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Large Turnout for Coalition for UpCounty Town Hall

Maybe it is because of the increased population in the UpCounty. Maybe it is due to the increased frustration. Maybe it because residents see the huge opportunity the 2018 elections offer to the UpCounty to restructure the makeup of the County Council if one or more voices from the UpCounty are elected. Or, maybe folks are fed up with the traffic and are getting to the point where they need to let their elected officials know about it, but Monday’s Town Hall meeting with County elected officials attracted a very large turnout.

Monday’s event, which was held at Wilson Wims Elementary School in Clarksburg, attracted over 160 residents. Two people remarked that it was the best attended civic-minded gathering in the UpCounty they’d ever seen.

The Town Hall event was organized by the Coalition For UpCounty (C4U), a Clarksburg-based organization to advocate for issues that matter to residents and businesses in the UpCounty area of Montgomery County.

The event featured a panel of elected officials, including At-Large County Councilmembers Hans Reimer and Nancy Floreen, along with State Delegates Eric Luedtke (District 14), Aruna Miller (District 15), Kirill Reznick (District 39), and State Senator Nancy King (District 39).

While the big issue discussed was transportation issues — traffic in the UpCounty and the need for M-83 to be completed — the C4U also outlined a number of other concerns which residents of UpCounty want the County to address. Those issues included, education and need to for more and varied magnet and choice programs at UpCounty middle and high schools, an improved recycling program in the UpCounty.

It was pointed out in the C4U’s presentation that there is just one magnet program in UpCounty middle or high schools, while there are two magnet programs in middle or high schools in the Down County Consortium. T