The City of Rockville will conduct a vote by mail election on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for mayor and four councilmembers. Now is the time to make sure you are registered. Wondering what voters and potential candidates need to know now? We’ve got answers to help ensure your ballot gets to you, and you get on the ballot:
Montgomery County students can ride for free more often on county Ride On buses beginning July 1.
Montgomery County’s budget for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1, includes funding to expand the Kids Ride Free program to all day, every day. Free rides are available 2-8 p.m. weekdays through June 30.
The City of Rockville, in partnership with the Montgomery County Road Runners Club, will host the Suds & Soles 5K from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Be aware of road closures in the area during the event.
The race will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Maryland Avenue in Rockville Town Center, weave through neighborhood streets and end on Courthouse Square. About 1,000 runners will be passing through the area.
From 2-11 p.m. the following roads will be closed:
Officers Recognized for Bravery and Service
Five members of the Rockville City Police Department and a city volunteer were honored for their service to the community at the 30th annual Rockville Public Safety Awards held June 12 at Lakewood Country Club.
The future of the 130-acre former RedGate Golf Course property returns to the agenda at the Mayor and Council’s Monday, June 17 evening meeting.
Topics up for discussion include:
- Planning for uses other than golf at the site.
- That alternative development options be considered, including for public park uses, private development or a mix of the two.
- That a multidisciplinary consultant team be hired conduct a master planning process.
For more details, read the staff report.
Background material with the agenda item on RedGate includes a strategic report prepared by the National Golf Foundation evaluating the facility’s long-term future.
Rockville Mayor and Council meetings are broadcast live on channel 11 on county cable systems, livestreamed at www.rockvillemd.gov/rockville11 and available a day after the meeting at www.rockvillemd.gov/videoondemand.
The opportunity to provide written testimony on the city’s draft comprehensive plan will end when the public record closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, the City of Rockville’s Planning Commission announced at their final public hearing Tuesday evening.
A newly created Pedestrian Advocacy Committee will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 in the Red Maple Room on the second floor of City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.
All Rockville residents are welcome and encouraged to take part in the committee, which was created by the Mayor and Council as an independent body and will have a city staff member serving as a liaison to the city government.
The June 13 meeting agenda will include:
A second community meeting has been scheduled to discuss the future of the Rockshire Village Center site, a 7.32-acre former shopping center at the corner of Wootton Parkway and Hurley Avenue.
The City of Rockville Department of Planning and Development Services, and their consultant partners, Rhodeside & Harwell, will hold the meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at the Korean Presbyterian Church at 800 Hurley Ave.
Property Tax Rate Remains Constant for 12th Consecutive Year
Rockville residents will pay the same property tax rate as they have for the last 11 fiscal years, after the Mayor and Council on Monday approved a $138.9 million operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020.
City’s Community Empowerment Grant Leads to New Neighborhood Notice Board
East Rockville neighbors will stay in the know, thanks to a new message board made possible through Rockville’s Community Empowerment Grants program.
The East Rockville Civic Association applied to the program to help pay for the new notice board. It replaces one originally donated by a civic association member that had become too weathered to use.
Three ninth-grade students from Richard Montgomery High School have won honorable mentions in C-SPAN’s 2019 StudentCam competition, an annual national video documentary competition for middle and high schoolers.
This year, C-SPAN asked students to create a five- to six-minute documentary on the theme, “What Does it Mean to Be American?”
Amanda Wu from Richard Montgomery High School and Matthew Casertano, from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, won an honorable mention for their video, “Disunited States.” (See their video at www.viddler.com/v/8d43b962.)
An honorable mention also went to Richard Montgomery High’s Carina Guo and James Mu for their video, “Crossing the Oceans.” (See their video at www.viddler.com/v/6d7143ac.)
See www.studentcam.org for more on the annual StudentCam competition.