Candidate filing deadline Tuesday
Candidates planning to run for elected office in Maryland have until 9 p.m. Tuesday night to file with the Board of Elections in order to run in the June primary or November general elections. So far, more than 100 candidates have filed to run for state legislative or county seats in Montgomery County—including more than 30 candidates running for four at-large County Council seats.
County Council likely to approve Ourisman deal; will also hold public hearing on Route 29 bus rapid transit study
The County Council on Tuesday is scheduled to take action on a deal to accept about $1 million in trail improvements and a new public plaza from Ourisman Honda in Bethesda in exchange for the county allowing the dealership to keep its expanded garage, part of which was built on a shared Capital Crescent Trail easement. The item is on the council’s consent calendar for its regular Tuesday meeting, which is typically approved with little debate. On Tuesday night, the council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a plan to study placing a bus rapid transit system in the median of Route 29.
Board of Education to approve budget, examine capital improvement plan
The Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday night to adopt a fiscal 2019 operating budget recommendation of $2.59 billion. The budget recommendation will then head to the County Council as it begins its work on finalizing the county’s operating budget, which is typically approved in May.
The board on Monday will also review its $1.83 billion six-year capital improvement program, which is the county’s school construction plan.
Planning Board to continue work on bicycle master plan
The county’s Planning Board will hold its third work session on its bicycle master plan during a meeting Thursday. The plan sets forth a guide for bicycle infrastructure improvements in the county. At the morning discussion, the board is scheduled to discuss public testimony that the Planning Department has received on the plan. It also is expected to examine issues such as speed limits on shared streets and language to make sure the bicycle plan is considered by the county’s transportation department when a public right-of-way is abandoned.
Mild week with rain expected
Monday is expected to be cloudy, then gradually become sunny with a high near 54 degrees and a nighttime low around 36, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday is predicted to be sunny with a high near 56 and a low around 40. Wednesday should be nice too, with a high near 58 and a chance of rain in the evening when a low around 47 is predicted. The rain will likely linger, according to the weather service, with showers predicted Thursday and Friday when highs are expected to be in the low 50s.