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Navarro, Riemer Delay Vote for Wheaton Revitalization Working Group

Read why these two Montgomery County councilmembers decided to postpone a council vote on a resolution to create a working group for monitoring progress on Wheaton revitalization.

On Tuesday, Montgomery County Council Vice President Nancy Navarro and Hans Riemer that would monitor progress on Wheaton revitalization.

But on Thursday, they made the joint decision to pull the resolution before it came to a tentatively scheduled July 17 vote.

The resolution about how the councilmembers would choose members of the community, and how the working group would affect already existing committees, such as the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee.

Adam Fogel, Navarro's chief of staff, explained that Navarro and Riemer wanted to allow more time for discussion with other councilmembers and members of the community, in order to form a consensus approach.

"The last thing that we want is a divisive conversation about Wheaton," Fogel said.

SWN July 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM
It's always good to gain insight into how the minds of our dynamic leaders work, or don't. It's no wonder Wheaton is in the state it's in.
Wheaton Calling July 13, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I think this whole idea was pretty dumb to begin with. When I saw that Reimer proposed the formation of group to monitor Wheaton redevelopment at the meeting of the WHEATON REDEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, I could only laugh in frustration. This is a new level of cluelessness when it comes to the council's involvement in and understanding of Wheaton and its residents. To propose the formation of a group like this, when there is already an involved group of residents and business owners in WRAC, who are eager to have their voice heard, is just ridiculous. I say, rather than put on a big show about forming some new group, how about the council members actually taking some time to LISTEN to the groups that are already meeting to discuss these very issues. Otherwise, the members of both WRAC and WUDAC are essentially just talking to themselves at their meetings, which is a waste of everyone's time.
Jeannette July 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Pulling the resolution was the right thing to do. Wheaton already has two Wheaton Revitaliation Working Groups--WUDAC and WRAC. Councilmembers are always welcome to attend these open meetings.
Henriot St. Gerard July 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Not here to defend the Council's decision to create this group because I see your point and its well taken. I would say that the slight difference between this "working group" and WRAC and WUDAC is that members of the latter are appointed by the County Executive while the working group will be made up of people appointed by the Council. There is still that gray area of overlap and so forth and I will definitely concede that to you. I think delaying the vote was a good idea because it seemed to be rush and more thought needs to be put into what exactly the group will do and accomplish
Wendy Howard July 13, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Well said Jeannette!

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