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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Summary of Public Meeting Decisions - 1/7/2020

At the January 7, 2021 - Mayor and Board of Aldermen Public Meeting, the Board approved the following items: 

  • Amendment #2 to an agreement with Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) concerning the development of a Climate Action Plan, originally entered into in January 2020. Amendment #1 was approved in November 2020, expanding the scope of the agreement due to additional funding available from COG.  This amendment extends the term of the agreement to June 30, 2022 to allow for the completion of these additional tasks.  
  • An Ordinance to amend the FY 2021 Fee Schedule to provide for the addition of a $40.00 surcharge for towing fees during the state of emergency. The City establishes certain fees for companies towing vehicles on behalf of the Frederick Police Department. Due to the current pandemic, these towing companies have incurred additional costs for safety items and cleaning supplies. This ordinance allows the companies to add a $40.00 surcharge to the fees charged to vehicle owners for law enforcement related towing. A similar charge is already in place for towing requested by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack. 
  • A special ordinance to allow use of the public art reserve fund. The public art reserve fund for FY 2021contains $50,000 designated for conservation and restoration of public art in addition to new art projects. The Public Art Commission has identified three projects toward which they recommend the funds be dedicated: restoration of the City Seal, restoration of the Shawbaker Flag, and installation of a mural at the Dog Park. Costs for these projects total $33,872, with the balance of the fund to be directed to a “Neighborhood Re-investment mural program”.  
  • An agreement with McClure Company for HVAC Maintenance Services at the William Talley Recreation Center. The agreement is for 3.5 years with the pricing of $9,171 in FY 21, $18,342 in FY 22 and potential price adjustments in FY 23 and FY 24 at the option of the contractor. 
  • An agreement with GreenPlay, LLC in the amount of $241,498 for the development of a Comprehensive Park and Recreation Master Plan. This project would create a community-supported plan for future development and redevelopment of the City’s parks, facilities, and recreational programming. The plan will guide policy development and delivery of services. 
  • Conditions for rezoning of 2.69 acres located at 423A, 423B, and 423 ½  E. Patrick Street. The owner of these lots is requesting the parcels be rezoned to place the Mixed Use (MU-2) floating zone on the property and the Carrol Creek Overlay (CCO) over a 1.87-acre portion of the property. The Land Management Code requires the applicant be notified in writing of any conditions imposed by the Board of Aldermen, so that the applicant may then notify the City of its acceptance of such conditions prior to the adoption of an ordinance. This discussion established requested conditions to be communicated to the applicant following the meeting, including: 
    • That prior to unconditional approval of the final site plan for the development of the foregoing property, the Applicant record an easement that provides an access point sufficient for emergency access (as determined by the City’s Department of Public Works) to Sites J & K, and that said easement area be depicted on the final site plan.
    •  That the Applicant incorporates into the site plan design a pedestrian connection between Sites J & K and the sidewalks/pathways interior to the subject property.
    • In addition, the Board considered the proposed master plan for the development of the property.  
  • In addition to the items approved by the Board of Aldermen, an opportunity was provided for public comment regarding the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report concerning the use of funds awarded to the City under the Federal Community Development Block Grant.

More information on all agenda items can be found on the City website under Public Meetings/Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

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