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Council Committee Meetings for May 2

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Council Committee Meetings for May 2

The following Committee meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, May 2. 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: Public Safety (PS) Committee
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 2 at 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
PS Committee: Councilmembers Marc Elrich (chair), Tom Hucker and Sidney Katz
Topic: Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Operating Budget

  • Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)
    The County Executive’s recommended FY19 budget for the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is $2,165,859, which is an increase of $79,883 or 3.83 percent from FY18. OEMHS is responsible for coordinating the County's planning, preparation and response to County emergencies.

The staff report can be viewed here.

  • Department of Liquor Control
    The County Executive's recommendation of $64 million in the FY19 budget represents a decrease of $1.2 million or 1.8 percent from FY18. The Department of Liquor Control (DLC) provides licensing, wholesale and retail sales of beverage alcohol products, enforcement and effective education and training programs, while promoting moderation and responsible behavior in all phases of distribution and consumption. DLC generates revenue for the County's general fund.

The staff report can be viewed here.

  • Briefing on unmanned aircraft systems (drones)
    The PS Committee will be briefed on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by County public safety agencies. Many public safety agencies around the nation are beginning to use UAS for public safety.

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) are in the process of researching the use of UAS in their public safety applications. They have established a UAS Capability Development Workgroup to discuss required equipment and all issues regarding the equipment and its use. DOCR also has researched the use of UAS for applications such as perimeter security, but has not yet moved forward with implementation. The Sheriff’s Office has not considered potential UAS use.

The staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 2 at 2 p.m.
Location: Third floor conference room
HHS Committee: Councilmembers George Leventhal (chair), Roger Berliner and Craig Rice
Topic: FY 2019 Operating Budget

  • Office of Human Rights
    For FY19 the County Executive recommends a total of $1,247,047 for the Office of Human Rights, which is an increase of $4,234 or .34 percent from FY18. The Office of Human Rights enforces federal, state, and county anti-discrimination laws in housing, commercial real estate, employment, public accommodation and intimidation. It also promotes an increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups.

The staff report can be viewed here.

  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
    The HHS Committee will discuss with DHHS the Executive's recommendation to provide $813,759 for payments to eligible Adult Medical Daycare providers to assist them in meeting the County's minimum wage requirements. A representative from the Adult Medical Daycare providers has advised the HHS Committee that a payment of $651,012 in FY19 is sufficient instead of the $813,759 recommended in the budget.

The HHS Committee also will follow up on additional information provided by DHHS on the following budget items:

  • The Senior Transportation Study;
  • home health care aides for healthcare for the homeless; 
  • outcome requirements for WorkSource Montgomery for the East County Opportunity Zone; 
  • security staff and Progress Place; and 
  • Project Search.

The staff report can be viewed here.

  • Manna Food Center office and warehouse relocation proposal
    The HHS Committee will consider a $500,000 request from Manna Food Center for FY19 funding to assist with the expansion of and relocation of services.  If Manna moves forward with this plan, it would have two major components: enhancing its food distribution hub by relocating to a warehouse and distribution site that would have 23,000 square feet, nearly double the size of its current location and moving its offices to a building located on Route 29 that would become an East County Center for Ending Hunger.

The staff report can be viewed here.


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Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926