7:30 – Call to order
Adoption of agenda
Approval of minutes from previous meeting
Introductions
Treasurer’s report

7:45 – Presentation by Montgomery County Department of Transportation on proposed sidewalk additions in Kemp Mill

8:25 – Adoption of rules for debate (voice vote)

8:30 – Debate on the motion submitted by a member for the KMCA to support the county’s plan for sidewalk additions on Lovejoy Street, Stonington Place, and Hermleigh Road.

9:00 – Debate closes – vote on the motion (vote by written ballot)

9:05 – Kemp Mill Community Day 2020 planning

9:10 – Maintenance issues at Kemp Mill Urban Park and possibility to have Montgomery Parks at an upcoming meeting to address community concerns

9:15 – New Business / Announcements

9:20 – Present results of vote on the motion
Adjourn

 

A few notes about the meeting agenda:

During the presentation by county D.O.T. there will be an opportunity to ask questions but this will not be a time to start debate over the merits of the sidewalk proposal. That debate will occur after the presentation. Members are encouraged to ask questions during this part of the meeting but will not be allowed to argue or make speeches in the place of asking questions.

Prior to the start of the debate the members present will be asked to adopt rules for the debate that were approved by the Board of Directors at the most recent Board meeting. Those rules are:
–  Each member will have one minute to speak for or against the motion
–  We will alternate between members wishing to speak for and against the motion until time runs out or there is no one remaining who wishes to speak
–  Members must remain civil during the debate.  Comments should be directed towards the merits of the motion and not the character or motivation of other members.

Members may offer amendments to these rules before we vote on them, including extending the time per speaker, but keep in mind that extending the time per speaker will result in fewer members having an opportunity to speak.

The vote is expected to be held close to 9:00 PM. Members must be present at the time the debate closes in order to vote. Members who have to leave prior to the vote may not give their ballot to anyone else (who not an adult resident of their own household, as all adult residents of a single household are one ‘member’ of the KMCA).

 

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Kemp Mill Sidewalk Proposal from MC DOT

KMCA Members,

I am passing on documents I received from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation related to a proposal to add sidewalks to several streets in Kemp Mill. The proposal covers parts of Lovejoy Street, Stonington Place, and Hermleigh Road, as well as the cut-through path between Auth and Lovejoy.

Below you will find the letter that was sent to all of the residents who live across the street from the affected houses along with a comment form, map, and the detailed description of what work would be done at each address. That includes listing all trees that would be affected and other obstructions such as mailboxes or water meters that might have to be relocated. Residents on the side of the street where the sidewalks are proposed to be installed received a slightly different letter with information on how they can contact the county for detailed discussions about the affects on their specific property.

As the letter from DOT makes clear there has been no decision made at this point whether to install the sidewalks. The County needs to gather public input and if it moves forward after that then DOT will schedule a public hearing. At that public hearing anyone can provide their comments on the record before any final decisions are made.

The current county process for deciding on whether to install sidewalks does NOT require a vote of support from the Civic Association, however the Association can submit comments to the county on behalf of our membership. Some members have asked the Civic Association to consider a motion to support the proposal. The next KMCA meeting, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th (edit: the meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th) at 7:30 PM, will include an informational presentation and Q&A session with a DOT representative before we vote on any motion related to the proposal. This is not the county’s public hearing which would only occur at a later date if they decide to move forward with the project.

Once the meeting date and location are finalized I will send out a notice along with a detailed agenda.

Alan Felsen
President, KMCA

Letter - Notification to Neighbors (DUE Sept 13th)

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Map

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Tree Report - Hermleigh Rd

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Tree Report - Lovejoy Street

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Tree Report - Path btwn Lovejoy St & Auth Lane

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Tree Report - Stonington Pl

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IMPACTS - All

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Comment-Survey Form (DUE Fri September 13th)

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