Category Archives: Public Notices

Public Notices are primarily generated by the City Clerk and are mostly compromised of messages notifying residents and other stakeholders of public hearings.

Candidate Forums in October at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

Attend these forums to learn about the candidates running for office in the City of Takoma Park Election for Mayor and City Council (November 8, 2022)


The forums will be moderated by Eric Bond, Host of “Talk of Takoma” on Radio WOWD-LP, Takoma Park 94.3 FM

All forums will take place in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium.

  • Mayoral Forum – Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm
    (3 candidates: Seth Grimes, Talisha Searcy, Jarrett Smith)
  • Ward 1 Forum – Monday, October 10, 6:00 pm
    (3 candidates: Shana Fulcher, Mark Sherman, Elizabeth Wallace)
  • Ward 5 Forum – Monday, October 10, 7:30 pm
    (3 candidates: A. J. Campbell, Cara Honzak, Yared Tebabu)
  • Wards 2 and 4 Forum – Thursday, October 13, 7:30 pm
    (these contests are uncontested: Ward 2 Cindy Dyballa; Ward 4 Terry Seamens)
  • Ward 3 Forum – Monday, October 17, 6:00 pm
    (3 candidates: Mimi Diez, Randy Gibson, Alex Hadden)
  • Ward 6 Forum – Monday, October 17, 7:30 pm
    (4 candidates: Ambroise Agosse, Raju Charles, Mike Moore, Jason Small)

Ways to Watch the Candidate Forums:
Members of the public may also view the forums live on:

Afterwards, they will be available for streaming online.

For Candidate Information, please visit: 2022 Mayor and Council Candidates

National Walk & Roll to School Day returns on Wednesday, October 12!

 

Walk & Roll to School Day

Celebrate Walk & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 12! Walk & Roll to School Day is an annual event that involves communities from across the country walking and rolling to school on the same day. Thousands of schools across America—from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico—participate every October.

Students, their families, and school staff from Takoma Park Middle, Takoma Park Elementary, Piney Branch Elementary, East Silver Spring Elementary, and Rolling Terrace Elementary participate in Walk to School Day in Takoma Park.  Safe Routes to School supports the event to ensure student safety and make it fun.

Check with your school administration or PTA for details about Walk to School Day.

About Walk, Bike, & Roll to School
  • The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago in 1997, modeled after the United Kingdom’s walk to school events, and communities around the United States have been celebrating Walk & Roll to School Day ever since (though the event name has evolved over time).
  • The event was established as “International” in 2000 when Canada and the U.K. joined with the U.S. to celebrate.
  • More than half of Walk, Bike & Roll to School events are part of ongoing activities to promote walking and rolling throughout the year.
  • In 2006, worldwide interest led the International Walk to School Committee to establish International Walk to School Month, where countries choose a day or week in October (or use the entire month!) to promote walking to school.

Public Hearings on Proposed Charter Amendments – October 12

 

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Charter Amendment – Updating the Charter Amendment Process

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 — 7:30 pm
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

Pursuant to Annotated Code of Maryland, § 4-304 of the Local Government Article and City of Takoma Park Charter § 502(c), the Council of the City of Takoma Park will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the City Charter that will bring the Charter current with respect to changes in state law regarding the Charter amendment process.

The title of the proposed charter amendment is: City of Takoma Park, Maryland, Charter Amendment – Updating the Charter Amendment Process. The proposed amendment to Article V of the Charter would amend provisions of the Charter that predate and are inconsistent with State legislation regarding Council initiated charter amendments. The amendment will include the 21-day pre-public hearing notice provisions, remove the provision regarding the delay between the public hearing and voting session, and provide other related changes for clarity.

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Charter Amendment – Updating the Personnel Appeals Process

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 — 7:30 pm
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

Pursuant to Annotated Code of Maryland, § 4-304 of the Local Government Article and City of Takoma Park Charter § 502(c), the Council of the City of Takoma Park will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the City Charter to remove language inconsistent with prior legislative determinations by Council.

The title of the proposed charter amendment is: City of Takoma Park, Maryland, Charter Amendment – Removing Requirement for Board of Personnel Appeals. The proposed amendment to Article IX of the Charter would delete § 910 in its entirety. Section 910 requires the City to have a Board of Personnel Appeals and for the Council to establish via ordinance the Board’s jurisdiction. This change is consistent with prior legislative determinations made by the City Council.

Comments

The hearings are open to the public, and public testimony is encouraged. Visit www.takomaparkmd.gov for the full text of the amendments and information on viewing and commenting during the hearing. Comments may also be sent to clerk@takomaparkmd.gov. For information, contact the City Clerk at clerk@takomaparkmd.gov or 301-891-7267.

 

Takoma Park Street Festival has been canceled

 

Takoma Park Street Festival
Location:
Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park

For the latest info, music line up and vendor list: WEBSITE

The Takoma Park Street Festival is a little over a week away for its 41st year in Takoma Park on Sunday, October 2nd and will fill the streets with music, artists and makers, community groups, green companies and great food.

 

Local Music:
The event will kick off with a drum circle at the Gazebo Stage (all welcome to join!) and then move into 18 performances on 3 stages, offering a mix of soul, blues, roots rock, reggae, folk and more for a day of local music. For the first time in festival history, the event will kick off with a kids’ set by multiple Grammy award-winning duo, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. For the entire line up check out the festival WEBSITE and the attached graphic.

 

Vendors:
Over 150 booths extend all along Carroll Avenue. Repeating the success from last year, booths will be on one side of the street only to create a spacious, enjoyable stroll from end-to-end. The festival starts at Eastern Avenue, NW on the Washington, DC border to Philadelphia Avenue in Takoma Park, MD with work from local artists and makers including art, jewelry, stationary, home decor, clothing, personal care products, plants, and much more. Community groups and green companies participate as well with info to share. Visitors may explore Takoma’s unique local shops along the way.

 

Food:
There will be many great food options from Takoma restaurants, food trucks and festival food favorites all to be enjoyed on the Takoma Streetery on Laurel Avenue. The Takoma Park Farmers Market runs during the festival with 25 additional vendors in an adjacent parking lot. Entrance to the farmers market is at 6931 Laurel Avenue.

 

Festival Entrances:
Entry may occur all along the festival route, but there are two main entrances at either end of the festival:

(1) Carroll Avenue at Eastern Avenue, NW: Take Metro’s Red line to the Takoma station or park in the Metro parking lot. Entrance is 3 blocks away.

(2) Carroll Avenue at Philadelphia Avenue: Free parking lot hosted by the TPSS Co-op at 201 Ethan Allen Avenue. Festival entrance is .5 block away.

 

Thanks to 2022 festival sponsors

 

Event hosted by:
The Old Takoma Business Association, Your Main Street Takoma

 

Temporary Library location announced!

 

 

The new Takoma Park Maryland Library, new Computer Center, and improved Community Center facilities are happening at last. The Takoma Park Maryland Library is setting up shop in a temporary space during construction at the Community Center.

Temporary Location

7505 New Hampshire Avenue
Suites 201-208
Takoma Park, MD 20912

We anticipate reopening mid-October and will make an announcement for the specific day at a later date.

QR Code

Use the QR for up-to-date news and updates on the progress of the Library Renovation or visit the Library and Community Center Renovation webpage.

Contact

Email New Library with questions or concerns!

Library Closed on Wednesday, August 24

A New Chapter Begins…

Great news! We are building a new Library. The new Takoma Park Maryland Library, new Computer Center, and improved Community Center facilities are happening at last. After years of conversations and planning, we have dates on the calendar that will impact Library, Computer Center, and Community Center, and our patrons.

Library Closing:

Wednesday, August 24, 2022, was the last day to visit the Library and Computer Center before the facilities relocate to a temporary space for the duration of construction. For more information, please visit: Library and Community Center Renovation

QR Code:

Use the QR for up to date news and updates on the progress of the Library Renovation

New Email Address

Email:  new library
newlibrary@takomaparkmd.gov

The TKPK Business Investment Grant is now open for applications!

 

Purpose

The TKPK Business Investment Grant (BIG) is available for businesses looking to locate, grow, or expand in the City of Takoma Park. Funds are intended to support capital expenditures and hard costs related to new business fit-out or existing tenant improvements.

Eligible Uses

The BIG Grant can be used for capital expenditures related to a business start-up, expansion, or relocation within the City of Takoma Park.

Funding Source

This grant program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit applications and supporting materials through the TKPK Business Investment Grant web application. Visit the TKPK Business Investment Grant webpage for more information.

Questions

If you have any questions, please email the Economic Development Team directly at or call 301-891-7119.

Battery Recycling Drop-Off Available at Public Works

 

The City of Takoma Park is committed to offering various recycling programs for residents. The newest program now implemented at the Public Works Department is a battery recycling drop-off. Residents can now bring used batteries to be recycled at Public Works. This program is operating in partnership with Call2Recycle, an organization leading the way in battery recycling.

Location

Public Works
31 Oswego Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Acceptable Batteries

A list of acceptable batteries that can be recycled includes the following:

AAA, AA, C, D, 9v, Lithium Ion, Small Sealed Lead Acid, Nickel Cadmium, Button cell, Nickel Metal Hydride, and Nickel Zinc

Batteries That Cannot Be Accepted

The following types of batteries cannot be accepted:

Wet cell batteries, car batteries, rechargeable LI-Ion >300 Wh, Lithium primary >25g LI

Recycling in Takoma Park

Visit the Recycling Collection webpage for in-depth information about what can and cannot be recycled.

More about Call2Recycle

Call2Recycle is the country’s leading consumer battery recycling and stewardship program. Through a tailored and personalized approach, they offer partners across the U.S. an easy way to address their battery recycling needs, all while ensuring the reduction of hazardous waste in compliance with state and national regulations. Since 1994, Call2Recycle, Inc. has grown from an idea by a group of five battery manufacturers to a leading not-for-profit, product stewardship organization that operates according to the principles of efficiency, transparency, and commitment.

2022 Gubernatorial Election

 

2022 Gubernatorial Election
  • Primary Election – July 19, 2022
    • Early Voting – July 7th – July 14th
  • General Election – November 8, 2022
    • Early Voting – October 27th – November 3rd

View more information about the election.

Ballot Drop Box Location in Takoma Park

Takoma Park Community Center (on the lower level)
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

View the complete list of voting locations in Montgomery County.

 

Borrow a portable induction cooktop now!

 

Residents of Takoma Park can now borrow a portable induction cooktop to see what all the hype is about. Cooktops are available to check out, for up to two weeks.

Pickup Location & Time

Public Works Department
31 Oswego Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Why Cook with Induction?

The City encourages the use of induction cooktops to meet our 2035 net-zero emissions goals. Induction stoves, unlike gas stoves, use electricity (learn how to get 100 percent renewable electricity: https://www.mdelectricchoice.com) and emit no on-site greenhouse gases. A reduction in the level of greenhouse gases is beneficial not just for the City’s climate goals, but also for your respiratory health. Prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution, especially emissions related to cooking, can worsen asthma in those who have the disease and increase the risk of childhood asthma.

Other benefits of induction cooktops are that they boil water faster than their gas counterparts, provide precise temperature control, and are easier to clean. Induction cooking uses electromagnetic waves, rather than a flame or electric coil to heat a pot or pan. For induction to work, you must use pots and pans that are magnetic, such as stainless steel and cast iron. A compatible non-stick pan is included with all the City’s cooktops in case your cookware is not compatible. Induction cooktops also have little to no residual heat – making them the safest cooktop option for people with children as there is no flame or hot surface.

The City encourages you to do a boil test and share your experience. Time how long it takes to boil cold tap water in a side-by-side comparison between your existing stove and the induction cooktop. Tag #SustainableTKPK on Twitter with your videos and results.

You can learn more about electrifying your cooking and other fossil fuel-based systems in your home at www.rewiringamerica.org/why-electrify and keep an eye on the City website for the next round of Electrification Grants this summer!

Contact

You can call 301-891-7633 to check if a cooktop is available or join the waiting list for one.