COVID Update on MVF openings
MVF opened its pools on June 20, camps began on July 6 and a Village News print version was published and delivered on July 10, all of which were major accomplishments. Most services in all departments were restored under the Phase 2 Reopening plans by the Governor and County Executive. Unfortunately, MVF’s traditional July 4 celebration, summer concert series and other recreation programs had to be cancelled due to capacity restrictions under phase 2. Community centers, for the most part, are closed as well. It is also very unlikely that any fall special events will be held due to the virus.
The demolition of the former Montgomery Village Professional Center buildings has been delayed. According to Lidl representatives, WSSC has been delayed in removing the water meters from the site. They hope to have this resolved soon, at which point they will post a bond with the county for demolition, with a goal to start at the end of July. They have been completing some other pre-demolition activities such as asbestos abatement to make sure there are no further delays. Lidl also reports that Montgomery County Police have been very helpful by keeping the property free of squatters and trespassers, which has been a continuous problem at the vacant site.
Nationally, the country has reached another important milestone in the 2020 Census. Sixty-two percent of all of the households in the country have responded – that’s 91,600,000 responses. Montgomery County has a self-response rate of 72.1%. Residents can complete the census online until Saturday, Oct. 31. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, residents across the county will start to receive phone calls and visits from Census Bureau Representatives to collect information from those households who haven’t yet responded.
Blohm Park Stream Restoration Project
Several residents are concerned with the stream restoration project that the City of Gaithersburg is planning to start shortly at Blohm Park on Watkins Mil Road. Similar to MVF’s stream restoration project recently completed near the corner of Goshen and Warfield roads, the project will require the removal of trees and vegetation during the early project stages.
The City of Gaithersburg is conducting a restoration project for the Whetstone Run and Watkins Mill Run streams within Blohm Park. The work will consist of realigning Whetstone Run, channel grading to create stable riffle/pool sequences and installing grade control structures on tributaries to the stream. The work is to begin in July and will continue for approximately five months. When complete, the city will be eligible for credits towards its water quality goals set by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Work will take place on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Blohm Park will be closed during the construction project. The city held a virtual public meeting on June 18 about the project. An overview of the project was provided, and there was an opportunity for questions. By way of background, stream restoration projects are designed to meet a portion of the city’s water quality goals set by the Maryland Department of the Environment. By reinforcing and realigning the streams, less sediment will flow through our region’s rivers and into the Chesapeake Bay. Excess sediment in our streams and other bodies of water is harmful to aquatic life.