KMCA General Meeting – Monday June 21st, 2021

Agenda
Kemp Mill Civic Association
General Meeting

June 21st, 2021 – 7:30 PM
Location: Chabad @ Lamberton Dr and Lovejoy St (outside under the tent)

  • 7:30 PM
    • Call to order
    • Approval of Minutes of previous meeting
    • Adoption of agenda
    • Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:35 PM
    • Elections
      • The Nominating Committee submitted the following slate of candidates:
        • President – Alan Felsen
        • Secretary – Marcia Rosenblum
        • Director at-large – Pete Lublin
        • Director at-large – Marion Felsen
      • Call for additional nominations
      • Statements from the candidates
      • Conduct Vote
  • 7:50 PM
    • Discussion of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 plan
    • Guest Speaker: Meredith Wellington
      • Meredith Wellington is the Land Use Planning Policy Analyst for the County Executive. She represents the County Executive on land use matters before the Montgomery County Planning Board and the County Council, including the Subdivision Staging Policy–the Growth and Infrastructure Policy for the County–and the new General Plan, called Thrive Montgomery 2050. She served on the Montgomery County Planning Board for eight years, and has been deeply involved with county land use issues for over 20 years. She ran unsuccessfully for County Council in District 1 in 2018.
  • 8:30 PM
    • Discussion of University Boulevard Shared Streets pilot project
    • KMCA Transportation Committee chair Gil Chlewicki will give an update on the project
  • 8:50 PM
    • Results of election
  • 8:55 PM
    • Other Committee Reports
  • 9:15 PM
    • New Business
  • 9:20 PM
    • Adjourn

County Executive's Comments on Thrive Montgomery 2050 amendment to the General Plan

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MDOT Press Release on University Boulevard Shared Street Pilot Project

https://www.roads.maryland.gov/mdotsha/pages/pressreleasedetails.aspx?newsId=3920&PageId=818

(June 9, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is launching a pilot project allowing bicycles and vehicles to safely share 1.35 miles of MD 193 (University Boulevard) from Amherst Avenue to Arcola Avenue in Wheaton, Montgomery County. Beginning Friday, June 11, weather permitting, and continuing through late fall, this Multi-Modal Shared Streets Pilot Project includes new traffic patterns and temporarily repurposed lanes, providing opportunities for motorists and bicyclists to share access to and from commercial, residential and recreational centers in Wheaton.

The temporary pilot project for MD 193 (University Boulevard) is part of a county-wide initiative to enhance safety and mobility for all roadway users.

The project includes:

  • Reducing the number of vehicular through-lanes on MD 193.
  • Repurposing MD 193 travel lanes adjacent to the curbs for use by bicyclists.
  • Modifying lane assignments to connect bicyclists to the MD 193 interim bike lanes.
  • Adding flexible posts – or “vertical delineators” – to separate vehicle and bike lanes.
  • Installing updated signage and striping.

Access to all businesses, driveways and bus stops will be maintained at all times during the pilot project. Bicyclists traveling along MD 193 should use the protected outside lanes. Pedestrians should use the existing sidewalk. All users share the responsibility to stay alert and undistracted on Maryland’s roadways.

At the conclusion of the pilot project, MDOT SHA will remove the flex posts and temporary line striping and restore the use of all lanes for vehicular traffic. MDOT SHA will then evaluate motorist, bicycle and pedestrian operations and safety to gauge the effectiveness of the pilot project.

MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving and, look for reduced speed limits as well as other driving pattern changes. Please drive like you work here and slow down in construction zones.

For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov.

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Notice of Public Hearing – Thrive Montgomery 2050 Plan

Public Hearing - Thrive Montgomery 2050
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KMCA General Meeting – Tuesday March 16, 2021

The first quarter meeting of the Kemp Mill Civic Association will be held via Zoom on Tuesday March 16th, 2021 at 7:30 PM.

The link to join the meeting will be sent out to the KMCA-Announcements email list prior to the meeting. If you did not receive a meeting notice on 3/9 via that list please contact me at president@kempmillcivic.org so I can add you to the mailing list. The tentative agenda is below.

  • 7:30 PM
    • Call to order
    • Committee reports
  • 8:00 PM 
    • Guest speaker on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) 
      • More information on ADUs can be found on the Montgomery County website:  https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dhca/housing/licensing/accessory.html
  • 8:30 PM  
    • Nominating Committee for 2021 KMCA elections 
    • New Business / Announcements
  • 8:40 PM
    • Adjourn
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KMCA General Meeting – Monday December 28, 2020

KMCA Members,

The final KMCA general meeting of 2020 will be held via Zoom on Monday December 28, 2020 at 7:30 PM. The link to join the meeting will be sent out to the KMCA-Announcements email list prior to the meeting. If you did not receive a meeting notice on 12/20 via that list please contact me at president@kempmillcivic.org so I can add you to the mailing list. The tentative agenda is below.

We will have two speakers from Montgomery Parks, one discussing the Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan and one covering options for changes to the 2 to 5 year old children’s play area at Kemp Mill Urban Park. They are asking for the KMCA’s input on which options they should select for the playground. If you are planning to attend the meeting please review the four options prior to the meeting. They’ve been posted to our web site at https://www.kempmillcivic.org/?p=1310.

I’ve set time on the agenda for a speaker from Maryland MVA to answer any questions the community may have about the MVA office that will be opening soon in the Kemp Mill Shopping Center. I have not been able to confirm the attendance of the MVA representative so for now that agenda item is tentative. If no one from MVA is able to participate in the meeting we’ll move the rest of the agenda forward by 15 minutes.

We will also be voting on the proposed KMCA budget for 2021. The draft prepared by our Treasurer and approved by the Board of Directors is below.

If you aren’t sure that your membership is current, please take a minute to check it at https://www.kempmillcivic.org/membership. If you need to renew you can do so online via PayPal or send a check in to the address listed on the website.

  • 7:30 PM 
    • Call to order, introductions
  • 7:35 PM
    • Treasurer’s report (balances and membership numbers)
    • Other committee reports
  • 7:40 PM 
    • MC Parks – Kemp Mill Urban Park discussion and vote on a preferred playground plan
  • 8:10 PM 
    • MC Parks – Wheaton Regional Park master plan
  • 8:25 PM
    • MD MVA – New Kemp Mill office
  • 8:40 PM 
    • 2021 Budget discussion and approval
  • 8:50 PM 
    • New Business
  • 8:55 PM 
    • Announcements
  • 9:00 PM 
    • Adjourn
KMCAbudget - 2021
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Kemp Mill Urban Park – Playground Options

Montgomery Parks will be presenting several options for updates to the 2 to 5 year old children’s play area at Kemp Mill Urban Park at the December, 2020 KMCA meeting. Below are descriptions and concept drawings for each option.


  • Option 1:    Remove the existing panels.  The playhouse would remain in its present location.  Add a spring toy at the opposite end of the area and add 3 seating pods in the middle where the existing panels are located.  The seating pods can be used as seating or as stepping “stones”.
Kemp Mill Concept 1 Drawing 02-10

  • Option 2:   The existing house and one of the existing panels to remain.  Add a cluster of seating pods at the end of the area closest to the shopping center.
Kemp Mill Concept 2 Drawing 02-10

  • Option 3:  Remove the existing panels.  Relocate the house to the opposite end of the area near the shopping center.  Add a spin cup where the house is currently located.  A child sits in the spin cup which is enclosed and then it is spun with the help of a parent or another child.  A different interactive panel would replace the existing ones in the middle. 
Kemp Mill Concept 3 Drawing 02-10

  • Option 4:  Remove the existing panels.  Leave the house where is it and add a line of seating pods in the middle.  At the lower end, add a spin cup at the lower end of the site near the shopping center. 
Concept #4 Drawing 05-26

 

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Fencing Project at Kemp Mill Urban Park

The below notice is taken from the Montgomery Parks web site. A link to the original page is below. Their site includes a map showing the extent of the closed area.

November 23, 2020

 

Parks staff will install fencing around the pond for geese mediation

Parks staff will be closing portions of the Kemp Mill Urban Park. Staff will install fencing around the pond to mitigate geese activity.

The work is starting in early December 2020. Staff will be working to clear areas around ponds to install the fencing. The project may take several weeks to complete. During that time, the pathways and boardwalks surrounding the ponds will be closed off for visitor safety. The playground and pedestrian access through the park will remain open during this time. Please use caution and watch for detours around work areas.

(Original notice on Montgomery Parks site)

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Kemp Mill Sidewalk Construction Notice from MCDOT

MCDOT sidewalk notice

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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!   

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