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From the RCHCA Officers

WSSC Announced Additional Water Main Replacement Work

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Dear neighbors

You may recall that at the October meeting of our Association, we cautioned that if your home was not part of the WSSC’s upcoming “Kensington Parkway” Water Main Replacement Project, then that did not necessarily mean that you’re not getting a new water main, because WSSC was preparing to announce a second water main project in our neighborhood, to be dubbed the “Rock Creek Hills” Water Main Replacement Project.

We have now received a map showing the areas that are to be affected by this second project, which covers portions of Everett, Littledale, Haverhill, Old Spring, East Bexhill, and Calvend, and is scheduled to begin in September 2017, with completion in Fall of 2018.

See:

We will have an update on this at our March 6th meeting.

Again, the new info here is the map of the Rock Creek Hills Project, at <https://goo.gl/fpGPVg>.

With best regards,

James J. Pekar, Ph.D.
President, Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association

Next RCHCA Meeting: Monday March 6 2017

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Dear neighbors,

The next meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association will be held on Monday, March 6th at 7:30 PM in the Multipurpose Room of Grace Episcopal Day School at 9411 Connecticut Avenue. A full announcement will follow via email, and written notification will be mailed, with ample notice, to all households in Rock Creek Hills. (The mailing will include a request for directory updates, as we plan to reprint the neighborhood directory in the Spring. Anyone with directory updates is encouraged to provide them to Sam Hoxie at <hoxiesam@gmail.com>). [NOTE: you can make your own changes through the atozdirectory login from our website.  If you need a login, please email Sam.  Please include your address.]

As of this writing, agenda items include:

  • Election of Officers
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Environmental Update
  • Construction Update
  • Salt Barn Update
  • Infrastructure Update
  • Covenants Update
  • Middle School Naming
  • Neighborhood Signage

I am pleased to report that all members of your Board have agreed to serve another term in order to provide continuity as we look towards the opening of the new middle school in August.

Please note that only dues-paid members will be able to vote at the meeting. Dues are $40 for the year. You may pay them online (via <http://rchca.org>), in person at the meeting, or by sending a check payable to “RCHCA” to our Treasurer, Ms. Maria Marzullo, at 9801 East Bexhill Drive, Kensington, MD 20895. Your dues are the only source of support for the Association’s activities that seek to preserve and enhance your quality of life in our neighborhood.

Please inform any Board member if you have agenda items for the meeting.

Thank you, and I hope to see you at the meeting, if not before.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

Salt Barn public meeting tomorrow night (Monday, 5 December).

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Dear neighbors,

Tomorrow (Monday, 5 December) from 7 to 8:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave., the State Highway Administration (SHA) will hold a second public meeting regarding their plans to build a hazardous materials storage and transfer depot (so-called “salt barn”) at the Connecticut Avenue cloverleaf of the Capital Beltway, overlooking Rock Creek, across from Kensington Parkway. A presentation will begin at 7:30 PM.

Tomorrow’s event is not a formal decision-making meeting. The next meeting that is part of the official process will be Mandatory Referral review at the Montgomery County Planning Board, which will be scheduled when SHA’s submission (which you can view at <https://goo.gl/k8WyjX>) is complete.

For what it’s worth, my main question at this point is: Does it have to be bright red?

The Planning Board is charged with determining: “…whether the nature of the proposed site and development, including its size, shape, scale, height, arrangement and design of structure, is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood and properties…” In order to meet that guidance, you’d think that you’d make your huge-thing-in-the-woods either brown or dark green, so it would fit in.

My guess is that the reason it’s bright red (in the SHA submission to the Planning Board) is because it’s supposed to be a “barn” – you know, a happy place where Farmer McDonald keeps his cows and chickens! Only here, on a low rise beside the creek, there won’t be a farmer, or cows, or chickens – just 10,000 tons of salt, 20,000 gallons of brine, 10,000 gallons of magnesium chloride, & 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Persons interested in learning about SHA’s plans are encouraged to attend tomorrow’s meeting.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association

RCHCA Meeting: Monday, October 17

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Please find below a draft agenda for our Fall RCHCA meeting, which will take place at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 17th, at Grace Episcopal Day School.

Please let any Board member know if you have additional agenda item(s). Thank you.

With best regards,
Jim P.

P.S. If you haven’t yet, please consider paying your RCHCA $40 dues for the year. You may pay them online (via <http://rchca.org>), in person at the meeting, or by sending a check payable to “RCHCA” to our Treasurer, Ms. Maria Marzullo, at 9801 East Bexhill Drive, Kensington, MD 20895. Your dues are the only source of support for the Association’s activities that seek to preserve and enhance your quality of life in our neighborhood.

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Agenda for RCHCA meeting on 17 October 2016

1. Crime & safety
– recent incidents
– tips from the police

2. Traffic & pedestrian safety
– recent incidents
– how to get the County to trim branches to reveal hidden signage
– sidewalk update
– adding crosswalks(s)?
– a walkable route to Forest Glen Metro via Capitol View / Metropolitan Avenue?
– permit parking?

3. Middle School construction update
– stormwater management
– noise concerns
– lighting concerns
– concrete spill into Silver Creek

4. Silver Creek update

5. Gas/Sewer/Water updates

6. Salt Barn update.

7. Update on Rock Creek Hills Covenants

8. RCHCA party on October 30th!
– starting 3:30 PM
– costume parade, burgers, etc.
– volunteers needed

9. Other business.

fyi: a letter from MCPS, addressing stormwater concerns

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Dear neighbors,

Monthly onsite meetings continue between representatives of your RCHCA Board, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), & Dustin Construction, to provide a forum for communication during construction of the new middle school.

At this month’s meeting, we received a letter from MCPS regarding last month’s stormwater concerns. You can see the letter (as the 3rd & 4th pages of the document) posted at dropbox at <goo.gl/mCPM7j>.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

Kensington Water Main Replacement Mtg Recap

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Dear neighbors,

Here is a report on last Thursday evening’s water main meeting, as prepared by Rick Bond & myself:

WSSC has hired EBA Engineering, Inc., to design the replacement of about three miles of water mains in our neighborhood (as specified in the map & address list shared earlier). These mains are 60-80 years old, and are the cause of our not infrequent “brown water” incidents. The new mains will have a lifespan in excess of 100 years.

Work is scheduled to begin in Spring of 2017, and to end in Spring of 2019. Normally scheduled work will take place between 8 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday – there may be some occasions when work must be conducted in “off hours”.

During construction, temporary water service will be provided. Water shutdown periods of up to 8 hours may take place; if longer shutdowns are required, then bottled water will be provided to the affected homes. 48 hours advance notice will be provided of any shutdowns. They provided advice regarding dealing with “brown water” (which may happen off and on during the work) – running the cold-water bathtub tap in the highest bathroom to clear “brown” is advised, as tub facets, unlike sink facets, do not have strainer filters that can get clogged.

We can sign up now for mobile notification of relevant shutdowns via the WSSC Customer Notification System link at wsscwater.com

No parking will be permitted on streets with “active” construction. All roads will be accessible at all times, however there may be temporary closures or delays, e.g., when bringing in big pipes.

New water mains will be placed under the pavement (not on county rights-of-way contiguous with front lawns, where some mains are now located). “Service lines” from the mains to homes will be replaced – either to the home (if you have a water meter inside your home – which is rare), or to the “curb box” (which is a circular piece, about 6″ in diameter). Older houses may have a galvanized pipe running from the curb box to the home; we were advised to consult a plumber (always best to get multiple bids) regarding updating that with copper pipe. The service life of those galvanized lines, like the service life of the original water mains, is over; they may leak, and it’s less expensive to replace the pipe before having to pay a surprise bill for a big water leak that you didn’t know about until you got your three-month water bill.

Some trees will be taken down where the trees compromise the piping; we are awaiting an estimate of how many.

After the work is done, affected roads will be resurfaced, and yards restored. Work will be done in 3-4 “phases,” each of which must be substantially complete, before the contractor moves on to the next phase.

The WSSC representatives were very courteous, willing to answer questions, and to work with our community. Project staff are:
Wanpin Lee – Project Manager – phone 301-206-8532 Wanpin.Lee@wsscwater.com
Kevin Lethbridge – Construction Manager – phone 301-206-7339 Kevin.Lethbridge@wsscwater.com
Stephen Billingsley – Contract Manager – phone 301-206-7363 Stephen.Billingsley@wsscwater.com
Brandon Stewart – Customer Advocate – phone 301-642-1712 Brandon.Stewart@wsscwater.com
Joseph Danquah – Design Engineer – phone 240-547-1127 Joseph.Danquah@ebaengineering.com

As the time grows closer to construction, they will be willing to have another meeting with the community.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

P.S. Here’s one of our neighborhood’s youngest residents, with her mother, early Friday:
<https://goo.gl/photos/k9mmv6UxQSQtdUir7>

Notice of WSSC Community Meeting July 21, 2016

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Dear neighbors,

Please see forwarded email below.
As our listserv does not handle attachments, I’ve put the two files provided – a list of addresses, and a map – on dropbox, where you can find  them at:

With best regards,
Jim P.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Joseph Danquah <joseph.danquah@ebaengineering.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 3:02 PM
Subject: RE: Kensington Water Main Replacement- Community Meeting July 21 ,
2016
To: Jim Pekar <jjpekar@gmail.com>
Cc: “Lee, Wanpin” <Wanpin.Lee@wsscwater.com>, Matthew Pasowicz < mpasowicz@kensingtonretirement.com>, Mary Mell < mmell@kensingtonretirement.com>

Jim,

Attached, you will find the list of homes/properties that will be affected by Kensington Water Main replacement work including Work area map . We would like to know if *Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association* will be able to communicate with residents on our behalf to attend community meeting on July 21, 2016. We prefer it this way because associations know their communities better and are able to communicate with them the way they know their communities. Below, I have provided an invitation message to the residents. Please let me know if it can be done.

Thanks

*Message of invitation to residents*:

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) invites you to a Community Meeting on Thursday, *July 21, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm* at the *Kensington Park Retirement Community *(*3620 Littledale Rd, Kensington, MD 20895*). The Community meeting is being held to provide an overview of the water main replacement project planned for the Kensington neighborhood, and present you with an opportunity to ask questions. For more information or questions, please call the WSSC at *301-206-8532 * and speak *to
Ms. Wanpin Lee.*

*Joseph Danquah, PE*| Project Manager

EBA Engineering, Inc.

*d.* 240.547.1127 | *c.* 410.940.8918 | Joseph.Danquah@ebaengineering.com

14405 Laurel Place, Suite 300 | Laurel, MD 20707 | www.ebaengineering.com