Montgomery County Council

February 24, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Denounces Storming of U.S. Capitol; Vows to Combat Hate

Montgomery County Council unanimously adopted a resolution Feb. 23 that reaffirms the county’s commitment to combat hate and extremism, especially in light of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “A domestic terrorism incident at the United States Capitol caused incredible pain, fear and stress for many Montgomery County residents who were working […]

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February 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Proposes Bill Making County Responsible for Shoveling Some Sidewalks

Residents and business owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off their sidewalks within 24 hours following a snowfall. A bill introduced Tuesday would require the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to remove snow from narrow sidewalks where there is significant pedestrian traffic. Councilmember Evan Glass sponsored the bill, which already has support from […]

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February 23, 2021 | Bryan Gallion

County Council, Health Officials to Host Vaccine Town Hall on Thursday

The Montgomery County Council is hosting a virtual town hall on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. with other elected leaders and health officials providing updates on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. County Executive Marc Elrich, Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard and other public […]

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February 22, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Bad Weather May Delay Vaccine Appointments

Snow and ice have delayed the arrival of COVID-19 doses to Maryland, and as of Monday morning, Montgomery County wasn’t sure when its share would be delivered. Appointments have been scheduled as of Feb. 24, but they will be rescheduled if the county’s allocation of doses doesn’t arrive in time. During their bimonthly news conference, […]

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February 10, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPD Chief: Police Believe Residents View Officers as ‘Unnecessary Evil’

Police morale is low, according to Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones. “They just don’t feel as if the community is giving them their worth.” Jones explained during Wednesday’s County Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting that “over the past year plus, this department has been under constant scrutiny.” Because the council and community members are […]

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February 10, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Committee Agrees to Shave $7.6 Million from Current Budget

In order to have as much funding for COVID-19 related expenses as possible, the County Council’s Public Safety Committee members agreed to eliminate about $7.6 million from the county budget by agreeing not to fill vacant positions and reducing the size of the next police and fire and rescue incoming classes. The police department took […]

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February 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Navarro Raises Spanish Translation Concerns with State Vaccine Scheduling System

During a Montgomery County Council meeting with state health department officials Tuesday, Councilmember Nancy Navarro highlighted Spanish-language translation concerns regarding PrepMod, the state’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling system. The county has received feedback about translation errors which lead to “basically, a complete barrier,” Navarro told state officials. When asking for an address, Navarro said PrepMod […]

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February 9, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Restaurantes en Montgomery Podrán Abrir en su Interior al 25% de Capacidad

El condado de Montgomery reanudará el servicio al interior de los restaurantes al 25% de su capacidad, a partir del domingo 14 de febrero a las 7 a.m. El concejo del condado votó 7-2 el martes para aprobar la orden ejecutiva del ejecutivo del condado Marc Elrich. Los clientes están limitados a un período de […]

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February 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Indoor Dining Will Reopen on Valentine’s Day at 25% Capacity

Montgomery County will resume indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7 a.m. The county council voted 7-2 on Tuesday to approve County Executive Marc Elrich’s executive order to make the change. Customers are limited to a 90-minute indoor dining period and on-site alcohol consumption must stop at 10 p.m. According to […]

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February 4, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Holds Public Hearing Thursday on Fate of School Resource Officers

A virtual public hearing concerning whether to prohibit the Montgomery County Police Department from having officers in public schools is set for Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer sponsored the bill that calls for the removal of school resource officers (SRO). There are 23 such officers stationed in county schools. […]

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