Monday, October 10, 2016

October eNews from the City of Frederick 2016: Halloween in Baker Park, Shared Use Path Opening, Freecycle Roundup Oct 15, Baker Park Dedication Oct 18, Compost Bins for Sale

Here is the October 2016 eNewsletter from the City of Frederick. This newsletter is packed full of useful information!   It is re-posted here by permission. If you have any questions or suggestions, direct them to Patti Mullens, the city's NEW Public Information Coordinator, and author of the newsletter: The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow. See the e-Newsletter archives for other issues.   ~ Darcy Richards

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In This Issue
Halloween in Baker Park
Bike Path Grand Opening
Freecycle: Drop Bulk Trash
Culler Lake Dedication
DED Promo Wins Honors
Leaf Collection to Start
Pet Waste Challenge Set
Sustainability: Get a Compost Bin & Trees
$$ For Frederick Municipal Airport
Weinberg Center Season
Talk to the Mayor Tuesday
Frederick Police Welcome Young Fan
Job Opportunities
City Community Survey
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City Board/Commission Vacancies

Airport Commission "Citizen Representative"

For more information, contact Amber Grimes at 301-600-1453  
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Downtown Frederick Partnership has planned for the 2016 season
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October 2016

Halloween in Baker Park
October 21

Thrilling, chilling performances and tours will amuse during the eighth annual Halloween in Baker Park on Oct. 21. Volunteers are essential to the spooky entertainment that unfolds during the night's festivities. 
If you dare want tickets, information or to volunteer, contact Nancy Adkins, 301-600-1492;

Grand Opening for Shared Use Path

October 4 on Location

The public is invited to celebrate Tuesday, Oct. 4, when the City will officially cut the ribbon on the single most significant connection of its citywide bicycle pedestrian transportation plan: the underpass that serves pedestrians and bicyclists getting to and from from the east and west sides of U.S. 15.
Cyclists and walkers now have dedicated path between the Golden Mile along west U.S. 40 and the heart of the city's downtown.
Festivities start at 5 p.m. on location, just off Rosemont Avenue, near Biggs Avenue.

Freecycle Roundup: Bulk Trash Drop Off
October 15

The next Freecycle Roundup, when city residents' bulky items might find new homes or uses, will be Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Harry Grove Stadium, 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick.

Limited pickups of items is available: City residents interested in scheduling a free pickup must call 301-600-6995 by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

For information and a list of acceptable drop-off items, visit the website

For other sanitation and trash removal concerns, contact, the Department of Public Works, 301-600-1440.

Celebrate Culler Lake "Renaissance"
October 18 Park Opening Planned

The Friends of Baker Park and The City of Frederick are planning to celebrate the restoration of Culler Lake with a dedication event set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Benches are back around the newly landscaped park, water has returned, and the fountain has been restored to better than new, with added features. 

Once grass has taken hold and primrose has been eradicated, the park will be ready for visitors.

For updates, information, and project history visit Culler Lake Renaissance or the FAQs page.

Department of Economic Development
Promo Wins International Acclaim

Award-winning video about Frederick
'Work Where There's Room to Play' video wins honors

The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development was honored to win a silver award from the International Economic Development Council for Frederick's "Work Where There's Room to Play" video. The video/multimedia promotion has also won the MEDA (Maryland Economic Development Association) Marketing Award (2016) and a silver Addy from the AAF-GF (American Advertising Federation, Greater Frederick) in 2016.  

Leaf Collection Scheduled
DPW Will Start Campaign October 24

The City of Frederick Department of Public Works will begin the annual leaf collection campaign on Monday, Oct. 24.
The program will run through Friday, Dec. 23, using vacuum leaf collectors, street sweepers and rubber tire loaders with dump trucks.  
Leaves will be collected in all areas several times throughout this period.  All city residents may begin to set out leaves for collection on Sunday, Oct. 23, but should not set them out before that date. 
For more information regarding yard waste and leaf collection, contact the Department of Public Works at 301-600-1440.

Scoop the Poop Challenge Is On
October 17-November 4

It is more fun than ever to be a responsible pet owner: Oct. 17 to Nov. 4, prizes will be awarded to some lucky pet owners who sign the Scoop the Poop pledge on the event website. The City of Frederick strongly urges dog owners to take the Scoop the Poop challenge to help beautify the city, and encourages would-be sponsors to support the effort. Pet owners are reminded that they are always required to pick up after their pets, and the challenge rewards their commitment. 
Information about the challenge is available from Joe Adkins, 

Sustainability News
Compost Bins Offered

In keeping with the The City of Frederick's aim to encourage resource conservation, recycling, and sustainability, it has composting bins for sale. The cost is $20 plus tax for the bin. The order form is available on the city website.
The city has 310 bins for sale, only for city residents. The bins will be delivered to the home by Department of Public Works staff.
Information is available from Jenny Willoughby, sustainability manager, 

Out with compost; in with trees
October is a good time to plant trees, and the Marylanders Plant Trees website has a list of trees, large and small, for every yard. Buyers may get $25 off at the register from a participating nursery by choosing one of the trees from the list.

Frederick Municipal Airport
$4 Million Grant Assists with Runway Project

The FAA has awarded a grant to the Frederick Municipal Airport in the amount of $4,069,722 for projects to facilitate the eventual 600-foot extension of Runway 5.  

The grant provides funding for a grading project that will move approximately 187,000 cubic yards of dirt to keep the airport in compliance with FAA design criteria and clear the way for future development.  

"The projects associated with the runway extension have been in the planning stages for many years, so we are excited about the visible progress we're making to create a safer and more capable airport," said Airport Manager Rick Johnson.  Once underway, the work is expected to be completed within 240 days.  
'Like' the Frederick Municipal Airport on Facebook for the latest news, updates, and event information.

Weinberg Center for the Arts

 2016-2017 Season Lineup

The curtain has lifted on the Weinberg Center for the Arts' 38th season.
Upcoming highlights include:
Girls Guns and Glory - Oct. 6  
* Shatner's World: We Just Live In It - Oct. 12
* David Sedaris - Oct. 15
For information and the rest of the season lineup, visit the website.

Talk to the Mayor Tuesday  
October 25, from 2-6 p.m.

Every month, Mayor McClement sets aside time to meet informally with citizens to discuss topics or issues of their choice. The October Talk to the Mayor Tuesday will be held on the fourth Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 2-6 p.m.
The Mayor's office is located in City Hall at 101 N. Court St.  
No appointment is necessary, and citizens meet with the mayor on a first-come, first-served basis.  
For details, contact Pam Stocksdale: 301-600-1184 or

Frederick Police Department
Young Fan Spends Day as Officer

On Sept. 27, Joshua age 12 and his family spent the day with some of the Frederick Police, learning what it is like to be a police officer.

The day started with Josh being welcomed by the 58th Police Academy, receiving a badge and uniform. Then he watched a K-9 and FBI SWAT team demonstration. He got to process a crime scene, ride in a police car and participate in a Special Response Team scenario.
Joshua was born with leukodystrophy, or Krabbe disease, which is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder.

For more information on Krabbe Disease visit

Scheduling note: The FPD Records and Property Sections will be closing Friday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m. to accommodate a training session for all departments. The records office will reopen on Monday, Oct. 17, at 8:30 a.m. 

Keep up with the Frederick Police through the FPD App; and on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Nextdoor.


Employment Opportunities
The City of Frederick 

The City of Frederick values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.  For information on employment with the City, visit Job Opportunities & How to Apply
Applications and current job descriptions are also available inside City Hall by the security desk on the first floor. 

City Community Survey
Your Input Is Valuable

The City of Frederick wants your input in the Community Survey to identify the priorities, needs, and concerns of the community. 
The survey is available here or on the City's website,  under "Community Survey" in the left hand information section of the website. 
Those without access to a computer can make arrangements to take the survey at City Hall, located at 101 North Court Street.  Call 301-600-1380 to make arrangements.  

City of Frederick DED, City Hall, Economic Development, 101 North Court Street, Frederick, MD 21701