Census Reminder: It’s Not Too Late to Fill Out Your Form

If you haven’t taken a moment to complete the Census form you recently received in the mail, it’s not too late to be counted and help determine Montgomery County’s future for the next 10 years. The County will lose thousands of federal dollars for essential services for every resident who isn’t counted.

However, if you’re one of the nearly 70 percent of Montgomery County residents who have already returned their Census forms, you can still help the cause by reminding family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they fill out and return their forms.

If you or someone you know has not received a Census form, call 1-866-872-6868 between April 12 and 21 for a replacement form. For those who have not mailed their completed form back to the Census by the end of April, Census enumerators will be visiting starting on May 1. You can find information on how to get help or find a Questionnaire Assistance Center at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/census.  

 First Signs on Silver Spring Heritage Trail  to be“Unveiled”

Link to the map in pdf format.

The first six signs along the new Silver Spring Heritage Trail, the first official Main Street Heritage Trail in Montgomery County, will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m., beginning at 8435 Georgia Ave. (the current Silver Spring Regional Services Center).

Local elected officials, including County Executive Ike Leggett and 5th District Councilmember Valerie Ervin, and community representatives will join descendants of the original early 1900s pioneers and settlers as they stroll from sign to sign, removing the covers.

The project is a joint endeavor between the County Executive's Office, the County Council, the Silver Spring Regional Services Center, the Silver Spring Historical Society and the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission staff. The Silver Spring Heritage Trail is one of the mitigations recommended by the Maryland Historical Trust following demolition of  the historic 1927 Silver Spring National Guard Armory 12 years ago to make way for the redevelopment of Downtown Silver Spring.

For more about the trail, email the Silver Spring Historical Society at sshistory@yahoo.com.

It’s Still Pothole Season

County roads have endured a season of freezing and thawing in addition to three major blizzards.  That stress results in pavement cracks and those annoying potholes.  However, Highway Services crews and contractors will be working all spring and summer making needed repairs. Four pothole patching trucks work every day to make permanent repairs. Highway’s goal is to fix any pothole 36 hours after the time it was reported. If you encounter a pothole, report it to the County Department of Transportation’s Customer Service Center at 240-777-6000 or advise them by email.  Include details about the exact location -- the street address nearest the pothole or a landmark.  You can also submit a pothole’s location electronically at montgomerycountymd.gov/Potholes.      

WSSC Seeks Volunteers to Advise on Customer Issues

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is looking for six volunteers from Montgomery County for its Customer Advisory Board (CAB).  Since 1989, the CAB has been advising WSSC about customer-related policies and issues from metering to watershed management, from environmental education to billing issues. 

To be eligible to serve on the Customer Advisory Board, you must be a residential customer of WSSC and cannot work for WSSC or be a WSSC contractor.

For more information, including meeting details and schedules, call Kim Knox at 301-206-8233 or email kknox@wsscwater.com

Wegmans is Coming to Germantown

Montgomery County's first Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is set to anchor The Shops at Seneca Meadows, a 156-acre mixed-use project in Germantown at the corner of Observation Drive and Seneca Meadows. Read more in Economic Development’s e-Biz Update.

Volunteers Needed to Lead Bone Builders Classes in Wheaton

Volunteers are needed in the Wheaton area to lead a new Bone Builders class that provides information on how to prevent and slow the development of osteoporosis. 

The free, one-hour classes, sponsored by Montgomery County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Aging and Disability Services, include balance and weight training.  Classes are held twice a week during daytime hours.

Volunteer leaders receive a full day of free training and ongoing supervision by a master trainer.

For more information, contact Shawn Brennan, program manager for Senior Health Promotion, at 240-777-1350 or shawn.brennan@montgomerycountymd.gov.     

Credit Card Parking Proves Popular

Just a reminder: The Parking Lot Districts’ five garages with pay-on-foot or pay-by-space revenue collection systems accept credit cards as a means of payment. Many parkers have discovered the convenience of using credit cards since the program took effect in mid-FY09.  Take a look at the recent statistics from each district.

Bethesda Parking Lot District:

  • Woodmont Corner Garage - 1,108 spaces - 56% of transactions by credit card

Silver Spring Parking Lot District:

  • Cameron Street Garage - 1,383 spaces - 43% of transactions by credit card
  • Wayne Ave Garage - 1,694 spaces - 33% of transactions by credit card 
  • Town Square Garage - 1,273 spaces - 25% of transactions by credit card

Wheaton Parking Lot District:

  • Amherst Garage - 628 spaces - 40% of transactions by credit card

For more information on public parking options in the County, visit the Division of Parking Management's website, or call MCDOT's Customer Service Center at 240-777-6000.

Paper Cuts – the Good Kind

There are bad paper cuts – the kind we get on our fingers that sting like the dickens -- then there are good paper cuts like the ones happening throughout Montgomery County government.

The County’s paper reduction act was officially implemented in September 2009. The goal was to cut paper use roughly 15% in a year, saving roughly $1 million dollars. Departments were told to achieve 15% cost savings in their paper/printing budget for the rest of the fiscal year.  Because this program began in Sept (FY10), a portion of this $1M savings will come in the first quarter of FY11.  Review the departments’ figures (pdf).

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POSTED AT: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 | 3:00:00 PM |
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