Pepco at the council Monday evening (Oct 27), and a film-permit discussion

In response to Takoma Park concerns about recent Pepco tree cutting, Pepco Vice President Jerry Pasternak has agreed to attend the Monday evening, October 27 city council meeting. Mr. Pasternak’s presentation will start at 7 pm. It is described as “an update on Pepco’s reliability enhancements and the proposed merger with Exelon,” but he confirmed to me today that he will address our tree concerns and that he will be able to stay until around 7:45 pm, that is, through at least the first portion of the public comment period, which is slated to start at 7:30 pm..

The October 27, 2014 agenda and background material are posted on the city Web site.

The council will also discuss a film permit ordinance and regulations, resuming a discussion that we had a year ago. Per the backgrounder, “The City receives between five and ten inquiries each year for filming in Takoma Park… The intent of this proposed ordinance is to facilitate filming activities in the City of Takoma Park while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of residents, businesses, and visitors. Codifying the rules for film permits will enable a fair and clear process for City staff and filmmakers alike.”

Finally, continuation of two on-going discussions are on the council schedule:

The council will continue discussion of Takoma Junction development proposals on November 3 and November 24, and new on the city agenda is a Takoma Junction Redevelopment Proposals Open House, Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.

And the Monday, November 10 council meeting is scheduled to include an update on the city’s environmental sustainability program and, tentatively, an update from the Committee on the Environment

If you have concerns about any of these matters or other city issues, please get in touch: 301-873-8225 or

And please vote on November 4, or during early voting through October 30. I’ve posted my picks to my One Takoma blog.

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