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Posted on: March 27, 2023

Mayor O'Connor appoints ad-hoc parking committee


Mayor Michael O’Connor has appointed a Downtown Parking and Mobility Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee pursuant to Frederick City Charter Article III, Section 6 (i). The purpose of the Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee is to consider the changing downtown demand, community needs, parking and mobility options, and provide recommendations for action. Key issues which this committee will consider include resident parking, parking mobility/technology, and parking rates, along with major capital projects such as the redevelopment of the aging Church Street Parking Garage and new facilities to meet demand needs. Additionally, the ad-hoc committee will consider the need for creation of a permanent Parking and Mobility Advisory Committee in the future.

The 24-Member Ad-Hoc Committee shall be composed of the following members and are selected to broadly represent the downtown with consideration to balancing geographic distribution, equity, residents, workers (business), and visitors. The Mayor will appoint a Committee Chair and Vice-Chair to oversee meetings.

5 – Resident Representatives

  • Matt Edens (W. 3rd)
  • Sandy Dubay (W 5th)
  • Melanie Gettier (E 3rd)
  • Jim Schmersahl (E All Saints)
  • TBD

6 – Partner and Advocacy Group Representatives

  • Downtown Frederick Partnership – Kara Norman
  • Visit Frederick – David Ziedelis
  • TransIT – Jamie McKay
  • Frederick County – Chelsea Kadish
  • United Way (Ride United) – Ken Oldham
  • East Frederick Rising – Sean Walker

4 – Merchant Representatives

  • Darren Sheffield, MIDAR
  • Mindy Cawley, Vintage
  • Jeff Hurwitz, Colonial Jewelers
  • TBD

3 – Office Representatives

  • Julia Ferguson, Co-Work Frederick
  • Kate Layman, Ruppert Properties
  • TBD

3 – Restaurant Representatives

  • Irieska Caetano – Sabor de Cuba
  • Audi Nagi – Frederick Social
  • TBD

3 – Church Representatives

  • Rev Mark Groover – Asbury UMC
  • Susan Kulp - ERUCC
  • TBD

The first meeting is today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room located at 118 N. Market Street (2nd Floor). The meetings are open to the public. Future meeting schedule will be determined by the committee members. Agendas, meeting recordings, and minutes can be found on the City website at

For information, contact Steve Johnson, Parking Manager, at, 301-600-1886 or Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development at or 301-600-6361.

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