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Board of Elections Closed December 23 – 27, and December 31

 

The Montgomery County Board of Elections will be closed on December 23 and 27 to allow staff to utilize mandatory furlough hours. In addition, the office will be closed on December 24 and 31 to observe Montgomery County Government holidays. The Board of Elections will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 28 to 30 and will reopen following the holidays on January 3 at 8:30 a.m.

During office closings, the public may obtain information from our 24 hour information line by calling 240-777-VOTE (8683) or may send e-mails to elections@montgomerycountymd.gov for response during normal business hours.


A Green Holiday Message: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

With the arrival of holiday season, the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS), in the Department of Environmental Protection, reminds residents that although this time of year traditionally produces additional amounts of waste, there are many ways to reduce the amounts generated by individual households not only now, but beyond.

DSWS has compiled a list of tips for: reducing unwanted mail; how to reduce, reuse and recycle when shopping, gift wrapping and/or entertaining; when and how to recycle Christmas trees; collection service reminders; where and how to recycle holiday lights; and recycling beyond the holidays.

More information on press release.


Deck the Halls Safely this Holiday Season

Recent incidents have prompted Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service (DFRS) officials to remind residents that the best way to fight a fire is to prevent it from happening.

Fire Chief Richard Bowers urges residents to make safety a tradition this holiday season. “With the holidays and winter weather fast approaching, it is important for all residents to take steps to prevent fires. By taking a few extra precautions, you can make your home fire safe for the holiday season and for the rest of the year,” said Chief Bowers.

Check out the DFRS list of safety tips that can help families reduce the risk of fire during the busy holiday season.


New Year, New Law: A Reminder from the Sheriff’s Office to Drivers with Tickets

The County Sheriff’s Office reminds local drivers of a new State law that becomes effective in the new year. Beginning January 2, 2011, a driver who receives a payable traffic ticket in Maryland will no longer be given an automatic trial date to appear in court. Instead, any driver wanting to go to trial to dispute a ticket will have to request a trial date from the District Court of Maryland.

Further details are available at www.mdcourts.gov/communications/trafficticket/index.html.


Council Approves Mid-year Savings Plan; Reduces County Spending by $32 million for Rest of FY2010

The Montgomery County Council today unanimously approved a mid-year operating budget savings plan that will reduce spending for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 by $32.3 million. The savings plan will help address a projected $300 million budget gap in Fiscal Year 2012 caused chiefly by a sharp decline in projected revenue.

On December 2, County Executive Ike Leggett proposed a $36.2 million savings plan. The Council’s six committees reviewed the plan and recommended approval of most items but disapproval of several items totaling $3.9 million.

The Council supported the Executive’s proposed savings for Montgomery County Public Schools ($19.2 million), Montgomery College ($1 million) and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission ($0.2 million). The Council reluctantly approved many other proposed savings, such as reduction of $632,000 to eliminate 21 filled administrative positions in Local Fire and Rescue Departments.

Among the Council’s actions that differed from the Executive’s proposals were the following:

  • Do not cut nine police officers in the schools (School Resource Officers) mid-year, but instead manage vacancies department-wide to achieve the same savings amount of $518,650.
  • Do not stop the energy rebate program for low-income households on Jan. 1, 2011 to save $239,750.
  • Do not eliminate 11 ambulances in the Fire and Rescue Service to save $3,560,000.
  • Do not reduce spending for pedestrian signal timing (to save $50,000) and road patching materials (to save $200,000), but instead save $253,000 by deleting planning for a road project.
  • Do not reduce meal service at three senior centers to save $23,400.

Office of Consumer Protection Issues Alert about Buying New and Used Mattresses

Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) advises consumers to be aware of industry-wide deceptive advertising used by mattress retailers. OCP also recommends caution when purchasing used mattresses.

Consumers are subjected to extensive advertisements for mattresses allegedly being sold at “sale” prices. These prices are advertised as being available for a limited period of time and retailers generally proclaim that they will beat the price offered by competitors.

Representations that retailers will “beat the competitor’s price by 20 or 25 percent or it’s free,” are deceptive because different product names are used to identify mattresses made by the same manufacturer.

OCP has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) summarizing its concerns and suggesting that the FTC initiate an investigation into what appears to be a nationwide advertising issue.

Consumers are also warned to be cautious when purchasing used mattresses. Recent reports about bed bugs have generated concern related to used bedding products. Currently, there is no State law requiring used mattresses to be disinfected. OCP recommends that consumers avoid purchasing used mattresses without a written guarantee that they are disinfected and urges the public to never re-use mattresses that have been abandoned or are being given away by strangers.

Consumers with complaints or questions should contact the Office of Consumer Protection at 240-777-3636 or email consumerprotection@montgomerycountymd.gov.


Commission for Women’s December Newsletter now Online

The December issue of the Commission for Women’s newsletter is now online.

Included in this issue are introductions to the new commissioners and a Save the Date reminder/review of the 2011 Women’s Legislative Briefing to be held on January 30 at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus.


Seniors Today Show Marks 100th Show

Montgomery County’s “Seniors Today” cable show is currently airing its 100th episode which features clips of some of the nearly 500 guests interviewed over the past 10 years.

This month, host Austin Heyman interviews Chuck Short, special assistant to County Executive Isiah Leggett. Short proposed funding “Seniors Today” when he served as director of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services.

“Seniors Today” is seen weekly on Sundays at 2 p.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays at noon and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on County Cable Montgomery (CCM)--channel 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers and channel 30 for Verizon subscribers.

To watch on-line, go to “Seniors Today” at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/seniors.

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POSTED AT: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | 2:30:00 AM |
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