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From the RCHCA Officers

Water Main Update

By | From the RCHCA Officers

We’ve received an update on WSSC’s water main replacement project for our neighborhood.

• Notice to proceed was Sept 10, 2018
• The contractor has 900 days to complete this project (Must be done by Feb 26th, 2021)
• The work will probably start any day, as the stakeout has been completed and information signs have been posted

The work will be staged; please see the map at:
https://rchca.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Revised-Phase-Sequence-Proposal-Kensington-Rock-Creek.pdf

For some background, notes summarizing a July 2016 informational meeting regarding this project may be found at https://rchca.org/2016/07/25/1596/

Thanks,
Jim P.

Traffic Calming Update

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings

Dear neighbors,

At the November 27th RCHCA meeting at Silver Creek Middle School (beginning at 8 PM), a presentation on traffic calming measures and intersection modifications will be given by Mr. Khursheed Bilgrami, Acting Section Chief, Traffic Engineering Studies Section, Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations, Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

Mr. Bilgrami has made a preview of his presentation available at:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=186g2yOTEt4h-uQsXS43f0eukqg-ZJANcDwYRU4EV_1Q

Hope to see you on the 27th!

Thanks,
Jim P.

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

RCHCA Autumn Meeting @ Silver Creek Middle School: 8 PM, Tuesday, November 27th

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings, RCHCA Biz

Dear neighbors,

The next meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association will take place at 8 PM on Tuesday, November 27th 2018, in the cafeteria of Silver Creek Middle School. Please enter at the school’s main (lower) entrance.

Aside from approval of the previous meeting’s minutes, a treasurer’s report, and a covenants report, there are two principal agenda items:

1. Election of new officers.
Thanks to the nominating committee, the proposed slate of new officers is: PRESIDENT Peter Chatfield; VICE PRESIDENT Hill Carter; TREASURER John Robinson; SECRETARY Elizabeth & William Kingery. (The Kingerys will get one vote on the board, which is comprised of the four officers and the past-President.)

2. Presentation of proposed plans for traffic calming and intersection modifications, followed by Q&A, and discussion.
The presentation will be made by Khursheed Bilgrami, Acting Section Chief, Traffic Engineering Studies Section, Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations, Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

(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.)

Only dues-paid members may vote at the meeting. If you have not paid your dues for 2018, you may mail a check payable to “RCHCA” to our Treasurer, Ms. Maria Marzullo, at 9801 East Bexhill Drive, Kensington, MD 20895; pay online at <http://RCHCA.org>; or pay in person at the meeting.

If you know of any other items that should be on the agenda, please notify any board member.

Notice of this meeting will be sent by US Postal Service to all homes in Rock Creek Hills.

Hope to see you on the 27th!

Thanks,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

FYI, sidewalk requests received by the County

By | From the RCHCA Officers, RCHCA Biz, Traffic & Safety

Dear neighbors,

As George Knippen wrote yesterday, the County received several requests for sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety in our neighborhood, especially for students accessing the new school.

(Please note that individuals can submit multiple requests.)

At Mr. Knippen’s request, the County provided an “anonymized” (that is, with personally-identifying information obscured) copy of their file of those sidewalk requests.

As that anonymization was imperfect, we have further anonymized the document (that is, we’ve overlaid a few black boxes) before posting it for your information.

Please see: SidewalkRequests_Anonymized upd

Please find here the text of a letter that will be sent by first-class mail to all households in Rock Creek Hills.

By | From the RCHCA Officers

September 5, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

What has your Board been up to since our March 2018 meeting? We have approved several applications for fence construction and home improvement projects, one application for solar panel installation, and have intervened with a developer whose neglect of a lot had caused concern among its neighbors. Additionally, we have received numerous communications regarding the County’s proposals for enhanced pedestrian safety. While these communications express disparate views – some call for more sidewalks, some fewer, some none – one thing they have in common is that many were sent by neighbors who have not paid their Association dues for the year 2018. Likewise, at this summer’s fun party held in Kensington Cabin Park, our Treasurer decided to stop asking guests whether they had paid their dues, because it became embarrassing to hear so many negative responses. Please note that your dues are the only support that your Association receives to support our valuable community building efforts, including two welcoming neighborhood parties per year, mailings to keep everyone informed, and other administrative costs. If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so..

At our October 2017 meeting, we reported that most of the Board – your President, Secretary, and Treasurer – wish to step down, and be replaced with new officers. However, the election of new officers was deferred from the January 2018 meeting to permit wrapping up a number of items under way at the time. Elections also did not take place at the March 2018 meeting, because no one volunteered to serve in these positions, in spite of the best efforts of our Nominating Committee. At this point, the members of your Board – who were first elected in the Winter of 2014, except for your Treasurer, who joined in 2013 – are serving out of goodwill, almost one year after we asked to be replaced.

While the current Board has the authority to address all business, we feel that it would be better for the matters now at hand – traffic calming, pedestrian safety, abandoned houses and unkempt yards – to be handled by officers with the added legitimacy that would come from not having been elected before these issues came to the fore. Accordingly, we look forward to scheduling the next general meeting of the Association after a slate of new officers has been assembled. (Mr. John Robinson has agreed to stand as Treasurer, and Mr. Hill Carter has agreed to stay on as Vice President, so just two people are needed, to serve as President and Secretary.) At that meeting, new officers would be elected by the membership, and then handle business at hand, especially review and discussion of the County’s proposals for intersection modifications, traffic calming, and enhanced pedestrian safety.

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

Enclosures:
• Letter of March 2018, reporting on settlement of litigation.
• Pre-addressed envelope in which you can mail your 2018 dues, which are $40 per household; please note these can also be paid online at rchca.org

Transportation Safety & Improvements in Rock Creek HIlls

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Traffic & Safety

Dear neighbors,

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

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
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: “jjpekar@gmail.com” <jjpekar@gmail.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
recommendations.

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 frank.kingsley@montgomerycountymd.gov
or call 240-777-7213 <(240)%20777-7213>. For information concerning the
public hearing, process you can contact Jan Melvin by e-mail at
jan.melvin@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-7271 <(240)%20777-7271>.

Sincerely,

*Al R. Roshdieh, Director*

*Department of Transportation*

*Montgomery County, MD*

*al.roshdieh@montgomerycountymd.gov <al.roshdieh@montgomerycountymd.gov>*

Tel: 240-777-7175 <(240)%20777-7175>

Notice of planned subdivision nearby

By | From the RCHCA Officers

Dear neighbors,

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:
<https://rchca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Norton-Land-Design-Public-Meeting-Notice.pdf>

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,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

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.

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