Friday, December 29, 2017

eNews for the City of Frederick, MD, January 2018

Happy New Year! Here is the City of Frederick, MD's, eNewsletter for January 2018.   It is reposted 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: The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow.


  1. Mayor's Office, Board - New Mayor, Board of Aldermem 
  2. Celebrate Frederick!
  3.  Weinberg Center for the Arts - New Year Full of Dance, Music, Science
  4.  Department of Public Works - Monocacy Blvd Under Construction; Other Projects Completed
  5. Frederick Police Department - Join the Force, Know What's Up in the Neighborhood
  6. Parks and Recreation - Recycling, Racing Rules, Battling Beetles
  7. Audio Visual Department - Inauguration, Holidays, History
  8. Frederick Community Action Agency - Homeless, Hungry Receive Help, Food
  9. Economic Development - Businesses Share Holiday Spirit
  10. Employment Opportunities - The City of Frederick

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                    In This Issue
                    Mayor's Office:
                    Celebrate Frederick!
                    Weinberg Center Performances
                    DPW: Projects, Goals
                    Frederick Police Department
                    Parks and Recreation
                    Audio Visual Department: New Programs
                    Community Action Agency
                    Job Opportunities
                    Stay Informed by Watching City Cable Channel 99 for the latest City news!

                    Click on the links below to view the following videos produced by The City of Frederick's Audio Visual Department. 

                    City Board/Commission Vacancies
                    Downtown Frederick Partnership 
                    It's what's happening! 
                     Shopping, Dining and the Arts
                    Quick Links
                    Sign Up for Alert Frederick County
                    62nd Administration
                    Connect with The City 
                        January 2018

                    Mayor's Office, Board
                    New Mayor, Board of Aldermen
                    Michael O'Connor
                    Mayor Michael O'Connor's Transition Team Steering Committee had its first meeting Dec. 22 and will meet on alternate Fridays through June 30, 2018. The committee:
                     ·         Kelly Russell, President Pro Tem of the Board of Alderman.
                    ·         Jim Racheff, City resident and City business owner.
                    ·         Elizabeth Cromwell, City resident, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.
                    ·         Ted Gregory, CPA, City Resident and local business executive.
                    ·         Ted Luck,  Clover Hill resident, FCPS and Higher Education administrator
                    The committee will establish several sub-groups to assess the work flow and capabilities of City departments and to improve citizen engagement and awareness. Meeting dates will be posted online, and meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact the Mayor's Office,

                    The Board of Aldermen, Kelly RussellDerek ShackelfordRoger Wilson, Donna Kuzemchak and Ben MacShane, have begun their terms, starting by electing Russell as president pro-tempore.  

                       Russell | Shackelford |Wilson| Kuzemchak|MacShane

                    Alderwoman Kelly Russell will serve as co-vice chairman of the of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board in 2018.
                    The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announced that Russell and Prince William County (Va.) Supervisor Martin Nohe will serve as co-vice chairmen. District of Columbia Councilman Charles Allen will serve as chairman for the year.

                    Celebrate Frederick!

                    Celebrating Holidays in Frederick
                    Celebrating Holidays in Frederick

                    If you missed any of the holiday spectaculars that have already occurred, get a glimpse of the season's highlights.

                    Weinberg Center for the Arts

                    New Year Full of Dance, Music, Science 

                    Weinberg Center

                    The Weinberg has scheduled music, cinema, dance and theater into the new year, including:

                    For tickets for all shows, and more details visit 

                    Department of Public Works
                    Monocacy Blvd Under Construction; Other Projects Completed

                    The City fleet's new electric Leaf vehicle is ready to transport the Building Department's historic preservation/architectural inspector in sustainable style.

                    Tax Credit for Historic Property Rehabilitation
                    6 p.m. Jan. 16 workshop at City Hall -- If you own a certified historic property in Maryland, you may have the opportunity to earn a state income tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenditures. 
                    Whether you are planning to rehabilitate your primary or secondary residence or a commercial property, there are state incentives that may help. Attend the free workshop to learn more about the Maryland Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programand opportunities that may be available to you.
                    Rehabilitation projects include but are not limited to: painting, systems upgrades, roof replacement, window and door repair, floor refinishing...
                    For more information, visit:
                    PROJECT UPDATES

                    Monocacy Boulevard: The latest information about traffic detours and progress will be posted on the Monocacy Boulevard Project page, linked to our home page,
                    As always, contact us to report concerns or ask questions301-600-1498.

                    Sewer Lining: The $1.3 million main line sewer lining project involves the west end of Baker Park, and several other smaller areas throughout the City. This aim is to reduce/eliminate inflow and infiltration of groundwater and roots intrusion.  Soon, a contractor will begin to line the 30-inch concrete pipe from behind the swimming pool to Fairview Avenue.  The project should take four weeks to complete. There will be a larger black pipe placed in the park and two large pumps on the U.S.15 side of Fairview Avenue. The pipe will extend from the pumps to the manhole behind the playgrounds at the swimming pool. 
                    Butterfly Lane Water Tank: This project to replace the tank is under design and specifications in order to bid out for construction mid-2018.

                    Water Loss Reduction: In the process of laying water main on Carroll Parkway, from College Avenue to North Jefferson Street, then will start North Jefferson from Carroll Parkway to West Patrick Street. Concrete work, including wheelchair ramps and sidewalk, is completed Elm Street, Park Avenue, West Fifth and Hood Alley. Mill and overlay work will occur in the spring.
                    Water Distribution Upgrades: The design is completed and DPW is in the process of obtaining the easement from the County to install a 12-inch main on Waterside Drive from the City line to Md. 26 to complete a crucial loop.

                    Frederick Police Department
                    Join the Force, Know What's Up in the Neighborhood

                    Ready to Join?
                    The Frederick Police Department is accepting applications for the 61st police Academy, tentative starting January 2019.
                    For more information and to apply go to or call the recruitment information line at 301-600-2107.

                    Check out more here:


                    Lock Those Doors!
                    Help reduce theft from motor vehicle calls for service by doing one simple thing: Lock your vehicle doors.  Over 76 percent of thefts from motor vehicles are from unlocked vehicle doors.  Locking your vehicle will reduce your chances of becoming a victim drastically.

                    Do You Know Your NAC?
                    Each City neighborhood has its own local, grassroots NAC (neighborhood advisory council) to discuss important topics, issues and wishes. To find out what your NAC is, when it meets and how to be involved, check out the NAC page.
                    January NAC meetings all begin at 7 p.m.:
                    For more information on the NAC Initiative and meeting schedule, please visit:

                    For more information, contact Michele Bowman at 301-600-2091or

                    Social Media
                    Want to know what FPD is doing?  Follow on social media

                    Packed a Police Car
                    FPD thanks everyone who came out to support the Fourth Annual Pack a Police Car event on Dec. 9.  FPD collected non-perishable food items for the Community Action Agency's food bank. 

                    Parks and Recreation
                    Recycling, Racing Rules, Battling Beetles

                    Christmas Tree Recycling: 
                    To conserve and recycle resources, the City of Frederick offers residents the opportunity to drop off their Christmas trees for recycling at several locations, Dec. 27, 2017, to Jan. 312018.

                    When a Tree Falls ...
                    The aftermath of fallen trees sometimes leaves people with many questions: Find answers to frequently asked questions about windstorm effects and fallen trees on the arborist's page:

                    Race/Walk Event Rules

                    New rules apply to organizers of races and walks that have routes through the City. See the rules and find an application to host an event here: 

                    It's Curtains for the Gym
                    The William R. Talley Recreation Center gymnasium will be closed Dec. 27-29 to allow for curtains to be installed. When the gym reopens Dec. 30, unwanted sun glare should be a thing of the past.

                    Treating for Beetles
                    The City has received a $3,400 grant to deal with thedestructive Emerald ash borer (EAB): Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. As of August 2017, it is now found in 31 states.

                    Audio Visual Department
                    Inauguration, Holidays, History

                    62nd Inauguration
                    62nd Inauguration

                    Frederick Community Action Agency
                    Homeless, Hungry Receive Help, Food

                    FCAA and volunteers gave away turkeys and food at Thanksgiving 
                    January is the month when the Frederick Community Action Agency performs its annual count of homeless. To find out more about what the agency and community do to assist those  who do not have a permanent home, watch the "City Issues" episode on the topic:
                    Anyone who would like to help with the agency's soup kitchen, or other Community Action Agency food and nutrition programs, may contact Sarah McAleavy, supervisor of Food and Shelter Services for the Community Action Agency:

                    Economic Development
                    Businesses Share Holiday Spirit

                    Holiday spirit filled City Hall as members of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce attended the Dec. 20 Business Card exchange. 

                    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.