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Rockville Mayor and Council: State Song Must Be Replaced

Does Not Reflect Maryland’s Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Unity 

The Mayor and Council on Monday agreed to send a letter urging Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland General Assembly leadership to work together to remove “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state song.

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Applications Being Accepted for Community Development Block Grants

The City of Rockville is now accepting applications for an anticipated $263,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding for the fall of Fiscal Year 2022.

The CDBG program is a federal grant for housing and community development projects that benefit low- and moderate-income individuals, and provides grants to housing providers for housing and community development projects that benefit low- and moderate-income households or neighborhoods.  

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing on community needs for CDBG projects at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Applicants are encouraged to attend.

Fiscal Year 2022 grants will fund projects from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Application instructions and an application form can be downloaded at www.rockvillemd.gov/942/Community-Development-Block-Grant.

Contact rehabilitation specialist Martin Dasler at 240-314-8208 or mdasler@rockvillemd.gov for more information.

ParkMobile to Provide for Contactless Parking Payments in Rockville

Replaces MobileNOW! App, Which Stopped Operating in May

Motorists will be able to use the ParkMobile app to pay for parking at the more than 500 publicly metered spaces throughout the City of Rockville, beginning this month.

ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., is an option for paying for parking at over 21,000 spaces in in Montgomery County, as well as in Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia; and over 400 cities across the U.S.

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Mayor and Council to Consider Water and Sewer Rate Structure Changes

The Mayor and Council will consider a new rate structure for city water and sewer service this fall.

The city hired a consultant to develop the new structure, under which the Mayor and Council would set customers’ water and sewer rates based on property type, such as single-family, multi- family or nonresidential.

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Check Once, Check Twice

State, county and city actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 mean uncertainty for activities, programs and facility hours in the City of Rockville. Please check our online resources to see if any information contained in this edition of “Rockville Reports” has changed.

City Hall and most city facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open to residents and facility members only, with limited services and activities. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter for details.

Recycling, trash and yard waste collection will be made one day later throughout the holiday week. Find more information at www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters on Sept. 7.

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

Help Shape Rockville’s Future: Census 2020 Deadline Approaches

Sept. 30 is the New Deadline for Responses

Have you completed your census questionnaire? If not, now is the time to do so.

The deadline to complete the questionnaire is Wednesday, Sept. 30, after the U.S. Census Bureau recently moved up the date by more than a month.

You can complete the questionnaire at my2020census.gov in 10 minutes or less. Customize the online questionnaire in one of more than 50 languages or respond by phone at 844-330-2020.

Now is the time to complete your census questionnaire.

The census will not ask you about citizenship status. Responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. They can only be used to produce statistics and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way — not by the FBI, CIA, DHS or ICE.

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COVID-19: Making Your Safety Our Priority

Montgomery County remains in the second of three reopening phases, as of late August, with reopening guidelines limiting office use and encouraging telework.

With these guidelines in mind, the city is not able to welcome visitors back to City Hall or many city facilities, and no definitive date for reopening can be established at this time.

Information about the city’s response to the pandemic is available at www.rockvillemd.gov, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nextdoor), and on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable). Visit mailchi.mp/rockvillemd/covid19updates to sign up for city’s email newsletter featuring city, state and county news about COVID-19. For general inquiries about city operations, call 240-314-5000.

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Community Census Challenge: How’s Your Community Responding to the 2020 Census?

Want to know how Rockville rates in responding to the 2020 Census? How do we stack up against other areas? Check out the census rate map.
You can search for response rates for states, counties, cities and census tracts, and compare those to 2010 Census response rates.

  1. Open the census rate map (at 2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html).
  2. In the “State” dropdown menu, select “Maryland.”
  3. When Maryland map appears, select “Rockville” under the “City” dropdown menu.

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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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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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