Welcome to the first edition of the new Montgomery County Council online newsletter. In our efforts to better communicate with more residents in more ways, this regular update regarding ongoing issues will serve as an easy summary for residents to keep up with their County. Even for those who receive daily news releases from the Council, we think this summary will inform you on the most important of issues facing the County in one easy-to-use package. The newsletter also will lead you to important events coming up in the next week and will link to the best of programming available from the County cable television station, County Cable Montgomery, and from videos that are available from the Council YouTube page.
It is our constant goal to keep our residents better informed, and we think the Council online newsletter will do just that. For those of you who are active in homeowners associations, civic groups or business organizations, we hope that this newsletter will be something you can easily share with your membership. And the newsletter will always remind you that the Council can be easily contacted. We always want to hear from you to help in making the decisions that will impact all of us.
Thanks for reading the Council online newsletter.
Nancy Navarro, Council President
The County’s $4.8 billion total operating budget for Fiscal Year 2014 went into effect on July 1. The budget, which was unanimously approved by the County Council and reflects a 4.1 percent increase over the approved budget for FY 2013, “continues to invest in our economic and social infrastructure,” said Council President Nancy Navarro. Read more..
An independent survey by the University of Maryland Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program shows that Montgomery County’s effort to place nutritional information on menus at larger chain restaurants is making a significant impact on the food choices of diners who read the information before ordering. The survey shows that women were more likely than men to use the information, but alarmingly, not one person surveyed between the ages of 18-24 said they considered the nutritional information before ordering. Read more..
The concept for a cable television special show by Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen that evolved into the County Cable Montgomery episode of The Bottom Line: The Unseen Montgomery has been named the winner of a Savvy Award—first place nationally—by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). The show was one of three from Montgomery County’s organization of public cable stations (PEG, representing Public/Education/Government) to win national recognition when the awards were announced at the 3CMA national conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Read more..
The Montgomery County Council on July 23 approved Bill 35-12 and Bill 41-12 that will protect roadside trees that are targeted to be trimmed, cut down or otherwise damaged, and will require owners of infill development properties to plant trees to bolster the County’s “tree canopy.” Read more..
Members of the Montgomery County Council’s Food Recovery Work Group, the president of Montgomery College, the director of Public Policy for the Capital Area Food Bank, non-profit leaders, private sector partners and community advocates have joined with Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin to take the steps needed to create a food recovery program in Montgomery County. Once in operation, it is believed that the program will be the nation’s first county-wide food recovery program. Read more..