Monday, October 9, 2017

10 Good Things to Know if You Are New to Downtown Frederick

If you are new to the Frederick Maryland area, or just moved to downtown Frederick from further out, here are ten things you should know about, sign up for, and track.  They will make your life more informed,  easier, and fun! The first two would be helpful to any Frederick County residents as well.                                             
  1. Alerts  two kinds. 1) For the county sign up to get Alerts for Frederick County (and City) for things like weather and other emergencies at:
    https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/4727/Emergency-Alerts    2) For Frederick City Alerts, sign up for NewsFlash:
    http://cityoffrederick.com/list.aspx?Mode=Subscribe#newsFlash which come to your email under the name of CivicPlus.                                                                                             
  2. City of Frederick E-News - This handy newsletter gives you a summary of events happening that month such as recycling events, city programs, holiday schedules, etc.  Sign up at:
    https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001f-KEXzn5tO3Ji4WfrjcLd6KBNJcB5cB0                                                                                                  
  3. Know Your Trash/Recycle/Yard Waste/Move Your Car Nights -  Downtown Frederick has something going on most nights of the week: put your trash out, put recycling or yard waste out, or move your car, pile leaves in the street. It differs by street. Leaf collection is different each year - look for a city announcement.   If you live on 2nd, Church, 3rd, or 4th, I have a handy calendar that shows you everything on one page. Email me: darcyrichards01@gmail.com and ask for the calendar for your street.
    For Trash Collectionhttp://www.cityoffrederick.com/420/Residential 
    For Recycling: https://www.cityoffrederick.com/239/Recycling 
    For Yard Waste:
    https://www.cityoffrederick.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1707   
    For Moving Your Car - Parking Restrictions:  https://www.cityoffrederick.com/212/Parking-Restrictions                                                                                              
  4. Neighborhood Advisory Councils - Frederick city Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) are your citizen voice. The city defines a NAC as "a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending positive changes to improve their neighborhoods by enhancing communications with elected officials. It is the goal of the elected officials to work with residents to understand and address the issues that impact the quality of life in neighborhoods." 
    Most of the heart of downtown is NAC11. But all city residents have a NAC. See NAC map.  Find out where your NAC meets and get to know the facilitators. Get their contact information. Go to the meetings and see what's happening in your neighborhood.  To find your NAC, go to:
    http://www.cityoffrederick.com/316/Neighborhood-Advisory-Council
        
    Residents of NAC11 Attend their NAC
     meeting, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
    at 7 pm,   the 2nd Fl of Brewers Alley.
                                                                                                
  5. Where to Vote - See the City Website on various types of elections and how to find out how to register to vote and your polling place.  http://www.cityoffrederick.com/faq.aspx?TID=25                                                                                                                                                                          
  6. Frederick Social Media - There are several social media sites specific to Frederick that can be very helpful.  First, if you are a FaceBook user,  check with your neighbors to see if there is a Facebook Page for your street or area. Several examples of "residents only" pages include  Third Street Residents , & Northe Pointe Neighbors,  These pages can be invaluable for information about what is going on on your street: lost cats/dogs, shady characters, furniture giveaways, notices, warnings, etc. All the NACs have a Facebook page.  There is a Frederick City MD Yardsale page, a Frederick Rentals page, Frederick Freebies,  and many more.
    There is also Nextdoor.com which has several Frederick "neighborhoods" including Downtown Frederick. Nextdoor can provide an overwhelming amount of posts, but you can limit your views.   Feel free to comment below and add your own Frederick social media sites.                                                                                                                 
  7. Channel 99 - You can aee your elected officials in action, find out the outcome of an issue, or just learn what topics are trending in city government.  If you missed a public meeting or vote on an issue, you can see the replay online at Channel 99.  To see the schedule, go to: http://www.cityoffrederick.com/901/8709/City-Online-Meetings                                                                                                                                                            
  8. Downtown Events and Activities -  The Frederick News Post is a good source of downtown activities, particularly the Thursday 72 Hours supplement. They have an online version, but the printed one is a lot easier to scan.  https://www.fredericknewspost.com/special/72_hours/  Other good sources are: 
    The Tourism Calendar:  https://www.visitfrederick.org/events/ though this used to be a quick scan list, now it involves scrolling through pages and pages of individual events in large print with Photos/.
    The events sponsored by the Downtown Partnership can be found on their calender: http://www.downtownfrederick.org/calendar 
    Celebrate Frederick events are here:  http://www.celebratefrederick.com/calendar-of-events/ 
                                                                                                                                                            
  9. Frederick Farmers Markets  - Frederick is blessed with quite a few farmers markets operating from May through November.  The list on this website is pretty much up to date: http://www.homegrownfrederick.com/farmers-markets                                                                                                                                                         
  10. Report Problems and Code Violations (Anonymously) - If you see something, you can say something. Anonymously if you prefer.  The city handles some  issues such as property violations on a complaint driven basis. Early citizen input is also important on other important problems such as potholes, sewer issues, garbage, traffic lights, vandalism, street lights out, broken windows, sidewalk damage, etc. See the image below for the types of issues you can report.  There are three ways to report problems:  online, by telephone, and via your cell phone app.
              A)  Online:  https://www.cityoffrederick.com/518/Report-a-Problem
              B)  Online from your Cell Phone
                     To get the iPhone App - go to
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ispires/id862605376?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 
                     To get the Android App - go to
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cityoffrederick.com.ispires 
              C)  Call Code Enforcement Ph: (301) 600-3825 or Email violations@cityoffrederick.com