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FY 2020 Financial Reports Highlight Rockville’s Finances

Summaries Look at the City’s Fiscal Health

Two annual reports that city staff delivered to the Mayor and Council on Dec. 7 give the public a closer look at Rockville’s financial health during the most recently completed fiscal year.

For Fiscal Year 2020, which closed June 30, the city ended “with a healthy overall net position of $293.4 million,” City Manager Rob DiSpirito wrote in the city’s Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), a summary document highlighting the city’s finances. Net position is a useful indicator of a government’s financial health and represents total assets minus total liabilities.

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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.

New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1: City government will be closed. Recycling and trash is not collected on Fridays. Collections will occur as usual this holiday week.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18: City government will be closed. Recycling and trash collections will occur one day later than usual throughout the week.

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open to residents and facility members only, with limited services and activities on Dec. 31, will be closed Jan. 1 and open Jan. 18. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter for details.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters on Jan. 1 and 18.

For more information on recycling and trash collection, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash or call 240-314-8568.

Learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-5000.

COVID-19: State is Recruiting Medical Workers

Montgomery County remains in the second of three reopening phases, 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).

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Rockville’s Virtual MLK Day to Celebrate a ‘Courageous Pursuit of Victory’

Joyce Ladner, keynote speaker

Rockville’s 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will take place noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.

The celebration, with a theme of “In Courageous Pursuit of Victory,” will be conducted online via Webex. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/mlk to learn how to join live. Those unable to join can view a recording on the webpage and on the city’s YouTube channel in the days following the event.

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Rockville’s Holiday Drive Continues in 2020

With the need greater than ever, Rockville’s Holiday Drive continues into December, albeit with minor changes to keep everyone healthy and safe.

And what better time to show your generosity than with a donation?

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City’s Procurement Division Wins Award for Excellence

The City of Rockville’s Procurement Division has been recognized for excellence, receiving the 2020 Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute, Inc.

The award is earned by public and nonprofit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. NPI’s annual program, in its 25th year, recognizes procurement organizations that embrace innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership and e-procurement.

Rockville is one of only five agencies in Maryland, and 69 cities in the U.S. and Canada, to receive the recognition.

In 2020, the program had 188 successful applicants, including 40 counties, 69 cities, 15 higher education agencies, 22 school districts, 34 special districts, five state agencies and three others.

Final Days to Take Climate Action Plan Survey

Nearly 50 people attended an open house on Nov. 17 to share their vision for Rockville’s Climate Action Plan. There’s still time for you to share your thoughts on the plan, a Mayor and Council priority initiative, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare the community to adapt to a changing climate.

Share your vision by taking a survey, through 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and/or by attending virtual office hours from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 to learn more about climate change and discuss your ideas. Register for the office hours and find the survey at www.rockvillemd.gov/climate.

Rockville Town Square Ice Rink is Under Construction

Restrictions Will Be in Place for Skaters’ Health and Safety

The Rockville Town Square ice rink has begun assembly and is expected to be open in the next two or three weeks.

Under new restrictions adopted by Montgomery County on Tuesday, Nov. 10, outdoor ice rinks are permitted to open with size restrictions following approval from the county.

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Nominate a Neighbor for a Human Rights Award

Performers Wanted for MLK Day Celebration

The city’s Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for two awards to be presented as part of Rockville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18. Performers are also wanted for this virtual celebration.

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Rockville to Salute Residents’ Service at Veterans Day Ceremony

Rockville will honor veterans of our nation’s armed forces with a virtual ceremony on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The ceremony will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable), at youtube.com/cityofrockville and on the city’s Facebook page.

The online ceremony will include a message from Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and guest speaker Councilmember David Myles.

A Navy veteran and pediatrician by training, Myles is serving his first term on Rockville’s Mayor and Council. After graduating Yale University with a doctor of medicine and Master of Science in psychology, he moved to Maryland to pursue pediatrics residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/veteransday, email specialevents@rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-8620.

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