Amazon HQ2 Bid (Montgomery County)

Adanya Lustig filed this request with the Montgomery County Council of Montgomery County, MD.

It is a clone of this request.

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Communications

From: Adanya Lustig

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the bid submitted in response to Amazon's request for proposals for the site of its second headquarters, any contracts with third-party providers for services rendered regarding the Amazon HQ2 bid, and any marketing budgets regarding Amazon-related expenditures from September 1, 2017 to the date this request is received.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Adanya Lustig

From:

MONTGOMERYCOUNTYCOUNCIL MONTGOMERYCOUNTYCOUNCIL ROCKVILLE,MARYLAND
DearMs. Lustig, ThisofficereceivedyourNovember10requestforpublicrecordsundertheMarylandPublicInformationAct(Md.Code,GeneralProvisionsSections4-101to4-601).Specifically,yourequestedcertaininformationrelatedtoMontgomeryCounty'sbidsubmittedinresponsetoAmazon'srequestforproposalsforitssecondheadquarters.TheCouncildoesnothaveanyrecordsthatareresponsivetoyourrequest.TheOfficeoftheCountyExecutivemayhaveresponsiverecords.TheMPIAliaisonforthatOfficeisSonettaNeufville.Ms.Neufvillecanbereachedatsonetta.neufville@montgomerycountymd.gov.
Sincerely,
Amanda Mihill LegislativeAttorney
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From: Montgomery County Council

MONTGOMERYCOUNTYCOUNCIL MONTGOMERYCOUNTYCOUNCIL ROCKVILLE,MARYLAND
DearMs. Lustig, IamwritingconcerningtherequestyousubmittedtotheCountyCouncil undertheMarylandPublicInformationAct(Md.Code,GeneralProvisionsArticle,Sections4-101to4-601).Specifically,yourequestedcertaininformationrelatedtoMontgomeryCounty'sbidsubmittedinresponsetoAmazon'srequestforproposalsforitssecondheadquarters. InaresponsedatedNovember13,IinformedyouthattheCouncildidnothaveanyrecordsthatwereresponsivetoyourrequest.SubsequenttomyNovember13e-mailmessage,IlearnedthattheCouncildoesinfacthaverecordsthatareresponsivetoyourrequest.However,asrequiredbySection4-203(b)(2)oftheGeneralProvisionsArticle oftheMd.Code,Iamalsonotifyingyouthatbaseduponthenatureofyourrequestandthetimethatitwilltaketoreviewtherequestedrecords,itwilltakemorethan10workingdaystoproducetherecordsforinspectiontoyou.WewillrespondtoyourrequestwithinthetimeframerequiredbythePublicInformationAct.
Sincerely,
Amanda Mihill LegislativeAttorney
STELLAB.WERNERCOUNCILOFFICEBUILDING • 100MARYLANDAVENUE • ROCKVILLE,MARYLAND 20850 240/777-7900 •  MDRELAY-DIAL711 • FAX240/777-7989
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From: Montgomery County Council

MONTGOMERYCOUNTYCOUNCIL MONTGOMERYCOUNTYCOUNCIL ROCKVILLE,MARYLAND
DearMs. Lustig, TheOfficeoftheCountyAttorneyistakingtheleadonrespondingtoyourrequestsubmittedundertheMarylandPublicInformationAct(MPIA)fordocumentsrelatingtotheCounty'sbidsubmittedinresponsetoAmazon'srequestforproposalsforitssecondheadquarters.IunderstandthatMr.EdwardLattnersentyouane-mailonNovember30withanupdatetoyourMPIArequest.Ifyouhavefurtherquestions,feelfreetocontactMr.Lattneratedward.lattner@montgomerycountymd.govor(240)777-6735.
Sincerely,
Amanda Mihill LegislativeAttorney
STELLAB.WERNERCOUNCILOFFICEBUILDING • 100MARYLANDAVENUE • ROCKVILLE,MARYLAND 20850 240/777-7900 •  MDRELAY-DIAL711 • FAX240/777-7989
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From: Montgomery County Council

MONTGOMERYCOUNTYCOUNCIL MONTGOMERYCOUNTYCOUNCIL ROCKVILLE,MARYLAND
DearMs. Lustig, TheOfficeoftheCountyAttorneyistakingtheleadonrespondingtoyourrequestsubmittedundertheMarylandPublicInformationAct(MPIA)fordocumentsrelatingtotheCounty'sbidsubmittedinresponsetoAmazon'srequestforproposalsforitssecondheadquarters.IunderstandthatMr.EdwardLattnersentyouane-mailonNovember30withanupdatetoyourMPIArequest.Ifyouhavefurtherquestions,feelfreetocontactMr.Lattneratedward.lattner@montgomerycountymd.govor(240)777-6735.
Sincerely,
Amanda Mihill LegislativeAttorney
STELLAB.WERNERCOUNCILOFFICEBUILDING • 100MARYLANDAVENUE • ROCKVILLE,MARYLAND 20850 240/777-7900 •  MDRELAY-DIAL711 • FAX240/777-7989
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From: Montgomery County Council

The County Attorney's Office will be responding on behalf of the County Executive and the County Council.

Edward B. Lattner | Chief
Division of Government Operations
Montgomery County Attorney's Office
101 Monroe Street, Third Floor | Rockville, Maryland 20850

From: Montgomery County Council

I anticipate the response will be ready early next week.

Edward B. Lattner | Chief
Division of Government Operations
Montgomery County Attorney's Office
101 Monroe Street, Third Floor | Rockville, Maryland 20850

From: Montgomery County Council

I am writing on behalf of the custodian of the records for which you have made application under the Maryland Public Information Act, Md. Code Ann., Gen. Prov. (GP) §§ 4-101 to 4-601. Your request is granted in part, and denied in part. The Proposal submitted by the County to Amazon includes site-specific information regarding proposed locations for Amazon's second headquarters, including information related to zoning, density and development potential, transportation, connectivity, and infrastructure investment. The Proposal also includes information regarding County incentives to attract Amazon to the County. Therefore, your request is denied to the extent it reveals (1) confidential commercial or confidential financial information obtained from other persons under GP § 4-335 or (2) information protected under GP § 4-344 ("interagency or intra-agency letters or memoranda") or executive privilege.

As to the first exemption, the Proposal includes confidential commercial and confidential financial information obtained from other persons that they would not customarily release to the public. The MPIA precludes the County from releasing this information.

As to the second exemption, release of the details of the County's Proposal before plans for Amazon's second headquarters are finalized would hamper the County's ability to successfully compete with other jurisdictions. This includes incentives the County is offering to attract Amazon to the County. Redactions reflecting confidential commercial/financial information the County has generated are made under the authority recognized in Stromberg Metal Works, Inc. v. Univ. of Md., 382 Md. 151, 167-70 (2004). Those County redactions are time sensitive, meaning that the County must reveal that information once plans for Amazon's second headquarters are finalized.

You may be able to file a complaint with the State Public Information Act Compliance Board under GP § 4-1A-05 if you have been charged a fee of over $350 for records and you believe that fee is unreasonable. You may seek the assistance of the Public Access Ombudsman to resolve certain disputes relating to an MPIA request as listed in GP § 4-1B-04. Finally, you may be able to file a complaint with the circuit court under GP § 4-362 if you have been denied inspection of a public record.

Edward B. Lattner | Chief
Division of Government Operations
Montgomery County Attorney's Office
101 Monroe Street, Third Floor | Rockville, Maryland 20850

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Welcome to the new email newsletter, The Council Connection. Delivered to your inbox on Monday afternoons when the Council is session, Council Connections will review business before the Council and recent actions.

Council Connection Masthead

Council President's Message

Welcome to the new email newsletter, The Council Connection. Delivered to your inbox on Monday afternoons when the Council is session, The Council Connection will review business before the Council and recent actions. I hope it helps you participate more effectively in community affairs.

You are receiving the newsletter because you have previously been in touch with the Council. If you do not want to receive this newsletter, simply navigate to the bottom of this email and click unsubscribe. I do hope you stick around though!

Lets dive in.

County Executive Leggett submitted his FY19 budget proposal to the County Council last Thursday. I appreciate the great work that the Executive and his staff have done to get us to this point in the budget process. The County Executives budget, which you can explore using the Countys Open Budget tools [ http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/omb/openBudget.html ], provides a solid foundation for the Council to begin its work to determine the final budget. Keep tabs on the Councils progress by visiting our budget webpage [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/budget_summary/index.html ].

In addition to the FY19 budget, the Council has a full agenda for the week ahead [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/Resources/Files/agenda/col/Current_agenda.pdf ]. Three bills dealing with environmental issues will be introduced, and the Council will take final action on economic development legislation. The Council continues its work on the Capital Budget with tentative approval of projects in public safety, technology, and transportation. The Council will also conclude its work on the 10 Year Water and Sewer Plan. The plan (in concert with Countys master plans) determines where and how sewer or septic systems decisions are made. Read the staff memo here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7657&meta_id=150972 ].

On Tuesday night, we have a public hearing about a proposal from the County Executive [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7657&meta_id=150968 ] to amend the zoning code to allow for new telecommunications equipment. Specifically, new antennas that companies like Verizon and AT&T (to name just a few) want to install for the next generation of connectivity are smaller and intended to be placed on utility poles, streetlights, and similar locations, but the zoning code does not allow for them. There are many challenging issues involved.

Committees will take up many substantial issues, from affordable housing legislation and Montgomery College capital funding to the Purple Line. Read the full committee agenda here [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/resources/files/agenda/cm/current_com_agn.pdf ].

Best wishes,

Hans Riemer
Council President

P.S. It looks like our region will be getting some wintry weather starting late Monday night. County officials are monitoring the situation closely (including whether the Council will have session as planned). Check out the County Snow Portal for the latest news and updates [ http://montgomerycountymd.gov/snow/ ].

*RECENT ACTIONS*

* The Council met with more than 200 people at the Councils Town Hall at the White Oak Recreation Center on March 14. We discussed a wide range of issues including economic development, the opportunity gap, protections for our immigrant communities, libraries, crime and litter. A portion of the meeting can be viewed here [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvC4RzLmakA&feature=youtu.be ].
* The Council tentatively approved capital projects affecting WSSC, Public Safety, and Recreation

How do I?

...get involved with the Councils work on the FY19 budget.

Final Council action on the FY19 budget is currently scheduled for May 24, but we need your help in the meantime. We want to know what services are most important to you and how we can make local government more responsive to your needs. Here are a couple ways to make your voice heard during the budget process:

* Send an email with your views to County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov or use our comment form [ http://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/CCL_ContactForms/ContactCouncil.aspx ]
* Call the Councils budget hotline at 240-777-7802
* Use the hashtag #MoCoFY19 on social media
* Sign up to testify [ http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/PHSignUp.html ] at the Councils public hearings on the operating budget on April 10, 11, and 12

Below is the Countys budget timeline.

*January 15*
County Executive submits proposed Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and capital budget to the Council.

*February*
Early February - Capital Improvements Program (CIP) public hearings are scheduled.
For the FY19-24 CIP, Council public hearings were held on February 6 and 7.

*March 15*
County Executive submits proposed operating budget to the Council.

*April*
Early April - Operating budget public hearings are scheduled.
For the FY19 budget these public hearings are scheduled for April 10, 11 and 12.
Committee meetings begin to review operating budget.

*May*
Council operating budget meetings begin.
For the FY19 budget these meetings are tentatively scheduled for May 7-17.
Final vote on the operating budget is tentatively scheduled for May 24.

*June 1*
Council must take final action on the budget no later than June 1.

*July 1*
New fiscal year begins.


Montgomery County Council

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Rockville, MD 20850
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I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday weekend. The Council is back in session on Tuesday, and we have a packed agenda.

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Council President's Message

I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday weekend. The Council is back in session on Tuesday, and we have a packed agenda. Included will be a discussion about employee workplace harassment policies and procedures, a review that the Council requested to ensure that we are doing everything we can to promote productive and safe work environments for our public sector employees.

We will also continue our work on the FY19-24 capital budget with a special focus on Montgomery Public Schools. The Council has been steadily increasing its investment in MCPS construction and renovation needs [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7676&meta_id=151490 ], making MCPS a higher priority for our construction program. The County Executives proposal before the Council would raise MCPS funding to record levels.

You may have heard that the Census Bureau recently announced that the 2020 Census will include a question on citizenship. In response, the Council will introduce a resolution [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7676&meta_id=151460 ] that opposes this question and urges Maryland to sue the Federal Government to stop its addition to the Census. The resolution underscores that the citizenship question will damage the accuracy of the 2020 Census, affecting our community disproportionately, and hinder the goals of the Voting Rights Act. The Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution on April 17.

On Tuesday night, we have a public hearing about a proposal [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7657&meta_id=150968 ] from the County Executive to amend the zoning code to allow for new telecommunications equipment. Specifically, new antennas that companies like Verizon and AT&T (to name just a few) want to install for the next generation of connectivity are smaller and intended to be placed on utility poles, streetlights, and similar locations, but the zoning code does not allow for them. There are many challenging issues involved.

Committees will take up many substantial issues, from Countywide technology programs to childcare. Read the full committee agenda here [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/resources/files/agenda/cm/current_com_agn.pdf ].

Best wishes,

Hans Riemer
Council President

*RECENT ACTIONS*

* The Council tentatively approved capital projects affecting public safety [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=14739&meta_id=151104 ], technology [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=14739&meta_id=151113 ], and transportation [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=14739&meta_id=151119 ]
* The Council approved the 10 Year Water and Sewer Plan [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=14739&meta_id=151122 ] and economic development legislation [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=14739&meta_id=151101 ]
* Watch recent Council proclamations on the Jaguar Scholars Leadership Program at Julius West MS [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWxfbeE47j0&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=MontgomeryCountyCouncil ] and the 50th Anniversary of AFI [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b9K8qehWXM&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=MontgomeryCountyCouncil ]

How do I?

...find Council staff packets.

The County Council has a dedicated staff of analysts and attorneys that provide rigorous and objective analysis of all business before the Council. Reading the work product (packets in the vernacular) of these analysts and attorneys is the most comprehensive way to learn about the particular issue you care about.

Fortunately, you dont have to come to Rockville and dig through paper archives to browse the Council staff packets. They are all available on the Council website [ http://montgomerycountymd.gov/council/ ]. Here are some tips to help you find the packet you are looking for:

* Use the search archives function on the Council Meeting Portal [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html ] website by entering in keywords
* Use the Council and Committee Agenda listings on the Council Meeting Portal [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html ], which have links to the corresponding packets
* For legislative packets, navigate to the Legislative Information Management System [ https://apps.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccllims/bill_List.aspx ] (LIMS) webpage. You can search with keywords or utilize the filters to find the right legislative packet
* For budget packets, navigate to the Council operating budget [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/budget_summary/FY19/OPB/index.html ] or capital budget [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/budget_summary/FY19/CIP/index.html ] web pages where you can browse by committee jurisdiction

Montgomery County Council

*Montgomery Council Council*
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Rockville, MD 20850
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Introduced to the Council this week, at the request of the County Executive, will be a zoning change that addresses the potential for Montgomery County to host a major corporate headquarters

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Council President's Message

Introduced to the Council this week, at the request of the County Executive, will be a zoning change that addresses the potential for Montgomery County to host a major corporate headquarters (for example, Amazon HQ2). The proposal does not add density to existing master plans, but does provide for streamlining to reflect the unique needs of a project at that scale. Read more about it here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7689&meta_id=152285 ].

This week the Council will hear in-person testimony from residents about priorities for the Countys FY19 operating budget at 5 public hearings. There are waiting lists for the hearings; nevertheless, if you havent yet signed up to and want to, use the Councils website to choose a time slot [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/PHSignUp.html ]. The Council will accommodate as many voices as possible.

At Tuesdays Council session, Councilmembers will have an important discussion about access to pre-k and early education in the County, reviewing studies and hearing from experts. Research demonstrates that quality care in the early years pays off with better educational and social outcomes and more efficient use of school resources. Last year the Council funded a significant expansion of Head Start as well as more child care subsidies; this year the Council will consider new and different approaches.

Also at Tuesdays Council Session, a zoning text amendment [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7689&meta_id=152275 ] will be introduced that supports breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries locating in agricultural areas by creating a new Farm Alcohol Production use.

The Council will conduct a number of public hearings on environmental, pre-k and broadband legislation.

Council Committees start their work on the FY19 Operating with the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) reviewing Park and Plannings budget request.

Cordially,
Hans Riemer
Council President

*RECENT ACTIONS*

* The Council reviewed the Capital Improvements Program for Montgomery College and MCPS.
* The Council hosted a discussion on employee harassment policies and procedures with County departments and agencies.
* See last weeks proclamations celebrating National Service Recognition Day [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sevXI_7kFok&ab_channel=MontgomeryCountyCouncil ], raising awareness of the needs of adults with autism [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmKVH83zvX8&ab_channel=MontgomeryCountyCouncil ], and recognizing Wednesday, April 11, 2018 as Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNZnhAUC9UQ&ab_channel=MontgomeryCountyCouncil ].

How do I...?

...watch a Council committee session online.

Often, big issues are worked out at committee before coming to the full Council. If you want to see how that happens, you can watch committee sessions live or on demand. Simply navigate to the Council Meeting Portal [ http://montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html ]. You can view live committee sessions, browse the archives, and search by keyword.


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On Tuesday, with a briefing from Council staff, the Council will discuss the overall fiscal situation for the budget.

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Tuesday is Council session. While this is a very busy week, much of the heavy lifting comes at committee.

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Council President's Message

Tuesday is Council session. While this is a very busy week, much of the heavy lifting comes at committee. Council staff is working overtime to review the executives budget and prepare recommendations for committee deliberation. At committee is where Councilmembers typically propose additions and reductions to the executives budget; all of these potential changes are then resolved through reconciliation in mid-May.

Tomorrow the Council will vote on a resolution to proclaim 2018 as the Year of the Anacostia. See this fascinating story about the history of river [ https://wamu.org/story/18/04/03/a-tale-of-two-rivers-the-history-pollution-and-regeneration-of-the-anacostia-and-potomac/ ]; the County has worked hard in recent years to reduce our pollution into the river. We will also vote on a resolution to develop an equity policy framework for County government.

Council will consider several important appointments to County government, including Commander Marcus Jones, nominated as Assistant Chief of the Police Department. The Council will also hold interviews on an appointment to the Board of Investment Trustees, which oversees the County employee retirement plans.

Finally, a number of public hearings on FY19 budget matters and two pieces of legislation dealing with transportation network companies fees [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7720&meta_id=154269 ] and an economic development strategic plan [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7720&meta_id=154271 ] will be held in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Council committees will have reached the halfway point in their review of the FY19 budget by the end of this week. This week they will consider funding requests for transportation, snow removal, schools, police, corrections, economic development, environmental protection, solid waste services, and technology services. See the full committee agenda [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/resources/files/agenda/cm/current_com_agn.pdf ]. The Council remains on track to approve the final budget by the end of May.

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President

*RECENT ACTIONS*

* The Council discussed the overall fiscal situation for the budget [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=14887&meta_id=153849 ].
* The Council introduced legislation that creates a green jobs apprenticeship program [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=14887&meta_id=153818 ].
* The Council introduced a special appropriation to fund legal representation [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=14887&meta_id=153814 ] for County residents detained because of deportation proceedings

How do I...?

...figure out who your district Councilmember is.

The County has five Councilmanic districts that each are represented by one Councilmember. Four at-large Councilmembers represent the entire County. Find out who your district Councilmember is by visiting the Councils handy Find My Councilmember tool [ https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mccouncildistrict/ ]. Simply locate your home on the digital map or type in your address. And dont forget that you are represented by five council members!


Montgomery County Council

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100 Maryland Avenue, 4th Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
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On Tuesday, Council will be in session. We will review and act upon the County employee compensation agreements that have been negotiated by the executive branch and our employee unions.

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The Council is entering the homestretch for this years budget.

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Council President's Message

The Council is entering the homestretch for this years budget.

This week and next, the Council will be meeting nearly every day to make preliminary budget decisions on every aspect of County government, from police, housing, transportation, and schools to fire and rescue, recreation, and parks. A straw vote on the final budget will take place on Thursday, May 17 with formal approval one week later. You can check out the Councils budget agendas [ http://montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/Resources/Files/agenda/Budget_Worksession_FY19.pdf ] and follow the Councils progress by watching live and on demand [ http://montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html ]. Despite the generally positive economic environment, tax revenues have been very volatile and below expectations.

The Councils budget will reflect difficult trade-offs as we try to resolve competing community priorities. As of now, the Council has recommended more than $20 million for additions. The amount that the Council can actually fund, however, will be substantially less.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Council will also hold applicant interviews for positions on the Montgomery County Planning Board [ http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/ ] and the Board of Investment Trustees [ http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcerp/investment/about/index.html ]. The five-member Planning Board advises the Council on land use, transportation, zoning, and development approval issues. The Board of Investment Trustees oversees the County employee retirement plans.

Also on Thursday, the Council will travel to WSSC headquarters in Laurel, MD to meet with the Prince Georges County Council to discuss bi-county budgets. Both Counties work collaboratively to determine the budgets for bi-county agencies, which include WSSC and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC).

After a busy few weeks reviewing and making recommendations on the budget, committees have a light week as the full Council turns its attention to the budget.

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President

*RECENT ACTIONS*

* The Council held a public hearing on a special appropriation to provide legal assistance for low-income County residents without violent criminal convictions who have been detained and face deportation proceedings.
* The Council reviewed a number of key budget items, including schools, emergency management and homeland security, the Office of Human Rights, the Sheriffs Office, and the States Attorneys Office.
* The Council presented proclamations recognizing the week of April 29-May 5 as National Small Business Week [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ5UP3Oe4Eo&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=MontgomeryCountyCouncil ], May 5 as Tree House Tour de Cookie Day [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa5miVnI3uY&feature=youtu.be ], and the month of May as Building Safety Month [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPazMG_w-jc&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=MontgomeryCountyCouncil ].

How do I...

...learn more about the Countys Vision Zero initiative?

The County has committed itself to reducing traffic related fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030, joining many other jurisdictions across the Country. Vision Zero is a policy framework that places higher priority on human safety than mobility and recognizes that transportation-related deaths are not inevitable, but preventable. As such, the transportation system (the infrastructure itself, enforcement, law, and education efforts) must be wholistically designed to maximize safety on the roadways.

The County recently published its 2 year action plan for Vision Zero, which sets forth the vision and makes numerous recommendations. You can read it here [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/action.html ]. The County Executives recommended budget reflects the importance of this initiative by programming more than $118 million in the upcoming fiscal year. See where those funds are programmed here [ https://apps.montgomerycountymd.gov/BASISOPERATING/Common/Chapter.aspx?ID=PEDS ].


Montgomery County Council

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After several months and many worksessions, the Council will make final decisions on the County budget this week and next.

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Council President's Message

After several months and many worksessions, the Council will make final decisions on the County budget this week and next. The Countys budget totals over $5 billion, supporting critical services from police, fire and rescue, transportation, housing to libraries, parks, and recreation.

This week I would like to take you inside the priority that constitutes almost half of the entire County budget, Montgomery County Public Schools.

The Board of Education requested, the County Executive recommended, and the County Council is poised to approve an FY19 Operating Budget for Montgomery County Public Schools of $2.6 billion, an increase of $73 million or 3% over FY18. Much of the increase is due to continued enrollment growth. MCPS projects an increase of over 1,700 students in FY19. This is 100% of the funding requested by the Board of Education.

The FY19 MCPS budget request maintains or enhances several important programs, including:

* maintaining the class-size reductions approved by the Council in FY17;
* expanding two-way immersion dual language programs to three additional elementary schools;
* increasing counselor and psychologist positions to address the physical, psychological, and social well-being of students;
* adding new career pathway programs for high-school students;
* expanding needed pre-kindergarten programs and services.
* and maintaining funding approved by the Council last year to expand Head Start programs from half-day to full-day, shown by the research as a key component in maximizing the impact of early childhood education.

With respect to funding allocation, the local contribution of tax dollars would fund 66% of MCPS request, with the state providing most of the remainder. Montgomery County continues to rank near the top of all Maryland jurisdictions in total per pupil funding and the proportion of local funding provided.

The next few weeks we will take a deeper look into the rest of the budget. Stay tuned.

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President

*RECENT ACTIONS*

* The Council reviewed the operating budget for the Montgomery County Police Department, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and others.
* The Council held an applicant interview for a position on the Montgomery County Planning Board
* The Council commemorated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a81h_BHuyNM ] with leaders and members of these important Montgomery County communities.
* The Council presented proclamations recognizing Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w33J6sQTiFI&t=22s ], ALS Awareness Month, National Correctional Officers Week [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaVdInTdkDs&t=13s ], and celebrating over 50 years since the establishment of Montgomery Colleges nursing program [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jB2-zdblX0 ].

How do I...

...dig even deeper into the MCPS budget?

If we have only whetted your appetite for more information on the MCPS budget, below you will find even more resources.

* Check out the interactive MCPS budget tool [ apps.montgomerycountymd.gov/BASISOPERATING/Common/Department.aspx?ID=MCPS ] on the Countys open budget website
* Read the Council staff memo [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7753&meta_id=157265 ] (pdf) on the MCPS budget
* View the Montgomery County Board of Education budget request [ http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/budget/fy2019/FY%202019%20BOE%20Budget%20FINAL_Searchable.pdf ] (pdf)

Montgomery County Council

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Rockville, MD 20850
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This Thursday, May 24, the Council will formally approve the budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Council President's Message

This Thursday, May 24, the Council will formally approve the budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. The Council has worked hard and collaboratively throughout this process. With our remarkable staff and engaged community, we have produced a budget that is restrained and responsible, does not raise taxes, and ensures the County will continue to provide the superb services that so many of our residents appreciate so much.

I credit the County Executive with making many great decisions in his budget, including fully funding Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The County Executives budget also presented some daunting challenges in public safety.

Faced with cuts that would have negatively impacted fire and rescue service in Germantown, Hyattstown, and Silver Spring, the Council found a way to change priorities to fund over $7 million for critical public safety services. This amount was about half of all of our adjustments, demonstrating the importance we place on the issue. People take for granted that when their house is on fire, or when their spouse has a heart attack, that someone will respond quickly. We prioritized that quick response time in this budget.

Last week we reviewed some highlights from the MCPS budget; this week we take a closer look at public safety.

*Fire and Rescue:*
The County Executives recommended MCFRS operating budget [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15028&meta_id=156778 ] totaled $211 million, down 1.7% from last year. This would have cut a total of $3.5 million and 29 career firefighter positions from the Fire and Rescue Service. The most significant proposed cuts would have taken three response units out of service, including a paramedic engine in Hyattstown, a paramedic engine in Germantown, and an aerial tower in Hillandale. Together, these cuts totaled $5.8 million.

All three cuts would increase response times in the response units first due areas. Hyattstown and Germantown each would have increased from 6-8 minutes to 10-12 minutes. Hillandale response times for an aerial unit would have increased from eight minutes to 12 minutes. While the County Executive had a plan to transfer firefighter positions to mitigate the increased response times, the Council ultimately chose to restore funding for all three response units and provide funding for additional staffing in Burtsonsville and for volunteer firefighters. All in all, the Council provided an additional $6.5 million to Fire and Rescue.

*Police:*
The County Executives recommended Police budget [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15043&meta_id=157050 ] totaled $279 million, up 1.5% from last year. The Police Department budget was one of the few public safety budgets that had a budget increase for FY19. However, the County Executives proposed budget did not include any new police officer positions, and in fact, it lapsed six police officer positions for the year.

The Council discussed School Resource Officers at length, given the Maryland Safe to Learn act that the General Assembly just passed this year in response to the recent school shooting in St. Marys County. Currently, the SRO program, which includes not only MCPD officers, but also officers from the City of Rockville Police Department, City of Gaithersburg Police Department, and the Office of the Sheriff, provides 27 officers and deputies assigned to each County public high school. These officers are also responsible for assisting with any issues within their respective middle schools. The new state law, however, requires that each Maryland jurisdiction has either an SRO or adequate local law enforcement coverage at every school for the 2019-2020 school year. Given the complexity and reach of the new state law, Council committees will examine the law and its mandates in more depth on July 19.

This year, however, the Council added three new SRO positions that will be assigned to middle schools. The Council also added one new vice unit detective position that will address human trafficking concerns in the County.

*Sheriff:*
The County Executives recommended Sheriff budget [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15043&meta_id=157009 ] totaled $23 million, down 1.1% from last year. An important issue for the Sheriffs Office this year was body worn cameras. In October 2017, the Sheriffs Office took advantage of a free body worn camera pilot program offered through Axon, the vendor who supplies body cameras for the County Police Department. The Sheriffs Office has 162 deputies who are outfitted with body worn cameras. These cameras are important both for accountability as well as safety purposes. Deputies are often in potentially volatile situations while serving domestic violence protective orders and mental health-related emergency evaluation petitions. This risk is especially true after the General Assembly passed additional domestic violence and gun control laws, such as the red flag law (HB1302) that permits the Sheriff to confiscate guns from individuals who have been deemed by the court to be an extreme risk to self or others.

The Council approved an additional $229,903 to permit the Sheriffs Office to maintain the program through FY19.

The next few weeks we will continue our exploration of the County budget. Stay tuned.

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President

How do I...

... find out what items and grants the Council added to the budget.

Although the County Executive sent the Council a very good budget, the Council has the final say. The Council reconciles competing community priorities and available resources through its reconciliation process. This year, the Council was able to identify almost $15 million in resources to invest into critical services identified by the community. The Council also programmed over $2.8 million for grants to non-profits in the County. Check out the details here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15085&meta_id=157671 ].


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The Council has passed the operating and capital budgets for the upcoming year (July 2018 to July 2019).

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Council President's Message

The Council has passed the budgets for the upcoming fiscal year (July 2018 to July 2019). In recent newsletters we have reviewed the MCPS [ http://councilmemberriemer.com/2018/05/the-council-connection-funding-for-mcps.html ] and public safety [ http://councilmemberriemer.com/2018/05/the-council-connection-council-prioritizes-fire-and-rescue-services.html ] budgets. This week, however, we step back to review the overall fiscal picture.

*Revenue*
This was a restrained budget year as the Council grappled with revenues that were lower than anticipated and only allowed for an increase in expenditures in a few highest priority areas.

Although the local economy continues to perform well with low unemployment, strong job growth, and rising incomes, tax revenues have remained below expectations. Tax revenues for this fiscal year are down $106.1 million from the budget we approved last summer. The revenue shortfall stems in large part from a significant decline in revenue from capital gains, but other revenues were softer than expected, too. Recognizing the need to get ahead of the problem, the Council approved over $125 million in reductions to the FY18 budget mid-year.

While revenues are below expectations, they did allow for a modest increase in FY19, which through the budget process was almost entirely devoted to MCPS.

The *Council did not raise taxes* in this years budget. In fact, the weighted average real property tax rate fell by 1.98 cents this year, and by a combined 4.50 cents over the past two years.

The property tax will generate approximately $1.8 billion in revenue, about a third of total revenue. The next largest revenue source is the income tax at an estimated at $1.6 billion. The income tax rate remains unchanged. Read more about the Councils decisions on the property tax here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15081&meta_id=157615 ] (pdf). More information on the other revenue sources can be found here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15081&meta_id=157619 ] (pdf).

What does this all mean for the average household? Adjusted for inflation, the County share of taxes relative to personal income has remained virtually unchanged for the last five years.

*Expenditures*
The operating budget for the upcoming year totals $5.6 billion, a 2% increase from the previous year. There are real differences though by agency. MCPS expenditures will rise by about 3%, Montgomery College will rise about 1%, and Montgomery County government (provider of public safety, libraries, HHS and other services) will rise at 0.2%.

I always find that the rate of increase overall is the most useful number to focus on when trying to understand the overall budget picture. This years increase, 2% overall, is very modest. Consider that in 2004, 2005, and 2006, the County budget increased by over 10% annually each year.

You can find a rough breakdown of how expenditures are programmed in the chart below.

County Expenditures Pie Chart

The chart above demonstrates our priorities: MCPS funding is about half of all County spending with the next largest program being public safety. Debt service, though, is not far behind, which is why we are reducing our borrowing levels in our capital budget.

*Reserves*
This Council strengthened its commitment to fiscal discipline in this budget, by setting aside additional funds for our reserve. By adding enough new funding in this budget to have a fund equal to 9.4% of our revenues, the County stays on track to meet its 10% goal by 2020. After making adjustments to our retiree health fund (OPEB) for the FY18 revenue shortfall, we also fully funded our FY19 commitment to OPEB.

Sufficient monies in reserves are critical for us to weather downturns in our revenues, which we have experienced regularly over the years -- including this past year.

Healthy reserve funding helps the County maintain our coveted AAA Bond Rating, the highest possible. The AAA Bond Rating means we get the lowest interest rates, allowing us to build more schools and facilities with our capital funds.

Dont just take my word for it, here is what the ratings agencies say:

"The Countys budget management demonstrates a strong commitment to bolstering its reserve cushion in preparation for the next downturn, said Fitch. Given the Countys conservative management practices and emphasis on increasing reserves, operations are expected to remain strong. Moodys noted that the countys financial flexibility remains sound, while S & P indicated that the Countys financial practices are strong, well embedded, and likely sustainable."

*Big picture*
The Council produced a budget that is restrained and responsible and meets critical goals for fiscal discipline. It does not raise taxes, and ensures the County will continue to provide the superb services that so many of our residents appreciate so much.

Next week we will turn to budgets for transportation and parks. Stay tuned.

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President


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The Councils meeting this week was productive. We took up a number of substantial items, including changes to the Countys stormwater program and legislation

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Council President's Message

The Councils meeting this week was productive. We took up a number of substantial items, including changes to the Countys stormwater program and legislation that makes it easier for seniors who have lived in their homes for 40 years to get a property tax credit. You can view the Councils full agenda here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15217 ]. More information about the senior property tax credit is here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15217&meta_id=158995 ].

Now, Id like to continue our exploration of this years budget, reviewing transportation and parks.

*Budget Update: Transportation*
Transportation funding was a high priority for the Council in this years budget. The Council funded the Department of Transportations budget at more than $217 million. This includes funding for items like road maintenance, leaf collection, Ride On and the parking lot districts. Despite the challenging fiscal climate, the Council was able to make the following important additions to the Countys transportation budget:

* New pilot bus service on Route 52 between Glenmont Metro Station and Rockville. This new service will use microbuses to broaden the service area.
* New bus service between several points in Clarksburg and the Germantown MARC station starting in January 2019
* $100,000 to restore signal timing optimization to help keep traffic moving
* Creation of a Vision Zero Coordinator position within the County Executives Office
* Addition of $2 million for residential resurfacing in FY20
* New funding to design and build pedestrian underpasses at the White Flint and Forest Glen Metro Stations
* $2.8 million in additional funding to accelerate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects in the Wheaton, Veirs Mill, Takoma-Langley, Long Branch and Piney Branch Bicycle Pedestrian Priority Areas (BiPPA)

*Budget Update: Parks*
The Council funded $153.6 million for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). Included in this amount is more than $107 million to maintain the Countys park system, which includes 419 parks and more than 36,800 acres of land. The Council added $200,000 to create urban parks through placemaking and $343,995 to provide service for new and expanded parks across the County. Some of the high priorities have been trails, including natural surface trails, and athletic fields.

* Added $2 million for Parks to increase their stream protection efforts
* Increased funding by $750K to support the renovation of school ballfields
* $1.5 million in funding to support Vision Zero improvements on Trail - Road intersections
* Kept the Hillandale Local Park renovation on schedule to be completed in FY22

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President


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The Council returns to session this week, and we have a full agenda.

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Council President's Message

The Council returns to session this week, and we have a full agenda [ https://montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/Resources/Files/agenda/col/Current_agenda.pdf ].

*Housing Affordability*
The Council will introduce legislation [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8010&meta_id=159752 ] sponsored by the members of the planning and housing committee (PHED) that will enable changes for accessory dwelling units. The legislation would allow the countys Department of Housing and Community Affairs to approve applications rather than requiring hearings before the Board of Appeals. The Council is also seeking input about additional changes that could be made to enable this type of housing construction. Please share your thoughts with us by writing a note to county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov. The public hearing will occur on September 11, 2018 at 1:30pm.

The Council will also take up significant legislation changing the code for our Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit program - a visionary law first enacted in Montgomery County in 1973 and since copied in jurisdictions across the Country. The MPDU law requires that 12.5% of all new developments with more than 20 housing units be set aside in the Countys affordable program. The law has produced more than 11,000 affordable units since its creation (though many aged out of their control period before it was extended to 99 years). Bill 34-17, sponsored by Councilmember Floreen, would make several changes to update and strengthen the law. Bill 38-17, sponsored by Council President Riemer, would increase the requirement to 15% in the areas of the County with the least affordable housing. Both laws will be before the full Council after extensive committee discussion.

Next, a number of specific items of interest:

*Council research projects*
The Councils research arm, the Office of Legislative Oversight [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/olo/ ], plans projects including: minimum wage, 311, racial equity, and student loan refinancing. The Council will approve the full work program [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8010&meta_id=159716 ] on Tuesday.

*Economic development incentives*
Partnering with the State, the Council agenda includes the approval of a number of economic development incentives for the expansion of companies based in Montgomery County, including Altimmune, Abt Associates, HMS Host, and Applied Biomimetics. You can learn more here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8010 ].

*Arts nonprofit taking space at Silver Spring Library *
After a competitive selection process, the County entered into an agreement with Arts on the Block [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8010&meta_id=159736 ] to occupy space in the Silver Spring Library. Arts on the Block [ http://artsontheblock.com/ ] is a local non-profit organization focused on empowering creative youth. Welcome to the Silver Spring Library, Arts on the Block!

*New Assistant Police Chief*
The County Executive has nominated, and the Council is poised to confirm [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8010&meta_id=159744 ], Mr. David C. Anderson as Assistant Police Chief. The current Police Commander of District 1 station, Mr. Anderson will bring 28 years of distinguished service at MCPD to his new role.

*Stormwater*
We will act on a special appropriation to the Countys stormwater program [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8010&meta_id=159746 ]. This appropriation is the result of a compromise between the County Executive and the Council that allows for greater efficiencies in our stormwater program while maintaining Council oversight.

And finally:

*Update on mobile communications infrastructure*
The Council recently approved carefully calibrated zoning changes [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15077&meta_id=157492 ] in our commercial and industrial zones to speed the deployment of next-generation wireless technology. There is still work more to be done, but the Council is making progress on this important issue. Nevertheless, there are efforts underway at the FCC and in Congress to strip away our authority on siting wireless infrastructure.

To combat these efforts, this week I met with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, on behalf of the County, to share our concerns with these preemption efforts and to request an update of the decades old radio frequency (RF) emissions standards. Commissioner Carr has been designated as lead Commissioner on small cell deployments and is believed to be drafting a proposal for Commission consideration in the fall. I reiterated for Commissioner Carr the message delivered to Chairman Pai by Ike Leggett, Jamie Raskin and myself last year -- that the FCC should not preempt local governments but rather work with us as partners to ensure successful deployment; and that FCC should refresh its RF standards.

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President

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RECENT ACTIONS

* Members of the Councils Public Safety Committee received an update [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15291 ] from Montgomery County Police Department officials on the departments internal affairs investigation process, in light of the recent officer-involved shooting in Silver Spring.
* Members of the Councils Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee reviewed bills on solar panels [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15299&meta_id=159629 ] and climate policy [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15299&meta_id=159631 ], and receiving a briefing on the Countys composting and food waste plan [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/SWS/Resources/Files/foodwaste/Strategic%20Plan%20to%20Advance%20Composting%2C%20Compost%20Use%2C%20and%20Food%20Scraps%20Diversion%20in%20Montgomery%20County%2C%20MD.pdf ].

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Before we head into the August recess, the Council meets this Tuesday with a full agenda.

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Council President's Message

Before we head into the August recess, the Council meets this Tuesday with a full agenda [ https://montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/Resources/Files/agenda/col/Current_agenda.pdf ] (pdf).

*Housing Affordability*
After extensive discussion, the Council will take action on two significant pieces of legislation that make improvements to our Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) program - a visionary law first enacted in Montgomery County in 1973 and since copied in jurisdictions across the Country. The MPDU law requires that 12.5% of all new developments with more than 20 housing units be set aside in the Countys affordable, below-market rate program. The law has produced more than 11,000 affordable units since its creation (though many aged out of their control period before it was extended to 99 years). Bill 34-17 [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8011&meta_id=160207 ] (pdf), sponsored by Councilmember Floreen, would make several changes to update and strengthen the law. Bill 38-17 [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8011&meta_id=160209 ] (pdf), sponsored by Council President Riemer, would increase the requirement to 15% in the areas of the County with the least affordable housing.

Following are some other highlights of the Councils week:

*Naming New High School After Josiah Henson*
Last week, First Lady Catherine Leggett and Council President Hans Riemer sent a letter to the Board of Education [ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Riemer/Resources/Files/Josiah-Henson-Letter.pdf ] (pdf) urging them to name the new high school on Old Georgetown Road in Rockville after Josiah Henson. Reverend Henson, one of the great unsung heroes in the County, lived and labored in the area where Tilden Middle School now stands on what was once Riley Farm.

To learn more about Josiah Hensons story and why he is such a pivotal historical figure, please attend a special screening of the documentary film Josiah on August 10 at 7:00 p.m at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring. Tickets are available on the AFI Silver Theatre website [ https://silver.afi.com/Browsing/Movies/Details/m-0100002059 ] and at the AFI box office.

*Crime Statistics*
The Council public safety committee reviewed the Countys 2017 and 2018 year-to-date crime statistics. While crimes against persons have ticked up in 2018, the total number of criminal offenses are trending lower than 2017 (-48.8%). Please see the full update here [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&clip_id=15336&meta_id=160212 ].

*Wireless infrastructure zoning changes*
At the request of the County Executive, the Council will introduce zoning changes [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8011&meta_id=160195 ] (pdf) that are designed to speed the deployment of wireless infrastructure in residential areas while maintaining appropriate safeguards for neighbors. The public hearing will be on September 11, beginning at 7:30pm. You can also provide feedback by writing to county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov.

*Converting streetlights to LED*
The Council will vote on an appropriation proposed by the County Executive to begin phase 1 of an ambitious plan to convert all County street lights from high pressure sodium (HPS) to light-emitting diode (LED). LED streetlights use less energy and are easier to maintain, which saves the County (and taxpayers) money.

And finally, an update on the Councils efforts to promote local craft alcohol production.

*Farm Alcohol Production Zoning Changes*
In order to improve Montgomery Countys offering of wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries in our agricultural areas, Councilmember Riemer and Rice introduced ZTA 18-03 [ http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=8031&meta_id=160118 ]. After making a number of changes suggested from stakeholders, the zoning committee (PHED) unanimously recommended the ZTA to the full Council this week. The full Council will take up these zoning changes in September.

Cordially,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Council President

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