Thursday, February 1, 2018

eNews for the City of Frederick, MD, February 2018

Here is the City of Frederick, MD's, eNewsletter for February 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. Downtown Frederick Partnership - 
  2. First Saturday Features Annual Fire in Ice!
  3. Frederick Municipal Airport  - Airport to Exhibit at Conference; New Fence Adds Security
  4. The Weinberg Center - Upcoming Shows Include a Sellout
  5. Economic Development - Progress Documented for General Assembly
  6. Department of Public Works - Progress with Water, Sewer, Roads 
  7. Department of Planning - Public Welcome to Review Historic Preservation Rules; Tax Breaks for Historic Preservation
  8. Mayor's Office - Strategic Opportunities Exploration Has Begun
  9. Audio Visual Department - Frederick Day Promo; Program Input Welcome
  10. Frederick Police Department - Join the Force, Know What's Up in the Neighborhood
  11. Parks and Recreation - Sponsors Need to Know Race-Walk Rules in Play 
  12. Employment Opportunities The City of Frederick

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In This Issue
First Saturday
Airport Headed to Conference
Weinberg Performances
Economic Development: Progress
DPW: Projects' Updates
Planning Department: HPC Rules
Mayor's Office: Strategic Opportunities Studied
Audio Visual Department: New Programs
Frederick Police Department
Parks and Recreation
Job Opportunities
Stay Informed by Watching City Cable Channel 99 for the latest City news!
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 
    February 2018
Downtown Frederick Partnership
First Saturday Features Annual Fire in Ice!
A past sculpture as part of Fire in Ice
Feb. 3: Fire in Ice, First Saturday
Downtown, the first Saturdayof every month means all day activities, late-night shopping and dining, live music, and a free trolley to guide your way! 
During February First Saturday, experience the magic of winter with ice sculptures, live carving demos, fire dancers and an Ice Bar on the Creek.
Whether you've lived here for years, or you're a first-time visitor, First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about Downtown Frederick.
Frederick Municipal Airport 
Airport to Exhibit at Conference; New Fence Adds Security

Airport to Exhibit at Major Business Aviation Conference
The Frederick Municipal Airport is excited to announce it will exhibit at the 2018 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).  The Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference is the premier professional development event for anyone with responsibility for scheduling or dispatching business aircraft. 

Projects update: The airport completed installation of 4,400 feet of fence along Buchemier Road and Patrick Street, achieving the goal of enhancing current airport security. The new fence was designed and approved in conjunction with the recently completed earthwork project that makes way for a 600-foot runway extension, programmed for completion in 2020. Both projects were completed with funding assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration and Maryland Aviation Administration grant programs.

Airport fence
A fence at the airport is adding security.

The Weinberg Center
Upcoming Shows Include a Sellout
Economic Development
Progress Documented for General Assembly

Mayor O'Connor discusses City projects 
at Frederick Day in Annapolis, Jan. 30.

The Economic Development Department (@frederickded on Facebook) hosted Frederick Day in Annapolis, made possible by key private-sector sponsors. City staff, Mayor Michael O'Connor and aldermen shared with state leaders what is going on in Frederick and how state funding is helping to make progress possible. A highlights the progress.
Department of Public Works
Progress with Water, Sewer, Roads 

Sewer Lining: The sewer main lining project will begin construction on or about Feb. 5. There will be large equipment in the area behind the little league field in Baker Park and behind the Edward P. Thomas Memorial Pool. A large pipe will be running through Baker Park from the U.S 15 side of Fairview Avenue, continuing behind the swimming pool. The path from Fairview Avenue to the start of the new path around Culler Lake will be shut down during this project. Pedestrians will not have access to the path due to the wet areas of construction. In addition, the sewer department will install new storm drain lines for the new path between Fairview Avenue and Culler Lake. 
Butterfly Lane Water Tank: The plan to replace the tank is currently 30 percent through plan review with comments. 

Water Loss Reduction: Continuing to install water main and services on Carroll Parkway and North Jefferson Street. 
Water Resource Upgrade: The new Waterside transmission water main beginning at the City portion of Waterside Drive through the County portion of Waterside Drive, crossing the Md. Route 26 to Sebastian Way at Deerbought, has been fully permitted. Full construction is scheduled to begin this spring.

Monocacy BoulevardThe latest information about traffic detours and progress is posted on the Monocacy Boulevard Project page, linked to our home page,
As always, contact us to report concerns or ask questions: 301-600-1498.
Department of Planning
Public Welcome to Review Historic Preservation Rules; 
Tax Breaks for Historic Preservation

Speak Up: Historic Preservation Rules Ready for Update
Feb. 15, the Historic Preservation Commission will have a workshop to discuss draft amendments to the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines. The drafts are available on the City website, and the public may leave comments online
The public is encouraged to participate as the City reviews these guidelines for historic preservation and requirements within the City's Historic District. The amendments will be the subject of public meetings, starting Feb. 15.

Sign Up: Tax Credit for Historic Rehabilitation Work
Applications due April 1 for the City Historic Preservation Property Tax Credit. Tax paying property owners may apply for a credit equal to 25 percent of the properly documented expenditures incurred during 2017. Applications and details are available from the Planning Department or online at For all other questions, please call 301-600-1499.
For more information, visit the Maryland Historic Trustwebsite:

Draw Up: Fair Housing - Art Contest 
Entries Due Feb. 19 for the 2018 Fair Housing Art Contest, sponsored by Maryland Realtors®.
Winning submissions will be featured in a fair housing publication distributed statewide. Winners will also be honored at a recognition ceremony at the Maryland State House in Annapolis during Fair Housing Month in April 2018.
For questions concerning contest rules or any other inquiries please contact the Frederick County Association of Realtors at 301-663-0757.
Mayor's Office
Strategic Opportunities Exploration Has Begun
Citizens came out Jan. 23 to meet and greet Mayor Michael O'Connor and the Board of Aldermen.
Jan. 23the Neighborhood Advisory Councils hosted 
a "meet and greet" with Mayor Michael O'Connor and the Board of Aldermen. In the
packed room at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, elected officials, City staff and citizens mingled.

The Mayor's Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team will meet again at 1 p.m.Feb. 2and on alternate Fridays through June 30, 2018. Each of the five Steering Committee members leads one of the workgroups that they established to assess performance and potential of City departments, and to improve citizen engagement.
All of the committee and workgoup meetings are open to the public, and meeting dates are posted online
For more information, contact the Mayor's Office,
Audio Visual Department
Frederick Day Promo; Program Input Welcome

Frederick Day Promo: The Audio Visual staff produced for Frederick Day in Annapolis a video to sum up for the General Assembly the big projects in the works around the City.

You're invited to fill out a survey about upcoming Channel 99 programs:
The City of Frederick's Channel 99 production "City Issues" is an informal discussion, with hosts Mayor Michael O'Connor, Public Information Coordinator Patti Mullins and key city staff, of a variety of city topics. Upcoming episodes will feature discussions about the development of Westside Regional Park off Butterfly Lane, Monocacy Boulevard construction and the Mayor's Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team.
What would you like to know about these topics? Please let us know, by responding to a survey for each:
"City Issues": Westside Regional Park
Frederick Police Department
Join the Force, Know What's Up in the Neighborhood
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.

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

Social Media
Want to know what FPD is doing?  Follow on social media
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.
Parks and Recreation
Sponsors Need to Know Race-Walk Rules in Play

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: 

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:

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.