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Council Committee Meetings on Nov. 25

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 25, 2019

The following committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25. 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 tinyurl.com/CountyCouncilMeetings or by calling the Council’s Communications Office at 240-777-7832.

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
Topics:
Bill 29-19, Health and Sanitation - Electronic Cigarettes - Distribution; and companion Board of Health Regulation
The HHS Committee will review Bill 29-19 and a resolution to adopt Bill 29-19 as a Board of Health regulation. Bill 29-19 would prohibit manufacturers of e-cigarettes from distributing them to retail stores within a half mile of a middle or high school through a Board of Health regulation. Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz and Craig Rice are the lead sponsors. All other Councilmembers are cosponsors. The goal of this legislation is to protect the health of young people and limit their ability to purchase nicotine vaping products. It is illegal for retailers to sell such products to Montgomery County residents under the age of 21, with the exemption of active duty service members over the age of 18.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Bill 31-19, Health and Sanitation - Electronic Cigarettes - Distribution, Use, and Possession; and companion Board of Health Regulation
The HHS Committee will review Bill 31-19 and a resolution to adopt Bill 31-19 as a Board of Health regulation. Bill 31-19, which would prohibit the distribution of any tobacco product, coupon redeemable for a tobacco product, cigarette rolling paper or electronic cigarette to any individual under 21 except under certain circumstances. Councilmembers Tom Hucker and Gabe Albornoz are the lead sponsors. Bill 31-19 also would prohibit an individual under 21 from using or possessing a tobacco product or electronic cigarette except under certain circumstances. The goal of this legislation is to update County law to reflect state law changes and provide an enforcement mechanism for young people using and possessing tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Bill 32-19, Health and Sanitation - Flavored Electronic Cigarettes, and companion Board of Health Regulation
The HHS Committee will review Bill 32-19 and a resolution to adopt Bill 32-19 as a Board of Health regulation. Bill 32-19 would prohibit electronic smoking device manufacturers from distributing flavored electronic cigarettes to retail stores within half a mile of any middle or high school, library, park, playground or recreational facility in the County. Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Gabe Albornoz are the lead sponsors. Councilmember Tom Hucker is a cosponsor. The goal of this legislation is to protect the health of young people and limit their ability to purchase nicotine vaping products.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Third floor hearing room
PHED Committee: Councilmembers Hans Riemer (Chair), Andrew Friedson (Lead for Parks) and Will Jawando
Topics:
Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan - Transportation and Schools
The PHED Committee will review the transportation and schools components of the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan. This updated plan reevaluates land use and transportation strategies as part of long-term visioning process for the area, including an analysis of existing traffic conditions, which will help inform the community and Planning Department staff as they make recommendations to improve transportation conditions. Specific topics to be discussed include the following:

  • traffic congestion standards;
  • intersection improvements at Forest Glen Road and George Avenue, Seminary Road/Columbia Boulevard and Georgia Avenue and 16th Street and George Avenue;
  • a kiss-and-ride lot at the Forest Glen Medical Center property;
  • access to the Metro station and the Forest Glen Passageway;

Casey Anderson, chair of the Planning Board; Gwen Wright, director of the Planning Department; and Christopher Conklin, director of the Department of Transportation, are among those expected to attend the meeting.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan – Environment and Parks
The PHED Committee also will review the environment and parks components of the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan. The 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan, developed by the Department of Parks, serves as the planning policy for parks and recreation in Montgomery County. The PROS Plan suggests that each master plan include an open space system that addresses specific needs, including active recreation destinations; a central “civic green” urban park; an interconnected system of sidewalks and trails to connect parks and open spaces; and wooded areas to provide a sense of contact with nature.

Parks, trails and opens spaces within the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan study area include: Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park; Capitol View - Open Space Urban Park; Forest Grove Neighborhood Park; McKenney Hills Neighborhood Park; Capitol View-Homewood Local Park; Forest Glen Neighborhood Park; Montgomery Hills Neighborhood Park; General Getty Neighborhood Park; Woodside Urban Park; and Fairview Urban Park.

The plan’s goals and designs for urban design and historic preservation also will be reviewed. Casey Anderson, chair of the Planning Board; Gwen Wright, director of the Planning Department; and Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks, are among those expected to attend the meeting.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee and Education and Culture (E&C) Committee
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
HHS Committee: Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz (Chair), Evan Glass (Lead for Homelessness and Vulnerable Communities) and Craig Rice
E&C Committee: Councilmembers Craig Rice (Chair), Will Jawando (Lead for Libraries) and Council President Nancy Navarro
Topics:
School Health Staffing
The HHS and E&C Committees will meet jointly to review school health staffing. The Committees have expressed concern that understaffing of school health nurses could impact the health and safety of students and has requested this update to revisit the issue.

Those expected to attend the meeting include the following: Dr. Raymond Crowel, director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); Dr. Travis Gayles, county health officer and chief of public health services, DHHS; and Lindsay Lucas, Office of Management and Budget.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Summer Food Security for Youth
The HHS and E&C Committees also will review summer food security for youth. Councilmember Evan Glass requested this meeting to discuss the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) summer meals program and other food access and feeding services for youth in the summer. Councilmember Glass has expressed concern about the lack of summer meals programming because many sites end services at the beginning of August. The committees will explore the potential for service expansion.

The Montgomery County Food Council estimates that between 60,000 and 70,000 County residents, including at least 30,000 children, are food insecure. Out of the more than 162,000 students who were enrolled in MCPS in the 2018-2019 school year, more than 55,000 were eligible for free or reduced priced meals service (FARMS). The Food Council points out that many families do not qualify for federal nutrition assistance programs but do not make enough money to cover all household costs and run the risk of cutting their monthly food budget.

Those expected to attend the meeting include the following: Susan McCarron, director, Division of Food and Nutrition Services, MCPS; Eugenia Dawson, director, Department of Materials Management, MCPS; Thomas Tippett, performance management analyst, CountyStat; Amanda Nesher, food security program manager, Montgomery County Food Council; Dr. Travis Gayles, public health officer and chief of public health services, DHHS; Diana Tato-Niktash, Food Council manager, DHHS; Robin Riley, director, Department of Recreation; and Adriane Clutter, division chief, Department of Recreation.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Education and Culture (E&C) Committee
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
E&C Committee: Councilmembers Craig Rice (Chair), Will Jawando (Lead for Libraries) and Council President Nancy Navarro
Topic:
Sandy Spring Museum
The E&C Committee will review operations at the Sandy Spring Museum, which is a community-activated museum, cultural arts center and gathering place supported in part by funding from Montgomery County government, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Arts Council. Allison Weiss, executive director of Sandy Spring Museum, and Mark Watson, project historian at the museum, are among those expected to attend the meeting.

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: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html.

Release ID: 19-370
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931