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Montgomery County Council to review County employee training and policies on preventing workplace harassment on April 3

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 2, 2018

Council to review County employee training and policies on preventing workplace harassment on April 3

Council also will introduce resolution opposing a citizenship question on the 2020 Census and a bill to promote County prosperity

 

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 2, 2018—The Montgomery County Council, at 11 a.m. on April 3, will review County employee training and policies related to preventing workplace harassment.  This review will include representatives from Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and other agencies.  The Council’s general meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the third floor hearing room and will include the introduction of a resolution opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.  The Council also will introduce Bill 14-18, Economic Development – Strategic Plan to Promote Prosperity and Increase Opportunity.   

As part of its oversight responsibilities, the Council has requested a review of workplace harassment policies across County government departments, County agencies and bi-county agencies. In preparation for the meeting, the Council requested that each representative provide a description of the policies, procedures and training requirements in place to provide harassment-free workplaces.  The Council staff report includes a complete list of participants and can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/y7kz7qmv .  

At 10:15 a.m. the Council will introduce a resolution opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and urging Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to take legal action on behalf of County residents to prevent a citizenship question from being added. The lead sponsor of the resolution is Council Vice President Nancy Navarro. Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Sidney Katz, Roger Berliner, Hans Riemer, George Leventhal and Nancy Floreen are cosponsors. The resolution can be viewed at:  https://tinyurl.com/yc46naa2  .  

The Council also will introduce Bill 14-18, Economic Development - Strategic Plan to Promote Prosperity and Increase Opportunity. Councilmember Berliner is the lead sponsor. Councilmember Tom Hucker is a cosponsor. Bill 14-18 would require the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop a Strategic Plan to Promote Prosperity and Increase Opportunity in Montgomery County that would include area-specific plans.  Bill 14-18 would require DHHS to submit the first area-specific plan focused on East County by November 15, 2018.  A special appropriation also will be introduced that would provide the funding needed for DHHS to develop the plan. The staff report can be viewed at:  https://tinyurl.com/y79m8fhl  

Over the past several weeks, Council committees have reviewed and made recommendations on the County Executive’s $4.521 billion recommended six-year capital budget.  On Tuesday, the Education Committee, which is chaired by Councilmember Craig Rice and includes Council Vice President Navarro and Councilmember Elrich, will present recommendations to the Council for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Capital Budget and the FY19-24 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools.   

Montgomery College’s six-year CIP request totals $324.4 million. County Executive Isiah Leggett recommends $281.2 million. Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard will attend the Council’s CIP meeting, which is scheduled for 10:40 a.m.  The staff report for Montgomery College’s CIP can be viewed at:  https://tinyurl.com/ycaz8hq8  .  

County Executive Leggett recommends a $1.75 billion budget for Montgomery County Public Schools’ six-year CIP. President of the Board of Education Michael Durso and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jack Smith will attend the CIP meeting, which is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. The staff report for Montgomery County Public Schools CIP can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/yc47jg63  .  

Numerous public hearings are scheduled at the Council on Tuesday.  The public hearings will be held at 1:30 p.m., except for the public hearing on Zoning Text Amendment 19-02, Telecommunications Towers – Limited Use, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. A full list of these public hearings and staff reports can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/y9s8kvpa  .  

All Council meetings and public hearings are broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery (Cable Channel 6 or 996 on Comcast, Channel 6 or 1056 on RCN and Channel 30 on Verizon) and are streamed live on the Council’s website at:  www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council  .  

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Release ID: 18-094
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926