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Jered Lottes from Boy Scout Troop 1760 recently installed a Little Free Library on the Kentlands Mansion grounds. Take a book, leave a book—and be sure to admire artwork by Sue Kay, who painted the Little Free Library to reflect the mansion and its beautiful flora. Photo | Pam Schipper

Jered Lottes from Boy Scout Troop 1760 recently installed a Little Free Library on the Kentlands Mansion grounds. Take a book, leave a book—and be sure to admire artwork by Sue Kay, who painted the Little Free Library to reflect the mansion and its beautiful flora.
Photo | Pam Schipper

Second Musica Viva Planned

A second Musica Viva Kentlands Classical Music Concert with a full orchestra is planned for Sept. 7 on the Kentlands Clubhouse lawn. The June 23 concert featuring Maestro Simeone Tartaglione and his wife, the celebrated violinist Alessandra Cuffaro, drew some 600 listeners to the Kentlands Mansion lawn.

Musica Viva is the brainchild of Tartaglione and Cuffaro with Pili and Elizabeth Verzariu. A program of the Kentlands  Community Foundation, this year’s concerts are thanks to the support of Elisabeth Monaco, Reynaldo Rojas, Lisa Pickett, Ailene Renzi, Ruthzaly Weich, Bob Diamond and others.

Lakelands Park Dog Park Discussed

City Manager Tony Tomasello presented staff recommendations for a dog park at Lakelands Park during the July 1 Mayor and City Council meeting. The dog park was proposed by residents and supported by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly to occupy a 4.7-acre site leased by the city in 2018 from Montgomery County.

This lease was intended to provide more space for open play. According to the agreement, Montgomery County may recover the site within 180 days of notice, and the city will avoid installation of larger-scale amenities that could present future challenges for the county.

Staff was asked to gather additional information regarding costs and water quality impacts of the proposed dog park at a March 4 Mayor and City Council Meeting. Due to topography and proximity to stormwater drainage areas, there was some concern about contamination of nearby waterways due to pet waste.

To assess potential impact to nearby waterways, an evaluation of the larger 100-acre site would need to be done, at a cost of $50,000 to $100,000, prior to design and construction of bioretention and stormwater management facilities. The $25,000 originally budgeted for fencing, benches, etc. would need to expand to include construction of stormwater management facilities at an additional $100,000 to $200,000. Dog park operating costs are anticipated to be $17,000 annually.

The Mayor and City Council will revisit the dog park proposal in a couple of weeks after Tomasello speaks to Gene Smith, Montgomery County legislative analyst.

AT&T Telecommunications Tower Proposed

AT&T is proposing a cell tower and associated structure just off of Great Seneca Highway, a bit north of Upshire Circle. The total pole height will be 159 feet, and AT&T will install their antennas at 150 feet. The structure will include AT&T and at least two additional/future carriers. The pole will be in a compound surrounded by an eight-foot-tall, chain-link fence.

The Mayor and City Council will hold a discussion at their July 8 Work Session.

Kentlands/Lakelands 5K T-Shirt Design Contest Underway

Young artists up to age 11 are invited to submit a drawing for the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K t-shirt design contest. The winning design will go on the official race t-shirt for the Kentlands/Lakelands Kids Fun Run. The winner will receive a $25 gift card and a t-shirt with their design.

Please submit drawings that illustrate how running or walking in the race is healthy, good for community spirit and good for the environment. Drawings must be in marker and may use up to three strong, bright colors (not including black) on 8.5 x 11-inch paper. The artist’s name, address, age and phone number must be printed on the back of the drawing. Submit drawings no later than July 15.

Mail them to 5K T-Shirt Contest, Kentlands Community Foundation, 267 Kentlands Boulevard, #200, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 or drop them off in the Kentlands Community Foundation’s mailbox outside the Kentlands Carriage House (321 Kent Square Road).

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