Montgomery County Council

October 18, 2021 | Collin Riviello

County to Resume Allowing Alcohol in Some Local Parks

“Picnic in the Park” will soon be coming back to Montgomery County Parks. Director Mike Riley announced the resumption. “I am pleased to say that we are going to be resuming the allowance of alcohol in the Picnic in the Park program thanks to a favorable alternate opinion of the county attorney… I will be […]

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September 29, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Stoddard Unanimously Appointed Assistant Chief Administrative Officer

Montgomery County Council unanimously approved Earl Stoddard, director of  Montgomery County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, as assistant chief administrative officer, a position he has held on an interim basis since July. On Oct. 5, members of council are expected to interview Sonia Mora and Yaakov “Jake” Weissmann to the other two vacant assistant chief […]

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September 28, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Bill Would Require All County Employees to be Fully COVID-19 Vaccinated

Montgomery County Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Will Jawando introduced a bill that would require all county employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or face losing employment, with exemptions for medical reasons. The bill would require employees to show proof of vaccination or apply for a medical accommodation within seven days after being notified by […]

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September 27, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

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New Legislation Aims to Improve Relationship Between Community and Police

Local leaders are working to strengthen trust between the community and police through newly introduced legislation. Bill 45-20 Police-Community Policing-Data, would require the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) to provide data on police interactions with residents, including stops, searches, citations, and arrests. “We can’t improve our policing, and we can’t improve our public confidence and reduce […]

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September 27, 2021 | Collin Riviello

Montgomery County Council to Host Virtual Town Hall Wednesday

The Montgomery County Council will be hosting a virtual town hall Wednesday from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The Council will discuss the county’s Covid-19 response, the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Plan which deals with benchmark goals involving land, housing and transportation use for the next 30 years and redistricting. “Ongoing community engagement is an essential […]

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September 24, 2021 | Staff Writer

County Commission On Redistricting Explains Community Impact

With the nearly 10% increase in population, according to the 2020 Census, the county will see some changes in its districts and representation. The county will increase its number of council districts from 5 to 7. Local officials say the new requirement for seven districts will apply to the 2022 election. The County Council, which […]

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September 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Community Mental Health Providers Say Staffing is a Challenge 

Community and nonprofit mental health organizations in Montgomery County say hiring diverse professionals is a challenge. The county council’s Education and Culture and Health and Human Services committees heard from several organizations during a virtual meeting Thursday. Jose Hernández, a bilingual psychotherapist for the nonprofit Affiliated Sante Group, said barriers include a shortage of licensed […]

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September 23, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Líderes Dicen que el Plan de Acción Climática del Condado Abordará las Inundaciones

El condado de Montgomery abordará el manejo de inundaciones y aguas pluviales como parte de su Plan de Acción Climática, dijeron los líderes durante una reunión virtual del concejo del condado, el martes. El concejal Evan Glass señaló que un joven perdió la vida a principios de este mes debido a las inundaciones. Melkin Daniel […]

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September 22, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Leaders Say County’s Climate Action Plan Will Address Flooding

Montgomery County will address flooding and stormwater management as part of its Climate Action Plan, leaders said during a virtual county council meeting Tuesday. Councilmember Evan Glass noted a young man died early this month due to flooding. 19-year-old Melkin Daniel Parada Cedillo died at the Rock Creek Woods Apartments in Rockville. About 150 people were […]

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September 21, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Has Spent About Half of Latest Rent Relief Funding

As of Tuesday, Montgomery County has distributed $28.6 million of its $59 million in COVID-19 rent relief funding from the U.S. Treasury Department.The County Health and Human Services (DHHS) staff shared this information during a virtual County Council meeting. 50% of rental assistance applications have been completely closed out and 30% are actively with a […]

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