Category: County News

Summer programs extended due to later school start date

The county’s summer programs will be extended. Photo from CERDEC via Flickr. In a move likely to please a number of parents of school-age children, the county’s Department of Recreation and the school system announced they are extending their summer programs. The extension will accommodate parents without childcare options and is driven by the executive order signed last fall by Gov. Larry Hogan that requires public schools to open after Labor Day. “The later start of the school year presented a challenge for many hard-working families who may not have an option to take additional time off from work,”...

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Bus Rapid Transit to be branded “Flash,” public hearing set

Residents along the Route 29 corridor view BRT plans at a recent open house. Photo by Mike Diegel. The county’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit system will be branded with the name “Flash” following a two-month long contest during which residents could vote on three suggested names, or offer one of their own. The first BRT line is expected to open in 2020 along the U.S. 29 corridor from Burtonsville to downtown Silver Spring. The County Council has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed route for 7:30 p.m. April 18 in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council...

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County extends public outreach on Bus Rapid Transit system

Staff members from the county’s Department of Transportation explained the plans for a Bus Rapid Transit system during an open house last night. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation last night held the second in a series of three open houses on the work that’s been done so far to study a bus rapid transit system along the U.S. Route 29 corridor. “The Maryland Department of Transportation has been doing a study on the corridor for the last two years,” said Joana Conklin, rapid transit system development manager for the county DOT. “We’ve been working very...

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Storm information available via county portal

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The county government maintains a winter storm information portal where residents can find a variety of information relevant to the storm expected to hit the area tonight. About 200 employees and 175 pieces of equipment are available for snow removal. In addition, the county can call on nearly 200 contractors and their equipment if necessary. Snow removal activities start once three inches of snow has accumulated. Prior to that, workers pretreat roads and lay down salt and abrasives on area streets. The portal includes links where residents can learn who is responsible for clearing their...

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Council passes tax credit for urban farms

The Koiner property in east Silver Spring, shown in this photo taken last fall, will be eligible for a substantial tax credit under a new program. Photo by Mike Mowery. The County Council unanimously passed a bill March 7 that would grant a tax credit to certain properties that qualify as urban farms. The new law was driven by what Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-5th District) saw as the unfair taxation of the Koiner Farm in east Silver Spring, operated by 96-year-old Charlie Koiner and his daughter, Lynn. “They’ve been, in my view, over-taxed as long as they’ve been farming,”...

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