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Synopsis of January 11, 2011 GOCA Meeting

Arthur Holmes, Jr., Montgomery County Director of Transportation, gave us an update on the progress of the ICC and told us there will be a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the ICC. The first county road to have a BRT will likely be Viers Mill Road. The county has adopted the Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR) to identify future transportation solutions and Mr. Holmes emphasized that his task is to serve the community. Mr. Holmes, Fred Lees, and Bob Simpson answered our many traffic questions.

Committee reports included Civic Federation land use concerns, and Arnie Gordon wrote a resolution that GOCA support Bill 60-10, Erosion and Sediment Control, but the resolution was withdrawn.

The results for the GOCA leadership team will be announced at the February 8th meeting. Candidates selected by the nominating committee were accepted at the January 11 meeting with no further nominations. The candidates and the positions for which they are running are:

1. Matt Zaborsky – President

2. Jodi Finkelstein – Executive Vice-President

3. Ellen Bogage – First Vice-President

4. Lori Wilen – Second Vice-President

5. Theresa Kyne Robinson – Recording Secretary

6. Kathy Curtis – Corresponding Secretary

7. Ruth Laughner – Treasurer

The December Minutes and January Agenda are Now Available.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Arthur Holmes, Jr. – Montgomery County Director of Transportation

All GOCA meetings are open to the public and take place at the Community Room of the Buffington RE/MAX Building, 3300 Olney-Laytonsville Road. The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at approximately 9:35 p.m.

GOCA Agenda for January 11, 2011

GOCA Minutes for December 14, 2010

Synopsis of December 14, 2010 GOCA Meeting

County Executive Ike Leggett spoke of the shortfall in the county and the structural changes he has made to streamline the government since taking office. He broke down the percentages spent in each area of the government, said all areas must be cut, and warned that cuts will continue into 2012.

Mike Greenhut described the county’s “Villages” blueprint plan to enable seniors to keep their homes and sought GOCAs support for surveys of Olney communities so the process can move forward here.

Elisabeth Deal of Olney Boys and Girls Club sought GOCAs sponsorship for a team, and Arnie Gordon wrote a resolution in support. After discussion , the resolution was tabled 10 to 8.

November Minutes and December Agenda Available

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett

All GOCA meetings are open to the public and take place at the Community Room of the Buffington RE/MAX Building, 3300 Olney-Laytonsville Road. The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at approximately 9:35 p.m.

GOCA Agenda for December 14, 2010 GOCA Minutes for November 9, 2010

Human Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

In the spirit of Community and Thanksgiving B’nai Shalom of Olney is conducting “Human Community” Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.

This community service will take place on Tuesday, November 23rd at 7:30PM. This event is open to the entire Olney Community and refreshments will follow after services. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item as proceeds will benefit Olney HELP. Please visit B’nai Shalom of Olney for location and event details.

We also want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in Olney a very Happy Thanksgiving.