Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Parking changes in Kentlands

Mayor, council members to get raises

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Some parallel parking on Market Street East and Market Street West in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg was removed this week because they were in violation of city and state fire code, according to a memo by city Fire Marshal Ivan Humberson.

The parking prevented a minimum 20-foot-wide travel lane required for emergency vehicles or firefighting equipment, according to the memo, which was distributed to the mayor and City Council on Aug. 20.

Except for a loading zone at the south end of Market Street West, the area will be designated as fire lanes. The eleven spaces were eliminated Monday, Humberson said.

Final pre-Charrette meeting

The last in a trio of educational workshops in advance of the Kentlands Boulevard Commercial District Charrette is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at 255 Kentlands Blvd. in the Kentlands Square Shopping Center in Gaithersburg.

The public meeting will address the facets of urban design. Previous meetings tackled transportation and retail issues.

The workshops are hosted by HOK Planning Group, a private consulting firm, in advance of the charrette, or special study review, planned Oct. 4-9.

Under review is more than 655,000 square feet of retail and office space at Kentlands Square and Market Square on Gaithersburg’s west side.

For more information, call Gaithersburg’s Planning and Code Administration at 301-258-6330 or visit

Salary increases approved

The Gaithersburg City Council unanimously approved a resolution to increase its pay by 60 percent over five years during its meeting Aug. 20.

The raises boost the mayor’s annual salary from $12,500 to $18,500 and council members’ salaries from $10,000 to $15,000 by November 2009.

The salaries would then annually increase by $500 for the next three years.

The pay hikes were proposed by the city’s Ad Hoc Compensation Committee in June after a series of meetings.

Also approved at the meeting was a City Charter amendment requiring the appointment of a Compensation Review Committee every four years.

Casey East plan approved

Also approved at the Aug. 20 Gaithersburg City Council meeting was a schematic development plan for the upcoming Casey East development.

The project involves 40 acres east of Interstate 270 and west of Route 355 in North Gaithersburg. It’s slated to include a 39,664-square-foot Montgomery County Police 6th District station and a 30,000-square-foot senior center, along with 382 condominiums, 116,400 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 70,000 square feet of office area.

Several members of Gaithersburg’s existing senior center, the Upcounty Senior Center, attended the meeting and applauded passage of the plan.

City officials are working on a program of requirements for the proposed new senior center, Michele McGleish, Gaithersburg’s parks, recreation and culture director, said after the meeting.