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Volunteer Opportunities Not Totally on Pause During Pandemic

While many volunteer opportunities are on hold during the ongoing pandemic, others, which allow for social distancing, are seeking support.

Community members looking to keep our city streams clean and our city weed-free can apply to adopt a stream ( or join the city’s Weed Warriors ( Stream cleanup and weed-pull events are being planned for fall and qualify for Student Service Learning credit hours.

Montgomery County is seeking volunteers to serve as Census Ambassadors, visiting food distribution and other community events to encourage census participation.

Students in 10th-, 11th- and 12th grade can apply by Friday, Sept. 11 to help the city’s Human Rights Commission as a Student Ambassador.

Find a full list of ways to give of your time and talents to serve your city at For additional opportunities from around the county, visit the

Powell Appointed to Represent Sister Cities International

Drew Powell, president of Rockville Sister City Corporation, has been appointed by Sister Cities International to be its official liaison for the state of Maryland.

Powell’s responsibilities will include representing SCI at in-state functions, assisting all Maryland sister city organizations to sustain and grow their sister city, sister county and sister state programs, as well as coordinating with municipal, county and state elected officials to promote Maryland sister city activities.

To find out more about the Rockville Sister City Corporation, visit

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

Contact rehabilitation specialist Martin Dasler at 240-314-8208 or for more information.

Water Customers to Get a New Way to Pay

Paying a water bill is about to get easier for City of Rockville water customers.

A new payment system, debuting in November, will allow customers to conveniently view and pay their water bill online, set up automatic payments, and view their billing history at any hour of any day.

The new system, which will also include the option to pay by phone or by text message, is a simple, safe and secure way to pay. It will also offer email and optional text message reminders.

Be on the lookout for a mailer in November with new utility account information and instructions on how to register.

Customers will not incur late fees and are not expected to experience service interruptions during the transition to the new system.
For more information about city water service, visit

Public Works and Planning Launch Customer Bill of Rights

Customers will now know exactly what to expect when they deal with Rockville’s departments of Planning and Development Services and Public Works under a new customer bill of rights.

The bill of rights is based on a document from the City of San Diego’s Department of Development Services. The bill of rights is a public statement of the departments’ commitment to providing the best possible service.

The bill of rights outlines the kind of service customers can expect from the departments, including prompt and courteous interactions and transparency, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback on service and request a second opinion of decisions.

See the full customer service bill of rights at

Flashing Beacons and Adjusted Signals Provide Safer Crossings for the Community

The city’s Department of Public Works installed flashing beacons at the intersection of Great Falls Road and Monument Avenue in August, to provide a safer crossing for schoolchildren and community members along a heavily traveled road.

The pedestrian-activated flashing beacons accompany new concrete pedestrian ramps at the key crossing for children walking to and from Julius West Middle School.

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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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Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan Update

Rockville’s Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Sept. 9 and 23 for the community to provide comments on the Planning Commission’s draft of the neighborhood-specific planning areas section of the comprehensive plan update. Details on how to pre-register for and participate in the public hearing are available online at www.rockville

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Mayor and Council Adopt the Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Avenue Area Plan Amendment 

The Mayor and Council at their July 13 meeting, adopted the Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Avenue Area Comprehensive Master Plan Amendment, one of the key opportunity areas identified in the 2018 Stonestreet Corridor Study.

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

The adopted plan amendment, the Stonestreet Corridor Study and project updates can be viewed on the city’s website at

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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