Art Holmes, Jr. New DPWT Director — back to top
Arthur Holmes, Jr. was confirmed as the new Department of Public Works and Transportation Director. Holmes is a retired U.S. Army Major General who has served as director of the County’s Go Montgomery! traffic congestion relief program for the past two years. He also has seven years experience on the Montgomery County Planning Board, serving as a commissioner, and then vice-chair and chairman. Holmes has more than 26 years of top level management experience. Holmes served for eight years as Vice-President of Logistics Applications and then President and Chief Executive Officer of the Automated Sciences Group, Inc. -- a Silver Spring-based high-tech corporation with 300 computer scientists and engineers and an average annual revenue of $28 million.
A resident of Olney, he serves on the boards of the NAACP, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Foundation, Leadership Montgomery Foundation and the Olney Theater. He has participated in Leadership Maryland, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Kent State University in Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hampton Institute/University in Virginia.
Montgomery County Honored as a “Best Workplaces for Commuters” Employer — back to top
Montgomery County is one of 80 employers in the County to be named as among the “Best Workplaces for Commuters” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation. This national program recognizes the efforts of employers to help get their employees to work safely, on time, and free of commute-related stress.
The awards emphasize the importance of benefits that help employees choose transit and other alternatives to driving to work alone. The County’s employee program offers free, unlimited use of Ride On; provides a monthly subsidy for Metrorail, Metrobus, MARC trains or vanpools; designates preferred parking for carpools; and has bike racks and shower facilities.
The County received a second honor when the Silver Spring Transportation Management District won the region’s “2004 Commuters’ Cup” for recruiting the greatest portion of Silver Spring’s workforce to participate in commuter programs.
New Damascus Community Recreation Center Now Open — back to top
The new Damascus Community Recreation Center located at 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus is now open. The facility was built by the Department of Public Works and Transportation’s (DPWT) Division of Capital Development. The 23,500 square foot center includes a gym, social hall, exercise room, game room, classroom, arts and crafts room, senior/community lounge, and a kitchen. Outdoor facilities include a baseball field and a softball field, both with overlapping soccer/football fields, a playground and a large multipurpose court. For information about DPWT's other construction projects, visit the website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt.
County Leaf Collection Starts November 1 — back to top
Vacuum collection of leaves in the down-county areas of the County began November 1 and runs through mid-December. Each street in the collection area receives two passes – with posted green signs indicating the first collection, and red signs showing the second collection date.
Leaves should be placed in piles on the grass or behind the curb. Putting leaves in the street or an alley can disrupt traffic, interfere with water drainage, hamper snow removal, or pose a fire hazard. Collections are restricted to leaves only. Sticks, branches or coarse garden debris should be placed in containers or tied in bundles not more than four feet long. Put these out at the curb for yard trimmings recycling pick-up.
For more information, call the Highway Maintenance Section at 240-777 ROAD (7623), or go to the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt.
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