County Council to Hold Public Hearings on March 12 and 19

The Montgomery County Council will hold public hearings on March 12, and 19. Full details below courtesy Montgomery County:

March 12, 2024 at 1:30 p.m.
Deadline to sign up to speak is March 11 at 2 p.m.

  • Supplemental Appropriation #24-62 to the FY24 Operating Budget, Montgomery County Government, Department of Health and Human Services, FY24 ELC Enhancing Detection Expansion Grant: $2,126,815 (Source of Funds: State Grant)
  • Supplemental Appropriation #24-61 to the FY24 Operating Budget, Montgomery County Public Schools, Supply Chain Assistance Funds, $1,161,003 (Source of Funds: State Grant)
  • Supplemental Appropriation #24-63 to the FY24 Operating Budget, Montgomery County Public Schools, Supply Chain Assistance Funds, $3,343,716 (Source of Funds: State Grant)

March 19, 2024 at 1:30 p.m.
Deadline to sign up to speak is March 18 at 2 p.m.

  • Amendment to the FY23-28 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Special Appropriation and Amendment to the FY24 Capital Budget: Montgomery County Government, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Nonprofit Preservation Fund (P762301), $19,999,000(Source of Funds: Loan Repayment Proceeds)


Vacancies on Council appointed boards, committees and commissions

The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants to serve on the following Council appointed boards, committees and commissions:

Montgomery County Planning Board

The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants to fill one full-term vacancy on the Montgomery County Planning Board. The partial term of Commissioner Bartley is expiring in June 2024, and he has indicated his interest in reapplying. Applicants must live in Montgomery County and be registered to vote in the County as a member of any political party, or unaffiliated with any political party. Voter registration will be verified by the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2024.

A cover letter expressing interest and resume, listing professional and civic experience (including appointments to any state or local boards or committees), political party affiliation, telephone number, home mailing address, and an email address (no more than 4 pages) should be emailed to: Council President Friedson, [email protected], or mailed to Council President Friedson, Montgomery County Council, Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850.



A full list of upcoming public hearings is available on the Council Calendar. Review the public hearing frequently asked questions for additional information.

To testify in-person or remotely during a live public hearing at the Council Office Building, residents need to preregister on the Council’s web page. Residents may also choose to provide pre-recorded testimony in written, audio or video formats or submit testimony by mail.

Send testimony by mail to County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850; or residents may sign up to testify remotely by phone (call 240-777-7803for information). To express an opinion call 240-777-7900.

The Council meeting schedule may change from time to time. View the current Council and Committee agendas, Council staff reports and additional information on items scheduled for Council review on the Council website.

Public hearings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM) on Xfinity channels 6 and 996, RCN channels 6 and 1056; and FiOS channel 30. Also available live via streaming through the Council website, Facebook Live (@MontgomeryCountyMdCouncil or @ConcejodelCondadodeMontgomery), or YouTube (@MoCoCouncilMD).

How to Sign Up for Public Hearings

The Stay Council Connected video series is a step-by-step guide to navigating the Montgomery County Council that offers instructions for residents.

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Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

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Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

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