Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Changes to Gaithersburg code would address 'peddlers, hawkers and solicitors,' and city exemptions from county regulations.
The Gaithersburg City Council on Monday set public hearing dates this summer for ordinances dealing with how county laws apply in the city and how the city treats "peddlers, hawkers and solicitors." A proposed emergency ordinance that deals with how Gaithersburg interacts with county laws—the city must opt in for them to be valid—would remove provisions from the county code that conflict with city law. As part of the ordinance, the city would remove the following county code provisions from the city code: Each of the areas already are regulated by the city. The ordinance also will delete the county provision establishing the county water quality protection charge. Gaithersburg included its own water quality protection charge in the fiscal …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Julius Persensky, who served on Gaithersburg's City Council from 1980 to 1995, died Saturday, April 20.
Former Gaithersburg City Council member Julius Persensky died Saturday, April 20, the city announced. Persensky had served on the City Council from 1980 to 1995 and continued to serve the city in numerous roles after his elected service expired, Mayor Sidney A. Katz said in a statement. " 'J,' as he preferred to be called, dedicated a considerable amount of his personal life to public service. I had the honor of serving with him when he was a member of the Gaithersburg City Council ... a time period that saw much growth and innovation in Gaithersburg," Katz said. "J’s thoughtful leadership and passion for community service helped set this city on a path to greatness." Persensky worked as a member of the city's Community Advisory Committee…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
A vote to approve polling places for the city's 2013 election is among numerous agenda items for a special Tuesday evening Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council meeting. The Gaithersburg Board of Supervisors of Elections recommends six voting districts, with polling places at the following locations: The voting districts can be viewed on the map above. Also on the agenda is the introduction of an ordinance to adopt the city budget for fiscal year 2014. More information on the fiscal year 2014 budget can be found on the city of Gaithersburg website. Other agenda items of note include: The full agenda can be viewed on the city of Gaithersburg website.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
By JEREMY BARR | Capital News Service
Tuesday, February 19
WASHINGTON — Gaithersburg had its day in Congress Friday as City Council Vice President Michael Sesma testified about the ways cities like his can act to protect the environment. "Environmental degradation respects no political boundaries," Sesma told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. "Many local governments, including my city of Gaithersburg, are at the forefront of sustainability in planning, taking actions to make our communities vibrant places to live, work, learn and play." Sesma was one of seven witnesses, mostly state natural resources officials, who testified about the role nonfederal agencies can play in combating environmental degradation. He was asked to speak by the National League of Cities, an organization he has been…
Monday, January 7, 2013
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council will meet for the first time in 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The Gaithersburg mayor and City Council return to their chambers Monday evening for the first meeting of 2013 and it will be a short one. Mayor Sidney A. Katz and the Council members will provide short updates for the city, along with City Manager Tony Tomasello and Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan. Immediately following the meeting, the mayor and Council will meet for a closed executive session to "discuss the establishment and/or expansion of a local business." City spokeswoman Britta Monaco said she believes "a lengthy executive session is anticipated." The full agenda can be viewed on the city of Gaithersburg website.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Gaithersburg City Council member Henry Marraffa said he felt he was passed over in favor of 2013 City Council vice president, Mike Sesma.
The Gaithersburg City Council has elected Mike Sesma its vice president for 2013, but one council member says he was passed over and the position should have been his. Sesma, a City Council Member since 2005 and 2008's Council Vice President, was nominated and elected at Monday evening's mayor and City Council meeting by a 4-1 vote. But council member Henry Marraffa said he believes 2013 was his year in the rotation to serve as council vice president — a role he said is honorary, with no additional money or responsibility except when the mayor is unavailable. Marraffa said a new system was put in place by other council members this year without himself being involved in the discussion. "For the over 20 years that I have been associated …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Council member Michael A. Sesma is live blogging his trip to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
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- Greg Cohen
Thursday, September 6, 2012
With the second day of the Democratic National Convention wrapped up and the third and final day on tap, Marylanders have made their presence felt in Charlotte, NC. But while state officials have fulfilled speaking obligations, one Gaithersburg city official is taking in the sights, sounds and general political environment the DNC has to offer. Gaithersburg City Council member Michael A. Sesma, an Alternate Delegate for the Democratic National Convention through Maryland's Sixth Congressional District, left for Charlotte a few days ago and has been sharing his experiences via MyMCMedia. Upon his departure, Sesma said, "After watching conventions on television since 1960, I’m going to see one up close and personal and be a participant in …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
State Highway Administration briefs Gaithersburg mayor and City Council on the Watkins Mill Interchange project.
Plans for the Watkins Mill Interchange project sit in a preliminary engineering phase with 30 percent of the design completed, a State Highway Administration official told the Gaithersburg mayor and City Council Monday evening. The preliminary engineering phase is part of a process with $6.67 million in funding and could take another 18 to 24 months to complete, said Randy Gray, SHA project manager for the Watkins Mill Interchange. The project initially received design approval in February 2002 and will eventually result in the completion of a link between the existing Watkins Mill Road segments over I-270, providing a new East-West connection for the city of Gaithersburg. A major issue for the project — whether the full interchange will …
Monday, August 13, 2012
A tad more than 500 words on the 500 square miles of that miracle called Montgomery County. Did you know your cops were funny?
There may be bigger news fish to fry but when what's hot and battered is a Twinkie or a funnel cake, we must start this week's column with a tribute to the one, the only, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which continues through Saturday, Aug. 18. Where else can you celebrate the fact that a third of the land in Montgomery County is designated for farming by participating in a toilet-decorating contest? In addition to fried food, there are carnival rides, live music, monster trucks, a children's theater and, of course, live animals, including racing pigs. More than 200,000 people are expected to pay the $10 entrance fee to attend. Speaking of farming, it's the new cutting edge career in these parts. Montgomery County Executive Isiah …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz issued a proclamation designating Aug. 1-7, 2012 as “International Clown Week” in the City of Gaithersburg.
Members of the Gaithersburg community were greeted by an unfamiliar group of faces upon entering the city council chambers at City Hall Monday night. The usual city officials and residents were joined by a group of clowns -- costume, makeup and all. The clowns, from Silver Spring's Kapitol Klowns, were on hand to receive a proclamation from mayor Sidney A. Katz, declaring Aug. 1-7, 2012, as "International Clown Week" in the city. According to city documents: "In 1970, at the behest of Clown of America International, Maryland Representative Edward Garmatz, who served from 1947-1973, introduced legislation, signed by President Nixon declaring Aug. 1-7 National Clown Week. "Issuing this proclamation will remind the citizens of Gaithersburg …