Montgomery County Council

December 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hucker Appointed Council President; Councilmembers Fondly Reflect on Katz’s Stint

The Montgomery County Council unanimously appointed Councilmember Tom Hucker council president at a meeting Tuesday. Councilmember Gabe Albornoz was appointed council vice president. Hucker was formerly vice president; he replaces outgoing President Sidney Katz. Katz was elected council president in 2019. Councilmembers offered sincere and appreciative remarks reflecting on Katz’s year as president. Councilmember Hans […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Renovations at South Lake Elementary Expected to be Completed by Fall of 2023

Renovations to South Lake Elementary School in Gaithersburg will no longer be postponed and instead are expected to be completed by September of 2023, following a unanimous county council vote Dec. 1. The council allocated $5,853,000 from general obligation bonds for site improvements and utility construction at the overcrowded school. Councilmember Craig Rice praised the action, […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

In Response to Pandemic, County Approves Funds to Improve Ventilation in Schools

Montgomery County Council unanimously agreed to spend $3 million to update the HVAC systems in the public schools so that when students do return to the classrooms, their rooms will be better ventilated. In response to the pandemic, the council agreed to fund enhancements to Montgomery County Public Schools’ HVAC system to reduce the airborne […]

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November 30, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Will Hold Town Hall Monday Night to Answer Resident Questions

The Montgomery County Council will hold a virtual town hall meeting Monday night to respond to community concerns. The meeting is scheduled to run from 7-8:30 p.m. County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and Board of Education President Shebra Evans will join councilmembers. Local leaders will answer questions from residents and hear concerns. You can […]

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November 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

In Wake of Kleine’s Ethics Violations, Council Works to Change Rules for CAO 

The Montgomery County Council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) committee recommended approval of a bill that would prohibit the county’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) from outside employment. This would be the only county employee held to this rule, said County Council Senior Legislative Attorney Robert Drummer during Monday’s committee meeting. The recommendation is related […]

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November 18, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Receives Update on Planning Board’s Confederate Street-Renaming Project

On June 15, the Montgomery County Council sent a letter to local leaders asking the county to identify all county-owned streets and public facilities that are currently named after Confederate soldiers “or those who otherwise do not reflect Montgomery County values.” The letter calls for a public process to rename the streets and public facilities […]

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November 13, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Chevy Chase Home Awarded Historic Designation

Montgomery County Council awarded the Mihran Mesrobian house in Chevy Chase with an historic designation. Washington-area architect Mihran Mesrobian, who was born in 1889 and died in 1975, designed the house in 1941 as his family’s personal residence. The home is on Connecticut Avenue and was designed in the Art Moderne style. The home is […]

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November 12, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Demands Reimbursement, Outside Inspection of Dept. of Permitting Services

Four managers with the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services allowed their inspectors to be paid COVID hazardous pay even though they were not out in the field or meeting with the public, according to County Inspector General Megan Limarzi. As a result, slightly more than a total of $100,000 in this differential pay was […]

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November 10, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Passes CE Elrich’s Order to Reinstate Capacity Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Montgomery County Councilmembers unanimously voted to end alcohol sales in restaurants and bars after 10 p.m. and to reduce gathering sizes from 50 to 25 people, citing increasing cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the county’s Late-Night Alcohol Sales Program will be suspended but take-out orders will be permitted, the council agreed at […]

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November 5, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Postpones Vote to Reinstate COVID-19 Restrictions

The Montgomery County Council postponed voting on County Executive Marc Elrich’s order reinstating some COVID-19 restrictions. A vote is tentatively scheduled for the council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The order was intended to be approved Thursday and go into effect Friday, however, the council and county officials agreed some wording needs to be […]

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