March 17, 2023

East County Regional Office

See What's Happening in
East County
...and Elsewhere in Montgomery County

The East County Regional Office links Montgomery County government with citizens and businesses in the Eastern areas of the County that include:

Burtonsville, Briggs Chaney, Burnt Mills, Calverton, Colesville, Cloverly, Fairland, Hillandale, Ashton/Sandy Spring (pt.), Spencerville and White Oak.

East County Citizens Advisory Board (ECCAB)

The ECCAB is an eighteen-member board appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Council to advise, advocate for and make recommendations to the Executive, Council and East County Regional Director on needs and issues impacting residents and communities of East County.

The Full Board and its Committees Meet Monthly Except in July and August.

Please Note:

The next ECCAB meeting will be on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 7:00 pm.

Topic to be announced shortly.

The (ECCAB) Planning and Economic Development Committee and the ECCAB Quality of Life/Services Committee will (in lieu of their April meetings) sponsor the Montgomery County Executive's East County Regional FY25-30 Capital Improvements Program Forum on April 12, 2023 at the White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring (White Oak).

The ECCAB (Regular Monthly Board) Meetings Are Held in-person, 7:00 pm at:

East County Regional Services Office

3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Unless Otherwise Noted

For the full meeting agenda please contact-[email protected]


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East County News

Computer Programming Series

at Marilyn Praisner Library

Information Regarding the Proposed Relocation of Burtonsville Elementary School

Your participation in the discussion is very important. Your voice matters!!

Proposed Relocation of Burtonsville Elementary School

Propuesta de reubicar la Escuela Primaria Burtonsville

County News

County Council Seeks Applicants for

County Charter Review Commission

The Montgomery County Council is accepting applications for the County's Charter Review Commission membership. Applications for the four-year appointments are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2023.

All 11 positions are up for appointment. There is no compensation for members of the Commission, which generally will meet once per month in the Council Office Building in Rockville, or may be held virtually.

Applicants interested in being appointed by the Council should submit letters of interest and resumes via email to [email protected] or by mail to Council President, Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Resumes should include professional and civic experience, political party affiliation, home and office telephone numbers and an e-mail address. 

Letters of application and resumes are made public as part of the appointment process and are available for public review. The interviews are conducted in public and will be televised. Members of County Boards, Committees and Commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time.

Montgomery County Executive Elrich Releases Recommended $6.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2024 Operating Budget

County Executive Recommends 10-Cent Increase in County’s Property Tax to be Used Exclusively to Fully Fund MCPS Budget Request 

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich today released his recommended Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Operating Budget of $6.8 billion, which is an increase of 7.7 percent from the FY23 approved all funds budget (County Government plus outside agencies.) The recommended FY24 budget reflects record level and significant investments for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College, affordable housing, economic development, public safety, and efforts to combat climate change.

To access the entire recommended FY24 budget, click here. To watch the County Executive's FY24 recommended budget presentation, click here

Scheduled Public Hearings on the Operating Budget:

  • April 11 - 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm
  • April 13 - 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Public Hearing FAQs

MCDOT-Sponsored Adult Spring Bike and Scooter Classes

MCDOT Holding ‘Shout Out to Your Bus Driver’ Contest During March to Promote Transit Driver Appreciation

MCDOT is promoting this year’s Transit Driver Appreciation Day on Friday, March 18 with a month-long social media contest.

During March, Ride On bus riders are asked to “Give a Shout Out” to their bus operators with a TwitterFacebook or Instagram post detailing how they were served well by their bus driver.

“Shout Out to Your Bus Driver” posts should use the hashtag #TransitDriverAppreciation and tag @RideOnMCT and @MCDOTNow. The posts will be entered into a weekly raffle for a prize pack. Entries that mention a driver's name will also qualify the driver for entry in one of three raffles for a gift card. 

Riders that do not use social media can email a thank you message to [email protected] to be entered in the drawing. Entries may be publicly shared.

Prize drawings will be held weekly on Friday mornings of the following week. Learn more here.

MCDOT is Accepting Submissions from High School Students for the Heads Up, Phones Down Video Contest Through March 31

Montgomery County teens have an opportunity to win some great prizes by producing peer videos promoting the importance of focusing on their surroundings, instead of their phones, while driving and walking. MCDOT will be accepting entries of 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSAs) through March 31.

Montgomery County public and private high school students are eligible to submit contest videos. Entries can be submitted individually or as a group of up to four students in English or Spanish. 

Submissions will be grouped by individual projects and group projects. Individual entries can win an Apple Mac Book Air, an Apple Watch or tripod. Winning group submissions will split an $800 grand prize, $400 second prize and $200 third prize with a Visa gift card for each member.  

Students may also qualify for up to five Student Service Learning hours for successfully completing an entry. 

Winning entries will be visited by MCDOT staff and will be posted online on Friday, April 14. 

For more information and to submit an entry form visit the contest website at Students can email contest-related questions to [email protected].

Gilchrist Center FREE Citizenship Preparation Classes

The Gilchrist Center offers free citizenship preparation classes. starting March 28. Registration for the spring is now open! See flyer or website for details.

Montgomery Parks to Hold Special Events in March for All Ages and Interests

Montgomery Parks will host a busy lineup of special events and programs in March, including a variety of hikes, birdwatching and a ParksAle Trail adventure. Read more.

Doing Business With Montgomery County Government

Join us for a 3-part series where you'll learn everything you need to know about doing business with the Montgomery County Government. Topics will include certification and resources, the solicitation process, how to do business with other entities, and much more!

Click the box below to register today or go to!

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Neighborhood Events Matching Funds Grant Funds Still Available

The Montgomery County Government established the Neighborhood Events Matching Funds Grant Program (NEMF) to promote community engagement, encourage capacity building, networking, and stimulate the local economy. This program is administered by the five Regional Service Offices. Neighborhood organizations, block groups, tenant associations, civic clubs, and other community groups that are active and in good standing may apply for funds to hold events and activities by completing this application. Click on the banner below to apply and for more details.

Montgomery County Council to Hold Public Hearings on March 21 and 28, 2023


The County Council will hold public hearings to receive testimony on new items introduced to the Council as follows:


March 21, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

Deadline to sign up to speak is March 20 at 2 p.m.


  • Supplemental Appropriation to the FY23 Capital Budget, Montgomery County Public Schools, HVAC (Mechanical Systems) Replacement: MCPS (No. 816633), $25,000,000 (Source of Funds: GO Bonds and State Aid).
  • Amendment to the FY23-28 Capital Improvements Program and Supplemental Appropriation to the FY23 Capital Budget, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Relocatable Classrooms (No. 846540), $7,500,000 (Source of Funds: Current Revenue General).


March 28, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Deadline to sign up to speak is March 27 at 2 p.m.


  • Bill 15-23, Landlord-Tenant Relations - Anti Rent Gouging Protections, would establish protections against rent increases above a threshold for certain rental units, set the base rental amount for certain rental units, provide exemptions from rental increase restrictions for certain units, permit certain rental increases to fund capital improvements, require landlords to submit annual reports regarding rents and generally amend County law concerning rents and landlord-tenant relations.
  • Bill 16-23, Landlord-Tenant Relations - Rent Stabilization (The Home Act), would establish an annual maximum rent increase for rental housing in the County, provide exemptions for certain buildings from rent stabilization requirements, permit a landlord to submit a petition for a fair rent increase, establish an excise tax for vacant rental units, specify the use of certain tax revenues for the acquisition of affordable housing and generally amend County law concerning rent increase, landlord-tenant relations, and taxation.


A full list of upcoming public hearings is available at

Additional documents are available at

Residents have the opportunity to testify remotely for public hearings or provide in-person testimony at the Council Office Building in Rockville.

Residents can register to speak in person or virtually at a public hearing, provide written testimony, prerecorded audio or video testimony using the online form at; or sent by mail to County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850; or residents may sign up to testify remotely by phone (call 240-777-7803 for information). To express an opinion call 240-777-7900.

The Council is recommending that residents, who choose to attend in-person Council meetings, get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and others against Covid-19. If this is not possible, virtual participation is encouraged.

Residents who would like to call in or testify at a Council public hearing need to preregister on the Council's web page at Once the public hearing sign up request form is submitted and the public hearing list is created, individuals will receive separate confirmation notifications that include the appropriate link to use or phone number to call for the public hearing.

Comments and suggestions are welcome online at or by sending regular mail to County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. For information or to express an opinion call 240-777-7900. Councilmembers continue to hold meetings in their offices by appointment.

The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM) on Xfinity channels 6 and 996, RCN channels 6 and 1056; and FiOS channel 30. Also available live via streaming through the Council website at, Facebook Live (@MontgomeryCountyMdCouncil or @ConcejodelCondadodeMontgomery), or YouTube (@MoCoCouncilMD).

The Council meeting schedule may change from time to time. The current Council and Committee agendas, Council staff reports and additional information on items scheduled for Council review can be viewed at:

Montgomery County Upcoming Procurement Events

Upcoming Regional Events

Procurement Event Series with Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce

Join Montgomery County Office of Procurement and Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce for a 3-part series called Doing Business with Montgomery County Government!

March 9, March 16 and March 23 from 10:45am - 12:00pm. 

RSVP today!

Prevailing Wage Law Virtual Workshop

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Registration details coming soon!


Online Open House: PROjections: Upcoming Procurement Opportunities: Where do I start?

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

10:00am - 11:00am

Zoom meeting: NEW LINK


Meet the Primes Outreach Event

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

9:00am - 12:00pm

Silver Spring Civic Building

Registration details coming soon!

Employment Opportunities

Montgomery County Recreation is Hiring; Job Fairs Scheduled in March, April and May 

Montgomery County Recreation is hiring part-time seasonal employees to work during the 2023 summer season. Available positions include lifeguards, camp counselors, camp directors and more. 

“We have so many great opportunities for people to work with our Montgomery County Recreation team and I encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to come learn more at our upcoming job fairs,” said Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley. “Working at Recreation is extremely rewarding, and these seasonal positions are a great way to gain experience.” 

Job fairs are scheduled at the following locations and dates:  

  • Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring 
  • Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring 
  • Thursday, April 20, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Upper County Community Recreation Center, 8201 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg 
  • Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at East County Community Recreation Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring  
  • Sunday, May 7, noon - 4 p.m. at Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton 

The part-time/seasonal pay rate begins at $15.65 an hour and increases based on experience. Applicants must be at least 15 years of age. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants should bring their resumes, come dressed for success and be prepared to discuss their experience. The department is looking for dedicated, hardworking and motivated individuals. Applicants should note these job fairs are not job or location specific. Applicants may attend any job fair regardless of where they are seeking to work in the County. As a condition of employment, applicants will be required to pass a criminal background investigation. The investigation will include state, federal and sex offender background checks. If you are interested in applying, you can also visit the website for additional information or to apply online.

MDOT Hiring Event

 The Maryland Department of Transportation is Hiring for Facility Maintenance Technician (FMT) positions in Montgomery County.

The FMTs are critical to MDOT SHA thriving in all the areas residents care most about. They are essential employees who repair, mow, and remove litter from our roadways. They do much more than that including maintaining construction sites and repairing asphalt, guardrails, and more on State highways, parking areas, ramps, roads, taxiways, tunnels. The hiring event is on March 21, 2023

$20,000 Incentives Proposed for

Joining County Police Department

Montgomery County and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 35 have come to an agreement to begin offering a $20,000 bonus for new sworn police recruits. Full implementation of the bonus program would require County Council approval for Fiscal Year 2024 and beyond budgets.  Read more.

DOCR Job Opportunites

Information specific to job opportunities available within the department that are currently posted on the Montgomery County Career Opportunities website. To search available opportunities and to apply on-line follow this link: Montgomery County Careers Website

 If you are interested in a job opportunity listed below, we encourage you to apply or share it with someone who may be interested in the position.  

 To view the vacancy below, please click on the job title and you will be redirected to the complete job posting.



Correctional Specialist I/II (Inmate Services, Case Manager, Grade 19/22): IRC57372 – Closes March 17, 2023


Correctional Officer, (Pvt): IRC57366 – Closes March 24, 2023, Exam and Oral Board on same day - April 10 and April 21)


Program Manager I (Bakery Program Manager, Grade 23): IRC56660 – Open Until Filled


Laboratory Assistant (Grade 14): IRC55365 – Open Until Filled


Correctional Health Nurse II: IRC56938– Open Until Filled


Correctional Health Nurse II (Pool): IRC56939 – Open Until Filled


Nurse Practitioner (Grade 26): IRC57283 – Open Until Filled


Correctional Dietary Officer I/II: IRC53399 – Open Until Filled



IDEALIST.ORG: The world’s best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations.



LEADERFIT: An executive search firm for mission-driven organizations

MARYLAND WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER: Offering numerous business-related workshops.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT: You can see all County job postings and apply for the job that interests your career goals at


NONPROFIT MONTGOMERY: Montgomery County’s nonprofit alliance frequently posts job openings from its nonprofit members: 

MY GREEN MONTGOMERY JOBS: A local job portal dedicated to green jobs in the area. 


STERLING MARTIN ASSOCIATES: Provides executive recruiting services for nonprofit organizations and associations. Check out their current offerings.

COVID-19 Updates

Stay Up to Date on COVID-19 and Vaccines

Montgomery County COVID-19 Portal:

🔵Sign up to receive the latest updates from the County, view Montgomery County specific COVID-19 data, find information on how to get vaccinated, and more.


🟠Latest information from the State of Maryland on statewide data, vaccine, and testing information.

🔵Maryland’s Vaccination Support Center- 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829), 7am-10pm seven days a week.

Montgomery County Testing Information:

🟠Testing is free for all residents, and you can find the complete schedule for upcoming County-run testing clinics online.

Food Resources/Recursos Alimenticios:

🔵Or call the Food Access Call Center at 311

Service Consolidation Hubs:

Business Resources
Find resources to grow your business in Montgomery County, MD
Call 311 to Get it Done
It's storm season. If you come across debris blocking the road or the sidewalk or street light outages contact MC311 Customer Service Center by calling 311 in the County or 240-777-0311, 711 for MD Relay TTY, from anywhere, Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. or follow on Twitter @311MC311.


Visit for Latest COVID-19 Updates

Montgomery County Resources Available for Individuals and Families:


Resources on Homelessness

Housing Opportunities Commission – Adult and Family Programs

Bethesda Help - Emergency Financial Assistance

Mental Health: 

Everymind – Mental Health

InfoMontgomery Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


211 – Food Providers in Maryland 

Montgomery County Food Providers

Applying for unemployment or SNAP benefits

Montgomery County Food Council Food Assistance Resource Map

Manna Food Center   

Food Distribution
Montgomery County has various food distribution events across the County this week, including in Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Olney. To find distribution events or food near you, click here. The website also has more information about food resources in multiple languages. For help with getting food, please call the Food Access Call Center at MC311.
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Check these pages for updates on resources for businesses.

 Links to Latest Information From: 

Department of Public Libraries

Department of Recreation

Department of Transportation

Department of Permitting Services

Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center

Parks Department

Planning Department

Department of Health and Human Services

Social Media Directory

Montgomery County Government
Marc Elrich, County Executive

County Council:

Montgomery County Eastern Regional Office
3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Jewru Bandeh, Regional Director
East County Citizens Advisory Board (ECCAB)