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Council Committee Meetings on March 5

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 5, 2020

The following committee meetings are scheduled for Thursday, March 5. 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: Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
T&E Committee: Council Vice President Tom Hucker (Chair), Councilmembers Evan Glass and Hans Riemer
Topic:
Capital Improvements Program (CIP): Transportation
The T&E Committee will continue its review of the FY21-26 CIP for transportation. This meeting will include a review of mass transit and pedestrian facilities/bikeways projects, and the Facility Planning-Transportation Project. Staff anticipated to attend this meeting include: Chris Conklin, director, Department of Transportation (DOT); Emil Wolanin, deputy director, DOT; Tim Cupples, chief, Division of Transportation Engineering, DOT; Dan Hibbert, chief, Division of Transit Services, DOT; Fred Lees, chief, Management Services, DOT; Brady Goldsmith, Office of Management and Budget; Sara Benson, senior transit facilities planner, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; Michael Hance, AECOM.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Third floor hearing room
GO Committee: Councilmembers Nancy Navarro (Chair), Andrew Friedson and Council President Sidney Katz
Topics:
Interagency Technology Policy and Coordination Committee (ITPCC) Work Plan
The GO Committee will review the ITPCC Work Plan. The Chair of the Principals Committee and Montgomery County Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Kleine will lay out a timeline for the meetings of the ITPCC policy leadership group (ITPCC Principals) for the balance of calendar year 2020 and expected engagement strategies to ensure robust participation from the policymakers of the other agencies. The Committee should target a Winter 2020 session as an opportunity to provide Council reactions and input into the draft ITPCC FY21-22 Work Plan.

The ITPCC is a unique institution created by the Council in 1994 to help agencies leverage their individual investments in Information Technology and create coherent, collaborative approaches that improve efficiency and effectiveness. The major current initiative within the ITPCC portfolio is FiberNet, the broadband infrastructure that provides connectivity on more than 500 facilities of all six major agencies (Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and Housing Opportunities Commission).

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Agencies’ FY20 Information Technology Programs and Budgets
The GO Committee will receive an overview of County departments’ and agencies’ FY20 information technology programs and budgets. The presentations will provide the opportunity for each ITPCC agency to highlight, in a common format, their work efforts and priority initiatives. Each chief information officer (CIO) will provide a brief overview of key fiscal year 2020 (FY20) accomplishments and key priorities for FY2l and offer Committee members a chance to impact their technology strategies.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Cable Television and Communications Plan
The GO Committee will conduct a preliminary review of the County’s Cable Television and Communications Plan. At the Council's request, revenues received from the Cable activities of operators in the County have been submitted quarterly. An overall review in this meeting will allow the Committee to make assessments as to the viability of this important revenue source as well as the accuracy of executive staff estimates. A major upcoming issue is the renegotiation efforts with Verizon and Comcast for their new upcoming franchises, which will expire in 2021. This will be the first round of negotiations done with no Cable Administrator in place, as the position was eliminated last year.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

U.S. Census 2020
The GO Committee will discuss the U.S. 2020 Census. Topics expected to be discussed include the following: an overview of goals, timeline and formats of the United States Census 2020 and job application and volunteer recruitment update; a progress update on coordinated effort of County government, agencies and community partners and organizational structure, timeline and goals; and strategies for hard-to-count neighborhoods, low response target audiences and vulnerable populations.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

CIP: General Government Projects
The GO Committee will close out its meeting with a review of the FY21-26 CIP for general government projects. The Executive's total recommended FY21-26 CIP for the Department of General Services (DGS) is $208 million which is $64.3 million less than the approved FYI 9-24 CIP program total of $272.3 million. This is primarily due to the substantial completion of several major projects within the DGS budget.

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.

 

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Release ID: 20-080
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931