KFCA Weekly Email Blast: Friday, March 25th, 2022

published: March 25th, 2022 by in E-Mail Blast

Association News – Friday, March 25th, 2022

Upcoming KFCA Meetings:

For information and to register, please go to the King Farm website for Zoom meeting links: https://kingfarm.org/zoom-meeting-links/.

  • Police & Safety Conversation with the RCPD Webinar:  Wed. 04/06/22 – 7:00 PM
  • External Affairs (EA):  Thurs. 04/07/22 – 7:30 PM
    Board of Code Compliance (BOCC):  Mon. 04/11/22 – 7:00 PM
  • Architectural Design Trust (ADT):  Wed. 04/13/22 – 4:30 PM
  • Annual Meeting & Election: Wed. 04/27/22 – 7:00 PM
    Board of Trustees (BOT): NO APRIL BOT MEETING
    **Next BOT meeting will be on Wed. 05/18/22 @ 7:30 PM due to the Annual Meeting. 

2022 KFCA Annual Meeting/Election Update:

The King Farm Citizens Assembly (“Assembly”) will hold its Annual Meeting of the membership on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 at 7:00 pm via Zoom meeting.  To join, you must register for the meeting using the zoom link below or by visiting the King Farm website under ‘Zoom Links‘.  If you wish to speak during open forum, please email management@kingfarm.org with your name and street address and any other information/comments you wish to provide.

Annual Meeting & Election Zoom Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/kfca2022 

The primary purpose of the meeting is for presentation of the State of the Community report by the KFCA President and the election of two (2) Board of Trustees seats and one (1) KFCA President seat. The Treasurer will also provide a brief presentation on the current annual budget. Election results will be announced, and the newly elected members will be installed at the meeting.

One (1) candidate, Paul Scott, is running for one the two (2) seats on the Board of Trustees. One (1) candidate, Barry Jackson, is running for KFCA President seat. All positions are two-year terms. Please note, as the candidates are running uncontested in the election, there will not be a candidate forum this year. The BOT will appoint the fifth member since a candidate is not running for the second open BOT seat. We still encourage residents to vote.

Candidate statements can be viewed on the King Farm website at https://kingfarm.org/2022-annual-election/, in the March edition of the King Farm Chronicle, or by requesting a hard copy from the Management Office.

Police & Safety Conversation with the RCPD – Webinar Event – Wednesday, April 6th

King Farm Citizens Assembly (KFCA) President, Barry Jackson, and the External Affairs committee is hosting a virtual webinar event, Police & Safety Conversation with the RCPD, at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022.  Representatives from the Rockville City Police Department (RCPD) have been invited and will be attending the meeting. The Chief of Police for RCPD, Victor Brito, will be speaking during this event and will provide the community with insights regarding current crime statistics and other important topics surrounding the safety of King Farm.

To attend, you must register in advance using the Zoom webinar registration link provided below or by visiting the King Farm website under ‘Zoom Meeting Links‘.

Webinar Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/RCPDandKFCAEvent

Please submit any questions in advance using the Zoom registration form or submit your questions to the External Affairs committee at externalaffairs@kingfarm.org.

Administrative Resolution No. 2 – Draft Amendments for Review

Due to last minute edits, the Board of Trustees tabled the adoption of the amended Administrative Resolution No. 2.  During the May 18, 2022 BOT meeting, AR No. 2 will be discussed and adopted.

To view AR No. 2, please login to the FrontSteps portal and navigate to the Governing Documents folder then the “Draft Resolutions (Equity/Administrative) For Review” subfolder OR visit the King Farm website (https://kingfarm.org/draft-resolutions/). 

Pedestrian Safety — Community Feedback Needed

On March 16th, King Farm held a conversation with the City of Rockville about various issue. One issue highlighted during the conversation was about pedestrian safety. The City of Rockville adopted a Vison Zero Action Plan in 2020 to address pedestrian safety concerns within the City with the goal of eliminating traffic-related fatal and serious injuries by 2030.

The City of Rockville Traffic and Transportation Department would like King Farm residents to provide specific locations of concern within King Farm.  Keep in mind that lights on MD 355 and Shady Grove Road are owned and operated by the County. **The City is aware of the concerns on MD 355 and Shady Grove Road, but those require coordination with the County and will take more time. 

If there is a specific location within King Farm that you believe the City of Rockville should evaluate, please send an email to management@kingfarm.org with the subject line “Pedestrian Safety Location(s) for City of Rockville Review”.

All submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, April 27th. All comments gathered will be forwarded to the City of Rockville Traffic and Transportation Department for review.

We appreciate you interest in keeping the community safe for pedestrians

County & City Updates:

City of Rockville:

  • City of Rockville Budget Survey — King Farm resident responses are requested! —  Please consider reviewing and completing the Budget Survey.  Public participation in the City’s budget process is a high priority for the Mayor/Council and staff, because it allows community members to provide valuable input for Mayor and Council FY23 budget discussions.  If you would like to complete the survey, it is available in both English and Spanish at: https://t.co/Lpk1Ntu22e Read more here
  • City Hall to Reopen March 28th, 2022 — City Hall has been closed since March 14, 2020, however, it is set to reopen Monday, March 28, 2022.  Read more here.
  • Upcoming King Farm Stormwater Mgmt. Facility Maintenance Sand Filter Rehab. Project — Monday, March 21st to Thursday, March 31st —  The City of Rockville (City’s) consultant, Apex Companies, will perform sand filter maintenance at 3 sand filters in King Farm. Work will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Impacts could include noise and parking restrictions. On-street parking spaces may be reserved for construction equipment. No parking signs will be posted 48 hours in advance and may be in place for two weeks at a time. For any questions, contact: Heather Gewandter, Rockville Stormwater Manager, via at 240-314-8873 or via email at hgewandter@rockvillemd.gov.  
  • City of Rockville Parking Permits for King Farm Streets Expiring Soon – Each City of Rockville parking permit district has a 3-year renewal cycle. The City streets in King Farm are part of parking district “F”, which will expire March 31, 2022. Please click here to view the list of parking permit streets in Rockville and their respective expiration dates.  To renew a parking permit and for more information, please click here.

Montgomery County: 

  • Commission on Veterans Affairs Honoring Vietnam War Era Veterans with Virtual Tributes as ‘National Vietnam Veterans Day’ Approaches — The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs is honoring dozens of Montgomery County Vietnam War Era veterans with detailed tributes displayed on a special website created by the commission. The tribute honors the veterans leading up to “National Vietnam War Veterans Day,” which is observed every year on March 29.  Read more here

State of Maryland:

  • Maryland Gas Tax Holiday Approved — Due to surging gasoline prices, Governor Hogan signed into law legislation instituting a gas tax holiday (technically called a motor fuel tax suspension) to help ease the financial burden on taxpayers. The gas holiday will eliminate Maryland’s $.36 per gallon tax on gasoline for 30 days (March 18th thru April 16th).  Read more here. 
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland Issues Order Moving Primary Election to July 19 — The Court of Appeals of Maryland this week issued an order, In the Matter of 2022 Legislative Districting of the State, moving the 2022 State primary election from June 28 to Tuesday, July 19th, 2022. The Order also extends the deadline for filing to run for offices to April 15. The announcement was made by the Maryland Board of Elections. Read more here.

King Farm Neighbors Village News (KFNV)


March 2022 King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) events are coming to an end with the following virtual events. Specifically, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 10-11:30 am, King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) participants virtually gathered for Coffee and Conversation and discussed the topic: Music and memories of your musical experiences over the years. Many wonderful memories were shared.  Many wonderful memories were shared. Finally, the last KFNV March event is on Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 4-5 pm, when the KFNV will host its highlight event entitled: “How to Protect Your Assets from Probate and Long-term Care.” In particular, Evan H.  Farr, Esquire, a Certified Elder Law Attorney of the Farr Law Firm (farrlawfirm.com) will present a virtual program on asset protection.  This virtual program is open to all members of the King Farm community, as KFNV membership is not required for attendance.

Future virtual KFNV events scheduled for April are: 

  1. Virtual Movie Club — Thursday, April 7th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm:
    The KFNV Movie Club will review the movie The Post. The 2017 movie starring, Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, tells the story of the attempts by Post journalists to publish the Pentagon Papers. 
  2. Virtual Book Club — Thursday, April 14th, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm:
    The KFNV Book Club will discuss the Kristin Hannah novel, The Four Winds. Because of the Dust Bowl setting, Ms. Hannah’s book has been compared to The Grapes of Wrath. Goodreads gave it a 4.3 out of 5 stars rating. 
  3. Virtual Coffee and Conversation — April 20th from 10:30 to 11:30 am:
    Where the topic will be: Childhood Dreams and Adult Reality or as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up, and what did you actually become as an adult; and last but definitely not least,
  4. The in-person KFNV Annual Meeting on April 21st, at 7:00 pm in the King Farm Saddle Ridge Community Center. The KFNV welcomes the whole King Farm Community to this first in-person gathering since March 2020 and hopes to see many of its neighbors at this meeting.  

Please take a look at the KFNV Blog under the News section of the KFNV website for articles about events as well as news relevant to the KFNV community. Also, both the Movie Club and Book Club welcome new members. Please see below for KFNV membership details. 

We’re Back!

The KFNV will resume services as of May 1st.  Services to be provided include past services such as: 

1.      Transportation to appointments,

2.      Friendly phone calls,

3.      Friendly visits, and one new service

4.      Simple household tasks. 

As with KFNV services in the past, services are provided to KFNV members only. Please see below for how to easily join the KFNV.  

How to Contact KFNV:

For most of our monthly events, membership is required; but membership is free and as easy as filling out an on-line or mail-in form. We do, however, accept and welcome donations; for these donations help defray the cost of KFNV services and events. For information on how to register for any of the above events, to become a KFNV member, or to make a donation, please contact the Member Coordinators at kfnvinfo@gmail.com, leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104, or view the KFNV website at https://www.kfnv.org/.