County Council to Hold Committee Meetings on Tuesday, March 7


The Montgomery County Council will hold committee meetings on Tuesday, March 7. Full details below courtesy Montgomery County:

The Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee will meet on Thursday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. to review Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) Report 2024-7, Contractor Study on Member Selection for Montgomery County Citizen Commissions, Committees and Boards.

The members of the GO Committee include Chair and Council Vice President Kate Stewart, Council President Andrew Friedson and Councilmember Sidney Katz.

The Education and Culture (EC) Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. to review the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025-30 Capital Improvements Programs (CIPs) for Montgomery County Public Libraries, the Public Arts Trust and Montgomery College. In addition, the committee will review a more than $6.8 million amendment to the FY23-28 CIP and supplemental appropriation for the Clarksburg Library.

The members of the EC Committee include Chair Will Jawando and Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz and Kristin Mink.

More detail on each agenda item is provided below.

Office of Legislative Oversight Report 2024-7, Contractor Study on Member Selection for Montgomery County Citizen Commissions, Committees, and Boards

Review: The GO Committee will review OLO Report 2024-7, Contractor Study on Member Selection for Montgomery County Citizen Commissions, Committees and Boards. The report seeks to understand how members of the 92 County commissions, committees and boards are selected, the demographic composition of the bodies, members’ history of service and how to strengthen racial equity policies and practices. To complete the report, OLO contracted Arcstratta, who utilized online surveys with members and staff and conducted interviews with staff members within the County Executive Office and the Office of the County Council.

Montgomery County Public Libraries CY25-30 CIP and FY24 Supplemental Appropriation for the Clarksburg Library

Review: The EC Committee will review the $70.2 million FY25-30 CIP for Montgomery County Public Libraries, which represents an increase of more than $25 million, or 55.5 percent, from the Approved Amended FY23-28 CIP over the six-year period. The increase is primarily due to updated cost estimates for the Clarksburg Library, moving costs for the Chevy Chase Library and Redevelopment project into the six-year period and cost increases for the Library Refurbishment Level of Effort project.

In addition, the committee will review a more than $6.8 million supplemental appropriation for the FY23-28 CIP for the the Clarksburg Library. The funds are needed to evaluate and purchase an alternate site for the library building. The proposed alternate site is located near Maryland Route 355 and Stringtown Road.

Public Arts Trust FY25-30 CIP

Review: The EC Committee will review the nearly $2.5 million FY25-30 CIP for the Public Arts Trust, which is the same amount over the six-year period that the trust received in prior fiscal years. The Public Arts Trust is used to incorporate art into public facilities and sponsor privately-funded temporary or permanent displays of art on public property.

Montgomery College FY25-30 CIP

Review: The EC Committee will review the more than $462 million FY23-28 CIP requested by Montgomery College, which represents an increase of more than of $122.3 million from from the amended approved FY23-28 CIP over the six-year period. The request includes three new or substantially expanded projects — $60 million for the East County Campus, $4.2 million for the Germantown Student Affairs Building Renovation and more than $72 million for the Rockville Theatre Arts Building Renovation. The request also includes cost increases to several existing projects.

The County Executive’s recommended FY25-30 CIP for Montgomery College is $381 million, which includes funding for the East County Campus but does not include funding for the Rockville Theatre Arts Building Renovation. In addition, the County Executive recommends a more than $8 million current revenue affordability reconciliation. Montgomery College submitted non-recommended reductions on Feb. 9 that are consistent with the County Executive’s recommendations. These reductions would eliminate the Rockville Theatre Arts Building Renovation project and reduce funding for information technology initiatives by eliminating requested increases for information technology, network infrastructure and server operations, and student learning support systems.

Recent Stories

On April 10, 2024, at 10:55 p.m. the Rockville City Police Department responded to a shooting in the 300 block of N. Washington St. RCPD officers located an adult, male…

At the request of the Forest Heights Police Department, the Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating an incident that led to a police officer shooting 35-year-old Jhomari Delevante of…

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich released the following statement on Tuesday, April 16 regarding White’s Ferry owners Chuck and Stacy Kuhn offering to donate the ferry to Montgomery County:

The Wendy’s location at 12114 Darnestown Rd. in Gaithersburg will hold a grand re-opening event on Saturday, April 27.

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

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.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

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.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

×

Subscribe to our mailing list