Montgomery Council Committee to Discuss Progress of New County Animal Shelter
Also On Thursday, Feb. 25: CIP Worksessions on Libraries, Montgomery College, WSSC; White Flint Continued
ROCKVILLE, Md., February 24, 2010—The Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee on Thursday, Feb. 25, will hold a worksession updating progress on the planned new County Animal Shelter to be built in the Laytonia Park area in Gaithersburg. The committee session is part of the Council’s review of the Fiscal Years 2011-16 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) recommended by County Executive Isiah Leggett.
The Public Safety Committee, which is chaired by Councilmember Phil Andrews and includes Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Marc Elrich, will meet at 10 a.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The Public Safety Committee meeting will be one of five Council committee meetings on Wednesday.
The current animal shelter in Rockville is very crowded and the facility is deteriorating rapidly. The County Police Department, which oversees the shelter, and representatives of the Humane Society have reported the heating and air conditioning systems are inadequate and roof leaks limit use of some needed facilities. The Council has already approved approximately $18.7 million of the expected $23.6 million needed to build a new facility. Design of the new facility is scheduled for FY11 and construction is expected to be completed in FY13.
The Public Safety Committee likely will review rising cost estimates and plan changes of the project. Six years ago, the cost was estimated at $11.4 million.
At 9:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room, the Health and Human Services Committee, which is chaired by Councilmember George Leventhal and includes Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Duchy Trachtenberg, will review CIP issues relating to public libraries and the Public Arts Trust. The six-year plan for libraries includes eventual construction of new libraries in Clarksburg and Silver Spring and renovations of the Davis Library in Bethesda, the Gaithersburg Library, the Olney Library and the Potomac Library.
At 12:30 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room, the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, which is chaired by Mike Knapp and includes Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Nancy Floreen, will continue its discussions on the proposed White Flint Sector Plan.
At 2 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room, the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, which is chaired by Council President Floreen and includes Councilmembers Berliner and Leventhal, will review the CIP plans for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). The committee also will discuss fuel management strategies of the County government.
At 2 p.m. in the Third Floor Conference Room, the Education Committee, which is chaired by Council Vice President Ervin and includes Councilmembers Andrews and Knapp, will hold a worksession on the CIP requests of Montgomery College. The Education Committee meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The live broadcast also can be viewed via streaming through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov.