7/17/18 – The roads on the south side had just been repaved following the Washington Gas project and sure enough, new survey and utility markings are being made on the pavement.  Bob Gross was in touch with several groups and this is what we found out.  Bob has asked them why this project needs to be done when WSSC last did a major project in this area within the past 10 years or so. 

7/17/18  From WSSC Government Relations Manager to a representative from Roger Berliner’s office 

I apologize for the confusion related to the Devilwood Drive water main replacement project. Based on our review of the water main breaks in Montgomery and Prince George’s County, WSSC initiated a design project for this neighborhood. The initial design kickoff meeting was held just last week. The new Project Manager, in an abundance of caution, asked the design contractor to place door hangers in advance of the initial engineering survey work to try to avoid confusion by residents. Unfortunately, this created more confusion as we typically only place door hangers prior to construction.

The design is expected to be completed in 2019-2020 with construction starting in 2020-2021 at the very earliest. WSSC prides itself in restoring roads to top notch condition when it performs water main replacement work and that will definitely be the case for this project as well. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or the homeowners association have any additional questions.

7/17/18 From Montgomery County Permitting and Code Enforcement Inspector to Bob Gross 

The newly paved roads will not be impacted. When WSSC starts to think about a project, they always look on the moratorium list which shows newly paved roadways. This neighborhood was placed on the moratorium list yesterday. This project is currently in the design and planning phases.

To try and simplify the process… when someone wants to build a house, they have to design and plan it. Take survey of the land. Locate the utilities. Get plans drawn up and design the house. Have an idea of what you want to spend. Get estimates or bids for doing the work. Get permits. All of this is done prior to the start of construction and typically takes longer than the actual construction process. It’s similar with the WSSC mainline projects. A lot of planning and design go into it before anything even happens. With that being said… WSSC is now aware that a lot of streets are under moratorium and they will not touch those streets for a minimum of 3 years, at which time the streets are no longer covered under the moratorium requirements. WSSC is re-evaluating this job and may decide to replace the mainline only on the streets that were not recently paved. They may even cancel this entire project, or they may postpone it for a few years. Please understand that what’s going on in the Devilwood neighborhood at this time is only planning and designing. By marking the utilities and surveying the streets in the entire neighborhood (this includes the newly paved roads and the old roads) will help them better determine what route they will take.

As for the full width mill/overlay. It depends on the scope of their work as well as what Montgomery County requires. I can not give you reassurance because nobody even knows what work is going to take place at this time…. they are currently planning it.

Link to the list in the history section of the site 

MSCA Annual Membership Meeting, May 14, 2018, Beverly Farms Elementary School

The annual membership meeting was held as announced on the website and by email and was called to order at 7:30 PM by Bob Gross, President and CEO of MSCA, Inc. 

There were five individuals in attendance, the four officers of the Governing Board (Bob Gross, President; Steve Schuck, Vice President; David Grossman, Treasurer; Jane Acri, Secretary), and one neighbor.  There were severe thunderstorms and heavy rain occurring throughout the evening, which may have accounted for the unusually low turnout.

District 15 Legislative Update:  Brian Feldman, our State Senator from Maryland Legislative District 15 and neighbor on Little Creek Drive provided a legislative update.  Brian is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, chairing its Health Subcommittee and, most recently, was appointed as the Senate Chair of the newly formed Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission.  This commission will address issues related to the Affordable Care Act, healthcare policy in general, opioid addiction, medical marijuana, and prescription drug prices.  He discussed several legislative successes, including a bill to terminate the parental rights of rapists, and most importantly, a bill to insure future Metro funding of 500M per year in capital improvements, with $167M from Maryland, $178M from DC, and $154M from Virginia.  This bill was supported by the three jurisdictions, and was signed by Governor Hogan at Strathmore, near the proposed site of a new Amazon Headquarters on April 25, 2018.  Brian noted the support and accomplishments of the District 15 delegates, Kathleen Dumais, David Fraser-Hildago, and Aruna Miller and described some of the bills they have proposed.  Senator Feldman also discussed many bills that did not pass, and ended with stressing the critical importance of the upcoming elections where county residents will be voting for a new county executive, new county council members, as well as state senators and delegates, half of whom are up for election.  He is anticipating that half of the state Senate is likely to turn over because all the four-year terms expire at the same time.   Brian reiterated the importance of local and state governments which continues to introduce and consider hundreds of bills despite Congressional gridlock.  Bob Gross urged Brian to promote extending Montrose Parkway to the Intercounty Connector and the construction of a Marc Train Station near the White Flint Metro.  (A Montgomery College Metro Station should also be considered.)

Treasurer’s Report:  David Grossman, the MSCA Treasurer, reported that the amount of money in the association’s bank account (over $11,000) is on par with last year, following dues collection from 223 of the over 400 households in Montgomery Square.  Planned expenses are also consistent with last year, despite changing landscaper companies (now Allentuck), and include billing, postage, website, directories, insurance, and the block party.  We may need to hire painters for our community entrance signage.  It would be appreciated if those families who have not yet paid their 2018 dues would go ahead and do so.  A dues form can be found on line at www.montgomerysquare.org.

Street Repaving:  Re-paving of community streets will occur after the work on the gas (south side) and water (north side) lines.  For the south side of Montgomery Square, it is likely that this will occur in the summer.  Bob Gross has discussed the problems with cracks forming in the Streets on the south side almost immediately after the previous re-paving, which took place several years ago, and has suggested to the County that it require the contractor to use a deeper bed and higher quality mix of materials.

Elections:  The current officers agreed to remain on the Governing Board for another term of one year or until successors are elected.  Steve Schuck is currently doing double duty as vice president and webmaster.

Yard Sale:  The annual community yard sale will be held on June 2 and 3 and will include Regency Estates and Potomac Woods as well as Montgomery Square.  It will be advertised in the Washington Post, Nextdoor Regency, and elsewhere, and maps of participating houses will be posted on each association’s website.  Signs will be placed throughout the neighborhood.

Trees:  About 15 households signed up with MSCA for free flowering trees to be planted by the Country in the Fall.  This will bring the total number of new trees in Montgomery Square to well over 200. 

Community Service Award:  In commemoration of Bob Gross and his 20 years of service as president of MSCA, the Board presented Bob with a plaque to express the appreciation of the community for his sustained and exemplary efforts on behalf of the association.  Bob is the longest serving president and began at a time when it was extremely difficult to find volunteers willing to be involved.  He has worked tirelessly (despite his full-time job) to improve the community through beautification, maintenance, and improvements, and to speak for the association in public meetings regarding issues of concern like education, transportation, and proposed development.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm.

MSCA and PW Yard Sale Map 2018

Regency Estates Yard Sale Map 2018

 

MSCA ANNUAL YARD SALE DATES  –  Saturday June 2nd 9-12 and Sunday June 3rd 12-3

If you’re thinking of doing a yard sale, the community wide yard sale is coming up.  Homeowners conduct the sale at their home or join a neighbor for increased traffic.  This year, Montgomery Square will again partner with Potomac Woods and Regency Estates.  Yard Sale banners will be posted the week of the sale and the event will be advertised thru the Washington Post, Craig’s List and social media.  On the sale dates, Steve will put up directional signs and maps at the main entrances.   

If you want to be listed for the yard sale please email Steve at TheSchucks@LongandFoster.com

Yard Sale Tips and other organizing help

Guest speaker – State Senator Brian Feldman.  Get the latest updates on the Montgomery County Tree Planting Program.  There will be a short business meeting and annual elections.  If you are interested in a position on the Board or would like more information on volunteering, please contact MSCA Secretary Jane Acri Jane.Acri@gmail.com    Please come out to show your support for MSCA!

January 2018 Newsletter

Congratulations to Sara for being named as a 2017 “Washingtonian of the Year.” 

https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/01/09/washingtonians-year-2017/

 

Cabin John Plan 9-14-17

Have a tree that has been planted by the County?

If you would like the county to inspect a tree that they have planted, please submit a request by calling 311 (MC-311 call center) so that there is a formal record of the request in the Country’s system.  Once they receive a request, an arborist will usually be out within 3-4 weeks or earlier to inspect the tree(s). Then, the arborist will leave a door-hanger specifying the result of the inspection (tree will be removed/tree will be pruned/no maintenance required at this time etc.). 

As for street tree care – during the winter it is not necessary to water newly planted trees. Once spring comes, the arborist recommends watering the trees at least twice a week during weeks where there is no rainfall.   The arborist mostly wants residents to water the trees during the hotter summer months, especially during July when we routinely have a drought.  The arborist recommends watering 10 gallons per session, or by leaving the hose on at a trickle overnight if able (to imitate slower rainfall).  Once the trees are established, all future maintenance is the county’s responsibility.