Mayor and Council Testimony Calls for School Renovations

Mayor and Council testimony presented during a Nov. 8 county school board hearing addressed priorities for all five school clusters serving City of Rockville students.

The Mayor and Council thanked county schools Superintendent Jack Smith for recommending that the under-construction Richard Montgomery Elementary School No. 5 be built to accommodate 740 students. This would ensure that the school does not exceed capacity soon after opening in fall 2018.
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Water and Sewer Rates Are Up Next for Budget Discussions

Online Survey Continues to Offer Opportunity for Input

Following two public hearings on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget in the fall, the Mayor and Council are turning their attention in December to the city’s water and sewer rates, while continuing to seek input online about the community’s budget priorities.
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Hearing About Development Review

Acting Director of Community Planning and Community Services Andrew Gunning.

Andy Gunning, acting director of Community Planning and Development Services, runs through the agenda at a development review listening session, Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The session was an opportunity for residents, developers and other stakeholders to talk to city staff about what does and doesn’t work in the city’s review process, and how the city can do better. What staff learned from the listening session will help improve the development review process by making it more efficient, timely and transparent. Based on the session’s feedback, staff will work internally to identify potential changes, and in early 2018 will bring those suggestions in a follow-up session to the Mayor and Council, and community.

Rockville Recognizes
‘Good Neighbors’ Who Lend
Helping Hands

Good Neighbor Award winner group photo.
Rockville recognized (L to R) Brian Shipley, Laurent Myers, Pat Reber and Joe Andrews with Good Neighbor Awards during the Nov. 13 Mayor and Council meeting. (Not pictured: Pat Casey and his dog, Sophie.) The awards recognize the efforts of Rockville community members to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The Mayor and Council presented the city’s annual Good Neighbor Awards on Nov. 13, honoring community members who have demonstrated a commitment to preserving and maintaining their neighborhoods, and to enhancing the Rockville community.

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‘Good Neighbors’ Who Lend
Helping Hands”

And the Kindness Challenge Award Goes to …

Beall Elementary School students showed their compassionate sides in October, winning the City of Rockville’s Kindness Challenge. The school won $600 from the city and the Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation to support its students.

Kindness Challenge award-winning class photo.
Students from Carolina DeVriendt’s third-grade class at Beall Elementary.

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Help Name Rockville’s Newest Park

Rockville needs a name for a new park planned for the former site of Chestnut Lodge — and we want your help!

Send your name suggestions to the City Clerk/Director of Council Operations at or City Clerk/Director of Council Operations Office, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. The deadline for submission is Friday, Jan. 19.
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Three Rockville 2040 Open House Meetings Slated for January

Three meetings in January will allow the public to give further feedback on draft policies and concepts of Rockville 2040, the plan that will shape the city’s future.

Following the meetings, the draft plan will be submitted to a formal review process that involves the Planning Commission and Mayor and Council.
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