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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

• 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

Response from County Re Sidewalk Package

By | RCHCA Biz, Traffic & Safety

From: “Roshdieh, Al” <Al.Roshdieh@montgomerycountymd.gov>
Date: August 20, 2018 at 9:15:09 AM CDT
To: Jim Pekar <jjpekar@gmail.com>
Cc: “Kingsley, Frank” <Frank.Kingsley@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Conklin, Christopher” <Christopher.Conklin@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Jeffrey, Heather” <Heather.Jeffrey@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “board@rchca.org” <board@rchca.org>
Subject: RE: Transportation Safety & Improvements in Rock Creek HIlls



  1. Rock Creek Hills SW Satellite Map (Silver Creek MS)
  2. Rock Creek Hills SW Map (Silver Creek MS)


  1. Impacts – Old Spring Rd (10000 E Bexhill – 3601 Saul)
  2. Impacts – Kent St_
  3. Impacts – Old Spring Rd (9712 thru 9624)
  4. Addresses – Residents Impacted
  5. Impacts – Kent (3306 Kent – 10001 E Bexhill)
  6. Impacts – East Bexhill
  7. Impacts – Old Spring Rd (9501 thru 9716)
  8. Impacts – Saul Road (upd)

Dear Dr. Pekar:

Thank you for your e-mail expressing your concerns and those of the Civic Association regarding the “sidewalk package” forwarded by our office to some, but not all residents in the Rock Creek Hills neighborhood.  

The sidewalk package is simply an initial notification to impacted residents that the county is considering construction of a sidewalk on their property.  It is the practice of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) to forward the sidewalk notification package to only those residents whose property will be affected when and if the sidewalk is built.  Although you reside directly across the street from the proposed sidewalk, your property will not be directly impacted by the construction, and therefore, you are among those that were not sent the sidewalk package.  I have attached a copy of the Impacts sheet in relation to the Rock Creek Hills proposed sidewalk, showing those addresses which will be impacted in the event the sidewalk is built.  Likewise, I have attached a copy of those residents to whom the sidewalk package was sent.

This is the beginning of the sidewalk process.  Please rest assured that, before sidewalk construction, there will be a public hearing at which anyone can participate, ask questions, and provide testimony in support or opposition to the sidewalk construction, no matter their proximity to its location. 

The public hearing is not yet scheduled, so an extension of the deadline to submit the Comments & Feedback Survey Form has been extended to Friday, September 14, 2018, as requested.  I would appreciate it if you would circulate the new deadline to your fellow residents in the Rock Creek Hills neighborhood.

I hope I have answered your questions and put you at more ease.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Frank Kingsley at (240-777-7213) or email at frank.kingsley@montgomerycountymd.gov  



Al R. Roshdieh, Director

Department of Transportation

Montgomery County, Maryland


Sidewalk Packet from the County

By | RCHCA Biz, Traffic & Safety

Many neighbors have received a sidewalk packet from the county.  Hopefully we’ll soon receive the County’s “sidewalk packet” in electronic form, but for now, please find photos of the cover letter, response form, and maps at:


The packet also includes a twelve-page document specifying proposed work at each affected address.

We’ve requested that the response deadline be extended to mid-September.  Please see email (below) from RCHCA president to the county:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jim Pekar <jjpekar@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 6:03 PM
Subject: Re: Transportation Safety & Improvements in Rock Creek HIlls
To: “Roshdieh, Al” <Al.Roshdieh@montgomerycountymd.gov>
Cc: “Johnston, Bruce” <Bruce.Johnston@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Kingsley,
Frank” <Frank.Kingsley@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Conklin, Christopher” <
Christopher.Conklin@montgomerycountymd.gov>, “Jeffrey, Heather” <
Heather.Jeffrey@montgomerycountymd.gov>, board@rchca.org

Dear Mr. Roshdieh,

Some neighbors have recently received a “sidewalk packet” from the County.
However, many have not. I have not received one, nor have I seen the
traffic operations and pedestrian safety report & recommendations that had
been expected in June.

My understanding is that the packet indicates that the deadline for
comments is in two weeks. However, many neighbors are vacationing in late
August. I am grateful to see that progress is being made, but concerned
that many in our community may question whether they were afforded adequate
opportunity to comment.

Please could you extend the deadline for receipt of comments until
September 14th? We can use electronic means to distribute your
request-for-comments to our community.

Thank you.

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

Rock Creek Hills Neighborhood SPRING FLING: RESCHEDULED 5/28/18

By | Social Events

Event has been rescheduled!

We hope to see you at the rescheduled RCH Spring Fling!

Date: May 28
Time: 5:00 -7:30pm
Where: Kensington Cabin Park
What: Food, Games and The Kona Ice Truck 

Light food will be provided.

Last name A-L: Appetizers 
Last names: M-Z: Desserts 

Hope the weather participates and that we will see you there.

Jennie, Randi & Erica

* Reminder, we can’t throw our annual Halloween party of Spring Fling without your dues, so please do sign onto to https://rchca.org/ to contribute.

Jennie, Randi and Erica [jennierose1@gmail.com


Come Meet RCH Nominating Committee and Learn about How You can Help RCHCA

By | Neighborhood Notices, Volunteer

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

Winnie Holbrooke