Monday, April 22, 2013
Julius Persensky, who served on Gaithersburg's City Council from 1980 to 1995, died Saturday, April 20.
Former Gaithersburg City Council member Julius Persensky died Saturday, April 20, the city announced. Persensky had served on the City Council from 1980 to 1995 and continued to serve the city in numerous roles after his elected service expired, Mayor Sidney A. Katz said in a statement. " 'J,' as he preferred to be called, dedicated a considerable amount of his personal life to public service. I had the honor of serving with him when he was a member of the Gaithersburg City Council ... a time period that saw much growth and innovation in Gaithersburg," Katz said. "J’s thoughtful leadership and passion for community service helped set this city on a path to greatness." Persensky worked as a member of the city's Community Advisory Committee…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
A vote to approve polling places for the city's 2013 election is among numerous agenda items for a special Tuesday evening Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council meeting. The Gaithersburg Board of Supervisors of Elections recommends six voting districts, with polling places at the following locations: The voting districts can be viewed on the map above. Also on the agenda is the introduction of an ordinance to adopt the city budget for fiscal year 2014. More information on the fiscal year 2014 budget can be found on the city of Gaithersburg website. Other agenda items of note include: The full agenda can be viewed on the city of Gaithersburg website.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
By JEREMY BARR | Capital News Service
Tuesday, February 19
WASHINGTON — Gaithersburg had its day in Congress Friday as City Council Vice President Michael Sesma testified about the ways cities like his can act to protect the environment. "Environmental degradation respects no political boundaries," Sesma told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. "Many local governments, including my city of Gaithersburg, are at the forefront of sustainability in planning, taking actions to make our communities vibrant places to live, work, learn and play." Sesma was one of seven witnesses, mostly state natural resources officials, who testified about the role nonfederal agencies can play in combating environmental degradation. He was asked to speak by the National League of Cities, an organization he has been…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
State Highway Administration briefs Gaithersburg mayor and City Council on the Watkins Mill Interchange project.
Plans for the Watkins Mill Interchange project sit in a preliminary engineering phase with 30 percent of the design completed, a State Highway Administration official told the Gaithersburg mayor and City Council Monday evening. The preliminary engineering phase is part of a process with $6.67 million in funding and could take another 18 to 24 months to complete, said Randy Gray, SHA project manager for the Watkins Mill Interchange. The project initially received design approval in February 2002 and will eventually result in the completion of a link between the existing Watkins Mill Road segments over I-270, providing a new East-West connection for the city of Gaithersburg. A major issue for the project — whether the full interchange will …
Monday, August 13, 2012
A tad more than 500 words on the 500 square miles of that miracle called Montgomery County. Did you know your cops were funny?
There may be bigger news fish to fry but when what's hot and battered is a Twinkie or a funnel cake, we must start this week's column with a tribute to the one, the only, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which continues through Saturday, Aug. 18. Where else can you celebrate the fact that a third of the land in Montgomery County is designated for farming by participating in a toilet-decorating contest? In addition to fried food, there are carnival rides, live music, monster trucks, a children's theater and, of course, live animals, including racing pigs. More than 200,000 people are expected to pay the $10 entrance fee to attend. Speaking of farming, it's the new cutting edge career in these parts. Montgomery County Executive Isiah …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A collection of the best comments following Gaithersburg's unanimous approval of the annexation of Shady Grove Road's approximately 28 acre Sears property.
City officials and residents from Gaithersburg and Rockville alike have offered strong opinions regarding Gaithersburg's unanimous vote to annex the 27.9 acre Sears property located along Shady Grove Road. The decision follows a Montgomery County Council July 31 decision to approve a zone change for the property, shifting it from Research and Development (R&D), which prohibits retail, to Mixed Use District (MXD) zoning. Prior to the vote, Rockville City Council member Tom Moore said in a blog on Patch that Gaithersburg officials were "preparing to wreak serious, unnecessary and perhaps permanent damage upon the relationship between their city and the City of Rockville." Gaithersburg City Council member Cathy Drzyzgula replied directly to …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Effective Friday, June 15, Gaithersburg's city manager of the past three-and-a-half years will step down.
Update (12:36 p.m., Friday, June 15): Gaithersburg mayor Sidney Katz and the city council met three times this year to evaluate Angel Jones' performance as city manager, most recently on Monday, June 11, according to a report by The Gazette. Before a December meeting for Jones annual review, Katz "sent memos to the eight city department directors, all management level employees and 20 randomly selected full-time city employees to request a review on Jones’ performance," The Gazette reported. The reviews were kept confidential and were seen only by Katz. Read The Gazette's full report on Gaithersburg City Manager Angel Jones' resignation. Update (11:35 a.m.): Gaithersburg mayor Sidney Katz said he believes the city will continue to operate …