At the March 4, 2021 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Public Meeting, the Board approved the following items:
• A memorandum of understanding with Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD)to continue the School Resource Officer Program. Last year, the Frederick Police Department (FPD) entered into an agreement with MSD to provide a school resource officer. This MOU continues that arrangement by which FPD will provide an officer to serve in this capacity in exchange for funding from MSD to cover the expenses associated with the position.
• A request from the Frederick Arts Council to waive park rental fees for use of Carroll Creek Park for the 2021 Festival of the Arts. The festival, a 27-year tradition in Frederick, is a two-day festival, scheduled for June 12 and 13, with a set-up day on June 11. This is a preliminary administrative approval and does not infer approval of the event.
• A request from the Frederick Arts Council to serve beer, wine, and alcohol at the Frederick Festival of the Arts, June 12 and 13 at Carroll Creek Park. Chapter 6 of the Frederick Code prohibits alcohol on public property; however, the Board of Aldermen may authorize consumption of alcohol on public property at special events that meet certain criteria. This is a preliminary administrative approval and does not infer approval of the event.
• A request form Downtown Frederick Partnership to allow them to serve beer and wind at their Alive@5 happy hour events on twenty-one dates throughout the summer. This is a preliminary administrative approval and does not infer approval of the event.
• Approval of the purchase of an additional thirteen Axon body worn cameras, along with related equipment and software licensing for five years, for $76,742.95. The City currently has a Master Services and Purchasing Agreement with Axon. This purchase would expand the use of body worn cameras to School Resource Officers, thus increasing transparency and accountability within that program.
• A resolution to extend Board of Alderman consideration of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. Maryland Code requires the Board of Aldermen to take action on the Comprehensive Plan within 90 days of approval by the Planning Commission. However, that deadline may be extended due to exigent circumstance. This resolution extends the deadline to April 19 in order to allow the Board on additional opportunity to consider the proposed plan at a Workshop meeting.
• A resolution to revise the Polices and Procedures Handbook for employees to allow accrued vacation time in excess of 240 hours to be transferred to non-expiring administrative leave rather than be forfeited. Current policy requires any time in excess of 240 hours be forfeited at the end of the fiscal year. However, the many challenges presented by the pandemic have made it difficult for many employees to use their accrued leave. Therefore, this policy change provides an alternative. The same provisions apply to compensatory time for exempt employees.
• An agreement for the sale of 27.28 acres of excess City-owned land to Northpoint Investments I, LLC. This property, known as Monocacy Boulevard Parcels E and F, is the remainder of a larger parcel purchased by the City to construct Monocacy Boulevard. It is being purchased by Northpoint for $4,300,00 with the intent to construct a 350,000 square foot industrial warehouse.
• Items concerning the development of 423A, 423B and 423 ½ East Patrick Street. In conjunction with a plan to develop these properties, commonly known as Wayside Apartments, the Board approved an ordinance to rezone the property to apply the Mixed Use (MU-2) floating zone to the 2.69 acre property and to expand of the Carroll Creek Overlay district over 1.87 acres of the same land area. In addition, the Board adopted a resolution to approve the master plan for development of the property.
• An ordinance to revise the FY 2021 Authorized Position Schedule to include new positions under the Housing Division of the Department of Housing and Human Services. The City recently created the Department of Housing and Human Services to combine City housing programs with other community services previously contained within the Frederick Community Action Agency. As part of that reorganization, this ordinance created two new positions, Assistant Director of Housing and Grants Manager to oversee housing programs.
More information on all agenda items can be found on the City website under Public Meetings/Mayor and Board of Aldermen.