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Montgomery Planning Will Hold Historic Preservation
Tax Credit Open House on March 5


County and state officials will explain the tax credit programs for home improvements and answer residents’ questions at the event.

(The following is press release from the Historic Preservation Commission. Village residents note that a Powerpoint presentation on this topic, presented at the Village Hall in 2016, is also available on the Village website at:
https://www.chevychasevillagemd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/193/HPC-LAP-Tax-Credits-Informational-Meeting-Presentation-PDF?bidId=)
 
 
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Open House on Tuesday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Department’s auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).

At this event, Planning staff will provide an overview of the county’s tax credit program for improving historic properties. Representatives from the Maryland Historical Trust will discuss similar state tax credits. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

Montgomery Planning is currently accepting applications from county property owners who may be eligible for a one-time, 25 percent property tax credit for restoring the exteriors of their historic structures during 2018. The work must have been completed no later than December 31, 2018. To be eligible for the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Tax Credit, the property must be listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation. Search here to determine if your property is listed.

Owners must file an application, including documentation of the repairs that were done, with the historic preservation staff of the Planning Department by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019. The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission will then evaluate the applications to determine whether the scope of the work meets the eligibility requirements for the program.

View a short video about the Historic Tax Credit program offered by the Historic Preservation Office. Download the tax credit application here.
 
Repairs, restoration or preservation of exterior features of designated structures are considered for the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Tax Credit. New additions and interior work are ineligible.
 
Examples of eligible exterior projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Painting
  • Repairing roofs or replacing them in-kind
  • Repairing windows, architectural trim or ornament
  • Uncovering and repairing original siding, repointing brick or stone foundations or chimneys
  • Restoring a documented feature, such as a dormer or porch that was previously altered or removed
  • Repairing and maintaining outbuildings, such as barns and garages.

Background on Historic Preservation Tax Credit
The Montgomery County Council passed legislation in 1984 to create the historic preservation tax credit program for county-designated historic properties. Since 2013, owners of properties listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation are eligible to receive 25 percent of documented improvement costs for exterior maintenance, restoration or preservation work. The approved credit is applied to a property owner’s tax bill.
 
In 2018, the Historic Preservation Commission approved tax credits for 80 projects, representing more than $1.8 million of investment in historic properties.  

For more information about filing a tax credit application, please contact Michael Kyne, Planner Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Office at the Montgomery County Department of Planning (telephone: 301-563-3403); email: Michael.Kyne@montgomeryplanning.org.


3 Unlocked Cars Entered in the Village Overnight


2 cars stolen and several cars entered just north of Chevy Chase Village

 
Village Incidents

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, a resident of the 3800 block of Bradley Lane called the Village Communications Center and reported that her unlocked car had been entered overnight.  The car had been parked in her driveway, and she reported that $500 cash and her credit cards had been stolen from the car.
 
Village officers responded to the area and canvassed the neighborhood.  Officer Eli Perper found two unlocked cars parked in the driveway of a home in the same block of Bradley that appeared to have been entered.  Officer Perper alerted the residents, and they inventoried the contents of their cars.  Nothing had been stolen.
 
A short time later, a resident of the unit block of Grafton Street called to report that her unlocked car had been entered; the vehicle’s registration card was the only item reported missing.

 
Section 3 and Rollingwood Incidents

At 10:00 a.m., after Village officers had left the area of Bradley Lane, a resident of the 3800 block of Bradley lane on the Section 3 (north) side, flagged down a Montgomery County officer to report that their 2013 white Audi A4 had been taken overnight.  At about the same time, a resident from the 3400 block of Rolling Court in Rollingwood reported that their 2014 brown Lexus LE460 car was missing.  It appears that both cars were left unlocked with the keys inside.  County Police informed us that several cars were entered by the thieves in the area around each of the stolen cars. 
 
On Wednesday evening, county police in Silver Spring saw a speeding car and ran the tag; it was the stolen Audi from Bradley Lane.  Officers arrested an adult male and an adult female and charged them with the theft.  The male has been arrested for thefts several times in DC and in Maryland.
 
Also on Wednesday evening, the stolen Lexus from Rolling Court was involved in a crash in DC.  The occupants ran from the scene.  DC police recovered the car and contacted Montgomery County Police.  The investigation is continuing.  


Tax Return Reminder (MD Form 502)

 
Revenues received through our residents’ paid income taxes remain the most significant source of Village revenues. We need our residents’ help to ensure that all income tax revenue due to the Village actually gets here. This money goes directly to services benefiting Village residents.  Village residents DO NOT pay any additional income taxes to live in Chevy Chase Village. By law, as a municipality, the Village receives a portion of the tax you pay to Montgomery County. It is very important, however, that the State of Maryland knows to return this revenue to the Village. Consequently, please take special care to mark your tax return as shown below (if filing electronically, there is a character limit, therefore, you may have to use the abbreviation 
Ch Ch Village”). 

Please remember that MD Form 502 was updated last year with a separate political subdivision section located under your mailing address.  When you complete your Maryland income tax return, remember to put Chevy Chase Village under “Maryland Political Subdivision” and include 1613 the “4 digit Political Subdivision Code” to ensure the Village receives our share of the state income tax (see below).   

Click on the image below to see the full form

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Event Calendar Posting
Contact:  Lindsey Rupp       
Phone:  202-251-2905
Email:  LLLrupp@aol.com
 
Garden Tour in Historic Chevy Chase Village

 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (rain or shine) discover treasured gardens when the Chevy Chase Garden Tour, hosted by Garden Club of Chevy Chase, will feature for viewing eight private gardens in charming Chevy Chase Village.  Celebrated landscape designers and landscape architects will be in the gardens they designed to discuss design choices and plant selections.  Shop the Garden Boutique offering Myrtle topiaries, herbs, annuals and unique garden accessories for garden inspiration.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.
 
Visit Gardenclubofchevychase.org to purchase tickets and for more information.  Advance purchase tickets online are $30 prior to May 18th.  Tickets are $40 day of the tour.  All tickets may be picked up or purchased on day of tour at One Quincy Street, Chevy Chase, where the tour begins.   Children 12 and under free.
 
Proceeds from this tour support the restoration of Chevy Chase Circle, improvements to Western Grove Park and other community projects.


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Fifth Annual Montgomery County GreenFest Press Release




2019 Board of Managers Election


Four Board seats will be up for election this spring. The current Board members whose terms are expiring in June are Gary Crockett, Minh Le, Richard Ruda, and David Winstead.  Gary Crockett, Richard Ruda, and David Winstead have indicated that they currently intend to run again.  Ms. Le has decided not to run for reelection.

Any Village resident may run for a seat on the Board provided he/she is a qualified voter in Montgomery County, has resided in Chevy Chase Village for at least one year prior to the election and files the required Certificate of Candidacy and Financial Disclosure Statement in proper form.  Board members serve two-year, staggered terms.  If the number of qualified candidates equals the number of available seats, the candidates will be declared elected at the Annual Meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019 (the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.).  If the number of candidates exceeds the number of available seats, a contested election will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
 
The Village Election Supervisors oversee Village elections, including receiving nominations to serve on the Board of Managers.  Residents interested in running for a seat should please contact Election Supervisors Chair Mary Sheehan by email at msheehan246@aol.com so that the Elections Supervisors can begin to plan for the election.    
 
To qualify as a candidate, an individual, including sitting Board members, must submit to the Village office a completed Certificate of Candidacy along with a Financial Disclosure Statement, at any time after February 4 (90 days prior to Election Day), but by no later than April 4 (30 days prior to Election Day). Upon receiving both completed forms, the Village Manager will submit the Financial Disclosure Statement to the Village Ethics Commission, which will review the form within ten days of filing for compliance with the provisions of the Public Ethics Code.  Please note, however, that candidates are not certified to appear on the ballot until the Certificate of Candidacy and Financial Disclosure Statement have been reviewed and determined to be filed in proper form.
Forms are available in the Village office or by email request to the Village Manager Shana Davis-Cook at shana.davis-cook@montgomerycountymd.gov.  For more information regarding Board elections, please visit the dedicated page on the Village’s website by clicking on “Board of Managers Elections” under Quick Links on the homepage. 


 

Community Relations 

Committee Presents:


March Speaker
Congressman Jamie Raskin

 
Please join us at The Village Hall to hear from Congressman Raskin and mingle with your neighbors. 

Event date and time to follow. 


If you have any questions please contact Lance Patterson at MLPatterson2@verizon.net.

Lance Patterson
Chair, Community Relations Committee

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Board of Managers:
Financial Disclosure Q & A


In 2012, the State’s financial disclosure requirements for elected officials were extended to include municipalities like the Village.  If you are considering serving on the Board, you may have questions about those requirements.  I’ll try to anticipate and answer some of them here, and we also encourage you to contact any Board member or the Village Manager for any additional questions or discussion.  You can find the disclosure form on the Village web site by selecting Government / Board of Managers / Board of Managers Elections / Candidate Financial Disclosure Form.

What do I have to disclose?  The disclosures are annual and are due in April.  All of the following disclosures are for the previous calendar year, like your tax return.  You need to disclose the following:

  • Some details about any property you own, including your home.
  • Ownership or interests in corporations or partnerships.  This includes holdings of stock in public corporations.
  • Purchases or sales of stock or other interests in corporations or partnerships.

Financial Disclosure Q & A”

  • Sources of earned income
  • Any involvement (ownership, employment, gifts, debt) with the Village or any entity doing business with the Village, for yourself or your immediate family.

How public is this information?  It’s public but not published.  Anyone may request a copy of your disclosure forms, but you may choose to be informed of any such requests.  Your home address will be redacted when the disclosure form is provided.

Am I revealing my net worth to the world?  No.  Some forms of wealth and income (see next question) are not reported.  For ownership and transactions you do have to report, you can use ranges for percentage of ownership (less than 1%, 1-5%, 6-10% or over 10%) or number of shares (0-100, 101-250, 251-500, over 500).

What about CDs, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds?  You are not required to report bank interest or certificates of deposit, publicly traded mutual funds, or exchange-traded funds.

How hard is this?  The annual report is due at roughly the same time as your income taxes, and the information you’ve gathered for your taxes covers almost all of what you need for the financial disclosure.  Some Board members have their accountants complete the disclosure documents, and some fill them out themselves.  If your finances aren’t too complicated it should only take an hour or two per year.


Please be a Considerate Owner/Handler at the Brookville Road Dog Park

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Village police have received calls from residents living near the Brookville Dog Park of incessantly barking dogs.  According to park rules (and Village Code), users of the dog park are required to attend to their dogs to prevent their dogs from continuously or uncontrollably barking.  If a dog continues to bark, the owner/handler must remove the dog from the park.  An occasional bark is expected, but constant barking is disturbing to other park users as well as the surrounding neighbors.
 
Police officers have been stopping by the park proactively to talk with visitors to make them aware of this rule.  If you bring a dog to the park, please be considerate and calm your dog right away if it begins to bark. 
 
To view the full listing of rules and regulations that apply in the park, click here:  https://www.chevychasevillagemd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2417/BRP-RulesandRegulations_adopted111317



Local Farmer's Market

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Section 3 of the Village of Chevy Chase hosts a Farmers' Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. There is parking at LaFerme restaurant. The Market is just opposite Brookville Market at Taylor St. Bring your own bags for lots of delicious food--fresh organic products including lots of apples right now, apple cider, apple sauce, honey, fresh Spring Mill breads, Fire Hook crackers, fresh roasted coffee beans, baked goods and other wonderful produce.


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Join the Crew; The Compost Crew


Food-waste recycling--otherwise known as “composting” is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions while returning nutrients to our soil and food system. 

The Village has partnered with The Compost Crew to provide low-cost household collection of food-waste. The Compost Crew provides each household with an airtight bin and compostable bags; all you have to do is separate your organic waste and leave the bin by your trash and recycling receptacles for collection on the designated day for weekly pick-up. The collected waste is processed at a composting facility in Maryland and, after six months of service, households can request that a portion of your contributed waste be returned in the form of rich, finished nutrient-rich soil. 

For more information regarding the household composting collection service, including current rates, please visit the “Food Waste Recycling Program” page on the Village website under Quick Links on the homepage. The more households that sign-up,the cheaper the service is for all, so sign up today!


Are You Prepared?


As we have experienced during various seasonal events, it is important to be prepared for local weather emergencies. 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 the Village's primary method of communication with residents. 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 www.chevychasevillagemd.gov and click on the tablet icon at the top of the Village’s homepage.
 

Alert Montgomery – Alert Montgomery is the official emergency communications service for Montgomery County, MD. During major crisis, emergency or severe weather events, Montgomery County 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 www.montgomerycountymd.gov/oemhs and click on the “Alert Montgomery” link at the top of the page.

 

Family and Community Preparedness Information – Emergencies can take many forms 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, www.chevychasevillagemd.gov/emergencyprep for helpful tools and links. Another important tool the Village has created to assist you in your preparedness efforts is our House Check Program. Always request a House Check when you are leaving 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 www.chevychasevillagemd.gov and click on the “Are you prepared? – Emergency Preparedness Tips” link listed in the Quick Links on the homepage.



Emergency Contact Sheet


EMERGENCY - 911
 
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

Utilities
 

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 2019 Crier.


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