Thursday, November 2, 2017

eNews for the City of Frederick, MD, November 2017

Here is the City of Frederick, MD's, eNewsletter for October 2017.   It is re-posted here by permission. If you have any questions or suggestions, direct them to Patti Mullens, the city's Public Information Coordinator, and author of the newsletter:  pmullins@cityoffrederick.com. The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow.


  1. Property Revitalization Replaces Blight - 20 West Fourth Street Tells Success Story
  2. Department of Public Works - Monocacy Detour; Leaf Campaign Under Way
  3. Weinberg Center for the Arts - Mix of Musical Genres, Cinematic Arts 
  4. Election 2017 - Late Absentee Ballots Available; Election Day Is Nov. 7
  5. Frederick Police Department - Turkey Bowl: County vs City for Charity; Kickball for Fun
  6. Economic Development - Department of Social Services Relocates; Aerial Photos Highlight Progress 
  7. Have Something to Discuss with the Mayor? - 'Talk to the Mayor Tuesday'
  8. Employment Opportunities - The City of Frederick

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In This Issue
Property Revitalization Erases Blight
DPW: Monocacy Blvd, Leaf Collection
Weinberg Center Performances
Election 2017
FPD: County vs City Turkey Bowl Fundraiser
Economic Development: Progress
Talk to the Mayor Tuesday
Job Opportunities
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    November 2017
Property Revitalization Replaces Blight
  20 West Fourth Street Tells Success Story   


The Murphys with Mayor Randy cClement in the kitchen at 20 W. Fourth St. 
The transformation of 20 W. Fourth St. to a showplace brings to a successful close the story of the City's commitment to revitalize a blighted property. At the close of long and litigious process that included appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, the City obtained title to the property.  The City was then free to transfer the property to Sue and Lisa Murphy in May 2017, for $17,000.
From the attic (above left) to the basement, the Murphys (sisters-in-law) performed extensive renovations to the house.  
They created a historic and trendy masterpiece that includes two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a basement that serves a dual purpose as a laundry/utility room, and what they cheerfully refer to as the "man cave," complete with wine rack, wash basin, decorative whiskey barrel, flat-screen TV and gas fireplace.
When the City sold the property, the Murphys estimated therestoration would take nine months. Instead, they miraculously finished all the work in only five. The City is delighted that this property has been restored and is once again a contributing part of the downtown historic district.
Department of Public Works
Monocacy Detour; Leaf Campaign Under Way

Monocacy Boulevard Information Page
The Monocacy Boulevard project and the effects of the road closure are a top priority. City engineers, the mayor and police are continuously evaluating potential modifications to traffic controls to improve movement along alternate routes. Already, the traffic situation has improved.
The City will have updates and suggested alternate routes posted on our website, on a page dedicated to the Monocacy Boulevard Project and linked to our home page,  www.cityoffrederick.com.
As always, contact us to report concerns or ask questions301-600-1498.

Other traffic news - Pedestrian Signals
New pedestrian signals are being installed at Fairview Avenue and and Seventh Street. 

The Leaf Collection Campaign is in full swing through Dec. 17. DPW will make several passes to collect leaves, but asks that property owners make sure piles don't clog storm drains or block right of way. Further details are on the website:

Storm Drains Essential to Prevent Flooding
Assistance from citizens and area businesses is always needed to keep storm drains clear and assure the maximum stormwater management.
The city has more than 5,000 storm drain intakes, and it is imperative to keep the drains open and cleared of debris to help reduce the possibility of flooding and prevent water from accumulating on streets, sidewalks and yards.
The Department of Public Works appreciates the assistance of citizens and business owners.
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Mix of Musical Genres, Cinematic Arts 

Weinberg Center
Nov. 2, 7:30 pm
The Commonheart
Gritty vocals over rock riffs and horns, The Commonheart delivers emotional melodies that interlace blues, soul, and gospel music. Featuring a 10-piece mixture of trumpet, saxophone, keys, and guitar, their sound is a true testament to the past while holding its own as one of today's most promising acts.

Nov. 3,  8:00 pm
"The rock stars of bluegrass." -CMT
"The most electric combination of country and bluegrass today!" -Billboard

Nov. 4,  3:00 pm

Nov. 4,  8:00 pm

Nov. 5,  1:30 pm
For more details and information about all shows, visit the website.
Election 2017
Late Absentee Ballots Available; Election Day Is Nov. 7
Voters who are unable to vote in person on Election day, Nov. 7, may get an absentee ballot by going to the Frederick County Board of Elections office, located at 355 Montevue Lane, Suite 101
For more information, contact the Frederick County Board of Elections office at 301-600-VOTE; or visit the City website Elections pagehttp://www.cityoffrederick.com/150/Elections.
Frederick Police Department
Turkey Bowl: County vs City for Charity; Kickball for Fun

at 1 p.m.
Come out and support and watch a great game of football all for a great cause - Operation Warm. 
Economic Development
Department of Social Services Relocates; Aerial Photos Highlight Progress 

The Department of Social Services cut the ribbon on its new location at 1888 N. Market St., filling a long vacant building with needed services for citizens.
Get the story from the Department of Economic Development blog:

Check out the Department of Economic Development's aerial view of progress around the City.
Have Something to Discuss with the Mayor? 
'Talk to the Mayor Tuesday'


Talk to the Mayor Tuesday: Anyone who would like to have time or conversation with Mayor McClement has an opportunity to do so: He sets aside time on the fourth Tuesday of most months to meet informally with citizens to discuss topics or issues of their choice. The next Talk to the Mayor Tuesday will be Nov. 28, from 2-6 p.m.
The Mayor's office is  in City Hall at 101 N. Court St.  No appointment is necessary, and meetings occur on a first-come, first-served basis.  For details, contact Pam Stocksdale, office manager, pstocksdale@cityoffrederick.com301-600-1184. 

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. 
The City of Frederick, City Hall, Mayor's Office, 101 North Court Street, Frederick, MD 21701