Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Property taxes will stay the same; city workers will get a raise.
The Rockville City Council on Monday approved a $114 million fiscal year budget that keeps taxes level, maintians current city programs and includes a pay raise for city workers. The $113.9 million budget is nearly $7 million bigger than the current budget and about $2 million more than what City Manager Barbara B. Matthews presented on March 18, when it was formally introduced. The General Fund accounts for half the budget, at $69 million. The budget takes effect July 1, 2013. Budget highlights: View the city's budget at visit www.rockvilemd.gov/budget.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Written testimony will be accepted until Friday, May 31.
Rockville’s Planning Commission will hold its final public hearing on a proposal to drastically transform a portion of Rockville Pike at the city’s southern border, a pedestrian unfriendly stretch clogged with car traffic and old-school strip malls. The public hearing on the final draft of the Rockville Pike Plan is set for 7 p.m. at Rockville City Hall. Written testimony will be accepted until close-of-business on Friday, May 31. The Pike Plan addresses the nearly 400 acres in the two miles between Richard Montgomery Drive and the southern city limits, just north of Bou Avenue. The commission wants public input on the draft and on changing land use laws in order to implement the plan. Highlights include: The Planning Commission will use …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The proposed budget is about $2 million bigger than what was formally introduced in March.
The Rockville City Council meets 7 p.m. Mondays at City Hall. Here’s a look at tonight’s agenda: Action | The Council is expected to adopt the city’s 2014 fiscal year budget. The proposed $114 million budget is nearly $7 million bigger than the current budget and about $2 million more than what City Manager Barbara B. Matthews presented on March 18, when the proposed budget was formally introduced. The version that will come before the Council on Monday includes more funding for several nonprofits and incorporates much of what Councilman John F. Hall Jr. suggested during a budget work session on April 29—including a 2 percent pay raise for city workers and adding two officers to the city’s police force. The budget will take affect on July …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Advisory referenda on November ballot will survey interest in the Charter Review Commission’s recommendations.
The city will use the upcoming November election to gauge public support for making Council terms longer, making the Council body bigger and changing when city elections are held. In a unanimous (5-0) vote during its regular meeting Monday, the mayor and Council approved placing a set of questions on the ballot as advisory referenda—questions meant only for informational purposes. The feedback would be used to help the Council determine how it should handle the Charter Review Commission’s three main recommendations: City elections will be held on Nov. 5.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Here's a peek at the Rockville City Council's agenda for Monday, May 10. The Council The Rockville City Council meets 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11. Follow Rockville Patch for coverage this week.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Rule change passed unanimously Monday.
Under a change in policy, political candidates can display their own campaign signs if they’re marching in Rockville’s Memorial Day parade. The Rockville City Council passed the measure in a unanimous vote to change the city’s campaign policy, lifting restrictions on political banners in the parade. Prior to the vote, candidates were barred from displaying their own campaign signs and could only use ones provided by the city. The rules don’t apply to other participants. The Memorial Day parade is Monday, May 27. Opponents of the parade banner change said they were concerned that giving candidates free rein ran the risk of transforming parade’s Memorial Day tenor into a tacky campaign event. “I’m not sure that’s in the public’s interest,” …
Monday, April 29, 2013
A peek at the Rockville City Council agenda. The Council meets 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11. Follow Rockville Patch for coverage this week.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Rockville City Council will also hear a recommendation to change the way police store data from license plate readers.
(Updated 1:48 p.m.) Proposed revisions to the city’s campaign policy and a briefing from the county on a massive bus transit system are on the Rockville City Council’s agenda for Monday. The Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11. Executive Session: Legal advice regarding Town Center Management Mayor and Council are scheduled to meet in executive session at 6 p.m. to obtain legal advice regarding Town Center Management. Briefing: Montgomery County Planning Department on Bus Rapid Transit System Larry Cole, a master planner for the Montgomery County Planning Department, is expected to brief the Council on the county’s bus rapid transit system, an 80-mile network intended to ease …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio cast opposing vote
The Rockville City Council approved the city’s Compensation Commission recommendation that the city’s mayor and Council should be paid more. In a 4-1 vote during its meeting April 8, the Council approved the Commission’s recommendation to increase mayor and Council member pay so that it reflects cost of living adjustments for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. City budget years begin in July. Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio cast the opposing vote. “I can’t support this because I want to look at the budget and get a little more input on what this might mean,” Marcuccio said. “It seems insignificant, but I’m not satisfied.” City spokeswoman Marylou Berg said the increases would build from the stipend amounts included in the proposed fiscal 2014 budget: $26…
Public hearing testimony: “God has a warehouse that provides for his children. One of those warehouses is the women’s Interfaith Clothing Center.”
(UPDATED) The Rockville City Council meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays at City Hall. The meeting is broadcast live on Rockville 11. Here’s a recap of the April 15 meeting: Budget hearing: Public service agencies make their case Eleven people testified at the city’s second budget hearing Monday. Most of the speakers spoke on behalf of social service agencies, such as the Rockville Caregivers Coalition, the Rockville Science Center and the Latino Outreach Program. “God has a warehouse that provides for his children. One of those warehouses is the women’s Interfaith Clothing Center,” a Rockville mother of eight told the Council Monday night. She was making a plug for the Interfaith Clothing Center, an Interfaith Works program that would receive city…