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Time to vote in Montgomery Village

Time to vote in Montgomery Village

As you read this blog, ballots for the MVF Board of Directors’ election have been mailed out. This is your opportunity to help the Village by exercising your vote and selecting three Directors to serve for the next three years. Each year, one-third of the nine-member Board of Directors comes up for election.

I was very pleased to see so many Village residents turn out for the Candidates’ Forum on January 22. The complete transcript of the forum is contained in the latest issue of the Village News. I know that many Village residents use this information in making their decision. In addition, the video of the forum has been posted to the MVF website at www.mvf.org.

Voting is done as conveniently as possible. All it takes is a few minutes to read and mark your ballot and then mail it. The postage is already paid. Be sure to sign the outside envelope as directed. Although the ballot is anonymous, the signature and address requirement ensures that the ballot comes from a Village resident.

Ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1 to the MVF office on Apple Ridge Road. Counting of the ballots takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the MVF office. Everyone is welcome to watch the ballot counting which is done by a committee of Village residents.

I have marked my Ballot for Sharon Cranford, Scott Dyer and Elena Peterson; I encourage everyone to do the same. Let’s keep moving Montgomery Village forward.

 

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just me February 07, 2013 at 05:59 PM
in defense to Don - really not much is done in MV. Let's just be clear about it. YOu make it sound like a lot is done - but no. It is time for a change.
just me February 07, 2013 at 06:04 PM
My question is - is the village really moving forward with the same people who are elected. It hasn't been moving forward. Jim is right - "crime is high, schools are horrific and their test scores are some of the lowest in the area"
Walt February 07, 2013 at 06:40 PM
So you're blaming the MVF BOD for the state of the schools in the area and poor test scores? If that's the case, I'd like to remind you that Mr. O'Neill was the one who voted against building a new school on Centerway that could have provided students with a more modern learning environment and alleviated over-crowding. Is that forward thinking? Mr. O'Neill claims that it wasn't fiscally prudent but I'm willing to bet his major opposition to it is that it would essentially be built in his backyard.
Don O'Neill February 07, 2013 at 08:16 PM
The question must be asked, "Is Bob Hydorn speaking as an individual resident or is he speaking as the President of the MVF Board." An individual can speak himself without restriction. When speaking as President of the MVF Board, there are restrictions, one of them being that he represents the views of MVF Board. The question can be answered by reviewing the President's Message in the February 1, 2013 MV News on page 5 from which the language for this blog was drawn. In his President's Message, Bob Hydorn was speaking from his position on the MVF Board. Since the language on this blog is largely verbatim, the conclusion is that Bob Hydorn was speaking for the MVF Board. It is improper for the MVF Board and its President to conduct a free and open election while at the same time working to tilt the results in this manner. Once again, democracy in Montgomery Village is being trampled upon. I call upon Bob Hydorn to publicly declare whether he launched this blog as an individual resident or as the President of the MVF Board.
Don O'Neill February 07, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Walt, You are confusing two issues. On the relocation of MVF offices to the MV Shopping Center, I said at the Candidates Forum , "I am opposed to to the movement and relocation of the MVF offices to the Montgomery Village Shopping Center purely on cost. What's the point? How much does it cost? It seems foolish, Let's pull our horns in a little bit and do things that are going to add value,..." On the Watkins Mill Middle School, the issue was not whether it was "fiscally prudent"; the issue was over protecting Centerway Park for use by Village residents and MVSA sports programs. As for whether my opposition was fueled by the fact that the school was in my back yard in Whetstone, of course it was. I wish everyone would fight for things that matter.
Pete Claey February 07, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Don, After researching the history of Centerway Park, it was owned by the MCPS for a Middle School site. When it was classed as a surplus site it was transferred to the Parks Department for park use. The transfer of such surplus sites include a caveat that if needed at anytime in the future by MCPS it would revert back to the MCPS. So it was and still is a temporary park site and available to MCPS for their use as a school. I believe that I had mentioned previously that you need to re-read the Vision 2030 and look up the meaning of the word “vision”. I find in minutes that the MVF office relocation was a vision of some residents in that extremely well crafted report. There has never been any move that I can find in the published minutes of the MVF Board, not even discussion of a move like you continue to say is happening.
Don O'Neill February 07, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Steven, It is the responsibility of MVF Board members and concerned Village residents to know when events important to the community will be taking place whether a Montgomery Village meeting, a county or state meeting, or a business community event. You said you would have attended the M83 if you had known about it. Well, mark your calendar for February 11, 2013 for the following upcoming events. 1. The County Council will be hearing the report of a work group tasked with identifying options to solve the school bus parking issue from Shady Grove depot. Do you think this could become a threat to Montgomery Village? 2. The MVF ad hoc joint committee to review development plans for the Reserve Business Center project on the former Nike Missile Site will hold an orientation meeting at 7:30PM at Lake Marion Community Center.
Nancy Huffman February 07, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Might I suggest an open, honest public debate by the candidates? Not a forum a real debate. I would suggest that the President of the MVF be included in such a debate. The MVF has all these meetings rooms so there should not be an issue finding s location. The moderator could be one of the former Presidents of the MVF.
Sharon February 07, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Wouldn't it be far better & more cost-effective as well to put that money that would be required for construction of 'new' school on Centerway & invest instead in existing schools in the Village! Rhetorical! Invest in needed expansions i.e. to accommodate students that 'could provide a more modern learning environment and alleviated over-crowding'??!! And as far as not wanting a school in one's backyard.... In this day & age & what I & other adult residents have experienced w/MV middle school & high school students (not all but 'enough') in our own community (during simple routine of kids disembarking bus in the afternoon) is beyond belief. They stand in middle of our main community thoroughfare & dare you to hit them. Expressions (of arrogance) on their faces & the profanity is unbelievable! Students have even been known & witnessed to deliberately bang on hoods of cars while residents are sitting in their vehicles waiting for MC school bus' red light to go off & permitting right of way! Bullying & intimidation at its worst considering it's coming from our own Village kids! Maybe one imperative class added to curriculum at existing MV schools (besides anti-bullying classes) should be focused on 'Respect 101' not only for their own classmates but particularly towards adults. It is so very sad! Am curious (to Walt)! How close would that new school facility have been to your backdoor?
StevenBarnes February 07, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Don, Does not the MVF Board appoint committees such as this new ad hoc on the Nike Site to research and make a recommendation to the full board in public session? I don't think board members other than the member assigned to work with the committee need to attend them. If they did they would be at meetings every evening and many time during the day. The school bus report going to the County Council has already been made public. One of the options is to park them in the various school parking lots. The Webb Tract is not in the report. Where else in Montgomery Village could they possibly park them other than at the schools? I listen to many of these County reports on television, as they are televised.
Walt February 07, 2013 at 09:51 PM
So what you're saying is a park is more important than a school. Glad you cleared that up. Never mind the fact that pretty much all schools have athletic fields that can be used by the community during non-school hours.
Don O'Neill February 07, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Nancy, I would welcome a real debate among all the candidates. Short of that I would settle for hearing the other three candidates weigh in on the issues being discussed or other issues they consider important to the community.
Don O'Neill February 07, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Pete, The Centerway Park remains at risk since it could revert back to MCPS at their discretion. On February 11, 2013 the County Council will be hearing the report of a work group tasked with identifying options to solve the school bus parking issue from Shady Grove depot. Do you think this could become a threat to Centerway Park? You correctly observe that "the MVF office relocation was a vision of some residents." As you look for further evidence on the relocation of MVF offices, you need to look at the diagrams for the MV Shopping Center. More than just "a vision of some residents", the MVF offices are in full view and shown as a blue building several places in the Final Report, October 2011 including page 27, appendix iii, and appendix iv.
Don O'Neill February 07, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Steven, Committees meeting attendance includes concerned residents and have a Resident Time to hear your views. On school bus parking, MCPS board has expressed a dim view of using the school parking lots for overnight parking fearing vandalism and other concerns. Would you please post the options in the report?
Jim Chris February 08, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Walt: Is the board responsible for MVMS having some of the lowest test scores in the state of MD? Not directly but decisions in the past have helped the community deteriorate into the less desirable state that it is in presently. How is it that only a few miles down the road homes in communities like the Kentlands and Quince Orchard Park can demand almost twice the price per square foot? Quality of life, crime, architecture, schools, and infrastructure all contribute to the demand for a given area. We recently sold a property off of Mid County Hwy and our first contract fell thru after only 24 hours when the buyer checked the crime statistics for the area. In the Kentlands you can paint your house any color you want but in MV it is a major process to try to improve your houses curb appeal. I was cited for removing an outside light that looked like it belonged in the Smithsonian next to a Leisure Suit in a 1970s display. Part of MV problem is the dated architecture we all inherited. Some of the styles are clearly just not pleasant to look at and yet it is nearly impossible if at all possible to try to update the exterior of a home. The standards and the process for changing aesthetics needs to be reviewed and allow for improvement or values will continue to stay depressed.
Jim Chris February 08, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Continued: There are nice neighborhoods in MV like Lakeside. I remember when we moved into MV in the 70s that MV was considered a very high end area to call your home. But anyone with children are now concerned about the quality of education that is available. Maybe a cap on the number of rental allowed might help. Rentals seem to always be more of a problem when it comes to upkeep. MV might want to consider letting go the apartments off of Lost Knife. Don't remember their new name but they are always on the crime report. If they became part of the City of Gburg it would go a long way in improving crime statistics for MV as a whole. Best of luck with the election. You have a lot of work to do.
just me February 08, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I would love that.
just me February 08, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Jim - we speak the same language. The problem is how to change the huge MV reps Ego.They won't allow any changes.
Derek Hale February 09, 2013 at 05:32 AM
They are called Cider Mill Apartments. Originally as built they were called The Hamlet. Changing the name years ago didn't change the crime statistics in the area. Look at any Gaithersburg Gazette to the police report and the issues on Contour Road or Lost Knife Circle.
Sharon February 10, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Derek, I have requested far too many times to count that a reputable newspaper staff editor & even TV newscaster 'research' that area i.e. for just the past 10 yrs (though one could go back even further & be flabbergasted) & write a thorough statistical report to print in a special edition. It might get more people involved in writing their representatives if those statistics hit them full force in the face! Such request has been to no avail. The statistics (for those of us not familiar w/that area) would blow readers away!!!! Have also on numerous occasions requested our County Council & the City of G'burg Council get more involved. This also to no avail! The Transit Center alone is a priority. Merely constructing an ugly wrought-iron fence certainly doesn't address the issue. That Transit Center is a party room for 'criminal activity'. And my major concern is the proximity of Asbury & the vulnerable elderly if someone doesn't take this 'crime zone' issue seriously.
Sharon February 10, 2013 at 02:40 AM
The sad irony, Derek, w/that area (Cider Mill) that falls under 'notoriously neglected' South Village is fact that it was in discussion (may still be) of what to do w/that land that stretches from Day Care beside Cider Mill to the Avenue (believe it's approximately 3 acres). MVF is undecided it seems but, as always, their main concern is wanting something there that is 'aesthetically pleasing' when visitors (particularly) are driving down the Village Avenue. Isn't it 'bout time we stopped trying to fool visitors w/Village Avenue facade! Let's address the crime 1st at that location (& throughout the Village); then lets 'escort' unsuspecting visitors into the communities & show them the real 'picture' of how we 'real folk' are expected to live while politics even now are being played out. Big to do over the golf course, big hoopla over what we are going to call the library, etc while homes are deteriorating & folks are being mugged & threatened w/guns and knives on i.e. good ole busy Lost Knife, etc. Lunacy! Now w/those realities stated there will be someone out there (member of the MVF Good Ole Boys Club) who will come back & minimize or deny those realities all together by claiming I just 'love to complain'. I've gotten use to that ploy by the Powers That Be to the point that I almost expect it & can hear it coming. I'm not in denial. They are as a means of 'senseless defense' for not addressing the bigger issues!
Sharon February 11, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Tip of iceberg: "A residential burglary occurred in the 18400 block of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village on Thursday, Jan. 24, between 7 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. Entry to the home is unknown and property was taken." "A robbery occurred at the Transit Center, located at 9650 Lost Knife Road in Montgomery Village, on Monday, Jan. 28, around 10:20 p.m. The suspects assaulted the victim and obtained property." "A robbery occurred in the 18300 block of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village on Monday, Jan. 28, around 10:20 p.m. The suspects assaulted the victim and obtained property."
Don O'Neill February 11, 2013 at 03:09 PM
To Ed and John, Taking Ed's advice on alerting fellow residents and Montgomery Village Board Members, there will be a meeting on the Nike Missile Site at 7:30PM February 11, 2013 at Lake Marion Community Center to discuss: 1. Summary of the preliminary plan of subdivision 2. Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment for the parcel
Allison Rawlings February 11, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Don O'Neill, Ed and John, The developer has already published the site plan and design for lease on line and in print. It is a rather attractive design, if you can call warehouses attractive. The environmental I believe has been available for sometime for interested parties to review. I would think that the MVF has seen it already since they are going to be discussing it this evening at the Ad Hoc Committee level.
Don O'Neill February 12, 2013 at 01:52 PM
The Nike Missile Site Meeting was held on February 11. Well managed by Dick Wright, the meeting was very civil with many questions asked by a few questioners, and few answers were provided by the lawyer for the developer with most deferred to the developer engineering staff not present. One MVF Board member, John Driscoll, was in attendance, but no one from the Hydorn slate made an appearance despite the fact that one member of the slate lives in East Village most impacted by the project.
Sharon February 18, 2013 at 05:16 PM
carjacking occurred in the parking lot of Lake Forest Mall on Sunday, Feb. 3, just after 1 p.m. The suspect forcibly obtained the vehicle from the victim.
Shirley Bowers February 19, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I have to say that I mailed my ballot today all signed properly for the 3 postive attitude candidates. Good luck Ms. Crandford, Mr. Dyer and Ms. Peterson.
Sharon March 03, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Repeating oneself seems to come with age! Hummm! Consider it a 'perk' rather than lapse of memory/dementia. LOL! But I will reiterate what I commented on Don O'Neill's blog.... Elections are over. The verbal sparring can now come to an end, Praise the Lord. But we were still holding our breaths before the election for candidates to show up in our neighborhood. History merely repeated itself as well! Their appearance in this ostracized 'island' of South Village never happened! I knew I should have provided them 'directions' to this end of the Village. Hummm! Well, now that it has been determined that the 'Monarchy' is still intact, let's hope one of them steps up to the plate & the children are surprised by a playground this summer @ basically-barren, human-deserted Lake Whetstone. Will hold my breath yet again!
Sharon March 05, 2013 at 04:01 PM
http://montgomeryvillage.patch.com/announcements/mvf-board-of-directors-approves-villages-largest-capital-project Nice, 'seasonal' enjoyment. Sounds like a 'fantasy to behold'! But sad that a playground @ Lake Whetsone (costing MVF definitely a fraction of the cost) was not an agreed upon done deal right after meeting for such took place 'so very long ago'. Year round enjoyment for all! Sure can't hear that 'money' was the issue in opposing such a simple playground project in comparison to this extensive pool 'major project'. The wide-open spaces @ Lake Whetstone must be 'more sacred' than I thought! Hummm!
Sharon March 19, 2014 at 04:24 PM
MVF, we did vote in our extremely 'politically-motivated' Village election...a Village that has become way too political rather than resident/community welfare motivated. The ink isn't even dry yet since winning candidates were elected and even announced in the Village News as new members of the Board. The wheels of Village News press were even halted and distribution of paper delayed so that announcement of 'grand prize winners', Board members, could be made!!! But, just as in the case of Ms Peterson, before new Board (names and photos could be updated on your web site), another such Board member has 'strangely & abruptly' resigned! Are these Montgomery Village elections simply 'dry runs' as a learning curve for the Village serfs in 'How to Vote & How to Live Up to Civic Obligation' but subsequently to only result a week or two later into MVF's new slogan: "Let's take it from the top one more time"??!!!! Oh, I forgot! To fill that now (bizarre) vacant seat that was still cold, MVF 'appoints' replacement (as was done with Elena Peterson)! How convenient! It should be, according to ballot count, the next person with the highest amounts of votes. That 'would and should be' Dave Lechner now, shouldn't it (in all fairness)??!!!!

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