The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday is scheduled to introduce a resolution to designate a county employee as the director of climate policy. The person would advise the county executive, council, Department of Environmental Protection and other county agencies that deal with environmental policy on the best ways to meet climate goals including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using more renewable energy. The introductory resolution does not say whether the county plans to hire someone or what the job would pay.
The council is also scheduled Tuesday to review capital budget proposals for general government projects, the Wheaton Community Recreation Center and Library and transportation projects—including the heavily debated Montrose Parkway East project.
Lyttonsville Purple Line meeting Tuesday night
Purple Line officials will host a “Community Advisory Team” meeting Tuesday night at Rosemary Hills Elementary School in Silver Spring to provide information about the next six months of construction on the light-rail line in the Lyttonsville and Woodside area. The meeting will focus on the temporary closure of the Lyttonsville Place Bridge and the detour under consideration for navigating around the closure, according to the advance meeting materials.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the all-purpose room of the school at 2111 Porter Road.
Women’s Democratic Club to host county executive candidate forum Thursday
The politically influential Women’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County will host the six Democratic candidates running for county executive at a forum Thursday at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Candidates planning to attend the 7 p.m. event include Roger Berliner, David Blair, Marc Elrich, Bill Frick, Rose Krasnow and George Leventhal.
Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart will be moderating the free event, which is being promoted by a number of other local political groups including the Montgomery County Young Democrats and Indivisible Montgomery.
Planning Board to receive briefing on state’s plans to improve I-270
State Highway Administration officials are scheduled to brief the county’s Planning Board on Thursday afternoon on a number of proposed I-270 improvements designed to reduce congestion on the busy highway. The state has hired Concrete General Team, a private firm, to handle the planning, engineering and construction work on 14 proposed roadway improvements and to install technology such as virtual weigh stations and ramp metering to reduce the frequent rush-hour backups on the highway. The project is part of a public-private partnership that Gov. Larry Hogan pitched in 2016 to improve traffic flow on I-270, but is different from the highway-widening proposal that calls for adding toll lanes to the highway pitched by the governor last year.
Chance of snow Tuesday and Wednesday
The National Weather Service predicts the chilly temperatures that have lingered in the area will continue this week and there’s a possibility of snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday is expected to be cloudy with a high near 50 degrees, a chance of afternoon rain and a nighttime low dropping to around 34. Rain and snow is predicted Tuesday during the day and at night when a high near 40 and a low around 29 is expected. There’s a possibility of daytime snow Wednesday with a high around 41 and a low dropping to 28 degrees. Thursday and Friday are expected to be sunny with highs in the mid-40s and nighttime lows around 30 degrees, according to the weather service.