2016 | Politics

Week Ahead: Hogan to Appear with Hoeber in Gaithersburg; County Council to Discuss Small Cell Towers

Plus: Liquor control working group meets Thursday

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Hogan to appear in Gaithersburg Wednesday to endorse District 6 candidate Amie Hoeber

Gov. Larry Hogan will make an appearance in Gaithersburg at 4 p.m. Wednesday to officially endorse and promote the candidacy of Republican Amie Hoeber of Potomac, who is challenging Democratic Rep. John Delaney for Congress in District 6. The district includes Potomac and Gaithersburg. Delaney, seen in many quarters as a potential challenger to Hogan if re-elected this year, recently said he has “no plans” to run for governor in 2018—but has nonetheless sharply criticized Hogan on several occasions in recent months.

Hogan will speak on Hoeber’s behalf at the Rosborough Arts Building Theater at Asbury Methodist Village, 301 Russell Ave.   

County Council planning committee to discuss small cell towers Monday

The council returns to work this week after a month-long summer recess and on Monday afternoon the council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee will discuss a zoning change to allow cell phone antennas less than 30 feet tall to be constructed in certain areas in the county. The cell industry is pursuing the change partly to place towers in areas that have buried utility lines as a way to boost cell reception, according to the county. However, opposition to the plan has emerged with local civic groups and residents citing a lack of research about possible health concerns related to radiation emitted by the towers. The discussion is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

The council on Tuesday is scheduled to hold public hearings on a number of zoning changes during the afternoon. On Tuesday evening, public hearings are scheduled to discuss proposed changes to the county’s subdivision staging policy and the development impact tax.

Candidates forum to take place Saturday afternoon in Germantown

A forum featuring candidates for U.S. Senate and the District 8 U.S. House seat in this fall’s election will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College. The event is sponsored by the Maryland chapters of AARP and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and will focus on issues of importance to senior citizens and federal government workers.

The District 8 candidates—Republican Dan Cox, Democrat Jamie Raskin, and Green Party nominee Nancy Wallace—will appear together on a panel from 1 to 2:15 p.m. The Senate candidates will then be questioned during a series of individual appearances from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m., with Republican Kathy Szeliga appearing first, followed by Democrat Chris Van Hollen and Green Party nominee Margaret Flowers. The event is being held at the Bioscience Education Center, Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park, 20200 Observation Drive, at Montgomery College in Germantown.

Liquor control working group to hold third meeting Thursday

The county working group evaluating possible alternatives to the Department of Liquor Control is scheduled to meet for the third time Thursday morning from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the County Executive Office Building at 101 Monroe Street in Rockville. The group is expected to begin evaluating the half dozen or so proposals to possibly change the structure of the department, which has a monopoly over the distribution of alcohol in the county as well as the retail sale of liquor.

Editor's Note: The time of this meeting was changed Monday from 10 a.m. to noon to 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunny week predicted

The National Weather Service predicts a lovely week for the Bethesda area, with sunny days and high temperatures predicted in the mid- to low-80s until Thursday. Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 78 degrees. Nighttime lows are predicted to be in the mid-60s all week. There is no rain in the forecast this week.