Archive for the ‘Montgomery County’ Category
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Friday, July 6th, 2012
We recently received the email below from Montgomery County:
“You can find Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) on Facebook and Twitter! Follow us at Facebook.com/mococonsumerprotection and Twitter.com/consumerwise to stay informed on the latest Community Ownership and Consumer Protection news and events. Both sites include useful links to our website, other consumer agencies, and informative multi-media resources.
OCP will regularly post CCOC and Consumer alerts and news stories to ensure that Montgomery County residents are aware of changes in laws, regulations, and the latest scams. Weekly topics of interest will be posted including tips from our very knowledgeable staff of investigators, community ownership, and consumer advocates, as well as comments and advice from OCP Director Eric Friedman.
We encourage your feedback, comments, and suggestions. We also invite you to watch our Montgomery County cable television show, “Consumer Compass” as an additional source for information.
Please remember that Facebook and Twitter pages are public, therefore, please do not post any personal information about yourself or others. If you have a specific question or information for OCP, you can reach us directly at email@example.com or ConsumerProtection@montgomerycountymd.gov.”
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Below please find an important email from Alert Montgomery regarding storm debris pick-up in Montgomery County.
”The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will provide special storm tree debris collections — on County maintained roads only — throughout the County starting July 11.
Crews will systematically begin covering all of the County’s 217 snow plow routes, picking up tree debris that is located within the County right-of-way. This is a special one-time only service resulting from the storm. To ensure pick up, residents should place only their storm tree debris in the public right-of-way before July 11. They should ensure that sidewalks, driveways and roads are not blocked.
Residents are reminded that once their storm tree debris is placed on the right-of-way, it still may take several days to be picked up due to the volume of debris and the number of homes involved.
Residents may also continue to bundle their debris and use County-provided trash and yard trim curbside collection or drop off disposables at the Transfer Station. For information on cleanup instructions for fallen tree limbs visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste.
To report any unsafe conditions they feel need immediate attention, residents should contact the 311 Call Center at 311 or 240-777-0311 or online 24/7 at www.MC311.com.
For additional information, visit the MCDOT website at http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/hwytmpl.asp?url=/content/dot/highway/index.asp.”
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Everyone at Olde Key Title hopes that you and your family kept safe during the terrible storms on Friday, and all of the storm aftermath.
We received the following blog post via email from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue’s Chief, Richard Bowers, that we thought we would share with you, titled “After The Strom Tips”, that is very applicable at this point in time:
“1. Listen to the authorities. Remain indoors until an official “all clear” is issued.
2. Use extreme caution when cleaning up storm damage on your property. Downed or damaged power lines can send electrical currents through tree branches and metal fences, so survey the area carefully – especially if you’ll be using a pruning pole, ax or chainsaw.
3. For downed trees on public property, Montgomery County residents should call -311 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays (or 240-777-0311 from outside the county or from a cell phone), or file a report at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311. If live wires are involved, the tree is blocking a roadway, the tree is on a structure or if anyone is trapped under a fallen tree, call 911.
4. Know your limits. Many storm-related deaths and injuries involve existing health problems exacerbated by the physical demands of cleanup activities.
5. Drive with caution. Avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, which could lead to becoming stranded or trapped because the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious.
6. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.
7. Call 911 for life threatening situations only.
8. Call authorities to report any hazards such as downed power lines, leaking gas mains, broken water mains and overturned gas tanks.
9. Watch what you eat. If power was off during the storm, check refrigerated and frozen foods for spoilage. When in doubt, throw it out.
10. Avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Never attempt to drive on a flooded road.
11. Replenish supplies used from your emergency kit as soon as possible, you might need it again next week.
12. Check on your neighbors – especially the elderly, those with special needs or the disabled.”
You can find this blog post, along with others, at the following website: http://mcfrs.blogspot.com/2012/06/after-storm-tips.html.
Monday, June 11th, 2012
The below information is from Montgomery County’s Division of Sold Waste Services with regard to the holiday and trash schedule for next week (week of July 4th):
“Wednesday, July 4, 2012 – Independence Day – is a recycling and trash collection holiday. After the holiday, all County-provided recycling and trash collections will slide, and be one day later than normal.
|If your collection day is
||Your collection day this week is
||Monday, July 2, 2012 (no change)
||Tuesday, July 3, 2012 (no change)
||Thursday, July 5, 2012
||Friday, July 6, 2012
||Saturday, July 7, 2012
If you have any questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please call the Montgomery County Customer Service Center (MC311) at 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311, TTY: 301-251-4850)
Note: if you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, or if you live in a municipality, these schedule announcements may not apply to your trash service — check with your hauler or community manager.”
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
According to Montgomery County, Maryland’s blog, “Montgomery County homeowners who have a limited income or are at least 70 years of age may be eligible for property tax credits that will limit the amount of taxes they must pay.” These three property tax programs are the following: (1) Maryland Homeowners Property Tax Credit Program; (2) Montgomery County Supplemental Property Tax Credit Program; and (3) Montgomery County Senior Property Tax Credit Program. Homeowners who have applied, but had been denied, for any or all of the abovementioned programs in the past are encouraged to apply again. To apply for these credits, homeowners must complete one application (for all three programs) once a year. For more information on the application and criteria, please call the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) at 1-800-944-7403 or go online to http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/htc.html.
If you have any questions, please also feel free to contact Lynn Caudle Boynton or Caryn S. Wetmore at 301-294-3333.
Monday, January 16th, 2012
On Pepco’s website, Pepco provides five tips to customers to help them as well as Pepco be better prepared for severe storms. Pepco’s five tips are the following:
1. Assemble a storm kit.
- In your storm kit, be sure to include nonperishable foods, bottles of water, a phone (either a cell phone or a phone with a cord), a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, any and all medications, and any and all infant supplies if applicable.
2. Develop an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
- Identify the special needs of any and all family members, including infants and elderly persons. Be sure that everyone knows this plan and that this plan is practiced regularly.
3. Protect electronic equipment.
- Plug electronic equipment, such as computers and TVs, into surge protectors.
4. Update your contact information.
- Call Pepco’s Customer Care Service Center at 202-833-7500 to update your contact information (your phone number in particular).
5. Sign up for Emergency Medical Equipment Notification Program.
- Customers who rely on electricity for their life-support equipment can learn of planned outages and severe weather that may interrupt power. To enroll, call Pepco at 202-833-7500.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
It is officially winter, and we all know what that means! The likelihood of snowstorms in the near future! With that being said, if you are a resident of Montgomery County, this article is worth your reading. One of the resulting possible headaches from heavy snowstorms is tree debris hindering power lines. According to Montgomery County’s website, “[b]y law, County staff cannot touch trees entangled in power lines – only the power utility crews can do so.” As soon as power utility crews clear the downed trees and tree debris, County staff can clear the roads of such debris.
Montgomery County residents can and should report downed trees or tree debris in public rights-of-way by calling 311 or by going to the 311 website, which can be found here.
Communication during all emergencies, regardless of the season, is extremely important! Montgomery County urges its residents to register for Alert Montgomery, “which sends messages about severe weather, traffic problems or emergencies directly to cell phones, PDAs and emails.” To find out more information about Alert Montgomery, please visit our previous blog post, which can be found here. To sign up for Alert Montgomery, please click here.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
It has come to Olde Key Title’s attention that effective January 1, 2012 Montgomery Village Foundation, Inc. will charge each buyer with an additional fee “upon purchase of any property (private dwelling unit – home or condominium – or multi-family apartment complex)”. This fee, entitled the “Capital Contribution Fee”, must be paid at settlement and will total one tenth of one percent of the gross selling price of the property. These funds will be placed in a separate account and will be used “to fund new facilities and amenities open to the use and enjoyment of all residents and will help offset dependence on assessment dollars to implement these capital projects.”
In light of the current economy and high delinquency rates of payment of condominium and/or home owners’ association fees, this is not surprising. This additional fee will also protect properties’ values and the ability to sell properties within the community.
If you know of other communities that are doing this, we are eager to hear of them so please let us know.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lynn Caudle Boynton, Esq. or Caryn S. Wetmore, Esq. at 301-294-3333.
Monday, September 5th, 2011
The following is from the Manor County Club Community Association, edited to apply to residents throughout Montgomery County:
With the advent of the holiday season and in light of the various car and garage break ins that have recently occurred in neighborhoods throughout Montgomery County , it may be worthwhile to review some of the security suggestions that have been mentioned by several people, including the Montgomery County Police. These include the following:
1. Lock cars, do not leave keys in cars, do not leave cars running, do not leave valuables within view of car windows.
2. LIGHT your home from dusk till dawn.
3. Be sure you have deadbolts on doors but be sure the door/lock plate is secured with 3″ tempered steel screws so that they can’t be easily forced open, and charlie bars on all sliding glass doors.
4. Alarm systems, signs for alarm systems.
5. Neighbors help neighbors, don’t leave papers in the driveway.
6. Don’t stop mail when you go away, have someone pick it up for you.
7. Don’t leave ladders outside where they can be used to gain access to your home or someone else’s home.
8. Don’t leave trash that advertises expensive items that might interest a burglar.
9. If you have a strict pattern of coming and going that can be observed, try to vary it somewhat or use timers throughout the house for odd times and periods of time so it looks like there is always someone up or there is something going on at your house.
10. Don’t hide valuables in dressers, refrigerators, etc.
As we all know, lighting is a deterrent to crime. The street lights PEPCO is responsible for are only lights on WOODEN POLES. The email address for request for repairs is firstname.lastname@example.org. The information they will need is the pole number. The number is on the pole on a metal tag and usually has about Ten (10) numbers. They also need the closest street address. They usually repair the light within 5 days . Up to three requests may need to be made. So stick with it and it will get done. The street lights are an important piece of security for the neighborhood and it’s easy to keep them burning.
Always remember, report all incidents to the police. Obviously, if you see a crime in process, the emergency number is 911. If you see something suspicious, the non-emergency number is 301-279-8000. Also, as the County Police have advised, let them, not you, handle any personal confrontation issues.
Lastly, there is this final suggestion about car keys near your bed at night:
Put your car keys by your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get into your house, just press the panic button for your car. The ensuing noise should serve as a deterrent.
If anyone has any other hints, suggestions, etc. to share, please do so. Although we cannot totally prevent crime in our communities, hopefully we can reduce it through vigilance and certain preventive measures.
According to The Washington Examiner, to honor the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Montgomery County will be holding a memorial ceremony on Friday, September 9 at 12:30 pm in Courthouse Square Park located in Rockville, Maryland in which all residents are invited to attend. City officials as well as members of the fire and police departments will be present at the memorial ceremony which will also feature music by the Montgomery County Police Gospel Choir and the Fire and Rescue Services Pipe and Drum Corps. The memorial park features 11 benches, one for each of the county residents who lost their lives in the September 11 terrorist attacks. We hope you can attend.