April 2020 – From the Mayor

As we enter our seventh week since the first COVID-19 emergency order was issued in Maryland on March 5th, we have all witnessed the devastating impact this disease has taken not only on our community, but the world around us. Unfortunately, there is no definitive date on when we can begin to regroup and move forward from this public health pandemic. However, I want to assure everyone that the Town Council, Staff, and I will continue to stay the course by keeping our residents and business community abreast of any imperative updates, cancellations, or postponements of Town relevance.

The State of Maryland, along with Montgomery County, have been holding daily and weekly conference calls since the initial COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration. Within our most recent update from the County (4/9), we have been advised that until test kits are more broadly available to increase the testing pool, the County strongly advises to assume that everyone you come in contact with is potentially an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. This means that you should remain cognizant of your surroundings and continue to practice safe social distancing etiquette and wear a mask when out in public in an enclosed environment or at the Farmers Market.

The Town continues to provide important information and resources pertaining to COVID-19 on our website: https://tok.md.gov/, and have also recently posted a webinar and powerpoint presentation by Council Member Conor Crimmins and Town resident Tim Stelzig, which helps our small business owners navigate the application process of the SBA Cares Act: https://tok.md.gov/small-business-administration-webinar/.

Please continue to stay home and stay safe we will get through this public health pandemic together.

COVID-19 – Town Operational Updates – March 30, 2020

Dear Residents and Business Community:
Governor Hogan has issued a ‘Stay at Home’ Executive Order, effective 8:00 pm this evening (3/30), in an effort to help contain the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within Maryland.
I encourage everyone to adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order by staying home at this time, unless essential travel is necessary.
While the Executive Order is necessarily restrictive toward non-essential activity, please be reminded that engaging in outdoor exercise, such as walking, hiking, or biking is acceptable in accordance with the Social Distancing polices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). While our Parks will continue to remain open, we encourage all of our residents to adhere to the policies of Montgomery Parks:Montgomery Parks.
In addition, our local restaurants will be allowed to continue carry-out and delivery options during the Stay at Home order. We are continually updating our Restaurant Guide to provide information on our local restaurants, and we are incredibly thankful to everyone for supporting our local business community.
WTOP has a list of all activities that are considered essential in accordance with the Executive Order here. Please also be reminded to check on your neighbors that may need assistance with daily necessities.
Town Operational Hours and Collection Services
The Town’s operational hours have been modified to 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Monday – Friday). While Town Hall remains closed to public access during this time, the Town staff is still available to answer any concerns or questions the community may have. We encourage you to send an online Service Request, or you may email a staff member directly (quickest response). You may also contact Town Hall by calling 301-949-2424; however, Town staff will be telecommuting during the Stay at Home order. Mayor Furman is available by calling 301-442-4507, if you have a Town emergency. Any changes to the Town’s modified operational hours will be provided through our email notification system and on the Town’s website.
The Town has temporarily suspended bulk collections in an effort to help our contractor, Ecology Services, maintain a consistent schedule. If the Town determines that we need to amend our existing collection schedule in the coming weeks, we will provide information through our email notification system and our website.
Kensington Farmers’ Market
The State of Maryland has recommended that the Farmers’ Markets remain open during the State of Emergency to maintain an adequate supply line of fresh produce. The Town will be making necessary adjustments to promote social distancing and provide access to hand sanitizer for both patrons and vendors. The Market hours on Saturday will remain 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Kensington Train Station and will have fresh produce, poultry, meat, seafood and prepared foods.
April 13, 2020 Town Council Meeting – Postponed
The Monday, April 13, 2020 Town Council Meeting has been postponed until Monday, April 20, 2020, 7 pm. The Public Hearing scheduled for Budget Ordinance No. O-02-2020 (FY21) will now be held on April 20, 2020.
Tracey Furman, Mayor

COVID-19 – Town Operational Updates – March 27, 2020

Dear Residents and Business Community:

While we have all been impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and have seen both the physical and economic toll this disease has taken throughout the world, I would like to take this moment to reflect on how wonderfully our community has pulled together thus far. Whether it is our residents continuing to support our local businesses through carry-out or online offerings, or finding joy through the overwhelming response to the Rainbow Hunt on KensingTown, our community continues to display an incredible amount of passion and dedication in support of each other. These are difficult times for everyone, and my hope, even by social distancing at six feet away, is that we continue to extend this kindness to all of those around us.

There are an incredible amount of people working hard day and night to help protect us and provide the necessities that we need to continue to stay strong during this time. Please take a moment and thank our mail and parcel carriers, grocery store employees, pharmacists, healthcare providers, emergency responders, refuse collectors, and the Town Crew for their current efforts and the difficult days ahead.

Kensington Businesses and Restaurants

Did you know that our Town has nearly 250 businesses? Many of these are small businesses and restaurants that need our help while they continue to serve our community through online, carry-out, or curb-side offerings to deliver the goods and services we need. Please keep our economy healthy and support our local businesses.

Small Business Resource information may be found at the following links:

Montgomery County Economic Development
State of Maryland Department of Commerce
Maryland Department of Labor – Small Business Grants

Kensington Farmers’ Market

The State of Maryland has recommended that the Farmers’ Markets remain open during the State of Emergency to maintain an adequate supply line of fresh produce. The Town will be making necessary adjustments to promote social distancing and provide access to hand sanitizer for both patrons and vendors. The Market hours on Saturday will remain 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Kensington Train Station and will have fresh produce, poultry, meat, seafood and prepared foods.

Town Collection Services and Operational Hours

The Town has temporarily suspended bulk collections in an effort to help our contractor, Ecology Services, maintain a consistent schedule. If the Town determines that we need to amend our existing collection schedule in the coming weeks, we will provide information through our email notification system and our website.

The Town’s operational hours have been modified to 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Monday – Friday), effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020. While Town Hall remains closed to public access during this time, the Town staff is still available to answer any concerns or questions the community may have. We encourage you to send an online Service Request, or you may email a staff member directly. You may also contact Town Hall by calling 301-949-2424. Any changes to the Town’s modified operational hours will be provided through our email notification system and on the Town’s website.

2020 Census

Please be reminded that the 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed online by April 1, 2020. Residents should have received at least two (2) notifications by mail to complete the questionnaire, which takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

The Census is very important for local jurisdictions, as the data is used to help fund education, health, transportation, and public safety initiatives within our County and community. Additional information may be found here.

WSSC – Water

WSSC has asked that we remind everyone to refrain from disposing of disinfecting wipes into the toilet, as this may cause unnecessary blockages. Additional information pertaining to WSSC’s COVID-19 response may be found here.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County continues to hold weekly conference calls updating local municipalities with regard to COVID-19. We will provide any imperative information back to the community following each weekly conference call. A list of Montgomery County closures may be found here.

Maryland Department of Health
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Tracey Furman, Mayor

Please contact the Town staff with any questions: 301-949-2424

COVID-19 – Town Operational Updates – March 23, 2020

Dear Residents and Business Community:
In accordance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order this morning to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by closing all nonessential businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities within Maryland, the Town will be taking the following measures:
Town Operating Hours
The Town’s operational hours will be modified to 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Monday – Friday), effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until the emergency Executive Order is revoked by Governor Hogan. While Town Hall will remain closed to public access during this time, the Town staff will still be available to answer any concerns or questions by calling 301-949-2424, sending a Service Request, or by emailing a staff member directly. Any changes to the Town’s modified operational hours will be provided through our email notification system and on the Town’s website.
Town Collection Services (Trash, Brush, and Recycling)
We have been advised by our collections contractor, Ecology Services, that they are operating with a reduced staff and have asked that the Town temporarily suspend bulk collections effective immediately. Bulk collection items scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 will not be collected and the Town will contact residents directly that have already requested the service.
The Town may need to amend our regular collection schedule in the coming weeks in an effort to maintain consistent trash collection, which may suspend brush (yard waste) and recycling collections temporarily. We will continue to provide information as necessary through our email notification system and our website.
Town Parks
The Town will be removing the basketball rims from all backboards on public property within the corporate limits of the Town of Kensington to further prevent large gatherings. While our Parks will remain open, we ask that park visitors refrain from using playground equipment and avoid contact with surfaces that are frequently touched by other people and from participating in activities involving physical contact or sharing of equipment. This policy is at the recommendation of Montgomery Parks.
WSSC – Water
WSSC has asked that we remind everyone to refrain from disposing disinfecting wipes into the toilet, as this may cause unnecessary blockages. Additional information pertaining to WSSC’s COVID-19 response may be found here.
Kensington Restaurants – Takeout and Delivery Options
We continue to update our Restaurant Takeout and Delivery Guide and encourage everyone to support our local businesses during these uncertain times.
Small Business Resource information may be found at the following links:
*Frankly Pizza is temporarily closed while they develop their online ordering application.
Montgomery County
Montgomery County continues to hold weekly conference calls updating local municipalities with regard to COVID-19. Our next scheduled call is Thursday afternoon and we will provide any imperative information back to the community. A list of Montgomery County closures may be found here.
Tracey Furman, Mayor
Please contact the Town staff with any questions: 301-949-2424

COVID-19 Town Operational Updates – March 20, 2020

Dear Kensington Residents and Business Community:
While we continue to adapt to the rapidly changing situation by adhering to the recommendations by both the State of Maryland and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, we would like to provide the following updates to the community.
Town Parks
The Town will be posting Advisory signs at all Town and County Parks within our corporate limits later today advising the public that Social Distancing is in effect within all of our Parks. In addition, Montgomery Parks has posted the following advisory:
While we are not closing our parks, and lack the physical means to do so, we urge anyone who visits a park to observe recommendations from public health officials and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people. In addition, park visitors should refrain from using playground equipment and avoid contact with surfaces that are frequently touched by other people and participation in activities involving physical contact or sharing of equipment.
This means, for example, that park patrons should not touch playground equipment, play team sports such as soccer, baseball, or basketball, or touch restroom doors without using hand sanitizer. On the other hand, going for a hike or bike ride, shooting baskets on an otherwise empty court, and other activities that do not involve coming into close proximity to other people or touching surfaces that could be infected are appropriate.
While our Parks will continue to remain open as well, we encourage all of our residents to observe and respect the recommendations by Montgomery Parks.
Town Collection Services and Operational Hours
Our collection services (trash, brush, and recycling) will continue to operate as scheduled. If a change to our collection services is determined to be necessary, we will provide additional information through our email notification system and on the Town’s website.
Town Hall remains closed to public access at this time. The Town staff is still available to answer any concerns or questions by calling 301-949-2424, sending a Service Request, or by emailing a staff member directly. While operational hours continue to be 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday, we will most likely modify these hours beginning next week. Any changes to the Town’s operational hours will be provided through our email notification system and on the Town’s website.
Kensington Farmers’ Market
The State of Maryland has recommended that Farmers’ Markets remain open during the State of Emergency to maintain an adequate supply line of fresh produce. The Town will be making necessary adjustments to promote social distancing and provide access to hand sanitizer for both patrons and vendors. The Market hours on Saturday will remain 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Kensington Train Station.
Kensington Restaurants – Takeout and Delivery Options
We continue to update our Restaurant Takeout and Delivery Guide and encourage everyone to support our local businesses during these uncertain times.
Kensington Around Town Journal
We have been advised by the United States Postal Service that there has been a delay with the delivery of our March/April Around Town Journal to the community. Please accept our apologies for this delay. We hope you can look beyond events that have since been canceled and read something interesting about our wonderful community before this crisis caused so many changes in our lives.
We encourage everyone to remain informed with updated information through the Maryland Department of Health and to regularly wash your hands during this public health emergency.
Additional information pertaining to the COVID-19 virus may be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and Health and Human Services with Montgomery County.
Tracey Furman, Mayor

March 2020 – From the Mayor

While this winter has been a disappointment for snow enthusiasts anxiously awaiting their next snow day adventure, our mild winter has allowed the Town’s Public Works Crew get a jump start on the spring cleanup. The Crew has been busy cleaning and mulching flower beds, laying sod and grass seed, and preparing for the spring mowing season. The Town will also schedule a street sweeping for early April and the Town staff will be circulating information later this month.

The Town’s 2020 municipal Election is scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2020, and I would like to announce that I have formally submitted my nomination to serve as your Mayor for a third term. Nominations to run for Mayor or Town Council are due by 4:00 pm on Monday, May 11, 2020. Additional Election information may be found on the Town’s website: https://tok.md.gov/town-government/town-elections/

The Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) announced last fall that they plan to relocate to Silver Spring in three years. The HOC building is located at the old Kensington Elementary School site (10400 Detrick Avenue) and will return to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) once HOC officially departs. In speaking with MCPS’s Facilities Director, Seth Adams, the current plan is to renovate the facility and use it for Pre-K education while including a recreational component for the community. The concept of keeping the facility with MCPS with a recreational component is great aspect for our Town, as the facility would be available to reserve for events and meetings, while also providing access to the gymnasium.  

The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) held their annual Chili Cook-Off on March 7th and I would like to extend a special thank you to Strosniders Hardware for their sponsorship of the event.

January 2020 – From the Mayor

The annual Menorah Lighting was once again a wonderful celebration to the start of Hanukkah, and I want to thank Jenn Beaudet, Jon and Susan Gerson, Ann Lichter, Anna Sachs, and Salo and Lisa Zelermyer for organizing the event. I would also like to thank Temple Emanuel Cantor, Lindsay Kanter, who lead the crowd in song and Donut King for their contribution.

The Town also hosted our first Caroling Around the Fountain at Flynn Park, and I would like to thank the Mark Hudson Group for organizing the event.

I would also like to thank Residents Claudia Gaffey and Chris Kohl for keeping the Town tidy collecting the blown trash during their daily walks.

The Town continues to see interest with redevelopment opportunities as commercial properties come available. I strongly encourage Residents to stay connected with the Town and projects reviewed by the Development Review Board (DRB). All meetings are open to the public and proposed projects are listed on our website: https://tok.md.gov/redevelopment/. If you have any comments or questions about a specific project, please send them to Mayor.Council@tok.md.gov. Council Members Darin Bartram and Conor Crimmins, Co-Chairs of the DRB, are always happy to discuss proposed projects.

How Does the Development Process Work . . . the Town is planning to schedule a follow-up to last years Design & Review workshop, which is a great opportunity to learn about the development and planning process and ask questions of the County’s Planning staff. We will provide additional information within a future Around Town Journal.

Another great way to familiarize yourself with the redevelopment process is to review the 2012 Kensington and Vicinity Sector Plan: https://montgomeryplanning.org/planning/communities/area-2/kensington/kensington-sector-plan. The Sector Plan is a blueprint as to how and what may develop within our Town.

November 2019 – From the Mayor

Town Manager Sanford Daily announced his plans to retire at the end of the year at our November 18, 2019 Council Meeting.

Mr. Daily joined the Town in April 2008, when former Mayor, Pete Fosselman, advocated for a professional manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Town. Previously retired from the City of Gaithersburg after 27 years, Mr. Daily was persuaded to come and work for the Town.

I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Daily since 2012, when I was first elected to the Town Council. With his many years of municipal management experience, Mr. Daily has served our Town exceptionally well and with the highest level of professionalism. Our elected officials, Residents, and the Town staff will miss his steady hand and institutional knowledge,

Mr. Daily’s last day as Town Manager will be December 31st, however, at the request of the Council, he will remain on staff as a consultant through March 2020. Assistant Town Manager Matthew Hoffman will become acting Town Manager beginning January 1, 2020.

The Board of Appels issued a denial for oral arguments and conditional use (self-storage) for the property located at 10619 Connecticut Avenue on October 29, 2019. The applicant, 1784 Capitol Holdings, has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Circuit Court of Maryland.

On behalf of the Town we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

September 2019 – From the Mayor

Council Member Duane Rollins and I attended the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department’s (KVFD) ceremony commemorating the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A solemn annual event honoring the nearly 3,000 victims, including 343 firefighters who died in the World Trade Center, KVFD joined hundreds of other fire stations while responding to the Pentagon. While honoring KVFD’s pledge to ‘Never Forget’, the Town donated funding in 2019 to complete a plaque recognizing Flight 93, which crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA. The plaque is included within KVFD’s 9/11 Memorial and is the only Fire Station in Montgomery County to have such a Memorial. I would encourage everyone to take the time to visit the 9/11 Memorial at Station 5 and ‘Never Forget’.

The Town has completed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Konterra Limited Partnership for the use of the property located at 10450 Metropolitan Avenue as a Dog Park. Considering the property is located between the CSX railroad tracks and Metropolitan Avenue, we believe that the Dog Park will be an ideal location, as it is far from any residential properties. The Town Council approved the purchase of a 6’ fence at our August meeting and the staff is currently working with the County on permits. To get the Dog Park opened this fall, we will be placing compacted dust gravel and grass, similar to Dog Parks in Gaithersburg and Rockville, and will also install 2-3 benches, a trash/recycling station, dog waste stations, and signage/regulations for use of the Park. The Town’s Public Works Crew will also provide landscaping upgrades along Metropolitan Avenue. The location does not have enough space for separate large and small dog areas, nor will the Park have water; however, we are very excited to finally find an appropriate location for a Dog Park within our Town. An advisory committee has also been formed to review future upgrades, including art opportunities, shade structure(s), surface material, and agility furnishings.