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Takoma Park votes and changes its election laws

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Takoma Park Govt logoTAKOMA PARK— The City mayor and Council changed the voting rules in the city charter May 10, bringing a slew of changes to the election process.

“It passed, we just changed our elections…it was harder than giving birth,” said Mayor Kate Stewart.

With the adoption of the charter amendment, the date of City elections will change from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, synchronizing it with State and County elections.

It will also change the date of the nominating meeting, the day which the mayor and Council take office, and will extend the time for certification of election results. The length of the 2017 term will change, too.

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Stormwater fees discussed in Takoma Park and may nearly double

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Takoma Park held a presentation on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, introducing new expenses and possible changes, including an increase to the city’s stormwater fee.

The plans are currently in a proposal stage and will go through public hearings and other stages.

There were areas of contention for some of the council members, such as a proposed increase to the stormwater fee from $55 to $92.

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Developer seeks other tenant for Takoma Junction

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Takoma Junction moved a step closer to becoming reality after the City Council meeting on Jan. 11 allowed the developer to choose another tenant.

With a unanimous vote, the council allowed the developer, NDC, to choose another anchor tenant for the Takoma Junction project.

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Takoma Park and developers deadlocked

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As the extension for the letter of intent between the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op and developer NDC wind downs once again, progress seems to be halted.

On Dec. 7, the Takoma Park City Council granted a 30-day extension for the Co-op and NDC to come up with a letter of intent for the next steps in the process but not without strain on many involved.

“I have to say, as council member [Rizzy] Qureshi said, there were moments in the last three days where I said, ‘No, we’re not going to do the 30-day extension,’” said Mayor Kate Stewart at the Dec. 7 council meeting.

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Residents in Takoma Park seek shady spots

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TAKOMA PARK – City residents asked Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission officials to find a way to avoid cutting down or damaging their trees when they repair damaged water and sewer lines between Westmore and Eastern Avenues.

Homeowners pointed upward to several trees tall enough to tower over their homes during a walk-through with WSSC officials Mayor Kate Stewart and Council member Rizzy Qureshi (District 3) Tuesday.

The residents said some of the trees are more than 100 years old and provide canopy coverage that protects their homes and prevents flooding.

Doug Sievers, an environmental analysts from the WSSC, acknowledged Takoma Park also has one of the most restrictive tree-protection ordinances in the country.

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