Katz Update: Happy July 4th!!


July 2, 2021


Sally and I wish you a very happy and safe July 4th weekend! We hope you celebrate with family and friends and enjoy holiday festivities in our great County!!  


At the County Council this week -

  • The Council presented the following proclamations: Commemorating Pride Month; Remembering John McNamara, Capital Gazette reporter; Honoring Retiring Regional Services Center Directors Catherine Matthews, Reemberto Rodriguez, and Luisa Montero; and Recognizing Suzie Ludlow, Takoma Park City Manager. View proclamations.
  • The Council Council unanimously voted to approve Expedited Bill 15-20, Removal of Mercury Services Regulators. This bill would require landlords to schedule the immediate replacement of indoor mercury service regulators and provide certain notices to tenants. I was pleased to cosponsor this bill.
  • The Council unanimously voted to approve regulations that implement the More Housing at Metrorail Stations Act. The plan opens development opportunities at every metro station in Montgomery County.
  • The Council held a worksession about ZTA 19-07, Telecommunications Towers - Limited Use. This ZTA would allow certain telecommunications towers as a limited or conditional use in certain residential zones. 
  • The Council held a briefing on Vision Zero which is a proven approach to preventing roadway-related deaths and severe injuries. The briefing included updated statistics, activities that have been undertaken or completed since January 2020 and the Safe Routes to Schools Program. See packet.


I am proud to be the Chair of the Public Safety (PS) Committee and a member of the Government Operations (GO) Committee. 

  • The GO committee held a joint meeting with the Health and Human Services (HHS) committee about call center coordination and governance. The committees received a briefing focused on coordinating the various call centers that serve the public as well as describing emerging governance structures to ensure coordination and efficient operations. View packet.

*All committee worksessions are available to view on YouTube - click here. 



"Michele Bulatovic Day" at Asbury Methodist Village

It was my pleasure to proclaim "Michele Bulatovic Day" for the accomplishments of Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative director Michele Bulatovic! I want to thank her for her years of service and wish her well for her future endeavors!!


130th Anniversary of the Lincoln Park Community and Historical Parade

I participated in the 130th Anniversary of the Lincoln Park community and the historical parade. What a great event with so many friends to celebrate the Lincoln Park community!! The Lincoln Park neighborhood has an extensive history as one of the oldest African-American communities in Montgomery County, dating to the 1850s.



Rockville Academy

103 South Adams Street, Rockville, MD

In 1805, the Maryland General Assembly appointed a commission to raise money for a school lot and a fire engine for Rockville. The Rockville Academy was chartered and authorized to hire teachers in 1809. In 1812 and 1813, a number of lots were purchased on Jefferson Street, and construction of the original rectangular brick Federal style building was completed in 1813. Tuition was $10 a year and students obtained room and board elsewhere. The building was purchased and renovated for office use in 1980. The City of Rockville purchased the surrounding land with Project Open Space funds for a public park.



Tai Chi from Senior Planet

Friday, July 2, from 12:30-1:30 pm

Tai chi has been described as meditation in motion. Join us for this gentle exercise class that can help you maintain strength, flexibility, and balance.


Finding Purpose, Wellness, and Community After 60

Friday, July 2, from 3:00-4:00 pm

Come and join this ongoing conversation every Friday about the challenges of life transitions, aging, culture, and health among other things.

Gentle Hatha Yoga at Noon- Virtual

Wednesday, July 7, from 12:00-1:00 pm

Gentle Hatha Yoga is perfect for those who are just starting out with yoga, are less mobile, or simply want a more relaxed yoga experience.

Exploring the Whole-of-Government Approach to Climate Change

Thursday, July 8, from 1:00-2:30 pm

Join Joe Bonfiglio for Exploring the Whole-of-Government Approach to Climate Change. Joe Bonfiglio is President of EDF Action, a leading advocacy and political nonprofit, focused on driving climate progress in the U.S.

Poetry Evenings from Quince Orchard Library - Virtual

Thursday, July 8, from 7:00-9:00 pm

Join on Zoom for an evening of poetry with other poetry-loving adults.



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