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Poolesville Town Commissioners met with members of the Montgomery County Police Department at the biweekly town meeting to discuss how the department’s redistricting might affect the town.

Chief J. Thomas Manger said the redistricting would involve moving Poolesville, currently in the Fifth District, to the First District, based out of Rockville.

“Is Poolesville’s service going to be worse or the same? It will be every bit as good as you’re getting now, and I’m hoping it will improve,” Manger said.

The number of officers who would be working beats in Poolesville would be unaffected, Manger said.

He said a key priority would be to help officers from the First District build relationships and a presence as deep as those from the Fifth District.

Manger did not specify when the changes would take place.

Verizon installations

Also during the meeting, Town Engineer John Strong answered questions regarding the continued Verizon FIOS installations around town.

The town has had 60 to 75 issues with the installation of the lines, he said, and there have been some problems with the company calling the wrong subcontractors to fix issues afterwards.

Open meetings

Jay Gullo, the town’s attorney, gave a short presentation to the commissioners clarifying issues surrounding Open Meeting requirements. There had been some question as to when or how they could meet. The town will be changing its communication style to include more email communications, Town Commission President Jim Brown said, and the commissioners wanted to be sure they were aware of the rules to be in accordance with them.

Making Poolesville seen

The commissioners also discussed ways to make Poolesville more visible on the web.

“There has to be a cohesive way to tie the websites together,” Brown said.

The commissioners also talked about how the town might benefit economically from the presence of the contractors who will be renovating the National Institutes of Health outside of town.

Water main break

In other news, on Tuesday, a water main break left 35 to 40 homes without water for several hours, Town Manager Wade Yost said.

He said the erratic weather could be to blame.

“The temperature fluctuations causing the ground to move is sometimes all it takes to pop a main,” he said.

Service was restored around 2 p.m., a town official said.

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