Rockville City Council Recap: Fireside Park Update, Election Board Appointment Made
Highlights from the Rockville City Council’s meeting Monday night.
Discussion: Fireside Park Apartments purchase update
The council heard an update from Rockville Housing Enterprises Executive Director Ruth O'Sullivan, who discussed changes that occurred between the time the city authorized the financing in November and the agency’s $36 million purchase of Fireside Park Apartments in December, including:
- A $340,000 increase in Montgomery County’s loan amount—from $2,850,000 to $3,190,000—to cover unanticipated transfer/recordation taxes.
- A requirement that the city rent to more households at or below the area median income—$107,300 for a four-person household—in order to meet the primary lender’s requirements.
The city authorized a $2 million loan package to RHE to be put toward the purchase of the 236-unit garden-style apartment community on Monroe Street.
In other council news:
Action: Anderson Alley Abandonment
The City Council, in a 3-2 vote, agreed to finalize its decision to abandon a portion of Anderson Alley.
On May 21, the council unanimously agreed to hand over to property owners the portion of the alley between Anderson and Beall avenues. But the council held off on the final step of authorizing the city attorney to add it to land records.
Read more about discussion leading up to the Anderson Alley vote on Patch.
Appointments: Board of Supervisors of Elections
The council approved 4-0 to appoint David Berthiaume to the Board of Supervisors of Elections to fill an unexpired term until October 2015. Councilman John F. Hall Jr. abstained from the vote.
A motion made to appoint Drew Powell to the elections board died after it failed to get a second. Councilwoman Bridget Donnell Newton made the initial motion and said the outcome was a "missed opportunity."
Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio nominated Powell.
"Whether you like his style or you feel comfortable with his particular approach, that's up to you," Marcuccio said. "I've never seen the man do anything that didn't have the best interest of the city in the back of his mind. I thought he was an excellent choice."