Category: County News

Councilmember Riemer elected council president

Photo courtesy Council President Riemer Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large) has been unanimously elected as president of the County Council for a one-year term. Riemer, who previously served as vice president, succeeds Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-District 1). Traditionally, the vice president is elevated to the presidency after serving a one-year term. Riemer, who is entering his eighth year on the council, is the council’s lead member for digital government on the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. He has been a strong advocate for funding public education and public transportation,...

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Pinecrest Park to close for renovations

Park photo by Mike Diegel The Pinecrest Local Park, adjacent to Pinecrest Elementary School at 301 St. Lawrence Dr., will close this month for extensive renovations, according to the Parks Department. The 5.6-acre park, acquired in 1944 and developed into a park in the 1950s, includes a playground, tennis courts, softball field, multiuse field, parking lot and an activity building. A temporary chain link fence and orange blaze fencing will close off all park facilities during construction. The renovations will include: Reconfiguring and re-grading the fields and surrounding area Constructing an internal loop trail Improving the field drainage conditions...

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Changes made to residential parking permit system

Photo by Mike Diegel The County Council has unanimously approved changes to the regulations concerning the residential permit parking guidelines. According to the staff report on Executive Regulation 24-16, the changes will: Increase the number of transferable visitor permits per household from one to two Split the previous Employee and Contract Work Permit into two separate permits: Employee Permits and Contract Work Permits Include a new three-month Temporary Medical Condition Permit, for which up to three transferable permits may be issued free of charge to a household, with the transmittal of certain documentation. Allow for the removal of residential...

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County’s Thanksgiving holiday schedule announced

Illustration from Public Domain Pictures. Montgomery County has announced its schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday. All county offices, libraries, liquor stores, and recreation programs and facilities will be closed. The TRiPS Commuter Store at the Silver Spring Transit Center will be closed and the TriPS Mobile Commuter Store will not be operating. Check here for the Montgomery Parks operating schedule. There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Thursday. Thursday’s collection will be picked up on Friday, and Friday’s collection on Saturday. The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station will be closed. All parking at...

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Legislation proposed to increase affordable housing units

Photo from Flickr user woodleywonderworks. Montgomery County could see the construction of more affordable housing units if two recent legislative proposals are passed. This week, Council Vice President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) introduced Bill 38-17, Housing – Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) – Requirement to Build. The bill would increase the minimum percentage MPDUs that are required to be built in new residential developments from 12.5 to 15 percent in a MCPS High School Service Area with an eligibility rate for free and reduced meals of 15 percent or less, according to a press release. The bill targets developments...

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