Clap Your Hands for Recycling
More Than Just Bottles and Cans

Single-Stream Program Recycles a Wide Variety of Items

America Recycles Day is Tuesday, Nov. 15. Rockville offers many ways to recycle.

While most people think of recycling bottles, cans, newspapers and cardboard, many other items can also go into the city’s single-stream recycling bins.
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More Than Just Bottles and Cans”

Avoid a Clog, Fight the FOG
(Fats, Oils and Greases)

When the Thanksgiving feast is finished, don’t pour fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the drain.

FOG poured down sinks solidifies when deposited into sewer lines, trapping solids and forming hard deposits that can cause blockages in pipes. Blockages can lead to sewer backups and leaking pipes, which can mean costly damage to city infrastructure and private property.
Follow these tips to help prevent clogs and blockages:

  • Avoid placing food that contains FOG in the garbage disposal.
  • Scrape food and grease into the garbage before washing dishes.
  • Use a paper towel or napkin to absorb cooking oil or grease before washing dishes.
  • Pour FOG into an empty can, let it cool to solidify and dispose of it as refuse.

For more information, call the Environmental Management Division at 240-314-8870.

Mayor and Council to Discuss
Bicycle Plan Update in December

Carl Henn Millennium Trail signage along the 10.6 mile bicycle beltway.
Carl Henn Millennium Trail signage along the 10.6 mile bicycle beltway.

The Planning Commission approved an update to the Bikeway Master Plan, Sept. 28, recommending it be adopted by the Mayor and Council as part of the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP).

The Mayor and Council will receive a presentation on the draft on Monday, Nov. 21 and will hold a public hearing on the draft plan on Monday, Dec. 12. The public comment period is expected to remain open until at least Friday, Dec. 30.
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Bicycle Plan Update in December”

State Could Choose Bus Rapid
Transit Alternative by End of Year

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Rockville’s Mayor and Council were updated by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) in October on a study of bus rapid transit (BRT) alternatives being considered for Veirs Mill Road.

BRT is a transportation alternative where buses make fewer stops and have a designated lane, or priority ahead of cars, at signalized intersections in order to move faster, like light rail. The area the study covers is from the Rockville Metrorail Station to the Wheaton Metrorail Station, but also includes proposed service to the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. Three alternatives for the project are under discussion.
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Transit Alternative by End of Year”

Speak Now (and Later) About the Budget

Public Hearing and Web Provide Early Opportunities to Speak Out About the FY18 Budget

Community members will have an early opportunity to provide ideas for Rockville’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget during a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

This special Tuesday meeting of the Mayor and Council begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave. It will gather input for the development of the operating budget and Capital Improvements Program for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins July 1.
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Veterans Day Ceremony to Feature Rockville Resident and Army Reservist

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Nov. 11 Ceremony Will Include Traditional Wreath Laying and Other Salutes

A Rockville veteran of the United States Marine Corps who
now serves in the U.S. Army Reserve will be the featured
speaker as the city honors veterans of our nation’s armed forces at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

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Hearing Set for Proposed Floodplain Ordinance Revisions

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 21 on proposed changes to the city’s floodplain management ordinance that would create a more rigorous process for approving construction in the floodplain and would remove previously allowed exemptions to what can be built there.

The hearing will be held during the Mayor and Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

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How Did the Turtle Cross the Road? With Help from City Engineers

A Stormwater Management Pond Project Creates a Unique Challenge for City Engineers

You know about the chicken. But a recent stormwater management project presented City of Rockville engineers with a question, and a challenge, of a whole different animal.

Turtles in Watkins Pond were crossing the road to get to – yes – the other side. The challenge: Get them there safely. Continue readingHow Did the Turtle Cross the Road? With Help from City Engineers”