MoCo seeks relief for Porta Potty plan
Montgomery County officials are fuming over parks chief Mary Bradford’s plan to eliminate portable toilets from the county’s parks, saying she could have found other budget cuts to ensure that park users would have some place other than the woods to relieve themselves.
Bradford and Jennifer Hughes, a top aide to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), are slated to meet Friday to talk over the problem. Bradford said she needs about $150,000 more in her $69 million budget to ensure that the toilets won’t be taken out of county parks.
Bradford is looking into the possibility of having community groups pay $100 a month per portable toilet to keep them in nearby parks.
County Council member Marc Elrich (D-At Large) said officials need to find a solution, quickly. He said council members did not realize that in the dozens of pages of proposed cuts Bradford put forth, ridding the park of places to go was part of the plan. Some county parks have permanent restrooms that are not affected by the proposal.
-- Miranda S. Spivack
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