A final vote on an ordinance to block the Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home from building a parking lot, the final public hearing on the city’s fiscal 2013 budget and a budget discussion are on the Rockville City Council’s agenda for Monday.
In a 3-2 vote on April 16, the council moved to reverse a 2010 decision by the previous council that was intended to allow Pumphrey Funeral Home to build a parking lot on property adjacent to the existing funeral home.
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The council is scheduled on Monday to take a final vote on an ordinance that would disallow the parking lot construction.
The proposed lot drew 40 speakers at a public hearing on March 26 and generated heated debate among neighbors and the council.
The council will hold a final public hearing on the city budget for fiscal 2013, which begins July 1.
Updated budget numbers reflect a net increase of $352,190 available for the council to allocate in the operating budget, according to a city staff report. The net increase reflects higher-than-expected tax duplication revenues from the county, totaling $316,670, and $98,280 in savings through contracts for auditing, Internet services and natural gas, which is expected to be awarded on Monday.
City staff is providing a “budget balancing tool” that will ask the council whether it wishes to include funding for the following:
- A barrier in West End Park to block noise from Interstate 270. (Cost: $111,000 in fiscal 2013 and $773,350 in future years.)
- Improvements to The Rooftop in Rockville Town Square. (Cost: $160,000.)
- A bathroom at VisArts (Cost: $10,000 to complement state aid).
- A green building tax credit program. (Cost: $60,000.)
- The Rockville Chamber of Commerce’s Rockville Rewards program. (Cost: $20,000.)
The council also could consider moving operating funds to offset borrowing in the capital budget.
A final work session, if needed, will be held May 14.
The public record will remain open for written testimony until 5 p.m. on May 17. Written testimony may be submitted by email to email@example.com or by U.S. mail to the Mayor and Council, Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.
To review the proposed fiscal 2013 budget see:
- The budget summary in the April edition on Rockville Reports.
- The “It’s Your Money!” page on the city’s Web site, which includes budget documents and materials from past budget previews.
- Hard copies of the budget plan, available at the Rockville and Twinbrook libraries and at City Hall.
The council is scheduled to adopt the budget on May 21.
The council also will recognize children winning bicycles through the city’s TERRIFIC bike program and will award proclamations declaring:
The council is scheduled to hold a closed session before Monday’s meeting to discuss a legal matter regarding the King Farm Farmstead.