GAITHERSBURG – City staffers outlined state legislative goals for the City Council members to consider Tuesday night, which they hoped to accomplish with the assistance of the Maryland Municipal League during next year’s General Assembly session.
Monica Marquina, the city’s legislative affairs manager, requested that the city submit two Legislative Action Requests (LARs) to the MML for next year’s session.
The first pertained to the full restoration of highway user revenue to all cities and towns and Maryland.
“The city worked closely with MML on a piece of legislation that would have substantially increased funding,” Marquina said. “Unfortunately that legislation did not move forward … staff recommends that the city once again submit an LAR to continue working with MML and the general assembly to mount full restoration of highway user revenue as expeditiously as possible.”
Marquina also brought up mandating state and County governments pay storm-water management fees for their properties located within a municipality.
“This past session, legislation was introduced that would have provided parity to municipalities that established dedicated storm water management fees,” Marquina said. “Staff continues to believe that the only way to be sure that everybody pays their fair share is through statewide legislation requiring all entities to pay the costs associated with storm water management.
Council members voiced support for both measures, which must be submitted to the MML by July 15.
Last week, Mayor Jud Ashman and several members of the Gaithersburg City Council attended the annual convention of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) in Ocean City.
The association includes representatives from cities and towns throughout the state in order to provide a means of sharing information and policy proposals and advocates for the needs of local government before the state legislature in Annapolis.
City Council Member Ryan Spiegel serves as the MML’s Montgomery County chapter president.
The council unanimously passed an amendment to the city code requiring write-in candidates for city elections to file no later than six days prior to the first scheduled early voting session.
Meanwhile Tuesday, Council Vice President Michael Sesma announced the Kentlands Community Foundation, a non-profit organization which sponsors volunteer efforts, arts programs, and other activities in the county, is seeking a director.
This part-time, paid position serves as the group’s chief organizer and will likely work 30 hours a week. Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com no later than July 16.
During the moment of reflection at the meeting’s start, Ashman asked for prayers and good wishes for Council Member Henry Marraffa, who has been undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Ashman said that Marraffa had undergone a transplant at Johns Hopkins University last week and was now recuperating.
Due to inclement weather, Monday’s scheduled Independence Day fireworks display at Bohrer Park was postponed. Live music, games, and other activities were held indoors instead.
“I want to express appreciation to our staff who, with very little notice, still managed to put together a very enjoyable event,” Ashman said.
The fireworks display has been rescheduled for this Friday at Bohrer Park.