Montgomery County Council

March 25, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Council Approves Bill Limiting Sidewalk Closures

On Tuesday the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed legislation aimed at limiting the closure of sidewalks in the county. The legislation limits the conditions under which sidewalks can be closed due to proximity to a construction site, according to a press release from the council.  The goal of the bill is to “increase pedestrian safety, […]

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March 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Emergency Grant Funding For COVID-19 Economic Impact In the Works

The coronavirus outbreak has had a huge economic impact nation-wide, state-wide, and locally. That’s why elected officials are working to make emergency grant funds available for people in need. Especially for small businesses, nonprofits, and renters. Montgomery County Councilmembers are working to expedite a financial assistance package. On Tuesday the council introduced legislation that is aimed […]

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March 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Health Officer Calls Trump’s Comments ‘Recklessly Irresponsible’ and ‘Disgusting’

The Montgomery County Council sat as the Board of Health at a meeting Tuesday.  The first topic on the agenda was a COVID-19 update from County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Travis Gayles and Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Earl Stoddard.  Gayles noted that circumstances have changed since […]

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March 3, 2020 | Staff Writer

Watch Live: County Council Briefing on Coronavirus

Meeting to discuss county’s efforts to ensure health and safety of all residents Montgomery County Council was briefed on the the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the county’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of all residents today at 2 p.m. Dr. Travis Gayles, health officer and chief of public health services in the Department of […]

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March 2, 2020 | Ryan Donovan

County Council Votes Against Expansion of School Resource Officers

The Montgomery County Council Public Safety Committee voted 2-0 to approve an amendment to the Community Policing Act proposed by Council Member Nancy Navarro. The amendment, which was written in response to the public outcry from organizations such as the NAACP and the ACLU, removed some of the more controversial language in the original bill. […]

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February 25, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

Council Passes Bill to Require Air Conditioning for Rental Housing

Montgomery County Council passed Bill 24-19 Tuesday which will require landlords of rental housing to provide air conditioning from May 1 through September 30. Landlords will be required to keep the air conditioning unit(s) safe and in good working condition. Council Vice President Tom Hucker proposed three amendments to the bill as well. The council […]

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February 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Oldest Living Tuskegee Airman McGee Honored by County Council

Montgomery County councilmembers Will Jawando and Craig Rice presented former Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee with a proclamation in his honor Tuesday during a council session.  #HappeningNow: Councilmembers @willjawando and @RicePolitics are recognizing Mr. Charles McGee, the oldest living member of Tuskegee Airmen, and presenting a proclamation in honor of his legacy. — Montgomery Council […]

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February 25, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

County Council Confirms First Chief Equity Officer

Montgomery County Council has confirmed Tiffany Ward to be the county’s first ever Chief Equity Officer. “Our first order of business is to really get people trained and informed as to what racial equity is,” said Ward. Ward received a unanimous vote from the council early on Tuesday. “To have you shepherding us is an […]

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February 11, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Pedestrian Safety, Capital Budget Top Agenda at Katz News Conference

Montgomery County Council President Sidney Katz discussed pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety, the Council’s capital budget and Black History Month in his Monday news conference. Here is the news conference in its entirety.

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February 11, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for Feb. 11 in Montgomery County

Expect showers this morning and cloudy weather tonight. The low is expected to be 36 degrees. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County for Feb. 11. 1. Council in Session: Montgomery County Council meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Hearing Room in Rockville. The Council will commemorate Black History Month at 9:35 […]

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