Thursday, October 01, 2009


Here’s the latest round-up of snippety-snips from Rockville!

Council Member Valerie Ervin on County Executive Ike Leggett’s pending proposal for $30 million in cuts:

Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, D-Silver Spring, criticized Leggett’s proposal as “skimming off the top” and said the county executive needed to show more leadership and present a long-term solution for how the county was going to cope with a grim financial forecast…

Ervin said unpaid furloughs for county employees were inevitable, and Leggett should announce them soon so employees could plan for the pay cut.

“The hammer is still out there waiting to hit us on the head,” she said.
Council Member Mike Knapp on Leggett’s plan to hire a consultant to make growth policy recommendations, but only after the issue is decided by the council:

“For (Leggett) to send over proposals after the council has acted is a waste of the county’s money, and it clearly reflects that he didn’t really want to engage in the process,” said Councilman Michael J. Knapp (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown.
County Executive spokesman Patrick Lacefield on a newly-passed bill sponsored by Council President Phil Andrews that would limit future bills to one subject. Andrews wrote his bill in response to a three-subject bill sent over by the Executive that included the ambulance fee, which he opposes.

“We’re a little more focused on the substance of (the bill) than the process, and perhaps Mr. Andrews should be, too,” Lacefield said.
And the Zippiest Snip Award goes to...
Patrick Lacefield. There’s nothing quite like the County Executive’s spokesman skewering his boss’s erstwhile political ally, Council President Andrews, in the press.

With the elections coming, we may have to make this a regular feature!