May 2018 – From the Mayor

The Town staff and I are working with Actualize Studio on the final touches of our new TOK.MD.GOV website. The new website should launch the first week of June, and we hope that you find it informative and user friendly. The new site will allow residents, and the business community, to submit service request forms, apply and pay for permits online, and will have ADA and mobile accessibility. I would also like to thank Council Member Conor Crimmins for his yeoman’s work to guide this project along.

The Town will be hosting a District 18 Candidates Forum on Wednesday, May 30th, 7 pm—9 pm, at Town Hall.

The Kensington Day of the Book Festival and Kensington Car Showwere a wonderful success! We greatly appreciate both Elisenda Sola-Sole, Kensington Row Bookshop, and Mario Bruno, Kensington Service Center, for their efforts.

We have been advised by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that our grant application for the St. Paul Park Pavilionhas been included within the FY19 Maryland Capital Budget. The project still needs final approval from the Board of Public Works, and we should know for certain later this summer if the grant has been approved.

April 2018 Around Town Journal

 

April 2018 Around Town Journal

The Town will be hosting in cooperation with McCaffery Interests, the developer for the proposed Solera Senior Living project, a Community Meeting at Town Hall on Thursday, May 3rd, beginning at 7 pm.

The Architect for the project will present a re-designed concept plan for the north façade of the building, along with new drawings of the south façade (including day and evening views), and an update for the transition between the two existing historic buildings and the new structure.

If you are unable to attend the May 3rd meeting, we will be posting the presentation on our website following the meeting.

In addition, McCaffery Interests will be attending our May 14th Council Meeting for a Courtesy Review of the presentation.

I strongly encourage all residents to stay engaged as we continue to navigate through multiple redevelopment projects (10540 Metropolitan Avenue; 10619 Connecticut Avenue; and 3906/3910 Knowles Avenue) within the Town that are at different stages of design.

If you have any questions about the proposed development projects, please contact me at Mayor.Tracey@tok.md.gov.

The Day of the Book Festival will be held on Sunday, April 22nd, 11 am—4 pm. Please join the Kensington Row Bookshop for live music, author readings, poetry, activities for adults and children, story tellers, and  . . . Books, Books, and more Books! This street festival lines Howard Avenue with local authors, book artists, publishers, booksellers, and literary groups to show, sell, and discuss their works. All activities are free.

The 5th Annual Kensington Car Show will be held along Howard Avenue on Sunday, May 6th, 10 am—4 pm. Hosted by the Kensington Service Station, the Car Show will once again showcase both classic and current model vehicles, and provide live music, food, and fun for the entire family.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, which received nearly $9,000 from last years Car Show.

 

 

 

 

March 2018 Around Town Journal

 

March 2018 Around Town Journal

I am frequently asked about the old Huggins gas station property at 10619 Connecticut Avenue and if there are any future development plans for the site. I am happy to report that the property was recently sold to the Chuck Levin group, which also owns the adjacent property with 7-11. While the Levin group has yet to submit a long-term proposal for the property, they decided to provide two short-term lease agreements with Hawkins Produce and Cherner Brothers Auto. In speaking with Joe Hawkins, he is very excited about the opportunity and is looking forward to bringing produce back to Kensington.

The Town’s Public Works Supervisor, Jason Swain, recently carved a new eagle at Earnest Memorial Park in honor of his niece, Katie.

The Local Advisory Panel (LAP) for the Kensington Historic District is looking for two additional members. Although advisory in nature, the LAP’s contributions are vital to the work of the Commission and furtherance of history of Montgomery County’s communities. If you are interested in being appointed to the LAP, please contact me at Mayor.Tracey@tok.md.gov.

The 2018-19 (FY19) Town Budget was introduced at our March 12th Council Meeting and the Public Hearing will be held on Monday, April 9th, beginning at 7 pm.

 

 

December 2017 Around Town Journal

December 2017 Around Town Journal

The Town’s Annexation Committee will convene on Wednesday, December 6th, 7 pm, to discuss the proposed annexation of 35 homes and several commercial properties. Currently, the Committee is researching the proposal and providing information to the proposed annexed properties with regards to the Town of Kensington. If you have additional questions, pleas read Growing the Town of Kensington for the Better, or please contact us.

Please join the Town on Sunday, December 3rd, 5:30 pm, for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), along with Santa Claus, will arrive at 6:00 pm. The Town’s Menorah Lighting will be held on Tuesday, December 12th, 6:30 pm. Music, cider, and cookies will be available at both events.

The Town is once again a Toys-for-Tots drop-off location this holiday season. We ask that you please consider donating a new unwrapped toy by Thursday, December 14th.

Donation hours are 8:00 am– 4:00 pm

Monday through Friday until December 14th

We will be accepting toy donations during both the Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting ceremonies.

Town Website—The staff continues to work with Actualize Studio on designing our new website, which will allow the community greater access to the services we provide, including online payment options for permits; mobile friendly access; and a service request area.

Town Directory—Nicole Andrews and Helen Wilkes of the K-Town Ladies Guild are finalizing the new Town Directory. We expect to have the directory completed and available for delivery in January.

Pablo Oliva was recently added to the Public Works Crew to help with the leafing and winter snow season. Please welcome Pablo to the Crew if you see him around Town.

On behalf of the Town Council and staff, we wish you a joyful Holiday Season and a very prosperous New Year.

Mayor Furman

 

 

October 2017 Around Town Journal

October 2017 Around Town Journal

In comparison to other local municipalities, Kensington is very fortunate to have a strong and vibrant business community that has blossomed over the last few years. In cooperation with our local business associations, along with the ExploreKensington campaign, we are becoming a resident destination not only for that unique gift, but a bottle of wine, yoga class, or even a great meal! With our shop local objective in mind, I encourage you to explore our various local businesses within the enclosed pamphlet, and to learn more about what Kensington has to offer, please visit ExploreKensington.com, and sign up for their weekly e-blasts of business/community happenings.

I would also like to thank Linda Blackbourn and Anne Stone, Gala Artisan Jewelry & Gifts, for organizing another great Fall Festival. We are very fortunate to have businesses owners that take the time and effort to promote our Town through events each year.

Finally, I would like to pass along my condolences to the family of Margaret McCurdy. Ms. McCurdy, the widow of Phil McCurdy, who served on the Kensington Town Council from 1958 – 1960, passed away earlier this month.

Ordinances Introduced

Ordinance No. O-03-2017 – An Ordinance of the Mayor and Town Council amending Chapter VI, “Signs and Commercial Regulation”, Article 1, “Signs and Solicitors”, Section 6-101, “Signs”; 6-102, “Town Sign Permit Required; 6-103, “Signs in the Public Right-of-Way; and Section 6-104, “Signs on Private Property”, to clarify requirements with respect to A-frame and sandwich signs, permitting, and signs in the right-of-way, to reduce landscape requirements, revise the length of time that a limited duration sign may be posted in the right-of-way, and to make conforming changes. The Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017, 7 pm.

Ordinance No. O-04-2017 – Introduction of an Ordinance of the Mayor and Town Council amending Chapter IV, “Traffic and Vehicles”, by amending and re-enacting Article 1, “General Provisions”, Section 4-102, “Definitions”, Section 4-103, “Traffic and Parking Control Devices”, Section 4-106, “Operation of Vehicles on Streets, Sidewalks, Curbs, and Gutters”, Section 4-107, “Bicycles”, Section 4-108, “Enforcement”, Article 2, “Parking”, Section 4-201, “General Parking Restrictions” and Section 4-208, “Residential Parking Area”, while also deleting Section 4-207, “Professional Reserved Parking”, and Article 3, “Traffic Control” by adding Section 4-305, “Enforcement” to update the Chapter and make provisions for setting parking fines by Resolution, update various definitions to be consistent with the State Code. Authorize the Town Manager to make certain determinations, to clarify enforcement and authorize adoption of fines by Resolution, to delete the Section with respect to professional reserved parking, and to clarify that the Council may designate parking permit areas and delete that designation on its own authority, with conforming changes. The Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017, 7 pm.

September 2017 Around Town Journal

September 2017 Around Town Journal

The 2017 Town Directory Co-chairs, Nicole Andrews and Helen Wilkes, are making one last appeal to Residents to submit their contact information before the Directory goes to print. Currently, there are over 200 households that have yet to return their information sheets. Even if nothing has changed, please send your information to Info.KTownLadies@gmail.com.

Kensington’s first new redevelopment project, Knowles Station, has finally broken ground at the corner of Detrick and Knowles Avenues. The commercial center will have two to three retail shops and will be anchored by a high-end wine bar. Streetscape improvements on Detrick, along with outdoor seating, are within the proposed plans.

The proposed Kensington Senior Living development project along Metropolitan Avenue will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, September 27th, 7 pm, at Town Hall to answer questions from the community. Please RSVP to ECRogers@lerchearly.com

Strosniders Hardware has announced that their opening has been delayed until late October or early November.

Longtime Carroll Place Resident, Dan Botkiss, passed away on September 5th. Mr. Botkiss served on the Kensington Town Council from 1962 through 1969. Mr. Botkiss is survived by his wife Gloria and their children Marilyn and Philip.  Their son Barry is deceased.

50th Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival

The Town would like to thank the community for a wonderful Labor Day Parade and Festival, and extend a very special thank you to our

Harold Huggins and Jayne Plank (Grand Marshal)

Honorary Grand Marshal, Jayne Plank. Ms. Plank served on the Kensington Town Council from 1967–1974, at which time she had the distinction of being the first woman elected Mayor (1974-1982) within the Town. Ms. Plank oversaw many Town milestones during her time as Mayor, to include the purchase of the Armory (Town Hall) and Flinn Park; the creation of Noyes Children’s Library; and having Kensington added to the National Register of Historic Places. Although the Kensington Labor Day Parade originated during Ms. Plank’s first term on the Kensington Council, she credits Harold Huggins and the Kensington-Wheaton Lions Club for organizing the event. We thank Ms. Plank and Mr. Huggins both for their contributions to our Town.

 

August 2017 Around Town Journal

August 2017 Around Town Journal

The Council and I have created an ad-hoc Annexation Committee to explore the possibility of annexing certain streets, already within the Walter Johnson Cluster, into the Corporate Limits of the Town of Kensington. These addresses include:

The north side of Perry Avenue (3507 – 3613), Decatur Avenue (3500 – 3610), Madison Street (10815 – 10819), St. Paul Street (10724 – 10728), and University Blvd. (3404 – 3700).

The first Annexation Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 15th, 7 pm, and will be Chaired by former Council Member David Beaudet. The meeting is open to the public.

I would also like to thank the Kensington Business District Association (KBDA) for their continued sponsorship of Food Truck Night. KBDA Board Members Dennis McCurdy, Duane Rollins, Linda Blackburn, Mario Bruno, and Eli Sola-Sole, along with Al Lacey and Missy Carr (Go Fish Truck) have been instrumental in the overall success of Food Truck Night.

Fence Ordinance Introduced

The Mayor and Town Council introduced Ordinance No. O-02-2017 at the July 10, 2017 Council Meeting. The Ordinance proposes a restriction on the height of any new fences to be located within the front plane of a residential property.

ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF KENSINGTON AMENDING CHAPTER V, “HOUSING AND BUILDING REGULATIONS”, BY AMENDING AND RE-ENACTING ARTICLE I, “BUILDING CODE”,  SECTION 5-109, “FENCES, WALLS AND RETAINING WALLS” AND ARTICLE 2, “HOUSING CODE”, SECTION 5-201, “MONTGOMERY COUNTY HOUSING CODE ADOPTED”; ENACTING NEW SECTIONS 5-202, “MAINTENANCE OF STRUCTURES”; AND RENUMBERING SECTIONS 5-202, “NEW HOME WARRANTY AND BUILDER LICENSING” AND 5-203, “PARKING ON YARDS AND GREENSPACE”

The Public Hearing has been scheduled for Monday, August 14th, 7 pm, at Town Hall. Comments and questions may be submitted to the Mayor and Council prior to the Public Hearing at the following email: Mayor.Council@tok.md.gov.

 

 

 

 

June 2017 Around Town Journal

June 2017 Around Town Journal

This July 1st will mark the one year anniversary since I was sworn in as the Mayor of Kensington, and I would like to thank everyone for the support that I have received during this time. I never imagined what a rewarding experience serving as your Mayor would become, and I am excited about the great things that have happened over the last year and what is on the horizon.

We have seen the addition of two new restaurants, The Dish & Dram, along with Crisp and Juicy; a new women’s clothing store, Oak; and several new boutiques within Antique Village. By year’s end we will have a new Animal Hospital, Hair Salon (Sweet HairAfter), Hardware Store (Strosniders), and Coffee Shop (Car Wash Coffee); and with our first redevelopment project, Solera Senior Living, taking shape, we have many great things to look forward to.

Our business community has also remained active with the newly developed Kensington Can!, organizers of the Paper Airplane event at St. Paul Park last month, and they also continue to support our Food Truck Nights along Armory Avenue on the first and third Thursday of the month.

We have recently seen the installation of the fountain at Flinn Park, and I am grateful to everyone who supported this project and especially thankful to Mark Hudson, McEnearney Associate Realtors, for overseeing the project. I hope to announce a formal dedication of the fountain in the near future.

As I had the opportunity to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Kensington Historical Society last week, it allowed me the opportunity to reflect on how great our Town really is, but I am also looking forward to the year ahead, where we plan to redesign our Town’s website; publish a 2017 Town Directory; amend a number of our Town’s regulations pertaining to animals, fences, and signs; and continue to push for responsible redevelopment and growth within our community.

The 22nd Annual Bike Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4th at St. Paul Park. The Bike Parade begins at 10 am and the Town asks that those wishing to participate begin lining up by 9:45 am. This event is open to all kids, and those young at heart, that wish to decorate their bike, scooter, wagon or stroller and follow a Kensington Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) fire truck through the streets of Kensington.

The Town would like to thank Mark Hudson, McEnearney Associate Realtors, for his continued coordination and sponsorship of this event.

 

 

 

 

May 2017 Around Town Journal

May 2017 Around Town Journal

The Town has been incredibly lucky to have such an active and supportive business community over the years. Many of our local businesses organize and sponsor events throughout the Town and volunteer their time and money to support local charitable organizations and our schools. Please remember to shop local whenever you can, which is the best way to say THANK YOU to our businesses.

Upcoming Events:

  • The Kensington Shopping Center will be hosting Carmen’s Italian Ice & Custard on Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sundays through
    Paul Sexton (Edward Jones) and Jenn Paul (ServPro) at the Day of the Book Festival.

    the summer, 5 pm—9 pm (weather permitting).

  • The Kensington Historical Society’s Summer Concert Series begins Sat., May 27th, 10 am, Howard Park.
  • The Kensington Historical Society celebrates their 40th Anniversary, Warner Mansion Park, 2:00 pm—5:00 pm.
  • Food Truck Night, Armory Ave., 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5 pm—8 pm.

The Mayor and Town Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2017-18 (FY18) Budget at the May 8th Council Meeting. The Council approved maintaining the existing real property tax rate at thirteen and 6/10 cents ($0.136) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value; maintaining the personal property tax rate at seventy cents ($0.70) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value; and setting the personal utility property tax rate at four dollars and forty cents ($4.40) per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2017 Around Town Journal

March 2017 Around Town Journal

The Mayor and Town Council introduced the Fiscal Year 2017-18 (FY18) Budget at the March 13th Council Meeting. The Public Hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, April 6th, 7 pm. The Budget is available to view beginning on Page 8.

Arriving in mail boxes soon is the Town’s 2017 Events Calendar. I encourage Residents to post the schedule to your refrigerator or bulletin board, so you don’t miss any of our upcoming events! In just a few short weeks, Howard Avenue will be hosting the 4th Annual Kensington Car Show on April 9th, 10 am – 4 pm, where you can check out cool cars, relax and listen to live bands, grab some lunch from multiple food trucks, and shop in one of our unique stores. The 12th Annual Day of the Book Festival will be on April 23rd, 11 am – 4 pm, which celebrates the International Day of the Book, by lining Howard Avenue with authors and books, along with live bands and a food court at the Train Station.  There will also be a Craft Show held on Armory Avenue by Gala.

One event missing from the Event Calendar is the 1st Annual Kensington Paper Airplane Day, which is sponsored by Kensington Can! The event is scheduled for Sun., May 21st, 1 – 3 pm, at St. Paul Park, and will allow people to decorate their own paper airplanes, enter contests, and win prizes.