About Councilmember Navarro

I serve as the Council Vice-President and the Montgomery County Councilmember representing District 4. I am the chair of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and also serve on the Health and Human Services Committee.

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September 22, 2011

Colesville Patch Story

Check out the Colesville Patch story about Castle Boulevard Getting A Pedestrian Safety Makeover:

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Councilmember Nancy Navarro’s Statement on Castle Boulevard Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvements

District 4 Councilmember Also Addresses Other
Quality of Life Measures for East County Residents

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 21, 2011—Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro today joined Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, other officials and local residents to celebrate the completion of pedestrian and traffic safety improvements along Castle Boulevard. The improvements were installed by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). 

Councilmember Navarro, who represents District 4 that includes the eastern portion of the County, had requested that MCDOT consider measures to increase safety as nine crashes occurred along Castle Boulevard in the last three years, including two collisions involving pedestrians.  A speed study indicated that the majority of cars on the road were traveling nine miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour.

Councilmember Navarro today not only addressed the importance of the Castle Boulevard safety improvements, she also talked about other measures that affect the quality of life of residents in the eastern portion of the County. The full text of her statement:

We have some wonderful neighborhoods in the East County, but we also have some profound needs. This part of the County has faced numerous challenges for many years. Since I was elected in 2009, I have made improving the quality of life in this community a priority.

Every resident in Montgomery County deserves to feel safe where they live. Today, I am pleased to present these pedestrian safety and traffic calming tools on Castle Boulevard in the Briggs Chaney area. All parents should feel confident that their children are safe from speeding cars when walking to and from school.

While these are important pedestrian safety measures, we must do much more to improve the overall quality of life in this area. We need jobs and economic development. We need increased access to public transportation. And we must increase the number of police officers on patrol to keep residents in Briggs Chaney safe. For too long, this area has been impacted by high levels of crime. This must change.

Even in the most challenging economic times, we were able to increase the police budget and boost the number of officers on the street. I have and will continue to urge Police Chief Manger to immediately step up the number of police officers assigned to the Briggs Chaney area. I have been assured by the Police Department that the full staffing enhancement for the area will be complete by the spring. I look forward to working with the chief and County Executive Leggett to make that happen.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the ongoing programming targeting youth and the broader community. Working with County Executive Leggett and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), we have set up the tremendously successful Teen Escape Club at the East County Community Center, which provides kids a safe and fun place to go. The Briggs Chaney farmers market is a great source of pride for this community and I am pleased that this tradition has persisted. The community involvement project by IMPACT Silver Spring, in partnership with the satellite police station and MCPS, has been a productive and meaningful collaboration that will continue strengthening our community.

I will continue working with the County Executive and the Council to provide the quality of life this community deserves.  
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