This Saturday, February 10, 4-5:30pm
Meet the RCH nominating committee, current officers and neighbors. Learn how you might play a role in shaping, leading and protecting our neighborhood community…
Winnie and John Holbrooke’s
9823 Haverhill Drive (at the corner of Littledale)
If you can’t make it and are interested in participating, please let us know… Call: 301-509-8097
The Winter 2018 meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association will be held at 7:30 PM on Monday, March 12th, at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Avenue.
Agenda items are:
• Pedestrian Safety and Streetscape Improvements.
An update will be provided on correspondence with the County Transportation Department regarding possible sidewalks, traffic calming, and intersection modifications.
• Permit Parking.
An update will be provided on requests for Permit Parking near the Middle School.
• Environmental Update.
An update will be provided on correspondence with the County Parks Department regarding enhancing stream bank protection for Silver Creek. Also, the Middle School plans to hold a Creek Cleanup event in the Spring.
• Neighborhood Signage Update.
An update will be provided on proposed neighborhood signage.
• Covenants Update.
An update will be provided on efforts to reach a settlement in the fence litigation.
• Nominating Committee Update.
Please note that the election of officers will be deferred until the Spring meeting of the RCHCA, in order to allow time for settlement of the fence litigation.
If you have any agenda items for the meeting, please inform any Board member.
A mailing announcing the meeting will go out to all homes in Rock Creek Hills. Please note that only dues-paid members will be able to vote at the meeting. Dues are $40 per household per calendar year and may be paid by check at the meeting, online at RCHCA.org, and by mail to Ms. Maria Marzullo, RCHCA Treasurer, 9801 East Bexhill Drive, Kensington MD 20895. Additional contributions are always welcome.
See you on the 12th of March!
With best regards,
Please find below the response we received today, from the Director of the
Montgomery County Department of Transportation, to our email of last month,
which you may read at
With best regards,
President, Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Roshdieh, Al <Al.Roshdieh@montgomerycountymd.gov>
Date: Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 2:56 PM
Subject: RE: Transportation Safety & Improvements in Rock Creek HIlls
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Cc: “Johnston, Bruce” <Bruce.Johnston@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Conklin,
Christopher” <Christopher.Conklin@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Berliner’s
Office, Councilmember” <Councilmember.Berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov>,
“Bilgrami, Khursheed” <Khursheed.Bilgrami@montgomerycountymd.gov>,
“Kingsley, Frank” <Frank.Kingsley@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Melvin, Janet” < Janet.Melvin@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Traci_L_Townsend@mcpsmd.org” < Traci_L_Townsend@mcpsmd.org>
Dear Mr. Pekar:
Thank you for your email dated November 9, 2017, concerning Rock Creek
Hills community’s request to conduct an area transportation study including
sidewalk installation, implementing access restrictions, implementing
traffic calming and improving geometry at two intersections within your
community. Montgomery County has been at the forefront of a regional
effort to improve pedestrian and traffic safety and we are proud of the
significant improvements that have been made over the last few years. I
applaud your efforts to bring traffic and pedestrian safety issues to our
attention so that we can continue with our efforts to improve safety for
all road users in the County.
Our Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations (DTEO) will conduct a
comprehensive investigation to determine the possibility of installing
several improvements that were outlined in your email. After completing
the investigation, DTEO staff will get back to you with their findings and
If you have any questions regarding traffic and operations, please feel
free to contact Mr. Khursheed Bilgrami, in our Division of Traffic
Engineering and Operation, at Khursheed.Bilgrami@montgomerycountymd.gov or
at 240-777-2190 <(240)%20777-2190>.
The Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE) manages the Annual
Sidewalk Program for MCDOT. The main goal of the Annual Sidewalk Program
is to provide safer access for pedestrians and handicap citizens to schools
and nearby public transportation and/or facilities.
DTE is currently in the process of conducting on-site investigations along
the roadways requested in your letter to determine whether or not
installing new sidewalks are feasible. If the investigations reveal
sidewalk construction is feasible (available public right-of-way, no
significant obstructions to prevent construction, etc.), DTE will notify
you and the adjacent property owners with details of the project and the
construction impacts associated with the proposed sidewalk. Details will
be made available after all investigations are complete.
As part of the entire sidewalk construction process, a public hearing will
be required. The public hearing allows citizens an opportunity to present
oral and/or written testimony to support or oppose a proposed sidewalk
project. The entire process can require six months or more to complete.
If you have any questions regarding the status of your request or for
information to install new sidewalks, please contact Frank Kingsley, Annual
Sidewalk Program Manager, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 240-777-7213 <(240)%20777-7213>. For information concerning the
public hearing, process you can contact Jan Melvin by e-mail at
email@example.com or call 240-777-7271 <(240)%20777-7271>.
*Al R. Roshdieh, Director*
*Department of Transportation*
*Montgomery County, MD*
Tel: 240-777-7175 <(240)%20777-7175>
We’ve received a letter from a developer who is planning a subdivision on Saul Road, on the other side of Connecticut Avenue, near Holy Redeemer Catholic School.
You can read the letter here:
Per the letter, the developer is inviting the public to a meeting at 7 PM on November 30th, at Christ Episcopal Church, at Franklin & Connecticut.
With best regards,
P.S. In case you needed another reason to support the Rock Creek Hills covenants, please note that they prevent the subdivision of lots in our community.
In accordance with votes of the membership at the October 24th general meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association, we have written to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation regarding transportation safety and improvements in Rock Creek Hills. Our letter may be found at:
With best regards,
Please save the date for the Autumn meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association, in the Multipurpose Room at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Avenue, at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 24th.
As of this writing, anticipated agenda items are:
• School safety
With the new school open, concerns have arisen about the safety of students walking to school in roadways that are increasingly trafficked with vehicles. These concerns will intensify as the school reaches capacity. We will provide an update on possible approaches to enhancing pedestrian safety.
• Permit parking
With the new school open, concerns have arisen about the availability of street parking in front of homes close to the school. These concerns will intensify as the school reaches capacity. As discussed, the County provides a mechanism whereby residents can request permit parking; see notes on remarks by RCHCA Vice President Hill Carter at <https://goo.gl/TFgBZa>. An update will be provided at the meeting.
• Environmental update
With school construction (almost) finished, we have asked the Planning Board and Parks Department to restore and stabilize the Silver Creek stream valley, and to improve pedestrian routes on Parks Department land. An update will be provided at the meeting.
• Covenants update
Shirley and Carlos Domenech reside at 9608 Kensington Parkway. The covenants pertaining to that lot state that “No line fences or walls of any kind shall be erected …. except … such fences … as may be approved by the Continental Life Insurance Company, Inc.” and “No … structure of any kind … shall be constructed… unless, and until, complete plans and specifications… shall first be submitted to and approved by the Continental Life Insurance Company, Inc.” (Note that Rock Creek Hills Covenants, Inc., inherited the covenant enforcement authority of the Continental Life Insurance Company.) However, in August 2016, Shirley and Carlos Domenech built a fence, including a (partial) front-yard fence, without submitting the required request for authorization. The absence of front yard fences is a positive aesthetic characteristic of our community. Furthermore, an unauthorized front yard fence could serve as a “slippery slope” precedent leading to the proliferation of many more front yard fences and other violations of the covenants, harming property values. Accordingly, Shirley and Carlos Domenech were repeatedly asked to reconfigure their fence, in order to eliminate the front yard portion. These requests were not productive. Shirley and Carlos Domenech, per their request, were then invited to make a presentation regarding this matter at the most recent (March 2017) general meeting of the RCHCA. Following that meeting, the RCHCA Board, in their capacity as the officers of Rock Creek Covenants, Inc., and consistent with the vote of the membership at the previous (October 2016) general meeting of the RCHCA, referred the matter to counsel. We have asked the court of appropriate jurisdiction to order Shirley and Carlos Domenech to remove their unauthorized fence. An update will be provided at the meeting.
• Nominating committee
RCHCA Past President John Robinson has agreed to chair a Nominating Committee, whose purpose is to nominate members to stand for election as officers at the Winter meeting (to be held in January or February). RCHCA members Winnie Holbrook, Fern Shepard, and Gary Ditto have volunteered to serve on this committee. We are soliciting additional volunteers to serve on this committee; if you are interested, please inform any Board member. Your Association’s President, Secretary, and Treasurer do not wish to stand for re-election.
If you have any additional agenda items, please bring them to the attention of any Board member.
A full announcement of the meeting will be emailed on this listserv, posted at rchca.org, and sent to all homes via first class mail.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! We’ve got more “we’re glad you’re our neighbor” signs (see <https://goo.gl/MMfFks>) and will bring them to the meeting in case you’d like to bring one home. The cost to the Association was $9.99; if you’d like a sign, then please bring a check.
With best regards,
P.S. We inquired about holding the meeting in Silver Creek Middle School, but were told that ongoing after-hours construction will keep us from being able to hold meetings there until the next (2018-2019) school year.