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December 2018 GOCA Meeting Materials

November 2018 GOCA Meeting Draft Minutes – for approval during the December Meeting

December 11, 2018 Meeting Agenda

Montgomery County Meet the Candidates Event

Montgomery County Meet the Candidates Event

Brookeville Beer Farm

Monday, October 22nd from 6:00-8:00PM

GOCA, working to help Olney-area voters to become informed voters, is holding a Meet the Candidates Event at the Brookeville Beer Farm.  County Executive candidates and At-Large County Council candidates have been invited to connect with Olney-area voters. Candidates will be positioned throughout the venue and voters will have the opportunity to engage the candidates while enjoying a local beverage.

County Executive Candidates:  Mark Elrich, Robin Ficker, & Nancy Floreen

At Large County Council:  Gabe Albornoz, Robert Dreyer, Chris P Fiotes, Jr., Evan Glass, Will Jawando, Penny Musser, Hans Riemer, Shelly Skolnick, & Tim Willard

Sponsored by the Olney Chamber of Commerce

10% of beer sales will support Olney Help, who is in need of the following items to fill their pantry:

Pancake mix and syrup, Canned peas, Baked beans, Instant potatoes, Canned chili, Peanut butter, Jelly

For more information, contact Matt Quinn,, 301-325-1057

Emergency Communication Tower: Proposed for Installation at Georgia Avenue and the ICC

Update, October 2018:
July 2018 Update:
The Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) believes the Maryland State Highway Administration’s proposed installation of a 349-foot tall radio communication tower off of Georgia Avenue would have a very significant and negative visual impact to everyone living in the Olney area..  President Billy Becker sent the letter in the link below to Senator Roger Manno and Senator Craig Zucker on July 11, 2018.
The 349-foot tall emergency communication tower right would sit on the side of Georgia Avenue at the southern gateway into Olney. Not only would this be a huge industrial looking structure but the tower also would have strobe lights that would flash 24 hours a day to warn off aircraft. This would be a very significant and negative visual impact to everyone living in the Olney area.
On June 22, 2018, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) mailed out an announcement of a public hearing on this proposal filed by the State Highway Administration (SHA) for the tower on State-owned land at the northwest corner of the intersection of Georgia Avenue and the Inter County Connector in Olney. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 26, with a decision on awarding tower construction contracts to follow shortly thereafter.
The premise is that its installation is warranted for purposes of public safety communications. The problem/concern is the fact that the height of the proposed tower (almost 2/3rds the size of the Washington Monument) and flashing lighting would be in the midst of the main thoroughfare of our community (Georgia Avenue) and immediately adjoining residential neighborhoods along a lovely stretch of attractively landscaped highway. Once constructed, other commercial users would be encouraged to add equipment to the tower, thus increasing the visual impact.

GOCA is requesting a delay in the Park and Planning “Staff Report” and also a 60-day delay in the schedule for the public hearing.

Fore more information or to get involved, use the Contact Us page or email us at

At-Large Montgomery County Council Candidate Event

Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) is a holding an At-Large Montgomery County Council candidate’s event on June 2nd from 9:00am-Noon. Tables will be set up for each candidate and the community is invited to ask questions of the 33 Democratic at large candidates.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church All Purposes room
4200 Olney-Laytonville Rd, Olney

Scholarship Application

The following is a link to the Senator Roger Manno Scholarship Application for the 2018-19 Academic Year.  Click here.