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 … Read More

Pinecrest Park to close for renovations

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. … Read More

Changes made to residential parking permit system

County to offer physical parking permits to residents

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More