The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Montgomery County Council. For more information, call 251-7900.
BOTTLE BILL -- The council introduced a resolution by president Rose Crenca that would encourage the District and other neighboring jurisdictions to pass legislation requiring deposits on beer and soft drink containers.
District voters will go to the polls next Tuesday to decide the deposit bill, known as Initiative 28. The fight over the issue there has been marked by unprecented spending, including more than $1.4 million reportedly spent by opponents of the bill.
The council will not debate Crenca's resolution before the District vote.
In 1975, the County Council passed a bottle bill, but its effective date was delayed.
Under the legislation, it was not to take effect until at least six months after the County Council adopts a resolution declaring that a sufficient number of surrounding jurisdictions have enacted similar legislation.
This clause was made part of the bill as a way to protect Montgomery beverage dealers from losing business to other jurisdictions where no bottle law is in effect. To avoid container deposits, some consumers might drive to an area where there is no mandatory deposit, officials predicted.
Crenca said if the District passes Initiative 28, it could trigger Montgomery's bottle bill.
However, other council members said the council would have to take new action to set the mandatory deposit law in motion. The county attorney plans to research that point to determine if additional action is necessary.
BOARD OF APPEALS -- The council voted 4 to 3 to increase the salary of the chairman of the county Board of Appeals from $11,649 to $15,000 per year.
The board rules on variances and special exceptions to zoning laws.
Crenca and council members William E. Hanna and Michael Subin voted against the raise, while Bruce Adams, Michael Gudis, Isiah Leggett and Neal Potter voted for the increase.