County Council

June 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Has Not Seen Uptick in COVID-19 Cases Since Protests Began, Gayles Says

Montgomery County has not seen an increase in COVID-19 cases due to large-scale Black Lives Matter protests, said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. “What we have observed here is since that started within the county, we have not seen an uptick in cases,” he said at a county council meeting Tuesday. He emphasized that […]

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June 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles Explains Incongruity Between Decline in Hospitalizations and Shortage of Acute Care Bed Space

Although the number of people going to the hospital with COVID-19 is decreasing, patients stay for longer periods of time which helps explain why the acute care bed capacity metric falls behind others.  Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles discussed this ?? at a county council meeting Tuesday. The three-day average for acute care […]

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June 4, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Council Accepting Applications for County’s Policing Advisory Commission

Montgomery County Councilmembers are seeking applicants for the county’s Policing Advisory Commission. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 19, 2020. Signed into law in December of 2019, the goal of the Policing Advisory Commission is to improve the council’s oversight on the Montgomery County Police Department while aiming to strengthen the relationship police […]

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May 5, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

MCEDC Launching Telework Assistance Program for Local Businesses and Nonprofits

The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation will be administering and awarding up to $2,500 grants to eligible county businesses and nonprofits for teleworking equipment and software purchased due to the pandemic. Applications for the grants open on May 6 at 10 a.m. on the MCEDC website. The $250,000 Telework Assistance Program fund was approved on […]

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May 4, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Council Reviews MCPS Capital Budget for FY21-26

The Montgomery County Council held a virtual work session on Monday to review the Capital Improvements Program Budget for Montgomery County Public Schools. The Board’s FY21-26 request totals $1.82 billion. This is $74.2 million (or 4.3 %) higher than the FY19-24 amended CIP of $1.74 billion according to county officials. County Board of Education President […]

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April 29, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Rice Accepting Applications for Councilmember for a Day Contest

Councilmember Craig Rice is accepting applications for his “Councilmember for a day” challenge. This challenge allows students to apply to become an honorary councilmember for a day, hopefully getting students more involved in local government. Beyond the experience, the first place winner also gets $500. Second and third place finalists receive $250 and $100, respectively. […]

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April 21, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Homeless Shelter For Men Will be Expanded

Montgomery County Council unanimously agreed Tuesday morning to spend $1,140,000 to build an addition to its men’s homeless shelter in Rockville. The council also discussed allocating up to $2 million to help residents pay their rent rather than be evicted. A public hearing on this matter is set for April 28. A 4,500-square foot addition […]

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April 17, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for April 17 in Montgomery County

Cloudy today with a high temperature near 60 degrees. Check out the weather forecast. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County for Friday, April 17. 1. Council Tele-Town Hall: Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz, Evan Glass, Will Jawando and Hans Riemer are hosting a remote town hall today at 1 p.m. Click here to register […]

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April 16, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

Councilmember Albornoz Updates Council’s Efforts to Support Residents

Councilmember Gabe Albornoz gives an update about what the county council is doing to help support the residents of Montgomery County during the coronavirus crisis. The council has passed $20 million in funding for small businesses to receive grants and legislation to provide $5 million in direct cash family assistance. In addition to this, the […]

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April 16, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for April 16 in Montgomery County

Partly cloudy today with a high temperature near 50 degrees. Check out the weather forecast. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County for Thursday, April 16. 1. Face Masks Required on Buses: Starting today, passengers on Ride On buses must wear face masks. Any passenger who does not comply with this mandate “may […]

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