Residents Can Get Free Deck Inspections in May

This year during Building Safety Month – May 3 through 31 -- the Department of Permitting Services will provide free deck maintenance inspections for single-family detached homes, townhouses and duplex dwellings.

The inspections are available to all Montgomery County residents – except those in the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg.  The inspection will include a checklist for homeowners to help them maintain safe and sound structures. Homeowners will be contacted before the inspection is performed.  All requests will be honored as the inspectors’ workloads permit.

Residents interested in scheduling a deck inspection should contact the Department of Permitting Services, during May, at 240-777-6300, by fax at 240-777-6258 or by email at dps@montgomerycountymd.gov.  

Ground Broken for New Community Recreation Center

Ground has been broken for the new White Oak Community Recreation Center at 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring. The 50,000-square-foot center will house a gymnasium, social hall, lounge, kitchen, vending space, and exercise, game, pottery/kiln, art/crafts and conference rooms.  Outside facilities include two playgrounds, two multi-purpose courts, skate park area and one multipurpose field.  Joining the County Executive at the ceremony were County Council members, other local elected officials, the directors of Recreation, Parks and General Services, and representatives of the community and the Recreation Advisory Board.

Warmer Weather Brings Out Highway Services’ Paving and Concrete Repair Crews

The Department of Transportation’s pavement preservation program is using long-term strategies to preserve and enhance the County’s transportation infrastructure. Roadways rated as fair or worse are receiving attention now that the warmer weather allows crews to use hot mix asphalt. 

Work on the following residential neighborhoods is scheduled to begin this spring: Glenview, Silver Spring; Regency Estates, Potomac; Rosemont and Walnut Hill, Gaithersburg; and Goshen Hunt, Damascus.

A number of arterial roads will be resurfaced this spring using either hot mix asphalt or a micro surface process.

In addition to work in neighborhoods and on arterial roads, DOT will repair sidewalks and curbs in the Connecticut Avenue Estates neighborhood, Rockville, including removing and replacing damaged sidewalks and ensuring that curb ramps are accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

While DOT's Division of Highway Services (DHS) is in the neighborhood, residents can take advantage of the competitive price offered by the County to replace concrete driveway aprons (the portion of the driveway that is within the public right-of-way) and concrete lead walks (the sidewalk from the edge of the road to a homeowner’s property line). 

For more information on repairs to arterial roads, or questions about other repair projects, email DHS at mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-6000.

Caution Advised for Drivers, Pedestrians in Road Work Areas


Residents are reminded that while repair work is underway on local roadways, personnel and construction vehicles will be moving around the site.  Construction materials may also be stored in the area.

Please use caution when walking or driving through the construction zone.  Children may be attracted to the noise and machinery, so we ask that you please keep all children under close supervision at all times, even after the work is completed for the day. Also, follow the direction of flaggers and temporary signs and traffic control devices. 

For a listing of selected construction or maintenance activities affecting traffic, bike and pedestrian travel, visit MCDOT's website

Police Enhance Safety Efforts During Prom Season

The Department of Police has begun its annual Prom Season Task Force.  The goal of the Task Force is to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents and collisions during a time when young people may be unlawfully consuming alcohol.

The Prom Season Task Force will be conducted Wednesdays through Saturdays running through June 5.  Officers will focus on education and enforcement through: compliance checks and Cops in Shops to combat alcohol sales to minors; saturation patrols in the area near and around prom locations and locations where alcohol is sold; sobriety checkpoints; Parents Who Host Lose the Most programs to encourage safe and substance-free events at private homes; training limousine drivers, emphasizing the importance of a zero tolerance policy toward underage drinking; and school assemblies and programs to emphasize the dangers of impaired driving.

County to Form Animal Response Team

Volunteers are needed to become part of the County Animal Response Team (CART) that addresses emergency animal sheltering during an evacuation event.  An informational session has been scheduled for Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m., in the Council Office Building, First Floor Auditorium, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.  Prospective volunteers will receive an overview of the purpose, scope and intent of the team and a summary of CART’s areas of responsibility. 

Creation of the CART is the result of the County’s Offices of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Animal Services Division in the Police Department working together to plan for the needs of domestic pets in the event of a large-scale emergency situation that includes evacuation of residents to an emergency shelter.            

For more information, or to RSVP for the May 6 meeting, email sandy.dornsife@montgomerycountymd.gov

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POSTED AT: Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 1:00:00 AM |
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