County Council to take up stormwater contracting issue, Route 29 bus rapid transit funding

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday is scheduled to take up an amendment to change the process for stormwater project contracting in the county. County Executive Ike Leggett recently vetoed the council’s 5-4 decision to maintain the current contracting method that involves different contractors designing, maintaining and then building each project. Leggett is pushing for a new method that uses one contractor to design, build and maintain several projects to meet state-mandated requirements to treat water runoff from a specific amount of acres of impervious surface. The council is working on a compromise to resolve the standoff between the council and the county executive.

The council is also scheduled to vote on budgeting $16.4 million in fiscal 2019 to plan, design and begin initial construction to build a bus rapid transit route on U.S. 29 from Burtonsville to Silver Spring. A public hearing on the budget item is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the council’s agenda.

 

Early voting continues

Montgomery County voters can continue to cast ballots early in this month’s primary election through Thursday. The county is operating 11 early voting centers and residents can vote at any of the early voting centers even if it’s not inside their home district. The centers are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Primary Day is June 26.

[Related – Bethesda Beat primary election guide]

 

Jealous to rally with Bernie Sanders in Silver Spring on Monday night

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is returning to Silver Spring with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran for president in 2016. Jealous and Sanders are scheduled to appear together at the Silver Spring Civic Center for the event that begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The two are scheduled to discuss Jealous’ plans for free college education and Medicare for all.

Sanders previously endorsed Jealous’ campaign at a raucous event at the civic center in July that drew more than 500 people. Jealous, the former president of the NAACP, was tied with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker atop the most recent poll by The Baltimore Sun. The two are among six leading candidates trying to win the Democratic nomination for the opportunity to run against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the November general election.

 

Hot start to week before rain cools things down

Temperatures are expected to rise close to 100 degrees Monday as sweltering heat enters the area, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday is predicted to be partly sunny with a high near 89 degrees and a nighttime low in the mid-70s. There’s a chance of showers Tuesday night, then high temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with nighttime lows in the mid-60s.