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Council Committee Meetings for Sept. 23

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 20, 2019

The following committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 23. 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 Communications Office at 240-777-7931.

Meeting: Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
HHS Committee: Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz (Chair), Evan Glass (Lead for Homelessness and Vulnerable Communities) and Craig Rice
Tree House Child Advocacy Center
The HHS Committees will receive an update on the Tree House Child Advocacy Center. The Tree House is dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Topics to be discussed include the Tree House’s strategic plan, development efforts, wait list and staffing. Those expected to attend the meeting include the following:

  • Thomas Grazio, executive director, Tree House;
  • Nicole Jenkins, board president, Tree House;
  • Raymond Crowel, director, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS);
  • JoAnn Barnes, chief, Children, Youth and Families, DHHS;
  • Lisa Merkin, administrator, Child Welfare Services, DHHS,
  • Kevin Lowndes, Associate Superintendent, Office of Special Education, MCPS

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee
Time: 10 a.m..
Location: Third floor hearing room
PHED Committee: Councilmembers Hans Riemer (Chair), Andrew Friedson (Lead for Parks) and Will Jawando
Executive Regulation 22-19 - Adoption Schedule of Fees for Fire Safety Code Permits, Code Modifications, Inspections and Licenses
The PHED Committee will review ER 22-19, Schedule of Fees for Fire Safety Code Permits, Code Modifications, Inspections and Licenses - Method 2. The Council received ER 22-19 in a memorandum from the County Executive on August 12. This regulation would reduce the fees charged to “Garden Apartment Complexes” by the Department of Permitting Services (DPS) for Fire Code Compliance and Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Operations permits.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Bill 24-19, Landlord-Tenant Relations - Obligations of Landlord - Air Conditioning
The PHED Committee will review Bill 24-19, which would require a landlord to provide and maintain air conditioning service for rental housing located in the County during certain months and establish standards for air conditioning service provided by a landlord. Councilmember Tom Hucker is the lead sponsor. Councilmembers Will Jawando and Gabe Albornoz and Council President Nancy Navarro are cosponsors. The goal of this bill is to improve public health and living conditions by ensuring that tenants in rental housing have access to working air conditioning.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The Council committee meetings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon.

The meetings also will be available live via streaming through the Council web site at:

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Release ID: 19-302
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931