Keeping Up with Christiana!

Welcome to our August Newsletter! This month, the County Council goes on its August Recess from legislative sessions. Our office is taking this opportunity to work on legislation for the Fall and connect with constituents across District 3.
The Howard County Fair will also be finishing up this week! If you haven't made it out to the fairground yet, you have until this Saturday, August 10th, to participate in the festivities with your friends and family. You can find more details on the Fair here .
As we continue into the final months of summer, please don't hesitate to contact our office if you are experiencing any issues in your community or would just like to get in touch. We are here to help with your concerns and listen to your feedback. Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy August!

Yours in service,
Christiana Mercer Rigby
Councilwoman, District 3

August 2019
Legislative Updates
The County Council voted on its July legislation on Monday, July 29th.

I was proud to pass several bills this month with my colleagues on the County Council, including CB37-2019, legislation clarifying the calculated number of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations required for certain residential developments.

This legislation amends prior law to ensure that the number of EV stations is rounded up whenever there is an uneven number of charging stations in a development. This bill also ensures that EV stations will be properly demarcated with signs according to Howard County Code.
August Recess
Since the County Council is on its Legislative Recess, no new legislation will be introduced this month. The Council will return to session on Monday, September 3.
Upcoming Council Dates
August: County Council Recess

Sept. 3, 7:00pm Legislative Session

Sept. 9, 2:00pm Monthly Meeting

Sept. 16, 7:00pm Public Hearing

Sept. 20, 10:00am Work Session

Sept. 23, 8:30am Meeting with the Board of Ed

Oct. 7, 7:00pm Legislative Session

Upcoming Community Events
If there are any community events that you would like us to include in upcoming newsletters, please email with the event information.
National Night Out 2019
Earlier this week, dozens of communities in Howard County celebrated National Night Out with events, ice cream socials, and pool parties!

Special thanks to our dedicated first responders from the Fire and Police Departments for working with neighborhoods to promote community safety this year. My staff and I were able to visit Long Reach, Owen Brown, Emerson, Huntington, Savage, Ridgely's Run, Jessup, and Canterbury Riding this year!
Upcoming District 3 Pre-Submission Meetings
North Laurel Community Center Pool Update

I 'm looking forward to this long-awaited project coming to District 3 over the next several years, and I will continue to advocate for its full funding in upcoming years' budgets.
The Horizon Foundation's Changemaker Challenge
The Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland want to hear YOUR innovative ideas to make Howard County better! Whether your idea could impact intellectual or developmental disabilities, public health, the environment, social justice, economic opportunity, teens or older adults ... the issues are real and the possibilities to effect lasting social change are endless.

Four grants totaling $60,000 will be given in the amounts of: $25,000, $15,000, $10,000 & $10,000. One will be awarded to a project serving people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Apply by 9/16! More info here .
MMHA's Service Training Academy
Maryland Multi-Housing Association teaches 48 students annually (at no cost to the students) the skills needed to be service technicians in apartment communities. The students spend two months in our classroom learning HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and other skills. The third month, students participate in a paid apprenticeship and are then hired by one of our member companies.

The jobs are full-time with benefits and also include a discount on an apartment. More information on the program can be found here .
Meet our Summer 2019 Interns!
Meet Riley, Raghav, and Taylor, our Summer 2019 Interns!

Riley, Raghav, and Taylor have been an incredible addition to our team this summer. They have worked on numerous special projects for District 3, including researching legislation, developing community outreach, and attending meetings with constituents and community stakeholders.

We are so fortunate to have them working with us!
Want to Get in Touch?
Christiana Mercer Rigby
Councilwoman, District 3
Colette Gelwicks
Special Assistant
Felix Facchine
District Aide
Please feel free to contact us by email or phone. Plus, you can stay up-to-date with Christiana by following us on social media, where we post daily updates on events, county news, legislative priorities, and Christiana's activity! Don't miss out on any District 3 news!