The $93 million project constructing a new, expansive 420,000 square-foot facility at Gaithersburg High School will be completed in time for the 2013-2014 school year.
Gaithersburg Mayor And City Council
Friday, February 15, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, the City Council and other city officials met with the Quince Orchard Park community Tuesday night.
Gaithersburg officials joined members of the Quince Orchard Park community Tuesday night to address issues and concerns within the neighborhood in a special Council in the Communities meeting. Below are notes on a number of topics discussed by city officials and community members: Crime Summary Per Police Chief Mark P. Sroka: "As far as crime goes, this is a very safe community and we have very few crimes committed in Quince Orchard Park." Eight total crimes crimes reported in the last six month period for this community: one burglary, two forgeries, one drug complaint, four disorderly conduct calls. In 2011, that crime data is also consistent: 44 miscellaneous calls varying from parking complaints to 911 disconnect and domestic dispute …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
"We're doing a good job of being financially stable, financially conscientious," says Gaithersburg Director of Finance and Administration Harold Belton.
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council were briefed Monday evening on the city's financial state during the annual budget forum, and city officials said Gaithersburg remains in good financial standing. The city saved approximately $8 million in FY2012, and that money will go directly towards funding projects in FY2013 and FY2014, said Director of Finance and Administration Harold Belton said. "We're doing a good job of being financially stable, financially conscientious," Belton said. City Manager Tony Tomasello said he expects state and federal funding to shrink in the near future, but the city is prepared to handle the loss of those funds. "We're not as dependent on intergovernmental relations as we once were ... we're focusing on the …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council host the FY2014 budget forum at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Ahead of the 2013 Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council retreat, the city's elected officials are seeking public feedback on the FY2014 budget at Monday evening's annual budget forum. Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello will present a brief overview of the budget and identify economic factors and other issues that could impact the budget, according to city documents. The entire presentation — featuring a review of Gaithersburg's FY2012 budget and future issues relating to federal, state, and county budgets, health care reform, and more — is available on the city of Gaithersburg website. Immediately following Tomasello's presentation, an opportunity for public input will be provided. SPEAK OUT: Will you attend tonight's annual budget …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council will meet for a work session at 7:30 p.m. Monday in City Hall.
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council will hear a presentation on the Region Forward Plan and city performance during Monday evening's worksession. According to city documents: The Region Forward Plan is based upon shared goals across the National Capital Region. The goal categories include Land Use, Transportation, Environmental, Climate and Energy, Economic, Housing, Health and Human Services, Education, and Public Safety and encourage leaders to think regionally when acting locally. The Region Forward Plan offers specific targets to measure the progress in achieving the Plan’s goals. In most cases the targets are specific short-term and long-term milestones for the region and will be used by COG to evaluate the region as a whole, …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Arts & Events Division Chief Denise Kayser recommended scrapping Kentlands Oktoberfest for a summer arts festival and changing Olde Towne Street Festival to a fall festival.
Two of Gaithersburg's annual, staple events may undergo drastic changes, according to a presentation made by city Arts & Events Division Chief Denise Kayser to the Gaithersburg mayor and City Council Tuesday night. Kayser said the city should consider scrapping the Kentlands Oktoberfest in favor of a summer arts festival in the neighborhood and change the Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne festival to a fall-themed festival in October. Oktoberfest has outgrown its venue and outpaced the city's partner's resources, according to the presentation. "The two most common comments we've received from Oktoberfest attendees is that it's too crowded and there's not that much to do," Kayser said, while later adding that "an arts festival would …
Olde Towne Advisory Committee, Police Advisory Committee, Constitution Gardens Ad Hoc Improvement Committee, Ethics Commission and Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs receive new members.
Gaithersburg mayor Sidney A. Katz and the City Council appointed new members to five city committees Tuesday night at City Hall. Appointed persons include: Olde Towne Advisory Committee (Term expiring January of 2015) Police Advisory Committee (Term expiring January of 2015) Constitution Gardens Ad Hoc Improvement Committee Ethics Commission (Term expiring January of 2016) Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (Term expiring January of 2016)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council will hold a public hearing regarding the future of the Kentlands Firehouse during Tuesday night's council meeting. The firehouse is under consideration for disposition, and "the hearing will give the public an opportunity to offer input in regard to disposition of the property and also to comment on whether the parcel is needed for any future public purposes," Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello wrote when announcing the hearing. Also on the agenda is a final vote on the proposed fortunetelling ordinance. The full agenda for Tuesday night's meeting can be viewed on the city of Gaithersburg website.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The mayor and City Council heard opposing arguments for hydraulic fracturing at Monday evening's work session.
Monday, January 14, 2013
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council will meet for a work session at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council will host Drew Cobbs of the Maryland Petroleum Council and Jorge Aguilar of Food & Water Watch for a presentation on hydraulic fracturing at Monday evening's work session. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is a method of releasing substances, such as petroleum, from between layers of rock, according to city documents. Cobbs and Aguilar will discuss the technique at the request of Mayor Sidney A. Katz and the City Council.