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Council Committee Meetings on Nov. 7

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 7, 2019

The following committee meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 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 Communications Office at 240-777-7832.

Meeting: Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
T&E Committee: Councilmembers Tom Hucker (Chair), Evan Glass and Hans Riemer
Bill 36-18 Transportation Management - Transportation Demand Management Plan - Amendments
The T&E Committee will review Bill 36-18. Councilmember Hans Riemer is the lead sponsor, at the request of the County Executive. The goal of this legislation is to reduce traffic congestion and automobile emissions and to support multi-modal transportation. On February 14 the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT) briefed the Committee on how the current Transportation Demand Management (TDM) system works and how this bill would change the system. On June 20 the Committee was briefed on existing TDM programs in several neighboring jurisdictions. On October 10 the Committee unanimously concurred with some changes suggested by Council staff. Expedited Bill 36-18 would do the following:

  • expand transportation demand management to reduce traffic congestion and automobile emissions, support multi-modal transportation and non-automobile travel goals, enhance the efficient use of transportation infrastructure and promote the sustainability of existing and future development; and
  • establish the requirements for a transportation demand management plan for development in certain areas of the County.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Education and Culture (E&C) Committee
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Third floor conference room
E&C Committee: Councilmembers Craig Rice (Chair), Will Jawando (Lead for Libraries) and Council President Nancy Navarro
OLO Report 2019-12, Strathmore and the Arts in Montgomery County
The E&C Committee will review Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) Report 2019-12, Strathmore and the Arts in Montgomery County, which the Council requested to assess the County’s relationship with the Strathmore Hall Foundation (SHF), SHF’s management of the Strathmore property, and SHF’s relationship with its resident partners. The report makes the following recommendations:

  • Ask the County Executive to gather, analyze and present data regarding the County Government’s arts-related spending and functions.
  • Ask the Executive to begin a conversation with the Strathmore Hall Foundation regarding the lease agreement that expires in 2023.

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:

Release ID: 19-353
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931