AGENDA ITEM #11-12
November 8, 2011
Action
MEMORANDUM
November 4,2011
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
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Action:
Bill 29-11, Boards, Committees, and Commissions - Sunset,
Consolidation and Resolution to sunset or repeal certain boards, committees, and
commissions
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation
(3-0): do not
enact Bill 29-11 or the Resolution.
Bill 29-11, Boards, Committees, and Commissions - Sunset, Consolidation and Resolution to
sunset or repeal certain boards, committees, and commissions, sponsored by Councilmember
Leventhal, was introduced on September 27,2011. A Government Operations and Fiscal Policy
Committee worksession was held on October 24.
Background
This proposal arose from a September 12 Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
meeting in which Executive staff presented information indicating that staff time associated with
the various boards, committees, and commissions totaled more than $1.4 million in Fiscal Year
2011. Code §2-146 requires the Executive to appoint a citizens review committee to review the
committee structure as a whole and the individual committees (the Committee Evaluation and
Review Board). CERB issued its latest report in 2004. CERB noted in its 2004 report that the
County had more boards, committees, and commissions than any of the neighboring jurisdictions
that it surveyed. Excerpts of the CERB report for specific consolidations proposed in Bill 29-11
begin on ©26-34.! In its January 31, 2011 report, the Organizational Reform Commission
recommended that the Executive accelerate the appointment of the CERB and to require the
CERB to complete its work in 6 months (see excerpt on ©35-37).2
A copy of the CERB report is at
http://www.montgomervcountymd.gov/content/EXEC/boards/cerb final%20report 7-20-2004.pdf. CERB did not
review the Cable Compliance Commission.
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A copy of the ORC report is at
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/contenticounciIlPDF/REPORTS/ORC/ORC FinalReport.pdf
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Together, Bill 29-11 and the resolution to sunset or repeal certain boards, committees, and
commissions, sponsored by Councilmember Leventhal, was introduced on September 27, 2011.
A public hearing was held on October 18 (see testimony and correspondence beginning on ©38).
Together, Bill 29-11 and the Resolution would:
• require the Committee Evaluation Review Board to issue an interim report within 6
months and a final report within 12 months of appointment;
• sunset certain advisory boards, committees, and commissions on December 1,2012;
• terminate the recreation advisory boards and alter the membership of the County
Recreation Board to include 1 representative from each regional services center citizen
advisory board and require the County Recreation Board to collaborate with the citizens
advisory boards on recreation issues;
• terminate the Cable Compliance Commission and authorize the Board of Appeals to
adjudicate customer cable service complaints;
• terminate the Dickerson Area Facilities Implementation Group, increase the size ofthe
Solid Waste Advisory Committee by 3 and require 3 members to be from the Dickerson
community and require SWAC to advise the Executive and Council on the execution of
the policies and strategies in the Facilities Master Plan for the Solid Waste Operations in
the Dickerson Area; and
• terminate the Silver Spring TMD Advisory Committee and require the Silver Spring
Urban Advisory Committee to advise on programs, management, and finances related to
the transportation system and demand management in the Silver Spring Transportation
Management District.
Issues Raised
1.
Sunset provision.
As drafted, Bill 29-11 would sunset several advisory boards, committees,
and commissions (©16-17, lines 349-389). As the sponsor has stated, it is his intention that
many of these advisory boards would be continued through subsequent legislation. The purpose
behind the sunset provision is to provide an impetus for the CERB to review the advisory boards.
The Council received testimony and letters from, or on behalf of, the following advisory boards
urging the Council to not sunset their board:
• Committee on HateNiolence (see ©38)
• Commission for Women (see ©39)
• Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (see ©47)
• Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce regarding the Silver Spring Urban
Advisory Committee (see ©56)
• Montgomery County Chapter of the Women's Bar Association regarding the
Commission for Women (see ©58)
• Paulette Dickerson regarding the Library Board (see ©60)
• Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee (see ©62)
After the Committee worksession, the Council receive a letter from Carol Garvey supporting Bill
29-11 (©68)
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2.
Bill 29-11 would eliminate the geographic
recreation advisory boards and alter the membership of the County Recreation Board to include 1
representative from each regional services center citizen advisory board and require the County
Recreation Board to collaborate with the citizens advisory boards on recreation issues. Mark
Pharaoh, Chair of the East County Recreation Advisory Board, spoke in support of this portion
of Bill 29-11, (©67). However, rather than including 1 representative from each regional
citizens advisory board on the County Recreation Board, Mr. Pharaoh suggested that there
should be 1 representative from the County Recreation Board added to each regional citizens
advisory boards.
Geographic Recreation Advisory Boards.
3. Cable Compliance CommissionIBoard of Appeals.
Bill 29-11 would tenninate the Cable
Compliance Commission and require the Board of Appeals to adjudicate customer cable service
complaints. Board staff notes that many subscriber complaints are resolved at the staff level and
that the language of the bill should reflect this process.
Committee recommendation (3-0): do not enact Bill 29-11.
This packet contains:
Bill 29-11
Legislative Request Report
Resolution
Fiscal Impact Statement
Excerpts of 2004 CERB report
Excerpt of2010 ORC Report
Testimony/Correspondence
Circle
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Bill No.
29-11
Concerning: Boards, Committees, and
Commissions - Sunset. consolidation
Draft No. _1_
Revised:
9/16/2011
Introduced:
September 27, 2011
Expires:
March 27, 2013
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
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Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmember Leventhal
AN
ACT to:
(1) establish a deadline for the Committee Evaluation and Review Board to issue its report
to the Executive and Council;
(2) authorize the Board ofAppeals to adjudicate customer cable service complaints;
(3) alter the membership and duties ofthe County Recreation Board;
(4) terminate the Cable Compliance Commission and the recreation advisory boards;
(5) alter the membership and duties of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee;
(6) require the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee to advise on programs,
management, and fInances related to the transportation system and demand management
in the Silver Spring Transportation Management District;
(7) sunset certain boards, committees, and commissions; and
(8) generally amend County law regarding the membership, structure, and functions of
boards, committees, and commissions.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 2, Administration
Section 2-112 and 2-146
Chapter 41, Recreation and Recreation Facilities
Sections 41-21 through 41-30
Chapter 48, Solid Wastes
Sections 48-38 and 48-39
Chapter 68A, Montgomery County Urban Districts
Section 68A-5
repealing
Chapter SA, Cable Communications
Sections 8A-31
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
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Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec. 1.
Section 2-146 is amended as follows:
2-146. Terms of committees.
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Committee Evaluation and Review Board.
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County Executive must appoint and convene at least every
10 years, subject to confirmation by the Council, a citizens
review committee comprised of [no fewer than] at least 11
members.
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[This
committee] The Committee must review the committee
system and each then-existing committee and report to the
Executive and Council its recommendations for changes in
individual committees and the committee system as a whole. The
Committee must submit an interim report to the Executive and
Council within
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months of appointment and submit
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fmal report
within 12 months of appointment.
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The
County Executive must designate the review committee's
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chair and vice-chair.
Sec. 2.
Section 2-112 and Section 8A-31 are amended as follows:
2-112. Jurisdiction.
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adjudicate
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involving customer cable service and other consumer
protection claims that arise under Chapter 8A, any
regulation adopted or franchise agreement approved under
Chapter 8A, or Section 11-4A.
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Require
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complainant and respondent agree to binding or
non-binding mediation. A consent order resulting
from mediation and approved
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the Commission is
an order of the Commission. If the mediator or the
Commission finds that the parties are not likely to
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the franchisee's
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violation.
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The Cable Communications Administrator must provide
staff support to the Board for any complaint filed under
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SA-31. [Cable Compliance Commission] Reserved.
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[(a)
Established.
The Cable Compliance Commission is established to
adjudicate subscriber complaints' involving customer cable service and
other consumer protection claims that arise under this Chapter, any
regulation adopted or franchise agreement approved under this Chapter,
or Section 11-4A.]
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Membership.
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The Commission is comprised of 5 voting members
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Council. Each appointee must be appointed to a 3-year term.
Commission should include:
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(2)
(3)
(4)
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a cable television service subscriber;
a broadband Internet service subscriber;
an individual with general business experience; and
an individual with technical experience in communications.]
The
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The Commissioners annually must elect a chair and vice chair
of the Commission.
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[(d)
[(e)
Reserved.]
Ethics.
Each member of the Commission is subject to Chapter 19A,
except that the member must file a limited public financial disclosure
statement regarding any communication-related activities and interests
and a full confidential financial disclosure statement.]
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Authority.
The Commission may:
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(2)
Require a franchisee to provide a refund to a complainant.
Appoint a qualified person to mediate a case if the complainant
and respondent agree to binding or non-binding mediation. A
consent order resulting from mediation and approved· by the
Commission is an order of the Commission. If the mediator or
the Commission finds that the parties are not likely to agree to a
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consent
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reasonable
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the
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Order a franchisee to pay damages of up to $1,000 to a person
injured or aggrieved by the franchisee's actions.
applies separately to each violation.]
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Hearing Procedures.
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(1)
The Administrative Procedures Act (Article II of Chapter 2A)
applies to a complaint filed with the Commission and governs the
Commission's hearings and decisions, unless otherwise expressly
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rules under method (2) to implement this subsection.
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Before filing a complaint with the Commission, a complainant
must file the complaint with the county cable administrator. If
the cable administrator is unable to resolve the complaint to the
complainant's satisfaction within 30 days, the complainant may
file the complaint with the Commission.
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If the Commission decides to conduct a public hearing on the
complaint, the Commission must notify the complainant, the
franchisee, the county cable administrator or the County's Chief
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Officer (CIO),
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other person
that
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Commission rules require to be notified. Except as provided in
Section 2A-9, the notice must be sent at least 15 days before the
hearing. The Commission may hold a hearing at the request of
any party to the complaint (which may include the cable
administrator or CIO) or on the Commission's own initiative, or
may decide a complaint without a hearing.]
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The County Attorney must provide legal advice
and representation to the Commission and must enforce any
Commission order. The County Attorney may represent the interests of
the County in any proceeding before the Commission, consistent with
policies established by the Council.]
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Conflicting subscriber agreement.
Any prOVISIOn
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a subscriber
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franchise agreement, or any regulation or other legal requirement is
unenforceable.
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unenforceable provision does not affect other
provisions of the subscriber agreement that can be given effect without
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"Subscriber agreement" includes any
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agreement that the franchisee requires a subscriber to agree to as a
condition of receiving cable service or any other products and services.]
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Fee.
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reasonable fee for filing a complaint with the Commission. The filer
must pay the fee to the County when filing a complaint.
The
Commission, cable administrator, or CIO may waive the filing fee upon
request if the fee would be a financial hardship for the complainant. If
the parties agree to a consent order after mediation, the Commission
may refund the filing fee. The Commission may order the losing party
to pay another party's filing fees or other reasonable expenses related to
the hearing, including attorney's fees, in addition to ordering payment
of damages.]
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Staffand other support.
The Chief Administrative Officer must provide
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the services and County facilities that are reasonably necessary for the
Commission
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perform its duties.]
Sec. 3.
Sections 41-21 through 41-30 are amended as follows:
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41-21. Recreation board.
(a)
There is a County Recreation Board. Each member is appointed by the
County Executive and confirmed by the County Council for a 3-year
term beginning on July 1. A member serves until a successor is
appointed and confirmed.
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The voting members of the Board are:
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1 representative from each [recreation area advisory board]
Regional Service Center's Citizens Advisory Board; and
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15 members appointed from the County at-large to represent a
cross-section ofthe population ofthe County.
(c)
The ex officio, nonvoting members ofthe Board are:
(1)
a representative of the Department of Parks of the Maryland­
National Capital Park and Planning Commission;
(2)
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an administrative representative ofthe Board of Education;
the immediate past Chair of the County Recreation Board, unless
that person serves on the Board in another capacity;
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a representative of the Office of Community Use of Public
Facilities;
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(6)
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a representative of the Community Action Board;
a representative ofthe Commission on Aging; and
a representative ofthe Commission on People with Disabilities.
41-22. Same-Duties and responsibilities.
The County Recreation Advisory Board must:
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[Coordinate the activities of the recreation area advisory boards]
collaborate with the various Regional Service Center Citizens Advisory
Boards on area recreation issues.
[41-25. Recreation area advisory boards-Created.]
[In
each recreation area created pursuant to this article, there shall be one (1)
recreation area advisory board which shall serve as the representative body for such
area on recreation matters.]
[41-26.
Same-Purpose; goals and opportunities.]
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[The recreation area advisory boards shall encourage the development of
desirable recreational and park opportunities in the designated recreation areas of the
county, so that all the people may live enriched lives, find greater enjoyment and
happiness, have better mental health, greater physical vitality and deeper moral
strength. To accomplish this purpose, each board shall be concerned with the
following recreational goals and opportunities:]
[(a)
Opportunities that reflect the interests and needs of recreation area
residents.]
[(b)
[(c)
Opportunities within the financial ability of all the people.]
Equality of opportunity for all people, regardless of race, ongm,
religion, age or sex.]
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Year-round opportunity for all ages and both sexes.]
A wide range and diversity of individual choices (e.g., camping, dance,
drama, athletics, fine arts, performing arts, games, music, social
recreation, crafts and special events).]
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[(g)
[(h)
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A balanced emphasis within the range of individual choices.]
Opportunities for varying degrees of skill.]
Opportunities for the individual, the family and groups.]
Opportunities for progressive advancement.]
Opportunities for creative expression.]
Active and passive opportunities.]
Opportunities that utilize other community resources.]
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[em) Relating opportunities to other community agencies.]
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Opportunities for residents to participate in recreational planning.]
Assistance to individuals and groups seeking their 0'Ml opportunities.]
Indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities centrally located and easily
accessible.]
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[(q)
Advice on the acquisition of open space to satisfy recreational pursuits,
prevent overcrowding, make the district a more attractive place to live,
conserve wooded areas and stream valleys, preserve historical,
geological and horticultural features, and preserve areas of natural
beauty.]
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Recreation grounds and facilities based upon user interests and needs
and population ratio.]
[41-27. Membership.]
[(a)
Each recreation area advisory board consists of 9 members and 2
alternates, each of whom resides in the designated recreation area. Each
member is appointed by the county executive, subject to confirmation
by the county council. Individual appointments to a board must reflect a
wide diversity of recreational interests. The Executive must consider
geographical representation from different neighborhood centers in the
recreation area.
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order to maintain continuity on each recreation area
advisory board, the Executive must appoint
3
members of each board
annually and appoint the
2
alternates every
3
years. Each member serves
3 years or until a successor is confirmed. A regular board member must
not serve more than 2 consecutive full tenus, but any member may be
reappointed after a lapse of one year. A vacancy occurring before a term
expires is filled for the remainder of the unexpired term of the
predecessor. Appointments to unexpired terms are not a
full
term.]
[(b)
When the Executive appoints an alternate member of a recreation area
advisory board, the Executive must designate whether the appointee
would serve as the primary or secondary alternate. Alternate members
may participate in board discussions but must not vote lIDless acting for
an absent board member. "Vhen a board member resigns, the
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member's term and the second alternate becomes the fIrst alternate.]
[(c)
A municipality with an active recreation program in a designated
County recreation area may designate one or more representatives to
serve as non-voting, ex officio members of the recreation area advisory
board for that area.]
[(d)
The members of each board serve without compensation. The
department of recreation must designate a department employee to
advise each board, and the director of the department must ask the
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to have a
staff member present at meetings of each board.]
[41-28. Same-Chairperson and vice-chairperson.]
[The chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be elected by each recreation area
advisory board from among its members. The term of the chairperson and vice­
chairperson shall be one
(1)
year, and each shall be eligible for reelection for an
additional one-year term. No chairperson or vice-chairperson shall serve
consecutively for more than two (2) years.]
[41-29. Meetings; quorum.]
[Each recreation area advisory board meets in public session on call by the
chairman as frequently as necessary to perform its duties, but not less than 10 times
annually. Reasonable notice must be given for all meetings of the board. A majority
of the members of the board is a quorum for the transaction of business, and a
majority vote of those present at any meeting is required for any action taken by the
board.]
[41-30. Duties.]
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county council, the director of the county department of recreation, and the
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Montgomery County Planning Board about the appropriate number and nature of
recreation programs, neighborhood and community parks, and facilities for leisure
activities and the well-being of county residents. A board also may:]
[(a)
Study and appraise the existing and future recreation needs of its
recreation area in terms of program, facilities and services, and suggest
plans to meet those needs.]
[(b)
Provide general comments on annual budget requests for recreation and
parks, programs and facilities.]
[(c)
Support high standards in recreation leadership and
program service.]
[(d)
Encourage cooperation with other related agenCIes and assist in
correlating community forces for the development of recreation and
parks.]
[(e)
Render advice on the design and layout of recreation grounds and
facilities. ]
In
quality of
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Advise the county council on legislative and budgetary matters
regarding recreation.]
[(g)
Inform the Regional Citizens Advisory Board about matters related to
recreation and parks, and collaborate with the Regional Board on
planning, conservation, environment, and other issues that affect park
and recreation facilities and services.]
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41-30. Reserved.
Sec. 4. Section 48-38 is amended as follows:
48-38. Established; composition; terms.
(a)
Creation:
The County Executive must appoint a Solid Waste Advisory
Committee, subject to confirmation by the County Council.
(b)
Composition:
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(2)
The Committee has [15].lli voting members.
The
Committee has one
ex officio
nonvoting member
representing the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning
Commission.
(c)
Appointment:
(1)
The County Executive should appoint members so that the
Committee membership reflects:
(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)
broad geographic areas of the [county] County;
the solid waste industry;
business users;
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representative of the County Chapter of the Maryland
Municipal League; [and]
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residents from the Dickerson community; and
the general public.
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The [committee shall be advisory to the county council and the county
executive on all matters relating to solid waste management within the county. In
particular, the committee shall] Committee must:
(a)
advise the County Council and County Executive on all matters relating
to solid waste management in the County;
(Q)
[Review] review and offer recommendations on the ten-year solid waste
management plans for the [county.] County;
[(b)]
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[Investigate] investigate and make recommendations on systematic
programs and alternative methods, both public and private, for the
storage, collection, transportation, processing, disposal and resource
recovery of solid wastes, including sludge[.];
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[Evaluate] evaluate the impact of the solid waste management
program on citizens, institutions, business.1 and industry throughout the
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solid waste plannin& and develop educational programs to inform the
public on all aspects of solid waste management[.];
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necessary to accomplish effective solid waste management[.];
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[Review] review and comment on the annual [county] County budget
for solid waste activities.
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advise the Executive and Council on the execution of the policies and
strategies in the Facilities Master Plan for the Solid Waste Operations in
the Dickerson Area; and
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[Submit] to the [county executive] Executive and [county council]
Council, and make available to the general public, an annual report of
the activities of the [committee] Committee.
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Sec. S. Section 68A-S is amended as follows:
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Duties.
(1)
An
urban district advisory committee may advise the County
government on all aspects of the program, management, and
fmances of the urban district.
(2)
An
urban district advisory committee should:
[a.] (A) by July 15 each year, advise the department on the
program and budget of the urban district;
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by September 15 each year, review the urban district
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department to resolve areas of disagreement regarding the
budget.
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The Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee may
advise the Transportation Management Organization, any
employer, any
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with whom the County contracts under
Resolution No. 14-1511, or any subsequent resolution, and
Section 42A-23(b), and the County government on all aspects of
programs,
management,
and
finances
relating
to
the
transportation system and demand management
in
the Silver
Spring Transportation Management District and its vicinity,
including:
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propose guidelines for traffic mitigation plans;
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monitor the implementation of the traffic mitigation plans;
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evaluate progress
in
attaining the commuting goals
specified in the Annual Growth Policy;
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recommend government, private, or joint actions to
facilitate attainment of the commuting goals specified
in
the Annual Growth Policy;
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advise the Director of Transportation on parking policies;
review traffic patterns and control measures
in
the Silver
Spring TMD and vicinity, including neighborhood parking
and pedestrian access and safety; and
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submit comments and recoIlLrnendations on the Director's
report required
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Sec. 6. Sunset of Certain Committees.
The following board, committee, or commission will sunset on December 1,
2012:
Advisory Committee on Consumer Protection
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Cable and Communications Advisory Committee
Commission for Women
Commission on Aging
Commission on Child Care
Commission on Children and Youth
Commission on Health
Commission on Juvenile Justice
Commission on People with Disabilities
Commission on Veterans Affairs
Committee Evaluation and Review Board
Committee for Ethnic Affairs
Committee on HateNiolence
County Recreation Advisory Board
Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission
Department of Permitting Services Advisory Committee
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Down County Recreation Advisory Board
East County Recreation Advisory Board
Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee
Fire and Emergency Services Commission
Conservation Advisory Committee
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No.
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Library Board
Mental Health Advisory Committee
Mid-County Recreation Advisory Board
Montgomery Cares Program Advisory Board
Noise Control Advisory Board
Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee
Rustic Roads Advisory Committee
Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee
Solid Waste Advisory Committee
Sustainability Working Group
Taxicab Services Advisory Committee
Upcounty Recreation Advisory Board
Victim Services Advisory Board
Water Quality Advisory Group
Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee
Approved:
390
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Valerie Ervin, President, County Council
Date
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Approved:
Isiah Leggett, County Executive
Date
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This is a correct copy o/Council action.
395
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 29-11,
Boards, Committees, and Commissions - Sunset, consolidation
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 29-11 would establish a deadline for the Committee Evaluation
and Review Board (CERB) to issue its report to the Executive and
Council; authorize the Board of Appeals to adjudicate customer cable
service complaints; alter the membership and duties of the County
Recreation Board; terminate the Cable Compliance Commission and
the recreation advisory boards; alter the membership and duties of the
Solid Waste Advisory Committee; require the Silver Spring Urban
Advisory Committee to advise on programs, management, and
finances related to the transportation system and demand
management in the Silver Spring Transportation Management
District; sunset certain boards, committees, and commissions; and
generally amend County law regarding the membership, structure,
and functions of boards, committees, and commissions.
The CERB, in their report on the County's system of boards,
committees and commissions, recommended many changes to
specific boards, committees and commissions. The Council received
information that the County spent an approximate $1.4 million on
personnel and operating costs to support the County's boards.,
committees, and commissions.
To consolidate certain boards, committees, and commissions and
reduce expenditures associated with providing staff support to those
boards, committees, and commissions.
Executive and Legislative branch staff.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Amanda MihiU, Legislative Attorney (240) 777-7815
Applies only to County boards, committees, and commissions.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORlVIATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
N/A
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Resolution No: _ _ _ _ _- - ­
Introduced:
Adopted:
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY MARYLAND
By: Councilmember Leventhal
Subject:
Resolution to sunset or repeal certain boards, committees, arid commissions.
Background
1. The Council adopted Resolution No. 14-1511 on November 26, 2002 which authorized
the County Executive to establish a Silver Spring Transportation System Management
Advisory Committee.
2. The Council adopted Resolution No. 13-1498 on December 1, 1998 establishing the
Facilities Implementation Group. The Council adopted Resolution No. 15-1165 on
October 11,2005 which changed the name of the Facilities Implementation Group to the
Dickerson Area Facilities Implementation Group.·
3. Bill 29-11 would require the Solid Waste Advisory Committee to perform the functions
of the Dickerson Area Facilities Implementation Group.
Action
The County Council for Montgomery County Maryland approves the following resolution:
1.
The following board, committee, or commission will sunset on December 1,2012:
Airpark Liaison Committee
East County Citizens Advisory Board
Friendship Heights TMD Advisory Committee
Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board
Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board
Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee
Technology Investment Fund Loan/Grant Committee
Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board
Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
2. Resolution No. 14-1511 is amended by deleting paragraphs 4, 5, and 6 and deleting
references to the Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee
in paragraph 7.
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Resolution No.: xx-xx
3. Resolution No. 13-1498 establishing the Facilities Implementation Group is repealed.
This is a correct copy of Council action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
Isiah
Leggett
County Executive
Jennifer
A.
Hughes
Director
MEMORANDUM
October
20,2011
TO:
Valerie Ervin, President, County Council
Jennifer A. Hughes,
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Direct~
Council Bill
29-11,
Boards\Immittees, and Commissions - Sunset Consolidation and
Reso1ution
to
sunset or repeal certain Boards, Committees and Commissions
The purpose ofthls memorandum is to transmit a fiscal and economic impact statement
to the Council on the subject legislation.
LEGISLATION SUMMARY
Bill
29-11
and the accompanying Resolution would:
• require the Committee Evaluation Review Board to issue an interim report within six (6) months and
a final report within twelve
(12)
months of appointment;
• sunset certain advisory boards, committees, and commissions on December I, 2012;
• terminate the recreation advisory boards and alter the membership ofthe County Recreation Board to
include
1
representative from each regiona1 services center citizen advisory board and reqnire the
County Recreation Board to collaborate with the citizens advisory boards on recreation issues;
• terminate the Cable Compliance Commission and authonze the Board ofAppeals to adjudicate
customer cable service complaints;
• terminate the Dickerson Area Facilities Implementation Group, increase the size ofthe Solid Waste
Advisory Committee
by
three (3) and require three (3) members to be from the Dickerson community
and require SWAC to advise the Executive and Council on the execution ofthe policies and strategies
in the Facilities Master Plan for the Solid Waste Operations in the Dickerson Area; and
• terminate the Silver Spring TMD Advisory Committee and require the Silver Spring Urban Advisory
Committee to advise on programs, management, and finances related to the transportation system and
demand management in the Silver Spring Transportation Management District
FISCAL
SUMMARY
Attached are estimated in-kind County staff support hours of individual Boards,
Committees, or Commissions using 'Total Average Work Hours per Month'
data
from the Discussion of
Office of the Director
101 Monroe
Street, 14th Floor' Rockville. Maryland 20850 • 240-777·2800
www.montgomerycountymd.goY
montgomerycountymd.gov/311
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Valerie Ervin, President, County Council
October 20,2011
Page 2
Staff Time Dedicated to Boards, Committees and Commissions packet presented to the Government
Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee on September 12,2011. Based on a current average county
government salary, wage, and FICA hourly cost of $35.36, annual in-kind County staff support costs
would
be
approximately $521,170. While this estimate represents the collective values of in-kind County
staff support, services are provided by mUltiple staff in multiple departments, and do not represent a
significant portion ofthe workload of anyone position. Therefore, passage ofBill 29-11 would not
provide measurable savings, since no one position could be eliminated.
ECONOMIC SUMMARY
The Department of Finance notes that Bill 29-11 would:
• require the Committee Evaluation Review Board to issue an interim report within six (6) months and
a fmal report within twelve (12) months of appointment
Since this requirement is an administrative
change to the deadline to the submission ofa report, this provision has no economic impact on the
County's economy.
• sunset certain advisory boards, committees, and commissions on December 1,2012. Those advisory
boards, committees, and commissions are listed in Section 6 ofthe Bill.
It is uncertain without any
specificity that this provision ofthe Bill will or will not have an economic impact. The !islof
candidates for sunset is extensive, and it is uncertain which ofthese candidates
has
a direct or
indirect effect on the County's economy.
• terminate the recreation advisory boards and alter the membership ofthe County Recreation Board
(Board) to include one (1) representative from each regional services center citizen advisory board
and require the Board to collaborate with the citizens advisory boards on recreation issues.
Since the
sunset provision alters the makeup ofthe Board and provides for collaboration with the citizens
advisory boards, this provision
has
no economic impact on the County's economy.
• terminate the Cable Compliance Commission and authorize the Board of Appeals to adjudicate
customer cable services complaints.
Since this provision ofBill
29-11
transfers responsibilities of
customer complaints to the Board ofAppeals, the process ofat:{judicating customer complaints is not
changed Therefore this provision ofthe Bill
has
no economic impact on the County's economy.
• terminate the Dickerson Area Facilities Implementation Group, increase the size ofthe Solid Waste
Advisory Committee (SWAC) by three (3) and require three (3) members to be from the Dickerson
community and require SWAC to advise the Executive and County Council on the execution ofthe
policies and strategies in the Facilities Master Plan for the Solid Waste Operations in the Dickerson
Area.
The provision alters the makeup ofthe SWAC and terminates the Dickerson Area Facilities
Implementation Group and therefore there is no economic impact to the County's economy.
• terminate the Silver Spring TMD Advisory Committee and require the Silver Spring Urban Advisory
Committee to advise on programs, management, and fmances related to the transportation system and
demand management in the Silver Spring Transportation Management District.
The provision
eliminates one committee and transfers duties and responsibilities to another and therefore there is
no economic impact on the County's economy.
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Valerie Ervin, President, County Council
October 20,2011
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The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis: David Platt, Deparbnent
of Finance, Michael Coveyou, Department of Finance, Bryan Hunt and Lori O'Brien, Office of
Management and Budget
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Attachments
c: Kathleen Boucher, Assistance Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
Sonetta NeufviJ1e, Offices of the County Executive
Joseph F. Beach, Director, Department of Finance
Michael Coveyou, Department of Finance
David Platt, Department of Finance
Lori O'Brien, Office of Management and Budget
Amy Wilson, Office of Management and Budget
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Organizational Name
B
Staffed
By
Dept
C
Average
#
of
Work
HoursIMonth
0
E
2
3
4
Advisory Committee on Consumer
Protection
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Cable and Communications
Advisorv Committee
Cable Compliance Commission
Commission for Women
Commission on Aging
Commission on Child Care
Commission on Children and Youth
Commission on Health (Required
byLaw)
Commission on Juvenile Justice
Commission on People with
Disabilities
Commission on Veterans Affairs
Committee Evaluation and Review
Board
Committee for Ethnic Affairs
Committee on HateNiolence
County-wide Recreation Advisory
Board
Criminal Justice Coordinating
Commission
Deparlment ofPermitting Services
Advisory Committee
Domestic Violence Coordinating
Council
Dickerson Area Facilities
Implementation Group
Down County Recreation Advisory
Board
East County Recreation Advisory
Board
Energy and Air Quality Advisory
Committee
Fire and Emergency Services
Commission
Forest Conservation Advisory
Committee
Librarv Board
Mental Health Advisory Committee
(Required
by
Law)
Mid-County Recreation Advisory
Board
OCP
DED
DTS
OCA&DTS
CFW
DHHS
DHHS
DHHS
DHHS
10
7.5
13
Average
#
of
Cost at
Average
Work
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with
FICA
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4,243
120
$
90
$
156
$
3,182
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6
7
8
9
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183
FYl2 bude:et
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720
60
29
348
1,014
84.5
80
83
80.75
$
$
$
-
25,459
12,305
35,855
33,946
35,219
34,264
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612
$
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960
$
996
$
969
$
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12
13
14
15
DHHS
DHHS
DHHS
OCEX
CEX(QCP)
HRC
Recreation
OCEX
DPS
Sheriff's Office
DEP
Recreation
RCS-EC
DEP
FRS
16
17
74.5
894
Committee, last report
Jul" 2004
60
5
53
636
16
192
4.5
10
164
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20
19
$
$
$
$
$
-
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22489
6,789
1,909.
4,243
69,588
2,440
8,486
8,062
18
19
54
$
120
$
1,968
$
69
$
240
$
228
$
36
$
372
$
180
$
60
$
180
$
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
3
31
15
5
15
16
1,273
13,154
6,365
2,122
6,365
6,789
DEP
Libraries
HHS
.
Recreation
192
$
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Organizational Name
B
Staffed
By
Dept
C
Average
#
of
Work:
HoursIMonth
E
D
Cost at
Average
#
of
Average
Work:
HoursIYear MCGHourly
S&Wcost
with FICA
535.36
2
Montgomery Cares Program
31
Advisory Board
32
Noise Control Advisory Board
Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
33
Advisory Committee
Rustic Roads Advisory Committee
34
Silver Spring Transportation
Management District Advisory
35
Committee
Silver Spring Urban District
36
Advisory Committee
37
Solid Waste Advisory Committee
38
Sustainabilitv Workinp; Group
Taxicab Services Advisory
39
Committee
Upcounty Recreation Advisory
40
Board
41
Victim Services Advisory Board
42
Water Quality Advisory Group
Wheaton Urban District Advisory
43
Committee
HHS
DEP
DOT
DPS
DOT&RSC·
SS
RSC- SS
DEP
DEP
DOT
Recreation
83.5
6
21
32
21.5
1,002
$
35,431
2546
8,911
13,578
9,123
72
$
252
$
384
$
258
$
22
28
7.5
4
16
29.5
10
27.5
264
$
336
$
90
$
48
$
192
$
9,335
11,881
3182
1,697
6,789
HHS
DEP
RSC-MC
~
$
330
11,669
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$
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AREAIREGIONAL RECREATION ADVISORY BOARDS -- WESTER"N AREA,
EAST COUNTY, UPCOUNTY, MID-COUNTY AND SILVER SPRING
RECREATION ADVISORY BOARDS
Created --
Purpose --
Montgomery County Code - Section 41-21 thru 30. Exec. Order 239-01.
Advisory to the County Executive, the County Council, the Director of the
Department of Recreation, and the Planning Board. The Boards shall
encourage the development of desirable recreational and park opportunities in
the designated recreation areas ofthe County.
Membership --
ArealRegionaJ Boards
--There are five area boards: West County,
Upcounty, East County, Mid-County and Silver Spring. Each of the five
regional boards has 9 members and 2 alternates who reside in the designated
recreation area.
Comments -- Formerly the Recreation Department had three defined recreation areas
(Upcounty or previously called the Northern Area, Western Montgomery County and the
East County). In March 2002, the regional recreation boards were expanded from three areas
to five areas. Since that time, recruitment on the area boards has been challenging, especially
in terms of diversity, and some positions have been left unfilled.
This difficulty was also referenced in the 1992 Committee on Committee's Report
("Maintaining a steady level of participation has been difficult due to number of volunteer
members required.") The East County Recreation Advisory Board and the Mid-County
Recreation Advisory Board are the only area boards that produce an annual report.·
Recommendation -- Discontinue. The 5 area boards should be dissolved and area
recreation issues should become the responsibility of the five Regional Service Centers'
Citizens Advisory Boards. Formal linkages between the Regional Citizens Advisory Boards
and the County-wide Recreation Advisory Board should be established. An annual report
should be published.
RUSTIC ROADS ADVISORY COlVIMITTEE
Created --
Purpose --
Montgomery County Code, Sec. 49;..80
To promote public awareness and knowledge of the rustic roads program
in the County; review and comment on classification of rustic roads and
exceptional rustic roads; review and comment on Executive Regulations
and other County policies and programs that may affect the program; and
report annually on June 1 to the County Executive, the County Council
and the Planning Board on the status ofthe rustic roads program.
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checklist so that each range is evaluated using the same criteria. The Committee needs to
publish an annual report on the ranges it has inspected and approved and on
recommendations dealing with the urban boundaries.
COUNTY-WIDE RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD·
Created -­
Purpose
Montgomery County Code
Section 41-21 through 41-30.
Advisory to the County Executive, the County Council, the Director of the
Department of Recreation, and the Planning Board. The Boards shall
encourage the development of desirable recreational and park opportunities in
the designated recreation areas ofthe County.
Membership--
County-Wide:
20 members consisting of 15 at-large members, and 5
representatives for each of the five regional recreation advisory boards.
7 non-voting ex-officio members: a representative of the Dept. of Parks of the
M-NCPPC, an administrative representative of the Board of Education, the
immediate past Board Chair, and representatives from the Office of
Community Use of Schools, Community Action Board, Commission on
Aging, and Commission on People with Disabilities, and
4 alternate members from the County-at-large. (31 total members)
ArealRegional Boards --There are five area boards: West County, Upcounty,
East County, Mid-County and Silver Spring. Each of the five regional boards
has 9 members and 2 alternates who reside in the designated recreation area.
Comments
--
There has been difficulty filling all the positions on the County-wide and
Regional Recreation Boards and more diverse representation is needed. CERB believes that
the five Regional Citizens Advisory Boards are well-equipped to deal with recreation and
park issues and have a more diverse membership as well. The overlap of information to the
Regional Recreation Boards with the County-wide Recreation Board provides a duplication
of effort that is not providing additional benefit and is staff intensive.
It
is also confusing to
citizens who do not know where to bring up specific issues. County-wide recreation issues
can continue to be handled at the County-Wide Recreation Advisory Board; regional needs
should be addressed and coordinated by the Regional Service Centers' Citizens Advisory
Boards. No annual report is published.
Recommendation --Continue the County-wide Recreation Advisory Board, insuring that
there is county-wide membership reflective of the five regions; discontinue the alternate
positions. The CERB is recommending that each of the regional recreation boards be
discontinued and their work be subsumed by the Regional Services Centers' Citizens
Advisory Boards. There should be formal liaison positions between the Regional Service
Centers' Citizens Advisory Boards and the County-wide Recreation Advisory Board. An
annual report should be published.
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$SO/meeting for chairs). Management policies and practices that have been implemented under
the current ASD leadership should be institutionalized to ensure continued high level of support
and responsiveness. The County should consider restructuring the Board so that technical
expertise from a veterinarian is available on an as needed basis.
An
annual report should be
published.
BOARD
OF APPEALS
Created --
Purpose --
Sections 2-1 OS, Montgomery County Code
The Board ofAppeals has authority to hear and decide certain land use
issues including special exceptions for uses not otherwise permitted in
the particular zone; variances from the setback requirements of the
Zoning Ordinance; and Administrative Appeals from actions of the
County Government (as specified by the County Code). The Board
has countywide jurisdiction, except for the municipal corporations of
Brookeville, Poolesville, Laytonsville, Rockville, Barnesville,
Gaithersburg and Washington Grove.
Five members, all of whom shall be residents of Montgomery County.
Not more than three members of the Board shall be from the same
political party. Members are appointed by the County Council.
Public Financial Disclosure statement required; all applicants must
also complete the financial disclosure form when applying.
Four years
Four meetings per month, approximately 5 hours each
$IS,615 Chair; $12,999 members (does not refiectJuly 2004 CPI-D)
Compensation is adjusted every July, and is tied to the
cpr-u.
Membership --
. Financial Disclosure
Terms --
Meetings --
Compensation --
Comments -- Section 2-10S of the County Code requires the Council to ask the County
Executive to recommend within 30 days one or more qualified applicants before making any
appointment to the Board of Appeals. Neither the current nor the prior County Executive has
ever opposed any applicant identified by the Council. The Board's decisions are frequently
not written in the legally mandated time of30 days or 45 days, depending on the type of case.
An annual report is not published.
Recommendation -- Continue. Final written decisions should be done in a timely manner.
An annual report should be published. CERB is recommending a uniform compensation plan
for all Adjudicatory, Licensing and Program Direction
BICIC
($60/meeting up to four hours;
$SO/meeting for chairs).
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Members serve approximately two years.
Comments -- There is a very large amount of work involved in CERB's charge. Dealing
with five resignations of Board members in the course of the two years presented challenges
to the group. An Interim Report has been prepared; this report constitutes the Final Report.
Recommendation -- Continue. Based on the experience of this Board over the past 2 years,
the following recommendations should help future CERB's complete their mission.
• Increase the number of members to 11. Unlike all other
BIClC,
the CERB has no
natural constituency. There is not a pool of advocates or interest groups (such as
farmers or gun owners) to provide CERB membership. When a member resigns
(the 2002-2004 CERB has had 5 members leave), replacing a member takes·
months. During this time, the group effort suffers andlor adds additional Board
assignments for the remaining members. Adding 2 more members should allow
the CERB to account for members leaving during the term and enable
redistribution of the large workload.
• Appoint the Chair and Vice Chair or Co-Chairs before the CERB starts. Too
much time was spent getting the group to self organize and appoint leadership.
The time would have been better spent doing research and meeting with
BICIC
and County departments.
The objectivity of the CERB should not be
compromised if the Council and Executive each appointed a person with
BICIC
experience for a co-leadership position.
FACILITIES IMPLEMENTATION GROUP
Created --
County Council Resolution No. 13-1498
To address community and environmental issues and concerns
pertaining to the operations of the County's solid waste facilities located in the
Dickerson area. These facilities include the Resource Recovery Facility, the
Yard Trim Compo sting Facility, properties originally purchased for the Site 2
landfill, and property associated with the original Matthews Farm.
Membership --18 members. 12 voting members including representatives of Sugarloaf
Citizens Association, For a Rural Montgomery (FARM), the Town of
Poolesville, the Town of Barnesville, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee
(SWAC), the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, and 6 representatives of the
affected community. Six non-voting members including representatives of the
Operator of the Resource Recovery Facility, the Operator of the Dickerson
Compost Facility, the Operator of the Dickerson PEPCO Facility, and the
County's Departments of Public Works and Transportation, Environmental
Protection, and M-NCPPC.
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Comments -- This group is committed to protecting and preserving the quality of rural life
in the agricultural reserve of upper Montgomery County. Members take very seriously their
oversight role in the implementation of the Solid Waste Facilities Master Plan, and
minimizing impacts on the affected community. Members have indicated that they
occasionally do not receive information from the County about proposals and projects in a
timely manner, or are not included in planning activities that may affect their community.
The current schedule of quarterly meetings may make updates even less timely. Recruiting
applicants to fill the required membership categories is difficult and current recruitment
methods are not always effective. The FIG is concerned with attracting members who have
specific expertise in the technical disciplines covered by the environmental effects of solid
waste facility operations and who also share the community's interest in preserving their
rural legacy. While their advisory goals overlap with those of the SWAC and the Upcounty
Citizens Advisory Board, both the membership and the DPWT recognize the value of a
community focused advisory group in this region of the county. FIG is cognizant ofthe fact
that their recommendations must be realistic and consider the broader needs ofthe County.
Although the FIG was created specifically to address citizen concerns related to solid waste
management facilities in the Dickerson area, the group has potential for evolving a broader
mandate related to the environment and quality of life in this rural area. Assuming that the
need for focused oversight of the Dickerson facility will diminish over time, the FIG
members might consider long-term strategies to maintain an active voice in County
government. For example, consider strengthening the presence of these citizens in other
related
BICIC
(e.g., Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Water Quality Advisory Group,
Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee, Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, and the
Agricultural
B/c/C).
In addition, with a revised charter, the FIG could be maintained as a
community based citizens advisory group that is staffed by the Upcounty Regional Services
Center. The FIG publishes an annual report.
Recommendation Continue. Future planning should consider alternate long-term strategies
for ensuring that the residents of this geographic area are adequately represented in County
B/c/C.
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Created
--
Purpose --
TRANSPORTATION
MANAGEMENT
DISTRICT
Council Resolution No. 14-325
The FHTMDAC may advise the Transportation Management Organization
(TMO), any employer and any other party with whom the County contacts
pursuant to Resolution 14-325 and Section 42A-23(b) and the County
government on all aspects of programs, management, and finances relating to
the implementation of the transportation system and demand management in
the Friendship Heights TMD and vicinity. Specifically, the FHTMDAC may
(a) propose guidelines for traffic mitigation plans; (b) monitor the
implementation of the traffic mitigation plans; (c) evaluate progress in
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BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES
Authority --
Maryland Code Article 88-A, Section 14 and Montgomery County
Code Sec. 37-8
Advise local Director and state Director of the Department of Health
and Human Services regarding the local application of state policies or
procedures; keeping well infonned on local departmental activities,
communicating to resident's broad and comprehensive infonnation as
to the objectives, policies, programs, and 'problems of local social
services and public assistance administration.
Thirteen members; one must be a member of the County Council.
Purpose --
Membership --
Financial Disclosure--Confidential disclosure required
Comments -- This Board deals with a variety of issues related to social services within
Montgomery County and the state of Maryland that several other Montgomery County
BICIC
also deal with on a specialized basis. The Board of Social Services interacts with these other
boards on an as-needed basis. No annual report is published.
Recommendations -- Continue. Meetings should be more broadly publicized to encourage
greater community participation. There should also be communication with the Department
of Health and Human Services (DHHS) service recipients, and more involvement from
diverse community groups and residents. Opportunities for sharing of infonnation and cross
communication with other
BICIC
within the DHHS, county, and state who have similar
missions and concerns should be coordinated to encourage joint ventures, reduce duplication
of efforts, and encourage mutually beneficial partnerships.
An
annual report should be
published.
SOLID WASTE ADVISORY CO.MMITTEE
Created --
Purpose --
Montgomery County Code Section, 48-38
To advise the County Council and the County Executive on all matters
relating to solid waste management within the county. (1) Review and offer
recommendations on the county's ten-year solid waste management plans. (2)
Investigate and make recommendations on systematic programs and
alternative methods, both public and private, for the storage, collection,
transportation, processing, disposal and resource recovery of solid wastes,
including sludge. (3)Evaluate the impact of the solid waste management
program on citizens, institutions, business and industry throughout the county.
(4) Recommend methods to assure public involvement in solid waste planning
and develop educational programs to inform the public on all aspects of solid
waste management.(5) Recommend local and state legislation necessary to
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accomplish effective solid waste management.(6) Review and comment on the
annual county budget for solid waste activities.(7) Submit to the County
Executive and County Council, and make available to the general public, an
annual report of the activities of the committee.
Membership -- Fifteen voting members. The County Executive appoints members, subject to
confirmation by the County Council, to include (a) broad geographical areas of
the county,
(b)
the solid waste industry, (c) business users, (d) a representative of
the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Municipal League, and (e) the
general public. In addition, there is one ex-officio, non-voting representative of
MNCPPC.
Comments -- .This is a well functioning committee that provides a valuable service to the
County. Occasionally its ability to perform effectively has been hampered through lack of
timely communication from other branches of government regarding projects and policy
proposals. The County Code outlines specific operational functions for this committee beyond
what is mandated for other
B/c/C.
These include special procedures for nominating members,
appointing officers, and establishment of subcommittee functions. Section 48-42 references a
solid waste collection advisory subcommittee that is nonexistent. The Committee produces an
annual report.
Recommendation -- Continue. There should be a review of the County Code to assess whether
changes are warranted regarding specific language about the operations ofthis Committee.
TAXICAB SERVICES ADVISORY COM:MITTEE
. Created-­
Purpose -­
Montgomery County Code Section 53-37
To study, inquire into and examine taxicab matters affecting the public
interest, including a review of the state of the taxicab utility, the
adequacy of service to the public, including any special or unusual issues
and problems.
Eleven Members.
Nine members--four represent the taxicab industry: 2 must represent
management and 2 must be taxicab drivers; of the 2 drivers, one must be
an owner-operator and one must be a non-owner operator; five public
members including one representative of people with disabilities.
Non- Voting,Ex-Officio
Two members -a representative of the Director, Dept. of Public Works
and Transportation and ofthe County Attorney.
Chair --
Appointed by the County Executive, confirmed by the Council.
Membership -­
Voting Members:
Financial Disclosure - Confidential disclosure required.
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Recommendation -- Continue. This Board should continue to work collaboratively with
other regional
BICIC
to develop partnerships and collaborative solutions to mutual issues and
concerns. Expanded recruitment and targeted outreach to community groups should result in
more diverse representation on the Board and for overall community representation at
meetings. Take over recreation advisory function with the abolishment of the Silver Spring
Recreation Advisory Board. Continue to promote opportunities for joint
BICIC
meetings to
share county-wide issues, board best practices, board challenges, and lessons learned. The
SSCAB should produce an annual report.
SILVER SPRING TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM MANAGEMENT ADVISORY
COMMITTEE
Created --
Purpose --
Montgomery County Code, Section 42A-1O.
The Committee may advise the County government on all aspects of
programs, management and finances relating to the implementation of
transportation system management in the Silver Spring Central Business
District and vicinity. The Committee also proposes guidelines for traffic
mitigation plans; monitors the implementation of the traffic mitigation
plans; evaluates progress in attaining the commuting goals specified in
the Annual Growth Policy for Silver Spring; recommends government,
private or joint actions necessary to facilitate attainment of the
commuting goals specified in the Annual Growth Policy; advises the
Director of DOT on parking policies, including any relevant issues
relating to neighborhood parking and pedestrian access and safety; and,
submits comments and recommendations on the Director's Annual Report
by December 1 of each year.
12 voting members and 4 non-voting members. Three members are
nominated by the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce; three members
are nominated by the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board of which one
is a resident of the transportation management district established in the
Silver Spring Central Business District; one is a resident within the North
and Western Silver Spring Sector Plan areas; and one is a resident of the
southern portion of the Kemp Mill-Four Corners or the Silver Spring East
master plan area, or the Montgomery County portion of the Takoma Park
planning area. Three members are employers of fewer than 50 employees
and three members are employers of 50 or more employees in the Central
Business District. Non-voting members are the Directors or the
designees of the Department of Transportation and the Silver Spring
Center; a representative of the Planning Board; and, a representative of
the Montgomery County Police Department.
Membership --
Comments --
Some Committee categories have been extremely difficult to fill and
require a difficult process (such as nomination of residents by the Silver Spring Citizens
Advisory Board from four regional planning areas and a requirement to send letters to civic
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association presidents and the City of Takoma Park). An estimated 25% of those who do
become Committee members do not complete their terms. The Silver Spring Citizens
Advisory Board already has a subcommittee that deals with transportation issues. The Silver
Spring Urban District Advisory Committee also takes an interest in transportation issues in
downtown. The Committee does not prepare an annual report.
Recommendation -- Discontinue. CERB recommends this Committee be eliminated as it
duplicates efforts by two other Silver Spring advisory groups (Silver Spring Citizens
Advisory Board and Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee) and
it
has continual
problems with filling and keeping members which prevent the Committee from effectively
meeting its goals. The work should be done by one of these other groups.
SILVER SPRING URBAN DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Created --
Purpose --
Montgomery County Code, Sec. 68A-5 (a).
The Committee should, by July 15 of each year, advise the Department of
Transportation and Public Works on the program and budget of the urban
district; by September 15 of each year, review the urban district budget
and submit comments to the Department; and by October 1 of each year,
meet with the Department Director to resolve areas of disagreement
regarding the budget.
Eight members which includes two persons nominated by the Silver
Spring Chamber of Commerce; three representatives of optional method
developers; one representative from a business that employs fewer than 10
employees; one representative of a residential community in the urban
district; and one representative of a residential community either in or
outside of the urban district and who is nominated by the Silver Spring
Citizens Advisory Board.
Membership --
Comments -- This Board is requesting that its voting members be increased from eight to eleven
(adding two additional small business members and one additional residential member) due to
the expansion of businesses and residential housing in downtown Silver Spring. The Board has
historically had trouble with recruitment due to the strict category requirements and the inability
to find members in specific categories. The Committee does not produce an annual report.
Recommendation --
Continue. CERB recommends that this Board be increased to eleven
members.
It
is also recommends that specific membership categories be made goals (soft
targets) and not mandates. The resident representative (either inside or outside the urban
district) who is nominated by the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board should instead be a
member of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, to be consistent with the other urban
district advisory committees. An annual report should be published.
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Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission
Boards, Committees and Commissions
Statement oUhe Issue
The County can achieve
cost~savings
by eliminating, consolidating and restructuring certain
boards, committees and commissions, particularly those that have significant staff resources
associated with them. This can
be
done while still maintaining a high level of access to
County government by all citizens and retaining their ability to participate in County policies
and projects to a significant extent. We applaud the work of many of these boards,
committees and commissions, but suggest that their role and scope
be
tailored to meet both
the current needs of citizens and the budget pressures facing the County.
Discussion o(the Issue and Recommendations
The growth and development of the County's boards. committees and commissions is a direct
result of many years of the County government seeking to be responsive to emerging new
issues and problems. These bodies also provide a forum for citizens to provide input on
policy-making, a place' for resolution of problems, and a base from which certain services
could be provided. A generous County can more easily afford to do these things during a
time of rising revenues. However, the budget crisis that now plagues the County makes it
necessary to view these entities with a more critical eye. We note that the phrase ''boards,
committees and commissions" is a broad-brush description and that not all of these disparate
entities "are created equal" in size, stature or responsibility. As such, they would not always
yield similar savings or efficiencies, if eliminated or merged.
It
should also be noted that of
the 86 or so of these County groups, many are deemed as advisory, but some are necessary
for specific statutory functions.
During the course of our deliberations, the ORC met with numerous members of the boards,
committees and commissions and with staff liaisons from some of the core County
departments to which the bodies are attached.
,. Based
on our interviews, discussions and analyses, we recommend a three-pronged
approach to achieve cost-savings and streamline the operations of County boards,
committees and commissions:
1) Acceleration of the Citizens Review Committee. As part of the existing process for
County review and evaluation of boards, committees and commissions, an ad hoc
committee appointed by the Executive is next scheduled to commence in 2012. We
believe that is the appropriate forum to rationalize the existence of 86 boards,
committees and commissions. But we recommend that the Executive accelerate this
process by convening this review committee as early as possible in 2011. We also
recommend that rather than its previous two-year duration, and the nearly two-year
evaluation process by the Council, the Executive instruct a new review committee to
complete
its
work in six months, and that the Council commit itself to completing its
evaluation and action within the following six months. Finally, we propose that
rather than allowing for an open-ended evaluation. the Executive charge the new
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review committee with the task of reducing or reorganizing the number of boards,
committees and commissions. From our initial analysis, we believe that much of this
can be achieved through consolidation of similarly purposed boards, committees and
commissions.
2) Regional Services Centers and the Office of Community Partnerships. The
County's Regional Services Centers each have a citizens' advisory board whose
principal function is to receive input from citizens in their region on issues of
importance to the community. We urge that, over time, the general culture of
establishing new boards, committees and commissions to respond to particular issues
be curbed in recognition of the capacity of the existing Regional Services Centers and
their advisory boards. The Executive's Office of Community Partnerships can also
serve as an ongoing platform to provide for citizen participation in the governmental
process.
3) Proposed Consolidations and Reorganizations. The ORC proposes the following
consolidations and reorganizations for boards, committees and commissions:
a) Commission for Women (CFW) - Current Budget- $881,300 - The ORC
commends the CFW, which over the years
has
served a very important function.
But as County government and the social landscape have evolved, it is clear that
many of the CFW's activities duplicate those provided by other agencies. We
believe that the CFW's core functions can
be
served in other ways. The CFW's
counseling and career center is now duplicated to a great extent by the new
Family Justice Center, the County's Workforce Development program,
Montgomery College, and private entities and religious organizations.
Additionally, the County's Office of Intergovernmental Relations effectively
advocates for the County at all levels of government including CFW issues.
»
The
ORC recommends that the Commission for Women be restructured as an
advisory committee attached to another department or unit deemed most
appropriate by the Council and Executive. This action could save the County more
than $800.000 annually.
b) Human Rights Commission (HRC) - Current Budget - $1,738,400 - The work
of the HRC in striving to eliminate discrimination, prejudice, intolerance and
bigotry serves a vital function.
A
broad cross-section of federal, state and County
laws protect human rights, and County citizens have access to federal and state
channels to specifically address those rights covered under federal and state laws.
Recent analysis indicates only a few complaints of human rights violations have
been filed regarding rights protected only at the County level.
»
The ORC recommends that the Council and Executive move the adjudicatory role
of the Human Rights Commission to the state and federal governments. with the
creation of a Human Rights Ombudsman in the office of the County Attorney to
guide citizens to the appropriate authority and provide advice on options available
for relief
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This change would result in saving a substantial portion of the $1.7 million
currently budgeted for the HRC. We propose that the HRC and Committee on
HateNiolence be combined to make their efforts more concentrated and provide a
singular focal point for research and dissemination of information. This new
combined commission can be aligned with the Office of Community Partnerships
or another suitable eritity, as determined by the Council and Executive. Finally,
the activities of the Interagency Fair Housing Coordinating Group - currently·
supported by the Human Rights Office - should be returned to the Department of
Housing and Community Affairs, from which it was removed in 1996.
c) Interagency Coordinating Board for Community Use of Public Facilities
(CUPF) - Current Budget -
$9,325,840.
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The ORC recommends a major modernization of the property management system
, for Community Use of Public Facilities. We also believe it
is
appropriate that the
functions ofthe Office and Board move to the Department ofGeneral Services.
Since CUPF is an enterprise fund, no taxpayer savings would be generated by
these refonns, but it is highly likely that the efficiencies resulting from the moves
could reduce costs to users or assist in improving services, thereby allocating a
portion of its $9.3 million budget to more effective uses.
d) Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission (CJCC) - Current Budget
$158,000 -
The CJCC performs an important function in helping to coordinate the
programs and activities of the County's various criminal justice agencies.
However,
it
meets only four times a year, does not require an annual report, and in
other ways has had its duties modified in recent years.
In
the past, it has been
staffed by County personnel who also had other duties, rather than by a dedicated
staff of its own.
~
The
ORC believes that staff support for the CJCC does not require an executive
director post that is now staffed by a high-level
appoi~tee.
We recommend
elimination of this position. We also recommend that the CJCC be housed in the
Police Department, which would provide for its part-time staffsupport.
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COMMITTEE ON HATE VIOLENCE
Montgomery County Council
Office of Legislative Information Services
5th Floor, Council Office Building
100 Maryland Avenue,
Rockville, MD20850
October 18,2011
Thank you for this opportunity to provide written testimony on an important piece of legislation currently
before the Council:
Bill 29-11, concerning Boards, Committees, and Commissions - Sunset Consolidation.
On behalf of
the citizens who serve with me on the Committee on Hate/Violence, and the many constituents of yours whom we have
served, I respectfully urge you to reject Bill 29-11, introduced by Councilmember George Leventhal.
We do not feel that it is prudent to arbitrarily sunset certain boards, committees, and commissions, without
looking carefully at their missions and their past performance, as well as the value to the citizens of the County of the
services and/or information the board, committee, or commission provides. This is especially critical during a time when
direct County services are being eliminated and/or reduced due to fiscal constraints. We feel the current approach and
mission of the Committee Evaluation and Review Board is sufficient and a much better approach to a comprehensive
and fair assessment of the County's Boards, Committees, and Commissions.
For these reasons, the Committee on Hate/Violence respectfully urges the County Council to reject Bill 29-11
and continue to stand with those in our community who are the most vulnerable of our neighbors and in the most need
of our protection and support during difficult times in their lives. Thank you for your consideration.
Respectfully,
David A. Vignolo, Chair
Montgomery County Committee on Hate/Violence
Office oJ:' Human Rights
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COMMISSION FOR WOMEN
Isiah Leggett
County Executive
October 19,2011
Honorable Valerie Ervin, President and
Council Members
Montgomery County Council
100 Maryland Avenue, 6
th
Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Re:
The Montgomery County Commission for Women's Written Testimony
In Opposition to Bill 29-11
Judith Vaughan-Prather
Director
(The opinions expressed in this document are those ofthe Commission for Women alone
and do not necessarily reflect those ofthe County Executive.)
Madam President and Members of the County Council:
The Montgomery County Commission for Women (MCCFW) strongly urges the Council
not to pass Bill 29-11.
Since 1972, the MCCFW has carried out its charge, pursuant to County law, and
addressed issues of vital concern to the residents of the County, advised the County Executive,
County Council, County Agencies and the state and federal government on the concerns of
women. In addition, the MCCFW has garnered local and national recognition for its projects,
initiatives and accomplishments.
(See attached Chronology ofProjects, Initiatives and
Accomplishments.)
The MCCFW has undertaken groundbreaking initiatives that have come to the attention
of this Council. On June 10,2009, the MCCFW published
Single Mothers In Poverty: Agenda
for Action
shedding light on the disproportionate and unacceptable rates of poverty in
Montgomery County among single mothers that had gone unnoticed and unaddressed for far too
long. The latter issue had not been studied by any other public or private organization in the
county. In fact, statistics and findings in the publication have since been utilized by various
members of the Council. The MCCFW has also drawn national recognition to the county
through its thought provoking and engaging forums, workshops and conferences.
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The MCCFW has long been seen as a leader and the "gold standard" for Commissions
for Women across the country. Since 1980, the MCCFW has convened the County's only
annual public Women's Legislative Briefing which has consistently reached attendance of over
600 people. The conference attracts nationally recognized keynote speakers, including Dorothy
Height, Lilly Ledbetter, Donna Brazile, Congresswomen Donna Edwards and many others. The
Briefing has also become the forum in which state and federal legislators want to participate and
engage in meaningful discussion about current political issues. The Briefing has also become a
forum in which this Council participates.
In 2010 the MCCFW hosted the national conference of the National Association of
Commissions for Women (NACW) at the Rockville Hilton Hotel and Business Center. The
conference drew over 170 people from across the nation to this county.· Because of the
MCCFW's engaging programming and analytical look at women's issues, the U.S. Department
of Labor Women's Bureau asked the MCCFW to host the National Dialogue on Workplace
Flexibility Regional Conference. On March 31, 2011, the conference was held at the Silver
Spring Civic Center and drew industry leaders, employees and employers in the hospitality,
restaurant and tourism industry from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.
It
is also worth noting that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
requested that the MCCFW host a book discussion and signing for Isabel Wilkerson, the first
black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her book entitled
The Warmth olOther Suns.
After having been given only a week's notice, the MCCFW held the
event at the new Rockville Public Library and the event was standing room only with a crowd of
over 100. The MCCFW not only has earned a national reputation for its thought provoking
works, but has highlighted this county on a national level and brought revenue to the county in
doing so.
Over the years, the MCCFW has been able to leverage the equivalent of hundreds of
thousands of dollars in volunteer hours.
In
2010, 110 volunteer attorneys, counselors and other
professionals donated 9,773 hours of service to the MCCFW's Counseling Center equating to
approximately $500,000 of donated service.
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The latter figure does not include the 15
Commissioners who make up the MCCFW and serve as volunteers. Part of the reasoning behind
Bill 29-11 is the hope that $1.4 million will be saved by sun-setting a list of boards and
commissions; however, the bill fails to recognize the several million dollars worth of volunteer
time and expertise that is generated by that $1.4 million investment. Certainly the county has
received more "bang for its buck" through its support of its boards, committees and
commissions, including the MCCFW.
.
The Legislative Request Report for Bill 29-11 refers to the recommendations of the
Committee Evaluation and Review Board (CERB) report when describing the problem that lead
to the introduction of this bill. The recommendation of the CERB report, as it refers to the
MCCFW is as follows: "Continue. Continue to share best practices with otherB/C/C." The
CERB report further states, in reference to the CFW: "This Commission is a well organized and
focused group of active, successful volunteers. It is forceful in advising on and advocating for
In 2011, funding for the MCCFW was drastically cut which eliminated the Counseling Center and all staff
positions that supported the MCCFW except its Executive Director.
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women's issues to the County Executive and Council, the State of Maryland Legislature and the
public as a whole .... This commission integrates its activities well with the many services
provided by the department, such as counseling for displaced homemakers and education courses
on self sufficiency." As supported by the CERB report, the MCCFW should not be included on
the list of boards, committees, and commissions targeted to sunset on December 1,2012.
Despite the current virtual lack of funding, the 15 volunteers who serve on the MCCFW
have connected with volunteers and partners in an effort to develop another great program year
iIi 2012. With very little staff support, the MCCFW hopes to have another successful Women's
Legislative Briefing, a 40
th
Anniversary Commemoration, and is developing a plan to offer
workshops related to divorce, separation, and financial planning, and the legal call line
previously operated by the Counseling Center. The MCCFW represents this county's
commitment to equality for all of its residents.
Bill 29-11 does a disservice to the county's citizens by allowing the MCCFW to "sunset"
and effectively disappear. Furthermore, Bill 29-11 is contrary to the county's mission of
pursuing "the common good by working for and with Montgomery County's diverse community
members to provide a responsive and accountable county government. ..." and is contrary to the
Council's duty "as dedicated public servants" to embody "collaboration, inclusiveness,
knowledge, competence, respect for the individual and integrity" in its work as specified in the
Mission Statement of Montgomery County.
The MCCFW respectfully requests that you do not pass bill 29-11.
Respectfully submitted,
Vanessa E. Atterbeary, President
Montgomery County Commission for Women
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Chronology of Projects, Initiatives and Accomplishments
1972 - 2011
June 7, 1972: County Law enacted creating the Montgomery County Commission for
Women
1974: Montgomery County Employment Patterns: The Case/or Affirmative Action
Report analyzed Montgomery County employment patterns by race, national origin, and gender,
and determined that the County's current affIrmative action program needed to be expanded,
developed, and enforced because women were poorly represented in the three largest
departments. The report was used by the County as an information baseline to open up all jobs
to women and minorities.
1974 - Present: Women's Counseling and Resource Center
First opened as A Woman's Place on January 12, 1974, later joined by a second center - the New
Phase Career Center on November 14, 1976, and then combined as one Counseling and Career
Center in 1991, the program serves thousands of women each year experiencing serious life
crises and transitions, providing personal, career and couples counseling, classes and seminars on
a wide range of issues, professional training for counselors and social workers, information and
referral, psychometric and career aptitude testing and much more.
1980: Sexual Harassment Survey
Surveyed 8000 county employees and recommended an executive order prohibiting sexual
harassment and developed guidelines for handling and preventing sexual harassment, training for
department heads and resources for victims; published a brochure describing the law, prohibited
conduct and appropriate responses and resources for victims and employers.
1980 - Present: Women's Legislative Briefings
The Commission for Women (CFW) convenes an annual public Women's Legislative BriefIng
to discuss legislation under consideration by the Maryland General Assembly. The Briefmg has
reached attendance records of over 700 people.
1980 -1981: Family Law Project
In June 1981 the CFW published a study examining the handling of family-related cases in the
Montgomery County judicial system and the economic consequences of divorce for women.
From the study, the CFW produced two publications: a fact sheet on Maryland's Rehabilitative
Alimony Law of 1980 and a workbook based on that law to help people seeking alimony.
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1989: Pay Equity Project
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In a ground breaking project spanning seven years, the CFW advocated a study to determine if
the County Government's job classification and compensation system discriminated against
occupations held primarily by women and people of color. Tp.e County was eventually
persuaded to undertake the and later to implement the recommendations stemming from that
study. Many occupations traditionally held by women and minorities received upward
reclassifications and the employees receive increased salaries. The recommendations took effect
in March of 1989 and Montgomery County became the first county in the country to institute
such a plan without a lawsuit first being filed.
1986 -1987: Employed Parent Families Project
The CFW conducted a two-part study examining the accessibility of Montgomery County
Government agencies and services to employed parents, and exploring personnel policies ofthe
five publicly funded agencies (County Government, MCPS, WSSC, Montgomery College, and
M-NCPPC). The reports recommended establishment of a parental leave policy (instituted
in
Montgomery County Government in 1986) and other "family-friendly" policies including
offering services at other than normal business hours.
1987 and 1990:
You Be the Judge
Conferences
The CFW, in cooperation with the Women Judges Fund for Justice and the Maryland's Women's
Bar Association, organized a "first of its kind" conference on April 2, 1987, training women
attorneys about the process of attaining appointment to the bench, and educating women's
organizations about their potential role in that process. By 1990, the number of women judges in
Maryland had increased by 2% to 10% (23) of the 227 appellate and trial judges in the state.
Several of the new women judges had attended the conference.
In
1990 the seminar expanded to
a two-day program. Since the conferences the number of women judges in Maryland
has
increased 18%. In 2006, 81 (28%) of the 285 judges were women.
1989: Report ofthe Coalitionfor Family Equity in the Courts
The result of many years of work and study, this report examined the economic and social costs
to families undergoing divorce and made numerous recommendations to alleviate gender
imbalance in the process of divorce, and led to the establishment ofthe State-wide Task Force on
Family Law.
1992 and 1994: Hearings on Gender
Equity
in the Schools
On May 13, 1992 the CFW held a public hearing on Educational Equity in the County's system
of public education. In response, MCPS instituted policies requiring equity in distribution of
equipment, uniforms, playing time and facilities, coaches' pay, and even assignment of
cheerleader and porn squads to both girls and boys games. A second hearing was held, before
the same distinguished panel, on April 26, 1994, this time focusing specifically on sexual
harassment. One result of this hearing was the development of a comprehensive policy
describing prohibited conduct, outlining sanctions, appropriate responses and resources in
MCPS. Comprehensive reports on both hearings were published.
1995: Easing the Financial and Emotional Costs ofDivorce
A handbook was developed and published, edited by The Honorable Rosalyn B. Bell, explaining
the legal, financial and some of the emotional processes of divorce, helping readers to handle
highly charged emotional situation intelligently, sensitively and constructively.
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1996 - 2002: Take Our Daughters to Work Day
In conjunction with the Office of the County Executive, the Office of Public Infonnation and the
Department of Recreation, the CFW organized a Take Our Daughters to Work Day program for
the children of Montgomery County Government employees each year from 1996 - 2002.
Developed for girls aged 9 and 15, the event was an opportunity to provide first-hand exposure
to the workforce, and to help create awareness in both girls and their parents that girls'
participation in the workforce is both expected and welcome.
1997: Report on the Status of Women in Montgomery County
The Commission published a comprehensive analysis of health, education, employment,
economic, legal and popUlation data, providing extensive information on the needs of
Montgomery county women.
1999: Employers Toolkit Website
The Commission developed an online resource for employers providing sample family-friendly
employment policies. This project won a 2000 Achievement Award from the National
Association of Counties.
2000 - 2010: Girls in Technology
In 1999, the CFW worked with Montgomery College to establish "GURL Power Computer
Camp" for middle school girls. In 2000, the CFW published a brochure about preparing girls for
education and careers in technology
(Will Your Daughter Be a Driver on the Information
Highway?)
and established a camp scholarship program for girls from families of low income
families or where English is a second language. A total of 286 girls have received scholarships
to attend the summer computer camps. In 2002 the CFW developed a
GURL Power Curriculum
Guide
for the camps so that communities allover the country may replicate the program.
Discovery Communications, Inc. developed two 5-minute video documentaries describing the
project. The National Association of Counties named the Girls in Technology initiative a 2000
Achievement Award Winner. On March 31, 2004, the Commission conducted a symposium for
educators from all across the state providing training on gender equity in the infonnation
technology classroom. In 2005, at the Commission's recommendation, MCPS established a
system-wide Task Force on Girls and Technology.
2001: Women as Victims of Violent Crime
A woman's greatest risk of being victimized violently - whether by sexual assault, rape, or
murder - lurks not among strangers and street crime, but among people with whom she has a
relationship. Close to 80
%
of all such attacks on women are carried out by people the victim
knows. The commission published in English and Spanish a brochure for parents and other
adults entitled
Talk to Your Daughter about Violence: What She Doesn't Know Can Hurt Her,
with coordinating posters for teens, distributed to County middle and high schools, recreation
centers, libraries, government service centers, the police, sheriff, and service providers.
2002: Women's History on-Line Archives and Quilt
An
on-line archive of the biographies of30 women of historical significance to Montgomery
County was created and posted on the Commission's website (www.montgomerycountymd.gov)
and a beautiful quilt was hand made by fiber artist and commissioner Anne Sanderoff-Walker,
memorializing the contributions of each. The qUilt is on permanent display
in
the Commission's
Counseling and Career Center.
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2002 - Present: Immigrant Women
in
Montgomery County
The Commission established the issues confronting immigrant women as a priority area of
concern in July 2002. The CFW first sought input from experts, service providers and advocates
through a series of four forums entitled
A Brave New World,
conducted in 2003. This project
was selected by the National Association of Counties for a 2004 Achievement Award. The·
Commission then focused its work on the issue of immigrant women in the workplace, especially
those in low wage "sticky floor" occupations where employees, particularly those for whom
English is a second language, may
be
most vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and abuse.
The CFW produced three brochures on workplace issues:
Sexual Harassment
-
It's Against the
Law,
the
Employment Rights ofPregnant Women
and the
Employment Guide for Domestic
Workers.
The brochures were translated and published in a number oflanguages including
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French and Vietnamese, and widely distributed to advocacy
organizations, service providers, public agencies and community groups. The
Employment
Guide for Domestic Workers
was selected by the National Association of Counties for a 2008
Achievement Award.
2005 -2010:
The Commission staffed the national office of the National Association of Commissions for
Women, conducting its membership campaigns each year, staffing its board meetings,
maintaining its records and its website.
2007: Status of Women in Montgomery County
The result of two years ofresearch, the report analyzes and presents comprehensive data on
county women in six domains (economic, health, education, immigration, law and politics), with
key findings and recommendations intended to serve as both an educational and a social action
tool for the public and for policy makers. This report was released at the Commission's 35
th
Anniversary celebration on June 7, 2007, and was distributed to pertinent policy makers and
legislators, as well as advocacy organizations and service providers.
2008-2009: Mothers and Poverty
The Commission for Women established the issue of single mothers and poverty as a priority
concern and created its Mothers and Poverty
(MAP)
Committee.
In
Spring 2008 CFW held a
series of public forums bringing together policy makers, program administrators, service
providers and consumers of those services, advocates and issue experts
as
a first step in
developing more effective strategies and policies to alleviate the disproportionate and
unacceptable rates of poverty among single mothers. The
Single Mothers and Poverty: Agenda
for Action
was published on June 10, 2009.
2010:
National Conference a/the National Association a/CommisSions/or Women
Over 170 people from across the nation traveled to Montgomery County to participate in the 40
th
annual conference of the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW):
Capital
Opportunities for America's Women and Girls,
coordinated and hosted by the Montgomery
County Commission for Women. The conference was held July 22 - 25 at the beautiful .
RockvillelDC Hilton Hotel and Business Center in Rockville. The conference offered a three·
day content-rich curriculum of professional development, strategy building and leadership
training for these advocates of America's women and families. Forty Commissions for Women
from 29 different states were represented. Over the course of the conference, there were four
plenary sessions with keynote speakers, nine seminars featuring 24 panelists representing some
of the nation's most prominent women's
and human
rights organizations;
as
well
as
briefings at
the White
House and the Capitol.
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2011: National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility Regional Conference
On March 31, 2011 the Commission for Women will coordinate a conference focusing on the
employers and employees in the hospitality, restaurant and tourism industry in Maryland,
Virginia, Delaware, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. With funding from the U.S.
Department of Labor Women's Bureau, the goal of the conference is to discuss the business
case and best practices for implementing workplace policies that are responsive to the needs of
the changing American workforce. The event will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In the fifth year since its creation, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council has advanced its mission of
reducing the incidence of domestic violence and creating a safe community where families are free of abuse.
In 2010-2011 the four committees, Victim Services, Education and Outreach, Legislative and Policy Planning
and Offender Treatment Program and Policy, have each identified focus areas and made progress on execut­
. ing recommendations from the previous report. This report summarizes the accomplishments of the past
year, makes recommendations for the next and submits an action plan for each proposal.
ACCOMPUSHMENTS
.Installation and
full
operation of the video conferencing services at the FJC;
.Implementation of the Avon Foundation Self-Sufficiency Empowerment Grant at the FJC;
• Coordination with the Family Justice Center Foundation, Inc. for the 1st Annual FJC Foundation Benefit
held October 3, 2010;
• Collaboration with University of Maryland on Internship Program at the FJC; .
• Continuation of the joint Montgomery County FJC and FJC Foundation quarterly newsletter;
.Augmentation of on-site agency partnerships at the FJC to include Career Catchers, the Maryland Div'ision
of Parole and Probation and Montgomery County's Department of Correction's Pre-trial Superv'ision Unit;
• Continuation of partnerships with Catholic Charities, House of Ruth,
lYID
counselors, Interfaith Commu­
nity Against Domestic Violence Chaplains and MCPD on-site detective;
.Receipt of a Vernon Grant for Forensic Interview equipment at the FJC through the Family Justice Center
Foundation;
.Coordination ofFJC training
in
June, 2011 for ten new volunteers;
• Coordination of the Montgomery Bar Associations Toy and Gift Card Holiday Drive to benefit FJC clients
and their children;
.Participation in Law Day, April 2011 to promote awareness of the FJC among attorneys practicing in Mont­
gomery County;
• Participation in a Divorce Roundtable discussion in April, 2011 to promote awareness of the F]C;
• Presentation to the Montgomery County, Maryland Inns of Court AIC in September, 2011 to promote
awareness of the FJC and FJC Foundation, Inc;
• Coordination of outreach about the FJC to the Association of Mid-Atlantic Professionals;·
.Partnership with the University of Maryland to create a database for the FJC;
.Receipt of Panera Bread "Doughnation" grant through the Family Justice Center Foundation;
• Collaboration with multiple County agencies and community organizations for the 2nd Choose Respect
Teen Dating Conference, April 2010;
• Coordination of the 2nd Choose Respect Teen Dating Public Service Announcement Contest, held
in
con­
junction with the conference;
.Presentation of the Healthy Teen Dating Curriculum
in
Montgomery County Public Schools to over 1250
middle and high school students;
• Presentation of the
School Counselors:
Dating
~.c~,_,-.u'_',"H
to
GICPS Psychologists, Pupil Personnel Workers and
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT
ACCOMPLISHMENTS CONTINUED
+Presentation to the Criminal Justice Coordination Council regarding Break the Cycle's State Report Cards
and to make recommendations for systemic change to better serve youth victims of teen dating violence;
+Creation of a teen dating survey to distribute to teens in conjunction with the Healthy Teen Dating Presen­
tations and Conference;
+Addition of Youth member to the DVCC;
+Presentations on legal rights and challenges facing abused women at the3rd Annual Empowerment Work­
shop for African Women in October 2010;
+Presentation of the Healthy Teen Dating Curriculum to various youth groups in the community to include,
MC Street Outreach Nernrork, Waxter Detention Center, Crittenton Services SNEAKERS Program, Com­
munity Preservation and Development Corporation Mentoring Group, National Center for Children and
Families Adolescent Program, and Parenting Teens at the rCAP Conference;
+Presentation of the Healthy Teen Dating Curriculum to nurses at Community Health Centers and to staff at
the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to promote awareness of the presentation and services for
vic­
tims;
+Creation of a Choose Respect Montgomery Teen Dating Facebook page;
+Coordination of dedicated domestic violence agents to the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation;
+Coordination of presentations from Prince George's County Adam's House and J&E Associates to explore
best practices in offender treatment;
+Presentation of the Healthy
Tee~
Dating Curriculum to staff at County Health Clinics and the Montgomery
County Correction Facility to promote awareness of the curriculum;
+Continuation and evaluation of Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) throughout Montgomery County;
+Ongoing recruitment of attorneys for the Pro Bono Lawyers Initiative Program to refer domestic violence
victims to pro bono attorneys for representation at protective order hearings;
+Ongoing distribution of Spanish and English FJC Police Cards for officers and deputies to give to victims
when they respond to domestic violence calls and Interim Orders; .
+Ongoing distribution ofFJC brochures in English and Spanish to public and community partners;
+Collaboration with the Office of Intergovernmental Relations and the Maryland Network Against Domestic
Violence on numerous bills in the 2011 Maryland General Assembly including the rnro listed below that;;vw
take effect October 1,2011:
.
HB
667/SB
342· Peace Orders - Extension of Duration
This legislation would allow a judge the discretion to grant an extension of a peace order for
an additional sh months after a hearing.
HB 510 • Criminal Law -Peace Orders, Stalking and Harassment - Penalties
This bill would add a penalty for a second or subsequent offense of failure to comply with a
peace order, a penalty for a second or subsequent offense for harassment and redefines stalk­
ing to include communication that causes mental distress.
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DVCC .2010 Annual Report
Executive Summary
In the fourth year since its creation, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council has
advanced its mission of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and creating a safe
community where families are free of abuse. In 2009-2010 the three committees, Victim
Services, Education and Outreach and Legislative and Policy Planning have each
identified focus areas and made progress on executing recommendations from the
previous report. This report summarizes the accomplishments of the
p~st
year, makes
recommendations for the next and submits an action plan for each proposal.
Accomplishments
Coordination of a three day Family Justice Center (FJC) strategic planning session in
March 2010 with numerous representatives from multiple County agencies and
organizations in attendance;
Coordination of a multi-jurisdiction workshop on creating a FJC for representatives from
neighboring jurisdictions to discuss the mission of the FJC;
.
Creation of the joint Montgomery County FJC and FJC Foundation quarterly newsletter;
Coordination of 1st Annual FJC Foundation Benefit scheduled for October 3, 2010;
Collaboration with Verizon Wireless, Maryland Judiciary and Administrative Office of the
Courts regarding the installation of the video conferencing at the FJC;
Augmentation of on-site agency partnerships at the FJC to include House of Ruth, MD
counselors, Interfaith Community Against Domestic Violence Chaplains and MCPD on- .
site detective;
Collaboration with University of Maryland on Internship Program at the FJC;
Participation in Law Day, April 2010 to promote awareness of the FJC among attorneys
practicing in Montgomery County;
Establishment of partnership with Value Village that provides gift certificates for FJC
clients and their children in need of basic necessities;
Creation of Spanish and English FJC Police Cards for officers to give to victims when
they respond to domestic violence calls;
Organization of Montgomery County FJC Foundation Appreciation Reception in October
2009 to recognize sponsors and volunteers;
Collaboration with multiple County agencies and community organizations for the 1
st
Choose Respect Teen Dating Conference, November 2009;
Coordination of the 1
st
Choose Respect Teen Dating Public Service Announcement
Contest, held in conjunction with the conference. Winners appeared on Fox 5 Morning
News;
.
Approval and implementation of the Healthy Teen Dating Curriculum in Montgomery
County Public Schools;
Introduction and support of 8iI141-10, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council- Youth
Membership;
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Presentation of the Healthy Teen Dating Curriculum to conference participants at the
NAACP Health Conference in October 2009, Interagency Coalition Against Teen
Pregnancy in March 2010, the Interfaith Community Against Domestic Violence in April
2010 and MCPS Youth Violence Symposium in June 2010;
Presentation of the Healthy Teen Dating Curriculum to various youth groups in the
community to include, teens in MCDR RecExtra Program, Identity, HOC Teen Club and
MC Street Outreach Network;
Continuation and evaluation of Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) throughout
Montgomery County;
Presentations on legal rights and challenges facing abused women to conference
participants at CFW International Conference in July 2010 and 2nd Annual
Empowerment Workshop for African Women in October 2009;
Ongoing recruitment of attorneys for the Pro Bono Lawyers Initiative Program to refer
domestic violence victims to pro bono attorneys for representation at protective order
hearings;
Ongoing distribution of FJC brochures in English and Spanish to public and community
partners;
Ongoing display of FJC Bus Cards in English and Spanish to target victims of domestic
violence and promote community awareness of the center;
Collaboration with the Office of Intergovernmental Relations and the Maryland Network
Against Domestic Violence on numerous bills in the 201 OMaryland General Assembly
including:
HB
534/SB329
Extension of Domestic Violence Protective Order
HB 700- Protective Order Burden of Proof.
September 2010
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DVCC 2009 Annual Report
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In the third year since its creation, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council has
advanced in its mission of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and creating a
safe community where families are free of abuse. In 2008-2009 the three committees,
Victim Services, Education and Outreach and Legislative and Policy Planning have
each identified focus areas and made progress on executing recommendations from the
previous report. This report summarizes the accomplishments of the past year, makes
recommendations for the next and submits an action plan for each proposal.
Accomplishments:
• Coordination of a three day Family Justice Center (FJC) strategic planning
session in September, 2008 with over 100 representatives from 30 county
agencies and organizations in attendance;
• Sponsorship and collaboration with multiple county agencies and organizations
for the 1s
t
Montgomery County Fatherhood Conference in November2008
• Creation of the FJC Foundation 501 (3) (c), a non-profit corporation, to help
support the FJC through varied community education and fund raising efforts;
• Coordination of a two day follow up FJC Strategic Planning Session Part 2 in
February, 2009;
• Soft opening of Montgomery County's FJC in April 2009, with a Grand Opening
on May 18, 2009;
• Development and Implementation of a Healthy Teen Dating Curriculum and Pilot
Program for Montgomery County Public Schools;
• Ongoing implementation and evaluation of Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP)
throughout Montgomery County
• Creation of FJC brochures in English and Spanish for distribution to public and
community partners;
• Development of FJC Foundation Website http://www.mcfjcfoundation.org/;
• Development of FJC website www.montgomerycountymd.gov/fic;
• Coordination of Summer Camp Programs with Rockville City and Montgomery
County Department of Recreation to benefit children residing in shelter and
participating in the Safe Start counseling program;
\J
Crganizat~on
of an Earth Day Volunteer Event at FJC;
September 2009
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• Establishment of the Pro Bono Lawyers Initiative Program to refer domestic
violence victims to pro bono attorneys for representation at protective order
hearings;
.
• Creation of an FJC Bus Card in English and Spanish to target victims of domestic
violence and promote community awareness of the FJC;
• Participation in Law Day, April 2009 to promote awareness of the FJC among
attorneys practicing in Montgomery County;
• Coordination and planning for October 2009 Domestic Violence Awareness
Month Conference to raise awareness about healthy teen dating relationships
and warning signs of potentially abusive relationships;
• Ongoing distribution of Domestic Violence Posters in coordination with the
Montgomery County Office of Liquor Control;
• Ongoing outreach to domestic violence offenders through the English and
Spanish bus card campaign;
• Ongoing airing of Domestic Violence Public Service Announcement in English
and Spanish through Montgomery County Municipal Cable;
• Collaboration with the Office of Intergovernmental Relations and the Maryland
Network Against Domestic
Vi~lence
on numerous bills in the 2009 Maryland
General Assembly including:
• SB 267/HB 296
Protective Order- Surrender of Firearms;
• SB 268/HB 302
Temporary Protective Order- Surrender of Firearms;
• HB98
Domestic Violence-Temporary Protective Orders-Extension; and
• HB
845/SB
1049
Domestic Violence Awareness "Tweenrreen Dating
Violence Education and Awareness.
• Introduction and support of Bill 26-09, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council­
Membership.
September 2009
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DVCC 2008 Annual Report
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
j
In the second year since its creation, the Domestic Violence Coordinating COLlncil has
continued its mission of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and creating a safe
community where families are free of abuse. The three committees, Victim Services,
Education and Outreach, and Legislative and Policy Planning, have each addressed
target areas for 2007 - 2008 and made progress on implementing the
recommendations from the first annual report. This report summarizes the
accomplishments of the past year, makes recommendations for the next and submits an
. action plan for each recommendation.
Accomplishments:
• Development of a Family Justice Center, a "one-stop shop" for victims of family
violence where critical services will be co-located;
.
• Development of public and private partnerships in the establishment of the
Montgomery County Family Justice Center and the associated non-profit
Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation, Inc.;
• Coordination and implementation of a Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) by
law enforcement throughout Montgomery County;
• Coordination of an improved process of warrant service of those warrants issued
by the District Court Commissioners;
• Creation of a joint initiative between the Department of Health and Human
Services, the Department of Police, and the District Court Commissioner'S Office
to assist victims filing for Interim Orders of Protection after courts are closed;
• Sponsorship of a "Justice for All" Public Forum on Domestic Violence October
17, 2007 (Appendix E);
• Development of a Fatherhood Day Conference planned for November 8,2008 to
encourage and honor responsible and positive involvement of fathers with their
children and families;
• Presentation to the District Court Commissioners on domestic violence issues
and to report updates on Pre-Trial Services, January, 2008;
• Presentation on Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Week at Alfred
D. Noyes Children's Center, February 6,2008;
" Presentation on Domestic Violence to Women's Bar Association, March 31,
2008;
September 2008
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• Presentation to the Interfaith Community Against Domestic Violence, April 2,
2008 for National Crime Victims'Week;
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• Presentation to the District Court judges on domestic violence issues and
updates on Pre-Trial Services, August 21,2008;
• Creation of ongoing and new Public Service Announcements on Montgomery
County Cable
Televisi~n;
• Coordination of the placement of Bus cards (one in English and one in Spanish)
on all County Ride-On buses; and
.• Formation of alliances and collaboration with the larger domestic violence
community, such as the Montgomery County Women's Bar Association,
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, and House of Ruth, Maryland on
domestic violence legislation.
September 2008
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DVCC 2007 Annual Report
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Creation of a coordinated community response to domestic violence has been an
ongoing process in Montgomery County. In furtherance of this process, the
Montgomery County Council created the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to
report to the Executive and County Council on promising practices, policy and
procedural recommendations. This report summarizes the accomplishments of the
DVCC in its first year, outlines recommendations for consideration and sets goals for
the future to maximize victim safety and offender accountability.
Accomplishments:
• Establishment of a working partnership of agencies seeking solutions to the
problem of family violence in the best interests of all residents of Montgomery
County
• Subrnission of a "Safe Havens" grant to the U.S. Department of Justice for
development of
a
supervised visitation center
• Creation of a public education program: "Abuse Has Many Victims"
• Meeting with Circuit and District Court judges for review of new services available
to the courts to hold offenders accountable
• Creation of a private-public partnership with Marriott Corporation for donations of
school book bags for shelter children and
• Planning for a public forum on domestic violence for October 2007
Recommendations:
• Urgent outreach to the immigrant community on the issue of domestic violence
and the safety options available to victims and families
• Establishment of a Family Justice Center in Montgomery County - a one stop
shop for victims of family violence where services would be co-located.
• Creation of a staff support position for the Domestic Violence Fatality Review
~m
.
Future Activities:
• Conduct a needs assessment for future allocation of resources
• Development of a prevention program targeted to offenders
• Implementation of recommendations from the Domestic Violence Fatality Review
Team
• Continuation of planning efforts towards a Family Justice Center
• Collaboration with the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence on the 2008
legislative agenda
• Schedule a meeting with the District Court Commissioners to discuss domestic
violence issues and updates on services.
September 2007
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SPRING
CHAMIER Of
COMMERCE
GIlEATEIl
Testimony of
The Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
Public Hearing on
Bill 29-U
Boards, Committees, and Commissions· Sunset, Consolidation
Montgomery County Council
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
On behalf of almost 400 member businesses. the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce expresses
our strong opposition to the sections of Bill 29-1 I, which would sunset the Silver Spring Urban District
Advisory Committee.
The Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee (SSUDAC) represents those stakeholders ­
primarily businesses (7) and residents (4) - that provide the funding for the Silver Spring Urban District.
The Committee's mission is to advise the County government on all aspects of the program, management.
and finances of the Silver Spring Urban District. It was originally established to provide a mechanism by
which the stakeholders (those who pay the cost) could establish and conlrolthe level of service and the
cost of an increased level of maintenance that was desired in the newly created Uman District.
Because the Urban District Advisory Committee represents primarily those businesses that provide the
funding for the Urban District, the Committee is essential to giving these stakeholders input into how
their money is spent
in
the Urban District. Potentially eliminating this Committee would take control of
these decisions out of the hands of those that have agreed to be taxed at a higher level in order to realize a
higher level of service.
The report of the 2004 Committee Evaluation and Review Board recommended continuing the Urban
District Advisory Committee and agreed with the request to expand the Committee membership from
nine to eleven.
We understand that this legislation was conceived as a means to reduce costs to the County and address
potential redundancies. However, when you consider that this Committee meets only once per month,
during nonnal business hours (when staff are already at work) in a county building (already open to the
public) and requiring a minimal amount of staff support (manpower, paper, etc.), it seems a small
investment to assuring that the stakeholders in the Urban District continue to have a vehicle for
detennining the level of service needed in the Urban District.
If further reducing staff time and other costs associated with meetings for this advisory group is the goal.
the Chamber would be willing to work with the Council and the UDAC to identify ways to achieve
efficiencies.
On behalf of the Chamber, we urge you to remove the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee
from the list of those that will sunset in December of 20 12, and leave this important group in place to
continue its work representing the interests of those who provide the funding for the Urban District.
We thank you for your consideration.
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Background
The Silver Spring Urban District is funded through the Urban District Tax, Parking Lot District fees
collected by the County, maintenance charges on optional method developments, transfers from the
General Fund, and other miscellaneous revenue such as contributions and charges for services.
According to the County Code, each urban district must have an advisory committee, or an urban district
corporation board of directors, whose members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by
the County Council.
The Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, as altered per the 2004 CERE, includes:
• two members nominated by the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce;
• three members representing optional method developers;
• two representatives of businesses that have fewer than 25 employees;
• three residential community members from the Urban District; and
• one member representative from the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.
According to the County's website, the UDAC advises the County government on all aspects of the
program, management, and finances of the Urban District
It
works closely with the Silver Spring Urban
District on activities and issues associated with the downtown business area. According to the 2004
report of the most recent Committee Evaluation and Review Board (CERE) description of the purpose of
the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, "the Committee should, by July 15 of each year,
advise the Department ofTransportation and Public Works on the program and budget of the urban
district; by September 15 of each year, review the urban district budget and submit comments to the
Department; and by October 1 ofeach year, meet with the Department Director to resolve areas of
disagreement regarding the budget.
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Montgomery County Women's Bar Association
Executive
ColfUflittee
2011-2012
Barbara Graham
President
Margaret Schweitzer
Prdident Elect
Sharon John3on
SecreJary
Sherry
Leichman.
Treasurer
At-Large Members
The
Honorable Audrey Creighton
Diana
Gary,
At Large Member
October 18, 2011
Madam President and Council Members:
Good afternoon. My name
is
Sharon Johnson, and
I
am here on behalf of the Montgomery County
Chapter of
the
Women's
Bar
Association speaking to you
in
support of the Commission for Women. We
strongly urge the Council not to pass Bill 29-11 and to keep what remains ofthe Commission for Women intact.
The Commission for Women
has
served many vital functions for the women of Montgomery County
which are not available through other county agencies or departments. Unfortunately, because of budget cuts
and the reorganization of the Commission earlier
this
year, the Women's Commission has been unable to
provide many of the services
that
had
been made available to Montgomery County residents for many years.
As you know, before the reorganization of the Commission, it was able to provide affordable individual and
group counseling to the women of our county in areas such as career counseling, loss and grief, life transitions,
job loss, and re-entering the work force. Sadly.
this
year's reorganization and budget cuts eliminated the ability
ofthe Commission to provide such counseling.
Despite these drastic cuts
in
staff
and:funding, the Commission
has
continued to provide many important
resources to our citizens - largely through the efforts of the sitting Commissioners and dedicated volunteers
such as the Women's Bar Association who do not want the population ofMontgomery County to suffer the loss
of these services. The Commission has continued to offer its legal call-back program wherein residents can call
in
and
ask
to be referred to an attorney who can help them with questions in the areas of housing, sexual
harassment, separation and divorce, and employment -
just
to name a few.
Before the latest budget
cuts
earlier this year, the Commission
was
able to provide affordable workshops
and programs in areas such as career advancement, housing. sexual harassment, health, aging, financial
planning, children and family issues, and separation and divorce. Although funds and staffing are no longer
available to continue these workshops on the same scale, the Commission
is
developing a modified approach to
continuing these valuable programs so that they are not lost completely. These programs and workshops assist
women in becoming se1f-supporting,
to
find better jobs,
to
become better parents, to find resources
to
strengthen
family
relationships, and to be less dependent on other county resources.
Striking
the final blow and
eliminating Women's Commission completely would ultimately leave these women without the tools they need
to become independent, giving them little choice but to
try
to find' and rely on other county agencies to provide
such services.
Please respond to:
P. O. Box
4465,
Rockville, MD 20849
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To the Montgomery County Council (in re: Bill
20-11 )
October 18,
2011
Page Two
As
weunderstanc:L the e]imination of the thirty-eight (38) or so boards, commissions. and committees
listed in Bill
29-11
would save the County approximately
$1.4
million. While that
is
not a small amount. it is
negligible when compared to the $4.4 billion budget approved for FY
2012.
For a county the size and stature of
Montgomery County, the elimination of these boards,
committees,
and commissions would be an
embarrassment.
If
the total savings in dollars were much larger, perhaps one could argue for the justification of
such a draconian measure, although we would still disagree. Montgomery County prides itself - moreover touts
itself - as a leader in education, roads, facilities, recreation, etc. It
was
one of the
first
counties in the nation
forty years ago to establish a commission devoted to issues which are unique to women. How forward thinking
and progressive Montgomery County was
at
that time! Over
the
years, thousands of women have benefited
from the services and programs offered by the Commission for Women.
In
return, these women have
contributed to the growth and success ofMontgomery County.
Eliminating the Commission in totality
will
do
a great disservice to the women of Montgomery County
which constitute approximately fifty-two percent
(52%)
of the population.
If
the Commission is eliminated,
how
will
Montgomery County continue to promote itself as a progressive, forward thjnking community worthy
of convincing business and commerce to relocate here and bring
in
additional
tax
revenue? We would submit
that,
in
addition to being an embarrassing move on the part ofthe County Council, it would be a penny-wise and
pound-foolish decision as well. It's
just
bad business.
The Montgomery County Chapter ofthe Women's Bar Association urges you to ponder this bill
with
all
due consideration to the effects on your citizens now and in the future. Do not pass Bill
29-11.
Tell the citizens
of this County that you
will
not
tum
your backs on them
and
that you remain the progressive, forward-thinking
leaders you profess to
be.
~S_~
/ Sharon Johnson,
Montgomery County Women's Bar Association and
Montgomery County Women's Bar Association Liaison
To the Montgomery County Commission for Women
s;e:y
."
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Paulette Dickerson
9511 Gwyndale Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-565-2166
pdickerson@his.com
TESTIMONY ON BILL 29-11
October
18, 2011
I would like to speak today against sunsetting Advisory Boards, Committees or Commissions in
Montgomery County, even if the intent is to recertify the useful ones, but I will speak primarily
of the Board I know.
I first became involved with a citizen advisory group about twenty years ago at the Noyes
Library when I joined the local Library Advisory Committee (LAC).
At bimonthly meetings we discussed the concerns of the library community, the Montgomery
County Public Libraries (MCPL) Strategic Plan, the County budget process, library service
issues, renovation and restructuring the branch and situations in the town of Kensington that had
effects on Noyes.
Present were the branch manager, a library administrator and the Library Board Liaison to Noyes
as well as the group of current and past patrons that made up the LAC.
The substance of our discussions went to the Montgomery County Library Advisory Board and
to the Library Director (and through the Director to the County Executive) where community
feedback was incorporated into a picture of the library system and how it served the public.
The late nineteen eighties, early nineties were a time of budget constriction. County agencies
had to learn to live with less.
LACs helped the Library Board to recommend changes in hours that would serve communities
well and cost the government less.
LACs helped marshall people to come forward for public reviews of library projects; they
commented on self checkout machines; they tested new automation.
At every step LACs gave feedback to the branch managers and to the Library Board, through the
Board Liaison, which helped MCPL understand community concerns better.
That system still works.
In an ideal situation citizen advisory boards can help point out past mistakes, can look forward to
future possibilities, can inform, educate and illuminate for government how the public
perceives/~
public issues.
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Paulette Dickerson
9511 Gwyndale Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-565-2166
pdickerson@his.com
When Library Board or LAC members meet with elected officials we try to convey to you a
dispassionate reading of situations in our purview. We also listen to your concerns and insights
which we take back to the library community.
This year from Library Board briefings, County Council and County Executive packets as well
as the news media, most of us have come to realize that what appeared to be a brief, painful
downturn may be the new steady state for the economy in Montgomery County. At least for a
while. Maybe years.
We can't do business the way we have before. There are structural problems in the budget that
must be addressed.
My concern today is that in the rush to manage these deep shifts, we may throw the baby out
with the bath water.