Mayor and Council Public Hearing Notice: Weigh in on Rockville’s Fiscal Year Budget 2022

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing and work session, 7 p.m. Monday, March 1, on Rockville’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget.

A public hearing will also be held Monday, April 12.

The proposed FY 2022 operating budget of $139.7 million is a decrease of less than 1% from the FY 2021 adopted budget. The general fund budget, which supports the largest portion of the operating budget, is $85.3 million, a 0.8% increase.

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Rockville Ranks Highly in Latest WalletHub Diversity Study

Rockville ranked seventh overall and fourth among small cities in the U.S. for its ethnic diversity, placing highly again in an annual WalletHub study.

Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Silver Spring occupy the top four spots on WalletHub’s list and four of the top 10 spots among all cities, of any size, in the entire United States.

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Snow Emergency Lifted Friday

The snow emergency in the City of Rockville has ended, effective 9:30 a.m. today, Friday, Feb. 19.

Residents are encouraged to check on older neighbors who may need assistance clearing snow and ice. Learn more about the city’s volunteer snow shoveling for seniors.

Learn more about how Rockville responds to winter weather.

UPDATE: City Snow Emergency Remains in Effect

Trash to Be Collected on Friday, Feb. 19

Update: 7:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19:

Yard waste will not be collected today.

Update: 6:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19:

Recycling and trash will be collected as planned today, Friday, Feb. 19.

With collections previously scheduled for a day later than usual this week due to the Presidents Day holiday, collections are scheduled as follows:

  • If your regular collection day is Wednesday, your rescheduled collection day is Friday.
  • If your regular collection day is Thursday, your rescheduled collection day will be Saturday.
  • Special collections scheduled for Thursday will be collected Friday. 
  • Special collections scheduled for Friday are scheduled to be collected Saturday.
  • Note: Yard waste may not be collected Friday. The city will update the status of yard waste collection after 7 a.m. Friday.

Rockville’s snow emergency remains in effect.

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City of Rockville Declares a Snow Emergency

Parking Restrictions Take Effect at 10 P.M. Wednesday

The City of Rockville has declared a snow emergency that will begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, when a winter storm is forecast to bring an accumulation of snow and ice to the region.

The emergency declaration requires that all vehicles be removed from roads within the city, including neighborhood streets, by 10 p.m. Wednesday.

To check whether an address is within the city limits, use the interactive Address and Residency Check map at www.rockvillemd.gov/maps.

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City Closed for Presidents Day

City government will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in observance of Presidents Day.

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open to residents and facility members only via advanced registration. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter for details.

Recycling and trash collections will occur one day later than usual throughout the week. For more information on recycling and trash collection, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash or call 240-314-8568.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters.

State Responds to Mayor and Council’s Call for Vaccine

Acting state health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader outlined Maryland’s efforts to distribute the state’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines in a Feb. 2 letter to Rockville’s Mayor and Council.

The letter comes in response to a Jan. 26 letter in which the Mayor and Council demanded that Maryland send more vaccine to Montgomery County.

“The City is deeply concerned about the low number of vaccines that are being distributed to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), relative to other Maryland jurisdictions,” the letter said.

Snow Emergency Lifted Tuesday

The snow emergency in the City of Rockville has been lifted, effectively immediately, today, Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Recycling and trash will be collected as scheduled Tuesday. Learn more about Rockville’s recycling and trash collection, including what can and can’t be recycled, at https://www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash, call 240-314-8568, or email recyclingrefuse@rockvillemd.gov.

Visit https://www.rockvillemd.gov for more information.

Rockville is Tops in State on Clean Energy Scorecard

The City of Rockville was the top-scoring Maryland municipality in a 2020 analysis of cities’ energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies.

Rockville scored points on the City Clean Energy Scorecard for electric vehicle charging stations at Thomas Farm Community Center.

Rockville received a score of 27 out of 70, placing it seventh among 30 small and mid-sized cities nationally ranked on the City Clean Energy Scorecard. The self-scoring tool by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy measured energy efficiency and greenhouse gas-related metrics, policies and programs. It was the first time the city participated in the analysis, which also ranked the Maryland municipalities of Takoma Park, Annapolis, Edmonston, College Park and Thurmont.

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Meet a Rockville Employee: Karen Etzel

Karen Etzel, director of Montrose Discovery Preschool, a licensed childcare program operated by the City of Rockville, marks two decades this year with the preschool. We asked her to answer a few questions to introduce this longtime employee to the community.

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