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City Continues to Provide Safe, Reliable Drinking Water

Rockville’s drinking water continues to earn high marks for safety and reliability, even as the city’s water treatment plant balances safety measures for staff and the city’s water infrastructure in the face of the COVID-19 emergency, the city’s Department of Public Works said in the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

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Looking Ahead with Vision Zero

The Mayor and Council are expected to put Rockville on a course for zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries with a vote Monday, July 6 on the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan.

The plan, which the Mayor and Council discussed June 22, includes steps to create safer streets through policies promoting improved design, traffic law enforcement and education. While there are ongoing city efforts in these areas, the plan lays out a coordinated and systematic approach to explore ways to reach the goal. It included input from the Rockville Pedestrian Advocacy Committee, Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Traffic and Transportation Commission, and the Senior Citizens Commission.

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Rockville Creates New Department of Housing and Community Development

The City of Rockville has merged several divisions to form a new Department of Housing and Community Development, which will more efficiently and effectively address the affordable housing and social services needs of city residents.

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Mayor and Council Extend Time to Make Decision on Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Ave. Area Plan Amendment

The Mayor and Council have extended to Saturday, Aug. 22 the deadline to decide on the draft of the Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Avenue Area Comprehensive Master Plan Amendment.

The extension results from additional time needed to accommodate public hearing testimony into virtual meetings. A public hearing was held on the draft via videoconference during the Mayor and Council’s June 8 meeting.

At their meeting on July 13, the Mayor and Council will discuss testimony, potential revisions to the draft plan, and possible adoption.

The amendment promotes a walkable, transit-oriented mix of residential and commercial development immediately across Park Road from the Rockville Metro Station, and would set policies to permit additional housing types in the residential areas closest to the station across South Stonestreet Avenue.

For more information, contact Andrea Gilles at agilles@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8273. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/stonestreetstudy to view the amendment and www.rockvillemd.gov/agendacenter to view the Mayor and Council agenda.

Mayor and Council Approve FY 2021 Budget with Eye to COVID-19 Emergency

The Mayor and Council in May adopted a $140.2 million city budget that helps to address the unknowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Rockville, while maintaining the same level of service to city residents.

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Check Once, Check Twice

City Hall Closed, Recycling and Trash Collected as Usual

News about impacts from actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 means some uncertainty for activities, programs and facility hours in the City of Rockville. Please check our online resources to see if any information contained in the July/August edition of “Rockville Reports” has changed.

City Hall and some city facilities will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

Recycling, trash and yard waste is not typically collected on Fridays and will be collected on the usual schedule during the week. Find more information at www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters on Saturday, July 4, when the city will participate with Montgomery County and other county municipalities in a virtual celebration of Independence Day.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-5000.

Earn Your Spot in the History Books: Serve on the Charter Review Commission

The Mayor and Council have added an additional public hearing date to receive comments from the community on what the scope should be for the work of the Charter Review Commission, which will review and recommend changes to Rockville’s founding document — the charter.

The public hearing will be 7 p.m. Monday, July 13.

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Police Pledge to Work with Community and Mayor and Council

Chief Brito Outlines Department’s Approach to Unbiased Community Policing

The Rockville City Police Department welcomes the opportunity to engage with the community about how the department can take steps to ensure its focus remains on effective, fair, impartial and unbiased community policing that meets the expectations of the law, city leaders and the community, said Rockville City Police Chief Victor Brito in a presentation to the Mayor and Council on June 22.

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COVID-19: Planning for Reopening

Planning and preparation to welcome back visitors to Rockville City Hall and some other facilities are still underway, so no definitive date for reopening can be established.

When city facilities do reopen, health and safety will be the city’s first and foremost concern, and will include additional cleaning and physical distancing. City employees who provide in-person service to customers will be present and those able to work from home will continue to do so.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Food Giveaways June 20 and 27 to Impact Traffic Near Montgomery College

Up 2 Us Foundation will once again give away fresh produce to neighbors in need beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20 in Lot 13 of Montgomery College’s Rockville campus, at 51 Mannakee St. The event, which was also held June 13, will return to the Rockville campus at the same time on Saturday, June 27.

Vehicles may begin lining up as early as 9:30 a.m.

The giveaway is first come, first served, and one box per vehicle and will mean traffic impacts beginning before 11 a.m. and continuing until all boxes are distributed. Rockville and Montgomery County police will direct traffic in the area.

A Christ for Justice peace rally will be held at noon June 20 in the parking lot of the Carver Educational Services Center (the Montgomery County Public Schools/Board of Education building) at 850 Hungerford Drive, across from the Montgomery College campus. Participants are expected to gather for the rally beginning at 10 a.m.

Motorists may experience heavy traffic on:

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