Rockville to welcome another Sister City: Jiaxing, China
It's official: Rockville has a new Sister City in Jiaxing, China.
The City Council last week unanimously voted to sign the official agreement that joins Rockville with Jiaxing in a relationship similar to what it has had with Pinneberg, Germany, for 50 years.
Rockville hosts foreign exchanges with its German counterparts in the form of student, athletic, political, social, technology, cultural and arts programs.
Council members declined an invitation from Jiaxing officials to visit China next year due to financial strains predicted for fiscal 2010. Instead, they invited Jiaxing officials to visit Rockville next year.
Hosting the Jiaxing officials would cost the city approximately $8,000, which would include a reception dinner, bus charter and meals throughout their stay, according to city staff.
City Council on winter break
The City Council will not meet again until Jan. 12. The council held its last meeting on Dec. 15 before its winter recess.
The first City Council meeting of the new year will feature the first worksession on the Twinbrook Neighborhood Plan.
Hoffmann is off crutches
Mayor Susan R. Hoffmann is happy to report that she has "graduated" to a cane.
More than one month after being thrown off a horse, which left the mayor with two hairline fractures in her pelvis, Hoffmann said she can toss the crutches aside.
"I can walk at a normal pace now, which is good," Hoffmann said Friday. She said her doctor is pleased with her progress and "slapped me with a cane," she joked.
Hoffmann said she will be walking with a cane until she is comfortable enough to walk on her own.