Category: County Executive

County Council votes to approve $15 per hour minimum wage

There is a national movement advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The County Council voted unanimously to require all county employers to pay employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour by July 1, 2024. In addition, the bill requires that the minimum wage be adjusted annually for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, starting July 1, 2022. The county is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to require a $15 minimum wage, the fight for which has become a national movement. This...

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County survey seeks residents’ opinions

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons Montgomery County is asking residents to complete an online survey assessing opinions about county government, services and quality of life. Copies of the survey were mailed to 5,000 randomly selected households last month and the online survey is intended to supplement the information collected from the random survey. The survey is open to residents 18 and older until Nov. 15. Questions ask about a number of topics including opinions of the county’s natural environment, the built environment (overall design, buildings, parks, transportation network), and opportunities for education, health and wellness, among other topics. Questions also...

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Residents’ concerns about radio frequency emissions dominate meeting

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Questions concerning the exposure residents would get from radio frequency emissions dominated a community meeting on small cell antennas held this week. County Executive Ike Leggett scheduled the meeting to get public input on a draft zoning text amendment to regulate the deployment of small cell antennas for wireless service in the county before sending legislation to the County Council. Federal law limits what local jurisdictions can do to control the placement and installation of these antennas, prohibiting any zoning rules or other action that would have the effect of denying service in the county....

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Proposed zoning amendment would regulate antennas for wireless service

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. County Executive Ike Leggett has released a draft zoning text amendment to regulate the deployment of small cell antennas for wireless service in the county. Leggett has scheduled a public meeting to get input on this proposal before sending legislation to the County Council. The meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 23 from 7-9 p.m. in the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., 3rd Floor Hearing Room in Rockville. Because of the increasing demand for wireless capacity, the county is receiving applications for these antennas at an unprecedented level. According to a...

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Pilot program in Silver Spring to offer dockless bike sharing

Montgomery County will be the first suburban jurisdiction in the country to offer residents dockless bike sharing under a new agreement with Mobike, the largest such company in the world. County Executive Ike Leggett (D) said the agreement would be a pilot project that would bring 400-500 bikes to Silver Spring for riders to test the concept. The trial is expected to start later this month. [In the photo above is Matt Johnson, Department of Transportation project manager for the protected bike lanes; Jillian Irvin, Mobike’s head of U.S. government affairs; Council Vice President Hans Riemer; Washington Area Bicyclist...

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