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Rockville Farmers Market Scheduled to Return June 6

Market Rules and Regulations to Provide for Safer Shopping

The City of Rockville’s Farmers Market is scheduled to open for the season on Saturday, June 6.

The market’s opening, traditionally in mid-May, has been postponed as part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, some market vendors are offering delivery and pickup options. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/farmers for more information, including a complete list of participating vendors.

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Bike Rack Grants Available for Businesses

Bicycle parking means business. Studies show that businesses with bicycle parking near their storefront get a measurable sales boost.

Business owners without bicycle parking near their shop or office could qualify for a rack — provided and installed for free by the City of Rockville — under the city’s Bike Rack Grant Program. Learn more about the program and find an application by visiting www.rockvillemd.gov/bicycling and selecting “Bicycle Parking.”

Residents interested in seeing bicycle parking at specific locations can direct business owners to the website. For more information, contact Rockville’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, Alyssa Roff, at 240-314-8527 or bikeways@rockvillemd.gov.

How to Donate to Help Seniors in Need

Can’t make it to the Rockville Senior Center’s Tuesday and Wednesday food and personal essentials drives? Donations can also be dropped in the large blue bin at the side of the Rockville Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The Tuesday and Wednesday collections are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. drive-up-and-drop-offs at the senior center, 1150 Carnation Drive, where senior center staff unload items without donors having to leave their cars.

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Extra Trash and Recycling?

We know more time at home can mean more trash and recyclables. But there’s no need for an extra trash cart.

If you have more bags of trash than usual, place them next to your cart by 6 a.m. on your collection day and city crews will collect them. If you have extra recyclables, please don’t put them in plastic bags, which could get tangled in recycling equipment. Instead, place them in any 32-gallon can with handles and we will pick them up.

Learn more about Rockville’s recycling and trash collection, including what can and can’t be recycled, at www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash, call 240-314-8568, or email recyclingrefuse@rockvillemd.gov.

Multimedia Competition Entry Deadline Extended

A little extra time at home could be rewarding for Rockville high school students with a creative take on human rights.

The city’s Human Rights Commission has extended the deadline for entries for its Multimedia Scholarship Competition through Friday, May 29.

Formerly known as the Multimedia Contest, the revamped annual program is an opportunity for students who live in and/or attend high school in Rockville to compete for tuition and/or book scholarships by responding to one of two prompts focused on human rights.

The prompts, applications and additional information can be found at www.rockvillemd.gov/humanrights.

Students may choose their desired medium, e.g., an essay, poem, song, painting, or other medium, through which to respond to the prompts. Submissions will be judged by a panel comprised of high school faculty, community leaders and HRC members. Judging will be based on creativity, work quality and relevance.

First-, second-, and third-place winners will be announced at a Mayor and Council meeting and will be awarded up to $2,500 in scholarships.

Rockville on the Hunt for Artists

Rockville is looking for professional artists for two major projects — one to beautify the recently renovated Rockville Swim and Fitness Center; the other for a gateway art project on a highly visible site near Thomas Farm Community Center.

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center recently celebrated completion of a lobby and locker room renovation, and artists are invited to submit proposals that engage and welcome visitors and members to the renovated building in a fun and unforgettable manner.

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Looking Ahead with Vision Zero

Rockville’s plan for meeting a goal of zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries is moving ahead, with the Mayor and Council scheduled to adopt the city’s Vision Zero action plan on Monday, June 8.

The plan 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 of reaching the goal.

The city is scheduled to begin putting the plan in place in July.

The 25-page plan includes:

  • An explanation of Vision Zero, including how the Vision Zero approach to safe mobility differs from the traditional approach to traffic and pedestrian safety.
  • Background on Vision Zero efforts in the city, county and globally.
  • An explanation of how the plan will ensure fairness and equity.
  • A brief crash data analysis and an explanation of how further data analysis will help create a systematic approach to providing safe mobility citywide.
  • Descriptions of engineering, enforcement, education and policy actions to take toward achieving Vision Zero.
  • An explanation of how the plan will be implemented to ensure transparency and accountability to meet Vision Zero goals.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/visionzero or find the May 4 Mayor and Council meeting agenda at
www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

Mayor and Council to Vote on FY 2021 Budget on May 11

The Mayor and Council are scheduled to vote Monday, May 11 on adoption of a city budget that responds to economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining the same level of service to Rockville’s residents.

The vote will follow a final work session on Monday, May 4. See the left column of this page for information about how to follow Mayor and Council meetings.

The proposed budget keeps the general fund at the same level as the current fiscal year. The $84.6 million general fund supports the largest portion of the operating budget, and includes spending reductions considered by the Mayor and Council in response to the pandemic.

The city’s current real property tax rate of $0.292 per $100 of assessed valuation would remain the same. All residential and commercial property owners pay this tax. Rockville has not increased its property tax rate in more than 25 years.

Water, sewer, stormwater management and recycling and trash service would also remain at their current rates.

The proposal would eliminate step or merit increases for all city employees but preserve a 1% cost-of-living adjustment for employees below the department head level. It would freeze hiring except for essential positions. Two new police officers would be the only new positions created.

City Manager Rob DiSpirito presented a $144.2 million budget proposal in February that outlined the city’s priorities for Fiscal Year 2021, which begins July 1. He proposed adjustments to the budget in April after the onset of the pandemic led to a state order shutting down most businesses.
Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/budget for more information.

Check Once, Check Twice

City Hall to Close, Recycling and Trash Collected One
Day Later During the Memorial Day Holiday Week

Rockville City Hall and some city facilities will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

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.

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 this edition of “Rockville Reports” has changed.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters on May 25.

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

Party at Home with Hometown Holidays Festing in Place

The COVID-19 emergency forced the cancellation of the Hometown Holidays Music Fest and Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade, but the city is determined to keep calm and party on by changing up the plan in order to safely carry on this Rockville tradition.

The revamped festival, dubbed Festing in Place, will allow the community to come together with music, food and video to mark Memorial Day on the City of Rockville Hometown Holidays Music Fest page on Facebook and at www.rockvillemd.gov/HTH. Here’s how to take part:

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