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Council Notes

Please note a change in the regular meeting schedule. The next meeting will be Monday,
February 7, 7:30 p.m., McCathran Hall. Agenda will include include a discussion of annexation
of Washington Grove Hills. The public is invited to attend. January Council actions included:
· introduced Ord. No. 2000-01 amending the Town Zoning Ordinance to improve ability to
place conditions on zoning or rezoning of property

Planning Commission

Please note a change in the regular meeting schedule. The Next meeting will be Wednesday,
February 2, 7:30 p.m., McCathran Hall. Tentative agenda includes:
· further study of commercial corner uses including continuance of catering
· finalize conditions attached to rezoning request for WSSC property on Ridge Road

New Town Telephone Directory Available

A new Washington Grove telephone directory, produced and published by the Woman’s Club, is
available from the Town Office for $4. Additional copies for a household may be purchased for
$3. This 2000 edition includes fax numbers and e- mail addresses.

Summer in the Parks 2000

The Town’s summer program for children ages 4-11 will begin July 3 and run through July 28.
This relaxed program of creative projects, sports, nature activities, and fun at the lake meets at
McCathran Hall. The program runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. More
information to follow.

Income Tax Reminder

Remember to fill in “Washington Grove” under “C ity, Town or Taxing Area” on your Maryland
tax return. This does not increase your taxes, but does help ensure that the Town receives its
proper share of local income tax revenue.

Spring Leaf Collection

The fall leaf collection is completed. U.S. LAWNS will make a service visit during the last
week of March, with pick up completed by April 1, weather permitting.


Proposed Zoning Text Amendment to Permit
Placing Conditions on Zoning or Rezoning
Date: Monday, February 7, 2000
Place: McCathran Hall Council Room
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The Town Council will take public comment regarding a proposal initiated by the Town’s
Planning Commission to amend Section 13 of the Washington Grove Zoning Ordinance to afford
the Town Council, upon the zoning or rezoning of property, the opportunity to adopt such
additional restrictions, conditions or limitations deemed appropriate to preserve, improve or
protect the general character of the Town. For example, this ordinance would permit the Town
to require visual variety in a new housing development as a condition of zoning or rezoning.
Copies of the proposed amendment are available at the Town Office.


Thursday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
Woman’s Clubhouse, Chestnut Road & Miller Drive
The return of the much beloved (and often rowdy) White Elephant Auction where each person
brings an unwrapped gift they received at the holidays (or whenever) with which they are willing
to part.

Woman’s Club Meeting

Thursday, February 17
Speaker: Stephanie Speisman
7:30 p.m., Clubhouse

Vicki Erhart Appointed Street Light Czar

Vicki Erhart has agreed to accept this job done so long and ably by Don Gallagher. Though we
encourage residents to report burnt-out street lights directly to PEPCO (instructions are on the
first page of new directory), the Town Council feels that public safety considerations demand
more diligence in keeping our streets lighted. Vicki will report burnt-out lights for the Town.

Mousetrap Concert Series Sold Out

The demand for tickets has exceeded those available. If you find that you are unable to use your
tickets, call Alice Negin or Ann Briggs. We won’t be able to refund the ticket cost but we might
be able to suggest someone who is interested in a ticket(s).

Building Permits

If you are going to erect a building or structure (including fences), make structural alterations to,
or move any existing building or other structure, you must first obtain a building permit from the
Washington Grove Planning Commission. The Town zoning ordinance governs setbacks, lot
coverage, and height. Applications are available at the Town Office at 301-926-2256. Please
allow at least 10 days for review by the Commission. Call John McClelland at 301-963-3328 if
you have questions about zoning code requirements. Interior renovatio ns which involve
electrical, plumbing, or load-bearing changes generally require a County permit. All
applications for County-required building permits must first be signed off by the Town.

Building Permits Issued

· none to report

Apples for the Students PLUS

Just clip and save the bottom portion of your Giant Food receipt tapes. Receipts collected by
Washington Grove Elementary School will be exchanged for computers, books, microscopes and
other educational tools. Receipts may be brought to the Town Office or taken directly to the

Woman’s Club to Help Stepping Stones Shelter

Barbara Leng is coordinating this effort to help Stepping Stones provide shelter, food, clothing
and case management services to families in need. Call Barb at 301-670-9443 to find out how
you can help.

County Historical Society Presents

Lectures and Book Signing
Sunday, February 20
At the Beall-Dawson House in Rockville beginning at 4:00 p.m., Phil Edwards has been asked to
speak about Washington Grove and Tom Canby will speak about Sandy Spring. Historical
Society members – $2, non-members – $5. Questions please call 301-762-1492.

Planning a Career in Government or Public Service?

Scholarships available.
Montgomery Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League is offering two $1,500 college
scholarships to students involved in community service and who plan a career in government or
public service. Must have good scholastic standing (at least average grades). Deadline for
application is April 22, 2000. For information or application call the Town Office at 301-926-

Hazardous Materials Disposal

No collection in January or February. Next collection is March 5.

Call ‘N’ Ride

Montgomery County sponsors this transportation service for elderly and disabled persons with
limited income. Those who are eligible may purchase taxicab and wheelchair van transportation
for a portion of the normal cost. The transportation is a curb-to-curb service, and trips may be
made for any purpose. For a copy of the application and for program information, please call

Movie Enthusiasts Wanted!!

Would you like to be able to see movies that you can’t find in the local Cineplex? Are you
interested in independent movies? Foreign films? Movies for the whole family? If you’d like to
help organize a Washington Grove Film Series in McCathran Hall, call Freda Temple at 301-

Deadline for Next Town Bulletin – February 7


The Town is extremely grateful to
· The many volunteers who organized and put on the millennium celebration especially
Mary Kay DuBois, Kathi Carey Fletcher, Cookie Glass and Alice Negin
· The Woman’s Club for their monumental effort in producing the Town telephone
directory in turn of the century mode, especially Christine Dibble, Mary Kay DuBois,
George Paine and Kitty Vogan

Moms Club

Friday, February 4
Come join the Moms for activities, refreshments and fun! Town Hall at 10 a.m. Call Martha
Crews at 301-527-8273 to sign up.

Swing Time Big Band Comes to the Grove!!

Time to twinkle those toes! Sat, February 26, the Swing Time Big Band will be coming to
McCathran Hall for your dancing pleasure. The band will play from 8 to 11 p.m. Water and
snacks will be provided. Alcoholic beverages will be permitted but not provided. Admission:
Adults $5 at the door. Family maximum $10.


St. Christopher Medal. Call Town Office at 301-926-2256.

Brown Paper Yard Waste Bags Available

A limited number of large paper bags are available at no cost from Town maintenance, call 301-

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