Keeping Up with Christiana!

Welcome to our June Newsletter! This month, we celebrate and recognize LGBTQ+ Pride Month here in Howard County. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, when LGBTQ+ activists led by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson fought back after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn. The demonstrations and activism that followed marked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the United States.

We are also recognizing Pride Month in a special way as Howard County holds its first Pride Festival in County history. The Festival will be held on Saturday, June 29th, from 11am-5pm at Centennial Park. The Festival is a free, family-friendly event that will include food, music, games, entertainment, and community resources. I hope to see you there!
As we continue into 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, healthy, and proud June!

Yours in service,
Christiana Mercer Rigby
Councilwoman, District 3

June 2019
Legislative Updates
The County Council voted on its May legislation on Monday, June 3.

I was proud to pass several bills this month with my colleagues on the County Council, including legislation authorizing the use of stop-arm cameras on all Howard County school buses (CB18-2019) and legislation extending the 2018 Watershed Safety Act as we continue to review flood mitigation efforts for Ellicott City (CB20-2019) .
Budget Updates
The County Council voted on and approved the FY20 Capital and Operating Budgets on Wednesday, May 29.

Approving this budget was not an easy process – it required many thoughtful discussions grounded in data. But despite the differences of opinion, we all want the best for our children, our families, and our community. You can find my full thoughts on the FY20 Budget here .
June Legislation
Legislation introduced in June includes:

  • CR100-2019: a resolution altering the time to sign up to testify at a Council Public Hearing. Introduced by Christiana Mercer Rigby.
  • CR98-2019: resolution adopting the APFO Housing Unit Allocation Chart.
  • CR99-2019: a resolution adopting the APFO School Capacity Chart.
Upcoming Council Dates
June 17, 7:00pm, Legislative Public Hearing

June 21, 10:00am, Work Session

June 24, 8:30am, Joint Meeting w/ Board of Ed

July 1, 7:00pm, Legislative Session

July 8, 2:00pm, Monthly Meeting

July 15, 7:00pm, Public Hearing

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.
Upcoming District 3 Pre-Submission Meetings
Name : Stonewood V Business Center
Address :
Mtg Date : June 25, 2019 at 6:00pm
Mtg Location : East Columbia Library
Units : 0
Planned Use : Commercial
Howard County PRIDE
Howard County's first annual Pride Festival will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Centennial Park ! The event is a being held from 11am - 5pm.

The Festival will feature food, music, games, entertainment of all kinds, community resources, allies, friends, and fun. Please join us for this free, family-friendly celebration of our LGBTQ+ community here in HoCo!

Want to Get in Touch?
Christiana Mercer Rigby
Councilwoman, District 3
Colette Gelwicks
Special Assistant
Felix Facchine
District Aide
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