Meeting Minutes

2018-
Minutes February 2018
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Minutes of Oakmont Citizens’ Committee Meeting
February 20, 2018

Present:

Kathy Kitzinger
Kathy King

Minutes: The minutes of the January meeting were approved.

Website: The minutes of meetings from the last year need to be added to the new website, pending training on how the website works.

Trees: A proposal for reimbursement from David King was reviewed and approved, subject to the town’s policy for reimbursement for planting trees.

Fence and Oakmont Signs: Kathy Kitzinger has asked Johnsons Landscape to re-install the Oakmont signs at the head of both Oakmont Ave and Oak Place. Kathy King said she would start reaching out to fencing contractors to get bids for the new fencing on Daley Lane. Kathy Kitzinger is going to send out emails to the 3 neighbors that would be affected by the new fence.

New member: The committee needs a new member. Jonathan is reaching out to prospective members to see if they might be interested in serving on the council.

Building Permit: One town resident who plans to tear down his house and build a new house asked whether they would have to pay the Oakmont bond since they already have to pay a bond to the county. After discussion, the committee agreed that they should be required to get an Oakmont bond since the county bond will not protect Oakmont’s interest should there be any damage to Oakmont property during construction. Kathy King said she would inquire about the cost of obtaining a $10,000 bond.

Reimbursement for Oak Place parking project: Laurens VanderTak submitted a request for reimbursement for costs he incurred in preparing documents for the proposal for parking on Oak Place. The request was approved.
Minutes January 2018
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Minutes of Oakmont Citizens’ Committee Meeting
January 17, 2018

Present:

Kathy Kitzinger
Kathy King
Jonathan Kimball
Laurens VanderTak
Claude Anderson

Minutes: The minutes of the December 2017 meeting were approved

Oak Place Parking: Laurens VanderTak and Claude Allen presented the results of the study they undertook for the town. Town residents asked for the study to see if there were ways to improve the parking problems on Oak Place, stem from a narrow street and parking directly across from driveways on the south side of the street. They presented three options for improving parking on Oak Place, which included: 1) widening the existing pavement for the entire length of Oak Place; 2) paint the curb yellow and post “No Parking” signs along the northern side of Oak Place opposite the existing driveways for the homes on the south side of the street; and 3) widen the entrances to the existing driveways along the north and/or south side of the street to make it easier for drivers to exit the driveways. Douglas Lohmeyer, the town’s consulting engineer provided a memorandum that discussed the three strategies in detail, along with preliminary cost estimates. After a discussion of the pros and cons of each option, committee members concurred that option 3 was the most viable and will make that recommendation when the three proposals are presented in April at the annual town meeting.

Website: Jonathan reported that the website is nearly completed. He is scheduled to meet with the contractor for a demonstration and will report back at the next meeting.

Banking: Jonathan reported that he had submitted an application to Montgomery County for direct deposit of the state highway and state income tax to our new account at United Bank. Once that is completed, the old account at Wells Fargo can be closed.

Snow removal: Kathy Kitzinger reported that the town has contracted with our snow removal company to shovel the town sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall of at least 2 inches. That should help residents who are unable to shovel on their own and residents of Oak Place because the plow routinely puts the snow back on the sidewalks.

Construction of 5522 Oak Place: Kathy Kitzinger reported that she is waiting for architectural drawings from the builder.

Fence in Daly Lane and Oakmont signs: The town will work on getting new fencing in Daley Lane as it gets closer to spring.

Accountant: Council members discussed the feasibility of contracting with an accountant to pay the town’s bills and agreed that it would be a good idea that will be pursued in the spring.
2017+
Minutes December 2017
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Minutes of December 13, 2017 Oakmont Citizens’ Committee

Present:

Kathy Kitzinger
Jonathan Kimball
Kathy King


Snow Removal: The committee agreed to ask our snow removal contractor to clear the town’s sidewalks within 12 hours after snow has stopped failing. Snow removal is particularly challenging for Oak Place residents, because the plows push snow back onto the sidewalk. The rate for snow shoveling is $52/hr.

Permits for Solar Panels: The committee agreed that the town does not required permits for the installation of solar panels. Kathy Kitzinger will return the payment made by one solar panel vendor.

Pepco Permit for 9007 Oak Place: Pepco had requested a permit to install underground utilities at 9007 Oak Place. However, that location is not within the town’s boundaries. Kathy King will inform Pepco of that.

Welty permit for 5522 Oak Place: Welty Builders is building a house at 5522 Oak Place, with plans to build two more houses in the future on adjacent lots. The builder would like to meet with the town committee and will be invited to the next meeting. The committee agreed that the town will inform the builder that the town intends to plant canopy trees in the town’s right of way on those lots, and will inform the builder of its plans at the meeting.

Oak Place Widening: Kathy King reported that Laurens VanderTak is working on his plan, and will be invited the January town meeting to discuss it.

Website: Jonathan reported that the new website is close to completion.

Daley Lane: Kathy Kitzinger reported that the construction of the walkway in Daley Lane is complete, with a minor need for modification because the concrete wasn’t total level with the slate in one place. The contractor fixed at that problem, and also, at the town’s request, re-laid the slates near the pergola to improve walkability and aesthetics. The project is now complete.

Sinkhole: Kathy Kitzinger reported that the sinkhole on Oak Place has re-opened after attempts to fix it. It may extend under the sidewalk and require more extensive repairs. Kathy Kitzinger is following up with the homeowner.

Banking: Jonathan will change the routing number for incoming revenue so that funds will be deposited in our new account at United Bank.
Minutes November 2017
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Oakmont Citizens’ Committee
Minutes of November 13, 2017 meeting
Present: Kathy Kitzinger and Kathy King

Old Business

The minutes of the October meeting were approved.

Banking: Kathy Kitzinger has resolved the issues with our banking (i.e. having too much in a single account). Now, $240,000 has been deposited in a new checking account, with the balance in another account. However, next year’s audit will still show noncompliance with the state rule limiting amounts in municipal accounts because the funds had not be moved by the time the audit was conducted.

Pepco- Pepco has not responded to our message about meeting with them. Kathy King will reach out to them again.

Website- Jonathan reported that the contractor is still working on it.

Daley Lane: Construction started on November 13th. Kathy Kitzinger is monitoring it and meeting with the contractor

Snow and Leaves: Kathy Kitzinger has signed a two year contract. She will send out flyers about the leaf pick up. She will also ask the contractor if it’s possible for them to clear walkways from snow after they have plowed the streets.

Aging in Place: One of the town residents asked if Oakmont would consider starting an aging in place program. Committee members discussed the idea, however they noted that the small size of the town might make it difficult for the town to meet the needs of residents who want to use such a program, and that it might be more feasible to join in with Ayrlawn or another local jurisdiction. Committee members agreed to put in on the agenda for the spring annual meeting

Parking on Oak Place- Kathy King will reach out to Laurens VanderTak to see if he has made progress in developing the plan.
Minutes October 2017
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Oakmont Citizens’ Committee
Minutes of October 11, 2017 Meeting

Present: Kathy Kitzinger
Jonathan Kimball
Kathy King


Old Business

Trees: Johnson’s will be planting the new trees sometime in October. Kathy King will call Johnson’s to ask that they bring watering bags for the trees.

Website: Jonathon reported that the website is under development. Our contractor is Eric Kelly and his website is EricKelly.com

Oak Place Widening: We are waiting on a report from Laurens VanderTak

Insurance for Daley Lane: Three insurance companies have told us that we can’t buy insurance for any mishaps in Daley Lane. Council members agreed to table this issue.

Donations: Jonathan reported that two donations have been made and that the donation to Arylawn is pending and will be made soon.

New “No Parking” Signs: The council discussed whether to put up new “no parking” signs now or wait until we determine whether we are going to modify the parking situation on Daley Lane. We agreed to wait until that issue is resolved.


New Business:

Banking: Kathy Kitzinger reported that United Bank will handle our funds. $230,000 will be put in a checking account, with the balance in a flex account. A small amount of money will be kept in the Wells Fargo account to clear outstanding checks.

Tree Proposals: Carol Rogentine and Ella Iams submitted requests for reimbursement for tree work. The requests were approved.

Leaf Removal: Kathy Kitzinger reported that we will have two leaf collections, one before Thanksgiving and one after.

Pepco: Pepco wants to move some lines on the right of way on Oak Place, Kathy Kitzinger and Kathy King said they could be available to meet the week of October 16th.

Centennial: 2018 will be Oakmont’s centennial year. The council started discussions about how to celebrate it, but did not formalize any plans.
Minutes of Oakmont Special Town Meeting
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Minutes of Oakmont Citizens’ Committee Special Town Meeting
September 13, 2017

Present:
Kathy Kitzinger
Jonathan Kimball
Kathy King
Howard and Ella Iams
Ase Sewall
Ruth Gold
Barbara and Eric Moskowitz
Donna Duer Baden
Caroline Manganiello
Virgil Huber
Claude Anderson
Arifa Khan
Carole Rogentine
Marilyn Mazuzan
Laurens VanderTak

Agenda

Discussion of Parking on Oak Place: The report of our consulting engineer, Douglas Lohmeyer, was disturbed and discussed. Laurens VanderTak proposed that the town consider the bump-out concept that was identified in the report. Discussion ensued, and a motion was made that the town consider both widening the aprons and the bump-out idea. Laurens VanderTak agreed to work with Doug Lohmeyer on the proposal and to bring it back to the town council so that the town can consider a proposal at the annual town meeting in April. Laurens will obtain the map and identify areas on the south side of Oak Place where either aprons could be widened or bump-outs places on the south side of Oak Place. The motion was agreed to, and the town agreed to engage Mr. Lohmeyer to help with this process if needed. After the plan is brought to the citizens’ committee, the committee will reach out to affected homeowners to get their input.

Trees: Kathy King explained that the old white oak tree in Daley Lane was removed because it was dead and will be replaced in mid to late October with a new white oak tree to be planted by Johnson’s Landscaping. Kathy King also said that the council had decided to pay for the planting of the previously agreed to trees in the right of way on Oakmont Ave after the county said that the town would have to wait at least another year before the county tree program would consider planting the trees that it had previously agreed to plant. These trees will be planted by Johnson’s Landscaping in mid to late October. She also affirmed that the town tree program remains in effect for planting and trimming trees.

Daley Lane: Kathy Kitzinger presented the options the citizens’ committee has been exploring, and explained that the reason for the special meeting is that the town didn’t follow the proper procedure at the April 2017 meeting in soliciting the input of affected homeowners. She explained that the committee had reached out to the four affected homeowners to explain the town’s proposal to make the north part of Daley Lane (existing park) ADA compliant and to make a 4 foot concrete walkway through the south part of Oak Place (existing gravel driveway) so that walkers, cyclists and strollers could navigate it more easily. The driveway will still remain usable to the homeowner at 55xx Oakmont Ave. The committee received two proposals, one from Johnson’s Landscaping for $19,438 and one from American Plant for $28.936. Kathy Kitzinger also discussed options for removing the existing large gravel, getting smaller pea gravel to cover the existing large gravel or leaving the existing gravel in place. The consensus was to leave the existing large gravel in place since the new walkway would eliminate the need to walk on the large gravel. A motion was made and adopted unanimously to go forward with the proposal to make the north side of Daley Lane ADA compliant and to put a 4 foot concrete pathway down the center of the existing gravel driveway. The motion was amended to include paying Mr. Lohmeyer to supervise the construction and that was unanimously agreed to.

Fence in Daley Lane: The homeowner at 55xx Oakmont had asked the council to consider planting a fence between her property and the north side of Daley Lane and the homeowner at 55xx Oak Place asked the town to consider replacing the existing fence between her home and the south side of Daley Lane. Both proposals were agreed to be residents attending the meeting.

Picnic: The logistics for the town picnic on September 23rd were discussed.

September 2017 Minutes
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Minutes of Oakmont Citizens’ Committee Meeting
September 6, 2017

Present:
Kathy Kitzinger
Jonathan Kimball
Kathy King

Old Business:

Trees: The white oak in Daley Lane will be removed on September 7th. Johnson’s Landscaping will plant new trees in mid to late October.

Website: Jonathan will get a proposal from a website development professional for our website.

Bank Letter: The town received a letter from the county stating that we are not in compliance with county law because we have in excess of $250,000 in a single account. In response, Kathy Kitzinger will explore the possibility of opening new accounts at CapitalOne.

MD Department of Transportation Grant: The town received a letter from the MD Dept of Transportation notifying us of our eligibility for a grant from the state. Kathy Kitzinger will apply for the grant.

Oak Place widening: The town received a report from Doug Lohmeyer, our consulting engineer about options for widening Daley Lane. He identified two feasible options: (1) removing and replacing driveway aprons on Oak Place with wider aprons to allow for a wider turning radius; and (2) installing parking “bump-outs” on some parts of the south side of Oak Place to allow for parallel parking that would be off-street. Part of the bump outs would be in the right of way and part would be on homeowners’ property, which would require an easement from the homeowners. The committee members agreed to present Mr. Lohmeyer’s report at the town meeting on September 13 to get the input of town residents.

Insurance: Basic insurance for the town continues to be in effect, and Kathy Kitzinger is waiting on further information about liability insurance for Daley Lane. No further insurance is needed for town officers.

Picnic: Logistics for the picnic were discussed. The picnic will include food from Urban Barbeque, a moon bounce and petting zoo. The picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd, with a rain date of September 24th.

Agenda for special town meeting: The agenda for the special town meeting was discussed and agreed to.
July 2017 Minutes
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Minutes of July 13, 2017 Meeting
Oakmont Citizens’ Committee


Minutes

Minutes of May meeting were approved

Old Business

Trees—The county said that we must wait at least another year for them to determine whether they will plant additional trees in the right of way on Oakmont Ave. Given that we have already waited a year for these trees, the council decided to plant the trees ourselves. The committee decided to consult with the town arborist, who gave recommendations for new trees. Kathy King will contact Johnsons’ Landscaping for an estimate to plant the new trees. The council also engaged the town arborist about the old white oak tree in Daley Lane, which Adirondack Trees said should be removed. The arborist examined the tree and said that it was dead at its core and should be removed. Kathy King will also ask Johnson’s for an estimate of the cost to remove this tree. The committee had also received an estimate for Adirondac Trees for the removal. The council agreed to plant as large a tree as feasible to replace the dead oak tree.

Parking on Oak Place—The committee is still waiting for the county to get back to us about having an engineer look at possible solutions on Oak Place.

Insurance Officers’ Liability and Daley Lane—Kathy Kitzinger is contacting insurance companies and will get quotes.

Daley Lane—The committee contracted with Universal Design Consultants about whether Daley Lane needs to be handicapped accessible and if so, what steps should be taken to be compliant with the ADA. The consultant advised that it should be made ADA- compliant and provided a plan to make it compliant. The committee agreed that those elements should be included in the revisions to Daley Lane. The committee also contracted for legal advice about whether a homeowner who does not currently have ingress and egress off Daley Lane has a legal right to it. The attorney’s legal opinion is that they homeowner does not have a legal right of ingress and egress, and the committee agreed to inform the homeowner of the attorney’s opinion.

New Business

Daley Lane- The committee agreed to hold an additional town meeting on Sept 13, 2017 to inform town residents of the plans to make Daley Lane ADA-compliant and make a path through the gravel part of Daley Lane for pedestrians, bicycles and wheelchairs. Notices will be sent to town residents to inform them of the meeting and its purpose.

Picnic—The town picnic will be September 23rd this year with the same format we have had for the last several years.

Yearly donations—The committee voted to make $1500 donations (each) to Arylawn, Bethesda Cares and Bethesda Fire and Rescue.


The next town meeting was set for 7:30 pm on September 6th at 5608 Oakmont Ave.
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Oakmont Citizens’ Committee
Minutes from May 23, 2017 meeting

In attendance:
Kathy Kitzinger
Jonathan Kimball
Kathy King

Transition to New Members: Duties of the new members were discussed. Jonathan will take over paying the bills, and Kathy King will take minutes of meetings. Jonathan will also take over the website and find a new server.

Existing Trees: Kathy King reported that Montgomery County said that the county tree program would not plant street trees this fall. Officials from the county tree program told the town that rules for the free county trees had changed and still might be subject to revision. The town had hoped to get new trees planted on the area planted between the sidewalk and the street this fall, but the county said that the town must wait at least another full year to see if the trees planted in winter 2016 were doing well. Even then, the county said that it might decide not to plant the trees both because of the trees would be on public, not private property, and because of the proximity of the trees to both the street and the sidewalk. Given this, the council decided to proceed with the planting of trees on its own. Kathy King will contact the town arborist, Tolbert Feather, to identify suitable trees for the locations he previously identified on Oakmont Ave, with the goal of planting the six new trees in the fall.

Daley Lane: One of the ornamental trees in Daley Lane has died. Kathy King will contact Johnson’s Landscaping for recommendations for a replacement tree. The proposed pathway along Daley Lane was discussed. Kathy Kitzinger will contact three landscape companies for proposals and estimates for the cost of two different proposals: a slate pathway down the center of the current gravel path that would connect the current slate path with the sidewalk on Oak Place; and two-cement pathways down the current gravel path that would be wide enough to both drive a car (on the two tracks) and accommodate strollers, wheelchairs and bikes. Kathy Kitzinger will also ask for an estimate for the cost of getting smaller gravel for the current gravel path in Daley Lane. An email will also be sent to the 4 abutting owners of Daley Lane soliciting their input on the proposals. After the proposals are received, a town meeting will be scheduled for all residents to provide input. Both of these plans will preserve the existing access to the garage for the owner at 5520 Oakmont Ave. The town will engage a lawyer to determine whether other homeowners whose homes abut Daley Lane have a right to access the gravel portion of Daley Lane by car.

Traffic calming on Oak Place: Kathy Kitzinger will contact a civil engineer for advice on strategies to calm traffic and improve parking on Oak Place, as discussed in the annual town meeting.

The next town meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th at 7:30 pm at 5606 Oakmont Ave.
March 15, 2107
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Jonathan Kimball, Secretary


Subject: Minutes Oakmont Town Committee


March 15, 2017


Attendees:




  • Steve Sidel, President

  • Kathy Kitzenger, Treasurer

  • Jonathan Kimball, Secretary



  • April Meeting: contacted Ayrlawn for a second time and waiting for a reply.

  • Adirondack tree service – picked up the fallen tree  on Oak Place..  They will do the Oak Trees on Daley Lane, as well as McNamara’s tree.

  • Steve reaching out to Asa regarding budget for April meeting.

  • April agenda discussed.

  • Tax rate suggestion is to be the same in 2017. – TBD at Meeting.

  • Tree program – consider re-crafting the webpage to create a form and a scorecard to determine if the tree will be funded.

  • Discussed options for Daley Lane to present at Town meeting.

February 27, 2107
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Jonathan Kimball, Secretary


Subject: Minutes Oakmont Town Committee


February 27, 2017


Attendees:




  • Steve Sidel, President

  • Kathy Kitzenger, Treasurer

  • Jonathan Kimball, Secretary



  • New housing construction



  • Daley Lane planting: Kathy talked to American Plant and got an estimate.  To be discussed at the town meeting in April.   Kathy and Jonathan to discuss with new home owner.



  • Trees:



  • deadhead white oak treas.  $1000 approved.

  • Look at fallen tree  - McNamara property- 5512 Oak Place.  Approved.



  • State Highway Administration  - discussed.



  • Website: need to renew annual upkeep.


April 25 DRAFT Agenda




  • Welcome new neighbors

  • Daley Lane

  • Tree Program

  • Charitable Giving

  • Budget

  • Approve tax rate for 2017

  • Election of new council member

  • Thank you to outgoing member

2016+
October 12, 2016
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Jonathan Kimball, Secretary


Subject: Minutes Oakmont Town Committee


October 12, 2016


Attendees:




  • Kathy Kitzenger, Treasurer

  • Jonathan Kimball, Secretary

  • Ase Sewall, Accountant



  • Review of budget for annual audit -  Oakmont budget in good shape.  Income and expenses are about equal.  2016 audit is underway.

  • Possible expenditures: bury power lines, lighting on Daley Lane, improvements to Daley Lane road (Kathy)

  • Need to keep up with email (Jonathan)

  • Need to explore signage on Daley Lane that explains it is a private road and no parking (Kathy)

  • Leaf pick-up: same pick-up

  • Snow removal – look into price for priority plowing (Kathy)

August 3, 2016
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Jonathan Kimball, Secretary


Subject: Minutes Oakmont Town Committee


August 3, 2016


Attendees:




  • Steve Sidel, President

  • Kathy Kitzenger, Treasurer

  • Jonathan Kimball, Secretary



  • Discussed Daley Lane and possibility to purchase and adding signs.  Steve agreed to explore further with lawyer



  • Tree Program – will proceed “as is” for the rest of 2016 and into next year.



  • Message Board – will be completed in the fall.



  • Donations:  $2000 to BCC rescue and $1000 to Ayrlawn Y.  $1500 to hold.



  • Town picnic to be held on Sept. 10.

July 20, 2016
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Jonathan Kimball, Secretary


Subject: Minutes Oakmont Town Committee


July 20, 2016


Attendees:




  • Steve Sidel, President

  • Kathy Kitzenger, Treasurer

  • Jonathan Kimball, Secretary



  • Discussed Daley Lane and possibility to purchase and adding signs.  Steve agreed to explore further with lawyer



  • Tree Program – will proceed “as is” for the rest of 2016 and into next year.



  • Message Board – will be completed in the fall.



  • Donations:  $2000 to BCC rescue and $1000 to Ayrlawn Y.  $1500 to hold.



  • Town picnic to be held on Sept. 10.

May 24, 2016
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT

BETHESDA, MD 20817



To: Oakmont Town Committee
From: Jonathan Kimball, Secretary
Subject: Minutes Oakmont Town Committee
May 24, 2016
Attendees:
Steve Sidel, President
Kathy Kitzenger, Treasurer

Tax rate letter – approved and sent-out

Information for Anticipated Debt Report – document complete and sent

Daley Lane – Steve agreed to get estimates on making space more usable.

Tree Program – reapproved to continue for another year
Approved:
Decided the program will not pay for cutting down trees on personal property.

Tree Committee – supports conination of the program

Message Board – in progress. Will be up soon.

Other issues: discussed parking and NIH liason.

April 19, 2016
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


MINUTES ANNUAL TOWN MEETING


APRIL 19, 2016


Chair: Josh Mayer


Treasurer: Steve Sidel


Secretary: Kathy Kitzinger


Attendees: Mike Kitzinger, Virgil Huber, Walt Friauf, Jonathan Kimball, Eric Moskowitz,  Ase Sewall, Ingrid Pufahl, Donna Baden,  David King’s sons, Irwin and Frances Faibisch, Jamie and Neso Trninic, Ella Iams, Caroline Manganiello, Christine Kirk-Russo. Marilyn Mazuzan, Kathy King, Diana Bharucha-Goebal.




  • The budget was passed with changes proposed:

    • The salaries of the committee and the accountant will be increased from $1200 to $1500 annually starting in 2017.

    • Street, sidewalks and trees budget will go from $80,000 to $40,000.  Approved for another year.

    • Daley Lane will go from $7210 to  $57210

    • Discussion about the charities budget.  It was $4500 in 2014, now $0.  Will change the budget to $4500 and will look into donating to BCCRS ASAP.

    • Discussion about the construction budget and associated legal fees.  This will stay in the budget as it works as a double check for builders.  It was recommended that the town send out reminder quarterly emails about the permit requirements.

    • Discussion about the Daley Lane and the future.





  • Tree Committee.  Kathy King and Donna Duer.

    • Maintenance on Daley lane being done by Johnsons.

    • Arborist completed survey of town trees and personal yards, if requested. Arborist’s report available on the website.  Trees recommended for removal has been done and new trees planted.  More trees will be planted on town property on Oakmont Avenue.

    • Forms are on the website for reimbursement.  Clarifications: Maintenance does not include felling trees, there is only reimbursement if you have the arborist evaluation.

    • County has supplied residents and Oakmont with free canopy trees.

    • There are areas on town property on Oak Place that the arborist recommended that trees be planted.   The residents with homes at these spaces will be asked about the planting.





  • Directory.  The directory has been revised.  It is on the web site and paper directories were distributed.



  • Web Host.  The host has been changed and is working well.  We are working on creating a bulletin board that residents can use to share information.



  • Parking.  The county has changed the parking system.  There are not stickers for the county.  It is digitallized  by license plate number.  The cost is $20 per year.  The county will not patrol the Town of Oakmont for illegal parking any longer.  If they are called by a resident, they will respond within the week.  Problematic for the town.  Oakmont residents can not get a permit and park on the north side any longer and our town is not patrolled.

    • Kathy Kitzinger researching if and how our town can be included in the parking system.

    • Irwin Faibisch is stepping down as Parking Marshall.  Our thanks and appreciation for years of service.  Ella Iams will be responsible for distributing parking passes.





  • Little Free Library.  The town will purchase one and place it in Daley Lane.



  • Welcome to our new neighbors: Jonathan and Susan Kimball.



  • Jonathan Kimball was elected as the new secretary for the town.  Josh was thanked for his years of service.


The meeting was adjourned.

March 15, 2016
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Agenda Oakmont Town Committee


March 15th, 2016


Attendees: Josh Mayer, Kathy Kitzinger




  • April Town Meeting

    • Ayrlawn:  Room reserved

    • Agenda

    • New committee member





  • Trees Committee;

    • Trees to be planted in the right of way on Oakmont

    • Kathy to notify residents

    • Donna and Kathy King to order trees

    • Four requests for reimbursement:




--Shah


--Eulers:  tree removed (Feathers recommendation)


--Powers:


--Kitzinger


--Duer/Bader


--King




  • Hoot Board



  • Parking Signs



  • Gift Ingrid



  • Power Outages Oak Place

February 29, 2016
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Agenda Oakmont Town Committee


February 29, 2016


Attendess: Josh Mayer,  Kathy Kitzinger,  Ase Sewall




  • Adirondack completed work.  Charged to town credit card for: $2275.00  ( 2 payments: $227 depost, $2048 final payment). County will plant canopy trees where appropriate.  There are 9 places on Oakmont.  We decided not to require the residents on Oak place to plant tress on the right-of-way now.


--5526, pear tree removed.  Approved for an understory tree.  We would have to purchase and pay for planting.  Resident does not want a tree.  We will not require one now.




  • Only 1 request for tree maintenance.  Kathy will email residents to send in any requests.



  • Hoot Board.  Steve to set up or hire group to set up and inform residents.



  • Gift for Ingrid.  Josh will complete.



  • Parking.  Signs. New ones to be purchased that are larger.



  • Directory:  Ase working on it.



  • Hired same Petting Zoo as last year.



  • April town meeting; the 19th at Ayrlawn.  Josh to schedule with Arylawn and seek new member



  • Power outages on Oak Place.  Gene Russo thinks the problem is at his house due to a dead squirrel in his yard each outage.  Ingrid also had dead squirrels.   Gene wonders if the board should act.


--Kathy will contact Pepco to check issue




  • Ase reported that the budget is in good shape.


11. March Meeting:  15th at 7:30 PM.  April agenda will be finalized.

January 26, 2016
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Agenda Oakmont Town Committee Agenda


January 26, 2016


Attendees: Josh Mayer, Kathy Kitzinger




  • Town bulletin board.  Hoot Board recommended by Tzeitel.


--Would like to start.  Steve please start this program on our website and inform the residents of this new program and how to use.




  • Arborist:  Recommends removal of the 4 pear trees on Oakmont, removal of mimosa on Daley Lane, trimming of pin oak.   Three estimates done.  Neighbors know of removal.  5610: silver maple, 5522 (2) we are to choose, 5526: Does not want a tree.


-- reviewed 3 estimates.  Will hire Adirondeck to do the work.  Will ask county to plant trees. Will have tree committee chose trees for 5522.  Will inform 5526 that a tree needs to be planted




  • How do residents submit their “tree bills” to for reimbursement.


--email to town.  Josh will review, email the town committee and issue a check.




  • Johnsons:  Contract to be signed.


--Done




  • Highway administration.  Requested signed pdf or hard copy


--Done




  • Gift for Ingrid


--Josh will get gift card




  • Leave removal.   County removed leaves on Oakmont X2.


--will change contract to remove leaves on Oak Place X2; remove leaves on Oakmont X2, if not done by county




  • Directory update. Done. 33 out of 60 responded.  Directory on website updated, mailing list updated.  Ase working on printed version.


--will distribute new printed version when ready




  • Parking.   Residents on Oak Place complaining about unreadable signs and asking for replacement.  Police won’t ticket if signs are “unreadable”.


--Josh to look for new signs,




  •   Petting zoo already sent contract.


--will accept contract.  Residents really liked this zoo.  Picnic is second Saturday of September (no holiday conflicts)




  •   Plowing.  Will not ask them to return with front loader.  Very expensive.  Our streets are in the same state as most neighborhood streets.  Will inform residents of deceision.



  • Josh sent solar planning company the town the town ordinance regarding  building permits, as was requested



  • February Meeting:  No date scheduled.  Will schedule later.

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November 23, 2015
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BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting


November 23, 2015


Attendees: Josh Mayer, Steve Sidel, Kathy Kitzinger




  • Website:  Minutes added.  Directory: PW: DaleyLane; mailing


List being updated


--neighbors asking for a way to contact each other and share news.  Will activate the “bulletin board”




  • Arborist:  Report attached.  Need to decide re: trees on town property.  County ready to plant.


-agree to removal of mimosa tree in Daley Lane and  replacement and maintenance of needy trees.


-agree to the removal of Bradford Pear trees on Oakmont and replace with new trees through the county


-putting new canopy /understory trees in the right of way of Oakmont and Oak Place.  Will do only if resident at the site wants a tree




  • Johnson’s did fall cleanup 11/11 and 11/12.  Nice job.  Plants to be planted 11/20.



  • Directory.  Flyer .  Will update directory



  • Ingrid:  Thank you gift.  Josh investigating.



  • Snow removal:  Contract signed.  Leaf pickup this week



  • Parking:   Contacted Irv.  He occasionally drives around and checks parking.  He gives a warning if parked illegally.  No ticket given unless police are called.  He does not think we can give tickets for payment.



  • Highway Revenue. Josh to complete



  • Next Meeting:  December 12/15/15 at 7:30 PM at 5608 Oakmont

October 29, 2015
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT


BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting


October 29, 2015


Attendees: Josh Mayer, Steve Sidel, Kathy Kitzinger




  • Website.  Up and running.   Make changes and add news method the same. Password changed.  Invoice  to be paid

  • Arborist.  Approximately 12 residents have asked for consults.  Town trees have been evaluated.  Waiting for report.  Starting resident tree evaluation.

  • Johnsons Landscaping.  Daley lane looking nice.

  • Adirondeck: Work completed today.

  • Emails:  Lorraine Huber is upset about traffic and speeders.  Believes it is Oakmont’s responsibility.  There are speed bumps and many signs.


Carol Rogentine wants the server list available to all. Wants to advertise her recorder lessons.  Server list to remain private.  Will create a bulletin board for residents use on the website.




  • Directory.  Need to update.  Kathy will make flyers and distribute.  Server list needs to be updated.

  • Ingrid.  Did she ever receive a thank you gift as other outgoing presidents did?  Josh will look into this.

  • Leave pickup time. Hire Bethke.  Kathy will contact.

  • Plowing. Hire same as last year.

  • Parking and ticketing need to be addressed.  Discussed if Parking Marshall should give tickets for illegal parking and the revenue would go to Oakmont. More discussion needed.

  • Tree Committee:  Organized and running.

  • Next meeting set for November 23. 2015 at Kathy Kitzinger’s house.

September 10, 2015
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BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting


September 10, 2015


Attendees: Josh Mayer, Steve Sidel, Kathy Kitzinger, Kathy King




  • Tree Committee submitted flyer and documents for review.   Flyer updated by Steve,  Submitted to town lawyer for review.  Other documents to be redone.

  • Daley Lane:  The garden committee submitted 2 proposals for review.  The committee chose Johnson’s landscaping, at a cost of $4325.00/full season.

  • Josh contacted Adirondeck Tree Service.  Waiting for estimates for stump removal and tree removal in front of 5602 Oakmont.

  • Website.  Steve has organized the establishment of a new website manager.  Need to know if our email account is free standing or is it attached to the website.  Kathy to check with Ingrid.

  • Picnic:  All ready.  Will decide to switch to Sunday due to anticipated rain at 11AM on Saturday.

July 30, 2015
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BETHESDA, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting


July 30, 2015


Attendess: Josh Mayer, Steve Sidel, Kathy Kitzinger, Kathy King




  • Tree Committee Update: Arborist contract has been signed.  Flyer and email will be sent informing residents.

  • Daley Lane: Josh to contact companies to weed and clean up now.  Kathy King and Donna Duer will investigate companies to hire for year round care of Daley Lane.

  • Stump Removal:  County will be contacted to grind the stump on Daley lane.

  • Web Site: Steve working on a new company.

  • Permit Program:  King family needs approval.  Investigating if Oakmont program is necessary.

  • Picnic:  Kathy will coordinate the planning.  Josh and Steve will be in charge the day of the picnic.


-Josh –moon bounce


-Kathy—petting zoo.  Will ask Kings if their yard can be used


-Site:  5612 Oak Place Laurens Van der Tak


-Volunteers: 5 volunteers.  More needed


-Kathy—will send flyers


-Catering_-Kathy investigating catering for the picnic.  Will assure there is appropriate food for the children.  Residents would provide appetizers and desserts


7. Arylawn Update:  Kathy attended meeting regarding


ADA improvements to the park.  Email sent to residents

June 25, 2015
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Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting


June 25, 2015


Attendees: Josh Mayer, Steve Sidel, Kathy Kitzinger, Kathy King, Donna Duer


OLD BUSINESS




  • Stump Removal:  Steve will contact G. Jacobs about the stump in Daley Lane; Josh will deal with the large stump on Oak Place; Higgins tree to be removed at same time.

  • Steve is contacting new web site coordinator.  Budget will be on an hourly basis.  Kathy will contact Ingrid to gain access to existing site.

  • Will use the picnic to update resident’s info.

  • Building permit program to be reevaluated.  If Oakmont’s is the same as the county, then ours is unnecessary.  Will check with our lawyer. Josh

  • Faded street signs on hold.

  • Picnic.  Only 1 volunteer.  No one volunteered the use of their property.  Kathy to contact G. Jacobs re: using Daley Lane and maybe the back of his yard.  Josh will look into the moon bounce.


NEW BUSINESS




  • Tree Committee.



  • County offers a free canopy tree program.  This is for residents and town property, providing there is room.  Will evaluate each property, if requested by owner, and Oakmont property and recommend where trees can be planted and the kind of tree.  They will put in a tree where the stump is do be ground.

  • Proposal to hire an arborist to increase the greenery of our town and maintain the trees.  Proposal approved to hire Feather and Assoc.  (same arborist that is hired by Chevy Chase).

  • Program to start July 1st.  There are 2 subdivisions: maintenance and planting.

  • Budget: Maintenance—Town will reimburse 50% of cost up to $1000.  Planting—Town will reimburse 75% of cost up to $1500.   Budget is $50K; $15000 for maintenance and $35000 for planting.  It will be a first come, first serve basis.  When the money is gone, there is no further money allocated.


2. Garden Committee:  Daley Lane should be maintained better.  The maintenance company should come more often, there should be more perennials planted and there needs to be less mulch in the storm drain.  Josh will get the company in touch with Donna and Kathy K. to discuss the work needed.

May 17, 2015
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Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, May 17, 2015


Attendees: Josh Mayer


Steve Sidel


Kathy Kitzinger




  • Fence removal/replacement and stump removal by Gary Jacob’s house.


-stump removal necessitates fence removal.  We will compensate him up to $200 for the fence.


2. Jim and Kathy Higgin’s request for removal of the Bradford pear tree  outside their house; could be combined with the same visit as the stump removal.  Check with Tree Committee.


3. Recruiting folks to help with the planning of the town picnic and someone on Oak Place who will host.  Email to be sent.


4. Completing the website hosting transition.  Need budget.


5. Evaluating the need to replace the faded street signs on Oak.


6. Plan needed to keep residents emails, phone #s updated.


7. Reviewing permit regime of Oakmont.  It was suggested that our permit regime should be more restrictive than the county’s and it should be revenue generating.  Permit committee is needed.


8. Looking at interest in painting house numbers on curbs.  Seems expensive and there was little interest last time.

April ?, 2015
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Oakmont Special Taxing District


Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Kathy Kitzinger, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, May 17, 2015


Attendees: Josh Mayer


Steve Sidel


Kathy Kitzinger




  • Fence removal/replacement and stump removal by Gary Jacob’s house.


-stump removal necessitates fence removal.  We will compensate him up to $200 for the fence.


2. Jim and Kathy Higgin’s request for removal of the Bradford pear tree  outside their house; could be combined with the same visit as the stump removal.  Check with Tree Committee.


3. Recruiting folks to help with the planning of the town picnic and someone on Oak Place who will host.  Email to be sent.


4. Completing the website hosting transition.  Need budget.


5. Evaluating the need to replace the faded street signs on Oak.


6. Plan needed to keep residents emails, phone #s updated.


7. Reviewing permit regime of Oakmont.  It was suggested that our permit regime should be more restrictive than the county’s and it should be revenue generating.  Permit committee is needed.


8. Looking at interest in painting house numbers on curbs.  Seems expensive and there was little interest last time.

March 12, 2015
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Oakmont Special Taxing District


Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Steven Sidel, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, March 12, 2015


Attendees: Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Steven Sidel


                        Marilyn Mazuzan


                        Ase Sewall


                        Jamie  Trninic




  • Proposed Budget for 2014/15:  Discussion of projections for 2014/15.  $50K allocation for trees.  $38K reserve/allocation for Oak Place repaving.  Total allocation reserve of $100K.  This spending would represent tradeoff against saving for burying power lines (which could cost as much as $500K).  $5K reserved for Legal.  Budget will be presented for approval at upcoming Annual Town Meeting.


2.   Tree Subcommittee:  Date and place selected to give sufficient time for email notice to residents and interested neighbors: Wednesday, 3/25, 7:30pm, Jamie Trninic’s home.  Subcommittee will provide recommendations to Town Committee on developing and implementing a comprehensive program to maintain, protect, and augment the Town’s trees and tree canopy.


3.    Steve will coordinate with homeowner for removal of fence or portion of fence that needs to be removed to enable stump grinding in Daley Lane.  Town Committee will reimburse up to $200 for fence removal.   


4.   Website:  On Steve’s list to find new vendor(s).   


5.   Liaison Report: Restrictions on left turn from Rt 355 onto W Cedar Lane to go into effect on March 15.


                         


      

February 10, 2015
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Oakmont Special Taxing District


Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Steven Sidel, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, February 10, 2015


Attendees: Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Steven Sidel


                        Marilyn Mazuzan


                        Ase Sewall


1.  Need for meetings:  Special meeting about trees in Oakmont and possible formation of Tree Committee; also possible garden committee/Daley Lane committee as requested by some residents.   


Items for discussion (tentative date – Saturday, March 7)




  • Follow-up on tree removal

  • tree committee

  • Daley Lane and/or garden committee

  • the remaining stump in Daley Lane should be ground but first requires fence removal


2.   Web site contract:  We need to find a new vendor


3.    Search for new Town Committee member


5.   Annual Meeting – Set for April 21st, 7:00pm   


6.   Liaison Report – Suburban hospital renovations are proceeding; Route 355 changes (no left turn from Northbound 355 onto West Cedar Lane until project is completed)


7.   Miscellaneous – Bookkeeper presented financial report to date.  Budget for 2014/15 to be reviewed at next meeting.


                         


      

January 8, 2015
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Oakmont Special Taxing District


Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Steven Sidel, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, January 8, 2015


Attendees: Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Steven Sidel


                        Marilyn Mazuzan


                        Ase Sewall


                         




  • Follow Up Donations:  Josh will get out checks ($1000 to Bethesda Cares, $3500 to Rescue Squad)



  • Contracts:   


   a.  Website   www.townofoakmont.org.  Current vendor does not want to do hosting anymore.  Town needs to find new vendor. To start changeover, we need master password.  Future plans for web site: Set up the nonoperational bulletin board.    People use the website, especially for Directory   Ingrid currently uploads minutes and news.   


               b.  Bookkeeping.  Review of contract.  Town Committee members and liaison receiving/accepting compensation will receive W-2 form.  Steve to draft independent contract agreement for bookkeeping services.   




  • Daley Lane:





    • 5520 Oakmont tree:  tree to come down Saturday

    • landscaping contract:  Ingrid found new company:  Distinct Landscapes. Will hire for spring clean-up and then request more detailed maintenance plan. Also will get estimates from other companies.





  • Building Permits:   





    • Driveway, 5615 Oak Pl (Pearson).  No problem with runoff.  Seems fine.  Town will return the bond.







    • Fence, 5601 Oak Pl (Huber) .  No problem.  No bond.  Ingrid will send approval letter.  Committee decided to waive $100 fee.





  • Liaison Report: Nothing has started (NIH Old Georgetwon Road, Cedar Lane intersection, on east side).  NIH is closing entrance on North Drive on Wisconsin Ave.  Underpass selected two contractors.  Proposal due this Spring, contractor selected by summer, completion date, Fall 2018.  Clark Construction and Corman Bradshaw Construction.


   6.   Miscellaneous:    




  • new committee member

  • schedule of upcoming meetings: Tuesday, February 10 and Thursday, March 12

  • Snow removal. Ingrid will confirm with Snow Central that plow is to be mobilized when snow accumulation reaches 2 inches of snow.

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December 16, 2014
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Oakmont Special Taxing District


Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Steven Sidel, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, December 16, 2014


Attendees: Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Steven Sidel


                         


      1a.  Town Finances:  Review of Balance $338,348.84 (total)


                         




  • Donations:   Bethesda Cares and Rescue Squad - $1000 to Bethesda Cares, $3500 to Rescue Squad



  • Leaf Collection:   Supposed to be picked up this week. Ingrid will confirm.



  • Web Site:  Wrote agreement between web master and Town.  Hourly per $35/hour. 3 hours per month by invoice.



  • Daley Lane:   





    • Survey:  We will look at surveys at next meeting. Garage is not on town property.







    • Trees:  Steve will send letter to homeowner about tree.







    • Landscaping:  Ingrid is addressing.




    5.  Miscellaneous:   Discussed whether there should be limitations and neighbors’ input on front yard fence height. Should permit be required? Josh to check County website and look at rule for fences.  Also noticed that the County does not inform the Town of additional permits after an initial building permit has been issued. Josh to follow up with County.

September 4, 2014
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Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Steven Sidel, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, September 4, 2014


Attendees: Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Steven Sidel




  • Daley Lane:  Tree trimming/pruning for 5520 Oakmont.  Steve will call tree guy (Adirondack Tree Experts) to get recommendation.  Committee will follow recommendation of Adirondack Tree Experts.   



  • 5812 Oak Place tree:  County is taking tree down.  County says it is a county tree on a county maintained road (Oak Place).   Steve to seek counsel’s advice re: county vs. town maintained road designation and implications.  We pay for leaf collection.  We built speed bumps.  Need to figure out future actions/responsibilities.



  • Picnic:  All under control.



  • Survey of Daley Lane:  Ingrid to arrange for survey. Per counsel, survey is an important step in determining town’s rights and obligations.    



  • Audit:  Josh will connect with Ase Sewall to get Treasurer’s documents, or copies of them, in hands of the auditor.



  • Gift Certificate for Donna:  Donna will receive a gift certificate similar to what past presidents have received.  Josh with look at historical minutes to find what has been done in the past.  We will give gift certificate to Donna at the picnic.



  • Next Committee Meeting:  Tentatively set for October.

July 8, 2014
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Oakmont Special Taxing District


Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Steven Sidel, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, July 8, 2014


Attendees: Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Steven Sidel


Marilyn Mazuzan




  • Tree in front of 5518:  Two estimates ($8.5K and $9.5K).  Called PEPCO.  Bonifant didn’t get back to us.  Bartlett identified 6 inch cavity, tree has 6 foot radius, fungus, root rot.  $1K for stump removal.  Need permits from MD and the County.



  • Gift Certificate for Storey Landis:  Josh will follow up.



  • Daley Lane update:  Gravel has been fixed.  New plants replaced.  Will discuss water issue with Donna.  Steve is discussing Town’s rights and obligations with counsel.



  • Shed at 5614 Oak Place:  Approved permit for shed.  Old shed is being replaced.  Same footprint.  We will send property owner official letter.



  • Liaison Report:  Contract for widening of Old Georgetown Rd will be awarded by the end of this month.



  • Audit:  Josh will send letter to auditor.  Will include picnic costs.



  • Picnic: No issues.



  • Town Surplus.  CD rates .15-.35%  Decided to look into mutual funds to generate at least CPI (inflation rate).



  • Next Committee Meeting: Tentatively set for August or early September.

June 5, 2014
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Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Steven Sidel, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, June 5, 2014


Attendees: Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Steven Sidel


Marilyn Mazuzan




  • Tree in front of 5518:  Still need to address issue.



  • Gift Certificate for Story Landis:  Story spent a lot of time and money on Daley Lane.  Gift is appropriate.  Possible gift certificate for plants in Vermont.   



  • Daley Lane Update:  Gravel; plants.  The Town has received payment from the insurance of the contractor whose snow plow ripped up Daley Lane.  Repairs will be made at the same time as the landscape company will replace the plants that have died.



  • Construction Update at 5515:  Next to Donna’s house.  No major issues.   



  • Liaison Report:  Marilyn.  Update on planned construction and traffic rerouting.



  • Picnic:  Everything is on schedule.



  • Town Surplus:  Josh to get back to Committee with CD rates.



  • Daley Lane:  Steve to talk to attorney that works for Town of Chevy Chase about providing legal services to the Town of Oakmont.  Discussion of items for attorney’s review, including Town’s rights and responsibilities regarding Daley Lane.



  • Next Committee Meeting: Tentatively set for July 8th.

May 1, 2014
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Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Steven Sidel, Secretary


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, May 1, 2014


Attendees: Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Steven Sidel




  • Division of Responsibilities:  The Committee decided upon the following division of tasks: Ingrid Pufahl (Chair), Josh Mayer (Treasurer), Steve Sidel (Secretary).



  • Tax Letter:  Josh will send a letter and email to the County informing the County that the Town has elected a real property tax rate of $0.04 per $100 and personal property tax rate of $0.10 per $100.



  • Picnic:  Josh has two volunteers’ names.  Anna is one.  Josh will get the names and send an email to each of them.   



  • Website:  Alex Baden (Donna’s son, webmaster) will give us access to the website.  Josh will send an email to him about getting us set up with access.  Ingrid will forward us an email re: how to make changes.



  • Daley Lane:  Snow Plow damage - Donna is handling.  Ingrid called the contractor whose plow ripped up Daley Lane.  Should send contact information for the insurance.  Regarding damage, we will get an estimate.  Steve will do research on county road vs. other road and what rights.  Ingrid will find history of Daley Lane.



  • Oakmont signs:  Because of the upcoming widening of Old Georgetown Rd, the Oakmont signs at Oak Place and Oakmont Ave will need to be removed because they are located in the right of way.  Donna is talking to the gardener who does Daley Lane maintenance to take the sign out.  Marilyn forwarded letter saying that Pepco and Comcast will do utility work and tree will come down.



  • 5518 Oak Place:  Tree outside brick house.  We have assumed we have responsibility for it, but not clear if we have responsibility for it.  Adjacent to street.  Eulers, who lives in brick house, said tree did not look good.   Recommended Bartlett tree service to have tree evaluated.  Ingrid will contact arborists.



  • Snowplow.  Deal to get priority plowing.  Retainer vs. hourly with Snow Central.  We will revisit the issue later in the year.



  • Town Roads:  For plowing, potholes, etc. are roads treated as County road by County?  Why are we on the County’s chart and what does it mean?  $50K allocated for future road repaving.



  • Town Surplus:  Discussed possible uses, including refunds.  Surplus is in fund at Wells Fargo.  Discussion of potential investment options.  Josh to do research and report back.



  • Next Committee Meeting: Tentatively set for June 5th.

March 17, 2014
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Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Josh Mayer


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, March 17, 2014


Attendees: Donna Duer


Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer




  • Financial Report: Committee will update town budget for annual town meeting.



  • Directory: Directories will be printed and handed out at the annual meeting.



  • Snow Plowing: Town has made three payments to contractor.



  • Upcoming Election: Tuesday, April 22. Steve Sidel has volunteered to run as new member of the committee.



  • Miscellaneous: Town needs an estimate of repair cost to Daley Lane gravel in order to make a claim with the county. Will follow up with Mark Willcher.

February 18, 2014
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Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Josh Mayer


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, February 18, 2014


Attendees: Donna Duer


Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Ase Sewall




  • Financial Report: Committee reviewed account activity for last 3 months.



  • Tear Down Scheduled for Early March at 5615 Oak Place



  • Directory Printing: Directory has been proofed and edited; ready for printing.



  • Snow Plowing/Daley Lane County Snow Plow Damage: The Committee intends to pursue a claim for damage to the gravel layer on Daley Lane from County plowing on February 14th. Daley Lane is identified as non-County-maintained on the County website. Will write a letter to the County and obtain an estimate for repair costs from Mark Willcher. Committee also noted that the County website identifies Oak Place and Oakmont as County-maintained roads. Once the Daley Lane costs have been addressed, the Committee will clarify with the County whether the Town will continue to pay for its own plowing in the future.



  • Upcoming Election, Set Annual Meeting Date: Tentatively set for Tuesday, April 22. Committee will set an agenda, find a new volunteer to serve a term, and reserve a room at YMCA Ayrlawn.



  • Next Committee Meeting: Tentatively set for Monday, March 17th.

January 28, 2014
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Bethesda, MD 20817


To: Oakmont Town Committee


From: Josh Mayer


Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, January 28, 2014


Attendees: Donna Duer


Ingrid Pufahl


Josh Mayer


Ase Sewall


Marilyn Mazuzan




  • Financial Report: The committee reviewed account activity since October 1, 2013.

  • Completion of work on Oak Place – tying Pearson sump pumps into storm drain: The steel plates on Oak Place were replaced with cold asphalt today; they will be covered with hot asphalt when weather conditions allow it.

  • Snow Removal – costs and budget: Performance to date has been satisfactory.  Committee discussed emailing to remind town that sidewalks are community responsibility and that some neighbors may need help with their sections at times.

  • Parking: The committee discussed emailing the town to request that people avoid parking on the street during snowfall to enable more effective plowing, as well as to remind people that Oakmont permits are required for parking on Oak place and the South side of Oakmont.

  • Liaison Report: Suburban Hospital has clearance from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to break ground by the end of the year. Additional parking is expected to be completed by Fall 2017 and the remainder of the work by Fall 2019. Cedar Lane construction design is complete, but right-of-way discussions continue. The trolley trail project will be completed after the intersection work is done.

  • Miscellaneous: The town bulletin board is operational; new user requests will go to the town Secretary’s email address for approval.

  • Next committee meeting: Tentatively set for Tuesday, February 18th.

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December 10, 2013
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Bethesda, MD 20817

To: Oakmont Town Committee
From: Josh Mayer
Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, December 10, 2013

Attendees: Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Josh Mayer

Daley Lane Update: Committee decided to stop watering due to low temperatures and recent precipitation; will revisit when needed.
Road conditions and upcoming work: potholes on Oak Place appear to have been fixed. Contractor working on 5610 Oak Place said he expects county will soon release permit for connecting sump pumps to storm drain. Oak Place will be closed at the work site for a day or two while the work occurs. Chair asked for notice from the contractor so she can notify residents a couple of days before closure?
Leaf Pickup/Snow Removal: Snow removal contract is automatic upon snow accumulation of 2 inches. Today, accumulation ceased by mid-day and appeared to have dissipated on the roads by that time.
Directory printing, test of new email list: Committee will format new directory and print. Email list appears to be working fine.
Miscellaneous: Committee voted to make $500 donation to Bethesda Cares, in addition to the $4,000 donation to the BCC Rescue Squad.
Committee also discussed contacting WSSC to coordinate upcoming water main work with need for resurfacing of Oak Place.
Date for next Committee meeting: tentatively set for January 21.
November 12, 2013
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Bethesda, MD 20817

To: Oakmont Town Committee
From: Josh Mayer
Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Town Committee Meeting, November 12, 2013

Attendees: Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Josh Mayer
Ase Sewall
Marilyn Mazuzan
Ruth Gold

Financial Report: Town is in good shape; has made payments for picnic expenses, Daley Lane restoration, and first of two payments for leaf pickup. Audit went well.
Construction: 5615 Oak Place now for rent until summer 2014. McNamara garage construction underway.
Daley Lane Update: Town has choice of extending timbers past where they currently stop, planting peonies, or both. Committee decided to extend the timbers and wait to assess whether further plantings would be needed.
Ruth Gold brought records regarding property line of her house at 5603 Oak Place, which town had believed was at fence line but, according to Ruth, lies at edge of driveway. Committee agreed that town will have gardener remove the weeds and invasives and consider what would be suitable for space between fence and driveway in the Spring.
Leaf and Snow Contracts: both signed.
Resident directory: deemed complete; all residents have had opportunity to respond. Needs layout and printing.
Liaison reports: NIH meeting next week will concern effects of government shutdown and status of South lawn project. BRAC meetings are every 2-3 months now; nothing new to report.
Committee discussed the need to treat liaison position as contractor rather than committee member for time from July 2013 forward, due to town charter restriction on number of committee positions.
Miscellaneous: Committee discussed donation to BCC Rescue Squad. Committee voted 2-1 (Donna and Josh in favor, Ingrid opposed) to donate $4,000 to the Rescue Squad on a one-time basis due to the Squad’s acute need, and set aside an additional $1,000 for other charitable donations for the year. Ingrid suggested staying at $2000 budget for annual donations. Committee agreed the subject of annual donations would be appropriate for discussion at next year’s annual meeting.
Set date for Committee meeting in December: tentatively scheduled for Tuesday December 10.
October 15, 2013
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Attendees: Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Josh Mayer
Marilyn Mazuzan

Resident directory: Collection of information from remaining households still in progress.

Parking permits and residents’ traffic concerns: Intersection at Oakmont and Hempstead consistently has problems with reckless driving. Committee discussed options: request additional enforcement or lower speed limit from County; and/or place signs admonishing drivers.

Liaison report: Suburban Hospital expects to break ground as early as end of 2014; new parking garage scheduled for completion by 2017; patient facilities by Fall 2019.

Miscellaneous:
Committee discussed drawing up contracts for paid positions: accountant and community liaison.
Pothole on Oak Place needs repair, and sinkhole at end of street continues to grow.
Leaf pickup: landscaping company with which Town previously contracted has not been answering calls. An alternate company expressed interest but did not commit to pricing.
Discussed reminding residents of obligation to clear snow from sidewalks, and suggest lending a hand to any residents who are physically unable.

Next Committee meeting: tentatively scheduled for November 12.




September 18, 2013
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Attendees: Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Josh Mayer
Marilyn Mazuzan
Ase Sewall
1. Financial Report: Committee reviewed balance amount and net gain since 4/30/13;
finances are in good shape.
2. Building permit for 5615 Oak Place. Re: Doug Lohmeyer’s final question and
response from builder: dual sump pump discharge for basement will go to curb.
Chair drafted letter to builder stating town has no objection to continuing with
plans.
3. McNamara garage permit: submitted an application to replace existing garage with
a 1.5-story structure. Owners to show plans to opposite and adjacent neighbors.
4. Daley lane update: town entered into contract with Mark Willcher.
5. Website bulletin board and resident directory: bulletin board is working. Residents
will need to register using the email account listed for them on the directory.
6. Liaison report: Navy will destroy 5 buildings behind the historic tower and replace
them with a new building. Also adding a new building to the USUS facility in back.
SHA reports that 355 Cedar Lane intersection work is delayed due to utilities work;
expecting to finish this Fall. June-August 2014 is tentative time to close Cedar Lane
to the East of 355. Contractors will be selected Spring of 2014. Discussed notifying
SHA contacts that the Oakmont sign will need to be moved appropriately when
construction on Old Georgetown occurs.
7. Miscellaneous – Committee discussed making a donation to BCC Rescue Squad;
will continue discussion at next meeting.
8. Next Committee meeting: tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15.
April 25, 2013 (Annual Meeting)
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Minutes of the Oakmont Annual Town Meeting
April 25, 2013

Attendees:
Residents
Ad Bax Dave King Committee Members
Ann Durkee Caroline Manganiello Marilyn Mazuzan, Chair
Stan Durkee Josh Mayer Donna Duer, Treasurer
Fran Fabish Barbara Moskowitz Ingrid Pufahl, Secretary
Irwin Fabish Eric Moskowitz
Walt Friauf Ase Sewall
Virgil Huber Anna Shah
Ella Iams Jaimie Taff
Howard Iams Laurens van der Tak

The meeting was called to order by Marilyn Mazuzan at 7:30 pm. After a brief welcome, the attendees introduced themselves.
1. Old Business
Minutes from the 2012 Annual Meeting
Marilyn Mazuzan noted that the meeting agenda and the minutes from the 2012 annual meeting had been posted on the Oakmont website. The minutes from the April 24, 2012 annual meeting were approved with no revisions.

Treasurer’s Report
Donna Duer presented the treasurer’s report, which was accepted. Ase Sewall presented the budget for FY 2013-2014, which was accepted.

2. New Business
Election of New Committee Member
Joshua Mayer was nominated and elected to the Citizens’ Committee.

Tax Rate
Residents unanimously voted to keep the property tax rate at the minimum rate of $0.04 per $100 of assessed property value.

Update on Daley Lane Improvements
Donna Duer gave an update on the Daley Lane project, reporting that the Town did not receive a state grant to help fund the project. After soliciting, receiving, and evaluating bids for a variety of options, in particular, pervious pavers and pervious concrete, it appears that the proposed new driveway surface is more expensive than initially anticipated. The Committee will explore installing a gravel driveway and improving the landscaping and path in Daley Lane instead.
Liaison Reports
National Institutes of Health: Marilyn Mazuzan reported that NIH will submit a new 15-year campus plan, which involves moving more administrative offices back on campus, increasing the number of employees by about 3,000 and requiring about 900 additional parking places.
BRAC: Marilyn Mazuzan reported that the pedestrian tunnel at the Medical Center Metro Station has been funded.
She also gave an update on the upcoming construction at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road/ Cedar Lane. This involves widening southbound Old Georgetown Rd south of Oakmont Ave to create an additional northbound dedicated right turn lane from Old Georgetown Rd onto Cedar Lane (on NIH side), a wider sidewalk on southbound Old Georgetown, and widening of Cedar Lane to add one dedicated right-turn lane onto northbound Old Georgetown Rd.
The project requires acquisition of property owned by Town residents along southbound Old Georgetown Road under eminent domain. Construction is anticipated to start mid-2014 and last for about one year. It will involve lane closures during off-peak hours.
Residents discussed the potential impact of the construction project. There was agreement that the Town should get more information from the State and Highway Administration about traffic plans and accommodations for local traffic during construction. If necessary, a town meeting with SHA representatives should be arranged. It was also suggested to contact Roger Berliner for help should there be disagreement with SHA.
Suburban Hospital: Marilyn Mazuzan reported that the Montgomery County Planning Board approved, with conditions, the plan to expand Suburban Hospital. One of the conditions was that the board will revisit the plans if they were significantly changed as a result of litigation, currently pending before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Parking Report
Irwin Fabish gave the parking report, reminding residents to contact him by phone or email for parking permit stickers and for any parking problems.

Fall Picnic
The annual Town Picnic date was set for Saturday, September 7, 2013, with a rain date for Sunday, September 8, 2013. Residents were invited to join in planning the picnic.

Miscellaneous
The Committee reported that the new town Web site is up and running, www.townofoakmont.org . New features will include a password protected town directory and a bulletin board. Residents were asked to send photos to be posted on the site.
There was a brief discussion of the status of the ongoing construction at 5610 Oak Place and proposed construction at 5615 Oak Place.
The meeting was adjourned at about 8:30 pm.
August 21, 2013
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Josh Mayer
Marilyn Mazuzan
Anna Shah
Kathy King
Daley Lane and garden restoration: Chair gathered 5 proposals; garden committee met
and found prices were roughly at par. Identified American Plant and Mark Willcher as
top candidates. Anna, Donna, and Kathy met with Willcher last Saturday to walk the site.
Maintenance contract would run 4 x per year. Willcher also recommended using a
snowblower rather than a plow to avoid further disturbance to the gravel. Committee
agreed to go forward with Willcher’s estimate. Chair will ask him to send complete
contract.
Building permit for 5615 Oak Place and Doug Lohmeyer’s report on review of bulding
plans: Doug Lohmeyer has reported on the proposed construction at 5615 and the wall
check at 5610. Two main issues at 5615 are water collection and the bumpout on the side
of the house.
Financial report: Town is solvent; can afford bills and planned Daley Lane project.
Picnic planning update: Backyard Inflatables plans to come and pick up tables etc. at 9:00
pm. Committee agreed to ask for them to stay a little later since the picnic is a Saturday
night – maybe 9:30 or 10:00.
Liaison Report: No recent meetings to report. Will inquire with Pepco about the work
they appear to be doing at Oakmont and Old Georgetown. Suburban Hospital plans to
begin their work next Summer.
Miscellaneous: Rescue Squad has approached the town to request a donation. Town
typically donates $500 annually around Christmas. Chair has invited Rescue Squad to
visit the picnic.
July 25, 2013
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Josh Mayer
Marilyn Mazuzan
Financial Report: Finances are satisfactory.
Daley Lane: Town expects to receive three or four proposals for the work to be
done; next step is to compare them and make any necessary follow-up requests.
Directory Update Status: Nearly finished; a few residents remain to be followed up
with.
Liaison Report: Environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding Walter Reed is
available online and at Bethesda Davis Library. They expect to add 900 parking
spaces. Deadline for comments is August 19, 2013. It can be viewed online at
www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil/patientvisitors/site/pages/eis.aspx. The chair may
notify the town by email of the availability of the plan for review and comment.
Picnic: Will be held September 7; save the date fliers to be distributed. Chair plans to
convene a picnic committee.
Miscellaneous: Website bulletin board is ready for launch. Committee has decided
that the town needs to have a form available for parking permits and make it
available on the website. Chair received building permit application and check from
Curt Puhl for 5615 Oak Place.
June 6, 2013
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Josh Mayer
Ase Sewall
Marilyn Mazuzan
Financial Report: Continues in good shape; income for last three months exceeded
expenses.
Website: updates in progress. Pictures, bulletin board, directory update to come.
Daley Lane: Donna spoke to D&F about replacing the existing gravel driveway, but
with smaller dimensions to allow for more landscaping area on the sides. They said
they would come take a look.
Cedar Lane Construction: Ingrid sent email to SHA to ask when they expect to
release details of utility relocation and lane closures. Chair can send email to SHA
requesting that we be informed of upcoming closures. Committee discussed pooling
resources with nearby communities (Altavista, Huntington Terrace, Ayrlawn) to
amplify any concerns about closures to the SHA.
Liaison Report: Marilyn has been attending BRAC Implemenation Committee and
NIH meetings.
May 2, 2013
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Josh Mayer
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Committee considered the following
matters:
Division of Responsibilities:
The Committee decided the following division of tasks: Donna Duer (Chair), Ingrid
Pufahl (Treasurer), Josh Mayer (Secretary).
Tax Rate and Website Updates
Ingrid will send a letter to the County informing them that the town has elected a real
property tax rate of $0.04 per $100 and personal property tax rate of $0.10 per $100. The
website should be updated to remove outdated references to the location of the town
picnic and the dates of most recently available minutes of Citizens’ Committee meetings.
Town Directory
The current directory on the website is out of date. Donna had sent an email to town
residents requesting confirmation of receipt and selection of whether each wants a phone
number and email address to appear on directory. Beginning this weekend, Donna will
call any who didn’t respond.
Daley Lane
Donna spoke to Story Landis, expressed the Town’s appreciation for Story’s
gardening work on Daley Lane, and mentioned that if she’s paying for mulch or plants in
the lane, the town may reimburse her. Donna proposes setting up a subcommittee to
suggest landscaping solutions (without authority to spend town funds or make final
decisions) and will seek residents to serve on such a subcommittee. The Committee needs
to consider whether to pursue pervious concrete at all, or just get a new gravel driveway.
The space is set up for 12’ width; if pursuing gravel, we could follow the CH2M Hill
drawings. A gravel driveway seems to be the least expensive option. When the town did
Donna’s driveway in 2005-2006, the contractor did a good job – she will look into who to
contact.
Town Finances
The town needs to automate payments to Pepco. Ingrid also suggested we change
the town bank account to one with a better interest rate. She will discuss with Ase Sewall.
State Highway Administration
Consensus at the annual Town meeting seemed to be that Roger Berliner is the one to
call to set up a meeting to discuss Cedar Lane construction and closures. Alternatively,
we could set up an initial meeting with the SHA on our own, and if any disagreements
arise we could go to Berliner for resolution. The SHA community liaison had emailed
Marilyn Mazuzan previously – we can go to that person and ask for someone to come
discuss the specific traffic plans and accommodations for local traffic during
construction: when will disruptions occur, does that include Pepco preparatory work, etc.
Need to gather information before setting up a meeting. Ingrid will contact the SHA
liaison.
Oak Place
The town may need to look into how much it would cost to resurface Oak Place.
The next meeting committee meeting will be scheduled for June 6.
March 7, 2013
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Web site follow-up:
The Board will meet with Alexander Baden the week of March 18 to go over and discuss
the new Web site. The exact time and date is still to be determined.
Annual meeting:
The Board still needs to finalize the venue, date, and agenda for the Town’s Annual
Meeting.
Daley Lane project:
The Board briefly reviewed an additional bid proposal for Daley Lane, which will be
forwarded to Doug Lohmeyer for review and his expert evaluation.
Liaison Report:
No news to be reported.
The Annual Town Meeting will take place in lieu of the April Board Meeting.
February 7, 2013
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Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Ase Sewall
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:
Finances
Ase presented the accounts activity over the past three months. The Town is in sound
financial state.
Dissemination of information on the Town’s trees
The Board discussed sending a letter to the Town’s residents informing them which trees
are Town property and to ensure that the Town’s trees are not removed or changed by residents
without prior consultation with the Town.
Tree work
Marilyn reported that Bartholomew Tree Service performed the proposed tree work of
the Town’s trees (removing deadwood, trimming).
Green Alley/Daley Lane project:
The Board discussed exploring alternatives, including a gravel driveway or porous
asphalt, soliciting additional work proposals, and hiring an expert to evaluate the various
possible surface suggestions for Daley Lane.
Oakmont Web site follow-up:
The Board decided to follow-up with Alexander Baden to schedule a meeting to go over
the new Website. Ingrid will contact Alexander.
Annual meeting:
The Board discussed the venue and date for the Town’s Annual Meeting.
SHA follow-up:
The pot holes on the Oakmont Avenue near Old Georgetown Road have been patched.
Liaison Report:
Marilyn reported that NIH was ready to submit the next 15-year plan for the campus,
which involves moving more of the administrative offices back on campus. There was no news
on the Suburban Hospital project.
Miscellaneous:
The Board briefly discussed a resident’s concern about a sewer blockage. Marilyn will
send a letter to the resident with the information that the sewer system is the responsibility of
WSSC and should therefore be contacted.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for March 7, 2013.
January 10, 2013
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Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Ase Sewall
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:
Tree work
Marilyn reported that Bartholomew Tree Service would perform the proposed tree work
of the Town’s trees (removing deadwood, trimming) on January 16 and 17, weather permitting.
The Board decided to distribute flyers to the residents of the affected properties.
Green Alley/Daley Lane Project:
The Board discussed the conference call with CH2Hill and the options for the Daley Lane
project, including a gravel driveway or porous asphalt.
Oakmont Web site follow-up:
The Board decided to follow-up with Alexander Baden on a timetable for the new and
improved Town Web site.
Liaison Report: Marilyn reported no news from Suburban Hospital or NIH.
Miscellaneous:
The Board briefly discussed the low interest rates the Town receives on its bank savings
accounts. Ase will find out what options are available to get a higher yield (e.g. CDs).
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for February 7, 2013.
2012+
December 3, 2012
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Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:
Gifts to charities:
The Board approved several charitable contributions to local non-profit organizations.
Tree evaluation
The Board evaluated the estimates for tree work submitted by several arborists and
awarded the contract to Bartholomew Tree Service, Kensington, MD.
Green Alley/Daley Lane Project:
The Board decided to meet with Laurens van der Tak and members of CH2Hill to discuss
the submitted bid proposals and how to proceed with the Daley Lane project.
Liaison Report: Marilyn reported no news from Suburban Hospital or NIH.
Stationery:
The Board decided to design an Oakmont letterhead. Donna and Ingrid will send a
proposed design to Marilyn.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2013.
November 5, 2012
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Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan
Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Ase Sewall
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:
Daley Lane/Green Alley Project:
Contracts: The Board reported signing of contracts with CH2Hill for bid phase services
and with Doug Lohmeyer for project management during the construction phase.
Town Attorney: Donna will send contract materials to the Town’s attorney.
Tree evaluation: Marilyn will solicit additional estimates from arborists.
Building Permits:
Proposed addition: The Board briefly discussed David King’s proposed addition and will
inform him of the Town’s decision and additional requirements during construction.
Oakmont building permits/County permits: The Board decided to postpone writing a
letter to the County until it has been clarified what the County’s responsibilities are with respect
to enforcing Oakmont’s building ordinances.
Audit Follow-Up: Ase presented to the Board the recent audit for 2011 and 2012. The Town is
in stable financial standing, with assets exceeding liabilities by about 690K.
Liaison Report: Marilyn reported no news from Suburban Hospital. NIH is planning to add an
exit between the current Cedar Lane and Wisconsin Avenue exits.
Leaf Pick-Up: Leaf collection is scheduled for the weeks of November 13 and December 9,
respectively. The Board will distribute and post informational flyers.
.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2012.
October 8, 2012
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Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan
Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
David King (for part of the meeting)
Three boy Scouts to observe the meeting
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:
Daley Lane/Green Alley Project:
Bid proposal: The Board approved the contract with CH2Hill for bid phase services,
including preparing a draft contract, negotiating, and response to questions during construction.
Project management: The Board tentatively approved the contract with Doug Lohmeyer,
project manager, pending clarification of the proposed consulting fees. Donna will contact
Laurens van der Tak and Doug Lohmeyer to verify the timeline and estimated duration of the
construction project.
Restricted driveway access: Ingrid will send a letter to the owner of 5520 Oakmont
Avenue with information about the project and restricted driveway access during construction.
Tree evaluation: The Board reviewed one proposed estimate for tree services but is still
soliciting additional proposals from arborists.
Building Permits:
Proposed addition: The Board will ask Doug Lohmeyer to evaluate a proposed addition at
5611 Oak Place.
Oakmont building permits/County permits: The Town’s building ordinance requires
that Oakmont homeowners apply for an Oakmont permit at least 30 days before applying to
the County for a Building or Demolition Permit. Ingrid will draft a letter to the director of the
County’s permit office informing the office of Oakmont’s ordinance and request cooperation
with future applications for permits.
Web site proposal: The Board approved the proposal to update and redesign the Town’s Web
site as submitted by Alexander Baden.
Liaison Report: Marilyn reported on the proposed town house development on the former site
of the American College of Cardiology on Old Georgetown Road.
Miscellaneous:
Treasurer’s report: The Board approved the Treasurer’s report for 7/7/2012-10/7/2012.
Snow and leaf pickup: The Board discussed contractors and dates for snow removal and
leaf pick-up. Marilyn will follow up with the contractors.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 5, 2012.
September 10, 2012
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Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan
Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Ase Sewall
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:
Picnic Follow-up: The Board thanked the Picnic Committee for organizing the Annual
Town Picnic, which was well attended despite a last-minute change of day due to
weather. Feedback and suggestions for improvement will be sent to Anna Shaw, who
chaired the Picnic Committee.
Tree evaluation: The Board decided to identify and have all the Town’s trees evaluated by a tree
expert. Marilyn will request bids from several arborists.
Daley Lane/Green Alley Project: The Board discussed the next steps of the project, specifically
the work scope contract with Doug Lohmeyer, project manager, and help with soliciting bid
proposals.
Building Permit: The Board reiterates that any building projects that require a building permit
from Montgomery County also need to be approved by the Town. More information is on the
Town’s Web site.
Painting of speed humps: Marilyn will follow up with the county about repainting the two speed
humps on Oak Place.
Liaison Report: There are no news.
Miscellaneous:
--- The Board went over the Treasurer’s report.
--- The Board discussed a proposal submitted by Alexander Baden for a redesign of the Town’s
Web site and will follow-up with him for clarification.
--- The Board also discussed a contract for leaf and snow removal for the upcoming season.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 8, 2012.
August 6, 2012
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Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan
Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Ase Sewall
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:
Treasurer’s Report: Ase presented the account activity for the period from 5/6/2012 till
8/6/2012. She will contact Wells Fargo to ask about a higher interest rate for the Town’s
accounts.
Picnic Committee: The Board briefly discussed the Picnic Committee’s report, specifically, the
budget and location for the Moonbounce.
Daley Lane/Green Alley Project: The project is progressing. Doug Lohmeyer has agreed to act as
project manager. The next step is to prepare the bid proposal.
Building Permit: The Board approved application for building a shed at 5504 Oakmont Avenue.
Tree evaluation: The Board decided to have all the Town’s trees evaluated by a tree expert.
WSSC/speed humps: WSSC repainted the speed hump on Oak Place. Marilyn will find out about
repainting the other two speed humps.
Liaison Report: Marilyn reported that funding for a pedestrian tunnel on Rockville Pike between
NIH and the Navy Hospital has been approved.
Town Web site: The Board discussed updating the Town’s Web site to make it more user
friendly. Alexander Baden will submit a proposal for a new design.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2012.
July 2, 2012
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Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan
Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:
Daley Lane:
Landscaping: The Board briefly discussed current maintenance work and plans for a
more maintenance-free landscaping. Marilyn will contact Mr. Sorto, the current landscaper, to
plant the beds on the Oakmont side of Daley Lane. Once the Green Alley project is completed,
a sub-committee of town citizens who live near Daley Lane will work on an overall landscaping
design.
Green Alley Project: The Board approved the proposed design plan and discussed the
next steps, specifically preparing the bid proposal, in consultation with Laurens van der Tak.
WSSC/speed humps: Marilyn will follow up with WSSC about road repair and find out whom to
contact about paintings on the speed humps and new caution signs.
Fall Picnic Committee: The first meeting will take place at the beginning of August to select a
chair and divide tasks. Additional members are still needed.
Follow-up on permit sticker: The Board briefly discussed some design suggestions.
Liaison Report: Marilyn reported that there was no news on the Suburban Hospital expansion
project and NIH is still working on a new master plan.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 6, 2012.
June 6, 2012
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Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan
Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
Irwin and Fran Faibish (for part of the meeting)
The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following
matters:
Follow-up on Daley Lane:
Landscaping: The Board discussed establishing landscaping that is less maintenanceintensive.
Marilyn will contact Mr. Sorto, the current landscaper, for maintenance work and his
landscaping suggestions. Donna will invite town citizens who live near Daley Lane to join a
subcommittee for landscaping.
Driveway Project: The Board briefly discussed the implications for the Green Alley
project, now that the town did not receive the Chesapeake Bay Trust grant. Donna will contact
CH2M HILL, who will prepare the documents required for the bid proposal, to find out about
the next steps, as well as Doug Lohmeyer to ask whether he will be available to supervise the
project.
Parking Permits: Irwin and Fran Faibish asked that town citizens who need permanent and/or
temporary (guest) permits contact them by phone at: 301-530-6963 before picking up the stickers
at their house.
Fall Picnic Committee: Several town citizens have agreed to participate in the committee for
the fall picnic, which will take place on the Saturday after Labor Day (September 8, 2012).
However, additional participants are still needed.
Follow-up on permit sticker: The Board briefly discussed the Oakmont permit stickers to be
displayed with the county building permit at the building site. Ingrid will bring some design
suggestions to the next meeting.
Ingrid’s swearing in: Donna and Marilyn will get the letters ready for Ingrid’s swearing in.
Liaison Report: Marilyn reported that there was no news on the Suburban Hospital expansion
project. She will continue attending the upcoming meetings with NIH, who are working on a
new plan for the campus.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 2, 2012.
May 4, 2012
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Bethesda, MD 20817
To: Oakmont Board
From: Ingrid Pufahl
Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Board Meeting, May 4, 2012
Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan
Donna Duer
Ingrid Pufahl
The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:00 pm. The Board considered the following
matters:
Assignment of Officers and Tasks: The Board decided the following division of tasks: Marilyn
Mazuzan (Chair), Donna Duer (Treasuer), Ingrid Pufahl (Secretary).
Daley Lane:
Driveway Project: Donna will follow up with the Chesapeake Bay Trust to inquire about
the status of the grant application for the improvement of Daley Lane. She will also contact
Laurens Van der Tak to find out about the next steps that are required for the preparation of the
bid documents for Daley Lane.
Landscaping: The Board also discussed establishing a subcommittee for landscape work.
Liaison Report: Marilyn reported that there was no news on the Suburban Hospital expansion
project. She will attend the upcoming meeting with NIH and report back. Following up on
discussion at the Oakmont Annual Citizens Meeting, she will also contact the State Highway
Commission to inquire why the utility poles on Cedar Lane (South) are placed in the middle of
the sidewalk.
Building Permits: Oakmont currently requires that 30 days before applying for a building
permit to the county, the building plans are submitted for approval to the Oakmont Board and
to neighbors of adjoining properties. The Board decided to finalize an approval sticker to be
displayed with the county building permit at the building site. Ingrid will find out more about
designing and purchasing such stickers.
Miscellaneous:
Speed Hump: The Board decided to contact WSSC about the wrong markings and
potentially wrong size of the of the speed hump WSSC replaced during recent repair work
on Oak Place. Donna will check with Laurens Van der Tak about the size of the speed hump;
Marilyn will contact WSSC.
Annual Town Picnic: To get started with the organization of the town picnic scheduled
for the first Saturday after Labor Day, Donna will contact last year’s Picnic Committee members
to find out if they would be willing to participate again this year and also ask them spread the
word among their neighbors to join this year’s committee.
The next Oakmont Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
April 4, 2012
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BETHESDA, MD 20817
To: Oakmont Citizens’ Committee
From: Donna Duer
Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Citizens’ Committee Meeting - April 4, 2012
Attendees: Ella Iams (Chair)
Marilyn Mazuzan (Treasurer)
Donna Duer (Secretary)
Ase Sewall
The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:15 pm. The Citizens’ Committee considered
the following matters:
Financial Report: The Town’s finances remain in good condition. Ase Sewall will
present the annual financial report and budget at the Annual Meeting on April 24, 2012.
Daley Lane: The Town continues to await word concerning whether the Town will
receive the “Green Streets” grant applied for on March 9, 2012. If awarded, the grant would fund
a portion of the proposed Daley Lane pervious pavement improvements. The Daley Lane
improvements project will be on the agenda for the Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday,
April 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Ayrlawn YMCA facility at the end of Oakmont Avenue.
Building Permits: The Committee is still investigating an appropriate Building Permit
that can be displayed at building sites along with the Montgomery County Building Permit after
approval of the Oakmont Building Permit Application.
BRAC/NIH: Work on intersections has started.
Suburban Hospital: No news. The hospital has submitted its site plan applications to
the Montgomery County Planning Board for approval for the proposed expansion.
Annual Meeting: The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
The Committee plans to distribute another flyer with the information and to send another email
to the Town email list. The Committee discussed nominations for a new Committee member to
replace Ella Iams.
Website: The Committee continues to consider options for improving the Town
website.
Next Meeting: The next Oakmont Committee meeting will be held in May, time and
date to be determined.
March 7, 2012
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Bethesda, MD 20817
To: Oakmont Board
From: Ingrid Pufahl
Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Board Meeting, March 7, 2013
Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan
Ingrid Pufahl
Web site follow-up:
The Board will meet with Alexander Baden the week of March 18 to go over and discuss
the new Web site. The exact time and date is still to be determined.
Annual meeting:
The Board still needs to finalize the venue, date, and agenda for the Town’s Annual
Meeting.
Daley Lane project:
The Board briefly reviewed an additional bid proposal for Daley Lane, which will be
forwarded to Doug Lohmeyer for review and his expert evaluation.
Liaison Report:
No news to be reported.
The Annual Town Meeting will take place in lieu of the April Board Meeting.
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November 1, 2011
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BETHESDA, MD 20817

To: Oakmont Board

From: Donna Duer

Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Board Meeting - November 1, 2011

Attendees: Ella Iams (Chair) Marilyn Mazuzan (Treasurer) Donna Duer (Secretary) Ase Sewall (Accountant)

The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters:

Financial Report: The auditor’s report has been completed and reviewed and accepted by the accountant. The Town’s finances remain in good condition.

Daley Lane: The Board continues to consider options to reduce ongoing maintenance related to Daley Lane, including the recent proposal by CH2M Hill for design work. The Board will consider the costs and benefits of such work. The fall cleanup has been completed, but the landscaper will not plant perennials because of the erratic weather.

Fall Leaf Pickup: The curbside pickup has been scheduled for the weeks of November 19 and December 10. The Board will distribute a flyer the weekend of November 5 and 6, 2011 to alert residents to the pickup dates.

BRAC/NIH: The various entities, including State and County governments, that have applied for money for traffic improvements continue to await word on who will receive funding. There will be a BRAC committee meeting the week of November 14, 2011. There is no NIH news this month, other than the continuing traffic congestion on Old Georgetown Road.

Snow Plow: The Chair will has signed the contract for this winter. The Town will send email reminders to residents when snow is predicted. The snow plow will come after 2 inches have accumulated. Residents will be encouraged to park in their driveways when snow is predicted in order to leave room for the plow to clear the streets.

Website and communication: The Treasurer email address has been established and the Board now needs two additional addresses for Chair and Treasurer so that each Board member can communicate directly with the Town residents and receive email to the position, rather than the individual. The Secretary will again solicit a proposal from the webmaster for creating a community forum or bulletin board on the website to allow Oakmont citizens to seek or share information by logging on to the forum or bulletin board.

Building Permits: There is a notice of a pending demolition permit on Oak Place. The Secretary will prepare a statement to include on the Town website along with the Oakmont building permit application reviewed at the October meeting Brochure: The Board will contact a publisher for the revised brochure. Next Meeting: The next Oakmont Board meeting will be held at 7:15 pm on Monday, December 5, 2011.
October 3, 2011
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT BETHESDA, MD 20817 To: Oakmont Board From: Donna Duer Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Board Meeting - October 3, 2011 Attendees: Ella Iams (Chair) Marilyn Mazuzan (Treasurer) Donna Duer (Secretary) The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:15 pm. The Board considered the following matters: Financial Report: The town remains solvent. Daley Lane: Fall Cleanup: The chair will arrange for fall cleanup of Daley Lane. The Board discussed planting perennials to try to replace the weeds, but the landscaper has discourage such planting because of the erratic weather. Gravel area: The Board continues to consider options to reduce ongoing maintenance related to Daley Lane. The Board received a proposal for design work for installation of pervious paving. The Board will continue to research the options and costs with the goal of obtaining proposals over the winter for work to be done next summer. BRAC/NIH: Bethesda Naval transfer from Walter Reed is complete. The BRAC Committee is evaluating traffic in anticipation of future projects to manage traffic. Little is going on at NIH, pending resolution of issues relating to street closure and expansion. Snow Plow: The Chair will make a contract for this winter. Leaf Collection: Leaf collection has been scheduled for the week of November 19 and the week of December 10. The Board will distribute a flyer in early November. Website and communication: The Treasurer email address has been established and the Board now needs two additional addresses for Chair and Treasurer so that each Board member can communicate directly with the Town Residents and receive email to the position, rather than the individual. The town is still awaiting the webmaster’s proposal for creating a community forum or bulletin board on the website to allow Oakmont citizens to seek or share information by logging on to the forum or bulletin board. Building Permits: The Board discussed the draft building permit, the hiring of an engineer to review building plans, and how to publicize the Town building ordinance.. 1 Brochure: The Board continues to review revisions for the Town brochure. The Town will add a notice of the building ordinance to the brochure. Next Meeting: The next Oakmont Board meeting will be held at 7:15 pm on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. 2
August 9, 2011
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT BETHESDA, MD 20817 To: Oakmont Board From: Donna Duer Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Board Meeting August 9, 2011 Attendees: Ella Iams (Chair) Marilyn Mazuzan (Treasurer) Donna Duer (Secretary) The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:00 pm. The Board considered the following matters: Financial Report: The town remains solvent and received 2 checks in July. Snow Plow: The Board considered two estimates for a snow plowing contract for the coming winter and agreed that one was superior to the other because it is expected to provide better service at lower cost. The Chair will obtain references for the one snow plow contractor under consideration. Website and communication: The Board members will soon have their own email addresses and accounts to send official email to Town members who have provided their email addresses. In the next few weeks, the Board will receive a proposal from the webmaster for creating a community forum or bulletin board on the website to allow Oakmont citizens to seek or share information by logging on to the forum or bulletin board. The Board agreed that it did not want to set up a listserve. Picnic: Ase Sewall has assembled a committee for planning, setup, and cleanup for the Town Picnic. Ase and the Board Secretary distributed flyers for the Town Picnic this past weekend. The picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2011 on Oak Place. Daley Lane: Electrician: The electrician needs to come back and clean/repair the sensor so the lights come on at dusk. Gravel area: The Board is still considering options to reduce ongoing maintenance related to Daley Lane. The Board will continue to research the options and costs with the goal of obtaining proposals over the winter for work to be done next summer. 1 Planting: The Board noted that there are quite a few weeds and few desirable plants in some of Daley Lane, though the area next to Storey Landis’ property is attractive and well kept. The Board agreed that additional perennials are needed, not only along the sides and edges of the storm water retention area, as discussed last month, but also in the area near the bench and toward the Oakmont Avenue, where the weeds have taken over. BRAC/NIH: Bethesda Naval expects to have all of Walter Reed’s patients by the middle of September. Traffic on Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road is expected to become even more congested. Any road work or pedestrian access work will only be done after the move. Work has begun on the Cedar Lane bike path. Oakmont Brochure: The Chair will continue to work on revising and printing an up to date brochure. Storm Drains: The Secretary will investigate finding a community group such as Boy Scouts to install placards or stencil in an attractive way the storm drains to inform the community that the drains are a conduit to the Cabin John watershed and the Chesapeake Bay. Building Permits: The Town has been in contact with a building engineer and real estate agent regarding anticipated new construction in Oakmont and compliance with the Town’s building ordinance. The Chair sent a letter to the County regarding compliance at one ongoing building project in the Town. The Board agreed that it needs to post an Oakmont Building Permit Application on the website. The Secretary will draft an application form for review by the other Board members. The Board is considering an application fee, as provided for in the ordinance, to cover the cost of hiring a professional to review building plans. Next Meeting: The next Oakmont Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on September 13, 2011. 2
July 7, 2011
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT BETHESDA, MD 20817 To: Oakmont Board From: Donna Duer Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Board Meeting July 7, 2011 Attendees: Ella Iams (Chair) Marilyn Mazuzan (Treasurer) Donna Duer (Secretary) Ase Sewell The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:00 pm. The Board considered the following matters: Financial Report: End of fiscal year checks are coming in. Although the Town has recently incurred expenses for sidewalk and driveway repair, tree trimming, and Daley Lane maintenance, the Town remains solvent. Sidewalks: Repair of sidewalks and driveway aprons was completed in June. Board Chair Ella Iams inspected the work. Picnic: Ase Sewall has agreed to chair the picnic committee. The Town is seeking volunteers to assist in the planning, setup, and cleanup. The picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2011. Daley Lane: Clean-up: Mr. Soros and his assistants pulled weeds, trimmed bushes, and put down mulch in Daley Lane. The Board discussed the possibility of planting additional perennials along the sides and edges of the stormwater retention area. Donna will contact Oakmont citizen Laurens Van der Tak to ask his advice regarding additional planting. Impervious area treatment: The Board again discussed the ongoing maintenance associated with the gravel portion of Daley Lane and various possibilities for reducing maintenance costs. Electrician: Ella reported that the electrician who repaired the lights in Daley Lane needs to return to clean and/or repair the light sensor so that the lights will come on and go off automatically. BRAC/NIH: The move from Walter Reed to Bethesda Naval Hospital is still scheduled for late summer. Traffic on Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road is expected to become even more congested. Any road work or pedestrian access work will only be done after the move. 1 Suburban Hospital: Marilyn reported that the County Council will make a decision on closing Lincoln Street near Suburban Hospital by the end of July. Oakmont Brochure: Ella made suggestions for updating the Oakmont Brochure, and is seeking a publisher. Email to citizens. The Board discussed ways to obtain and confirm email addresses for the citizens of Oakmont, for example, a sign-up sheet at the picnic in September. The Board is awaiting the new email addresses to be provided by the Town webmaster to facilitate communication with Oakmont citizens. The next Oakmont Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on August 9, 2011. 2
June 7, 2011
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT BETHESDA, MD 20817 To: Oakmont Board From: Donna Duer Subject: Minutes of Oakmont Board Meeting June 7, 2011 Attendees: Ella Iams (Chair) Marilyn Mazuzan (Treasurer) Donna Duer (Secretary) Ase Sewell Irwin Fabish The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:00 pm. The Board considered the following matters: Financial Report: The Town is expecting end of fiscal year checks in June. The Town remains solvent. The Board agreed to continue with the current auditing firm. Sidewalks: As a result of former Chair Mike Kitzinger’s efforts, the Board received two bids for sidewalks and decided to award the contract to A.B Viers to perform sidewalk and driveway repair. Picnic: Donna reported that the Manganiello’s have the road closure barriers. Donna will continue to seek a chair for the Picnic Committee. The date of the picnic is Saturday, September 10, 2011. Daley Lane: Clean-up: The Board discussed the clean up work that needs to be performed in Daley Lane. Irwin Fabish agreed to talk to Mr. Soros about performing the cleanup. Ella agreed to meet with Mr. Soros to make sure that the work requirements are clear. Impervious area treatment: Ella reported that she had talked to Laurens Van der Tak about an interesting method of treating driveways called “impervious area treatment.” This method involves laying pavers that allow water to filter through, but does not involve the ongoing maintenance associated with gravel. The method is very expensive. The Board discussed the ongoing maintenance associated with the gravel portion of Daley Lane. Electrician: Ella reported that she is seeking an electrician to repair four lights in Daley Lane. BRAC/NIH: Marilyn reported that the minor intersection changes, tunnel and crossing for MD Route 355 to deal with the increase in traffic resulting from relocation of Walter Reed Medial 1 Center personnel and patients to Bethesda Naval Medical Hospital will not occur for some time. The bike paths are pretty well along. Cedar Lane will be closed for several weeks beginning on June 16, 2011. Oakmont Brochure: Ella will continue to update the Oakmont Brochure. The Board also discussed reviving the Oakmont newsletter in paper and electronic format. The next Oakmont Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on July 7, 2011 2
May 4, 2011
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT BETHESDA, MD 20817 To: Oakmont Board From: Donna Duer Subject: Board Meeting Minutes for May 4, 2011 Attendees: Ella Iams (Chair) Marilyn Mazuzan (Treasurer) Donna Duer (Secretary) Ase Sewell The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:00 pm. The Board considered the following matters: Banking: Marilyn will visit the bank to find out about replacing Mike Kitzinger with new Board member Donna Duer on the checking account. Ella and Marilyn explained that the IRS had notified Oakmont that it needs to treat Board members as “employees” and withhold and pay social security and medicare taxes. Ella explained that Mike Kitzinger planned to complete certain projects he had been working on before his term expired. These include tree care, sidewalk repair, and snow removal. Trees: Mike arranged for the tree trimmers to perform work in the Town and Ase reported that they were working in the Town on May 4, 2011. The Board members agreed that in the future the Town should provide notice to citizens that tree work is planned for their property. The Board agreed that paper notice, as well as email notice, is a good idea. Tree work has been completed for this year and will be considered for Spring 2012. Sidewalks: Donna will contact Mike to determine the status of his efforts on sidewalk and driveway repair. Ella will call Laurens Van der Tak to ask him about driveway work and stormwater concerns on Daley Lane. The Board and Ase Sewell discussed the merits of adding a sidewalk along the gravel on Daley Lane to make it easier to walk though Daley Lane when it snows. Snow Removal: Donna will contact Mike regarding his progress on obtaining a new contractor for snow removal. Picnic: The annual Town picnic will be held Saturday, September 10, 2011. The Town is still seeking a Chair for the Picnic Committee. Ella will obtain the “picnic folder” or computer file from Mike Kitzinger. Donna will continue to solicit volunteers and a Chair for the Picnic 1 Committee. The attendees discussed various entertainment options for the picnic. Donna will contact the Caroline and Vince Manganiello to find out if they still have the street closure signs. Daley Lane: Ella will contact Juan Soros and get an estimate for landscaping work in Daley Lane. Projects: Donna will investigate how the Board might communicate directly by email with Oakmont citizens. Attendees discussed reviving the Oakmont newsletter, which used to be published quarterly and was useful for keeping the community connected. Ella will follow-up on updating the Welcome to Oakmont brochure. 2
April 26, 2011 (Annual Meeting)
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Oakmont Special Taxing District Bethesda, MD 20817 Date Tuesday April 26, 2011 To: Town of Oakmont From: Ella Iams Subject: Meeting Minutes from April 26, 2011 Annual Meeting Attendees: Marilyn Mazuzan Michael Kitzinger Howard Iams Eric Moskowitz Barbara Moskowitz Ase Sewall Roy Sewall Donna Duer Walter Friauf Kathy Kitzinger Virgil Huber Stephen Roos Caroline Manganiello Rita Roos Kris Wenthold Ella Iams The meeting was called to order 7:10 pm. Welcome & Introduction of attendees: People introduced themselves. Old Business:- The minutes from the Tuesday April 13, 2010 meeting were approved with no revisions. Treasurer’s report was accepted and the budget 2011-2012 was adopted. There was a discussion how money might be spent. Suggestions included concrete curbs. Oakmont would pay for this so the taxing district would not have to work with the county. Another suggestion was to investigate burying power lines. Another suggestion was to look into new street lights that are energy efficient. Donna Duer was nominated and elected to serve on the town board. NIH Marilyn Mazuzan announced that nothing is going on that directly affects us. She announced that the perimeter bus will only run during rush hour. The Naval Hospital and NIH are beginning to cooperate in solving some of the problems brought on by the transfer of Walter Reed patients and employees to the Naval Hospital. BRAC Marilyn Mazuzan announced that there is more traffic on Old Georgetown Road because drivers are not using Rockville Pike to leave NIH. Although money for road improvements has been funded, the work will not occur until all building is finished at the Walter Reed complex. Suburban Hospital All plans are on hold due to the pending lawsuit. The County Council put on hold the closing of Lincoln Street until the summer. Tax Rate The town members to retain the property tax rate of $0.04 per $100 and the personal property tax rate of $0.01 per $100. Town Building Ordinance As of last year, our ordinance was in effect. However, it was mentioned at the meeting that the County claims it is not in effect. We have to contact the county because we have an ordinance to evaluate plans for new homes and homes undergoing major renovations. There are a couple of homes that may be rebuilt or majorly renovated. Picnic The date for the picnic is Saturday September 10th . A chairperson will be appointed and the committee will assist in the preparation. Other Items: A new housing plan for the College of Cardiology property on Old Georgetown Road has been submitted and remains to be evaluated.
April 6, 2011
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Oakmont Citizens Committee Minutes of Meeting Wed. April 6, 2011 Financial Report The town is solvent and Ase presented the information that will presented at the annual meeting April 26th . Parking Report There was no report. Suburban Hospital Any action is delayed until the summer. NIH The perimeter bus will only run during the morning and evening rush hours. Bus J1J2 and J3 are available to residents of Oakmont. Picnic Michael is unable to chair the picnic and said he would find a chair. Lights on Daley Lane The problem with the lights has not been diagnosed. Trees Mike will call about the work that needs to be done. Other Business The annual meeting is April 26th . A new member of the Committee has yet to be found. Mike was given some suggestions as to whom to ask to join the committee. I do not have a date for the next Oakmont Citizens Committee meeting.
March 2, 2011
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Minutes of meeting
March 2, 2011
Financial Report: Oakmont has ample money and Ase suggested that we consider a
project for the town that would use some money. Ase also announced that taxes have to
be withheld from the pay given to the town officers.
Parking Report: There was a complaint about the cleanliness of the parking signs and a
complaint about parking too close to the NIH building.
Suburban Hospital: the Huntington Terrace Association is suing the hospital regarding
its plans. County Executive Ike Leggett approved the closing of Lincoln Street to
hospital construction.
2011 Annual Meeting: The meeting will be held April 26, 2011 at Ayrlawn Center.
2011 Picnic: Mike indicated he would be willing to chair the event and will propose a
Saturday in September to have it at our next meeting if not before.
Daley Lane Lights: The electrician has to be contacted to give us an estimate of the
repairs and tell us exactly what the problem is.
Trees: The trees have yet to be trimmed due to the inclement weather. The company will
do the trees that were requested to be done.
Snow Removal: Ella will get an estimate from another company to determine the cost of
plowing Oakmont, and Oak Place. There was dissatisfaction with the plowing this past
season.
Sidewalks & Paving section of Daley Lane: One more quote is needed before any work
can be done.
The Contract was renewed for two years in Rockville where we store records and picnic
supplies.
The next meeting will be April 6, 2011.
February 1, 2011
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Minutes of meeting
02-01-11
No potential new members attended the meeting.
Financial Report- The town is solvent.
Parking report – There was none
Suburban Hospital – The Huntington citizens group is filing a lawsuit to contest the
expansion of the hospital.
NIH – There will be a new chairman of the Community Relations committee.
2011 Picnic – Mike is supposed to determine if he can chair the event and select a date in
September.
Trees- Care of the trees is pending. Care of Trees has been retained to do the work but it
has been too snowy.
Snow Removal- Oakmont has been plowed and all bills have been paid.
Sidewalks and Daley Lane – Two estimates have been submitted and we are awaiting a
third estimate.
Town Printer – A printer had been purchased for use in the town but there was some
ambivalence about the printer so it has been sold.
Next meeting will be March 2, 2011. That is a Wednesday.
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December 13, 2010
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Monthly meeting
December 13, 2010
Financial- There is nothing to report.
Parking – There is nothing to report.
Suburban Hospital – There is nothing new to report.
NIH- There is nothing new to report.
2010 Directory- The Oakmont Directories have been distributed and a bill will be
submitted.
Welcoming Committee- Anna Shah is the new chair of the welcoming committee. She
has Directories and brochures to distribute to new residents as they move to Oakmont.
We will update the directory on the website as we have new residents move to the area.
2010 Picnic – Bills for reimbursement still have to be submitted and should be submitted
by the end of the calendar year.
2011 Picnic- A date will be selected at the next meeting.
Daley Lane Light- The light needs to be repaired. An electrician will be called to
determine the nature of the repair.
Leaf collection- At the annual meeting it will be announced that Oak Place leaf
collection will be done by a contractor but the leaves on Oakmont will be cleared by the
county because they collect the leaves every year.
Trees- The Care of Trees of Gaithersburg will do the tree trimming and maintenance
on the trees on Oak Place and Oakmont. They performed the work at 5520 Oakmont
Avenue.
Snow Removal- The contract has been signed.
Sidewalks & Paving Part of Daley Lane- The town will wait until spring to proceed
with this project. It was recommended that Mr. Van Tak be contacted about any impact
on the drainage system on Daley Lane when partial paving is done.
Electric Lines to Homes- There is news to report.
Special Ethics Law Memo- The committee will work to have the town exempted from
this law.
Other Business- The committee will look into our ability to look at expansion plans
for additions and renovations on houses in our town as well as plans for tear downs and
rebuilds.
The next meeting is Monday January 10, 2011 at the home of Marilyn Mazuzan.
November 15, 2010
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Minutes of November 15, 2010 Meeting
Financial Report-There was none.
Parking Report- There was none.
Suburban Hospital- Montgomery County Zoning Appeals Board approved the
expansion of the hospital with some modifications. The local citizen’s association is
deciding how to react.
BRAC- There is discussion not to disband BRAC. The neighborhoods want it to
continue because decisions have not been made and the impact will be large.
NIH- Cars are not allowed entry at Old Georgetown Road and Lincoln because it is now
a construction entrance.
Other
Trees: An estimate will be sought from Davey to compare with the one from Arbor Care
for the work that Arbor Care recommended needed to be done.
Gary Jacobs: Gary will be notified that he can have Davey Tree Service perform the
work on his property and he can pay and be reimbursed or have the Citizens Committee
pay Davey directly.
Leaf Collection: Bethke does the leaf collection for Oakmont. They have billed us for
the first of two pickups. Before we pay, we will check to see if Montgomery County
collects leaves only on Oakmont or on both Oakmont and Oak Place. If the County
government performs leaf collection on Oakmont only, we have to renegotiate our
contract to do leaf collection for Oak Place only. The County cleared leaves on Oakmont
on November 17. The county did not clear leaves on Oak Place.
Side Walks and Daley Lane: Two estimates have been received and we need one more
before a contract is let.
Directory: The Directory is completed and will be distributed to all the residents of the
town.
SHA: There is a form that has to be submitted to the SHA. It includes information that
we give regarding snow plowing and tree work. Mike will find and complete the form
Electric Lines- We talked about whether to pursue seeking estimates for underground
power lines but also mentioned that once the lines are underground, there are problems
when power is lost and that can happen. The light on Daly Lane is out and has to be
looked at to determine if the bulb is burned out or there is a problem. Mike will look into
that.
Volunteer Welcoming Committee – Ella will call the Anna Shah 301-530-2301 since
she has volunteered to be hospitality chair. I will describe the responsibilities of the
position.
Special Ethics Law Memo- We will read the memo and be prepared to discuss it at our
December meeting.
Next meeting is DECEMBER 13, 2010.
October 4, 2010
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Minutes Meeting Monday October 4, 2010
Financial Report- The CPA needs copies of the minutes for 2009-2010 and a copy of
the budget. They will be sent to her.
Parking Report – There is nothing to report.
Suburban Hospital- A decision may be made on October 20. There have been several
postponements.
BRAC- The local Advisory Committee is trying to decide how to extend the term since it
is set to expire.
NIH- The stimulus money will be spent and there will be construction equipment
entering off Old Georgetown Rd.
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Daley Lane- It has been cleaned.
Picnic- It will take place Saturday. Purchases are being made and two families are
helping with the set-up and the clean-up.
Tree near Gary Jacobs – Gary gave us a quote and Mike is getting a quote from Arbor
Care. It was suggested we seek a third quote and we will let Gary know quote we are
willing to use. If Gary wants to use his original quote and it is higher, the committee will
request that he pay the difference between the bid the committee wants to use and Gary’s
choice.
Sidewalks- One estimate has been received from Bill Veirs. One other will be sought.
Directory- It may be available at the picnic.
TRIAD- It was decided not pursue this now.
Neighborhood Watch- We decided not to pursue this. We investigated this many years
ago.
Electric Lines- Putting in underground electric lines is costly and does not insure there
will be no power outages. When lines are underground, it can take longer to restore
power so this will not be pursued.
Volunteer Welcoming Committee-Marilyn and Ella will meet with Anna Shah 301-
530-2031 who has volunteered to head a welcoming committee. We thought new
families should receive a directory and information about Oakmont.
The next Meeting will be November 9, 2010.
September 7, 2010
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Minutes of Meeting September 7, 2010
Financial Report- Oakmont is solvent. The financial materials are being sent to the
auditors.
Parking- There was none.
Suburban Hospital- There is no news. However, there should be some information on
September 15 from the Board of Appeals.
BRAC- The renovated Naval Hospital will open by September 2011 but it appears no
road changes will occur by that time.
NIH- No news
Other
Daley Lane- Mike will speak with our maintenance person so Daley Lane will be clean
for the October 9 picnic.
Picnic – It will be held on Saturday October 9 from 4 until dark. Mike, Marilyn and Ella
will set up. The arrangement will be changed this year. The moon bounce will be in the
backyard of the Jacobs home on Oakmont adjacent to Daley Lane so families do not have
to cross Oak Place to check on children using the moon bounce. The picnic will be a pot
luck with no grills for barbecuing.
Maryland Municipal League-Oakmont withdrew its membership from this organization
since we have participated in its activities and do no realize much benefit from the
organization.
Board of Elections- Marilyn and Ella will proceed to be sworn in once the letter is sent to
the Board indicating our terms of office.
Curbs- No change
Trees – Carol Rogentine made a request to have a tree looked at and we suggested that
she have an arborist look at her tree and diagnose the problem and then she can decide
what contractor she wants to hire to do the work. It is a not a town tree.
Directory – The Directory will be ready for the picnic. We will have them labeled so we
can distribute to the attending families and then hand deliver those directories that were
not distributed.
July 19, 2010
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Financial Report- Oakmont is solvent. There is money in both the checking and savings
accounts.
Parking Report- There is nothing to report this month.
Suburban Hospital- The hospital group is disappointed that the plans were not accepted.
A new plan incorporating the 5 recommendations may be submitted.
BRAC- On July 20 there will be a meeting at BC-C High School to present the options
for road improvement and changes. The meeting is open to the public and the committee
will discuss the options after the public presentation.
NIH All is fine for now. Marilyn informed us that the Porter building will have an
addition put on it but it will not impact our view from Old Georgetown Rd. Stimulus
money will pay for the addition.
Other :
Daley Lane – It was cleaned out and the contractor will be paid for his services. Mike
is going to contact 3 contractors to get estimates about handling the gravel in Daley Lane
or repaving Daley Lane.
Picnic - Ruth Gold will be contacted about planning the picnic and making sure that she
is available to chair the committee for the picnic scheduled Saturday Sept. 11.
Trees- Mike will contact 2 contractors to get estimates for any trimming that may need
to be done. It was suggested that one bidder be the firm we employed last year. The
residents at 5623 Oak Place will be asked if they would like to have a tree planted to
replace the tree that was removed last year. The committee discussed the importance of
tree replacement when trees are removed.
Curbs- Mike will check on curb specifications because it was pointed out that there is a
gap between the curbs and grass which could possibly cause injury.
Street Signs- the signs have been cleaned.
Directory- It is almost complete. There are three new families who have moved to the
town.
New Business
Underground Power Lines- Mike will contact Pepco to ask for names of contractors to
give us an estimate of the cost of putting utility lines under ground. This is the just the
first step of exploring the opportunity to put lines underground.
The Next Meeting is MONDAY AUGUST 9th
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June 7, 2010
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Financial Report- Our web care taker will be paid.
Parking- Parking permits have been printed per request in May.
Daley Lane- The committee will investigate what needs to be weeded.
Curbs- The curb in front of the Wenthold residence has been repaired.
Picnic- Ruth Gold will be contacted.
Suburban Hospital- The report will be issued on 06-11-10.
BRAC- There is no additional news.
NIH- Currently there is no action affecting us.
The next meeting will be Monday July 19th
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May 17, 2010
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Minutes May 17, 2010
Parking-New Parking permits are needed. They will be printed.
Finances- We discussed how to pay our website maintainer since he has not billed us.
SHA- Oakmont has to justify our expenditures to the SHA and Mike will do so.
Suburban- A decision has been postponed until 06-11-10.
BRAC – Road improvements are still pending. Bus shelters are being built.
Donation- The committee will donate $400 to the BCC Rescue Squad in memory of
Eleanor Dillon. The committee spent $100 on flowers for the service.
Tree Work- 5508 Oakmont has roots above the ground. We will look at it and look at
sidewalks and take appropriate action.
The next meeting will be June 7 at 7 pm.
April 13, 2010 (annual meeting)
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Oakmont Special Taxing District
Bethesda, MD 20817
Date Tuesday April 13, 2010
To: Town of Oakmont
From: Ella Iams
Subject: Meeting Minutes from April 13, 2010 Annual Meeting
Attendees:
Marilyn Mazuzan Michael Kitzinger
Howard Iams Eric Moskowitz
Ellyn Nasuti Kris Wenthold
Maja Bresslauer Donna Baden
Irwin Faibisch Mary Johnson
Fran Faibisch Barbara Haupt
Ella Iams Kimberly Berger
Ase Sewall
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm.
Welcome & Introduction of Attendees
Old Business:-
Minutes from the April 14, 2009 meeting were approved with no revisions.
Treasurer’s report was accepted and the budget for 2010-11 was adopted. It was
announced that the Taxing District would receive less highway repair and
maintenance funds because the State Legislature has allocated less funds
to counties and taxing districts.
Marilyn Mazuzan was nominated and elected to serve on the town board.
BRAC
The proposal from 2009-2010 to take property from the Rogentine home to
the corner of Old Georgetown road was abandoned after the residents on both sides
of Oakmont came together, lobbied, and urged the project not be started. The grant
for funding the tunnel has not been awarded.
Suburban Hospital
A report from the Board of Appeals will be issued sometime at the end of the
month. The release of the report has been postponed two times and no meetings
have been held.
NIH
Oakmont is not affected by changes on the campus. The building near Greentree
Road will be extended and Federal stimulus money will help pay for that project.
Parking Report
Irwin Faibisch reminded residents to check their parking decals to be sure they are
not faded. Residents can replace decals and request temporary guest passes as
needed. Please call in advance. Parking congestion is easing but every so often
there is an occasional problem at Oak Place near Old Georgetown.
Town Building Ordinance
We have an ordinance for new homes and homes undergoing major renovations.
Tree Work
The committee will reevaluate any damage to trees from the winter storms and take
appropriate action. The tree in front of 5614 Oakmont Ave. needs topsoil.
Oakmont Avenue curbs
Oakmont will not pursue having the County replace all curbs because both sides
of Oakmont Avenue do not want the street widened. It was decided to let the
issue die. There is damage to several curbs and to the apron at 5614 Oakmont
Avenue. The Committee will ask if the county can do the repairs because the
damage was done by a county snow plow. If not, the town will get estimates. Eric
Moskowitz volunteered to walk around Oakmont and assess curb and apron
damage on all properties. If necessary, the Oakmont Committee will have
contractors give us estimates for damage repair and repairs will be made.
Picnic
The tentative date for the picnic is Saturday September 12. Ruth Gold is
the chair person.
Website
The town will enter more information on the website.
Ayrlawn Memorial Garden
A tree has been planted in honor of a former park & planning employee near the
top of the park by Hempstead. The spouse wants to put a couple of benches near
the tree.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.


January 18, 2010
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Minutes of January 18, 2010
Financial Report The Oakmont Special Taxing District has ample money and agreed
that all current bills be paid. There were large bills for snow plowing due to the large
December storm.
Parking Report The sign on the north side of Oak Place is faded. Mike will look at it
and determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired.
Snow Removal The three bills will be paid. See above.
Daley Lane We are requesting that we receive estimates for the work that is needed to
maintain Daley Lane so we can plan rather than receive bills after work is done.
Suburban Hospital There is no new news to report.
BRAC There are meetings going on because there is desire for a coordinated effort to
determine how changes affect the community.
Oakmont Directory All information was submitted to Mike. Marilyn will proofread the
information.
Website Ella will contact the webmaster to find out how information can be entered
without going to the webmaster.
The next meeting will be Monday February 8th
at Marilyn’s home.
2009+
December 7, 2009
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Minutes December 7, 2009
Financial Report The town has ample money and decided to make 5 contributions to 5
organizations in the community.
Leaf Pickup There will be one more leaf pickup the week of December 11 weather
permitting.
Trees Arbor Care completed the work on the trees in STD and in the spring the
committee will decide what further action is needed.
Suburban Hospital There is no news to report.
BRAC There is no news to report.
NIH There is no news to report.
Oakmont Directory Mike and Ella will complete the material for the January meeting.
Next meeting is Monday January 11, 2010 at 7 at the home Marilyn Mazuzin.
November 2, 2009
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Minutes November 2, 2009
Financial: Ase Sewall reported that Oakmont has been receiving the payments from the
state and that we are solvent.
Trees: Arbor Care is scheduled to begin tree trimming and fertilizing trees on November
3. All town trees on Oakmont, Oak Place and Daley Lane will be treated.
Snow Contract: The contract for having our streets plowed during the winter was signed
and submitted to the contractor.
Leaf Pick-Up: Mike Kitzinger will send out notification when our leaves will be picked
up from the curb. There should be two pickups.
Donations: The committee voted to donate $500 in memory of Robert Wenthold to
NIH as was requested in the obituary. The committee voted to donate $250 to the Lung
Association and $250 to cancer research in memory of Pat Mazuzan.
The next meeting will be held Monday December 7 at 7:00 pm at Marilyn Mazuzan’s
house.
September 8, 2009
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September 8, 2009
Picnic – The picnic will be Saturday October 3. The flyer will be distributed one time
the week of the 7th. Mike will review the contract with Allied for the moon bounce and
other rented equipment. Three students will be paid $50 for selling popcorn, running the
moonbouce and crossing children at the street. A shopping list was distributed.
Town Trees – One of us will ask for estimates for the three trees in Daley Lane that need
work. Arbor Tree Service, ATS, and Mulheron Tree Experts will be asked to give us
estimates.
BRAC- We are not affected by any of the ongoing discussions.
NIH- The group is looking at transportation provisions for handling contaminated
materials from Fort Dietrich.
Mont. Co. Curb Information- The town is planning to take no action on the curbs but
anyone who wants information is welcome to contact Mike Kitzinger.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday October 6.
July 6, 2009
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Minutes Monday July 6, 2009
Financial Report: The Web site coordinator is paid a monthly fee and there is a site
charge for the Website.
A money market account was opened at Wachovia Bank with a transfer from the
Checking account. Interest is low but at least there is interest that will be earned.
We will continue our membership in the MD Municipal League.
Trees: Oakmont received estimates for tree work from 2 firms. It was decided to
have Arbor Care do tree removal from 5623 Oak Place. After the committee evaluates
the work on that site, the committee will determine what firm will do the remainder
of the work that needs to be done. It was requested that an estimate be gotten for the
appropriate tree replacement at both 5623 Oak Place and 5612 Oakmont Avenue. It
would have to be a tree that fits the space and will not overhang the road in a way that
could impede vision or hinder safety.
Picnic: Ella Iams will purchase the wine and beer for the picnic to alleviate some of
Betsy Fielding’s responsibilities. The Committee will review the cost of last year’s
picnic by reviewing the receipts and the reimbursements paid out by the Treasurer.
Insurance: The Citizens Committee sought a bid on the town insurance policy to see if
the premium could be lowered. It was determined to keep the policy that we have since
it is reasonable. We learned that not all carriers offer the type of policy the town has to
have.
NIH: It was reported that some stimulus money has been received.
Suburban Hospital: It was reported that Suburban Hospital is now officially part of the
Johns Hopkins Hospital System.
BRAC: No news reported
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday August 3 at 7 pm at Marilyn’s home.
June 15, 2009
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June 15, 2009
The meeting was called to order at Marilyn’s Mazuzin’s home at 7:10.
Mike mentioned that he had a bill for work done in Daley Lane and he will evaluate the
bill and then have it paid when Ase Sewall returns home.
Directory Update: Each member of the committee will go to homes to update addresses
and e-mail address for the Oakmont Directory. Ella will do even numbers on Oakmont
and Mike and Marilyn will split Oak Place.
Picnic: We discussed ways to lower the costs of the picnic and it was suggested that we
could shop at different less expensive stores. Ella volunteered to buy wine and beer if
given a list of what is needed.
Trees: The committee is receiving estimates from tree people and will evaluate the bids
before making a decision as to who will carry out the work.
Insurance: The town of Oakmont has received a bill for insurance. Ella will get a copy
of the policy and talk to another insurer to determine if we can pay less for the same
coverage.
Parking: Some tickets have been issued and new permits have been issued.
BRAC: Thursday evening June 18, 2009 there will be a meeting with SHA personnel at
the home of Marilyn Mazuzin. It will include members of the Oakmont Committee and
residents who live on the other side of Oakmont Avenue.
Suburban: There is no new to report on the hospital expansion at the present time.
NIH: There is no new information.
Please review these minutes and submit any changes to me so I can amend them.
Thanks.
Respectfully submitted,
Ella Iams
May 11, 2009
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Record of meeting
Meeting Date: Monday May 11, 2009
The meeting was called to order at 7:20 pm.
Picnic: It will be held October 3 at Daley Lane. Betsy Fielding will be asked if the
students who work the moon bounce and other activities receive student learning hours in
addition to being paid for their services. It was suggested that the students earn a lesser
amount of money.
Trees: Mike will meet with Brendan Carberry P O Box 151707 Chevy Chase MD 20825
to get an estimate on tree work that needs to be done in Daly Lane and other parts of the
town. We also seek an estimate from another contractor after we determine how well the
work was done.
Resident Directory: It will be updated at the meeting on Monday May 18 at Ayrlawn.
Treasurer’s Report: Ase Sewall mentioned that she has some concerns about income tax
earnings from 2008. She will review the materials she has to be sure money has been
deposited.
Monday Meeting at Ayrlawn: There will handouts at the meeting for citizens and
residents to bring home relevant to the proposed BRAC changes. We made some
changes to the original proposed meeting agenda.
January 13, 2009
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT
BETHESDA, MD 208117
Date: January 13, 2009
To: Oakmont Board
From: Mike Kitzinger
Subject: Board Meeting Minutes for January 13, 2009
Attendees: Barbara Moskowitz
Ase Sewall
Mike Kitzinger
Barbara Moskowitz
Board Member Pat Mazuzan died last weekend from cancer and Barbara will send an
announcement to the Town of Oakmont. Pat’s friendship and contribution to the Town
Oakmont will be missed by all. Barbara will send flowers to Pat’s family from the Town
of Oakmont.
Marilyn Mazuzan will continue to represent the Town of Oakmont regarding issues
related to NIH and Suburban Hospital.
The Board Members will follow-up on the following items:
Clean Power – Wind Power: Barbara
Town Account Payables: Ase
Curbs – Roger Berliner: Mike
Montgomery County Buses on Oakmont Avenue
Town Building Ordinance: Mike
Barbara’s term of office will end in April 2009 and we should add another member.
Tree Removal
David Greg’s tree removal will grind up the stump in front of the McNamara’s.
Governor O’Malley’s Office Meeting
Two members from the Governor’s office met with Barbara and will send her a link
to add to the Town website to give the Town members access to State of Maryland
information. The representatives recognized a common problem Oakmont shares with
other communities regarding the difficulty of following up on the contractors to repair
holes in the asphalt after installing a utility line in the street.
Ase Sewell
Ase reported balance of $89,970.94 on 12/9/2008 with the following detail:
Total Inflows: $11,430.75
Total Outflows: ($9,602.40)
Net Total $ 1,828.35
2008+
December 10, 2008
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BETHESDA, MD 208117
Date: December 10, 2008
To: Oakmont Board
From: Mike Kitzinger
Subject: Board Meeting Minutes for September 10, 2008
Attendees: Irv Faibisch
Barbara Moskowitz
Marilyn Mazuzan
Pat Mazuzan
Mike Kitzinger
Barbara Moskowitz
On December 15, 2008 at 9:00 Barbara attended a meeting with a representative(s) from
Governor’s O’Malley’s office. A copy of Marilyn’s testimony supporting the expansion
of Suburban Hospital given to the representative.
Marilyn Mazuzan – Suburban Hospital and NIH
There was nothing to report on Suburban Hospital. NIH is considering closing an
entrance on Old Georgetown Road. NIH is a smoke free campus, but construction
workers are not required to comply with the no smoking ban. The construction workers’
unions permit smoking on the job.
Irv Fabish
This afternoon the McNamara’s reported a healthy tree was cut down in front of their
house. Mike and Irv will contact the McNamara’s after the meeting.
2008 Donations
The following donations were approved by the Board:
National Center for Children and Families $500
Bethesda Care $500
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless $500
Bethesda Fire and Rescue Squad $500
Fischer House for Veterans $500
Barbara Moskowitz - Curbs
Adam Garrick with Montgomery County will send the different options and Barbara will
forward the information to Eric Voit.
Barbara Moskowitz – Roger Berline Meeting
Pat will contact him and the meeting will be held at Oakmont.
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McLean School
McLean School is going through the approval process to move the school to the property
located at 2010 Old Georgetown Road.
Pat Mazuzan
Pat will proceed with evaluating the buying wind power for the Town of Oakmont.
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November 8, 2008
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT
BETHESDA, MD 208117
Date: November 8, 2008
To: Oakmont Board
From: Mike Kitzinger
Subject: Board Meeting Minutes for September 10, 2008
Attendees: Barbara Moskowitz
Marilyn Mazuzan
Pat Mazuzan
Ase Sewall
Mike Kitzinger
Barbara Moskowitz
Next meeting each member will bring information on local organizations to consider for
a donation before the end of 2008.
Examples: BCC Rescue Squad, Bethesda Fire Department, Fischer House for Veterans
Marilyn Mazuzan – Suburban Hospital
There was nothing to report on NIH. Local bus service in the area maybe reduced
during the day. Planning Board review of Suburban’s expansion voted to close Lincoln
Avenue and approved the expansion. Marilyn has been asked to testify why Suburban’s
expansion is important to the Town of Oakmont. An E-mail will be sent out to the Town
of Oakmont asking for feedback on “How the expansion of Suburban will benefit the
Town Oakmont”.
Barbara Moskowitz
Donna will update the phone directory and Mike will review the Oakmont flyer.
Barbara received two estimates for tree work from $1,200 - $1,800 for three days work.
Tree on Oak Place should be removed.
Ase Sewall – Financial Report
Ase reported a balance of $89,388.50 in the account.
Barbara Moskowitz
Barbara mentioned the idea to form a committee to review the widening of Oakmont
Avenue. An E-mail will be sent out stating we are interested in studying the widening
of Oakmont Avenue. Barbara will approach Eric Voit. County will not let the Town
of Oakmont put in curbs on only one side of the street, because the curbs belong to
Montgomery County.
Pat Mazuzan
Proposed buying wind power for the Town of Oakmont at three year fixed rate for
electricity. The cost would be cheaper than PEPCO.
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October 5, 2008
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT
BETHESDA, MD 208117
Date: October 5, 2008
To: Oakmont Board
From: Mike Kitzinger
Subject: Board Meeting Minutes for September 10, 2008
Attendees: Irv Faibisch
Barbara Moskowitz
Marilyn Mazuzan
Pat Mazuzan
Ase Sewall
Mike Kitzinger
Mike Kitzinger
Mike will review “Welcome to Oakmont” handout.
Marilyn Mazuzan – Suburban Hospital
Marilyn will testify at the 9/25/08 County Council Meeting.
Barbara Moskowitz
Barbara will post the most recent updates on Suburban Hospital and Ambulance Fees on
the website.
Ase Sewall – Financial Report
Ase reported a balance of $90,470 in the account. Oakmont highway related expenses
exceeded the highway funds received from the State of Maryland.
Irv Faibisch – Parking
Irv gave out new parking stickers to an existing resident on Oak Place.
Barbara Moskowitz
- Barbara received approval to renew Oakmont’s membership to Maryland Mayor
Association at a cost of $69.00.
- Oakmont Picnic will be attended by Eleanor Dillon. She will be thanked for her years
of service to the town with a tree and a bench with a plaque.
- Mike will receive quotes from tree contractors in November to remove dead branches.
- Pot hole on Oak Place has been repaired and Barbara has a work order from WSSC.
Pat Mazuzan
Pat will follow-up on the Oakmont Building Ordinance with Montgomery County and
Barbara will look for a copy of the ordinance. Bethesda Green will showcase Oakmont
on its website.
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August 11, 2008
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BETHESDA, MD 208117
Date: August 11, 2008
To: Oakmont Board
From: Mike Kitzinger
Subject: Board Meeting Minutes for July 8, 2008
Attendees: Barbara Moskowitz
Marilyn and Pat Mazuzan
Irwin Faibisch
Ase Sewall
Mike Kitzinger
Pat Mazuzan – Treasury Report
The direct deposit is almost finished and the State of Maryland is still sending checks.
Approval was given to pay the annual municipal league dues of $528.00.
Marilyn Mazuzan – Community Report
Suburban Hospital has submitted the expansion plan. She spoke for Oakmont at the last
Bethesda-Chevy Chase meeting voicing our support of the plan.
NIH is building an integrated research facility at Ft. Detrick. Ft. Detrick employees
infected would be transferred to NIH in Bethesda where they could be isolated for
treatment.
Montgomery County is one of the few counties not charging an ambulance fee. The
rescue workers are against the fee, because some residents would be hesitant to call an
ambulance.
Ase Sewall – Financial Report
Pat Mazuzan keeps the check book, writes the checks and provides her with a ledger.
Balance as of 7/8/2008 is $79,806.60. Ase will send the financial information to the
auditor near the end of August.
Irwin Faibisch – Parking Report
Irv gave out sample notices informing residents not to park on the sidewalks.
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Barbara Moskowitz – Report
Oakmont Picnic
The date of the picnic will be 9/13/2008 and the rain date will be 9/14/2008. Betsy
Shielding agreed to share the work of the picnic and the town will send out the flyers.
Barbara suggested we set up volleyball net and some other activities, because attendance
has fallen off. Maybe we can have live music? We will invite the fire and rescue squads.
Eleanor will be invited and transferred to the picnic. Maybe an E-mail signup group will
be setup.
Eleanor Dillon
It was agreed to put a plaque on the existing bench and buy a tree in honor of Eleanor.
Tree Maintenance
Pat will check on the tree maintenance.
Mike Kitzinger
Mike is in the process of changing storage units. He was sworn in at the Montgomery
County Board of Elections.

Other Items
Oakmont E-mail groups options were discussed to improve communications and
documentation.
It was agreed to send a welcoming letter with a town handout to new residents.
Next meeting is August 12th
at 8:00 pm.
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July 5, 2008
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT
BETHESDA, MD 208117
Date: July 5, 2008
To: Oakmont Board
From: Mike Kitzinger
Subject: Board Meeting Minutes for June 10, 2008
Attendees: Barbara Moskowitz
Marilyn and Pat Mazuzan
Irwin Faibisch
Mike Kitzinger
Pat Mazuzan
Pat had nothing to provide regarding the treasury report.
Marilyn Mazuzan
Marilyn reported construction may begin in July at National Naval Medical Center and
no funding has been improved for road improvements.
Bethesda Town Meeting will be held June 11th
at Pyle Middle School and in the meeting
Suburban Hospital is seeking approval for its expansion. Pat and Marilyn Mazuzan will
attend the meeting. Suburban wants to take down the parking garage and expand the
medical offices in addition to building a green area as a buffer between the hospital and
the residential area. The houses impacted by the expansion are owned by the hospital.
Irwin Faibisch
Irv gave the parking report. He notified residents of parking on the sidewalks and will
make up notices addressing the violation.

Barbara Moskowitz
Barbara believes the concrete project is complete and the contractor has been paid. Pat
will check on the broken water main cap with the contractor.
Green Business
Barbara attended ‘Save The Trail” event and it was disorganized. The organizers weren’t
identified and the politicians were late. Barbara handed out over 100 flyers.

Other Items
Bethesda – Chevy Chase Regional Service Center will add Oakmont to its list.
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Mike’s Action Items:
- Be sworn in the Montgomery County Board of Elections
- Search for a cheaper storage unit for the town.
- Search for bench options for Eleanor Dillon. It was recommended a redwood or type of
bench that will last a long time.
New Business:
-Barbara proposed Oakmont will support both bills pending at Montgomery County listed
below:
ZTA 08-11 Reduce the current foot print on a house on a lot.
● Require 30 days notices for neighbors to send input on new
construction.
The purpose of these bills is to develop reasonable standards to work with the
communities.
For more information please contact countycouncil@montgomerycountymd.gov
- Irv will look into how to identify new residents moving into Oakmont.
- Pat said recently underground wiring permit was approved and the cost was $3,000.
The cost for underground wiring has decreased significantly.
Next meeting is July 8th
at 8:00 pm.
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May 13, 2008
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OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT
BETHESDA, MD 208117
Date: June 8, 2008
To: Oakmont Board
From: Mike Kitzinger
Subject: Board Meeting Minutes for May 13, 2008
Attendees: Barbara Moskowitz
Marilyn and Pat Mazuzan
Mike Kitzinger
The following Oakmont Board positions were voted and accepted:
Barbara Moskowitz Chair
Pat Mazuzan Treasurer
Mike Kitzinger Secretary
This will be Barbara’s last year on the Oakmont Board.
Pat Mazuzan
Pat gave the Treasurer’s report that included a request for a $500 donation to the Crescent
Trail event. The $500 donation was approved. The Board agreed to use the same tax
auditor as last year. Pat sent a notice out to all the Oakmont members to update their
parking permits and presented an update on the concrete replacement project.
Marilyn Mazuzan
Marilyn reported the next Suburban Hospital meeting is Thursday and she will have a
report for the next meeting. Suburban Hospital is asking people for support of their new
construction, but the neighbors around the hospital aren’t in favor of the expansion.
In regard to Navy Medical, the Navy has agreed to ask for federal money to help pay for
construction to the roads impacted by the moving of Walter Reed.
Eleanor Dillon would prefer a bench instead of a tree in her honor.
Barbara Moskowitz
Barbara revised the Oakmont Zoning Ordinance. She and Pat will sign the ordinance
before it is submitted to the County Council. Pat will find out how to submit the
ordinance to the County Council.
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Green Business
Pat said that Oakmont is too small of a commercial environment for wind power. Pat
will inquire with another organization about wind power and Barbara would explore a
link on the Oakmont website to www.cleancurrrents.com.
The Board approved $1,000 contribution to Bethesda Green to sponsor a re-cycle bin in
Downtown Bethesda

Action Items:
Barbara
- Provide Mike with a letter notifying the Montgomery County Board of Elections
of his elected position to the Oakmont Board.
Mike
- Contact the storage company for an account update.
- Assume responsibility for future meeting notes and picking up the US Mail.
- Update Mike’s new position at the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
- Search for bench options for Eleanor Dillon.
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April 8, 2008 (annual minutes)
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Minutes of the Oakmont Annual Town Meeting
7:30 pm April 8, 2008
Attendees – Committee Members: Barbara Moskowitz, Acting Chairperson and Secretary; Pat Mazuzan,
Treasurer; Irv Faibisch, Parking Marshal; Marilyn Mazuzan, NIH/Suburban Liaison; Ase Sewall, Accountant
Attendees – Other town residents: Laurens van der Tak; Fran Fabisch; Ella Iams; Eric Moskowitz; Jeff
Gemunder; Mike and Kathy Kitzinger; Walt Friauf; Virgil Huber; Ellyn Nasuti; Amy Bogdon; Mark Weissman;
Barbara Haupt; Joann Anderson; Dave King; Donna Duer; Vince Manganiello; Kathy King; John Yetter
Eleanor Dillon
Many residents expressed a desire to honor Eleanor Dillon for her long years as a very active Oakmont resident
beloved member of the community. After some discussion, we agreed to plant a tree in Daley Lane or some
other similar tribute, including a plaque, at a ceremony to which she and her family will be invited.
Parking Report
Irv Faibisch briefly explained the parking permit process and noted that he has given out several warnings
recently to people who were illegally parked. None has required calling police.
Treasurer’s Report and Tax Rate
Oakmont has concluded its outside audit of town accounts, and the closing balance for 2007 was $53,597. The
balance for 2008 is estimated to be $68,352 at the current tax rate. There have been no unusual expenditures
since the last town meeting.
Because Oakmont has a healthy balance more than sufficient to covered projected town projects, and because
the County proposes to increase real estate taxes, the Treasurer proposed we reduce our tax rate to the legal
minimum of $.04/$100 of assessment from the current rate of $.06/$100. This proposal was moved, seconded,
and approved.
NIH/Suburban Report
Regarding Suburban Hospital expansion plans, Marilyn reported that plans will go to the County in June or July
and construction is not expected to start for several years. Current plans call for demoliton of all 19 houses
owned by Suburban to allow creation of a campus atmosphere with green space. The parking garage on
Lincoln will be expanded and moved back from Old Georgetown. The Huntington Terrace Citizens’ Association
continues to oppose current plans, particularly those to demolish Suburban-owned houses and close part of
Lincoln Street.
At NIH, drainage at the South Lawn continues to be a problem that NIH is working with WSSC to resolve. NIH
is also concerned with BRAC plans. The Environmental Impact Statement for the BRAC is out and basically
unchanged from the draft report, which suggests BRAC will have minimal impact on area traffic because that
traffic is already terrible. The County and State have no money for road improvements, and the Navy has not
applied for any of the limited funds available through the Defense Area Roads Fund. They have said, however,
that they will look into hiring a traffic coordinator.
Oakmont Charter
Pat explained the need to amend the town charter to raise from $2,000 to $10,000 the amount the town
Committee can authorize for services without getting competitive bids. The proposed change has been
approved by the Maryland State Legislature and will be effective as of October 1, 2008.
Sidewalk, Driveways, and Curbs Project
The County has said that it will put new curbs on Oakmont and extend the Oak Place sidewalk from the point it
currently stops to Hempstead. It has also said that repaving Oakmont may be included as part of the project.
They expect to do this work between July and November of this year.
Oakmont has received bids and selected a company to replace already identified driveway aprons and make
other repairs to driveways damaged during the drainage project. Residents will be able to use the same
contractor for privately-funded projects by making individual arrangements with the company. Notices about this
will go out before work starts, which we anticipate will be this spring.
Picnic
The annual town picnic will be held this year on Saturday, September 13. The rain date will be Sunday.
Volunteers to organize and work on the event are needed. Anyone interested should call a Committee member.
Proposed Building Ordinance
Following spirited debate of the final draft of the proposed ordinance, the ordinance was approved, as amended,
by a vote of 18 for and 11 against. The amendment changed the words “the Committee shall consider factors
such as the following:” to “the Committee shall consider the following factors:” in section 3.
Next the Ordinance must be approved by the County Council before it can go into effect.
Elections
Mike Kitzinger volunteered and was the only nominee to fill the Committee slot vacated by David Levy. Mike
was elected without opposition.
Door Prizes
Fran Fabisch and Jeff Gemunder were each selected in a random drawing of names to win door prizes of $25
gift certificates to Macy’s.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.
February 19, 2008
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Attendees: Pat Mazuzan, Treasurer; Barbara Moskowitz, Secretary; Ase Sewall,
Accountant
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Treasurer’s Report
● Available funds are $91,191.43
● We continue to get two Pepco bills – one for streetlights and the other for Daley
Lane. Pat will call Pepco about consolidating into a single bill.
● We will look into getting our checks directly deposited into our bank account.
NIH/Suburban Hospital
● Marilyn was unable to attend tonight’s meeting because she was at a BRAC
meeting.
● The January meeting of the NIH Liaison Committee was cancelled due to snow.
● Suburban is beginning again to have its community meetings; the next one is
March 12.
Website
Barbara provided directions on how Committee members sending out blast email to the
town can approve the email themselves. This will speed the process of getting the email
out more quickly.
Town Charter
The Charter amendment to increase the dollar amount that can be spent without requiring
competitive bids is going through the necessary approval process in the State legislature.
It is bill number HB945. Approval is not expected to be a problem.
Building Ordinance
Prior to having the town vote on the ordinance at the April meeting, we need to have it
reviewed by an attorney. Barbara will arrange this with the firm of Knopf and Brown.
Concrete Project
We need to begin the process of getting bids to replace driveway aprons. In addition to
those we already identified for replacement, we have gotten one additional request, which
we agreed to honor. Pat has the name of one company that can bid the project. Barbara
will seek others.
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New Business
New Construction at 5606 Oak Place
Doug Monsein, the builder for this property and for 5616 Oak Place, came to the meeting
to show us plans:
● Excavation starts this week or early next
● The house will cover 30% of the lot (Montgomery County allows 35%)
● It’s 29.5 feet high at mid-point (allowed is 30’ to mid point or 35’ to peak)
● It’s 43’ from the street in front and 50’ from the back line (both within limits)
● There are three dry wells on the property to deal with excess run-off
Town Meeting
The town meeting will be April 8 at Arylawn at 7:30. Agenda will include: Budget,
election, NIH/Suburban report, Charter change, Building ordinance, picnic, and concrete
projects. We will have two $25 gift certificates as door prizes.
Bethesda Green
An organization, Bethesda Green, is forming to make businesses in Bethesda more
ecologically friendly. It is looking for support from residents and neighborhood groups,
and we agreed we are interested in providing whatever support we can, although it is
not yet clear what form that support will take. We will pass out information at the town
meeting.
Picnic
The picnic this year will be Saturday, September 13 with the rain date on the 14th
.
Action Items
1. Barbara will send the Ordinance to Andrew Strongin at the firm of Knopf and
Brown for review; provide Pat with the name of companies who can bid on the
concrete project; and get two $25 gift certificates.
2. Pat will contact Pepco about consolidating bills, see about getting direct deposit
on our bank account, and get bids for concrete project.
The next town meeting is Tuesday, March 11.
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December 15, 2008
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Attendees: Pat Mazuzan, Treasurer; Barbara Moskowitz, Secretary; Marilyn Mazuzan,
NIH/Suburban Representative; Ase Sewall, Accountant
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Treasurer’s Report
● Available funds are $83,192.97
● Major expenses included the annual audit ($3,000) and leaf collection and snow
removal (total of $2450).
NIH/Suburban Hospital
There continues to be no news on the Suburban renovation. The committee has not
met, nor has Suburban, which organized the meetings, been in touch with committee
members. Committee members never signed off on a final plan for Suburban, so Marilyn
feels the business of the committee is not finished.
We received a letter from the Planning Board notifying us of the continued opposition
of Huntington Terrace to interim changes made by the hospital to update heating and air
conditioning for operating rooms.
The Oakmont Committee continues to support changes needed at Suburban to continue
the hospital’s role as an important resource for the entire Bethesda community.
NIH discussion centers on the BRAC.
BRAC
At a presentation on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released in late
December, members of the NIH liaison committee learned the following:
● Navy Medical expects to accommodate 2500 new employees.
● 1900 new patient appointments are expected each weekday.
● The Federal government will provide no money for road improvements, and the
State and County governments are both running deficits that make it unlikely they
will provide substantial support.
● Intersections are rated on level of congestion on a scale of A (good) through F
(bad). The intersections at Rockville Pike and both Cedar Lane and Jones Bridge
Road are already rated F. Since they are already rated as bad as the ratings get,
the EIS concluded the additional traffic resulting from the BRAC would not cause
any change.
Although there is not much hope that our concerns will be addressed, the Oakmont
Committee will send a letter for inclusion in the final version of the EIS.
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Woodmont East Development
Original plans, widely opposed, for this high-rise condo/hotel development have been
scaled back. New plans call for more green space and a smaller footprint. A two-story
enclosed bridge will connect the hotel and condo buildings rather than the eight-story
bridge envisioned at first.
Website
It is taking two-three days to send a blast email. This is a problem when the information
is time sensitive. We need to see if this can be improved, and we should look into ways
to improve the way information in the Directory is presented.
New Business
Town Update
The Committee reviewed the draft of a letter that will go out to residents no later than
early February to update them on the Committee’s work this year and provide details on
the proposed Building Ordinance on which the town will vote in April.
Barbara will prepare copies and Donna Baden will be asked to distribute them to each
home.
PEPCO Request
PEPCO has asked for permission to bury power lines at the King home on Oak Place.
The process used does not involve digging up the street, sidewalk, or yard. The
Committee will notify PEPCO of its approval.
Action Items
1. Pat and Marilyn will send a letter stating our concerns on the BRAC.
2. Pat will call the firehouse regarding the possibility of our using their meeting
room for our town meeting.
3. Barbara will prepare the update letter for distribution.
4. Barbara will talk with Alex Baden about the difficulties with sending blast email
and about restructuring the Directory to make it more user friendly.
5. Committee members will each start asking neighbors if anyone is interested in
running for the vacant position on the Committee in April.
6. Pat will testify on behalf of the Oakmont Charter change before the Montgomery
County delegation in Annapolis.
The next town meeting is Tuesday, February 19.
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April 24, 2007
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Minutes of the Oakmont Annual Town Meeting
7:00 pm April 24, 2007
Attendees – Committee Members: Laurens van der Tak, Chair; David Levy, Treasurer; Barbara Moskowitz,
Secretary; Irv Faibisch, Parking Marshal; Marilyn Mazuzan, NIH/Suburban Liaison; Ase Sewall, Accountant.
Attendees – Other town residents: Marianne van der Tak; Ron Payne; Howard and Ella Iams; Eric Moskowitz;
Jeff Gemunder; Bob Wenthold; Walt Friauf; Fran Faibisch; John Yetter; Virgil Huber; Pat Mazuzan
Daley Lane and Tree Work
Following general introductions, Laurens reported that renovations of Daley Lane are complete. Electrical
problems with the lighting have been repaired, and the lights are now on a sensor. The Committee hired
a contractor to maintain Daley Lane on a quarterly basis and to add additional plants as directed by the
Committee.
Trees on town property on Oakmont and Oak Place have been trimmed by Myers & Law, and the dead tree at
5616 Oak Place is scheduled for removal on April 26. The town did not have to pay to remove the large tree
that came down on Oak Place last Halloween during a storm because the County took care of it for us.
Oakmont Web Site
Barbara has completed an extensive renovation of the Oakmont Web Site, which had become quite outdated.
We launched the new site this week (www.townofoakmont.org), although some small issues are still being
worked out. Resident Alex Baden is hosting the site and serving as Web Master for the town. He will be able to
keep the site updated with information provided by the Committee.
Barbara encouraged residents to submit photos of town events for the Photo Gallery and to provide their email
addresses so we can keep the Directory updated. Residents expressed interest in also continuing to have a
paper copy of the Oakmont Directory distributed.
NIH/Suburban Report
Marilyn reported that Dennis Coleman is the new chairman of the NIH Liaison Committee. He appears to have
a lot of experience working with communities and has started an outreach effort to Naval Medical as a result of
plans to close Walter Reed and move more than 10,000 patients/visitors/doctors to Bethesda Naval as part of
the BRAC. This move will affect traffic throughout the area. The results of an Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) are expected in June, although there has been some talk by planners of skipping the EIS as a means
of streamlining the process. Local government officials are opposed to by-passing the EIS. The Oakmont
Committee has written a letter expressing concern about traffic and environmental issues associated with the
move. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond as appropriate.
The NIH Vehicle Inspection Station on Rockville Pike is open, and NIH plans to add plantings to minimize the
focal impact of the facility.
NIH has guaranteed that the perimeter shuttle bus available to residents will continue to be funded throughout
this fiscal year. Anyone experiencing problems with the shuttle is encouraged to report them immediately to
Marilyn at 301-530-4249.
Suburban Hospital has plans to expand north across Lincoln Street, closing the street and replacing the parking
garage with underground parking and doctor’s offices. Marilyn will keep us informed of developments.
Parking Report
Irv Faibisch briefly explained the parking permit process and noted that he has given out several warnings
recently to people who were illegally parked. None has required calling police.
Treasurer’s Report
As the apparent result of a town resident cashing in a major investment, Oakmont’s share of the Maryland
Income Tax for 2006 was approximately $60,000, more than double our usual income. Income this year has
returned more to its traditional level of about $30,000. The town has $32,546 currently on hand and estimates
ending the year with a balance of $27,511.
David proposed ending the recent practice of having the town pay residents’ County water quality and waste
collection fee of $281 per household, which costs the town $17,700 a year and requires a great deal of paper
work. He proposed that the money be put instead toward one or more capital projects to benefit the town.
Following discussion, it was moved and seconded that the town no longer make these payments to the County
on behalf of residents. The motion passed.
Sidewalk, Driveways, and Curbs Project
In response to long-time community comments, including those on the Oakmont Survey conducted last summer,
Laurens proposed that Oakmont undertake a new capital project. The project would have three elements:
1. Replace driveway aprons on homes where they were not already replaced following completion of
the drainage project. This includes five homes at the top of Oakmont and one home on Oak Place,
although a survey may reveal more.
2. Extend the sidewalk on Oak Place to Hempstead. This involves extending it the width of one lot that
is not part of the town and would require County permission and homeowner notification. Extension of
this sidewalk has been identified as a safety issue. Children must walk in the street at this point on Oak
Place to get to their school bus stop.
3. Replace the macadam curbs on Oakmont with standard concrete curbs. This will be an aesthetic
improvement, result in easier maintenance, and eliminate the danger posed by the fact that the
macadam curb is too high in many places relative to the ground on the house side of the curb.
Laurens presented a very rough estimate of $49,000 to complete all the work. Even assuming the project costs
as much as $60,000, the town will be able to pay for it without a tax increase based on current income and
assuming only a small ($5,000-6,000) bridge loan.
A request to get the County to do the work might be successful but would take five – 10 years. Residents
approved a motion to get bids for the work and move ahead with it if the bids are for less than $62,000.
We will also write a letter to the County asking to be put on the schedule to have Oakmont repaved in a way
that takes into account the heavier loads the street now gets as a result of increased construction in the
neighborhood.
Tax Rate
Residents unanimously approved a motion to keep the current tax rate of $.06 per $100 of property value for
another year and to get a small loan, if needed, to allow for payment of the concrete project over a two-year
period.
Oakmont Survey
Barbara summarized the results of the Oakmont Survey conducted in June 2006 and reported to the town in
September 2006. (Complete results are available on the Oakmont web site at www.townofoakmont.org) The
survey illustrated the high level of interest in the town for finding a means of dealing with issues related to
mansionization/tear downs. With a 30% response rate, every resident who responded expressed some level of
concern. Greatest areas of concern included the effects on storm water drainage, mature trees, the character of
the neighborhood, diversity in the affordability of houses in the town, and impact on tax rates.
Proposed Building Ordinance
Laurens explained that the ordinance being considered now is the continuation of an effort that began in early
2006. A draft ordinance presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting was deemed unsatisfactory for a variety of
reasons, and the Committee was charged with doing more research into the issues prior to drafting a new
ordinance. The current proposed ordinance requires that any construction project in Oakmont that requires a
County permit also receive an Oakmont Permit before proceeding. Oakmont requirements would not go beyond
those of the County, but the permit process would give us an opportunity to bring concerns to the County’s
attention prior to their issuing their permit.
During the last year, Committee members investigated what other towns in the County are doing and found that
virtually every one has put a building permitting process in place already. Drummond, a town similar in size to
Oakmont, has recently completed the process of getting their ordinance approved by the County, and theirs was
used as a basis for the draft we created. Laurens described the process needed to gain County approval and
the following points were made during discussion of the draft ordinance:
● The town is increasing its insurance coverage for a variety of reasons, and the new insurance will cover
Committee member liability, which may become especially important if we pass such an ordinance.
● The Committee needs to specify any fee associated with a permit application.
● The hearing process described in the ordinance must be clarified.
● The process for issuing a Stop Work Order must be clarified, including a description of who has authority
to issue such an order.
● The ordinance should include a time line for the permitting process.
● The amount of the bond should be increased and it should be posted by the person who gets the permit
(i.e., the general contractor). Circumstances under which a bond will be invoked should be clarified, and a
step should be added to the process requiring a formal notice if that happens.
● The Committee should consider adding a process to allow the town to take standing as the homeowner for
purposes of appealing County decisions.
● Oakmont will hire an engineer as needed on a case-by-case basis to review plans submitted as part of a
permit application.
Residents approved a motion to move forward with revisions and schedule another town meeting to review a
second draft of the proposed ordinance.
Picnic
The annual town picnic will be held this year on Saturday, September 15. The rain date will be Sunday.
Volunteers to organize and work on the event are needed. Anyone interested should call a Committee member.
Elections
Laurens is retiring from the Committee this year after serving in an elected position for two years and as a
volunteer manager of the drainage project for four years prior to that. The time and energy he has put into town
business are greatly appreciated.
Pat Mazuzan was unanimously elected to replace Laurens on the Committee.
Door Prizes
Ron Payne and Pat Mazuzan were each selected in a random drawing of names to win door prizes of small gift
certificates.
February 13, 2007
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8:00 pm February 13, 2007
Attendees: Laurens van der Tak; David Levy; Barbara Moskowitz; Irv Faibisch; Ase Sewall
OLD BUSINESS
Treasurer’s Report
Balance for February is $34,534.44. There have been no unusual expenses or deposits.
Income is returning to a normal rate, so we unanimously agreed not to request an audit of our taxes from
the County.
Monahan House Repairs
David spoke with Peter Monahan, who agreed that Oakmont should have the apparently dead tree
inspected and removed if necessary at town expense. Regarding our concern for the poor state of
repair of the Monahan house, Peter acknowledged our concern and did not disagree with our assessment
of the potential danger, but neither did he set a time table for making repairs. The Committee
unanimously agreed to call for a County inspection in order to have the County determine the extent of
safety concerns and impose a schedule for making necessary repairs.
NIH/Suburban Report
There was nothing new to report this month.
Parking Marshal Report
Irv was contacted by a non-resident woman requesting an Oakmont parking permit for her 20-foot truck
so she can park on Oak Place when she stops at the chiropractor’s office on Old Georgetown enroute to
D.C. with her cargo. Irv denied the request, and the Committee supported his position.
Building ordinance
The proposed ordinance will be posted on the website and distributed a month prior to the town meeting.
Website
The Committee discussed options for the web site banner and agreed on one that shows both the
tops of Oak Place homes. Our preference with regard to the Town Directory is to have it sorted in two
possible ways: by order of street and also alphabetically. Barbara will look into this possibility. If both
are not possible without extra charge, the default will be by street. Name, address, and phone should
be required fields. Email is optional. We will not ask for ages or birth dates of children out of concern for
privacy.
The new site must be up by March 10 in order to be available 30 days prior to the town meeting.
Town Meeting
The town meeting will be scheduled for the second Tuesday of April – April 10. A flyer will go out prior to
the meeting. It will include the following, and a copy of the proposed ordinance will be attached:
● Meeting date and time
● Fact that door prizes will be given out
● Agenda for meeting
● Announce the availability of the new website and include the url
● Schedule for considering and voting on the proposed ordinance
The agenda will include:
● Reading minutes from last year’s meeting
● Status report on Daley Lane
● Report on NIH and Suburban issues
● Parking report
● Treasurer’s Report
● Discussion and vote on tax rate
● Report on the results of the Oakmont Survey (Barbara)
● Discussion on the proposed concrete work and other capital projects (Laurens)
● Discussion on having Oakmont stop paying the water quality fee for residents (David)
● Discussion of the proposed ordinance (Laurens)
● Election of officers
● Selection of picnic date
● Door prizes
NEW BUSINESS
Daley Lane
The Committee unanimously agreed to purchase rain garden plants in Daley Lane to further improve
drainage and to put up a sign to educate visitors on how a rain garden works. Mr. Sorto will install the
new plants in the spring.
ACTION ITEMS:
1. David will contact Myers & Laws regarding the tree in Peter Monahan’s yard and contact the County
to get an inspection of his house.
2. We will all speak to neighbors to find candidates to replace Laurens on the Committee when we
retires in April.
3. Barbara will continue to oversee the redesign of the web site.
4. David will create the flyer that will go out prior to the town meeting.
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 13 at 8:00 pm
January 23, 2007
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8:00 pm January 23, 2007
Attendees: Laurens van der Tak; David Levy; Barbara Moskowitz; Irv Faibisch; Ase Sewall; Marilyn
Mazuzan
OLD BUSINESS
Treasurer’s Report
Balance for January is $34,864.43. There have been no unusual expenses deposits. Ase filed the
annual report on anticipated debt ($0).
David continues to look for a replacement for auditor Bill Tayman, who has taken another job.
The letter to the County requesting an audit of our taxes is still on hold pending receipt of a final report
audit report for the last fiscal year.
Monahan House Repairs
David wrote and hand delivered letters to Peter Monahan regarding Oakmont concern for the dead tree
in the front yard and concern for the fact that progress on repairs to the house seems to have stopped.
David has not received a response to either letter.
NIH/Suburban Report
Marilyn reported that both the NIH and Suburban Hospital citizens’ groups are concerned about the
impact the BRAC will have on surrounding neighborhoods. BRAC will greatly increase traffic on
Wisconsin Avenue with overflow affecting already-crowded Old Georgetown Road and other smaller
streets in the area. Increased traffic into and out of the NIH Metro station will create an increasingly
dangerous situation for pedestrians using mass transit and having to cross Wisconsin Avenue to get to
Navy Medical.
In addition to a 25-30% increase in the number of employees reporting to Navy Medical, there will be
a large increase in patients and visitors. Outpatient visits, already in the thousands, are expected to
increase “by thousands.” Helicopter trips will also increase proportionally.
Marilyn urged comment from both the town and from each of us as individuals by the deadline of
February 3, so our comments will be included in the Environmental Impact Statement. The Committee
agreed the town response should ask planners to focus on ways to mitigate impact on air quality, traffic,
and general quality of life.
On another subject, NIH badly needs blood donors. Donors can get extended visitor passes to allow
them to get on campus if they donate regularly.
Building ordinance
Barbara presented copies of the revised resolution, a draft permit application, and a draft of factors
to consider in reviewing permits. We will review the draft at the town meeting in the spring, following
circulation of a flyer with the meeting agenda, a schedule of additional meetings, and a copy of the
resolution attached. Following the town meeting, we will revise the draft in response to any comments
we get, and then we will hold a public hearing to vote on the resolution. This meeting will require 30 day
notification.
Website
Barbara presented two options for a new website design and the Committee agreed to go forward with
one that has an area on the home page for posting meeting dates and other news. The Committee
reviewed an proposed outline for revised content. David Roe has been notified that we will be making a
change. Barbara will make necessary arrangements with Alex Baden, Edit.com, and David Roe to bring
about the change.
NEW BUSINESS
Town Meeting Agenda Items
Laurens did a rough estimate of the cost of various concrete repairs being considered by the Committee:
● Repairing driveway aprons on upper Oakmont Avenue and extending the Oak Place sidewalk all
the way to Hempstead: $12,000
● Doing the above plus replacing the asphalt curbs on Oakmont: $50,000 - $75,000
The Committee will make this an agenda item at the Town Meeting.
David asked that the agenda also include a proposal to stop having the town reimburse residents for
water quality fees so this money can be used for capital projects and other expenditures benefiting the
town.
ACTION ITEMS:
1. Laurens will draft a letter from the town regarding BRAC impact.
2. Laurens will create a PDF file of drawings from the drainage project showing features of Oakmont,
including property lines. We will include these on the newly redesigned website. He will also get a
copy of the County zoning map for Committee use.
3. Barbara will make arrangements to transfer the website to its new home and oversee the redesign.
4. David will create a flyer about the new website and about the Resolution and distribute it in advance
of the town meeting this spring.
Next meeting: Tuesday, February 13 at 8:00 pm