Montgomery County Council

August 5, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Council Votes to Require Masks Indoors; New Regulation Effective Midnight Friday

Face masks will be required indoors again, and County leaders say it’s due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. On Thursday afternoon, Montgomery County Council approved a new Board of Health Regulation, which requires face coverings in public indoor areas when the county reached “substantial” COVID-19 transmission. The regulation goes into effect on August […]

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August 5, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

5 Things to Know Today, Aug. 5, In Montgomery County

Today is Thursday, Aug. 5, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1.Board Votes On Mask Mandate: The Montgomery County Council, sitting as the Board of Health, will meet today at 2:00 p.m. to vote on a Board of Health regulation to reinstate indoor masking if local COVID-19 transmission rates increase. The meeting will […]

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July 30, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Sculpture of Olympian Dawes to be Housed at Future Silver Spring Recreation Center

Three-time Olympian and Silver Spring native Dominique Dawes will be honored with a sculpture in her likeness. This was announced Friday. Montgomery County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz announced during a virtual press conference that the sculpture will be located at the future Silver Spring Recreation and Aquatic Center, which will also house the Montgomery […]

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July 29, 2021 | Sarah Dilworth

County Council Approves Business Improvement District in Silver Spring

The Montgomery County Council approved Bill 3-21 of Special Taxing Area Laws on Tuesday to aid in marketing and promotions for the district. Sponsored by Council President Tom Hucker and Councilmember Hans Riemer, the legislation was enacted by a 7-1 vote with all council members in favor except Will Jawando, according to a Montgomery County […]

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July 28, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

5G Small Cell Antennas Coming to a Pole Near You

By a vote of seven to two, Montgomery County Councilmembers approved a change to its zoning ordinance that will increase 5G access throughout the county by allowing small cell antennas on existing or new poles. Councilmember Hans Riemer, the moving force behind bringing 5G to more areas, cited federal studies on the safety of 5G […]

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July 26, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

UPDATE: County Council To Vote on Zoning Changes For 5G Wireless Infrastructure

Montgomery County Council will vote on zoning changes for 5G wireless infrastructure on Tuesday, July 27. According to local leaders, the Amendment would allow certain telecommunications towers limited or conditional use in certain residential zones –  a controversial topic among some residents for several years. “We’re now in the position as a local government that […]

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July 26, 2021 | Fran Murphy

County Council Meets Tuesday – Preview

The Montgomery County Council will meet tomorrow for the last time before September 14. Key items on the agenda include approval of increased availability of 5G technology in the county and a proposed change of rules about lifeguards at indoor pools in health clubs. Data from a study about traffic stop management will also be […]

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July 23, 2021 | Sarah Dilworth

Climate, Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee Looking for Applicants

County Executive Marc Elrich wants to fill five vacancies on the Climate, Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee. Looking to do more for Montgomery County’s climate, energy, and air quality? Volunteer for the Climate, Energy, and Air Quality Advisory Committee (CEAQAC)! Submit your application by August 6th #MCClimateAction #AirQuality #GivingBack. https://t.co/yiOpA4VIpO pic.twitter.com/pJ6hAWNcIg — Montgomery County […]

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July 22, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Looks to Support Minors Coming from the Border

Councilmembers from two committees favored allocating about $5 million to strengthen Montgomery County’s support for children coming across the southern border to live and attend school here. Between January and May, 473 young people came to live with extended family or sponsors in Montgomery County, according to staff with the county, MCPS and several non-profits. […]

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July 21, 2021 | Sarah Dilworth

Elrich Proposes First of its Kind Energy-Reducing Bill

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich proposed a bill that could make the county the first in the nation to set a Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) policy that enforces a minimum energy use threshold for existing buildings. Bill 16-21 aims to expand the number of buildings covered by the county’s benchmarking law, according to a […]

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