February 10, 2017

Holiday Schedule for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Presidents' Day, Monday, February 20.
  • County Offices – closed 
  • Libraries – closed 
  • County Liquor stores – all stores will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Recreation – aquatic facilities and community centers open; aquatics programs will meet as scheduled; all other classes and programs cancelled; administrative offices and senior centers closed; 55+ Active Adult Programs are cancelled 
  • Montgomery Parks - visit www.MontgomeryParks.org
  • Ride On – will run a special Holiday Schedule. Click on route number in this link to see the timetable for each route: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-Transit/SpecialHoliday.html
  • Metrorail – Information available at www.wmata.com
  • Metrobus – Information available at www.wmata.com
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores (Silver Spring and Friendship Heights) – closed
  • County-provided refuse/recycling pickup – no collection, all collections scheduled on or after the holiday will be made one day later in the week. Monday collections on Tuesday; Tuesday collections on Wednesday; Wednesday collections on Thursday; Thursday collections on Friday; and Friday collections on Saturday 
  • The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station - recycling and trash drop-off open with normal hours. Recycling Center and administrative offices closed 
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free
  • MCPS Schools and Administrative Offices – closed
  • State offices and courts – closed

Montgomery County Reaffirms Commitment to Community, Diversity and Inclusion and Tout Immigration Resources

In a joint statement released on January 30, County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council members reaffirmed their commitment to continue to speak-up on behalf of all residents to promote our County’s values of acceptance and inclusion for everyone. The statement addressed community concerns about safety, discrimination, legal status and harassment.

In a February 8 news conference, which discussed the County’s response to recent federal immigration initiatives, Leggett reconfirmed that Montgomery County will continue to ensure that everyone in Montgomery County feels safe and has the support they need to thrive in an inclusive community. The County Executive highlighted County publications that list resources available for County residents.
  • Montgomery County Legal Immigration Service Providers Directory (English)
  • Community Guide for Immigrant Residents in Montgomery County, MD (English | Español)
  • Joint Statement of County Executive and County Council Reaffirming Community Values (English | Español).

Montgomery County Offers Multiple Transportation Options for Older Adults

Montgomery County offers many transportation options to serve residents who are older or disabled to get around. Updated factsheets are available that include descriptions of the range of services, including eligibility, access and contact information. Additional information on free and reduced fares for Ride On, Metrobus, and Metrorail; MetroAccess service; volunteer-provided transportation services; taxi service - including discounted taxi fares; and, free transportation to/from senior centers for those who live nearby. The factsheet also includes contact information for Connect-A-Ride, a service that residents can call to learn about transportation options most relevant to their needs.

County Executive Ike Leggett to Present Fiscal Year 2018 Recommended Operating Budget

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will present his proposed recommended operating budget for fiscal year 2018 on Tuesday, March 14 at noon. The presentation will take place at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Lobby Level Auditorium in Rockville.

Robert Dorfman Confirmed as New Director for the Department of Liquor Control

Robert Dorfman,
Director of Department of Liquor Control
Robert Dorfman officially became the new director for the Department of Liquor Control (DLC) following confirmation from the Montgomery County Council on January 31. Dorfman brings years of executive-level experience in business operations and management of liquor sales.

Dorfman’s impressive resume includes several senior-level positions at Marriott International. Among those, he was President of Host International, the world leader in airport, travel plazas and sports and entertainment food and beverage operations (responsible for $1.5 billion in annual income and 25,000 employees.) He was the nation’s second largest franchisee of Five Guys (operating 35 locations in Florida, Texas, and Ohio), and was President and Chief Operating Officer of TrustHouse Services Group, the sixth-largest contract services company in the United States.

Most recently, he served as Managing Partner of two World of Beer franchises in Virginia.

As Director, Dorfman will lead the DLC, a department which generates nearly $21 million annually in profit to County taxpayers while better protecting public health and public safety.

Montgomery County Innovative Public-Private Partnership to Bring Microgrids to County Key Public Facilities

Montgomery County has entered into an innovative public-private partnership with Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables to construct microgrid systems at two of the County’s critical public safety buildings; the Public Safety Headquarters and Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg by mid-2018. The microgrids generate clear power using solar energy systems and natural gas generators.

This will permit these public safety buildings to operate independently of the electrical grid, ensure uninterrupted public services during emergencies, replace aging equipment, and install cybersecurity measures, without any upfront costs to the County. The Microgrids will provide more reliable and efficient power and improve resiliency for Montgomery County following major storms or extended outages.

The microgrids are a natural extension of Montgomery County’s successful deployment of advanced renewables and other eco-friendly technologies on County facilities. This includes 11 solar arrays already installed as part of a project that will generate a total 11 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year (enough to power more than 1,100 single family homes) and save $15 million in utility costs over the next 20 years. The County also successfully implemented a combined heat and power system at the County’s Pre-Release Center last year.

To learn more visit the County Department of General Services Office of Energy and Sustainability website. Read full press release.

See recent article in the Washington Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/02/10/montgomery-county-is-taking-two-large-buildings.html

Montgomery County Department of Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz Selected to Participate in Presidential Leadership Scholars Program

Gabriel Albornoz
Director of Department
of Recreation
Montgomery County Department of Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz has been selected to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. This unique leadership development initiative draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

After a rigorous application and review process, Albornoz was selected based on his leadership growth potential and the strength of his personal leadership projects aimed at improving Montgomery County.

Over the course of several months, Albornoz will travel to each participating presidential center to learn from former U.S. presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics.

Read more from press release.

Montgomery County Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program Named Maryland CIT Program of the Year

Montgomery County Police Department’s (MCPD) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
The Montgomery County Police Department’s (MCPD) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program received the CIT Program of the Year at the 1st Annual Maryland CIT Conference, held on January 26 by the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration.

A Crisis Intervention Team is a specialized form of community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis.

The MCPD recognized the need for specialized training in this area and created its first CIT program in 2001. Since that time, the program has expanded and evolved as have the needs and concerns of the mental health field. There were 6,449 calls for service in Montgomery County in 2015 that involved mental health issues. The MCPD CIT includes three officers and one social worker from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Over 2,000 sworn and non-sworn personnel have taken the MCPD CIT training. Working with the County’s Crisis Center and due to the increasing demand and attention to Crisis Intervention, MCPD training has expanded to include the department’s School Resource Officers, County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff, social workers and surrounding police jurisdictions. Everyone comes away with a new understanding of mental illness and how it affects all facets of communities. Last year, the MCPD CIT was requested to be part of a blue ribbon panel for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to raise awareness of mental health concerns impacting law enforcement agencies across the country.

The MCPD CIT mission of focusing on building partnerships and increasing mental health awareness continues to advance and provide better-informed service beyond the boundaries of Montgomery County.

Montgomery County’s Inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summit Comes to Silver Spring

Councilmember Hans Riemer cordially invites the public to the County’s first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summit to be held on Sunday February 26 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The summit will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at One Veterans Place in Silver Spring. This free event and opportunity, that will help build the County’s STEM community, is open for educators from pre-K to college; business leaders and employers; County leaders and service providers, industry practitioners, interested parents and students. The summit will showcase best practices, lay out a vision and ask for input on an effective STEM engagement strategy for Montgomery County. For more information including agenda, please visit: councilmemberriemer.com/stem
  • Attendees should RSVP here.

Shop Maryland Energy Tax-Free Weekend to Save on New ENERGY STAR Appliances

During Presidents’ Day weekend, shoppers across Maryland will get a break from the state’s 6 percent sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR products. Shop Maryland Energy (February 18-20) is a statewide sales tax holiday that highlights the importance of energy efficient appliances to the environment and residents’ pocketbooks.

Eligible ENERGY STAR appliances and lighting include: air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, LED light bulbs, dehumidifiers, boilers and programmable thermostats. For a full list of exempt items visit, Shop Energy Maryland. Residents using the weekend to upgrade appliances may have the advantage of additional rebates to recycle old appliances, such as old working refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners or dehumidifiers. Prior to purchasing new appliances, residents can contact their electric utility to see if they are eligible for rebate and pick up of the old appliance. Each appliance may be eligible for up to $50 in rebates.

During Maryland Energy Tax Free Weekend, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection staff will have informational tables at three County appliance stores to provide residents with energy saving tips and information on local programs and rebates available through utility suppliers, including BGE, Pepco and Potomac Edison:
  • Bray and Scarff Bethesda: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon 6801 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase
  • Nolan’s Apache Appliance: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 13866 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  • Bray and Scarff Rockville: Monday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 831C Rockville Pike, Rockville
For more information, go to Shop Energy Maryland website.