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June 14, 2017 City Council Meeting Agenda

Dear Neighbors:

The following is a link to the Agenda for June 14, 2017 City Council Meeting:  https://takomaparkmd.gov/meeting_agendas/city-council-agenda-meeting-wednesday-june-14-2017/

We’ll be starting at 6:30 PM with a reception honoring Sue Silber, who is retiring after over 30 years as Takoma Park’s City Attorney. I encourage all those who have worked with or interacted with her to attend this event to help honor her exemplary service to our community. The Council will also vote on a resolution recognizing Sue’s contributions to the City. We’ll continue with votes on several non-controversial contracts (detailed below) most of which will be combined into one package for a single vote (I’ll be voting “yes”). Then we’ll have a presentation by the grants committee on its recommendations for this year’s proposed quality of life grant awards, along with an initial discussion of the new Emergency Tree Fund which was approved as part of our recent budget deliberations. 

Reminder: Most City parking permits expire on June 30 (unless you obtained a two-year permit that runs into 2018). If you don’t have an updated permit by the end of this month, you could get a ticket if you park as you normally do on the street. Please note that there isn’t a grace period. Here’s a link to the parking permit application information: https://takomaparkmd.gov/government/police/permit-area-parking/.

Sue Silber Resolution.  https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2017/council-20170614-1.pdf

Below is background information on the six contracts mentioned above:

Streetlight Fixtures.  https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2017/council-20140614-2a.pdf

Flexipave Contract.  https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2017/council-20140614-2b.pdf

Folk Festival.  https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2017/council-20140614-2c.pdf

Annual Audit.  https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2017/council-20140614-2d.pdf

Email Licenses.  https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2017/council-20170614-2e.pdf

IT Server.  Background information not yet available

Community Grants Presentation.  https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2017/council-20140614-3.pdf.  I look forward to this presentation by the grants committee on their recommended awardees. Note that this is an initial presentation; we won’t be voting on the grants this week.

Emergency Tree Fund Discussion.  https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2017/council-20140614-4.pdf.  I was pleased to support this new program, which as mentioned above, was just established by the Council. It’s designed to provide financial assistance to low and moderate income residents who need to remove or trim hazardous or downed trees. We allocated $25,000 for this purpose, but the program details have not yet been fully developed. With this agenda item, City staff will present their first ideas on how the program could function.

As always please be in touch with questions or comments about these or other matters.

Peter Kovar

Takoma Park City Councilmember

Ward One




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