First, let me
congratulate the winners of the Town Council election: Barney
Rush, Kirk Renaud, Wicca Davidson. Thank
you to everyone, who voted in the election.
Let me also
extend special thanks to those of you who voted for me to be
on the Town Council of the Town of Chevy Chase.
There is always a temptation after an election, to try to analyze the results. I won’t take much space doing that here. I will note that I was a little late entering the race, and by choice I only spent about twenty five dollars on the campaign, most of that on copying costs. I realize now that I should have spent more of my time knocking on doors.
I also know
that my stance on the issue of the Purple Line may have come
over as divisive to some.
But on hindsight, I would not have handled that
understand the position of those in our Town, who see the
Purple Line as a means of addressing economic injustice. I just don’t
see it that way. I
see this as a project that will benefit real estate
developers, more than it will help low-income workers getting
to their jobs. I
see the project as hurting low income people, because
affordable housing and small businesses along the route will
be sacrificed to make way for unaffordable condos and high-rises. And the
additional cost of losing a popular hiker biker Trail lined
with trees creating habitat for migratory birds, is
I hope that the Town Council will address the Purple Line
issue by holding the powers that be to the letter of the law
with respect the project’s impact on our environment. I think it is
time to take a more assertive stance, in protecting our
residents from environmental harm. The Town also
needs to do more to reach out, and work with, other
communities affected by the Purple Line.
I also call on
the new Council to address some other development issues that
affect us. Many
of our residents enjoy shopping at the Farm Women’s Market,
and the neighboring small businesses. The Town should survey
our residents as to what should happen with the parking lots
behind the Farm Women’s Market and the Tudor Shops, get more
involved proactively, and consider how we might spend some of
our financial resources to do what we can to keep some of the
surface level parking, and also create a park. I hope the
Council will also take the initiative to ask the Historic
Preservation Commission to give historic preservation to the
Tudor shops, those low-profile buildings that, historically,
have housed small businesses that have served our community
Just a few thoughts, looking forward.
Deborah A. Vollmer
7202 44th Street