IMAGE: Dog park advocate Joe Edgell at the site early Thursday morning, Oct. 20. Photo by Bill Brown.
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Just as Takom Park city manager Suzanne Ludlow announced at the Wednesday Oct. 19 city council, work started on the long awaited dog-park early the next day.
And guess who was there? A grinning former city arborist Todd Bolton strolled the cleared property, a large sheaf of construction plans tucked under his arm. Bolton, who abruptly resigned and left his city arborist position Sept. 30, is now working as an arborist for a contractor – the contractor building the dog park.
Also on the scene was dog park advocate Joe Edgell, smiling through the pain of several broken bones. Edgell has been pushing the council for years to approve a dog park and, once that was done, to begin construction. The site is at the end of Darwin Avenue.
Former city arborist, now consultant, Todd Bolton on the right, talks over park plans with Ian Chamberlain, city construction manager. Photo by Bill Brown.
Not the wrong kind, please
Let there be LED! The council voted to hold its nose and work with PEPCO to convert the city’s streetlights to cheaper, smaller-carbon-footprinted LED streetlights. Given the alternatives, this was the best option, the council decided earlier this fall. This vote formalized the the decision.
The city’s Safe Roadways Committee is worried that the city will get the Wrong Kind of LED. They say some have bad health effects on humans and nocturnal animals. Committee member Mark Sherman told the council that the committee is kinda cheesed off that they keep bringing this up, but it doesn’t get mentioned in the draft resolution.
No fears, said the council. Councilmember Tim Male addressed Sherman directly, “we can definitely continue working on these issues.”
The council also voted unanimously to install two new Bike Share stations, one at the Takoma Park Recreation Center on New Hampshire Avenue, the other at the Hampshire-Langley Shopping Center.
Keep it down
Five citizens now have the ultimate power to say “Shhhh!” The city’s Noise Control Board has been revived. Beau Archer, Nicholas Kowalski, Adriana Kuehnel, Anne Perrault and Josh Rudder were appointed to the board at the Oct. 19 meeting.
The council gave the noise ordinance some teeth last February. City cops can now shut down noisy parties or loud bar bands – instead of standing a certain distance away trying to figure out how to work a decibel reading device.
The Noise Control Board is different from other citizen committees or commissions, which are usually advisory. These folks adjudicate two-party noise complaints. In other words, they get to poke their noses into neighborhood feuds. Lucky them.
Todd Bolton points out where the hillside will be graded to create a dog-friendly running-space. Photo by Bill Brown.
There were two work sessions this week. There are no votes in a work session. Usually some committee-member or staff person gives an overly-long presentation to the council on an issue or proposed resolution or resolution. Then the councilmembers take turns picking around at tiny details for great length and small purpose – to the annoyance of those in the audience who would much rather be watching the presidential debate.
The first work session was, as the presidential debate began, a presentation of the grants review committee’s recommendations for next year’s community grant awards. The candidates clawing at each other’s jugulars with poisoned fingernails was far less interesting than learning why an after-school program was getting $400 less than they requested.
The last work session, as the country’s future teetered between fascism and farce, was about the proposed new Community Partnership Liaison position. This new staff person would help residents, particularly youth and elderly, find helpful programs and agencies. This ties in with the council’s recent agonizing about what to do for youth on the city’s limited budget.
We do good stuff including giving you cash. That’s the summary of the Oct. 19 presentation given the city council by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments executive director Chuck Bean. COG, as it is usually known, is an independent non-profit association of regional government representatives from the US Congress down to the Takoma Park city council. So, don’t forget to pay your dues, see you in another five years.
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