The following were among actions taken at last Thursday's meeting of the Montgomery County Council. For more information, call 251-7900.
BOARD APPOINTMENT -- The council, ending a widely debated racial controversy, voted 4 to 3 to confirm John P. Hewitt's appointment to the county planning board.
The action capped a month of questions over whether Hewitt knew of, or condoned, segregated facilities for employes at the Meadowbrook Maintenance Yard in Chevy Chase while he was park director in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
A council-ordered investigation by the county Office of Legislative Oversight found there were segregated facilities, but found no evidence that Hewitt was aware of, or approved of them.
Hewitt, a 64-year-old Silver Spring real estate agent, had repeatedly denied he was aware of the facilities.
With the council vote, Hewitt, along with Carol G. Henry, who already has been confirmed, become the first appointments to the planning board by a county executive -- under a new state law which allows the county executive to appoint two of the five planning board members. Previously the county council appointed all five members. The part-time posts pay $12,600-a-year.
The appointments are expected to give County Executive Sidney Kramer more input in board decisions.
Hewitt, regarded by many as a strong supporter of developer interests, replaces Betty Anne Krahnke, who was known to favor tightly controlled development.
Council members Rose Crenca, Michael L. Subin and William E. Hanna Jr. had indicated before the meeting that they would support Hewitt. They later voted for his confirmation. Members Neal Potter, Isiah Leggett and Bruce Adams voted against Hewitt's appointment. The deciding vote belonged to council member Michael L. Gudis, who first abstained to delay consideration of the matter, but then voted for Hewitt after being told that council rules make a vote of 3 to 3 to 1 a vote for confirmation.
ELDERLY REPORT -- The council heard a briefing on the needs of the county's elderly citizens, based on a study done by a consultant for the county Office of Community Development and the Division of Elder Affairs.
The report outlined demographic information on the county's elderly, and suggestions for additional assistance that could be provided by the county or private agencies.
There has been increasing concern among county officials about how to prepare for the increasing numbers of older county citizens. There will be an estimated 110,000 to 120,000 elderly in the county by the year 2,000; the county's over-60 group population is growing three times as rapidly as the entire county population.
Nationally, U.S. Census Bureau figures indicate the over-65 population is increasing 2.5 times faster than the under-65 population.
For the study presented to the Montgomery Council, 576 people aged 60 and over were interviewed between August and September of last year. The survey was a follow-up to a 1976 report.