A Special Meeting of the Town Council was held on November 27, 2017 to address the petition requesting the Mayor and Town Council “to declare as surplus parcels and sell the parcels according to the Town ‘Policy for Sale of Surplus Parcels’ the newly discovered Town property under main buildings constructed prior to September 27, 2017.” After a lengthy discussion, the Town Council agreed to continue this Special Meeting of the Town Council on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in McCathran Hall.
During the Special Meeting of the Town Council on November 27, the historic integrity of the Town of Washington Grove was cited as the rationale in offering easements to homeowners whose homes encroach onto Town land. Compatibility of the current and future use of the encroachment area with neighboring homes is considered vital as well. All the land being considered in the petition is currently dedicated to public use, none is considered a surplus land parcel. The Town has no ordinances (laws) to guarantee preservation of the historic architecture in Washington Grove. The responsibility for preservation advice falls to the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) as an important but advisory Commission. As part of the easement process, the HPC prepares descriptions of the historic integrity features (Exhibit Cs) for the requested easements. These Exhibit Cs and all the other documents regarding easements are publicly available through the Town office. The Town Council is continuing to work towards a favorable response to the petition, hence the continuation of this meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
The elected officials in Town are here to serve the Town residents. Your ideas and views are important and highly valued. Please do call or contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I welcome input on any concerns and ideas. My phone number is 301-869-5358 and my e-mail is JMcCathranWGMD@gmail.com. I also am willing to meet with anyone who wishes to have a personal dialogue. This is your government working for you and your voice is important!
Thanks to County Council Member Sidney Katz for assisting in the clearing of illegally parked used vehicles from 16950 Oakmont Avenue, which is directly across from Aitchison Railroad Crossing. Councilor Katz was extremely helpful in getting proper enforcement and follow through on this concern. The trucks on the property are allowed in this zone.
Wishing all many happy returns on the holiday season. Have a warm and safe holiday season.
Joli A. McCathran, Mayor