Around Town

Arts Barn Closes for Repairs Aug. 5

The Arts Barn will close for repair and maintenance work on Aug. 5. The anticipated reopening date is Sept. 20. In accordance with the City of Gaithersburg’s no-debt policy, funds have been set aside in a Capital Improvement Project fund over the past several years to conduct exterior brick repointing, to replace the roof, and to replace the building’s HVAC system.

The new system is designed to be more efficient and quieter, an important aspect for a performing arts venue. So that all  projects can be conducted simultaneously and as expeditiously as possible, the building will be closed to the public during the construction. An additional closure will also be necessary for a few days in the fall for final work on the HVAC system.

On stage activities are expected to resume with a performance by stand-up comic Danny Rouhier on Friday, Oct. 18.

National Night Out This Tuesday

The Kentlands/Lakelands National Night Out is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6 to 9 p.m. on the Kentlands Clubhouse lawn. Visit with local law enforcement, first responders and elected officials and enjoy DJ music, food vendors, inflatables, face painting and the opportunity to explore a fire truck. You can even meet McGruff, the Crime Dog. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Emergency Blood Drive Planned

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency need for blood donors. Please join the Montgomery County Department of Police in giving the gift of life by donating blood on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the J. Thomas Manger Public Safety Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Dr., first floor conference room. Donors are urged to schedule appointments. Call 1.800.733.2767. Walk-in donors will be accommodated.

City to Consider Short-Term Rentals Regulation

As short-term rentals through Airbnb and Homeaway have increased in popularity, so too has the need for greater regulation to ensure public wellbeing. The state and city have been assessing the situation and recently took action. The Maryland legislature passed SB 466/HB 285 Hotel Rental Tax – Limitation of Municipal Authority to Tax Small Hotels that allows Montgomery County to impose a hotel rental tax on hotels with 10 or fewer sleeping rooms. This permits the City of Gaithersburg to apply its hotel tax to shortterm rentals, following passage of city legislation.

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. at City Hall to consider how short-term rentals should be regulated and
licensed within the city, including taxation.