Comments from Public Sought on Three Issues by Charter Review Commission

The Montgomery County Charter Review Commission is seeking comments on a variety of issues to determine if the current system of County Government adequately addresses the needs of County residents.  The Commission is requesting comments be submitted no later than June 30.

General comments are also welcome, but the Commission is seeking community input on the following issues:  (1) if the Charter should allow a special hiring authority for people with disabilities; (2) whether the Charter should be amended to provide for the removal of a Councilmember for a serious violation of the Ethics law; and (3) if the Council should have a Council President that is elected by the voters to a four-year term.

Those wishing to present their opinions on the issues listed above or who are interested in recommending additional issues for the Commission to study should submit their recommendations to:  Charter Review Commission, Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850.

Suggestions and comments also can be e-mailed to the Commission at The Commission requests that comments be submitted by June 30.

Your Chance to Serve: Openings on Boards, Committees and Commissions

Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns and viewpoints are presented. Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply.

Included among the current organizations with vacancies are the following:

  • Cable and Communications Advisory Committee
  • Commission on Child Care
  • Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee

The deadline for application is June 15.

Get details about each group with current openings, plus deadlines.

An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be mailed to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe St., 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or emailed to Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses, should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.

Montgomery County’s Heritage on Display in late June  

Residents and visitors, alike, will have countless opportunities to explore the history, culture and natural beauty of Montgomery County during the free 2012 Heritage Days Weekend to be held June 23 and 24, from noon to 4 p.m.

Musical offerings will include: Glen Echo Park – The 229th Army Band's Ceremonial Band will perform patriotic songs at 1 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom on Saturday. Civil War-era music by the Washington Revels Heritage Voices and Roustabout Band, presented at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  Hyattstown Mill Arts Project – Live performances by "Shortbread", "The Trio", and more. Sandy Spring Slave Museum – Traditional African-American and Civil War-era music performed by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices at noon.

Check the Heritage Montgomery website regularly for updated information about the 2012 Heritage Days.

Deadline for Landscaping and Photo Contests is June 22

Nominations are being accepted for the Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) landscaping and photography competitions. 

The 26th Annual Landscape Contest is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties in Montgomery County.  Landscaping along County roadsides, medians or other public locations is also eligible for the award. 

For the 21st Annual Amateur Photography Contest, photos of County locations or residents are judged on effective composition, originality, interest and relevance of the subject matter, and technique.  Subject categories include Montgomery County by day or by night, County landmarks, and people and persons at work.  There is also an optional youth category for those 18 and younger who wish to be judged only against their peers.

Applications for both contests are due June 22. 

MCDOT’s Community Outreach website has the landscaping and photography contest applications, which explain the guidelines and judging criteria, and photos of last year’s winning entries for both contests.

For more information or to request a nomination form either by mail or electronically, contact Community Outreach at 240-777-7155 or

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POSTED AT: Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 3:00:00 AM |
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