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PHOTOS: Trees and New Police Station Take Root

Rockville marked Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony in Town Center on Wednesday.

Click here and select "Urban Canopy" to see a map of tree coverage in the city. Click here for more about Arbor Day from the Arbor Day Foundation. For a look inside the construction of the new city police headquarters, courtesy Rockville 11, .

Theresa Defino April 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Ah, lest we forget: if the mayor and Councilmember Newton had prevailed when they BOTH voted AGAINST the bond financing, this would not have been built (nor would improvements at the Senior Center and other infrastructure improvements gone forward, including for water and sewer). This was one of those 3-2 votes that fortunately passed, but with this new council, who knows! You can hear the discussion here. http://rockvillemd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1387&meta_id=23681 ...and as Former Councilman John Britton explained here. http://rockville.patch.com/articles/investment-in-core-services-infrastructure-is-vital-to-our-community-s-future
Jeff Hawkins April 26, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Theresa, So true and I do not think people will forget. The links you supply help to remind and thank you for posting them. I know it's her duty as Mayor to show up at these events, but frankly considering her track record it somehow doesn't seem appropriate. She didn't want the Post Office reno., Senior Center reno., Pumphrey's can just move, didn't want the new Choice Hotel either I believe. I think the Mayor & Newton will both be "shown the door" next go round......
Piotr Gajewski April 26, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Theresa and Jeff, These issues were thoroughly aired in the 2011 election and the voters rejected them and reelected the Mayor (and Ms. Newton). My outlook is that in the tiny electorate that participates in the City’s election (about 10% of population) there is a majority (53%?) that rejects any and all development and redevelopment - and this issue trumps all others. The Mayor held steadfast opposing Beall’s Grant, Victory Housing, Police Station, Choice Hotels, Silverwood and Pumphrey’s parking lot. All of these represent new construction. There are slightly over 3,000 people in Rockville who agree with the Mayor and come out to vote. Personally I believe that the majority of Rockville residents would not agree with this approach, if they took a closer look, as, in my opinion, it will lead to the decline in our property values and quality of life. But so long as we allow only 3,000 or so entrenched voters to carry the day, we will continue to decline. The only solution is a larger voter turnout which, realistically, will only happen if either 1) we pump more money into our elections or 2) we hold elections at a time when turn out might be driven by more global issues (County/State). Neither seems likely in the foreseeable future.
Sean R. Sedam April 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM
@Piotr Gajewski: Could—or should—the second issue you raise in your last paragraph be addressed by the charter review commission (that of the timing of city elections)? Please see Councilman Moore's blog post in which he previews a resolution on the commission that he plans to offer on Monday: http://patch.com/B-LX0 I'd love to know your thoughts—or the thoughts of anyone else who wants to weigh in below the councilman's post.
Piotr Gajewski April 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Sean, Yes, absolutely. And I am in agreement with Council member Moore’s approach. I would be pleasantly surprised if it carried the day.
Theresa Defino April 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I see no harm in reminding people, who have short memories.
Jeff Hawkins April 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Piotr, Your analysis of the election process in Rockville is most likely correct. I was born and raised here, been here all my life and I do know that alot of "old time" Rockville folks don't want any development. Personally the only one I thought was a bad idea from your list is the Silverwood Project, also I'm not too keen on Twinbrook Station and of course Walmart on the pike. All the others I think would be assets to the city. I think if we are to see any "real" change in the election you are going to have to get younger voters to participate more who might be more open to some development in the area. How to achieve that..........who knows? Maybe set up a voting booth at Gordon Biersch :)) on Friday and Saturday nights!! Until then...........the "old" guard of Rockville will rule the roost!
Jeff Hawkins April 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Mr. Moore's resolution is good! He will make a fine Mayor someday soon......

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