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Compromise on stormwater management by Council

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countysealROCKVILLE — A potential compromise is on its way to resolve the split on the County Council about the future of contracting for stormwater-management projects – but not before more debate.

While on Tuesday, the County Council unanimously approved the introduction of an amendment to the capital budget to fund stormwater-management projects in a compromise between members of the Council and the County Executive, the debate over the County Executive’s authority, and the future of how the Department of Environmental Protection manages its stormwater projects is still not decided.

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Stormwater runoff causes new council rift

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countysealThe final votes to approve the County’s operating and capital budget are usually a formality, with both budgets almost always passing unanimously.

However, last week Council member Nancy Floreen (D-at large), voted against the County’s capital budget, saying she could not support a budget that cut many stormwater management projects. While Floreen was the lone vote against the capital budget, she is not alone in the way some Council members feel about County Executive Ike Leggett's proposed capital budget, particularly about how it affects the County’s stormwater management programs.

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County Council Candidates Speak in Aspen Hill

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ASPEN HILL — Thirteen candidates for the four at-large County Council seats at stake in this fall’s election came to the Aspen Hill Library on Thursday to speak at a candidate forum, sponsored by The Aspen Hill Library Advisory Committee, Aspen Hill chapter of Friends of the Library, Aspen Hill Civic Association, and the Strathmore Bel Pre Civic Association. 

The forum was the second such event held at the library, following another candidate forum on April 20. Two events were held to accommodate the large number of candidates seeking office. Elliot Chabot, chairman of the Library Advisory Committee, served as moderator.

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Council agree to another year of pay increases for County employees

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countysealMaking up for lost salary raises during the recession, The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved pay increases for County employees marking another year of pay raises.

As part of the collective bargaining the County’s union agreed to with the County Executive, many of the County’s employees, including firefighters and police officers, will receive a 5.5 percent wage increase.

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Purple Line progresses throughout county

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purpleline1 327x250Six months after state, local and federal officials came together to break ground on the Purple Line, leaders of the project came to the County Council as part of a regular update, but also to make a major announcement – a new CEO.

Purple Line Transit Partners, the public-private partnership group leading the construction of the 16-mile light rail line that will connect Metro stops in New Carrolton to Bethesda, announced Alfred Craig has taken over as its new CEO.

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GOP’s Skolnick runs for Council at-large

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Shelly SkolnickShelly Skolnick Courtesy PhotoLocal attorney Shelly Skolnick’s decision to run for an at-large seat on the County Council as a Republican puts the veteran of six campaigns – including runs for Congress, County Council and County Executive – among the thin ranks of those running for countywide office under the GOP banner. Despite Montgomery County’s solid blue reputation, Skolnick hopes he can win over Democratic voters with his pragmatic ideas.

“I’m not an ideologue and I’m not an extremist,” Skolnick said. “Some of my ideas go against the Republican orthodoxy.”

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Ficker claims no one denied him access at public meetings in the past

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Robin FickerRobin Ficker FILE PHOTO  On Dec. 26 during an impromptu County Council meeting, Republican candidate for County Executive and political activist Robin Ficker was not given a spot to speak at the public hearing.

While Council President Hans Riemer (D-at large), did not allow Ficker to speak at the Dec. 26 public hearing, many residents who frequent Council meetings and testify – including Ficker – said they have never had trouble voicing their opposition at the Council building before.

“He's making the Council a political body instead of a public body,” said Ficker, who has told the Sentinel he has never had trouble testifying at the Council before.

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Two more candidates file for County Council

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Chris Wilhelm (at-large)

Northwood High School teacher and Democrat Chris Wilhelm is one of the latest to file to run for County Council at-large.

Wilhelm who teaches at English as a Second Language at Northwood High School in Silver Spring and has previously worked for Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) and Del.  David Moon (D-20).

Wilhelm said he is proposing on making Montgomery College tuition-free for County residents.

“I think this would make a huge difference for lower and middle income families in Montgomery County,” Wilhelm said.

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County will not pay for flawed study

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Montgomery County won’t be paying the bill on the faulty study it commissioned on the minimum wage legislation.

After an executive from PFM Consulting admitted his firm made a mathematical error in a County-commissioned study which altered the estimated results of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, County Executive Ike Leggett decided not to pay him for the costs.

“This was not well done and not worthy of the work that they do,” said Council President Roger Berliner (D-1).

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