Week Ahead: Elections in Gaithersburg, Takoma Park; Minimum Wage Vote

Plus: Purple Line meeting in Silver Spring; Planning Board to review Bethesda park proposal


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Silver Spring Purple Line meeting Monday evening

The Purple Line Community Advisory Team for the Silver Spring area is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Sligo Creek Elementary School to discuss construction plans for the light-rail project. The light-rail line will pass through downtown Silver Spring, where two stations will be built—at the Silver Spring Transit Center and the library.

Elections Tuesday in Gaithersburg, Takoma Park

Voters go to the polls Tuesday in municipal elections in two of Montgomery County’s three incorporated cities.

In Gaithersburg, Mayor Jud Ashman is unopposed as he seeks his first full term. Council members Michael Sesma, seeking his fourth term, and Yvette Monroe, running for her first full term after being appointed to a vacancy earlier this year, are opposed by Jim McNulty, a media producer, and Laurie-Anne Sayles, a former president of the Association of Black Democrats of Montgomery County who was also a council candidate in 2015.

In Takoma Park, Mayor Kate Stewart is unopposed, as are Council members Peter Kovar and Terry Seamens. However, Council member Jarrett Smith faces a challenge from Amee Bearne, an urban planner, and there are contested elections for two open council seats.

$15 minimum wage vote scheduled for Tuesday

The Montgomery County Council Tuesday is scheduled to vote on the latest version of the $15 minimum wage bill it’s debating. The bill would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022 for large businesses and by 2024 for small businesses.

Minimum-wage advocates have called for a shorter timeline. Some council members, including the bill’s sponsor, Marc Elrich, might support an amendment Tuesday to reduce implement the higher wage sooner.

Local union members are scheduled to rally Tuesday morning before the vote to push for the council to pass the bill with a faster timeline.

Council to review proposed state legislation

Also Tuesday, the County Council is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. to receive an update on and discuss local bills being proposed by the county’s state legislative delegation during the 2018 General Assembly.

Two state bills that have drawn attention recently include a proposal by Del. Eric Luedtke to enable the county to sell alcohol in grocery stores and a bill proposed by Del. David Moon to remove a tax exemption for country clubs that results in clubs having their properties assessed at $1,000 per acre.

Planning board to discuss proposal to create new Bethesda Row park

On Thursday, the board plans to review a plan to purchase an approximately half-acre green space for $8.5 million near the intersection of Bethesda and Woodmont avenues to turn it into an urban park. The county plans to buy the property from developer Federal Realty.

The board is also scheduled to review the plans to construct the new Tilden Middle School and Rock Terrace Special Education School at 6300 Tilden Lane in Rockville.

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