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Council Committee Meeting on Feb. 7

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The following committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7. 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 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: Transportation & Environment (T&E) Committee
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
T&E Committee: Councilmembers Tom Hucker (chair), Evan Glass and Hans Riemer
Briefing: WSSC Innovation Program
The T&E Committee will receive a briefing from Sara Titus, engineering research specialist for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Innovation Program. The goals of the program are to:
•reduce operating expenses, improve sustainability (i.e., resiliency, efficiency and quality) and generate revenue;
•inspire employee engagement; and
•improve infrastructure (with a focus on the water and sewer networks, the water filtration plants and the wastewater treatment plants).

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The T&E Committee will review the Fiscal Year 2020-2025 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for WSSC. Unlike other County agency CIP proposals that are reviewed biennially, Montgomery County reviews the WSSC CIP every year. WSSC’s CIP and operating budgets are not included in the County’s spending affordability processes. Instead, WSSC is subject to a separate affordability process, with both Montgomery and Prince George’s County Council review and approval in the fall of each year. Council staff recommends approval of WSSC’s proposed FY20-25 CIP.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Briefing: Road Salt Usage
The T&E Committee will close out its meeting with a briefing on road salt usage. Councilmember Tom Hucker, the committee chair, requested that the Montgomery County Departments of Transportation (MCDOT) and Environmental Protection (DEP) update the committee about the environmental effects of using road salt and how road salt fits the current strategy for handling snow and ice events. The committee had an initial briefing on this subject on March 15, 2018. Those expected to attend include the following: Adam Ortiz, director, DEP; Al Roshdieh, director, MCDOT; Amy Stevens, chief of Watershed Planning and Monitoring Section, DEP; and Richard Dorsey, chief of Division of Highway Services, MCDOT.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

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Release ID: 19-046
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931