Thursday, December 05, 2013 5:00 AM
Published on: Thursday, January 03, 2013
By Daryl Buchanan
ROCKVILLE- To start off the New Year the Mayor and Council have scheduled three public hearings at an upcoming City Council Meeting and seeking public input on issues facing the city.
The hearings are scheduled for the January 14 Mayor and Council meeting. The first hearing will concern the Stonestreet Pedestrian Bridge and whether or not to continue construction or use the money elsewhere. The City says the bridge estimated cost is $1.2 million and is meant to replace an old bridge that was torn down in 2011.
Councilmember Tom Moore suspects money for the bridge could be used elsewhere, but is curious if the span has had an impact on the community.
“The Mayor and Council are looking very hard at the City's operating and capital budgets. It is not clear to me, and I believe to several of my colleagues as well, that replacing the Stonestreet Bridge is a good use of taxpayer funds. I am eager to hear from residents how this bridge had been used in the past, and whether not replacing it would have an effect on the community,” said Moore.
The second hearing will address a zoning text amendment should be approved that would allow applications for Level 1 site plans located in the Town Center Performance District go before the Planning Commission for approval instead of City staff. The amendment would also require additional public notice for Level 2 site plans in the district.
The third hearing of the night will concern the creation of a proposed Financial Advisory Board. The board’s scope, duties, and responsibilities will also be discussed during the evening.
Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio is hoping this will pass stating she sees a need for the City to be advised on financial matters that would also assist staff. Marcuccio also pointed out that the board would be advisory only and would not make any decisions.
“I hope that goes through. I think it’s appropriate. We need someone to advise us financially. We have very capable staff to help us, but it would be good to have something more consistent. A group of individuals that see the trends and opportunities arising around the city,” said Marcuccio.
“We have the expertise as far as CPAs are concerned, but we need advise in a general sense. Those with a background in business could be an option because they often do it for themselves.”
The Mayor and Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. To provide testimony in person at any of the hearings, residents can call the City Clerk’s Office at 240-314-8283 by 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, to place your name on the speakers’ list.
To submit written testimony to the public record, send documents to Douglas Barber, City Clerk, City of Rockville; 111 Maryland Avenue; Rockville, MD 20850 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.