A Message from the Mayor
We can’t thank you enough for heeding the advice to stay home. We know it’s challenging. We miss seeing you at volleyball and pickleball games. We miss handing you a pet license in person for your dog. We miss watching your kids visit the schoolroom at our Community Museum. We miss teaching you watercolor and yoga. We miss just chatting with you at the grocery store. 

Your City government employees are still hard at work – you just don’t see us. We’re mostly teleworking, keeping the wheels of government turning to the best of our ability. There are now Senior Leadership Team meetings three times a week to stay on top of everything. There are countless conference calls and video chats. And our essential staff are still out there. Our Police are still patrolling. Recycling is still being picked up. Our Public Works crews are maintaining our facilities and taking care of our parks and other public spaces. Give them a wave from your doorway if you see them. 

WE ARE GAITHERSBURG. We are in this together. Stay safe, stay well, and hang in there.

Jud Ashman,
Mayor
City Services Updates
Updates can be found on the City’s website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov and on Facebook and Twitter @GburgMD.

The compost drop-off at the Public Works Facility on Rabbitt Road is closed.
 
Bulk pick up and loose leaf collection are suspended.
City parks remain accessible for dog walking and outdoor de-stressing. Playground equipment MUST NOT be used as coronavirus can linger on certain surfaces. The Governor’s order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people applies to the fenced in areas of parks. PLEASE practice 6-foot social distancing and proper hygiene at all times.
We urge you to continue to rely on trusted sources for the most up-to-date health information about the pandemic. You’ll find the most current information at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and at Maryland Unites .

Emergency Assistance, Resources and Volunteer Opportunities
We will continue to communicate both resources for those in need and opportunities for those who would like to help on a special webpage here .

Residents can also contact the City’s Community Services Division at communityservices@gaithersburgmd.gov
Many new entries have been made to the page, including instructions for filing for Maryland Unemployment Insurance, job opportunities, crisis and domestic abuse hotline numbers, grant and loan programs for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, and lists of restaurants open for pick up and delivery.

There continues to be dire need for cash, food donations and volunteer support by several local food organizations, including Gaithersburg HELP , St. Martin’s Food Pantry (301-990-7373), and Manna Food Center . Please help if you can.
Other City News
S. Summit Ave. to Close for Rail Work
The S. Summit Avenue railroad crossing in Olde Towne will be closed for track work for up to three days beginning Monday, March 30. Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be in place. Rail traffic will not be interrupted.

Please Complete the Census
Our lives and our routines have dramatically changed, and we’re being asked to stop doing a lot of things right now. We know that’s difficult. But there is one really important thing you can still do from the safety of your home – complete the 2020 Census! Federal funding gets distributed to local communities based on census data, so it’s more important than ever to get the right population count for Gaithersburg. And that means we need to count every single person who lives here.

If just 100 people are missed in the 2020 census count, Maryland could lose nearly $1.8 million in federal funding over the next ten years. That’s money that could go towards health care, public safety, education, and so much more. Please make sure you’re counted. Fill out the census today at  my2020census.gov . #EveryoneCountsMCMD #MDBeCounted #CountDMVin

Mayor and City Council Meeting
There will be no regular Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, April 6. The next meeting is Monday, April 20, during which there is scheduled to be a public hearing on the proposed FY2021 budget. A virtual meeting is being considered. Instructions for public participation will be noted here