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Kentlands Resident Appointed to Board of Supervisors of Elections

Ty Hardaway’s appointment to the city’s Office of Board of Supervisors of Elections was confirmed at the July 5 Mayor and City Council meeting. Hardaway, who is also a Kentlands Citizens Assembly trustee, will serve a term to expire in October 2019.

Vacancies on Numerous City Committees

The city is looking for volunteers for a variety of boards, committees and commissions. They are the Board of Appeals, the Board of Supervisors of Elections, the Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs, the Community Advisory Committee, the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee, and the Educational Enrichment Committee. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/government/boards-committees-and-commissions.

SportsFest 2016 Coming

Explore all things sports! The City of Gaithersburg hosts the 4th annual SportsFest, sponsored by Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and supported by UnitedHealthcare, on Saturday, July 16, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Youth entering grades K through 8 can participate in a variety of activities, learn about nutrition and wellness, and get information from leading youth sports professionals. The free event, which takes place rain or shine, will be held at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave.

The Gaithersburg Sports philosophy of participation over competition will be on display as the day kicks off with a 1K Fun Run through Bohrer Park at 8:30 a.m. After that, participants can test their skills in soccer, football, baseball, track and field, basketball, volleyball, cricket, and tennis, visiting challenge stations located on the front field and inside the Activity Center. T-shirts and prizes will be awarded for completing the challenges.

Along with fun-filled activities, Chef Gayle Owens will conduct a healthy cooking demonstration presented by UnitedHealthcare. “Coach G,” the official Gaithersburg Sports mascot, and members of the city’s own Gaithersburg Giants, part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, will also be in attendance.

Register Soon for Fall Youth & Teen Sports

Registration opens for Fall Youth and Teen Sports programs in the City of Gaithersburg on July 15. Fall offerings include cross country, flag football, soccer and volleyball. A special registration night will be held at Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Washingtonian Center on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. All Gaithersburg Sports participants, whether registering that evening or having done so previously, can enjoy special discounts on equipment and apparel during the event. The registration deadline is Sept. 7.

Stormwater Fee Provides Resources for Water Quality Protection

Gaithersburg’s Stormwater Program Fee is necessary for the city to comply with state and federal regulatory requirements that address water pollution, stormwater runoff management, and Environmental Protection Agency mandates for Chesapeake Bay restoration. It ensures that the city has sufficient funds to make necessary capital improvements to meet requirements under the EPA mandates to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, which the city estimates will cost between $28 and $35 million during the initial phase.

The Stormwater Program Fee for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), which started on July 1, 2016, has been set by the Mayor and City Council at $22.44 per billable unit. Collected from all property owners, the fee is solely based on the amount of impervious surface on a given property. One billing unit is equal to 500 square feet of impervious surface, which is determined using a combination of resources, including aerial photos, “as built” drawings, approved plans, field surveys, and other engineering tools. The fee is collected by the City of Gaithersburg and is included on Montgomery County property tax bills. Payment of the Montgomery County property tax bill in full will result in the payment of this fee.

The online tool at maps.gaithersburgmd.gov/stormwaterProgramFeeSearch/ allows property owners to enter their address and look up the number of billable units and the associated fee.  Additional information on the Stormwater Management Program can be found at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/services/environmental-services/stormwater-management-program.

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