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Montgomery County Council to Discuss Purple Line, Appoint Reform Commission
 
 
  • Advisory ID: 10-040
  • Advisory Date: 7/19/2010
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger  240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
   
 

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 19, 2010—The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, July 20, will discuss possible track alignment and proposed station locations for the planned Purple Line that would be an east-west light rail line connecting the Bethesda and New Carrolllton Metrorail stations.

The worksession on the Purple Line will begin at 1:45 p.m. as part of the Council’s session. The morning session will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The session will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). It also will be available via streaming through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov. It will be rebroadcast on Friday, July 23, at 9 p.m.

During the morning session, the Council is expected to name appointments to the new Organizational Reform Commission. The commission will be composed of County residents who are experienced in government, business or non-profit service delivery—or who otherwise have experience and expertise in creating efficient models of providing services and operations. Appointees to the commission must not be employed by County government or any County-funded agency.

The Council will appoint four representatives to the commission and four will be appointed by the County Executive. The Council and Executive will each designate one member as co-chair of the commission. of functions performed by County Government and County-funded agencies from elected officials, County residents, business and community leaders, County and agency employees, bargaining unit representatives and other stakeholders.

The commission will draft and adopt written criteria to evaluate which suggestions merit further consideration by the commission. The criteria must include a minimum level of potential cost savings (for example, $1 million per year); a standard for ease of implementation; and a measure of acceptable service level impact.

A Council panel has interviewed applicants for its appointees and is recommending Scott Fosler, Daniel Hoffman, Vernon H. Ricks, Jr., and Len Simon be appointed, with Mr. Ricks as co-chair. County Executive Isiah Leggett is recommending M. Christima Echavarren, Joan Fidler, Susan Heltemes and Richard Wegman be appointed, with Mr. Wegman as co-chair.

At 1 p.m., the Council is expected to take action on Bill 28-10 that would establish the Montgomery Business Development Corporation. The bill’s chief sponsor is Council President Nancy Floreen. Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Valerie Ervin. Mike Knapp, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro and Duchy Trachtenberg are co-sponsors of the legislation.

The bill has changed some since its introduction. The corporation’s board of directors would be limited to 11 voting members, including a representative of the Chamber of Commerce, a small business owner, the owner or manager of a medium-sized business and up to eight senior managers of major companies in the County. The board also will include, as non-voting ex-officio members, the director of the County’s Department of Economic Development, the superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, the president of Montgomery College and either the chair of the County Planning Board or the planning director.

The Purple Line worksession follows a worksession the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T and E) Committee held last week on the draft plan for the transportation line. One issue discussed, at the request of Councilmember Berliner, concerned a 3,500-foot segment of the proposed light rail line between the east end of the Bethesda tunnel and west end of Columbia Country Club. Councilmember Berliner wanted an evaluation of whether that segment could be single-tracked to help preserve the environment in the area. The T and E Committee agreed that segment could not be single-tracked without seriously derogating the light rail service.

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