Debate, at times heated, over who should take the lead when it comes to deaths that happen during encounters with police broke out among members of Montgomery County’s council and the county police chief.
Construction of the Purple Line is now 10 percent complete, according to project leaders who provided an update Thursday before the Montgomery County Council’s transportation committee.
The proposed new toll lanes on I-495 and I-270 would be built as part of a public-private partnership program. They’d be free and open to transit vehicles, but one official doesn’t believe that’s enough for people who want an alternative to driving.
It’s what residents don’t see in Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposed 2020 budget that might impress them the most: no tax increases.
In announcing a series of community conversations to be held through the spring and summer, Council President Nancy Navarro said, “When all of our residents have access to opportunities, then everybody benefits here in Montgomery County.”
The bill is in response to the death of Robert White, a Silver Spring man who was fatally shot by police last year.
Montgomery County council members are set to consider a bill that will prevent the county from asking prospective employees to provide pay stubs from their last job.
The ban on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping would apply to patios and other outdoor areas attached to bars and restaurants. Exceptions, however, would apply to outdoor balconies and rooftop serving areas. It is expected to be signed into law.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said there are no safe levels of lead in drinking water when it comes to children, but the Environmental Protection Agency permits up to 20 parts per billion.
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.
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