Council rejects task force, but sends solar proposal back to committee; vote by end of this year could allow solar in the Agricultural Reserve
Advocates on two sides of important long-term environmental goals: solar power for sustainable clean energy, and the preservation of farmland for food, have three council work sessions to get in sync.
Millions in grant and relief funding to help residents and businesses in need have yet to be distributed by the county.
Montgomery County received $183,336,953 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help county residents and businesses survive the pandemic.
Family has waited for justice since November 2017 when Bijan Ghaisar was shot.
Latest: Police Officers Turn Themselves In
Black and Hispanic students twice as likely to be disciplined with suspension all the way back to elementary school.
Black and Latino students are disproportionately affected by routine school discipline, suspensions, and by arrests in Montgomery County Public Schools.
2.5 Miles of suggested pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements along MacArthur Boulevard from Old Angler’s Inn to Eggert Drive were presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, Sept. 17.
When officers use force, black people are on the receiving end 55 percent of the time despite being 18 percent of the county population.
Professor Rashawn Ray trains police officers on racial equity with a virtual reality program that allows evaluators to examine how bias creeps into traffic stops, mental health crises and suspicious person encounters.
Planning Board recommends approval of 152,655 square-foot, three story retirement community on River Road.
Up Next: Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings on Sept. 21.
Informal tally: 54 comments oppose 495/270 expansion and toll lanes; nine support. Final day of public hearings scheduled for Sept. 10.
Seth Glinski works in construction and development. An uncertain future because of the 2020 pandemic, he said, is actually cause for “feeling lucky” when it comes to the possible widening of the Capital Beltway and I-270 and the American Legion Bridge.
Council moves forward with zoning amendment to allow solar fields, an industrial use, in the agricultural reserve.
Andrew Friedson was the lone dissenting voice, advocating for the Agricultural Reserve, land preserved 40 years ago by zoning laws to remain farmland forever.
Council passes use of force policy that prohibits a police officer from using deadly force unless as a last resort.
Craig Rice beamed and Will Jawando teared as a unanimous roll call of Montgomery County’s Council effected change and policy hundreds of years in the making.