Council Agenda: Pumphrey Parking, the Budget and Proclamations

New budget analysis finds $352,190 the council could spend.

A final vote on an ordinance to block the Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home from building a parking lot, the final public hearing on the city’s fiscal 2013 budget and a budget discussion are on the Rockville City Council’s agenda for Monday.

The at . The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11.

Pumphrey parking

In a 3-2 vote on April 16, the council moved to reverse  that was intended to allow  to build a parking lot on property adjacent to the existing funeral home.

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The council is scheduled on Monday to take a final vote on an ordinance that would disallow the parking lot construction.

The proposed lot drew 40 speakers at a public hearing on March 26 and generated .

Budget work

The council will hold a final public hearing on the city budget for fiscal 2013, which begins July 1.

A budget discussion also is scheduled.  is $107 million. The proposed capital budget is $75.1 million.

Updated budget numbers reflect a net increase of $352,190 available for the council to allocate in the operating budget, according to a city staff report. The net increase reflects higher-than-expected tax duplication revenues from the county, totaling $316,670, and $98,280 in savings through contracts for auditing, Internet services and natural gas, which is expected to be awarded on Monday.

On April 30, the council voted to add $62,760 to the proposed operating budget for the Art In Public Places program. Click here to read more on the program in The Gazette.

City staff is providing a “budget balancing tool” that will ask the council whether it wishes to include funding for the following: 

  • A barrier in West End Park to block noise from Interstate 270. (Cost: $111,000 in fiscal 2013 and $773,350 in future years.)
  • Improvements to . (Cost: $160,000.)
  • A bathroom at (Cost: $10,000 to complement state aid).
  • A green building tax credit program. (Cost: $60,000.)
  • The Rockville Chamber of Commerce’s program. (Cost: $20,000.)

The council also could consider moving operating funds to offset borrowing in the capital budget. 

A final work session, if needed, will be held May 14.

The public record will remain open for written testimony until 5 p.m. on May 17.  Written testimony may be submitted by email to mayorcouncil@rockvillemd.gov or by U.S. mail to the Mayor and Council, Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.

To review the proposed fiscal 2013 budget see:

  • The budget summary in the April edition on Rockville Reports.
  • The “It’s Your Money!” page on the city’s Web site, which includes budget documents and materials from past budget previews.
  • Hard copies of the budget plan, available at the and libraries and at .

The council is scheduled to adopt the budget on May 21.

Proclamations aplenty

The council also will recognize children winning bicycles through the city’s TERRIFIC bike program and will award proclamations declaring:

Closed-door session

The council is scheduled to hold a closed session before Monday’s meeting to discuss a legal matter regarding the .

Jeff Hawkins May 08, 2012 at 11:38 AM
I'm with ya Stephen. I really can't find the words to show my disgust with those three......your words will do fine.
Stephen Kelley May 08, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Yes, Sean, that is a very safe assumption! Unhappy, however, would be an understatement.
B Allen May 08, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Seems ALL the politicians running MoCo, either on the county or city councils are corrupt, unethical, dishonest spoiled little brats. They take our HARD EARNED tax dollar and spend as THEY see fit..."On April 30, the council voted to add $62,760 to the proposed operating budget for the Art In Public Places program" Out of all the people inthe area, how many are actually going to see this? 1%? maybe 5%? WHY SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THIS? "Updated budget numbers reflect a net increase of $352,190 available for the council to allocate in the operating budget, according to a city staff report." THEY ARE LIKE PIGS IN MUD NOW THAT THEY FOUND MORE HARD EARNED TAX DOLLARS TO SPEND...ON THEIR LITTLE PROJECTS. What needs to be done is to get rid of ALL of those in office that think they know what is best for us, county wide, state wide and in the white house.
Piotr Gajewski May 08, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Here comes another law suit at the City (over the parking lot issue). B Allen, in the big scheme of things, I would rather my tax money pay for art than for defending lawsuits to protect us from the Boogeyman the Council majority has conjured up. Mr. Hall’s role in all of this is especially disappointing. I guess he was lying when he promised that he would not vote for this amendment? And this guy wants to be mayor? Meanwhile, we will all watch from afar as North Bethesda thrives while our property values in Rockville plummet. What business would want to locate in Rockville in this climate?
Jeff Hawkins May 08, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Piotr, You are correct about the now impending law suit. I'm having a really hard time understanding Mr. Hall. What a disappointment he has been. As for him being Mayor, he has no chance at all. I had such high hopes for this Council too.........what a waste..


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