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Montgomery County Council to Meet With Senator Ben Cardin on Monday, July 21 Also: Committees to Meet on eCigarattes, WSSC Rate Study, WSSC on Capabilities During a Power Emergency
  • Release ID: 14-217
  • Release Date: 7/18/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office

The Montgomery County Council at 12 noon on Monday, July 21, will continue its series of informal meetings with elected officials representing County residents when it meets with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin.

The meeting with Senator Cardin will take place in the Sixth Floor Conference Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting is open to the public, but will not be televised.

At 9:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Conference Room, the Health and Human Services Committee, which is chaired by George Leventhal and includes Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Craig Rice, will hold a worksession on the impact of ecigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate ecigarettes. It remains uncertain whether ecigarettes contain potentially harmful chemicals.

Kevin Walton of the Medications Research Grants Branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Ericka Boone of the Office of Science Policy and Communications of NIH; and William Tilburg, the deputy director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law are expected to be present for the worksession.

The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed through the County web site at:

At 9:30 a.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room, the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, which is chaired by Roger Berliner and includes Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer, will meet with representatives of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) on several issues.

The WSSC will provide an update of on a rate study report. A Bi-County Infrastructure Working Group was formed in 2010 to consider how best to finance the WSSC's major infrastructure recapitalization needs while managing debt and minimizing rate increases. With consultant support, the working group worked to identify strategies to:

• Minimize operating and capital costs

• Embrace effective financing policies

• Select an optimal revenue and rate structure

• Implement an effective financial strategy

The committee also will discuss the WSSC’s ability to operate during a power emergency. The agency has been engaged in a comprehensive analysis of reliability under emergency conditions.

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