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Council begins review of Committee recommendations for capital budget on March 6

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Council begins review of Committee recommendations for capital budget on March 6
Also on March 6: Introduction of bills on labor peace agreements, county communications infrastructure, White Flint special taxing district revisions and carbon monoxide detectors


ROCKVILLE, Md., March 5, 2018—The Montgomery County Council will meet on March 6 at 9:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Council Hearing Room to begin their review of the Committee recommendations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Capital Budget and the FY19-24 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Over the past few weeks, each respective Council Committee has met to review and make recommendations on the County Executive’s $4.521 billion recommended six-year CIP.

The Council will review the following FY19-14 CIP recommendations from the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee and the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee. Please click each item to view the staff report.

The Council also will introduce: Expedited Bill 4-18, Transient Housing - Carbon Monoxide Detector; Expedited Bill 5-18, Special Taxing District - White Flint – Amendments; Bill 6-18, Contracts - Labor Peace Agreements - Displaced Service Workers – Amendments; and Bill 7-18, Streets and Roads - Installation of County Communications Infrastructure.

Expedited Bill 4-18, Transient Housing - Carbon Monoxide Detector is sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Floreen. Expedited Bill 4-18 would replace the requirement for a carbon dioxide detector in a short-term residential dwelling with a requirement for a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are often confused. The names sound the same, they both are colorless and odorless gases, and at high concentrations, both can be deadly. The difference is that CO2 is a common, naturally occurring gas required for all plant and animal life. Carbon monoxide gas is a poisonous gas. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 3 at 1:30 p.m.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/ycjwzc2o

Expedited Bill 5-18, Special Taxing District - White Flint – Amendments is sponsored by Council President Hans Riemer. Expedited Bill 5-18 would modify the boundaries of the White Flint Special Taxing District and include certain exempt properties in the Special Taxing District if they redevelop. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 3 at 1:30 p.m.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/ya4l5e9o

Bill 6-18, Contracts - Labor Peace Agreements - Displaced Service Workers – Amendments, is sponsored by Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Tom Hucker. Bill 6-18 would revise the County procurement laws to require certain County contractors to enter into a labor peace agreement with a labor organization, establish minimum requirements for a labor peace agreement, require certain County multi-term contracts to include a minimum price increase provision and add certain workers performing services under a County residential solid waste collection contract to the County Displaced Service Workers Protection Act. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 3 at 1:30 p.m.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/y77te8sq

Bill 7-18, Streets and Roads - Installation of County Communications Infrastructure is sponsored by Council President Hans Riemer. Bill 7-18 would do the following:

  • require the Director of the Department of Technology Services to develop and periodically update a strategic plan to install County communications infrastructure throughout the County;
  • require certain excavation projects to add the installation of County communications infrastructure at the County’s expense;
  • establish a dig-once policy for adding the installation of County communications infrastructure in the public right of way; and
  • require any person who leases the County communications infrastructure to follow net neutrality

A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 10 at 1:30 p.m.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/yc5529ca

The Council meeting and public hearings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon.

The Council meeting also will be available live via streaming through the Council web site at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html .


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Release ID: 18-061
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926