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January 20, 2011
I. Mayor McClement presided. Present were Alderwomen Karen Young, Shelley Aloi, Carol Krimm and Kelly Russell, and Alderman Michael O’Connor. Also present were City Attorney Saundra Nickols and Marsha Bowers Legislative Clerk.
II. Boy Scout Troop 1812 led the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. The Invocation was given by Pastor Todd Westfall of the El Shaddai Congregation.
IV. The Mayor announced that bills paid December 18, 2010 through December 30, 2010 totaled $1,388,025.91. Total bills paid since July 1, 2010 were $53,828,925.12.
V. The minutes from the December 8, 2010 Mayor and Board Special Public Meeting, the December 17, 2010 Legislative Meeting, the December 22, 2010 Special Public Meeting and the December 22, 2010 Closed Session Meeting were previously distributed. On a motion made by Alderwoman Krimm and seconded by Alderman O’Connor, the Board unanimously approved 5-0 the December 8, 2010 Special Public Meeting minutes. On a motion made by Alderwoman Krimm and seconded by Alderwoman Young, the Board unanimously approved 5-0 the December 17, 2010 Legislative Meeting minutes. On a motion made by Alderwoman Young and seconded by Alderwoman Krimm, the Board unanimously approved 5-0 the December 22, 2010 Special Public Meeting minutes. On a motion made by Alderwoman Russell and seconded by Alderwoman Krimm the Board unanimously approved 5-0 the December 22, 2010 Closed Session Meeting minutes.
VI. The Mayor announced that a Closed Session had been held on January 6, 2011 and read into the record a summary of that session, which is attached hereto and made a part of these minutes, as required under Section 10-509 of the State Government Article.
VII. During Mayor’s comments the Mayor stated that he and Katie Barkdoll, Director of Budget and Purchasing, are attending Neighborhood Advisory Council meetings to inform residents of the budget schedule. He encouraged citizens to provide their input on the City budget by visiting the City’s website. Mayor McClement then addressed some questions and concerns he had received regarding the City’s snow removal process. He explained that large plow trucks are not deployed until snow accumulation reaches between 2 ½ and 3 inches because plowing smaller accumulations has the potential to damage City streets. He continued that when the snow accumulation is below 2 ½ inches we salt and then rely on the sun and warmer temperatures. He indicated that this provides a cost savings to the City.
VIII. During aldermanic business/comments Alderwoman Aloi extended her thanks to Boy Scout Troup 1812 for leading the Pledge of Allegiance and for their attendance. Alderwoman Krimm offered her thanks to staff member Kari Melvin, who assists the Aldermen. All the Aldermen joined her in offering their thanks to Kari. Alderwoman Young paid tribute to Sargent Shriver who passed away this week. She continued by saying that he is best known as the first Director of the Peace Corps, but in addition he, along with his wife, started the Special Olympics, and was also involved in the Head Start Program and the War on Poverty. Alderwoman Young stated that he loved public service and felt it was the “most noble of selfish pleasures”, and she believes that example will long outlive him. She continued with an inspirational quote from Mr. Shriver: “when our deeds match our ideals we will be living life as it ought to be lived”. Alderwoman Russell stated that The City of Frederick Planning Department has invited the public to attend the third workshop on the Golden Mile Small Area Plan, January 25, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, in the Boardroom at City Hall. She encouraged public attendance, or broadcast viewing, to hear the interpretation and analysis of the data that was received from the public survey.
IX. Consent agenda item A.1 was pulled by Alderwoman Krimm for discussion. On a motion made by Alderwoman Krimm and seconded by Alderwoman Aloi, the Board unanimously approved 5-0 consent agenda item A.1. The approved item is:
A.1. Acceptance of 2011 EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities Program Grant from the Maryland Energy Administration in the amount of $52,000.
X.1. On a motion made by Alderwoman Young and seconded by Alderman O’Connor, the Board unanimously approved 5-0, Special Ordinance S-11-01 to amend the FY2011 budget to include revenue and associated expenditures in the amount of $52,000 for an EmPOWER Clean Energy Grant. There were no public comments.
X.2. On a motion made by Alderwoman Russell and seconded by Alderwoman Aloi the Board approved 4-0-1, with Alderwoman Young abstaining, a lease extension with the National Park Service Preservation Training Center, with the change of address on the lease to read as follows, “BEING all of that land as described as Lot 3 on "Plat of Subdivision, Lots 1-4, The Bean Factory" prepared by Wilmer Lankford, City Surveyor, and recorded in the Land Records of Frederick County, Maryland, in Plat Book 84 at Page 128, said Lot 3 also being a part of that conveyance to the City of Frederick as recorded in Liber 1829 at Folio 737 among the aforesaid Land Records”. Public comment was received from Gil House.
X.3. The Board considered a second amendment to the commercial lease with the Cresap Rifle Club, Inc., dated December 20, 2001. No action was taken. There were no public comments.
X.4. On a motion made by Alderwoman Young and seconded by Alderwoman Aloi the Board unanimously approved 5-0, a requisition for the cost of the City’s portion of a City/County Wastewater Utility Plan in the amount of $142,168.50. Public comment was received from Bruce Dean of the Law Office of McEvoy and Dean, as President of the Land Use Council and as counsel for several property owners affected by this item. Public comment was also received by Jeremy Holder of Ausherman Development Corporation.
X.5. On a motion made by Alderwoman Russell and seconded by Alderwoman Krimm the Board unanimously approved 4-0, with Alderman O’Connor as a member of the Board of Directors of St. John’s at Prospect Hall recusing himself, Ordinance G-11-05 to amend the Code of The City of Frederick, Appendix A, Land Management Code, by amending the Official Zoning Maps to remove the Institutional (IST) floating zone thereby reestablishing the Medium Density Residential, R12 base zoning district while maintaining the Highway Noise Overlay (HNO) on the property identified as 889 Butterfly Lane, the St. John’s at Prospect Hall Literary Institution Property. Public comment was received from Steve Stoyke, Gary Brooks and Daniel Duggan, master docent at Prospect Hall 2001-2005. Andrew DiPasquale, counsel for St. John’s Literary Institute at Prospect Hall, gave prepared remarks.
XI. There were no appointments.
XII. During Aldermanic business/comments Alderwoman Young expressed her disappointment that Frederick had dropped in the Reader’s Digest “We Hear You America” Sweepstakes, stating that it is not so much about not winning a prize, but more that this is not the Frederick she knows. She said that the Frederick she knows is enthusiastic, energetic, and has a “can do” spirit and she is not seeing it. Alderwoman Aloi stated that a County/Municipalities meeting was held today, the first with the newly elected County Commissioners. She added that the spirit of cooperation was refreshing and issued a public thank you to all of the officials and participants at the meeting.
XIII. During Mayor’s comments the Mayor reiterated his disappointment in the latest results of the Reader’s Digest “We Hear You America” Sweepstakes.
XIV. There were no committee reports.
XV. There were no director reports.
XVI. General citizen comment was received from David Cook. He expressed concerns about the economy and public safety as they relate to properties in the Historic District and asked that the City take the necessary actions to the help businesses in the downtown area. Public comment was also received from Gil House. He thanked the Aldermen for extending the lease of the National Park Service. He announced that the National Park Service building will be open for Bell & History Day on April 2, 2011.
There being no further official business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.
Submitted in action format,
Marsha A. Bowers