Author Archives: Sharon Dooley -- Administrator

Upcounty Action meets Saturday Feb 21st

Please join Upcounty Action on Saturday February 21st at 2:00 pm when we meet to discuss several issues before our local and state government. Issues for consideration will include the budget at the state and county levels, the recent dismissal of the school superintendent, the pesticide bill, transportation measures and bills which support sick leave for workers and attempts at voter suppression. Full agenda and meeting place TBA.

Upcounty Action meets Jan 24th

Upcounty Action will meet Saturday January 24th at 2:00 PM in the Panera in Germantown near the Wegmans.  Please come early and pick up lunch or a snack if you wish.  I will try to get there early and reserve the large meeting table.
The address is: 20680 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown, MD 20876
There are many issues at hand now as the new Council, new Governor and recently elected state Assembly members are all getting ready to address important proposed measures with reduced finances.   The County Executive is already holding talks about his budget proposals.  The new Governor-elect seemed reluctant to commit many financial resources to Montgomery County when he spoke here in December.Will the Purple Line get approval for the go ahead final planning phases?  What will happen with the CCT and the plans for BRT?  We have over 400 temporary classrooms; will there be state dollars for new schools or classrooms?
The Council has been on hiatus; the legislature is just being sworn in and the new Governor does not take office until January 21st.  He has to present a budget and will most likely use the budget worked out by the O’Malley administration.  So we already have a lot of items to review.  So I will look forward to hearing from you about suggestions for the agenda – I will send it out the week of the meeting.  Please bring others with you and do let me know if you will be able to join us.   Thanks again for all of your support in 2014 and all of the years since we started back in 2006.
Try to stay warm, think Spring!
Sharon Dooley

Upcounty Action Meeting Nov15th at 2:00pm

Join Upcounty Action as it holds its monthly meeting at the Dayspring Retreat Center in Germantown. 1301 Neelsville Church Road at the Farmhouse
We have the following issues on our agenda:

1. Election results discussion
2, Poor turnout drives discussion
3. Transportation priorities at the state level?
4, School Board holiday decision causes consternation
5. Incoming Council President changes committee assignments
6. UCAB discusses Ag Reserve Future
7. Department heads to retire as CE Leggett enters third term

Do bring a friend and join us.

Reminder of upcoming events

The June meeting for Upcounty Action will be held on Saturday June 21st at 2:00pm. Place to be announced. Volunteer hosts would be welcomed. This meeting is just before the Primary so election discussions and current events will be on the agenda.

Please remember to vote in the Primary on June 24th or choose early voting stating June 12th through the 19th.
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Also SAVE THE DATE – Our 8th annual Upcounty Action picnic is scheduled for Saturday July 26th at 3:00pm, so mark your calendars. Once again Jo Jean and Bill Earley have volunteered to host at their lovely home in Derwood MD. We will meet at 3:00pm for this special event. As usual we’ll supply hamburgers and hot dogs as well as veggie burgers and ask our members and friends to bring pot luck for salads, drinks, veggies and desserts. Details and directions will be posted in July.

Ten Mile Creek update

Upcounty Action is happy to report information shared by Diane Cameron of the Ten Mile Creek Coalition – 7 of the 9 County Council members have signed on to the compromise plan to protect the integrity of the watershed in the Ten Mile Creek area. Council members Floreen and Rice continue to support harmfully hign levels of impervious allowances.
Kudos for the Montgomery Countryside Alliance for outing the information that the “Give Clarksburg its Due” campaign is being masterminded by associates of the developers who want to build in that sensitve area.
We will continue to share information as it happens regarding this issue.
Reminder – next Upcounty Action meeting is on Saturday March 15th at 2:00pm – details to follow.

Ten Mile Creek

There have been several hearings on developments in the watershed areas of Ten Mile Creek. Various considerations are underway about impervious surface allowances in this region. Should imperviousness be limited to 6 or 8%? Moving further out should it be 8 or 15%? Council members Berliner, Elrich and Riemer have been considering 8-15-15 but as of now do not have enough votes on the council for this. Please review this matter and let your council members hear from you.

The Ten Mile Creek Coalition now has more than 30 group members (Upcounty Action is one of them.)  Check out their website as noted below for more information.