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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Summary of Public Meeting Decisions - 05/07/2020

At the May 7, 2020 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Public Meeting, the Board approved the following items:

  • A change order to the agreement with Fox and Associates, Inc. for consultant construction services for the Monocacy Boulevard Center Section Phase 2 project.  This change order pertains to work done by Fox and Associates and their subsidiary, Specialized Engineering, which has incurred cost overruns due to project delays.
  • A purchase order in the amount of $69,324.45 to Lawmen Supply Company for the purchase of First Responder Respirators for the Frederick Police Department.
  • A Resolution to adopt the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Five Year 2020- 2024 Consolidated Plan/2020 Annual Action Plan and Analysis of Impediments of Fair Housing Choice. As part of the City’s role as an entitlement community under the U. S, Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, the City must prepare a consolidated plan every five years in addition to an annual action plan. These plans, resulting from a collaborative community effort, establish goals and specific initiatives for the next five years for programs funded by the CDBG grant. The plan was also offered for public comment and discussion at the April 29, 2020 Workshop.
  • An agreement with Nu-Pulse Technologies for design-build services for access security systems located at City Hall, the Municipal Annex, the Department of Public Works and the William Talley Rec Center. This will provide for a card access system for employees in accordance with risk management industry best practices for government facilities.
  • An agreement with Audio Visual Innovations, Inc. in the amount of $89,802.15 for AV upgrades to the conference rooms on the first floor of the Municipal Annex. This project will upgrade meeting technology in the Annex to enhance functionality and accessibility for officials, staff, and visitors. The new equipment will also accommodate phone and web conferencing.
  • A memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police to apply certain modifications the collective bargaining agreement dated July 1, 2019. These modifications concern provisions of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This act allows sworn officers to be excluded from certain provisions regarding paid sick leave; however, the City does not wish to apply this exclusion. This MOU establishes the intention to include sworn officers, while additionally providing for the carryover of certain accrued leave, similar to provisions previously approved for civilian employees in response to the COVID crisis.
  • An ordinance to adopt a Master Schedule of Administrative and Regulatory Fees. The City maintains a schedule of fees, which offset the cost to taxpayers of providing certain services. Each year the fee schedule is reviewed by staff and proposed revisions are recommended to the Board. This ordinance enacts the updated fee schedule for FY 2021.
  • An ordinance to establish employee positions, grades and the civilian pay scale for Fiscal Year 2021. This schedule is reviewed and updated in conjunction with the budget process each year.
  • A special ordinance to adopt the tax rate for assessable property for Fiscal Year 2021. The real property tax rate is reviewed and adopted by special ordinance each year in conjunction with the budget process. The tax rate for FY2021 remains the same as for FY 2020.
  • A special ordinance to adopt the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. The Mayor’s proposed budget was submitted on April 1, 2020, discussed and made available for public comment at three budget hearings, and amended by the Mayor on May 4, 2020. The Board approved the budget as presented.

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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