Monthly Archives: August 2016

A shameless shyster — comment section FNP

Richard Griffin is a shameless shyster, saying the City is “making sure the conference center is protected as a public investment…” It is a City gift to the developer. It is a public investment only in the sense that it … Continue reading

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Urging ‘No’ to county’s hotel development incentive program

County Executive Jan Gardner, Council Chair Bud Otis, County Councillors: I urge you to to delete those sections of CB16-13 authorizing a hotel development incentive program (HDIP) and the corresponding item 8 of the 14 items in the attached First … Continue reading

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County Hotel Tax Bill 16-13 A CRITIQUE

Frederick County Council bill 16-13 does two things: hikes the county tax on hotel charges (called rentals) from 3 percent to 5 percent in part for increases in TRIPP, the regular promotion and marketing of the county as a destination … Continue reading

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Frederick News Post mistakes in reporting historic preservation & hotel

Today’s Frederick News Post has serious mistakes reporting on historic preservation aspects of the hotel project. There’s absolutely no news in the developer’s desire to demolish the 6,000 square foot of the Birely Tannery building as the report claims.

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Historic Preservation Commission to get report from Plamondon historic preservation consultant

Major news out of the Historic Preservation Commission on the hotel project Thursday night is that archeological digs at the site are due to begin next week. An archeology report is one requirement of the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) which … Continue reading

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Plamondon proposal Jan 2014 shows none of the big taxpayer ‘ask’ of his later proposal RFP#14-J of May 2014

Plamondon the City-selected developer now due for $31 million of state, county and city upfront money appears to have upped the ante on the City in the months before and during the public procurement. Early materials from Plamondon show none … Continue reading

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Plamondon proposal Jan 2014 shows none of the big taxpayer ‘ask’ of his later proposal RFP#14-J of May 2014

Plamondon the City-selected developer now due for $31 million of state, county and city upfront money appears to have upped the ante on the City in the months before and during the public procurement. Early materials from Plamondon show none … Continue reading

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The unseen elephant on Carroll Creek LTE FNP UNPUBLISHED

LETTER TO EDITOR, Frederick News Post Sir, Your reporting of the City’s downtown hotel and conference center project highlights the growing costs, the various panhandling expeditions to Annapolis, the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars laundered through the Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading

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IRS invokes “deliberative process privilege” — Was Saundra Nickols doing political audits in DC before her City job?

Who ever heard of “deliberative process privilege” before it was invoked a few weeks ago by City Attorney Saundra Nickols. She cited it in an attempt to cover up the work of City consultants JLL back in 2013/2014 during the … Continue reading

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Sen Ron Young’s imaginary “pipeline” down which various projects are on their way to Frederick

FACEBOOK COMMENTS Peter Samuel 10:35am Aug 4 What is this “pipeline” in Sen Young’s mind? A pipeline suggests something way more certain than reality. If something is coming down a pipe then you’re pretty sure it will come out the … Continue reading

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