Monthly Archives: July 2016

Smart money as seen by Wise Guys in City of Frederick

2014 saw the first receipt by the City of Frederick of what they called a Smart Growth Impact Fund. In that year three different, often contradictory accounts were given as to how this money was being used.

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Trust in staff- Ald Michael O’Connor

I was dismayed to see Alderman O’Connor quoted in the Frederick News Post as saying he had “trust” in “staff” by whom he meant Richard Griffin in the matter of the downtown hotel. Mr Griffin has

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City threw in the land after developer selected

The City said Apr 29 2014 that $350k of state ‘smart growth’ money “will be allocated for land acquisitions, design, and infrastructure costs”

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Hotel boondoggle raised at Republican Club with David Brinkley, sec of budget

David Brinkley, state secretary of Budget and Management said this evening there is nothing automatic about extra state funding for the Downtown Hotel and Conference Center. Two tranches of $7.5 million have been ‘pre-authorized’ he noted for future years, but … Continue reading

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Mayor & Board on applications or another million state $s SPEECH NOTES

Mr Mayor, Aldermen: There are many problems with the Resolution before you to seek a Smart Growth Impact Grant from the State Department of Housing & Community Development’s Smart Growth Impact Fund. The first problem and perhaps the smallest problem … Continue reading

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Corrupt Growth grant?

The move to get $1 million more from the state for buying the land for the downtown hotel complex is wrong because (1) it directly contradicts the terms of the supposed competitive procurement which stated p20 “8. e)…”Note: the City … Continue reading

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Letter opposing grant request

Dear….We notice with dismay that the Mayor and Board Workshop agenda for July 13 includes a Resolution to authorize seeking yet more state money for the Downtown Hotel and Conference Center. Please put this Resolution on hold pending a thorough … Continue reading

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City has paid $62,580 for cost consulting on DH&CC, split costs to favor Plamondon over taxpayers

Public Information Act (PIA) responses show the City of Frederick has paid the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) $62,580 for cost estimating work by its consultant Forella. The original contract

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$465 billed by Chicago guys to distribute hotel RFP – LTE FNP id 2817 UNPUBLISHED

Mid-June 2014 Richard Griffin, the City’s lead officer on the downtown hotel project signed ‘OK to pay’ to an invoice (JSL#011530, City#PO13-004363) for $16,064.27 from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the Chicago based real estate consulting firm hired by

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And O’Connor – dismayed to hear you just “trust” staff

Michael O’Connor: we were dismayed to see you quoted in the Frederick News Post as saying you have “trust” in “staff” by whom you meant Richard Griffin in the matter of the downtown hotel. Mr

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