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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Summary of Public Meeting Decisions - 11/19/2020

At the November 19, 2020 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Public Meeting, the Board approved the following items: 

  • A lease with Potomac Edison for property located at 9450 Gambrill Park Road, Lot #1. The City entered into a lease with Potomac Edison in July of 2015. This agreement comes from renegotiation of that lease and will result in an increase in revenue for the City.  
  • An agreement with CXT, Inc. in the amount of $147,785 for installation of a restroom building at Westside Regional Park. Installation of the touchless, ASA compliant restroom will meet commitments set forth in a memorandum of understating with Sophie and Madigan’s Playground, Inc. and will provide an additional amenity to users of the playground and other future park features. 
  • A Public Art Donation Agreement with Downtown Frederick Partnership.  Downtown Frederick Partnership has partnered with local artist Thomas Sterner to fabricate an Art/ Wayfinding Project at the entrance to Carroll Creek Linear Park. This sculpture at the northwest entrance to the park will interact with the initial phase, Water Lily Wave, at the facing entrance.  
  • An agreement with Segal Water Consulting in the amount of $138,000 for a Comprehensive Classification and Compensation Study of City positions. Per this agreement, the consultant will perform a comprehensive analysis of the City’s pay structure, ranking of pay grades, FLSA classifications and benefits. Periodic studies of pay equity are part of best practices to ensure data is current.  
  • An Ordinance to amend section 6-19 and repeal section 15-26.2 of the City Code concerning alcohol on public property. The ordinance ensures compliance with state law by making violation of the prohibition against consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property a civil violation (i.e., a municipal infraction), rather than a criminal misdemeanor. In addition, the ordinance clarifies language and criteria the Board of Aldermen may apply in approving requests to serve alcohol on public property. 
  • Approval of an Ordinance concerning vacant property registration. This ordinance provides for adequate monitoring of long-term vacant properties in order to maintain and ensure essential levels of public health, welfare, and safety while also creating an economic disincentive for owners who allow their property to remain vacant and unproductive in excess of a reasonable timeframe. The ordinance includes definitions, and provides for registration and inspection of properties, special taxation and appeals.  
  • A grant from Ausherman Family Foundation for a comprehensive study of current programming at Frederick Community Action Agency. In conjunction with the approval of the grant agreement, the Board approved a special ordinance to amend the budget to include revenue and associated expenditures from this 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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