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Volunteer to Shovel Snow or Rake Leaves for an Elderly Neighbor

City Pairs Helpers with Seniors

Each winter the Rockville Senior Center looks for ways to help older Rockville residents with snow removal. If you’re handy with a shovel and don’t mind digging out an extra driveway or clearing a walkway or two, you can sign up and volunteer for the program. The senior center is also looking for people to assist seniors who need assistance with yard cleanup and leaf raking throughout fall.

To sign up to volunteer or to request snow-shoveling or leaf-raking assistance, email Jerry Jones at jjones@rockvillemd.gov, call him at 240-314-8819 or call the Senior Center Support Services office at 240-314-8810.

To sign up for assistance or volunteer, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/snowshoveling. For more information about Rockville Senior Services, call 240-314-8800 or email senior
center@rockvillemd.gov.

Managing Pain and Being Kind: This Month in Health at the Senior Center

Stay home but also stay well with online seminars from the Rockville Senior Center in November. For details, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recreation. You can register online, call 240-314-8800 or email seniorcenter@rockvillemd.gov for more information.

Sessions are free unless otherwise noted.

Blood Pressure Series 3: Blood Pressure and Exercise
Register with course #14975. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Arthritis: Why Do My Joints Hurt?
Register with course #14893. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Common Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes
Register with course #12988. 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

The Benefits of Being Kind
Register with course #14978. 1-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

The Importance of the Maryland MOLST Form
Discuss the what, why, when, and how of this important medical form. Register with course #12980. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Diabetes ‘Tool Box’
November is a National Diabetes Month. Register with course #14976. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Part of Recycling Pledge is Knowing How Rockville Recycles

America Recycles Day is Sunday, Nov. 15.

The day of awareness, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, encourages community members to visit americarecyclesday.org and take the #BeRecycled pledge to commit to recycling.

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Mayor and Council Recommend Options for Improving Two Town Center Thoroughfares

The Mayor and Council in October moved forward with plans to make two Rockville Town Center thoroughfares friendlier to businesses, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The changes to East Middle Lane and North Washington Street, developed through a consultant’s study, follow recommendations for improving the vitality of Rockville Town Center made by a panel of Urban Land Institute experts who visited the city in July 2019.

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City Seeks Public Input on Short-Term Rentals

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing via teleconference, Monday, Nov. 9 to gather input on whether to develop recommendations to regulate short-term residential rentals in Rockville.

A short-term rental is when a dwelling a unit, or part of a dwelling unit, is rented for a short period of time, usually fewer than 30 days.

While short-term rentals take place in the city, no laws currently govern the practice. At their January 2020 meeting, the Mayor and Council requested a hearing to collect the community’s thoughts and opinions on short-term rentals prior to any recommendation for the development of regulations.

For details about how to submit written comments for consideration by the Mayor and Council at the public hearing, or how to participate live, see the agenda, when it is posted closer to the hearing date at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

Rockville-Pinneberg Relationship to be Formalized

Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton (left) and Pinneberg Bürgermeisterin Urte Steinberg.

For more than six decades, Pinneberg, Germany, has been a sister city to Rockville. But no official agreement to become municipal relatives appears to have been adopted.

On Nov. 15, the two cities will remedy that by formally signing a sister city agreement at a virtual ceremony, 1 p.m. U.S. and 7 p.m. German time.

The signing will be recorded and broadcast live on Rockville channel 11, livestreamed at www.rockvillemd.gov/Rockville11, and will also be rebroadcast on YouTube at www.youtube.com/cityofrockville.

Kimball Leaves Deputy City Manager Post

Jennifer Kimball James

Jenny Kimball resigned as Rockville’s deputy city manager in late September to become deputy county administrator for Kent County, Michigan.

Her final day with the city was Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Kimball served the city for 16 years, including as acting city manager from December 2011 through October 2012.

“I know that we all wish Jenny much success and happiness as their next Deputy County Administrator,” City Manager Rob DiSpirito wrote in an email to city staff. “We are also highly appreciative of Jenny’s amazing 16 years of hard work and outstanding performance. She has made a real difference for this organization and the Rockville community.”

Recreation and Parks Director Tim Chesnutt will serve as interim deputy city manager until a new permanent appointment is made. Chris Henry, deputy director of recreation and parks, will step temporarily into the role of interim director of recreation and parks.

Mayor and Council to Consider Utility Rate Structure Along with Rates

The Mayor and Council will consider implementing a new rate structure for city water and sewer service together with new service rates, beginning in early 2021, as part of Fiscal Year 2022 budget deliberations.

This is a change from the previously publicized process. Presentations and public hearings on the rate structure have been postponed.

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Mayor and Council to Continue Budget Work Nov. 9

The Mayor and Council will continue their work on the Fiscal Year 2022 budget with a work session as part of their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9.

The work session will include a review of the budget calendar and survey and a budget preview from city staff.

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Election Day and Mail-in Ballot Deadline is Nov. 3

The presidential general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3, with early voting centers and all polling locations open.

You may still register to vote. Register in person at an early voting center through Monday, Nov. 2, or at a polling location on Nov. 3. Poll hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

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