23 July 2007 | Approved: 13 August 2007
Mayor Compton called a regular meeting of the Town Council to order at 7:33 p.m. In attendance were Councilors Darrell Anderson, Charlie Challstrom, Georgette Cole, Marida Hines, and David Stopak. Also present were Town residents Elly and Ann Briggs, George Paine, Paula Puglisi, and John Tomlin.
Traffic Calming and Enforcement
It was proposed that a zebra crosswalk be installed at the intersection of Maple Road and Oak Street with paddles placed at the sides. Darrell Anderson moved, Georgette Cole seconded, that this traffic order be approved. Vote: 5-0.
Traffic tape will be ordered for pavement stop lines at Town intersections. Mayor Compton asked that a member of the Council work with Town maintenance to assure that stop lines are placed far enough out for good visibility. Georgette reported on her discussions with other towns about police enforcement of speeding. The Council expressed interest in learning more about the LaserCraft traffic van equipped with a speed measuring device. George Paine or Georgette Cole will contact Rockville who reportedly uses this van for traffic enforcement. The Mayor asked that aesthetically pleasing speed limit signs be placed at Town entrances and that we ascertain whether all Town roads, especially the straight-aways, are adequately signposted.
Legacy Open Space Condemnation Update – Mayor Compton reported that there has been no news yet about a summary judgment in the Town’s condemnation case.
Casey 6 & 7 Update
Mayor Compton announced that the County has expressed interest in buying the former proposed school site in Piedmont Crossing for active recreation rather than using Casey 6 for this purpose. Under this scenario, more of the existing tree line could be retained. Mayor Compton will meet on Thursday with EYA representatives, the owners of Casey 6 & 7. Town representatives will set up meetings with M-NCPPC and SHA transportation planners as well as the ICC contractor to lobby on Town issues.
Woodward Park Soccer Field Use
Ann and Elly Briggs expressed dismay with soccer players speeding as they leave the Woodward Park soccer field. The problem of teams without permits using the field continues. Darrell Anderson has met with several teams, including taking a permit application down to players and explaining the process for getting a permit. There are currently times available for permitted team play. Darrell will follow up with Kathy on her return to see what permitting is possible. Teams with permits would give the Town leverage when rules like speeding are broken. Charlie Challstrom objected to wording on the Town’s website suggesting that Montgomery County Police be called for enforcement.
A sign notifying neighbors when a building permit application has been made was approved by the Mayor and Council.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.