MCDOT HOLDS FOURTH ADOPT A ROAD SUMMIT
Invitations were mailed and emailed to all volunteer participants in the program.
The Summit started promptly at 6:00pm on February 21st, 2013, at the Executive Office Building at 101 Monroe Street in Rockville. Art Holmes, MCDOT Director, gave opening remarks, followed by Tom Pogue, MCDOT Community Relations Manager. The Summit gave each volunteer a chance to learn about County support for the Adopt A Road program, share their experiences, knowledge and concerns with other volunteers, and to pick up cleaning equipment.
Light dinner was served (assotrment of sandwiches, two types of pastas, soda, water and coffee, at tray of fruit and cookies).
Equipment Distribution Form was available for those groups interested in picking up their quarterly allotment. Equipment included reflective vets, bags, pick sticks, honeycomb gloves and thick black rubber gloves (to use when handling sharp objects or in water situations). Over 300 pieces of equipment were passed out!
Suggestion Forms were provided and submitted
Some suggestions included:
Muddy Branch Alliance currently adopts a portion of Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg and suggested that a spot could be adopted to set up a community garden.
Anonymous suggestion commented that bags are hard to control on windy days and if buckets could be supplied to be used during trash pick up and the trash can be transferred to a plastic bag when done.
Anonymous suggestion was to have an 'on-call' volunteer list for those groups who need more help when cleaning their road.
Hughes Network currently adopts a portion of Observation Drive in Germantown and had concerns regarding the MCDOT orange bags--they're too large for the small amount of trash they pick up. The group also said they have difficult time getting volunteers to help.
Anonymous suggestion was to have a Check List for groups to follow, e.g., search for downed trees and limbs, dead or hurt animals, etc.
Anonymous suggestion “DO NO LITTER” signs separate from or attached to the Adopt a Road signs.
Anonymous suggestion to place recycling bins at bus stops.
It's not too late to send your suggestions, email firstname.lastname@example.org make sure to put 'My Suggestion' in the subject line.
Call the Community Outreach Hotline at 240-777-7155 (leave a clear message) or email email@example.com