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Vendors Wanted for Rocktobierfest

The city is seeking vendors, especially of German-themed crafts, for Rockville’s second annual Rocktobierfest celebration, which is scheduled for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in Rockville Town Center.

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Public Input Sought on Accessory Structures

A workshop will be held in May so the public can learn more about proposed revisions to regulations that govern accessory buildings, apartments and dwelling units.

The workshop will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 in the Mayor and Council chambers at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

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See Where It All Starts at Public Works Week Equipment Show

Display of the City’s Big Trucks Moves to Stepanek Park

Rockville will join the American Public Works Association to celebrate National Public Works Week from Monday, May 20-Friday, May 24

The highlight of the week will be the annual Equipment Show from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. This year’s show will be held at Mattie J. T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Drive, due to renovations at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center (see page 9), where it has traditionally been held. Kids – and kids at heart – will be able to climb into the operator’s seat of some of the big trucks used by the city’s Department of Public Works.

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State Legislative Winners: Schools, Roads and Renewable Energy

Increased funding for schools, roads, and preserving local authority related to small cellular tower infrastructure were among the wins for Rockville during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session that concluded April 8.

Lawmakers approved funds for addressing growing enrollment and overcrowding in county schools. That included a one-time infusion of $25.9 million to Montgomery County through a state grant program focused on school systems with significant enrollment growth. Ultimately, the county is expected to receive more than the $59.2 million in state aid for school construction assumed in County Executive Marc Elrich’s recommended capital budget for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1.

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Mayor and Council Seek Comments on Sign Ordinance Revisions at Public Hearing

Revisions to how Rockville regulates commercial signs are open to input from the public at a hearing before the Mayor and Council at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13.

The purpose of the proposed revisions is to address some regulatory issues and allow for more flexible designs.

The original sign code was enacted to minimize visual clutter along Rockville Pike. The proposed revisions are intended to respond to modern signage needs, while maintaining an aesthetic view for residents and visitors to the city.

Under city code, all temporary or permanent commercial signs require a sign permit, unless specifically exempted.

See a staff report on the proposal at bit.ly/SignOrdinanceRkv2019.

To testify, call 240-314-8280 by 4 p.m. the day of the hearing or submit testimony in writing to cityclerk@rockvillemd.gov or City Clerk’s Office/Director of Council Operations, City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.

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.

Agencies: Rockville’s Financials Are ‘Strong,’ Expect Outlook to ‘Remain Sound’

Reaffirmation of Triple-A Bond Rating Will Save Money

Two rating agencies recently reaffirmed the city’s “triple A” bond rating and expressed confidence in the city’s financial outlook.

Triple-A is the highest possible rating and saves Rockville taxpayers money by allowing the city to borrow at the lowest possible interest rates.

In awarding the triple-A rating, the agencies showed confidence in Rockville’s ability to meet its financial obligations, cited the city’s conservative fiscal management, its strong policies and practices, ample reserve levels and low direct debt burden.

“The city maintains a strong track of conservative budgeting and strong financial results, due in our view to a very strong management team with embedded formalized financial policies and practices, as well as very strong economic characteristics,” Standard & Poor’s said in its ratings report.

Moodys Investors Service expects the city’s rating outlook to remain strong. “The outlook reflects the expectation that the city’s financial position will remain sound given demonstrated trends of operating stability, fiscal monitoring, and adherence to formal policies,” Moody’s said in its report.

“Moving forward, I can assure you that the city’s Finance staff will continue to give you guidance and make recommendations that are consistent with these statements,” Gavin Cohen, the city’s chief financial officer, said in an email to the Mayor and Council, reporting the ratings.

On April 3, the city sold $14.8 million in general obligation bonds to FTN Financial Capital Markets at a 2.55% interest rate. The bond proceeds will be used to finance ongoing water main rehabilitation and improvements citywide; upgrades and expansion of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, which treats the city’s wastewater; and the purchase and renovation of 6 Taft Court, a three-story building on 2.29 acres of land, where the city will relocate its maintenance and emergency operations from the Gude Drive Maintenance Facility on Rothgeb Drive.

The Mayor and Council are scheduled to vote Monday, May 6 on the adoption of a proposed $138.5 million budget for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1.

For more information on the city’s budget, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/budget.

Pedal Power to the People: May is Bike Month

Bike Month Kickoff Ride
10 a.m. Saturday, April 27.Meet at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.
Join Rockville officials and neighbors to celebrate National Bike Month. Pedal a casual 6-mile loop along multi-use trails and quiet residential streets to explore some of the city’s extensive and diverse bicycling infrastructure. The route includes a few paths, bridges and tunnels.

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Information Session, Public Hearings Set for Rockville’s Draft Comprehensive Plan

The Rockville Planning Commission will hold a final information session ahead of three public hearings in May and June for its draft of the Comprehensive Plan.

The interactive information session will help the public understand the contents of the draft plan and allow staff to answer questions about the plan’s content and process.

The information session will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 11 at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave. An earlier information session was held on April 30.

The public hearings will all be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, Wednesday, May 22 and Tuesday, June 4 at City Hall.

The Planning Commission approved the draft plan for release for public comment on Monday, March 13. It can be found at www.rockvillemd.gov/Rockville2040.

A hard copy of the plan is available to view at the planning department on the second floor of City Hall, at Rockville Senior Center, and at the Twinbrook, Lincoln Park and Thomas Farm community centers.

For more information, contact planner Cindy Kebba at 240-314-8233.
Written testimony can be submitted by mail: City of Rockville Planning Commission, c/o Cindy Kebba, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850; or by email to planning.commission@rockvillemd.gov.

Rockville Public Safety Awards to Honor the City’s First Responders

Members of the Rockville City Police Department, Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation will be honored for their service to the community at the Rockville Public Safety Awards on Wednesday, June 12 at Lakewood Country Club, 13901 Glen Mill Road. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon begins at noon.

Tickets are $35 per person on or before Monday, May 27. After May 27, tickets are $40 per person. For more information, and to register, visit www.rockvillechamber.org/events/details/30th-annual-rockville-public-safety-awards.

Register Your Bicycle

Registering your bike with the Rockville City Police Department makes it more likely that it could be recovered should it be lost or stolen. Once registered, bike owners are given a small sticker to attach to the bike frame. To register your bike and receive a registration sticker, visit the Rockville City Police Station at 2 W. Montgomery Ave. or fill out a form at www.
rockvillemd.gov/bicycling
. For more, call 240-314-8900 or email publicsafety@rockvillemd.gov.

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