County Executive Ike Leggett has made it a policy of his administration to hold Town Hall Meetings around the County to give residents an opportunity to share their ideas and comments. In fact, he’s already – in less than four years – held more such meetings than all other past County Executives combined.
The format is simple: For about 90 minutes, the County Executive stands up in front with a wireless microphone and takes all questions and comments.
At the March 22 Town Hall Meeting at Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg, more than 125 residents attended to express their views on various topics. Leggett fielded questions on a multitude of issues, including concerns about and support for the Gaithersburg West Master Plan to boost biotech and create good jobs, proposed cuts in the library budget, and questions on the proposed emergency medical services transport fee that will dedicate $15 million from health insurance companies to Fire and Rescue at no cost to County residents.
The next Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for May 12 at Leisure World in Silver Spring. In our next issue? A write-up of tonight's County Council Town Hall in Kensington.