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.