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Montgomery Councilmember Rice Discusses Future of Clarksburg With Residents

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ROCKVILLE, Md., February 1, 2011—Montgomery County District 2 Councilmember Craig Rice met with approximately 100 residents of Clarksburg on Jan. 24, at Rocky Hill Middle School to discuss a plan for the community and the actions the Council needs to take to ensure progress. The Town Hall Meeting was Councilmember Rice’s first since he took office in December.

The community members and Councilmember Rice agreed that building a grocery store and bringing other retail operations to Clarksburg, as well as supplying water and sewer systems to the historic district, were the top priorities. At the meeting, residents continually indicated that they appreciated the Council’s taking steps in the right direction and committing to progress in their emerging community.

The next step is to look at the various methods to accomplish the goals before drafting an action plan that could start as early as this summer.

“I thought this town hall meeting was a huge success,” Councilmember Rice said. “We made progress in finding out exactly what Clarksburg wants as far as infrastructure needs, and we set parameters in place to make them come to fruition.”

Prior to Councilmember Rice’s meeting with Clarksburg residents, the Council approved a resolution on Oct. 26, 2010, that terminated the Clarksburg Town Center Development District. Approval of this resolution meant residents in the Town Center district were not obligated to pay a special annual assessment that would have funded specific public infrastructure improvements.

In November 2010, the Council established a Clarksburg Infrastructure Working Group to review and prioritize the necessary infrastructure items for the Clarksburg area and propose suitable mechanisms to finance the recommended infrastructure for the emerging upcounty community.

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Release ID: 11-019
Media Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939, Steven Goldstein 240-777-7977