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October 12, 2017 Town Meeting

Town of Cheverly
Meeting Minutes
    October 12, 2017

Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 8:00 pm in the Cheverly Community Center.  

In attendance:  CMs, Riazi, Ivey, Eldridge, Garcia, Stewart, Eldridge and MacKenzie

Pledge of Allegiance


Minutes – Town Meeting        9/14/17

Minutes – Worksession         9/28/17

  • CM Riazi to excuse CM Eldridge from the September 28th meeting. Seconded CM MacKenzie.  Approved 6-0.
Chief’s Report

Chief Robshaw couple things I want to bring up, it has been an up and down year for crime.  Our crime rate will be up a little bit over last and we are mirroring the County’s crime rate. We are up in theft from previous years.  Tomorrow is bike to school day at 7:45 am and the police will be there to escort.  The Public Safety Day had well over 600 people and I want to thank everyone and all the agencies for making it a success.  I want to recognize two people here tonight.  Councilmember Garcia and Councilmember Stewart and I will read the certificates before I present them.  

Mayor there has been discussion regarding 62nd Place and Landover Road.

Chief I have asked SHA to look at the timing of the light and we are on the list.  It is almost impossible to see around the car or down the road when you are making a right hand turn.  Perhaps we can extend the yellow or time the red, because those cars are doing 50 mph.  

CM Eldridge are we allowed to put a red light camera on that signal.

Chief Robshaw they are accident driven and SHA will not put a red light camera there and we must have their permission.

Mayor this area is part of the upcoming traffic study.

Chief Robshaw we also raised $600 for the COPS foundation from our bake sale and I thank you.

Town Administrator’s Report

CM Eldridge have we heard anything from SHA regarding signal heads at Cheverly Avenue.

Mr. Warrington we have not heard back from them.

Recreation Council

Barbara Pejokovich On October 14th we will have our Flea Market at 8:30 am to 2pm.  Our next meeting is on the 24th.  On the 28th we will hold our Halloween party Saturday in October, the 28th at 11:30 here and the parade will begin at Tot Park.

Green Infrastructure Committee

CM Riazi Green Infrastructure got to walk and talk to Pepco and they will provide the Mayor and Council a meadow management plan.  They are working on a program to get an arborist for the private property plan.  Fall is a great time to get out in the woods and look at Cheverly’s nature.  Go to

Cheverly Day Committee

Mayor we are reaching out to identify people to help.  We are moving forward.
Planning Board Report

CM Eldridge we had an excellent presentation by the Neighborhood Design group regarding planning, branding and way finding.  We discussed what is happening on Tuxedo Road, which is going to become a photo studio for a PR company called Design Army.  We also discussed another tenant on Tuxedo Road called Sodibar.  The revised re-write draft has been released and there will be an open comment period and we have invited someone to brief the planning board.  Lastly, we discussed the proposed widening of the BW Parkway and the Maglev.

Citizen Input

Ms. Clair Henkle I am here for Cheverly Village and we have achieved a one year milestone.  We are planning a celebration on November 4th at Fogle Hall from 3-5pm.  I also invite the Cheverly Community to come and find out what we are all about.  Membership is affordable and it is based on income.  


Mayor the message I want to send to the community is that one way or another that our community will be impacted.  There are a lot of rumors and not a lot of fact, but we need to pay attention. Next week is the week we have an opportunity to give input and the meetings are listed in our newsletter.  My greatest concern is in the newsletter to widen the Parkway and take it over from the Department of Interior is a way to make it available for the Maglev train.  They are talking about staging the trains inside the beltway in Prince George’s County.  

CM Riazi part of our community is already bifurcated by the Parkway and this will even have a greater impact.  This will also have a great impact on our green infrastructure and our wildlife.  We could also lose restrictions on truck traffic that is now not allowed.

Adoption Lot Maintenance – Vehicle Storage

Mr. Warrington this is the final reading of an ordinance that will make two portions of our Town Code in synch.  It clarifies both sections as providing a notice that an inoperative vehicle may only remain on a property for 15 days.

  • CM Riazi to adopt O-3-17 to amend the Code Section regarding vehicle storage. Seconded CM Stewart.  Approved 6-0.
Second Reading – Resolution R-8-17 Climate Change

CM Riazi this is the second reading of a resolution of the history of Cheverly supporting our green infrastructure and to continue to do practices along those lines. It recognizes the leadership of our community and how we make sure that we do everything we can in our budgetary considerations and moving us forward. It also recognizes climate change and what we can do to carry on our practices. This resolution is on our website and I invite folks to look at it and provide input.

Authorization to Award a Contract – Community Center Security

Mr. Warrington the Mayor and Council asked the staff as a Capital Improvement Item to regulate control and improve access to the building.  This will allow us to use a swipe system to allow people and groups to get in at the proper time and it will regulate our building use to people that are supposed to have access.  We will work with all the groups.  We will begin by installing all the equipment and then issue the fobs to the groups.  Once they are in place and everything is functional, we will then come back and change all of the lock cylinders.  We are under budget and we are recommending the lowest and best bid, which is the lowest bid and that is Anchor Locksmith

  • CM Eldridge to authorize the expenditure of $38,235 to update the security of the building.   Seconded CM Riazi.  Approved 6-0.
Mayor and Council Announcements

CM MacKenzie on Saturday, October 14th Spellman school is breaking ground for their real school gardens initiative.  Go to the Spellman page if you wish to sign-up.  Email me if you would like to be connected with the feral cats initiative.  The Christmas tree sales are underway for the Community Market.  If you would like to sign-up for the curbside compost look at the newsletter as to how to sign up.  The December 9th house tour is coming soon so please sign up.

CM Stewart the Ward 4 Civic Association Meeting will be held on Monday at 7pm in the conference room.  In collaboration with CM MacKenzie we will be doing a story walk in the park and we want a wonderful story in Boyd Park and that is in development.

CM Eldridge you can sign-up on line for the Cheverly Turkey Trot that will be held on Thanksgiving Day.  It is a great way for high school students to get service hours by volunteering.  

Mayor The November Worksession will be on November 16th due to Thanksgiving.  The upcoming Worksession agenda on the 26th includes: a discussion of the Sanctuary Trust Act, discussion of proposed SHA letter, a traffic briefing of Carlyle and 59th where a speed hump has been requested, Position Description, Discussion on Maglev Train, a briefing on Feral Cats, Traffic Safety around Cheese Park, December 1st Tree Lighting and Department Head Evaluations.

Town of Cheverly
Summary of Action
October 12, 2017
  • CM Riazi to excuse CM Eldridge from the September 28th meeting. Seconded CM MacKenzie.  Approved 6-0.
  • CM Riazi to adopt O-3-17 to amend the Code Section regarding vehicle storage. Seconded CM Stewart.  Approved 6-0.
  • CM Eldridge to authorize the expenditure of $38,235 to update the security of the building.   Seconded CM Riazi.  Approved 6-0.

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