NEIGHBORHOOD FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION DRAWS ANOTHER LARGE CROWD TO THE PARK
The annual Olney Mill Fourth of July celebration took place in the Charline Manor Park over the summer, and much like the year previous, hundreds of residents stared down the potential for rain and turned out to enjoy the festivities. The kids (and several reputable adults) let loose on various amusements, such as the giant bounce house and dunk tank, the latter of which appeared to pose a very real threat of tetanus. The inoculated among the crowd showed no fear, neither at the tank nor at the catering table. A very special thanks to all those who volunteered before, during, and after the picnic, as we would not be able to have this event every year if not for your time and assistance. Next on the neighborhood calendar is the Halloween Parade, which is discussed later in this issue.
COUNTY DATA SHOWS SUMMERTIME CRIME IN OLNEY MILL DECREASE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
The heat of the summer months has both a anecdotal and empirical correlation with increased crime, both at a national and municipal level. Olney Mill, however, is becoming a statistical outlier, according to the official Montgomery County Police Department incident report data for 5/31 through 9/1/17. The Open Data Portal, which houses data for more than twenty county-wide agencies, also reveals that violent crime (crimes against persons, armed crimes against property) occurred with much less frequency this past summer within the boundaries of Olney Mill. The total number of reported offenses from May-September 2014 was 23 within the neighborhood, while the same period this year saw only seven total reported offenses, with only three of those considered violent in nature. Also noteworthy is the fact that only two specific dates within this past summer's timeframe account for five of those incidents. For those interested in data visualization, the Open Data Portal website is a great way to explore all kinds of data and variables, while simultaneously wasting four hours at your office researching statistics that will ultimately result in the production of one paragraph of information in this newsletter.
LET THERE BE LIGHT...IN AND AROUND THE MILL HOUSE
After a few months in the darkness, the Mill House has been illuminated once again. Electrical concerns during the past winter and spring necessitated some renovations to the circuit breakers that control the exterior lighting at the building. Completed in July, the work inside The Mill House allows the neighborhood to be seen as residents enter and exit in the evening and overnight hours, and unfortunately soon, the early morning hours as the daylight dwindles heading into autumn and winter.
WSSC PROJECTS IN OLNEY MILL MATRICULATE, RESIDENTS RELEASE A COLLECTIVE EYEROLL
Though we must believe that in the long run this will all be worth it, the inconvenience of the WSSC Water and Sewer Main Replacement Project continues to permeate the lives of neighborhood residents in the short run. Multiple streets in The Mill remain a patchwork of blacktop, asphalt, and ad hoc speed bumps of various colors. As the majority of the work is presently being performed in the northern and western plats within the community, the construction will eventually make its way across the entire neighborhood over the course of the three-year project. We have spoken with the project manager regarding the work, the mess, and the goals of the massive infrastructure overhaul, and almost apologetically, he assured us that the end result will be worth the mess and time. Taking that for what its worth, feel free to contact the WSSC office for updates on the project if you desire specifics, or if you want to lodge a complaint about the parking lot that WSSC has created along Grayheaven Manor Road (which we have done numerous times to no avail); the number is 301-206-4001.
HOA COVENANT & COUNTY CODE VIOLATIONS ISSUED TO RESIDENTS DRAW QUESTIONS
Eleven violation letters were issued to residents since our last publication, and all of them were addressed and reconciled with the thirty-day window established in the OMCA bylaws. Some residents have inquired as to the nature of these letters, such as who issues them, what triggers a violation notice, and how can violations be reported and/or addressed by residents. Residents with concerns can e-mail the OMCA Board at OlneyMill@yahoo.com, and we will promptly respond to your messages.
The OMCA continues to work with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Housing to identify properties in the neighborhood that classify as delinquent or in need of maintenance. The county enforcement division has been working with the Board to follow up with any major problems or issues that are not addressed in a timely manner. If you happen to receive one of these violation letters, give us a call or send us an e-mail and we can work together to resolve the problem without involving the county.
HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES SCHEDULED FOR 2017, DENTISTS FACE CONFLICT OF CONSCIENCE AGAIN
Our annual Olney Mill Halloween Parade is rapidly approaching, scheduled for Saturday, October 28th at Noon. As usual, the parade will take place at the Charline Manor Park and will feature games, contests, treats, and prizes. If you are a student in need of service hours, volunteer to help with the event by clicking the button below, or by visiting our Events page.
The Mill Monthly
September 2017 - #3
Olney Mill Community Association
LEFT: A view of the Open Data Portal.
Our goal is to promote the recreation, health, preservation of quality, safety, and welfare of the residents in the Olney Mill neighborhood. To reach our goal, we need help from all of us.
Olney Mill Community Association
P.O. Box 217
Olney, MD 20830
LINKS TO PREVIOUS ISSUES OF TMM
After a long summer hiatus, the September issue of The Mill Monthly is now live. We truly appreciate your patience over the past three months. Like so many residents of the Mill, your author and much of the OMCA Board enjoyed the summer break, which I am using as an excuse for the gap between Issue #2 and Issue #3. Alright, no more excuses...here's what's going on in Olney Mill as we wrap up the summer and cruise into the autumn.
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