Board of Education Candidates' Forum
Editors from Silver Chips, the Montgomery Blair HS newspaper, will help moderate the Board of Education Candidates’ Forum to be held on March 15 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans' Plaza beginning at 7:30 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the Montgomery County Civic Federation.
For more information, visit www.montgomerycivic.org.
Proposals, Comments Invited on the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District
Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the re-designation of the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, located at 4805 Edgemoor La., Bethesda.
In 2002, Bethesda was designated as an Arts and Entertainment District for a 10-year period. Because the designation was highly successful, the County intends to apply for re-designation.
Comments will be heard by representatives from Montgomery County who will submit a recommendation to the County Executive and County Council. They, in turn, will submit a request to the State to apply for a re-designation.
Those wishing to speak at the public hearing should call Stephanie Coppula at 301-215-6660, ext. 120. Written comments may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Parking Garage Opens in Silver Spring
A parking garage, located below the new Galaxy Apartments in Silver Spring, at 8025 13th St., brings a total of 368 parking spaces to the area -- 160 of which are available for public parking, while 208 are set aside for Galaxy residents.
The garage is part of a public-private partnership that created a 195-unit, five-story apartment building with 82 affordable units and an underground parking garage on the site of a former County surface parking lot.
Rates at the new garage, known as Garage 16, will be 75 cents an hour for short-term parking of four hours or less and 60 cents an hour for long-term parking of more than four hours.
Parkers also have the option of using a Parking Convenience Sticker (allowing unlimited parking on any all day meter in Silver Spring), which costs $113 a month, or a Daily Parking Permit for $7.20 a day.
To view all the public parking options available in Silver Spring, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/parking.
More People Leaving the Driving to Ride On
Ridership on the Division of Transit Services’ Ride On bus system for the first six months in FY12 (July through December 2011) grew by 1.3% compared to the same period in FY11. The most significant growth occurred in November and December when the system realized growth of 5.4 and 6.1% respectively.
In January 2012, ridership again trended higher by about 2 to 3% compared to the same month in 2011. And, February’s preliminary ridership figures were up about 3.5% compared to February 2011 levels.
For information about the nearest Ride On route to you, visit Division of Transit Services’ website or call 311 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Your Chance to Serve: Openings on Boards, Committees and Commissions
Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns and viewpoints are presented. Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply.
Currently, there is an opportunity to serve on any one of the following County boards, committees and commissions:
- Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs
- Library Board
The deadline for applying is March 19. Get details about each group.
An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be mailed to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe St., 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD 20850, or emailed to email@example.com. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.
Still Time to Provide Feedback on Streamlining the Development Process
County Executive Ike Leggett recently announced a new cross-agency effort that will further streamline County government operations by making meaningful changes to the development application process.
The objective is to improve the process and be more user friendly without compromising substance. For example, an initial step consolidates construction inspections currently being done by the Department of Permitting Services and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. This will save time and money for businesses needing these inspections.
Meanwhile, the County is seeking input from stakeholders on where plans, permit reviews and inspections can be consolidated, redundant reviews minimized and inconsistencies eliminated. Staff from multiple agencies will receive the comments, observations and recommendations about experiences with development approvals in getting a project from idea to occupancy.
A dedicated website has been created to provide each stakeholder a place to submit open ended comments to identify problem areas in the development process. Comments may be posted on the site through March 31.