1/28/09 town hall meeting: get ready to bitch

A part of Boyds (Black Hil Lake) not overun by tract housing.

A part of Boyds (Black Hill Lake) not overun by tract housing.

The Montgomery County Council wants to know which issues are of concern to residents of West Germantown, Darnestown, and Boyds.

The Council will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The meeting at Kingsview Middle School will start at 8 p.m. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. I wonder if they’ll have milk and cookies, Dennis Queen style?

East Germantown will have a meeting at some other time.And I don’t suppose as many Boyds residents are expected to attend, as they have to get up early in the morning to milk their cows, hay their horses, and tend to their barns. All is not lost. I believe Boyds has the internet now. So they can look up any town hall developments on a blog.

Mike Knapp, Council President, at the podium

Mike Knapp, Council President, at the podium

The meeting will allow residents to let the Councilmembers know how they feel about specific issues and will allow them to ask questions of the Councilmembers in an organized, but informal, setting.

According to the county, topics expected to be of interest include schools, public safety, traffic, growth, the proposed ambulance fee, the proposals of two organizations that operate hospitals to build new upcounty facilities, the proposal to limit parking of commercial vehicles on some County roads, and affordable housing and taxes.

I am not sure if you will be permitted to bring up any topic you want, or the presumed popular ones.

Of little or no interest: how an elderly woman was run over by a dump truck while a county fire station was under construction on Germantown Rd. Good news, though. I hear that once the fire station goes operational, the firemen will use loud sirens upon exiting.

This will be the first Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Council in 2009. In 2008, the Council held Town Hall Meetings in downtown Silver Spring, Clarksburg, Bethesda and Burtonsville.


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