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Montgomery County Council Committee Meetings for the Week of March 12

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Montgomery County Council
Committee Meetings
for the Week of March 12

The following Committee meetings are scheduled for the week of March 12. Individuals interested in attending a Committee meeting should confirm the information on the day of the meeting by visiting the Council’s web page at https://tinyurl.com/CountyCouncilMeetings or by calling the Council’s Legislative Information Office at 240-777-7931. All meetings are held in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md.), unless otherwise noted.

Meeting: Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee
Date/Time: Monday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
HHS Committee: Councilmembers George Leventhal (chair), Roger Berliner and Craig Rice
Topic(s):


• Food Security Strategic Plan
The Food Security Strategic Plan was released in January 2017. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will update the HHS Committee on year one of the food security strategic plan, review data pertinent to food security, and discuss recommendations for the next two years. The staff report can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/yao3ea2o .

Meeting: Public Safety (PS) Committee
Date/Time: Monday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Third floor conference room
PS Committee: Councilmembers Marc Elrich (chair), Tom Hucker and Sidney Katz
Topic(s):
Animal Services Division
The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) will provide an update on the Animal Services and Adoption Center (ASAC). Some of the issues that will be discussed include: calls responded to in 2016 and 2017; vacancy rates; staffing needs; license renewal compliance; challenges associated with disease outbreaks and isolation; and needed resources. The staff report can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y9rholc9 .

Meeting: Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee
Date/Time: Monday, March 12 at 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
PHED Committee: Councilmembers Nancy Floreen (chair), George Leventhal and Council President Hans Riemer
Topic(s):
• SRA 18-01, Minor Subdivisions - Ownership Units
The subdivision code only allows the creation of an ownership unit on a record plat covered by an approved site plan. An ownership unit is an area of land shown on an ownership plat, created for the convenience of the owner, that shows a deed, mortgage, or lease line but does not subdivide the lot. SRA 18-01 also would allow the creation of these units when the property described in a plat was subject to conditional use or special exception approval. SRA 18-01 is sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Floreen. The staff report can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y8qgycj5 .


• Bill 34-17, Housing - Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU) Amendments
Bill 34-17 would: require developments of less than 20 homes to make a payment to the Housing Initiative Fund (HIF); broaden the authority of the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs to accept payments into the HIF in lieu of including MPDUs in a development, when it serves the goal of increasing the availability of affordable housing; and increase the flexibility of the Director in determining MPDU obligations to better meet the demands for affordable units. Bill 34-17 is sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Floreen and cosponsored by Council President Hans Riemer. The staff report can be viewed at
https://tinyurl.com/y92fwzvc .


• Bill 38-17, MPDU Requirement to Build
Bill 38-17 would provide an MPDU build requirement of 15 percent in any development that is in an MCPS High School Service Area where the eligibility rate for free and reduced meals (FARMs) is 15 percent or less at the time the applicant submits a preliminary plan of subdivision. Bill 38-17 is sponsored by Council President Hans Riemer and Councilmember Sidney Katz. The staff report can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/yczovzrl .

Meeting: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee
Date/Time: Thursday, March 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
GO Committee: Council Vice President Nancy Navarro (chair), Councilmember Sidney Katz and Council President Hans Riemer
Topic(s):
Executive Regulation 10-17, Parliamentary and Maryland Open Meetings Act Training for Members of Boards, Commissions, and Committees
The staff report will be available on March 13.


• Bill 40-17, Personnel - Merit System - Salary and Wage Plans - Police Leadership Service
Bill 40-17 would modify the uniform salary plan for police sworn managers to include a salary schedule for a Police Leadership Service; authorize the Chief Administrative Officer to establish a Police Leadership Service under the merit system for lieutenants and captains in the Police Department; establish guidelines for the Police Leadership Service; and amend the law governing salary schedules for County employees under the merit system. Bill 40-17 is sponsored by Council President Hans Riemer, at the request of the County Executive. The staff report will be available on March 13.


• Bill 2-18, Ethics, Conflicts of Interest - Financial Disclosure - Lobbying – Amendments
Bill 2-18 would do the following: limit the participation of a public employee in any matter affecting a party who the employee was hired to lobby for in the prior year; require a public employee to disclose income from certain lobbying on a financial disclosure statement; and prohibit a person serving as County Executive or Councilmember from certain lobbying for one year after leaving office. The staff report will be available on March 13.

Meeting: Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee
Date/Time: Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
T&E Committee: Councilmembers Roger Berliner (chair), Nancy Floreen and Tom Hucker
Topic(s):
• Transportation
The T&E Committee will continue its discussion of the recommended FY19-24 Capital Improvements Program for transportation. The staff report will be available on March 13.


• Briefing: Road salt usage
The T&E Committee will receive a briefing on the impacts of road salt usage to prevent ice accumulation. The staff report will be available on March 13.

Meeting: Audit Committee – Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee with Council President and Vice President as ex-officio voting members
Date/Time: Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
Location: Third floor conference room
GO Committee: Council Vice President Nancy Navarro (chair), Councilmember Sidney Katz and Council President Hans Riemer
Topic(s):
• Follow-up discussion: research on auditing functions in other jurisdictions and auditors in County agencies
The staff report will be available on March 13.


• Review of results from FY17 External Audit
The County’s external auditor, CliftonLarsonAllen, will present and discuss the fiscal year 2017 audit of the financial statements of the County Government, Montgomery County Employee Retirement Plans, and the Montgomery County Union Employees Deferred Compensation Plan. They also will present the Single Audit, Agree-Upon Procedures related to the County Government’s certification of information required by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency related to local solid waste landfill facilities, and the audit of the Maryland 9-1-1 Emergency Number Systems Program of Montgomery County.
The staff report will be available on March 13.


• Review of Clifton Larson Allen contract renewal
The Audit Committee will review a contract amendment that would extend audit work. The staff report will be available on March 13.


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Release ID: 18-070
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