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Council Committee Meetings for July 12

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Council Committee Meetings
for July 12

The following committee meetings are scheduled for Thursday, July 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 240-777-7832. All meetings are held in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md), unless otherwise noted.

Meeting: Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment (T&E) Committee
Date/Time: Thursday, July 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
T&E Committee: Councilmember Roger Berliner (chair), Councilmember Nancy Floreen and Councilmember Tom Hucker
Topics:
• Bill 12-18, Real Property - New Home Sales Contracts - Solar Panel Systems
The T&E Committee will review Bill 12-18, Real Property – New Home Sales Contracts – Solar Panel Systems. Councilmember Marc Elrich is the lead sponsor. Councilmember Tom Hucker is a cosponsor. Bill 12-18 would require the seller of a new single-family home to give the buyer an option to install a solar panel. It also would require the seller to disclose the benefits of a solar panel system and provide an estimate of the cost to install the system. The purpose of the bill is to encourage and increase the use of renewable energy in the County.

The staff report can be viewed here.

• Bill 10-18, Administration - Director of County Climate Policy - Established
The T&E Committee will also review Bill 10-18, Administration - Director of County Climate Policy – Established. Councilmember George Leventhal is the lead sponsor. Council Vice President Nancy Navarro and Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Tom Hucker are cosponsors. The goal of this bill is to take a more holistic approach to the County’s climate policy. Bill 10-18 would require the County Executive to designate an employee as director of county climate policy. The director's duties would include: advising the Executive, Council and other departments and agencies on the best means to achieve climate goals; promoting inter-agency coordination; coordinating climate efforts with County agencies and developing public awareness programs; and recommending legislation necessary to achieve climate goals.

The staff report can be viewed here.

• County Composting /Food Waste Plan
The T&E Committee will conclude with a review of the County’s Strategic Plan to Advance Composting, Compost Use and Food Scraps Diversion. The plan, introduced in April 2018, identifies ways to reduce food waste to the greatest extent possible, encourages the donation of food to those in need and identifies strategies to achieve these outcomes.

The staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Audit Committee—Government Operations & Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee; Council President and Vice President ex-officio voting members
Date/Time: Thursday, July 12 at 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
GO Committee: Council Vice President Nancy Navarro (chair), Councilmember Sidney Katz and Council President Hans Riemer
Topics:
• Update from the Office of the Inspector General and Office of Internal Audit
The Audit Committee will receive an update from the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of Internal Audit about their ongoing activities and reports. The Committee will also review a contract amendment to clarify language and costs for other post-employment benefits (OPEB) as part of CliftonLarsonAllen's audit contract.

The staff report can be viewed here.

• CliftonLarsonAllen audit contract amendment
The Audit Committee also will review the CliftonLarsonAllen audit contract amendment. CliftonLarsonAllen is the law firm contracted by the County to audit the County Government’s financial statements, County retirement plans and the Unions' deferred compensation plan.

The staff report can be viewed here.

• Interviews: Council appointment to WSSC Inspector General Appointment Committee
The Audit Committee will conduct interviews for the Council appointment to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Inspector General (IG) Appointment Committee. The WSSC IG Appointment Committee will recommend potential Inspector General candidates to WSSC Commissioners. The Committee will consist of one WSSC Commissioner from Montgomery County, one WSSC Commissioner from Prince George's County, one member of the public selected by the Montgomery County Council, and one member of the public selected by the Prince George's County Council. The Prince George's County Council has appointed Ms. Mary Hopkins-Navies, a former WSSC Commissioner, as their public member.

The staff report can be viewed here.

All Committee meetings 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: 18-193
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926