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ON THE MOVE & Ohio dance troupe visits for Strathmore choreographer’s big night. B-5 The Gazette GERMANTOWN | POOLESVILLE | BOYDS DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, January 15, 2014 25 cents In budget plan, Leggett’s focus on roads, schools From Jersey with love County executive outlines proposed six-year spending proposal n BY RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE Jennifer Grizmala-Liu of New Jersey, with her adopted son Aidan, 4, was among the speakers at the Children’s Home Society adoption fair on Jan. 11 at Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown. For more on the adoption fair, see Page A-2. Montgomery County would pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the White Flint area to promote private growth and redevelopment around the Metro station under a fiscal year 2015 capital budget proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett. Almost $340 million of public money will be dedicated to generating private investment of even more money in White Flint, according to a draft copy of the proposed budget provided to The Gazette. The six-year capital improvement plan features plans to construct a new road and bike lane on the area’s Main/ Market Street, reconfiguring Executive Boulevard North and reconfiguring the intersection of Old Georgetown Road, Executive Boulevard and Hoya Street. The project includes $170 million in county funding for road projects on Montrose Parkway East and Chapman Avenue Extended and relocating the White Flint Fire Station to promote redevelopment in the area. The Montrose Parkway East portion will build a new road to connect with the existing Montrose Parkway/ Rockville Pike interchange to Viers Mill Road. There are also plans to build a new parking garage for a conference center in the area to combine with future retail See BUDGET, Page A-10 Homeless flooded shelters during cold snap n Frigid weather zapped county’s blood supply, Red Cross says BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER With the recent cold snap still fresh in mind, the Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign has been working to help the county’s homeless stay off the streets. The county’s campaign is part of a national movement of more than 200 communities that works to find permanent homes for chronic and medically vulnerable homeless people. Since the initiative began in November, four street outreach programs have been working to engage homeless individuals and learn more about them, according to a news release. People Encouraging People Homeless Outreach, Bethesda Cares, Interfaith Works Community Vision and the city of Gaithersburg have staff who spend time talking with people living outside, with the focus of learning about their needs and directing them to safe housing. A slight uptick in the number of homeless people seeking out one shelter in Silver Spring during the Jan. 7 arctic blast is a small sign of success, according to Susanne Sinclair-Smith, executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. The Home Builders Care Assessment Center for men, operated by the coalition at 600B E. Gude Drive, welcomed more people than the shelter could hold. It has a capacity of 135 men, but 160 sought shelter there the night of Jan. 6, according to Sinclair-Smith. Twenty-five of the men were taken to East County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring for shelter overnight, she said. “We certainly saw more men over this cold period,” she said. “But we do not turn anyone away. We encourage them to come.” Montgomery County police also has been periodically checking known homeless encampments, monitoring the welfare of those homeless individuals and encouraging them to go to shelters, the news release said. Looking to end homelessness, the County Council approved an appropriation Dec. 3 See COLD, Page A-10 Leggett not backing a gubernatorial candidate yet County executive said he respects, has ties to all three top Democratic contenders n BY ANDREW SCHOTZ STAFF WRITER Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett — one of the region’s highest-stature Democrats — is standing clear of his party’s gubernatorial primary, for now. In a race among Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park for this year’s Democratic nomination, Leggett said Friday that he hasn’t decided whom to support. NEWS MYSTERY MESS AT MILL Police are looking for vandals who left their names on a 146-year-old stonecutting mill in Seneca Creek State Park. A-3 The primary will be held June 24. The general election will be Nov. 4. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is finishing his second term, the maximum allowed in Maryland. Asked during a meeting with Gazette reporters and editors if he had an allegiance in the race, Leggett said: “I have none at this point. I’ll tell you why. I hope and I anticipate that I may endorse at some point in the future, but I’m not sure. “I’m very close to Heather, very close to Doug, who I’ve worked with on a number of projects. They’re local Montgomery County residents. I know Anthony very well. I support a great deal of what he’s done. “We are fortunate to have several good candidates. I have not found a justification as to how to make a distinction between one or the other at this point in time. I talk to them a great deal and it’s my intent, and I hope to at some point, to make an endorsement, but at this point, not yet.” Brown was the first to release a list of elected officials in Maryland who back his campaign, including both U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives. Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., and several Montgomery County officials at the state and local levels are on the list, too. Gansler’s endorsement list includes about half of Montgomery County’s delegation and county officials such as State’s Attorney John See LEGGETT, Page A-10 SPORTS PLAYING THROUGH INJURY Northwood punter/lineman suffers complications after a season of playing football with torn ACL. B-1 Automotive Business Calendar Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please Montgomery and its allies try for school construction funds Prince George’s, Baltimore counties join in effort to pressure lawmakers n BY KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER The three Maryland jurisdictions with the most population — Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties — are calling on state lawmakers for money to build and renovate schools. Montgomery’s priority this session is establishing a steady, predictable stream of state money to leverage borrowing for school construction. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Montgomery’s enrollment grows annually by about 2,000 students, the equivalent of one high school. In 2013, Montgomery County Public Schools enrolled 151,289 students, up from 148,779 students in 2012. “We are seeing unprecedented growth that we alone cannot resolve,” Leggett said. “We cannot wait.” To build one high school costs Montgomery more than $100 million, he said. Its overall need is as high as $600 million to $700 million in a six-year period, he said. Leggett will release his six-year capital improvements program Wednesday. House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Gov. Martin O’Malley’s fiscal 2015 capital budget, which also comes out Wednesday, includes $627 million for education. Exactly how much the “big three” counties seek from the state remains to be seen, but Leggett said Montgomery will put up money of its own to match. “We commit an awful lot already on construction dollars, and we’re willing to commit even more, but our com- See FUNDS, Page A-10 B-13 A-11 A-2 B-10 B-5 A-14 A-12 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906227

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