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The next meeting will be on August 11th at 7:30 PM in the Pump House at 401 South Horners Lane.

General ERCA Information

If you cannot attend please email us your thoughts by clicking the "email ERCA" link on this page.The subdivisions of East Rockville are Burgandy Hills, Burgundy Knolls, Burgundy Village, Croydon Park, England’s Second Addition, Harriet Park, Janeta, Maryvale, Redgate Farms, and Rockville Park. Do I live in East Rockville? Follow this link for a map.The East Rockville Civic Association (ERCA) was established in 1981 to represent the ten subdivisions of East Rockville. Our purpose is to provide members of this community with a voice on matters that impact our neighborhood. For nearly twenty years, ERCA has been working for our community.When We MeetWe meet every second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 in the Pump House at 401 South Horners Lane. If you would like to know more about ERCA please send an email to president.erca@gmail.com You can also SUBSCRIBE to this site by entering your email in the box at the very bottom of this page. This will get you automatic email updates when changes are made to this site.Thank you for visiting.

How to contact ERCA

President - Suzan Pitman, president.erca@gmail.com

Vice President - Chas Hausheer, vp.erca@gmail.com

Secretary - Stephen Pollock, scpollock@gmail.com

Treasurer - Marilyn Al-Mansoor treas.erca@gmail.com

Snail Mail: ERCA, PO BOX 10126, Rockville, MD 20849

Got a Code Enforcement issue in East Rockville?

Contact Tom Howley, Supervisor, Community Enhancement & Code Enforcement City of Rockville, (240) 314-8332 or send him an email at THowley@rockvillemd.gov.

Do you have an issue with the Rockville Metro station?

Address all issues and questions about the Rockville Metro Station by sending an email to both csvc@wmata.com and HCordero@rockvillemd.gov

Free Movies In The parks

Free Movies In The parks
Maryvale park, August 19th.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hearing on Proposed Changes to City Tree Ordinance


Rockville has long been a leader in environmental stewardship, but there are proposed changes in City ordinances that the Mayor and Council are considering on Monday (7/20) that would weaken developer requirements and incentives to preserve and plant trees on their properties.  Although there are some changes being proposed that are benign, there are three that would have adverse effects on our environment:
1.      When developers plant trees as part of their development plans, there is a warranty period during which, if the tree dies, it must be replaced.  The length of the tree warranty period is proposed to be reduced from 5 to 2 years.  Two years is not adequate for a tree in an urban environment to get established.  In urban environments they are likely to be much more stressed than those in forests or our yards.  The result is that we will have more developments with trees that don’t survive—and after only 2 years--no obligation to replace any dead tree.   
  
2.      Currently the City foresters inspect new trees planted by developers twice yearly during the warranty period.  If the tree is stressed because it isn’t be watered, because the straps have been on too long or because landscapers inappropriately put too much mulch around the tree, the City can request that the developer/owner take corrective actions to enhance chances the tree will survive.  The second proposed change is to change this to have only an inspection at planting and at the end of the warranty period.   Foresters view the inspections as a service to the developer, reducing the need to replace trees, but some developers evidently see taking proper care of their trees as a burden.  There are regulations on how to maintain trees, but this change would be an invitation for those regulations to be ignored. This change in conjunction with the reduction in the warranty period would greatly reduce long-term survival rates of trees planted by developers.
3.      There is a fee-in-lieu for those developers who choose not to meet the City’s tree requirements.  They can contribute to a city fund that must be used to plant and maintain trees elsewhere in the City, often in parks.   Currently the fee is $5 per sq. foot.  These The new rules reduce this to $4 for private owners, $1.15 for public owners (e.g. county facilities).  However there is some indication that the developer community will advocate for reducing the fee further, possibly to $1.15.  This has two implications, one is that developers have less incentive to design their developments to include an adequate number of trees and, secondly, it would reduce the funds available to the City to plant and maintain trees in Rockville. 
Perhaps most the disturbing intelligence I gathered is that City environmental staff who disagree with these changes have been instructed  to keep their opposition to themselves, such that the Mayor and Council cannot hear the full range of views among City staff.  The proposed changes have been made without any prior input or comment from the Environmental and Planning Commissions. 
The rationale for these changes is that Rockville’s requirements are more stringent than some neighboring jurisdictions, such as Gaithersburg.  While I am skeptical that tree regulations would be a deciding factor about where a developer might want to go, I don’t think that Rockville should engage in a “race to the bottom” with other jurisdictions. 
I urge you to come to the public hearing at Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting (7/20) and speak to the issue or to write to the Mayor and Council expressing your opposition to these changes.  Let’s keep Rockville green in doing so, fight global warming.
Thanks for your consideration,
Jim Reschovsky
President
Woodley Gardens Civic Association
phone: 301-461-4065

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rockville Begins Speed Monitoring on North Horners Lane

Citations Will Be Issued Beginning Aug. 3

Rockville, Md., July 15 -- In a continuing effort to reduce the number of speeding vehicles in City of Rockville neighborhoods the Rockville City Police Department is beginning deployment of a speed monitoring system in the 500 block of N. Horners Lane in July. Both portable cameras and mobile vans will be used.

While the system will be fully functional, citations will not be issued during July. Beginning Aug. 3, citations will be issued for vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit by 12 mph or more.
Please contact Maj. Michael W. England of the Rockville City Police Department at mengland@rockvillemd.gov for additional information.
  
Learn more about the speed camera program, including fixed, mobile and portable camera locations, by visiting www.rockvillemd.gov/police and selecting "Parking and Traffic."

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