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Board of Managers Meeting: Monday January, 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall 

The Board of Managers will hold its regular monthly meeting on January 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall. Please click below to view the agenda and the Board's briefing materials.

Click here to view the agenda.

2017 Winter Class Schedule Available On-line

The 2017 Winter Classes begin the week of January 9, 2017. A new adult class has been added to the schedule. Click here to view the schedule and registration form.

2017 Trash and Recycling - Holiday Schedule

Attend the Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Meeting for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan on January 11

County Councilmember Hans Riemer and Planning Department staff invite the public to learn more about making the Bethesda business district more accessible for walking and cycling

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a public meeting to review pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure recommendations in the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room D of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD). RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

RSVP for the Council member Riemer and Planning Department Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Meeting on January 11.

This community forum, Walking, Biking and the New Bethesda Sector Plan, is intended for those county residents interested in the Planning Board recommendations for making Downtown Bethesda more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. The discussion will focus on how these proposals for Bethesda are different from what is there today and what it will take to make the changes recommended in the new plan.

The event is co-sponsored by Councilmember Hans Riemer (At-Large) and the Planning Department. It is timed to take place prior to County Council deliberations about the Planning Board-approved draft of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan that will begin in mid-January.

Background on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan
Launched in 2014, the new Plan builds on the success of Downtown Bethesda by offering ways to strengthen its centers of activity – Bethesda Row, Wisconsin Avenue corridor, Woodmont Triangle and other established and emerging districts – over the next 20 years. One of its recommendations is a high-performance area that will incentivize more energy-efficient buildings, new parks, tree-lined streets and innovative storm water management. Making Bethesda into a truly sustainable downtown – economically, socially and environmentally – is the plan’s top priority.

Other goals of the plan focus on:

-A mix of housing options, including preservation of market-rate affordable apartments and new moderately priced dwelling units in exchange for development incentives.

-New and/or expanded civic greens at Veteran’s Park, Bethesda Farm Women’s Cooperative Market and Capital Crescent Trail.

-Economic competitiveness within the region based on new development, public amenities and proximity to transit, including Metrorail and the proposed Purple Line light rail.

The Plan serves as an amendment to the approved and adopted 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan and the 2006 Woodmont Triangle Amendment to that Sector Plan.

View the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Planning Board Draft.

For questions or comments about the Bethesda plan, please email:

About Councilmember Hans Riemer (At-Large)
Hans Riemer, elected to the County Council in 2010, represents one million Montgomery County residents as an At-Large Member. Hans serves as the Council’s Lead for Digital Government, where he is working to make county government smarter and services more efficient, and he serves on the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee as well as the Government Operations & Fiscal Policy Committee.

About The Montgomery County Planning Department

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises 147 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - January 16, 2017

On January 16, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, Montgomery County will host Day of Service activities at several sites throughout the County. This annual event, organized by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and partner agencies, will feature a wide variety of coordinated family friendly service projects at locations across the County, providing residents of all ages with simple ways to help our community.

Some of the projects available include packaging food for the hungry; making dog toys for the animal shelter; creating blankets for hospices; and crafting appreciation cards for military troops. Locations, times and registration information can be found at

"In November, one thousand County residents braved cold weather at a rally in Silver Spring to Stand Up for the Montgomery Way and reaffirm the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all that have made Montgomery County special," said County Executive Ike Leggett. "It is not enough to vote. It is not enough to attend a rally. The best way to stand up for the Montgomery way is to roll up our sleeves and help our neighbors in need. Service is the way we can move closer to Dr. King's ideal of the Beloved Community."

Ways to get active - 

  • Come to the Volunteer Fair & Service Projects planned at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center on MLK Day or one of the other sites. See details and sign up at
  • Individuals and groups can get together and plan a collection drive. (Visit and use the keyword "collection" in the search box and see options to plan a drive for winter clothing, sports equipment, food and more.)
  • School and neighborhood groups can organize a park cleanup. Montgomery Parks will have projects planned for MLK Day and many other dates, 
  • Businesses looking for ways to make a difference in the community can join the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County,
  • Faith congregations could plan a community gathering with an interfaith dialog and sign up to receive the enews from the Faith Community Advisory Council.

To further the aim of creating Dr. King's ideal of the Beloved Community by encouraging others to get involved, the Volunteer Center urges you to share details about your MLK Day events and your pledges to serve. Use #MLKMontCo on social media and online postings to keep the community up to date about the many local activities and volunteer opportunities focused on service and inspiring us in the spirit of inclusiveness.

Tree Planting Article Link

Proposed 2017 Spring Public Right-of-Way and Park Tree Planting

DEAR VILLAGE RESIDENT: In keeping with the Village’s adopted policy, the Village anticipates planting 45 trees this coming spring. Please review the proposed list of sites under consideration for planting in Village rights-of-way by clicking on the image of the tree to the right. The list has been prepared by the Tree Committee in consultation with the Village Arborist.

Should you have request for a different species, or if you have questions or concerns or would like to propose an additional site, please submit them in writing to the Village office, c/o Tree Committee at by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 including your name, address and telephone number. A member of the Tree Committee will contact you to discuss the matter.

In selecting tree species, an effort has been made to emphasize native species and, where there are power lines, to plant trees that will not exceed 35’ when mature. Preferred species may in some cases prove not to be available and all listed sites are unlikely to be planted this spring. In these cases, the Tree Committee will contact the owner of the adjacent property to review alternatives. 

Are You Prepared?

As we saw last season during the record Blizzard of 2016 and as gear up for the upcoming winter season, the Village reminds residents that it is important to be prepared. In order the assist residents in their preparedness, the Village in partnership with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) offer a number of helpful tools, plans and free alerts to assist and keep you informed.

Village Website and Blast Email System – Have you signed up for the Village’s blast email system? This is primary electronic method of communication with you. The Village has 2 email lists you can sign-up for:

Urgent News Alert – include messages such as criminal activity, neighborhood disruptions such as water main breaks, power outages and road closures and major weather events.

General News Alerts – include messages about Board and committee meetings, community events, changes in public services such as refuse/recycling collection schedules and upcoming road closures.

To sign-up for the blast email system visit the Village website at and click on the tablet icon at the top of the Village’s homepage.
Alert Montgomery – Alert Montgomery is the office emergency communications service for Montgomery County, MD. During major crisis, emergency or severe weather events, Montgomery County officials will send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to you on any of your devices. To sign-up for Alert Montgomery please visit the OEMHS website and click on the “Alert Montgomery” link at the top of the page.
Family and Community Preparedness Information – Emergencies can take many form and occur with or without warning. By taking a few simple steps now, you can ensure that you, your family and your community are better prepared to handle emergencies. To assist in your family planning please visit the Village’s emergency preparedness page, for helpful tools and links. Another important tool the Village has to assist you in your preparedness efforts is to always request a House Check when you are out town and ensure that your emergency contacts are up to date with the Village office.

For additional information please visit the Village’s website at and click on the “Are you prepared? – Emergency Preparedness Tips” link listed in the Quick Links on the homepage.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Disposal

As part of the regular yard debris pick-up Public Works staff will collect trees, natural wreath and garlands left at the curbside. Please remove all ornaments and lighting. The trees are recycled into mulch and any wires left on the trees will damage the chipping equipment. Wire-framed wreaths and wire-strung garland should be disposed of in the regular trash.

Did You Know?

  • If you are thinking of starting a renovation, building, or landscape project, please be sure to contact the Village office for information as to what permits may be required. There are County and Village building regulations that may apply. 
    Please e-mail the Permitting and Code Enforcement Coordinator, Ellen Sands at or call       (301) 654-7300.
  • The Village Public Works Department is responsible for snow removal from all Village streets, except Brookville Road and Connecticut Avenue, which are maintained by the State. In the event of heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain, the Village crew will plow the streets clear of snow and will treat the pavement with abrasives to allow for safe passage.
  • As mandated by the Village Code (Section 25-7), residents are required to remove and clear away all snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of or abutting their property within the first 48 hours after the cessation of falling snow, sleet, or freezing rain, except sidewalks along Brookville Road and Connecticut Avenue, which are cleared by Public Works personnel.

Emergency Contact Sheet

Chevy Chase Village Police 
Non Emergency/24hrs - 301-654-7300

Montgomery County Police 
Non Emergency/24hrs - 301-279-8000

Bethesda - Chevy Chase Rescue Squad - 301-652-0077

Chevy Chase Fire Dept
(Opposite Columbia Country Club) - 240-773-4707

Bethesda Fire Dept
(Wisconsin Ave and Bradley Blvd) - 240-773-4706

National Capital Poison Center
(George Washington University Hospital) - 800-222-1222


Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

Emergency-Live wires down, power failure - 877-737-2662

Customer Service - 202-833-7500

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission


Emergency - 301-206-4002

Complaints, Leaks, Information - 301-206-4001

Washington Gas


Emergency - 703-750-1400

Information & Customer Service - 703-750-1000

Comcast - 800-934-6489

Verizon - 800-837-4966

**A cut out sheet is also located on page two of the January 2017 Crier.

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