Category: County News

County looking for help with telephone scam

Image by Alachua County on Flickr. Someone is spoofing county telephone numbers in an apparent scam, and the county would like help to catch the caller(s). Several residents have reported receiving phone calls from county telephone numbers 240-773-xxxx and 240-777-xxxx, according to a press release. The callers generally don’t leave a message, prompting some who receive the call to call the number back. The county employee who answers is not aware that anyone is using his or her number. The motive of the caller(s) is unknown, but there are no reports thus far of anyone losing money or personal...

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Public invited to comment online about Bicycle Master Plan recommendations

Graphic from Montgomery County Planning Department The Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking additional public comments on the preliminary bikeway recommendations from the Bicycle Master Plan. The department has launched an interactive Bikeway ReactMap on its website to encourage reactions to the preliminary recommendations. Users can view the map and its legend, review a description of bikeway facility types and add comments about the recommendations. Planners began working on the master plan in July 2015, considering ways to implement the newest types of bikeways, such as separated bike lanes and neighborhood greenways, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at...

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County Council seeks applicants for Board of Appeals

Stella B. Werner Council Office Building. Montgomery County photo. The County Council announced today that it is looking for applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Board of Appeals. The five-member board holds hearings and makes decision on variances from the zoning code, hears appeals from some decisions made by county agencies, decides appeals for decisions rendered by the hearing examiner on certain uses, and decides requests for modifications of special exceptions. The board, which is part of the legislative branch, typically meets all day on Wednesday and on an as-needed basis, and holds work sessions every other...

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County seeks internet access data to help improve service

Image from Flickr user Lars Ploughman. In an effort to learn more about internet access for residents and businesses, Montgomery County has launched a web-based survey to collect information about quality, speed and costs. is a short survey individuals can take to test internet speed. The survey also collects and shares user-generated information about broadband service rates, quality, and customer satisfaction. “The data gathered from this website will help the county better understand where residents and businesses access high-quality internet service and where service may need improvement,” according to a recent press release. “Ensuring consistent, high-speed broadband connectivity...

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Arts show includes look at Silver Spring Blues Festival

Photo from Pexels The Silver Spring Blues Festival is featured in this month’s edition of Montgomery Arts Infusion, the second show of the program featuring arts and entertainment in the county. The show also features a local producer named Michael Bailey and his efforts to promote jazz, especially to a younger generation, through media including a show on Montgomery Community television. In addition, this edition takes a look at a program by Montgomery College to revive dinner theater in the area. These shows, in which actors also served dinner to attendees, were once popular locally but have fallen off...

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