Freedom, Justice and Equality for All

The Town of Kensington joins other cities and Towns in the State of Maryland supporting the Maryland Municipal League President, Ryan Spiegel’s June 9th racial injustice statement condemning all forms of bigotry, racism and hatred.

Statement by MML President Ryan Spiegel regarding racial injustice with the unanimous support of the Executive Committee – June 9, 2020

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, along with so many others throughout our nation, are a tragic reminder of the terrible legacy and ongoing effects of systemic racism.  The Maryland Municipal League condemns racism, bigotry, and hatred in all forms.  We are committed to the values written into the U.S. Constitution that express freedom, justice, and equality, which should be at the heart of every level of government in America, especially the municipal governments that are closest to the People.

MML is proud of its diverse leadership and membership and of the hard work that municipal government officials and employees do everyday throughout Maryland, but the work to meet the promise of America comes up short for many.  We will continue working to support the 157 cities and towns of Maryland and the 1.5 Million Marylanders who live in them, providing a platform for education, research, and sharing of experiences as municipalities confront the realities of society’s racial disparities and both conscious and unconscious biases – whether in education, housing, criminal justice, health, jobs, or other aspects of American life.  We explicitly stand against anti-blackness.

MML is there for our members who are working to invest in improvements and reforms to local government operations, to acknowledge the good things that municipalities and their personnel are already doing, and to ensure public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic while protecting the right to peaceably assemble.  In solidarity with our members and with all who have worked to end racism and discrimination, MML also regularly endeavors to improve its own organizational operations to align with these principles.

We encourage any of the mayors, councilmembers, or other municipal officials in Maryland to reach out to us if we can be of assistance in your efforts to connect, share, educate, learn, and better our communities as we Reimagine a Tomorrow in which no one is subjected to fear, violence, or other disadvantage simply because of the color of their skin.

For a full list of municipalities that have endorsed this statement, including the Town of Kensington, click here.

Leaf Collection to begin Monday, Nov 4

Leaf collection will begin Monday, November 4 2019 and run through Monday, December 9.

The Town will begin our annual leaf collection the week of November 4th and run through the week of December 9th. There are no scheduled collection zones, as the Public Works Crew will monitor each street on a daily basis.

Please do not include grass clippings, mulch, twigs, or small branches within leaf piles, as this may damage our leaf vacuum. If your leaf pile contains any materials besides leaves, the Crew will not collect your pile, and you will be responsible for bagging the leaves on your own.

Gather leaves inside curb as shown below.

 

October 2019 – From the Mayor

The Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings with Montgomery County issued a decision of denial on October 8, 2019 with regards to CU19-03, an application for conditional use (self-storage) at 10619 Connecticut Avenue. The applicant, 1784 Capital Holdings, has appealed the decision of the Hearing Examiner to the Board of Appeals.

While we are disappointed that the applicant has chosen to appeal the Hearing Examiner’s decision, the Council and I are prepared to provide the necessary testimony to uphold both the Planning Board and Hearing Examiner’s denial.

The  contractor  for the Modena  Reserve-Kensington  on Metropolitan Avenue has completed their site demolition and the official groundbreaking for the project was held on October 22, 2019. The $75 million project is the largest redevelopment project in Kensington’s history, and we are looking forward to the completion of the project in 2021. The project will rehabilitate two existing historic structures, Mizell Hardware and the old service station. Additional information on the project may be found at the following link: mccafferyinc.com/portfolio/modena-reserve-kensington

The Council will be holding a Work Session on Monday, October 28, 2019 to discuss proposed amendments to the Town’s Sign and Commercial Regulations, along with drafting language and possible restrictions with regards to adopting Montgomery County’s alcohol regulations. Any proposed amendments to the Town’s Sign Ordinance, along with drafted language for adopting the County’s alcohol regulations will be discussed at the November 18, 2019 Town Council Meeting to allow for public comment.