Category: County News

County Releases Schedule of Presidents Day Closings, Changes

The county has released the schedule of closings and other changes to mark the Presidents Day holiday Monday, Feb. 18. All county offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday, as will state offices and courts. The county’s liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Recreation Department’s recreation and aquatics programs and facilities will be open. The department’s administrative office, senior centers and community centers will be closed. Park patrons should check www.MontgomeryParks.org for operating schedules, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks and tennis centers. TRiPS Commuter Store at the Silver Spring Transit Center will be open,...

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Thayer-Spring Public Parking Garage Now Open

The county’s Thayer-Spring public parking garage opened this morning in Fenton Village. Also known as Garage #3, the below-grade facility is located at 913 Silver Spring Ave., under the new Thayer&Spring apartment development. The garage includes 115 long-term parking spaces, 40 short-term (under four hours) spaces, six ADA-compliant spaces, eight spaces for motorcycles and 28 for bicycles. The cost is $.70 per hour and payment is required from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., though the facility is open 24/7; a vehicle cannot be parked in the garage more than 14 days in a row. There are four pay stations near the...

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County Releases Balancing Act Tool to Gather Budget Input

The county’s Office of Management and Budget has released “Balancing Act,” a new online tool designed to gather additional public input in the FY20 budget process now underway. The tool is an interactive simulation of the county’s estimated income sources and expenditures for FY20. Examples of incoming revenue include income, property and other taxes, state and federal aid contributions, and other sources. The estimated expenditures are listed in categories including the school system, “Thriving Youth and Families,” “A Growing Economy,” “A Greener County” and other themes developed by the county executive’s office. Balancing Act users can add or subtract...

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County Personnel Moves This Week as Administration Transition Continues

Several high-level personnel moves took place in the county this week as the transition to County Executive Marc Elrich’s administration continues. First, Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced that he would retire in April after 15 years of service in Montgomery County and 42 years as a police officer. “Chief Manger has set the bar high for police leadership, outstanding service both locally and nationally, and leaves the department and county better and safer than when he arrived,” Elrich said in a press release. “While other departments were shying away from body-worn cameras, he proposed requiring them for all...

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County Issues Cold Emergency Alert

The county has issued a cold emergency alert until 1 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 31. Wind chill temperatures during this time are expected to dip to below zero, which can cause frostbite within 30 minutes, or lead to hypothermia, or both. The county recommends that residents stay indoors as much as possible. Anyone who must work or be outdoors for any length of time should dress in layers and take frequent breaks in a warm area, as well as stay hydrated. Anyone who’s concerned about the safety of a homeless person should call the police non-emergency number (301.279.8000) to report...

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