Nancy Floreen's Montgomery in Focus, May edition

Budget Update

Nancy Floreen

If you would like to follow along as we continue to work through the FY15 budget, you can get our committee and full Council agendas on our Web site, and all of our meetings are broadcast live either on television or on County Cable Montgomery’s Web site. We will pass a final budget on May 22. Although we have finished our public hearings, you can still let us know what you think. Also, check the Council's Web site for regular budget updates.

Three Ways to Vote in the June 24 Primary

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Don't let summer vacation get in the way of voting in the 2014 Primary Election. The election is earlier than ever this time, but the good news is that there are several easy options for casting your ballot.

Vote by Mail
Any voter can vote by mail. Download the absentee ballot request form and send it to the Board of Elections by June 17.

Vote Early
Early Voting is available June 12–19, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. at any of the nine early voting sites:

  • Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase
  • Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton
  • Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring
  • Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • Mid-County Community Recreation Center Social Hall, 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring
  • Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown
  • Activity Center at Bohrer Park Social Hall, 506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • Damascus Community Recreation Center Social Hall, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus

Vote on Election Day
Local precincts will be open 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24.

Golden Shovel Winners Honored

Nancy Floreen and winners of the Golden shovel award

Congratulations to all 111 Golden Shovel award winners. On April 22 we honored Montgomery County residents who went above and beyond to help their neighbors dig out during this year's snowy winter. Among the roughly 60 people who came to the County Council today for the ceremony were Joseph and Christiane Rosamont of Silver Spring. Here's what the Rosamonts' neighbor, Veronica Thomas, said about the couple:

"It is with great pleasure that I am nominating my neighbors, Joseph and Christiane Rosamont for the Golden Shovel Award. Christiane and Joe are my neighbors who have always helped me to clear my walkway during and after a snow storm knowing that my special needs son, Eric, is a wheelchair bound.

Though I have always appreciated their good will and generosity, this winter was a testament to their unselfish and willingness to help. On three occasions after they both helped me to clean the walkway after the snow storms, the snow plow came and plowed us back in making it impossible for wheelchair access to the curb where my son boards Metro Access to his day program. My two 'angels' were right back to help dig a path wide enough to get the wheelchair out.

I know there must be others like Joe and Christiane in Montgomery County, but they will only come in a close second. Thanks for this opportunity to submit my neighbors for such an award."

This is just one of many heartfelt nominations I received from extremely grateful neighbors. See the full list of winners. While there are indeed a lot of great stories to tell, I want to specially recognize Richard Hoye, Steve Leon and Tim and Debbie Marsh, who each received multiple nominations from their neighbors. See the awards presentation on County Cable Montgomery.

Fast Fact

The U.S. Census Bureau is bringing 1,000 temporary jobs to Montgomery County in order to collect data for a Census test. Field staff positions pay $18-$20 per hour and will begin in July. Learn more.

Green Tip of the Month

Montgomery County’s annual street sweeping program on residential roadways is now under way. The joint effort between the departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection removes abrasives and other debris left behind after the winter snow season and improves the appearance and safety of streets. Based on past results, the spring cleaning on about 4,000 of the County’s 5,000 lane miles of roads should remove about 2,000 tons of material that could otherwise be washed into streams. 

Removing excess debris and abrasives from road surfaces helps to keep drainage systems clean. Roads in areas identified by DEP as priority watersheds will be swept first and, if needed, will receive additional sweepings.

Brightly colored signs are posted in neighborhoods a few days before street sweeping begins. To improve the quality of service and the effectiveness of the sweeping program, residents are urged to find alternative parking while their streets are cleaned.

Daily updates detailing which areas are scheduled for street sweeping are available on the County’s website.

Note to Newsletter Editors

Did you find something useful in this e-letter? Some people have asked me if they can use the material from my newsletter in their own civic association or HOA newsletters. The answer is yes. I provide this information to help residents find what they need and participate in the legislative process, so feel free to use it.

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