One member of the Montgomery County Council is urging local social service providers to be flexible as tens of thousands of federal employees in the area go without pay during the partial government shutdown.
Heading into Tuesday’s council session, Hans Riemer, who served a one-year term as council president, told his colleagues: “We welcome new voices to county leadership — we are looking forward to your contributions.”
After a recent string of serious crashes with pedestrians around Montgomery County, the Maryland State Highway Administration has outlined the rising problem and what can be done to curb the trend.
The plan would allow small cell towers and antennas in residential areas — at a distance of 30 feet from homes — as part of what will be a 5G network.
“It’s something we would love to offer more of, but right now, since we are using that time for preventive maintenance and to catch up, I would not suggest that we move away from that right now,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said.
In a letter to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, members of the Montgomery County Council say the speed limit along Georgia Avenue-Maryland Route 97 — 45 mph — “is much too high” for the suburban area.
Wednesday is National Walk to School Day, but after four Montgomery County high school students were struck while waiting for a bus in Aspen Hill Tuesday, local leaders are pushing for more roadway safety.
Montgomery County Council member Sidney Katz said he intends to introduce a bill at Tuesday’s council meeting that would ban smoking at establishments that serve food in outside areas.
The Montgomery County Board of Elections approved the candidacy of Nancy Floreen after she submitted thousands of signatures in order to appear as an independent on the ballot.
Overall crime numbers in Montgomery County, Maryland, are down by about 48 percent so far this year, but there are some troubling trends emerging when it comes to certain violent crimes and gang activity, officials say.
In her statement Wednesday, county Council member Nancy Floreen, who is term-limited, said she’s running “to give Montgomery County a third, independent choice come November.”
Six Democrats are running for their party’s nomination to be county executive in a high-spending race, high-profile race and nearly three dozen Democrats are vying for four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council.
Voters will pick Isiah “Ike” Leggett’s successor as county executive and a whopping 33 Democratic candidates to fill four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council. Here are the candidates and races to watch.
The amendment allows new cell antennae to be attached to existing utility poles in those zones. It also reduces the “setback” required for installation — that’s the distance the small towers must be from buildings.
While telecommunications representatives have testified in favor of the changes they say are needed to deliver 5G wireless service to the region, a number of residents have raised concerns ranging from potential health impacts from radiation to property values.
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