Montgomery County Council Press Releases & Statements

Council President Craig Rice to Meet With Media on Monday, March 31 Among Topics He Will Discuss Are the Recommended Fiscal Year 2015 Operating Budget, Next Steps for Downtown Wheaton, County’s Drug Overdose Prevention Plan
  • Release ID: 14-092
  • Release Date: 3/28/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice will meet with members of the media at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 31, to discuss key items that will be facing the County Council and its respective committees in the near future. Among the issues he will talk about is County Executive Isiah Leggett’s recommended Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The recommended budget will be the subject of five Council public hearings from April 8-10 as the Council works to adopt a new budget by late May.

Council President Rice’s meeting with media members will be held in the SIXTH FLOOR Conference Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

Council President Rice also will address the next steps in the development of downtown Wheaton. On March 25, the Council declined to designate the current Wheaton Youth Center as an historic property. That decision will lead to eventual demotion of that structure and the building of a new community center and library in Wheaton. The Council will be briefed on those plans on April 1.

Council President Rice also will talk about the County’s Overdose Plan. On March 27, a joint meeting of the Council’s Public Safety Committee and its Health and Human Services Committee held a worksession on Montgomery County’s efforts to form a state-mandated Overdose Protection Plan. The worksession discussed a 54 percent statewide increase in heroin-related overdose deaths between 2011 and 2012. Council President Rice has been involved with the County’s efforts to take aggressive action against pockets of heroin-related problems around the County.

Council President Rice intends to hold regular briefings to help explain and expand on upcoming issues facing the Council and the County in general.

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