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Reminder that Rock Creek Hills Citizen’s Association Needs Your Support

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers

Dear Neighbors,

Through April 4 we have received 2021 dues from 68 of the 599 houses listed in RCHCA Directory.  That represents a response rate of a bit under 12%. 

First of all, thanks very much to those who have responded with support thus far, and especially to those of you who chipped in more than the standard $40 membership dues.  Those contributions are very much appreciated.

[NOTE: In case you’re wondering how to pay your annual $40 per household dues, we’ve made it easy. You can pay online at http://rchca.org/, click on the PAY NOW link. You also can mail or drop off a check for $40 (or more) payable to RCHCA, attention Treasurer John Robinson, 9616 Old Spring Road Kensington, MD 20895.]

To the remainder of the community, I ask that you seriously consider contributing now, as the requested funds are needed for the Board to fulfill its obligations to the community, including maintain our neighborhood webpage, publishing updated neighborhood directories, maintaining public areas, planning and funding community events that we hope to be able to schedule again soon, and paying costs that occasionally become necessary to seek and receive counsel and/or legal representation about when and how the Board should fulfill its legal obligation to enforce lawful covenants that help preserve the quiet, park-like atmosphere of our neighborhood and balance the contractual rights, obligations, and expecta­tions of community members with regard to sometimes conflicting views and concerns about neighborhood land use.

On the subject of covenants, I am very much pleased to report that substantial progress has recently been made on our community’s long-standing effort to find a workable way to officially strike the unlawfully discriminatory covenants that have plagued our neighborhood over past decades.  Working directly with the Office of the Maryland Attorney General and the Clerk of Land Records at the Montgomery County Circuit Court, we have succeeded in developing an officially approved model for how to implement the change in Maryland law that went into effect on October 20, 2020.  The approved approach now makes removal of such covenants practical to achieve, if still not a simple to implement.

Members of our community are currently collecting the information we need to collect and compile in order to adequately direct the Clerk of Land Records to each and every property that is affected by each of the fourteen different versions of covenants that exist in Rock Creek Hills so that the discriminatory language can be struck from each such set of covenants and properly recorded as such in the County’s land records.

An especially gratifying aspect of the effort is that our neighborhood has taken what has turned out to be the leading role in achieving that goal and is thus blazing a trail that other communities — community leaders — are now asking us how to duplicate.

Thanks in advance for your continued support of our efforts.

Peter Chatfield

President RCHCA

Message from the Board: March 2021

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings, Newsletters, Online Directory, RCHCA Biz, Social Events, Volunteer

Good Morning Rock Creek Hills neighbors,

Spring is arriving to our beautiful neighborhood, and we are looking forward to warmer days, blooming daffodils, and returning songbirds to our backyards and local parks. 

If you are reading this email, you are on the Rock Creek Hills listserv, one of many community services funded by the yearly $40 per household contribution to the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association.

We are reaching out to you now to ask for your annual contribution. The fastest and easiest way to pay your household dues is to click on this link, http://rchca.org/. If you are able, please consider donating more than the standard $40 dues to support your neighborhood, as the cost of providing services has increased over time and our dues level has remained constant for many years.

The Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association Board uses your contributions to provide all routine Association costs, including:

·        Beautifying and maintaining our neighborhood traffic circles, which work historically has been done largely by community volunteers using supplies paid for by the Citizen’s Association but which increasingly must be performed by contractors as our volunteers have had to step back from their prior — and very-much-appreciated — physical contributions.

·        Funding our spring and fall neighborhood parties, which we expect will return later this year.

·        Paying for the neighborhood listserv, where we can share community forum and updates about events and community concerns.

·        Producing a hard-copy Neighborhood Directory every several years.

·        Maintaining an online Neighborhood Directory, which is regularly updated.

·        Sponsoring two yearly business meetings with important presentations on issues impacting the neighborhood, such as new water lines and construction projects affecting our community. Please note that your dues payment qualifies you to vote on community decisions made at these meetings.

·        Monitoring and enforcing the neighborhood covenants, which maintain the special park-like appeal of Rock Creek Hills.

These services support our entire community and provide value to every homeowner in our neighborhood. We ask every household to please support these services by contributing. You can pay online today at http://rchca.org/. You also can mail or drop off a check for $40 (or more) payable to RCHCA, attention Treasurer John Robinson, 9616 Old Spring Road Kensington, MD 20895

The Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association Board and its overlapping covenants-enforcement board are all-volunteer organizations managed by members of this community. If you are interested doing more to support our neighborhood, or have ideas for ways to improve our community, please share your thoughts by email to the Citizens’ Association Board at:  board@rchca.org.

Thank you for your contributions to RCHCA and to our wonderful neighborhood. They are greatly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Chatfield

RCHCA President

P.S. If you are interested in a colorful “Welcome to Our Neighborhood” yard sign, we have a few more for sale for $15. Contact jjpekar@gmail.com to get yours.

RCHCA and RCHCI Board Nominations and Elections

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers

Dear RCHCA,

Per the RCHCA Bylaws:

Sec 1: A nominating committee of at least two members shall be appointed by the President, with public notification for others to join at or about the time of the October meeting each year or within thirty days thereafter, and this committee shall nominate candidates for the offices of President, Vice- President, Secretary, and Treasurer at the Annual Meeting. Additional nominations for any of the said offices may be made by any member from the floor at the election meeting

I have asked Betsy Kingery to Chair the Nominating Committee.  Please contact her at erkingery@gmail.com for more information. 

Additionally, if you are aware of members of our community not on RCHCAnet who might be interested in running for a position on the Boards and/or in becoming dues-paying members so that they can vote in the election of Board members, please pass along this information to them and invite them to let Betsy know they are interested and/or have questions about potentially running.  

The elections will be held remotely in January or February.

Thank you,

Peter Chatfield, President RCHCA

The Road Ahead

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers

Dear neighbors,

There appear to be a lot of rumors floating around and suspicions
being voiced regarding traffic calming, stop signs, and sidewalks.

No final decisions have been made by RCHCA with respect to how to
proceed with any changes to the neighborhood based on currently
proposed projects in these areas, and–to our knowledge–no final
decisions have been made by County officials. Nor do any appear
imminent.

The shared goal of the current RCHCA Board and the nominees for the
new Board is to create and implement a process for working through
these issues. We look forward to the presentation from Mr. Bilgrami on
traffic calming and intersection modifications, scheduled for next
month’s RCHCA meeting, November 27th in the Silver Creek Middle School
cafeteria, beginning at 8 PM. Please note that presentation and
discussion of proposed plans for sidewalks will NOT take place at this
meeting, but has been deferred to a subsequent meeting.

Regarding proposals for sidewalks, we will strive to implement a
process that provides everyone in the community with notice and
opportunity to have input into all proposals for action that are ready
for full consideration by the neighborhood. After the warranted
processes of input and revision have been completed, all proposals
that are developed and ultimately considered for implementation will
be put in front of the RCHCA community for a vote.

All members of the community remain free to seek out information to
which they are legally entitled, from County sources or elsewhere. And
they have the right to express their views and to request others’
input. This is part of the democratic process, even when it is done by
those with views that we do not share.

We will host community-wide meetings to address these matters; seek
compromises where they appear reasonable and achievable; and vote on
whatever plans are ultimately put forth for final consideration.

Thanks,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA
on behalf of the current & nominated RCHCA Board members

Save the Date: Winter RCHCA meeting 7:30 PM Monday, 12 March, at Grace Episcopal Day School

By | Board Correspondence, Meetings

Dear neighbors,

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!

Thank you.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

Transportation Safety & Improvements in Rock Creek Hills

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers, Traffic & Safety

Dear neighbors,

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:
<https://rchca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/RCHCA_MCDOT_20171109.pdf>

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

RCHCA Meeting: Monday, October 17

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings, RCHCA Biz

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 <https://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

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers

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