Join us @ Highland Elementary on June 15, from 1PM to 4PM!
Please mark your calendars for this summer's Wheaton North neighborhood event. Scheduled for Saturday June 15th, the event will include food, a craft station for neighbors to paint house number/address signs to take home, tables from county service providers as well as a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids. The event will include the neighborhoods of Wheaton Hills, Glenmont Forest, and Connecticut Avenue Estates, and is supported by The Montgomery Housing Partnership/MHP.
Join us @ Highland Elementary on June 15, from 1PM to 4PM!
Wheaton Hills CA General Meeting
Meeting Start Time: 7:07Pm
Exec. Board Attendees:
Shana, Sean, Joseph, Sandi, Rob, Kristy
Sean: Civic Association of the Year Award Announcement
Sean: Agenda presentation
DEP Mural Project: Graffiti at the entrance to Wheaton Claridge Park, DEP would have painted over the graffiti, however, a solution was to paint a Mural. Anna from DEP spoke about the “storm art project” and the highlighted the storm drain markers. Partnering with the community to submit art for the storm drains. They painted 6 in 2018 in downtown Wheaton. The Paint used is the same used for street markings. 24 storm drains painted in Montgomery County.
Question: is there a coating that can be glazed over the mural for protection?
Question: Is the community in agreement that we should paint a mural? (Posed to the audience in attendance) DEP would work with the MCParks, MCPD and local HS (Einstein). DEP will not paint in the drain pipe.
Sean: will reach out to Einstein
Storm water Management — UMD Presentation: Mike from Env. Finance Center applied for a grant from the Chesapeake Trust to work with MC communities on storm water drainage plan(s). Michelle talked about the specifics of the plan. Provided maps that outlined the walk through they did with the stakeholders (WHCA). Provide the Stormwater Action Plan for the Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association. This provides information the resources to get things done in the community to manage stormwater issues. Community Priorities Areas — Big ticket items that MCDOT needs to intervene on. Community Action Areas — not currently an issue but could become one if not kept on top of E.g. trash/pet waste. Discussed the advocacy needed by the community to have them take action on the issues that were outlined in the action plan. Provided an outreach calendar for suggested events in the action plan. This plan will be available as a downloadable document that will posted to the WHCA site. The message will be provided to social media outlets.
What is a flooding identified flooding area? An area that is overrun with water during storms or heavy rain that flows down hill into property owners yards. MCDEP and other county agents are looking into Wheatons problem with stormwater drainage.
Where can we best benefit from the action plan? Trash cleanups multiple times a year and neighbor education on best practices for a healthier environment. Distribution of environmental information E.g. RainScapes Program.
What the cost of a RainScapes? Anna from DEP mentioned that there is a class that the Montgomery Parks provides. She will check the minimum number for the class for the WHCA community.
Suggestion: Stormwater harvesting (rain barrel) locally by the property owner
Brookside Gardens Greenfest this weekend Sunday 4/27
June 4th UMD Finance presentation at the Silver Spring Civic Center for homeowners.
Wash. Gas Dawson Ave Community Gas Main Replacement Project Q/A: Dave Thomas Construction Manager with Washington Gas and Victor Martinez Construction Supervisor. MD STRIDE Accelerated Replacement Program is for timely upgrades of the natural gas main and service lines which is a 20 year program. 11,495 feet of steel gas main is being replaced in the neighborhood. 228 affected people in the neighborhood Dawson — to Fenimore and several surrounding streets. Private property yards will be restored as close to the original state. A disruption in Natural Gas is about 48 hrs at the worst. Notifications are sent out at least a few weeks before the project along with door hangers and door knocking. The slides will be available to WHCA and contact information provided.
How do you determine where the work will be done? The leak history, type of pipe installed and year of installation.
How do you detect a plastic pipe? Designs, Metallic tape or trace wire.
Call if you smell gas during the project, using the 844-WASHGAS
Target date of completion? Early Fall 2019
Is there a listing of residences the pipe through? Unfortunately not an outline.
Will the sidewalks be replaced with the concrete? Yes, the asphalt is temporary.
If there is yard work needing to be done in the homeowner yard. Then they will get your information and work with the residence based on the project schedule. There is a restoration to the Maryland restoration email address that was provided to them.
Are meters replaced? No
Is there a website detailing what projects are going on? Yes, only provides information on information within zip code. WHCA has the listing of full addresses.
Mid County Update: Up to Floors 9 and 10 — May 2020 is the completion date for the MC Planning Board bldg.
May 18, in the Claremont Town Home Park @ 10am — Wheaton Safety Walk ( Elected Officials will be there including County Exec.) Any concerns with the state highway. Kristy has more information.
Veirs Mill Master Plan — A master plan runs from the Gas station to Rockville. They are working on how things can be zoned and the transportation going through Veirs Mill. A complete street which incorporates sidewalks, bike lanes. Does not mean it will actually get built. We need to push as a community to get things done. No red light camera a Veirs Mill and Newport Mill —county has been asked about getting this put in. Sign up at nomoredeadpeds.org
Are there any enforcement plans for the new speed limit? Sean to follow up with DOT?
Can we extend the speed limit for Georgia Avenue? Kristy to follow up with DOT
Take new speed limit to the light at Popeyes.
Create a catalog of issues
Officer Nominating Committee: 3 volunteers who manage the nomination of WHCA board members. email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do these offices have term limits: Yes, and the By-Law committee is reviewing what positions require term limits.
Dan will volunteer to help with By-Laws
Pete asked that sidewalks be widened on Grandview to be ADA compliant and asked this in his letter to County Executive; that the whole stretch get cross walks. Also asked about street light installation along the stretch too.
We're proud to announce that the Wheaton Hills Civic Association has won the Mid-County Citizen Advisory Board's CIVIC ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR Award!
Join us at the Wheaton/Kensington Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 24th!
Please join your neighbors for the next meeting of the Wheaton Hills Civic Association at Highland Elementary School on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00pm.
We'll hear from the University of Maryland on their stormwater management recommendations, from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection on a mural project, discuss upcoming community activities, outline WHCA elections planned for later in the year, and much more.
If you have any particular topics you'd like to see addressed, please let us know and we'll try to include in the meeting agenda. Email WHCA at email@example.com.
The Wheaton Hills Civic Association, in partnership with Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP), and our neighbors in Glenmont Forest and Connecticut Avenue Estates, are conducting a neighborhood clean-up on Saturday, April 13, beginning at 10AM.
Meeting Location: Parker Avenue & Broadview Road
Supplies will be provided, including gloves and bags
Food and water will also be provided at the meeting location!
WHCA met with Washington Gas this week for additional information, background, and current status on the work being done in the neighborhood.
Attached is the presentation from Washington Gas. (Yes, Washington Gas has labeled this the "Dawson Ave Project, but it does cover all the streets/residences were work is being done.) It includes all of the above, as well as maps outlining the areas covered in this work, and contact information for the project team.
We'll include this project as a topic during an upcoming community meeting, now scheduled for Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM at Highland Elementary.
Washington Gas will replace 12,000 feet of main with plastic pipe and replace 228 services to homes, starting in few weeks, concluding late summer. Victor Martinez will be the Washington Gas Construction Supervisor on the project. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our ongoing effort to provide safe and reliable natural gas service, Washington Gas will begin construction to replace gas main and service lines. The selection of mains and services to be replaced is based on a number of criteria including age of pipe, leak history, type of material as well as other factors.
What Residents & Business Owners Should Expect:
Please join your neighbors for the next meeting of the Wheaton Hills Civic Association at Highland Elementary School on Wednesday November 14 at 7:00pm.
The main topic will be addressing stormwater runoff issues (flooding on neighborhood roads during storms). We also hope to recruit Block Captains for the neighborhood as points of contact for organizing activities and helping relay your concerns to local government officials. So if you are interested in getting involved in community organizing please come to the meeting!
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT STUDY KICK-OFF - FRIDAY, JULY 6
The WHCA Executive and Environmental Committees will meet with representatives from the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center (Sustainable Maryland) to review existing County programs for homeowners, and to discuss persistent rain/stormwater runoff issues in the neighborhood. A walk-through of sections of the neighborhood will highlight particularly problematic areas. WHCA will then receive a study with recommendations later this year.
NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN UP - SATURDAY, JULY 14
In partnership with Girl Scout Troop 2317, we're doing a neighborhood clean-up on Saturday, July 14. We'll meet at two locations (Wheaton-Claridge Park or at the intersection of Broadview and Parker Avenues). Supplies will be provided, courtesy of the Department of Environmental Protection. Join us for this semi-annual event to beautify Wheaton Hills!
FUTURE OF WHEATON - WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
WHCA leadership will participate in the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC) discussion session with county and elected officials regarding visioning for the future of Wheaton. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate as well! Event is at the Ana G. Mendez University (11006 Veirs Mill Road #L1) at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
FLYING INTO SUMMER - SATURDAY, JULY 21
WHCA is partnering with our neighbors from Glenmont-Forest Neighbors Civic Association and Connecticut Avenue Estates, with funding and support from Montgomery Housing Partnership, on a wonderful, family-friendly community event. Join us for Flying into Summer on Saturday, July 21st from 11AM to 2PM at Highland Elementary. We'll have birdhouses for kids - and adults alike - to paint and take home, along with other fun activities!