January 11, 2013


Executive Commends Council Endorsement of Senior Agenda

The Maryland Department of Planning projects that between 2000 and 2020 the senior population (age 60 and over) of Montgomery County will increase by 74 percent. As a group, seniors are growing at a rate more than seven times faster than non-seniors.

This is why County Executive Ike Leggett recently applauded the County Council resolution, passed December 4, in support of the County’s Senior Agenda. The Council endorsement called the agenda “a blueprint for planning for the growth of the senior population and making ‘Montgomery County a Community for a Lifetime.’"

Earlier this year, Leggett sent the Council his endorsement of the vision spelled out in the agenda. The County’s Commission on Aging drafted the Senior Agenda to advise the County on its policies and planning for older adults and provide a vision that “Montgomery County will be a Community for a Lifetime -- place for older adults to live safe, healthy and vital lives.”

The agenda calls for action steps in transportation, housing, socialization and leisure, health and wellness, communications, employment, and security and safety.

See the Council resolution and the Senior Agenda.

Read news release.

Go Green in ’13 – Recycle Christmas Trees and Greens

The Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS) in the Department of Environmental Protection reminds residents that they may recycle their Christmas trees by placing the entire tree at the curb by 7 a.m. on their recycling collection day, as part of the County’s curbside yard trim recycling collection program.

After Christmas trees are collected for recycling, they are shredded into mulch that will be available in January and February for residents to take at County-operated Neighborhood Mulch Preserves located at the following locations: Montgomery County Recycling Center, 16105 Frederick Rd. in the Derwood/Rockville/Gaithersburg area; and at E.E. Halmos Park (use the Bodmer Ave. entrance) in Poolesville. The mulch is free but must be loaded and transported by the user.

Get more information about Christmas tree recycling, the Neighborhood Mulch Preserves and/or using mulch or call Montgomery County's Customer Service Center at 311 (out-of-County, 240-777-0311, TTY:301-251-4850).

Guide Released on Procedures, Decisions Affecting Common Ownership Communities

The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) has released its “Guide to the Procedures and Decisions of the Commission on Common Ownership Communities.” The publication provides valuable information to County residents on laws affecting homeowners and condominium and cooperative living associations.

The guide is online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccoc. Print versions are available at $15 each by calling the County’s Office of Consumer Protection at 240-777-3636.

For more information, contact the Office of Consumer Protection at 240-777-3636.